A New Year came with a new top table at Uttoxeter JNFU yet again had another fantastic Year was to follow. Our first competitions were soon upon us with male basketball, female hockey. 5-a-side football and the county carcase judging where the juniors 1st overall intermediates 2nd overall and seniors 1st over all which meant Uttoxeter was placed 1st overall.
Mid October, came the autumn ball where all members enjoyed the night until the next day when it was the Mixed hockey competition but managing with ‘bad heads’ going down to penalties coming 3rd overall.
November saw Paul Sargeant representing Staffordshire in the NFYFC carcass judge of the year competition taking 3rd place. Also members braved the cold temperatures to compete in the junior tag rugby and mixed basketball taking 3rd place in both. The month finished with a talk entitled ‘making the most of manure’ which got us into the papers?
December was a busy month with the annual buffet at Bramshall with a humorous speech by Clifford Prince. The next day Andrew Whitehurst, Sarah Wilks and Robert Atkin attended the leadership away day at Stanley head, although it was very windy and cold we all had a brilliant day. Next was the Christmas cracker where we took over the Wilks house and turned in to a factory for table decorations and cakes, which manage to sell some how and raised £80 for the air ambulance. Then the next week we went carol singing raising £400 for the Air ambulance.
The beginning of the New Year saw Robert Atkin attend the Oxford farming conference, the New Year Fling Ball, County Quiz, where we came 3rd, the Ten Pin bowling competition where we came 3rd with John Shipley getting the highest score of 200. January also saw Sarah Atkin Dave Vernon come 3rd in the badminton. January also saw our secretary fall out with the ice at ice skating where the ice won and Sarah went home in plaster.
February saw us enter teams into the junior public speaking, intermediate Brainstrust and junior & senior members of the year for the first time. Socially we went tobogganing had a talk from the NFU and had our Pig race night at Bramshall, which was once again a great success where we raised £505 for the air ambulance on the night we also presented a cheque to the air ambulance of £1612 pounds which had been raised prior to the night.
Glad rags were needed for March with the Spring Ball and County Dinner Dance, which were both great night. The club also enjoyed golf, ten pin bowling social with chase and a mystery talk by Philip Fitzpatrick which was highly entertaining.
Quiz night was the main event for April where it was well attended and we raised £231 for the charity REST. At the end of the month was the National AGM at Torquay where a large group of us traveled down and had a great weekend.
May or ‘CRAZY MAY’ as some call it, with float building happening every spare minute, there was the rest T-O-W day and we took part in the stockman of the year gaining 3rd overall. Mid month was the rally where we managed to get 17 people in a portaloo, it was really a successful day with us coming away with many awards. The county show was at the end of the month with the t-o-w on Wednesday night where the lads came 1st, and the show floats on Thursday. The lads went to the three counties to represent Staffordshire where they came 2nd.
In July we had a summer social and disco where I think we had the best weather so far and the night was a great success and enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the Atkin family for hosting the evening and helping the club raise £973 for club funds.
To finish the year off, if we weren’t already fed up with being wet was the raft race where 7 teams entered from Uttoxeter.
A big thank you goes out to all the members for all the hard work and effort throughout the year and to everybody who has helped or sponsored Uttoxeter JNFU during the year.