The past year has been an excellent year for Ridware YFC with members growing both in numbers and confidence. Membership has increased to over sixty.
Meetings have ranged from Craft Evenings to a Halloween Walk and a Treasure Hunt, a Talk on Farming through the Ages, an insight into the Discovery Programme, a discussion concerning modern agriculture with a local business man and a tour around a Pig Farm. Skills Evenings have included doing some Public Speaking, Stars in their Eyes, Christmas Wreath making, practicing Dairy Stockjudging skills and Reason Giving. Tobogganing, Ice Skating, Golf and Ten Pin Bowling were some of the more sporting meetings, which members always enjoy.
Ridware were presented with the following awards at the County AGM: Millennium Volunteer Awards were presented to Mick & Craig Hudson, Tom Hill, Martin & Sam Farrington. Leadership Day Awards were presented to Caz Greenwood, Mick Hudson, & Tom & Lucy Hill. National Competition Awards went to Lucy Hill for 7th in Junior Craft, 3rd in Junior Dairy Stockjudging and 4th in the Team Event. Tom Hill was presented with a Silver Salver for his Promotional Board for Germany Homestay Discovery Trip.
Competitions are always high on the agenda for Ridware YFC and this year was no exception with two new competitions being entered for the first time. These were Junior Member of the Year and Public Speaking. Well done to Lucy Hill who came 2nd in the Member of Year and congratulations to the Public Speaking Team of Lucy Cliffe, Lauren Hawkins and Lucy Hill who came a very commendable third.
Carcase Judging was well attended with a full team consisting of Mick Hudson, James Hollis, Matt Walker, Lucy Hill, Katy Stanley, Ruth Pickering, Will Bostock and Caz. Congratulations to James and Ruth who came 3rd. Clay Pigeon Shooting was another success with Gaz Tomlinson coming 1st followed by Craig Hudson in 2nd place and Mick Hudson in 3rd.
Ridware did very well in the Dairy Stockjudging. The team consisted of Caz Barlow, Lucy Hill. Will Bostock, Caz Greenwood, Tom Hill and Mick Hudson. The team came away with 1st overall and Lucy was placed 1st in the juniors, Caz Greenwood 2nd in the intermediates and Tom 2nd in the seniors.
The Cricket team managed to get to the Semi Finals and thanks go to Mick & Craig Hudson, Matt Walker, Tom & Lucy Hill, Lauren Hawkins, Ruth Pickering, Will & Caz Greenwood, Ted Wass and Sam Read.
The Rally was another good day for Ridware as most of the competitions were entered, even though a lot were left to the last minute! The results are as follows: Mick’s dog kennel achieved highly commended. Laura came 3rd in texting. Ruth & Katy came 3rd in the water sports. Caz, Lucy C & Katy were awarded 2nd for their ena dress up. Craig came 3rd in Mini digger handling. Ella came 1st with her decorated wellies. James’s tyre structure came 2nd. Lauren achieved 3rd with her caricature drawing. Lucy H, Lucy C & Lauren came 1st in the cookery.
As always a lot of effort is put into the float building for the County Show and this year we were very fortunate to be able to use the shed at Rob Brown’s farm at Rangemore. It was an ideal place due to the central location and kind hospitality of the Brown family. Despite not being placed the World War II float looked fantastic and the team work that went into the building of it was exceptional. Well done to everyone who took part.
The Tug of War team was also entered at the County Show for the first time in many years and the team pulled well and thanks go to Lucie Barker for organising sponsorship for TOW tops for the event. The Club Promotional Display came a very commendable 4th.
During the summer months we held two Social Evenings at Home Farm, Rangemore, again by kind permission of Nigel & Mary Brown. Whitney, our Canadian exchangee was also present at one of the socials and everyone made her feel very welcome. We were very fortunate with the weather on both occasions and managed to raise over £100 which the top table have decided they would like to donate to Graham & Rachel Roobottom’s chosen charity as a token of our appreciation for allowing us to use the Gun Room for our meeting place.
2006/2007 has been a great year for Ridware YFC and we would like to thank the team at County for their help and support over the past year.