Well what a great year Leek has had. November began when our Big Bonfire night was hosted at Wetwood Farm by kind permission of the Moss family. A well attended event, even by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue. We had a fun & games night where Duncan & Jen Hughes staged a game of the sweetest link, and Sue Turnock gave us a talk on Acupuncture. December started with 40 of us taking over Rudyard Lake Hotel for our early Christmas meal, followed by our Christmas Warm up disco at the winking man and a cake icing demonstration, where everyone had the chance to ice and decorate a cake, with food colouring and cake icing everywhere. The following week was our annual Carol singing. We even had requests in some places, one of them being Happy Birthday! We certainly got into the Christmas Spirit at our Christmas fancy dress disco at the hockey club. We had everything from the Tweenies to a Christmas pudding.
The New Year came and we took over Macclesfield Mega bowl, our practicing paid off as Leek came away with 1st place in the county competition, taking us the National AGM. We had a public speaking night in which Peter Woodward and Dave maydew kindly put on a late notice.
January was filled with a trip to Telford Ice-rink to show off our skating skills, a Tae Kwando demonstration at Meerbrook Village Hall, and a lot of practice for the disco dancing competition which didnít really pay off.
February began with our joint valentines disco with Eccleshall at The Winking Man. Hopefully it will actually take place this year. Weather Permitting!!
Feb 14th, we had a valentineís themed night at the Hockey Club followed by a talk by Maurice Torr on farming in Manitoba in Canada, then a day trip to Chester. February ended with a ghost walk around Leek by Bill Cawley and a talk from our local conservative candidate Karen Bradley.
Being the sociable club Leek is we had a social night with Waterhouses Young Farmers and our Salesmanís challenge. Then we decided we would have a disco with a difference, the most popular idea being a boiler suit disco. March finished with a talk by our County Officers on Alcohol Awareness.
April involved our annual Easter Scavenger hunt, a bar crawl around Leek with Stone Young farmers, and a quiz night at the hockey club hosted by myself. Cheadle had the hammer at the time and we challenged them to a game of twister. (or many games)
The weather was now picking up in time for our Mock Auction held at Banks Farm by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Gibson, and Mark Simcock kindly agreed to be our auctioneer for the night.
It was then time for the National AGM. We headed down to Torquay in our new bright yellow club shirts, which we finally decided on and Yet again our new Leek YFC banner was stolen. Two years in a row. The county rally arrived, in which we won the overall rally cup joint with Ashley YFC.
A talk on diggers was had by Frank Williamson. Kaye Brammer did an outstanding job at the Five Minutes of Fame competition, coming 1st place with all that Jaz. The girls Tug-Of-War team once again did us proud at the County Show pulling a 1st place and representing us and Staffordshire at The Three Counties Show and on to the Royal Show. We had a cocktail tasting night, in which everyone had to guess various drinks, followed by a social evening with Uttoxeter Young Farmers who hosted the night at our Hockey Club. We also had a nature trail around Tittesworth reservoir with a BBQ afterwards, and a night of games at Stanley Head kindly organised by Phil Brammer. Our Rally this year was held in Mid-July at Earlsway Farm, by kind permission of the Woolley family. Leek Show soon came around with members involved with the organising of the YFC marquee and after show party, raising £600 for Manchester Childrenís Hospital.
Soon after the Show was our biggest event of the year. Leekís first ball, with the Blues Brothers performing. We raised £400 for the East Cheshire Hospice. An interesting night was had at Wheatís dairy in Cheadle where we had a tour of how they bottled the milk and made the milk shakes which we actually got to taste. The beginning of September was a chance for members to renew their membership, after a membership total of 194, what a great achievement!! It was then time for our Stockjudgings, kindly held at Greentrees Farm, New Grange Farm and Red Earth farm.