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.
Come along and have some fun at Ridware YFC’s mock auction at B&B tractors Fauld Depot.
£1 entry and bring some change along to have a go at our raffle
21st February @ 8PM
B&B Tractors, Fauld Lane, Tutbury, DE13 9HS
Come and join Chase YFC for their club fundraiser!
Quiz Night with a Fish and Chip supper.
Raffle and lots of fun and games too!
There will also be a well-stocked bar.
Quiz Master: Mr David Heminsley
4 people per quiz team
Tickets £6 to include a fish and chip supper.
Contact the top table for tickets or Beckie Phillips.
We are busy getting ready for the RETURN of the Sketch Pad on 23rd March!!! We can’t wait!:)
To get your tickets please contact the Top Table or Emily Phillips.
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
Stone Young Farmers 2017-2018 year has started off at full speed! The first 5 months has flown by with lots of great social nights and competition entries! We started the year with a goal to enter every young farmers competition and so far we’ve held true to our word with members new and old getting involved in all kinds of events, with many surprising themselves and being placed in competitions they perhaps wouldn’t have thought about entering, such as carcass judging.
We continue to hold our annual Christmas Cracker Ball with all proceeds going to Katherine House Hospice. This year it was held on 22nd December at Stone Hockey Club. The event was very well attended with over 300 members and non-members coming through the doors to start the Christmas celebrations off in style! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued support of this event and look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Our next event is our Annual Film Race Night, held on Friday 16th February at Fulford Village hall, Fulford, starting at 7:30pm! Entry is £3, which includes nibbles and cheese and crackers! Bring along your own drink for the evening!
Keep a look out for more club updates! Until then club programmes can be found in our album ‘Club Programmes’ on the Stone YFC page!
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