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Staffs YFC are ready for the year ahead!

September 16th, 2019

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 just over 600 members aged between 10 – 26 years of age during the last 12 months.  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 are being held across Staffordshire.

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 around £1 a week!     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 Kwik Cricket, Football, Netball, Cookery, Darts, Fence Erecting, Floral Art, Raft Races plus many more.  Our members often achieve highly in the NFYFC finals including Eccleshall and Uttoxeter Young Farmers who came 2nd in the NFYFC Show Choir Competition and Waterhouses YFC who took 2nd place as well in the NFYFC Male Tug of War Competition over the summer.

Also, in the summer, one member went a step further and was named Senior Dairy Stockjudge of the Year at the NFYFC Finals.  This was a very proud moment for Staffordshire YFC in this very popular competition.  Johnathan Wilson of Uttoxeter Young Farmers is in his last year of membership after joining Uttoxeter Young Farmers 13 years ago at the age of 14.

Johnathan Wilson said “Dairy stock judging has always been my favourite YFC competition. To win the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging at The Great Yorkshire Show has always been a dream that I never thought was possible.  I am incredibly happy and shocked to win, especially in my last YFC year made it ever more special.  I’ve learnt so much from doing this competition from trainers, judges and fellow competitors and have gained some incredible friends too.”

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 Mental Health Awareness.

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 Cancer Research, the day after their Annual Rally this year.  At the County AGM in November, County Chairman Polly Baines will be presenting a cheque for over £8000 to Cancer Research, which was raised at her family home, where the Annual Rally was hosted back in May. Polly Baines, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “This year has been a true representation of everything YFC! From teamwork and competitions to socialising and great laughs.   My year as County Chairman has shown how much “teamwork really does make the dream work!” Being a part of the Staffordshire YFC is fantastic, the support and opportunities are amazing and once you join, you will never look back!”

Staffordshire YFC ten active clubs across the county are Abbotsholme YFC (School Club); Ashley YFC, Chase YFC, Cheadle YFC, Eccleshall YFC, Leek YFC, Lichfield YFC, Stone YFC, Uttoxeter JNFU and Waterhouses YFC.

 

President of NFYFC and Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith said: YFCs are a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture, develop skills for life and celebrate the countryside. They play a key role in connecting young people in remote locations and National Young Farmers’ Week is the perfect time to support them in their growth and development.  It’s also an ideal opportunity for anyone to get along to their local club and find out more about being part of this amazing organisation.”

 

The fifth National Young Farmers’ Week runs from 30th September to 4th October and the aim of the week is to promote YFCs to more rural young people so they are aware of the benefits the clubs can offer them by providing an active social network and developing skills.

 

Katie Hall, NFYFC Chairman of Council 2019-20, said: “National Young Farmers’ Week is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate the amazing work of NFYFC’s 615 Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales. These individual clubs support rural young people and their local communities. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer, but YFCs are a great way to learn more about British food and farming and to celebrate living and working in the countryside.”

Look out for posts on social media throughout the week and join in using the hashtag #NationalYoungFarmersWeek.

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

 

Entries now being taken for the YFC Classes at the English Winter Fair

July 25th, 2019

A prize fund of over £700 is on offer in the Young Farmers’ Stock and Carcase judging Competitions at this year’s English Winter Fair, Stafford, thanks to backing by AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board – Beef and Lamb). Teams from across the Country will be competing in the Stock and Carcase Judging competitions, held at the English Winter Fair on Sunday 17th November along with the NFYFC Live and Carcase Judging two day competition over the weekend.

The teams made up of 8 members will be judging Live Beef, Live Lamb, Beef and Pork Carcase on Sunday 17th November from 9.30am. The Secretary for the Young Farmer Classes, Mrs Julia Taylor explained, “Young Farmers will be able to judge the Beef and Pork Carcase in the purpose-built Carcass Hall, which is a fantastic facility available to us thanks to support from AHDB and the show’s organisers, the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.

Young Farmers will pit the skills picked up in county rounds of the YFC’s Stock and Carcase competitions against others in this nationwide event to secure prizes. “It is a great way for members to test their skill at judging stock on the hoof and on the hook. Each team is given 10 minutes to assess stock and then two minutes to give reasons to the panel of judges for their choices. It is always a popular date on the YFC calendar and well supported by counties across the country” adds Mrs Taylor.

In addition to cash prizes YFC teams will also compete for the Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society silver cup for the team accumulating most points which last year went to Warwickshire YFC.

