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Staffordshire YFC are ready for the year ahead!

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) is about to join in a National celebration to shout about just what their organisation is all about! SCFYFC, who have been affiliated to the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) since 1952, has ten active clubs across the county, and had a total of 680 members aged between 10 – 26 years of age during the year 2017/18. As the Clubs started their new membership year on 1st September this year, many evenings joining up new and existing members as well as Club AGM’s have been held. All the evenings have been extremely well attended with many clubs have more than one member standing for positions of responsibility.

As a democratic and membership led organisation, SCFYFC can offer young people living in and around rural communities of Staffordshire a host of opportunities and competitions to get involved in, all for the princely sum of around £45 per year! And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a farmer – in fact you don’t have to know anything about farming, all you need is a sense of adventure and a love of the countryside! Our members come from all walks of life including Receptionists, Hairdressers, Dog Groomers, IT Consultants, Students, Teachers, Chefs… the list is endless! Led by young people, for young people, SCFYFC provides anyone aged 10 to 26 with a fantastic chance to meet lifelong friends, learn new skills, make a real difference to the local community and even travel the world!

During the year, Staffordshire YFC holds a varied Competitions Programme which can lead to Area and National Finals competing against fellow members across the county. Competitions on the calendar this year include Rugby, Football, Netball, Cookery, Darts, Fence Erecting, Floral Art, Raft Races plus many more. At the recent National Finals of the NFYFC Floral Art Competition, our winning senior member, Phillippa Bourne of Stone YFC took 3rd place in this highly competitive competition, which is a brilliant achievement. The highlight for many of the members in Staffordshire YFC, is the Annual Rally which is a day filled with over 40 competitions and the County Show where all clubs showcase themselves on a Show Float which is paraded in the main ring. There is also an exciting and unique YFC Travel programme, via the National Office, that includes homestays and working holidays – as well as a fun ski trip in January. Full support is given to any members wishing to apply for these opportunities. Training and learning opportunities also play an integral part of the YFC Calendar, with all clubs putting on evenings including Team Building, Good Communicators and Safe Driving.


Staffordshire YFC have certainly packed a lot of community work and fundraising into the last 12 months, with clubs coming together to raise funds for Young Minds, the leading mental health charity for young people. At the County AGM in November, County Chairman Richard Mottershead will be presenting a cheque for over £7000 to Young Minds, which was raised with various sponsored activities and events including Stone YFC who climbed to the top of Snowdonia, carrying the giant Oatcake Baton which has been parading around the County as part of the charity fundraiser.

Julia Taylor, County Organiser for Staffordshire YFC said “If you’re interested in becoming a part of this unique organisation, And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a farmer – in fact you don’t have to know anything about farming, all you need is a sense of adventure and a love of the countryside!”

Staffordshire YFC ten active clubs across the county are Abbotsholme YFC (Closed School Club); Ashley YFC, Chase YFC, Cheadle YFC, Eccleshall YFC, Leek YFC, Lichfield YFC, Stone YFC, Uttoxeter JNFU and Waterhouses YFC. Social media will be very active with all clubs this week as they celebrate #trueyfc during the National Young Farmers Week explaining just what YFC means to our members.

Sarah Bourne, who works as a Teaching Assistant is also the Club Secretary of Cheadle YFC for the second year running. She said “Growing up on a farm can be very busy, unfortunately I started young farmers at the age of 21… I so wish that I start at the age of 10! The amount of confidence it has given me and the opportunities have been amazing! Without young farmers, I wouldn’t know who I know now, wouldn’t have the skills or the knowledge. There are so many reasons why you should join young farmers… I wish I had joined earlier so I’m definitely taking the time now to make the most of my years of being a young farmer!”

For further details on joining one of the clubs, please do not hesitate to contact Julia Taylor on 01785 248645 or email countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk . The County Facebook page also has up to date information about forthcoming events across the clubs too.

The Year Stone Shook It Up…

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The years almost at an end, and what a year its been! From start to finish we’ve pushed ourselves to achieve our club goals and its safe to say we smashed them! Almost every competition was entered, we came back with certificates and silverware in competitions we never dreamed off…

We had another great year at the rally coming away with 4 trophies (and placed in many more) for the various groups of competitions including ‘Most Improved Club’… members new and old took part in static competitions before the day as well as on the day! With many exhibits and members getting placed it helped us on the way to all the trophies we walked away with! a BIG thank you from the rally secretary for all the hard work, effort and time given up to help the club! the rally was followed by what has to be said as our best Staffordshire County Show to-date!…

At the Pre-show Reception Becky Roe won 1st in the Club Display after all her hard work and effort, from finding pictures to making and sticking…. Phillippa Bourne won the Leslie T Chester Trophy for her 500 word story for the 2nd year running… Enya entered the YFC Got Talent on the keyboard/piano giving us a fab rendition! The Wednesday brought along the Tug-of-War competitions in which the Ladies team pulled away with 1st place and would be heading onto West Mids area and the lads team roped in a 3rd place! Moving on to the Thursday for the Float Competition, we’d pulled all the stops out on our float this year with the theme ‘Porridge’ by building in ways in which we wouldn’t usually, but we needed to keep up with the competition! we came away with 2nd place which as a club we are extremely proud of! Phillippa Bourne painted her way to 1st place for the clubs front name board! What a Fantastic show! a Big thank you goes out too all our members and sponsors!

