What a year at Leek with such a lot to report, so we had better start at the beginning. November saw us having a Big Bonfire, a New Members Evening and a disco at Leek Rugby Club and we took part in the Community Project at City Farm in Bucknall and winning the International Quiz. Our Annual Carol Singing raised £200 for Springfield Special School around Christmas and we had a Competition Night, another disco at the Winking Man and our New Years Eve ‘do’ at Horton Village Hall. Leek’s first Clay Pigeon Shoot and a Safari Supper around the pubs started the New Year along with winning the Club Promotion and Senior Debating. Sue and Joe Lovatt won Senior and Junior Member of the Year. Leek and Eccleshall also held their Annual Valentines Disco at Winking Man.
March saw Leek going to Hereford to take part in West Midlands Drama Competition where we came 5th. We then had a Reasons Night giving reasons on “blokes and women”. In April we won Stockman of the Year and Grassland Ley Competition. Members had a fun night Bowling. Then the Winking Man was the venue for an “extra big” Three Counties Disco, which turned out to be a highly successful night.
The National AGM brought us into May with a School Days Disco with more schoolgirls than women there! Also in May there was a Mock Auction held at The Carr’s with members estimating the value of old and new farm machinery.
We repeated the play from the Drama Competition with some added comedy sketches including Adam and Eve and seeing Duncan Hughes in a bra and not much else! Not forgetting the huge achievement of WINNING THE COUNTY RALLY for the first time in 10 years. June started with an unforgettable night for many when they met Robbie and Kylie - the singing voices gave away that it was really Duncan and Jen in disguise but we had people fooled ‘till then. The Leek girls won the Tug of War taking them to the Three Counties Show where they came 2nd. We also came 2nd in the County Show Float as The ‘A’ Team. The month was rounded off with a Shed Disco at The Carr’s.
July started with a treat - a Farm Walk was held at Spot Grange Farm by kind permission of The Pickford family. We were able to see their excellent dairy herd and their impressive milking parlour. Our Club Rally took place in July and a great night with lots of competitions taking place from “tallest thistle” to “tractor backing” with many members taking away certificates and prize money. Leek Show and Disco ended July.
A New Members Evening started off August with plenty of fun and games for all. Our first Stockjudging was also held in August with another following closely behind. A new arrival then joined Leek as Danielle Sarah Hughes came into the world. A big shock for everyone especially her Mum and Dad as she wasn’t due until the end of October.
A Race Night was held in September to raise money for the Neo Natal Baby Unit at North Staffs Hospital followed by our last Stockjudging where members even got to judge lambs. We also won the Hammer from Waterhouses by using our excellent skills at tossing the sheaf. We held the Annual Dinner Dance in October along with us being placed 2nd at Carcase Judging and 10th at National with our “Big Brother” sketch for the Club Promotion Competition and Liz Burton came 2nd at Floral Art.
ALL THIS AND WE NEVER MENTIONED THAT LEEK YFC HAS BECOME THE LARGEST Leek IN THE COUNTRY!
Favourite Text Messages - “Ok!”, “Can you just …….?”, “How do you fancy ……?”
Clubs’s Worst Driver - Jessica Matthews
Club’s Best Dressed Person - The Leek Lads at the AGM (school girls)
Worst Dressed Person - Leek Lads any other night!
Club Pin-up - Reuben Moss & Liz Hulme
Club Heart-Breaker - Reuben Moss
Club’s Romeo & Juliet - Ange and Pete Woodward
Club’s Most Accident Prone Member - Will Hulme for falling off the show float and Liz Burton for ending up in A & E three Thursdays in a row.
Club Look-alikes - Steve Edwards as Shrek and Mad Murdock (The A team); Ange Woodward as Halle Berry; Chris Lovatt as Pob; Joe Lovatt as B A Barrakas and Bernard Manning; Matt Hine as Butch Dingle; Steve Dale as Earl Spencer; Guy Fernihough as Rodney (Only Fools and Horses).
Club’s Favourite Activity - Wheelbarrow racing and Sheaf Tossing
Club Motto - We’re not the best club but we’re in the top one.
Club’s Best Chat-up Lines - This is your lucky night (Reuben Moss); Put your money away darling, I’ll buy this one and can I have the last dance (Steve Edwards); Get your coat on, I’ve got a cow calving (Will Hulme).
Top Tips for Surviving a YFC year - Eat, Drink and be merry and beat Eccleshall to a pulp