This year again there will be a 2 course meal being held in the Boden Room, exclusively for YFC members followed by entry into the Herdsman’s Supper Disco entry for only £10 on the evening before the competitions, Saturday 17th November. This evening is also kindly supported by Bagshaws Auctioneers.

Young Farmers attending the event will also be able to see the Show’s championships take place in the main arena in Bingley Hall as well as witness the spectacle of the grand auction of prize-winning animals from both the live arena and Carcass Hall on Sunday afternoon.

For details on how to enter your County team, please click here

Johnny takes the top spot in Dairy Stockjudging

July 15th, 2019

At The Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday 11th July, 6 Staffordshire Young Farmers Club (YFC) members competed against the highest ranking Dairy Stockjudgers in the country.  After judging a ring of 4 Dairy cows and giving reasons to the Master Judge, Johnathan Wilson of Uttoxeter Young Farmers came 1st in the Senior Section, out of 33 other individuals.  His team, consisting also of James Robinson of Lichfield YFC and Peter Cotton of Waterhouses YFC, came 2nd out of 39 teams.    This is a massive achievement again for Staffordshire YFC in this very popular competition.  Johnathan is in his last year of membership after joining Uttoxeter Young Farmers 13 years ago at the age of 14.

Johnathan Wilson said “Dairy stock judging has always been my favourite YFC competition. To win the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging at The Great Yorkshire Show has always been a dream that I never thought was possible.  I am incredibly happy and shocked to win, especially in my last YFC year made it ever more special.  I’ve learnt so much from doing this competition from trainers, judges and fellow competitors and have gained some incredible friends too.”

 The cup which Johnathan bought home, The Harold Jackson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, has not been won by a Staffordshire since 1958, so this win has been 61 years in the making too!  Competitions are a very important aspect of YFC, offering members new opportunities to develop their confidence, skills and learning.  The Dairy Stock Judging Competition is aimed to help members by giving them the opportunity to put their training to the test by judging high quality livestock and presenting their findings to industry experts.

National Dairy Stockjudging Finals

July 11th, 2019

Senior Section – Johnathan Wilson of Uttoxeter JNFU – 1st; Philip Wilson of Uttoxeter JNFU – 8th

Intermediate Section – Peter Cotton of Waterhouses YFC – 9th; Robert Mollatt of Uttoxeter JNFU – 8th

Junior Section – James Robinson of Lichfield YFC – 13th; Heidi Pickford of Waterhouses YFC – 17th

Overall Team – Staffordshire A – Johnathan Wilson, Peter Cotton and James Robinson – 2nd

Overall Team – Staffordshire B – Philip Wilson, Robert Mollatt and Heidi Pickford – 7th

Young Farmers hit all the right notes!

July 8th, 2019

Members of Eccleshall and Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club (YFC) sang their way to second place at the National Federation of Young Farmers (NFYFC) Competitions Day on Saturday 6th July, held locally at the Stafford Showground.  The club formed the joint choir made up of a group of 15 members aged between 13 and 27 years, many of whom had not sang in public before, after their success at the West Midlands Area round of this competition.  They have been practising for many hours with the enthusiastic guidance of Eccleshall members Imogen Bloxham and Harriet Wilson, who choreographed the two singing pieces, one of which had to be from the Top 40 singles from 1st January 2018 to 1st January 2019 and the second piece could be of the teams own choice.  The team sang “I’ll be There” by Jess Glynne and then in contrast, “Africa” by Toto, both of which were very originally performed including some solo sections and six very bright umbrellas as props.  The national competition was marked with the following criteria: Choice of Programme; Accuracy and Intonation; Quality and Balance; Interpretation; Overall Ensemble and Presentation; Appropriateness and Creativity of Movement.  The team scored 207 marks out of a possible 240 and were only 5 marks away from the first placed team, Devon YFC.

Harry Bowers, Club Chairman of Eccleshall YFC said “It has been great to see how the members from two clubs have all come together.  The final performance showcased our weeks of hard work and we have come such a long way since the county competition back in November last year.”

Competitions are a very important aspect of YFC, offering members new opportunities to develop their confidence, skills and learning.  The Choir Competition is aimed to help members learn new performance techniques, develop musical skills and experience singing to a large audience which, on Saturday, was over 400 members, supporters and associates of YFC from across the country.

