In October the girls came second in the Netball, the competition was tough and it all came down to extra time when Eccleshall piped us to the post by just one goal!! Following our success on the sports field, we then held our new members evening which proved to be a success as Chase saw its number of members increase considerably. In the middle of October the Autumn Ball was held at the Kings Hall in Stoke, a good night was had by all.
In November the County AGM was held at the Showground, the night was very important to Chase as Becky and Fred’s hard work was recognised by the County as they were awarded a special prize for their time and effort. Also in November the Club Officer Training Day was held at Stanley Head, Laura Holt, Ed Brown and Myself attended. Even though it was a cold and wet day a good day was had be all but it was agreed by all that Laura was defiantly not an outside type of girl!! December brought Chases Fundraising Auction which was held at Amerton Farm there was a variety of lots which ranged from a bag of potatoes to a date with Fred! At the end of the night we had raised over £2,500. Towards the end of December we held our very first presentation evening at Admaston Village Hall even though everyone has given 100% over the last year we felt that some people needed special recognition for their efforts in certain areas of young farmers.
The New Year was kicked of by the New Years Ball which was held at in the Ingestre Suite at the County Showground, which as always proved to be your typical young farmer’s ball - full of fun! In February the Public Speaking Competitions were held, this was where Chase members really did their club proud. Richard Carter, Richard Cadman, Marie Stubbs and Amy Finney entered the After Dinner Speaking and came first, which in itself deserves a round of applause but since then they have represented the county in the West Midlands Area showing how talented they are.
March was one of our busiest months yet. It brought about another sporting challenge, that of cricket, it may not be Chases best event but we gave it our best shot. We also had the Spring Ball which was held at a new venue this year the Uttoxeter Race Course yet again another good night ensued. In April Float Building began in earnest with the theme being nursery rhymes, and after a couple of head scratching sessions we decided that our float should be “Old McDonalds Farm.” April also brought about the National AGM which this year was held in Torquay which was attended by a few Chase Members who thoroughly enjoyed themselves well from what they can remember anyway.
In May the Rally was held at Ellenhall with Chase winning a variety of classes, it was a fun packed day followed by a disco in the evening. During May Float Building was coming along slowly but surely and tug of war practices were held at Becky and Fred’s. At the end of May Sian Webb represented Chase in the Pre-Show Reception by performing as Lauren Hill in the Stars in your eyes competition, Sian won and has since represented Staffordshire at the Royal Show.
The County Show in June was a great success we came third in the floats and also had prizes in the sheep shearing thanks to Fred Hooley who has also recently competed at the Three Counties Show where he won. July brought about yet another ball, this one being the Summer Ball which was held at Lower Haynards Farm by Kind Permission of Mr and Mrs Madders. In July there was the Raft Race held in Rocester and thanks to some very talented raft builders we came third. Last weekend Chase competed in the Ploughing Marathon at Swynerton, where we came second it was a long a tiresome night but we completed it and were very pleased with the result.
Finally I would like to thank our Club President for all her hard work over the year, Richard Hooley for all his help with the tug of war and also a big thank you must go to the Advisory Committee for all their effort especially their help in organising the Charity Auction. Most importantly I would like thank the members because if it wasn’t for them there wouldn’t be a club.