This years competition was held at PowerLeague, Stoke with over 100 members taking part in the male and female competitions. The results from the day were:
Male – 1st – Eccleshall YFC, 2nd – Uttoxeter A JNFU, 3rd – Leek YFC
Female – 1st – Stone YFC, 2nd – Eccleshall YFC, 3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU.
Droitwich High School, Worestershire was the location for this years WMA sports competitions day, 40 Staffordshire members took part and the results were:
Herefordshire 1st, Warwickshire 2nd, Staffordshire 3rd, Worcestershire 4th
Warwickshire 1st, Shropshire A 2nd, Shropshire B 3rd, Hereford 4th, Worcestershire 5th, Staffordshire 6th
Staffordshire A 1st, Shropshire A 2nd, Staffordshire B 3rd, Hereford B 4th, Hereford a 5th, Worcestershire 6th
Staffordshire 1st, Worcestershire 2nd, Warwickshire 3rd, Hereford 4th, Hereford B 5th, Shropshire A 6th, Shropshire B 7th.
The WMA member of the year competition took place on Saturday 7th April, our Staffordshire members did us proud with the results as follows:
MOTY 18yrs & Over – 2nd – Imogen Bloxham (Eccleshall YFC), 6th – Johnny Wilson (Uttoxeter JNFU)
MOTY 17yrs & Under – 3rd – Megan Barnes (Leek YFC), 7th – Tom Gray (Lichfield YFC)
27 members from 9 clubs took part in this years Silage Competition, they travelled around three farms in the Hollington area finishing at The Farmers Arms, Withington for a well deserved carvery lunch. The results were:
1st – Uttoxeter JNFU, 2nd – Stone YFC, 3rd – Lichfield YFC
Photos from the day can be found HERE
The Ball Haye Tavern, Leek kindly hosted the County Darts Competition for 2018, 8 Clubs entered with the results as follows:
1st – Stone YFC, 2nd Eccleshall, 3rd – Uttoxeter
Photos from the evening can be found HERE
9 Clubs travelled to Tenpin Stafford for the Pool Competition, with 18 teams taking part on the night the results were:
1st Chase A, 2nd Waterhouses, 3rd Uttoxeter B. Individual results – 1st, Jack Marton (Chase YFC), 2nd, Daniel Shelley (Waterhouses YFC), 3rd, Ewan Gilbert (Leek YFC).
Photos from the night can be found HERE
This years Cookery Competition was held at Stramshall Village Hall with eight teams taking part, they all demonstrated fantastic culinary skills and the results were:
1st – Chase A, 2nd – Lichfield, 3rd – Chase B.
Chase A & Lichfield will represent Staffordshire at the NFYFC Cookery finals held at Malvern Autumn Show on Saturday 29th September 2018.
Photos from the evening can be found HERE
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!
For contact information and more details, click here
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.
Despite the cold day, members from all around the County travelled to Doveridge Shooting Ground, Doveridge. The results were:
Male – = 1st = Sam Down (Uttoxeter JNFU) & Josh Richardson (Waterhouses YFC), =3rd – Joe Sales (Leek YFC) & Max Standerwich (Lichfield YFC)
Female – 1st – Annabelle Lane (Abbotsholme YFC), 2nd – Grace Telford (Abbotsholme YFC), 3rd – Sophie Richardson (Lichfield YFC)
Full photos from the day can be found HERE