💪You all did a amazing effort at this competition! 2nd year back at it, you should be very proud, as the rest of the club is of you all! 💪
Keep your eyes peeled! For more information. If anyone would like a ticket contact us!
We hope to see you at our meetings… still time to sign up as a Cheadle YFC member!! #trueyfc
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . The County Facebook page also has up to date information about forthcoming events across the clubs too.
Well done to all competitors who took part over the weekend, Chase YFC and Lichfield YFC represented Staffordshire in the Cookery Competiiton.
In the Floral Art the following members took part.
Junior – James Robinson (Lichfield YFC) & Lucy Clayton (Uttoxeter JNFU)
Intermediate – Hannah Britland (Uttoxeter JNFU)
Senior – Phillippa Bourne (Stone YFC)
Well done to Phillippa Bourne who came 3rd in her class!
Four teams braved the wet weather to take part in the County Fence Erecting Competition, this year kindly hosted by Uttoxeter District Agricultural Society. The results were:
1st – Chase YFC, 2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU, 3rd – Eccleshall YFC, 4th – Waterhouses YFC
Make sure that you have your tickets for Cheadle YFC Dance For Dan! Its going to be an amazing night to remember…
Cheadle Young Farmers would like to say a Huge thank you to everyone that came last night to Cheadle Young Farmers 1st Open Air Cinema Night!
It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support and help in buying and sharing our Posts. It was truly an amazing night, We hope everyone that came last night truly had a spectacular night too!
A Huge thank you to Katherine Clarkson (21) & Sarah Bourne (22) pulled it all off with the support of there amazing advisory team! The things you can achieve with Young Farmer! #unstoppable
We would also like to also say thank you to The pavilion, for the hire of there brilliant venue and bar but there support throughout sharing the event and helping set up is truly amazing! And finally to Ian Titterton for the Lorry and barriers!
Please keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page “Cheadle Young Farmers” for upcoming events, and of course next year’s Open Air Cinema Night with Cheadle YFC!
If you can’t wait… Cheadle YFC are having a taster/open night on 22nd August again at The Pavilion for all interested in seeing what Cheadle Young Farmers is all about
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!
Waterhouses YFC mens team took first place at this years NFYFC Finals of Tug of War at Tenbury Show.
The ladies team from Stone YFC came = 5th
Congratulations to all the members!