The year started with an absolute flyer taking 1st at the Carcase Judging Competition. National success was also achieved when Liz Burton went to the National Competitions Day and came home with a fantastic 1st place in Floral Art. November started with our Bonfire and Fireworks spectacular and then we held a New Members Evening the following week with over 65 members and prospective members in attendance. Leek were winners in the Silage Judging Competition, and Reuben Moss & Matthew Needham represented Staffordshire at the National Primestock Show, with Reuben getting placed second in the Intermediate Carcase Judging.
December started with a Christmas “Warm Up” disco at The Winking Man. We also went Carol Singing in a Robin Hood sponsored bus and a total of £360 collected was presented to County Air Ambulance. We finished the year at our New Years Eve Bash at Horton Village Hall as we welcomed the New Year in together.
During January we held a Quiz night, went Bowling, and held a Clay Pigeon Shoot where we proved the pigeon population is still safe in Leek! We entered all the speaking competitions at the Competitions Day in February, with the Intermediate Brainstrust & Situations Vacant teams taking first place as well as Reuben Moss winning Senior Male Member of the year. Love was also in the air this month as we held our traditional Valentines Disco with Eccleshall at the Winking Man. Strictly come dancing hit Leek in March as we attempted Ballroom Dancing, and we challenged Waterhouses to the Hammer. We also came 2nd in darts and 2nd in Call My Bluff. The month finished with Reuben Moss having the great honour of meeting the queen with other members of Staffordshire YFC.
Leek attend the WMA Competitions Day in force taking part in Situations Vacant, Mixed Hockey where we came 4th and in Intermediate Brainstrust where we came 1st and went forward to the National finals where we took 5th place. At County we came 1st in the Stockman of the Year Competition, second in Dairy Stockjudging and third in the Efficiency with Safety Competition. We also hosted Uttoxeter to a social, had a First Aid Demonstration and held our Spring Fling Disco at V Bar in Leek.
May started with a Mock Auction and then it was off to the Blackpool AGM as we showed off our new blue & white shirts. The following weekend was the County Rally, which saw member’s show off their hand made exhibits and take part in competitions on the day. We were busy polishing our tractors at the end of May as we joined the Leek Carnival Parade and collected £150 in donations, which was later donated, to the Schools for Gambia charity. Our theme for the float this year was Snow White & the seven dwarfs & we received a rapturous applause as we paraded the main ring. We boasted the loudest sound system and people all around the showground were whisting “hi ho hi ho” its off to Leek we go!
In June we visited Bakewell YFC, held a Sports Night, and held a Charity Disco at The Winking Man from which we donated £540 to Cancer Research. The month finished with a Nature Trail & Pub Walk through Cheddleton. Matthew Needham & Jon Brooks also represented Staffordshire in the ATV Handling and came 3rd. On 1st July we held our Annual Rally, which was kindly held at Earslway farm, Rushton Spencer. Members & friends attended the evening and took part in Tractor Backing, Floral Art & Stockjudging competitions to name a few! In July we had an Ice Cream Tasting Evening and held our Car Treasure Hunt. Leek teams also took part in the Raft Race, Swimming Gala, and Junior Nature Challenge.
In August we held our main charity event, an Entertainment and Promise Auction Evening. The night was a huge success. Members dressed up, danced, acted, sung and then offered their promises in the auction to over 150 guests and a total of £2347 was raised for Springfield Special School in Leek! We finished the month volunteering our services at Heaton House Country Fair. The beginning of September was time for members to renew their membership with England’s largest club. We also held two more Stockjudgings and a disco at V bar in Leek. The finale to the year was the Annual Dinner Dance, which was held at Heaton House Farm. Over 175 guests were thoroughly fed and then entertained by the guest speaker Mr Clive Langford-Mycock.
Leek YFC wishes to thank all its members, families, friends & sponsors who help to run and support the club throughout the year and it still goes to show that Leek YFC takes some beating!