National Competitions Results (Competitions Day)

July 6th, 2019

NFYFC Choir Finals – Eccleshall and Uttoxeter – 2nd

NFYFC Clay Pigeon Shooting Finals (26 and under) – Sam Down of Uttoxeter – 2nd and Max Standerwick of Lichfield – 5th

NFYFC Clay Pigeon Shooting Finals (17 and under) – Robert Rowlinson of Leek – 9th

NFYFC Clay Pigeon Shooting Finals (Ladies Scores) – Katie James of Leek – 4th  and Maisie Grew of Eccleshall – 9th

 

Local Accountants Support Competitive Spirit in Staffs YFC

July 1st, 2019

Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) are pleased to announce that their varied and active programme of competitions available to all members is being further supported by HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, who have an office in Uttoxeter and are sponsoring the Competition Certificates for two years from 1st September.

Staffordshire YFC has organised and ran 20 separate competitions across the county already since January this year, with the Annual Raft Race concluding the year 2018/19 to see who will be crowned the winning club of the Overall Competitions Cup at the Annual General Meeting in November.  When the new membership year for Staffordshire YFC starts again on 1st September, there will be a further 19 competitions held up until December.  In addition to this, the federation organises an Annual Rally in May which has a further 40 competitions all held on one day!

As Hannah Bain, Associate Director at HSKS Greenhalgh explains, the firm are delighted to be supporting Staffordshire Young Farmers.  Says Hannah: “Having been a member of Young Farmers myself, and a previous competition winner, I have experienced first-hand the important role that Young Farmers plays in the local community.  It not only provides an opportunity for young people to socialise, but to also learn new skills, whether these be just for fun or with a view to future employment opportunities.  As a firm we already support the farming and agricultural community by providing tax, accounting and business advice to many local businesses, and we feel that this sponsorship is a great way of extending that support to include the next generation”.

Polly Baines, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “As a charitable organisation we are reliant on sponsorship and donations in order to continue to provide the great service and opportunities to our members. Therefore, we really appreciate companies like HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants, who have chosen to support Staffordshire YFC, and the future generation of the rural community in this way.”

Being a member of Staffordshire YFC can offer anyone aged 10 – 26 years the opportunity to take part in such a variety of competitions including Public Speaking, Stockjudging, Go Karting, Raft Racing, Tug of War, Floral Art, Sports and back again for the fourth year running this November, even Cheerleading!  Some of these will lead to members going head to head with fellow members from across the West Midlands Area of YFC’s and in some cases, even reaching the National Finals.  Eccleshall Young Farmers are one club who are no stranger to National finals and on the weekend of Saturday 6th July, some of their members along with members of Uttoxeter JNFU are competing in the National Show Choir Competition.  In addition to this, Waterhouses YFC have just taken part in the West Midlands Area round of the Male Tug of War Competition at The Three Counties Show, defending their winning title from last year and will now go head to head and compete with the countries strongest teams at the National Finals which are held on Saturday 3rd August at Tenbury Show in Worcestershire.

Waterhouses YFC winning at The Three Counties Show.

West Midlands Area – Tug of War Competition

June 16th, 2019

Junior – Staffordshire A – Cheadle YFC (4th)

Ladies – Staffordshire A – Stone/Waterhouses YFC (3rd) & Staffordshire B – Eccleshall (6th)

Mens – Staffordshire A – Waterhouses YFC (1st) & Staffordshire B – Stone (3rd)

 

West Midlands Area – Auctioneering Competition

June 14th, 2019

George Goodwin of Waterhouses YFC – 5th

Alicia Smith of Chase YFC – 7th

County Officers Team 2019-20

June 11th, 2019

Staffordshire YFC are looking ahead to the new membership year and will recruit a new team of County Officers at the Executive Meeting which is held on 14th November 2019 at the YFC Centre.  This years team of officers will be a very hard act to follow, with their enthusiasm and team work in abundance, reflected in the success of “Give Cancer the Boot” which raised over £8000 for Cancer Research and a very popular and bustling marquee at the recently held Staffordshire County Show – to name just a few events.  With over 25 County Competitions and the Annual Rally hosting a further 38 competitions on the day, there is always something to do and somewhere to be!

Being a County Officer requires so many qualities,  but the most important are to have a LOVE of all things YFC with an abundance of enthusiasm, being able to work as part of a team, be hardworking, act responsibly and to strive to ensure that Staffordshire YFC is successful in all that it sets out to achieve!

All clubs have been sent a County Officers Nomination Form which is due into the YFC Office by 2nd September.  Full details can be found here on the positions available along with a list of current officers.  If any current members are keen to get involved, do talk to current County Officers about the roles and what is involved and then make sure your club adds your name onto the nomination paper and returns it to the office no later than 2nd September.

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