November began with the Clubs Annual Bonfire Party, courtesy of the Fernihough family at Rowley Gate Farm. It was a bitterly cold night, but the warmth of the bonfire and barbeque soon had everyone in the spirit.
Two days later was the County AGM. Leek YFC had a fantastic night. Duncan Hughes collected Chairman of the Year and Sue Lovatt was Treasurer of the Year.
We have done our bit for charity as part of Operation Christmas Child. This entailed filling shoeboxes to be given to under privileged children across the world. We all got involved and in the end ten boxes were off overseas.
December started with an educational evening on Alcohol Awareness and Annual Carol Singing. We also had a night of fun and games and our Christmas party. This was Fancy Dress Karaoke, and everyone from the Ghostbusters to a Nun turned up!
January brought the New Year Ball, followed the next morning by the Leek YFC Clay Pigeon Shoot. We also took part in the County Quiz where we had to defend our title. Unfortunately luck was not on our side and we lost by one point, however, we were still through to the National Finals. Also, in January we took a trip to the Leek Brewery. With a free cask of ale and the conversation flowing the night proved to be a big success. The final club night in January was held at Stanley Head, with Phil Brammer showing us the art of climbing on the wonderful indoor wall. With some members proving to be more gravity defiant than others! We also gained a victory for Leek in the County Ten Pin bowling ensuring our place in another National final.
February found many members aimlessly wandering the countryside carrying pink bras, three slices of brown toast and a glittery wig!! It was of course our Scavenger Hunt. On Public Speaking Day, Leek were victorious in Intermediate Brainstrust, Jess winning Female Member of the Year and Will winning Male and Overall Member of the Year and joint 2nd in Senior After Dinner Speaking.
In March we took a trip around Leek Fire Station; some impressive machinery was on show and we all learned a thing or two about fire safety. We also held a Self-defence evening from the academies of Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. In the Call My Bluff competition our team came out on top and through to West Midlands Area.
April began with a talk from a Genus Breeding Advisor. In the Grassland Ley Competition Leek took overall 1st place. The Hockey Club played host to some fantastic birds, as we had a talk on the rescue and breeding of owls. We competed at the AGM in the National Pub Quiz and Ten Pin Bowling. Also in April we had the chance to test our valuing skills with the Whilock family kindly playing host to our Mock Auction. May brought our Annual Salesman’s Challenge, which was an entertaining night, where members sold everything including the Chairman. We also went to see how Ice Cream is made at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough.
In June at the Tug of War, Leeks ladies’ team took the top spot, and after an epic and close run battle the Leek men’s team coming in a hard fought second. Leek also took 1st place in the Club Display Competition. Later in the month we held our Charity Pig Race Night. On top of this we had the unique feature race of Guinea pig roulette where we sold off houses and people placed bets on where the pig would seek shelter. At the end of the night a total of £550 was raised and split between the MS Trust and Scope. It was “Ladies Night” at the Hockey Club on Wednesday 29th as the girls Virgin Vie make-up party got underway. Will, Rob, Rueben and Ed took shelter behind the bar for safety in case of any friendly tester fire!
July took us to Newcastle to tour the BOCM Corn Mill. A tour and talk taking us from the delivery of grain to the dispatch of milled corn, coupled with a great spread of food, made for an enjoyable night. The month was closed with Leek Show where Leek YFC released 500 balloons from our charity balloon race in the main ring. This was our big charity event of the year and raise over £400 for County Air Ambulance, as well as providing a few challenges about how to contain 500 balloons in one quite small marquee!
Saturday 13th August was possibly the wettest day of the year and great fun was had putting up the marquee for the Leek Rally but the rain stopped for the Rally on Sunday, where members could toss the sheaf, pull a tractor, and paint their nails to name but a few competitions on offer!
Wednesday 7th September was our Joining Up Night where we had nearly fifty members join up. The following Wednesday saw our first Stockjudging by kind permission of the Heath family. Wednesday 21st saw Jessica hold an Animal First Aid Night and members were shown how to bandage Eeyore and Tigger! Our last night in September was our safari supper.
The last Wednesday of 2004-2005 brought our second Stockjudging of the year thanks to Matt and the Needham family