Shortly after the ladies tug-of-war team went on to pull at the west midlands area, coming out on top with 1st place and heading on their way to the national finals! The National finals were held on the 4th August, the girls didn’t get placed, but such a great achievement to reach the finals of what is a very competitive sport, we wish them all the luck for next year and they are always looking for new pullers for the ladies and men’s teams.

The club has had a wide variety of events and socials with other clubs over the past year, ranging from mill tours to rock climbing, to slippery poles… we in turn also took part in the county Chairman’s fundraising idea for Young Minds… #oatcakeontour was a great success, for our club contribution a minibus load of 16 members decided to raise money by climbing Mt. Snowdon with the 4ft wooden oatcake in tow! We left the showground at 3:30am, climbed up and climbed down in some serious sun! all in good time to get back for the beer festival going on at the showground! We raised over a £1600 for Young Minds!

The top table would like to thank all of its members for their hard work and support throughout the year, and hope that the club continues to grow and succeed in all aspects of YFC! 

Staffordshire YFC pulling to victory at the Three Counties Show 2018!

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Teams from around Staffordshire YFC took part in the West Midlands Area of YFC’s Male and Female Tug of War Competitions at the Three Counties Show on Sunday 17th June. Also teams took part in the Junior (12 – 17 years) Tug of War which was also held on the same day including a team from the newly formed Cheadle YFC.

Following a great competitions, the results were as follows:
Junior Competition: 3rd Place – Staffordshire A (Waterhouses YFC)
Ladies Competition: 1st Place – Staffordshire A (Stone YFC), 3rd Place – Staffordshire B (Eccleshall YFC)
Mens Competition: 1st Place – Staffordshire A (Waterhouses YFC)

The teams from Waterhouses and Stone will now go forward to take on the rest of the Country at the NFYFC Finals which are held on Saturday 4th August at Tenbury Show in Worcestershire.

Show Float Competition 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

All 11 clubs had been working for months putting together their floats to the theme ‘British Sitcoms’, the sun shone on the Thursday of Stafford County Show and the water fight was enjoyed by all.  The results from the competition were:

Overall Float

1st – Uttoxeter JNFU, 2nd – Stone YFC, 3rd – Ashley YFC

Best name Board

1st – Stone YFC, 2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU

Please take a look at the photos HERE

Leslie T Chester Competition 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

12 entries were received were the ‘500’ word story competition, each entry had to incorporte 15 specific words.  The winners of the competition were:

1st – Phillippa Bourne – Stone YFC

2nd – Imogen Bloxham – Eccleshall YFC

3rd – Annabelle Lane – Abbotsholme YFC

Tug of War Competition

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The Wednesday of the County Show saw clubs from around the County compete for the Tug of War silverware, the results were:

Male

1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Eccleshall YFC, 3rd – Stone YFC

Female

1st – Stone YFC, 2nd – Eccleshall YFC, 3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU

Take a look at the photos HERE

 

Club Display Competition 2018

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

All 11 Clubs took part in this years competition, each Club could use a 1m x 1m space to promote their Club, the winner were:

1st – Stone YFC

2nd – Waterhouses YFC

3rd – Ashley YFC

YFC’s Got Talent Competition

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Eight acts competed in this years competition with the results being:

1st  – Leek YFC – Meg Barnes, Holly Stanyer, Lizzy James & Izzy Proctor

2nd – Uttoxeter B JNFU – Emily & Eve Phillips

3rd – Uttoxeter A JNFU – Rob Mollatt & Toby Hall

Please click HERE for  photos from the competition

YFC’s Got Talent Competition 2018

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Rally Results 2018

Monday, May 14th, 2018

After a full on day of competitions ranging from Soapbox Racing to Floral Art….. The Overall Results for the silverware were as follows:

Overall Rally Cup:

1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Waterhouses; 3rd Stone
Most Improved Club Shield:
1st Stone; 2nd Ashley

Rose Bowl:

1st Eccleshall/Stone; 2nd Uttoxeter; 3rd Waterhouses
Junior Cup:
1st Waterhouses; 2nd Lichfield; 3rd Eccleshall

Intermediate Cup:

1st Ashley; 2nd Lichfield; 3rd Stone
Senior Cup:
1st Stone; 2nd Eccleshall/Uttoxeter; 3rd Waterhouses/Chase
Associate Cup:
1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Waterhouses; 3rd Ashley
Eccleshall Shield:
1st Eccleshall; 2nd Chase; 3rd Stone

Sports Cup:

1st Ashley; 2nd Eccleshall; 3rd Uttoxeter
Tractor Handling Cup:
1st Ridware; 2nd Stone; 3rd Eccleshall

TWW Jones Award (Wildlife Quiz):

1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Eccleshall; 3rd Chase
Tug of War Tray:
1st Waterhouses; 2nd Stone; 3rd Uttoxeter

Sheep Shearing Trophy:

1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Stone

For all the photos from a brilliant Rally Day held by kind permission of J A Bloor Agricultural Services, please click here

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