The year started well with enthusiasm running high, we had a new members night, which was well attended, and we gained a lot of new faces. The clubs membership almost doubled after one night! With all these new members on the scene it looked as though we were in for a good year, which hasn’t been far from the truth, now it was time to let them into what Young Farmers was really about.
We had a packed programme and more members than ever turning out, December saw us taking part in the County Volleyball Competition, a few new members joined the team and success had already begun … we won! Carol singing was well … not too much like a cat’s chorus (not when a few of us had shut up it wasn’t), a good time was had and money was raised, we’re still not sure if they paid us to sing or shut up!
The club also had a martial arts evening, this was a good night and everyone learnt a few things, even if it only comes in handy to leg your friends up, a few moves were learnt with a few interesting positions for some of them, but worked very well when put into practice.
The Rally was one of our most successful in a long time, everyone really enjoyed the day and we came out of it very well, we came first in Most Improved Club, Junior Cup, Senior Cup, T W W Jones Trophy and Leslie T Trophy, second in the Rose Bowl and third in the Intermediate Cup and Overall Rally Cup! What a day out, the evening that followed is one to remember too. We won’t mention any names Mikie and Rob, but you know who you are …. try and say you are going to throw up a bit sooner so we can actually stop the bus next time.
Other trips out include ice skating (or bum skating for some) bowling and tobogganing, the show floats proved a popular evening activity, the lads seem to enjoy getting their tools out! (drills and saws of course…).
Our sponsored bike ride round Cannock Chase was another brilliant day … 12 miles cross country (what better way to spend a Sunday morning?!) back to the pub afterwards for a well-deserved pint (and a rest).
Stockjudging is something we haven’t tried for a few years, but we seem to have the necessary members to make a statement, with a few wins at dairy Stockjudging – congratulations Tom Hill, and 2nd overall, and then success in the Stockman of the Year as well, with Tom Hill coming 1st in the dairy and Mike Hudson coming 2nd in the beef and lambs.
We also won the Rounders Competition at County level … well done to all those who took part especially those who got picked to represent County (Mikie, Claire and Ste). Finally well done to Carl, Martin, Rich and Ashley for coming 3rd in the Raft Race.
All this brings us to the end of our year, well done to all our members, who have taken part in things over the year .. here’s to next year … bigger and better than last … WATCH OUT EVERYONE, RIDWARE’S BACK!