Calling all sheep shearing competitors at the Annual Rally!
You MUST have this certificate in order to compete. The £80 fee can be claimed back through the Staffs YFC training grants. Register your details no later than 30th March for a course to be arranged in YOUR area!
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Staffordshire Young Farmers County Chairman, Richard Mottershead has launched his county-wide campaign this week, entitled, #oatcakeontour! The campaign involves a Giant 4 ft round Oatcake (made from wood), which will “tour” around the 11 YFC Clubs in the county, starting with a launch on Saturday 10th March at the federation’s Annual Dinner Dance to his home club, Ashley YFC. The Oatcake will then travel from club to club with the purpose to the campaign being that whilst the Oatcake is “on tour,” members will raise funds for the worthwhile charity, YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. The finish line of the #oatcakeontour, will be a Charity Beer Festival complete with live music, food and entertainment where all proceeds from the event will also be donated to YoungMinds. This will be held at The Staffordshire YFC Centre, based at the County Showground, Stafford on Saturday 30th June from 2pm until midnight.
Richard explains his reasons behind the idea of fundraising “I was watching a program on the television about Mental Health and was shocked to learn that 75% of deaths under the age of 35 was due to suicide. Farming is a lonely and proud profession and people are sometimes isolated and find it difficult to confide in their families. I decided that during my year as County Chairman of Staffordshire Young Farmers Club, which is part of the largest rural youth organisation in the UK, I would raise money for YoungMinds. In doing so, making more young people aware that there is help, support and compassion at the end of the phone.”
All clubs will be taking up this challenge and meeting with their members in the coming weeks to organise what their unique fundraising idea will be. It may be as simple as a car wash or quiz night, or more challenging such as transporting the Oatcake via a sponsored walk from Club to Club.
The Oatcake will make special appearances at the federation’s Annual Rally on 12th May where Uttoxeter JNFU will be passing it onto Ridware YFC and also at the Staffordshire County Show at the end of May where it will arrive with Lichfield YFC and leave with Chase YFC.
Championing positive mental health is one of the campaigns which the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs encourage YFC counties to do. Their campaign, Rural Plus, provides information and tools to encourage YFC to become a strong support network for rural young people who may experience rural isolation and mental health issues. An evening is available for all clubs to hold, which aims to raise awareness of mental health and rural isolation issues that young people may face living in rural areas and where to turn for support.
For more up to date information and finer details on the Oatcake route, please go to the Staffordshire YFC’s website www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk. To get involved in sponsoring the Beer Festival, book a Rural Plus Curve Evening or to become more involved in Staffordshire YFC, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645.
Staffordshire YFC hosted the West Midlands Area Public Speaking Competitions, held at Stafford County Showground. 5 Counties took part in 6 competitions with over 160 members competing on the day. Full results for the day are below
Please click HERE for photos from the day
Staffordshire YFC are very pleased to be hosting this years West Midlands Area (WMA) Public Speaking Day Competitions, including the Disco Dancing as well, on Sunday 4th February at the Stafford County Showground, courtesy of The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society. Teams from across the five WMA counties will come together to take part in six competitions, namely, Junior Reading, Junior Speaking, Intermediate Just a Minute, Senior MACE Debating, Situations Vacant and Disco Dancing.
For all the Information relating to each competition, please click HERE
6 Clubs took part in the Just A Minute Competition based on the well known BBC Radio 4 programme, the evening saw members discussion topics from ‘muck spreading’ to ‘traffic jams’ and ‘nudists’ to ‘scotch eggs’! The winning teams were:
1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU, 3rd – Ashley YFC
Three teams took part in a lively evening debating topics around Brexit, NHS and self-obsessed individuals! The results were:
1st – Eccleshall YFC, 2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU, 3rd – Lichfield YFC
Photos from the evening can be found HERE
18 teams took part in this years quiz kindly hosted by The Blythe Inn, Kingstone, the winning teams were:
1st – Eccleshall B
2nd – Uttoxeter C
3rd – Uttoxeter A
Photos from the night can be found HERE
1st – Eccleshall YFC
2nd – Waterhouses YFC
3rd – Uttoxeter B JNFU
Staffordshire Young Farmers celebrated the end of 2017, and slightly early celebrated the new year, at the County Showground. Pictures are in the Photos section of this website.
Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) held their fifth successful Christmas Shopping Evening on Thursday 7th December at The Ingestre Suite on the County Showground, Stafford. The vast room was filled with 65 stalls from across the Staffordshire selling local produce including “Just Crisps and Oils” based in Hill Ridware, Daltons Icecream from Wooton and the Weird and Wonderful Cheese Company. Local Uttoxeter JNFU member Shelly Spooner came along with her baking enterprise “Spoonerful of Sugar” which was very popular with some delightfully rich and chocolately creations. Over 300 people attended to support Staffordshire YFC with one of their major fundraising events of the year.
The YFC Office had to set up a waiting list during the month before as stallholders were desperate to secure a pitch at this growing and popular event. Doors opened to the public at 6.30pm with a brisk trade all evening. Visitors were greeted with a freshly baked mince pie and warmed mulled wine to set the festive scene for a great indoor shopping experience. The federation were well supported again by local turkey farmer Sandra Hopley of Brancote Turkeys based in Tixall, who kindly supplied hot turkey rolls on sale, which smelt delicious as everyone arrived.
New for this year was Twine Clothing, based at Denstone Hall. Local proprietors Judy and Gill are keen supporters of Staffordshire YFC and offered a great discount for our current members to use on their clothing and accessorises.
There was also a raffle held during the evening, kindly supported by many of the stallholders who donated prizes and manned very well by Nicki Mason of Barclays Bank who very generously agreed to match fund on the evening through the Barclays Bank community initiative.
County Chairman, Richard Mottershead said “Once again this year, our Christmas Shopping Evening has been a great success and we hope that everyone has enjoyed themselves. It is a great fundraising evening and appreciate all the support from the stalls and visitors on the evening.”
Staffordshire Young Farmers will be holding the evening again next year on Thursday 6th December as part of their vast calendar of events which raise funds for the organisation, which is a registered charity. This enables the organisation to provide support, training and competitions to its membership which is now over 600 young people aged 10 – 26 years.
Staffordshire YFC is the largest rural youth organisation in the county with weekly activities in its ten clubs. For more information please contact their County Organiser, Julia Taylor on 01785 248645 or email email@example.com