Chases New Year got off to a brilliant start with a successful new members evening and agm. Going forward to county competitions we began as we meant to go on winning the international quiz, and in usual last minute fashion throwing together a carcase judging team which did the club proud. Also in October was the autumn ball and a return exchange with Thirsk young farmers of which the details of both of these events are to be strictly taken to the grave.
November saw practices for other competitions including go-karting (on a track for once!), basket ball and also pool.
December saw a few members attempting to navigate their way to leek (blame the unorganised driver!). For a day of literally hanging around at Stanley head. In true Christmas mood, Chase shovelled their faces to the many seasonal discos and had a successful and entertaining presentation night at the Seven Stars.
January saw one of our members, Fred Hooley, representing both club and county at the prestigious oxford farming conference courtesy of the SBAS. Following this was the popular New Year ball, which Chase supported well. January also saw a re-attempted new memberís night, which attracted some new faces, and an eventful bowling meeting.
February saw a busy month, with teams being put together for public speaking day; here we saw our disco dancers and junior speakers taking second place respectively, and a strong performance from our senior brain trust, unlucky not to be awarded a place. Also this month we joined forces with Ridware YFC to hold a successful joint Winking Man disco, boasting both clubs funds. To finish February off, we held a food tasting evening, not something members may be in a hurry to attend again.
March also saw a busy month for the club, with rally preparations beginning to happen. The fence erecting competition, a pub quiz night, the county dinner dance and an informative discovery programme talk by Donna. We still managed to team up with Uttoxeter JNFU for a successful bowling social.
March also saw Chaseís charity auction kindly hosted by Eunice and Bill Finney at Amerton farm, with incredibly generous lots including a hot air balloon ride. We managed to raise in excess of £1600 for our chosen charities one thousand of which was awarded to Stafford maternity hospital, speaking of which, what did Matt Carney wanted with that pregency plus pack has it been used yet?
April saw float building preparations get under way, by kind permission of the Carney family, and not forgetting the all important National AGM! May was an unforgettable month, with a successful rally, hosted by our very own Hooley family, where Chase walked away with three overall trophies (the Leslie T Chester won exclusively by Annie Carney) and chase were featured in many of the runner up places for the rest. Not content with this, the float went forward to win second place, with the name board also winning second, and a special mention for our incredible male tug of war team which also took second.
Unfortunately spirits were dampened in June (quite literally) when due to some shocking weather the beach party could not be saved even after it had been re-scheduled.
July and August then saw a calmer time. With chase attending the re-arranged summer, social, taking forth in the rounderís, and also taking three rafts to the race, all of which even made it to the finish (one way or another).
Chase has had a successful and eventful year, showing that although only four years old the determination of our members and strong support from our advisory committee, use are certainly here to make our mark and stay.
I would like to conclude by saying a huge thank you to each and every one of the members for your support especially to Marie and ED who have both done an outstanding job. Finally I would like to wish best of luck to the new ALL MALE top table and look forward to a better and stronger year.