Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) celebrated in style on Saturday 7th October in The Ingestre Suite on the County Showground in Stafford as over 475 invited guests, members and supporters of SCFYFC came together to see The Presentation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (The MBE for Volunteer Groups.) This prestigious award was presented on the evening by HM Lord Lieutenant, Mr Ian Dudson CBW KStJ, who in attendance with his wife, Mrs Jane Dudson, enjoyed an evening of entertainment from past and current YFC members as they put on a show entitled “What has Staffordshire YFC ever done for us?”
The entertainment en-capsulated exactly what opportunities and activities Staffordshire YFC has and does on a regular basis. From Competitions, the County Show, the Annual Rally, YFC Travel Programme, Training, Meetings to the endless Social Events for members to get involved in. The cast produced a remix of “500 miles” by The Proclaimers, various comedy sketches, past and current YFC Travellers explaining just how far around the world they had all been and a practical Live Stockjudging Lesson including a surprise demonstration on a heifer, which was halter-led into the Ingestre Suite (closely followed by a bucket and shovel!) Guests were wowed by the array of scenes which led flawlessly from one aspect of YFC to another, with plenty of laughter and smiles along the way.
Following the entertainment, it was time for Mr Ian Dudson to present the award. He explained that since the award was first given in 2002, following The Queens Golden Jubilee, Staffordshire as a county has received over 70 of the awards, reflecting the hard work and quantity of volunteering that takes place in the area. He then congratulated Staffordshire YFC on winning the award and went onto thank the members for the entertainment which showed a great array of talents worthy of a separate award and that the sketches gave all guests a really great insight into what Staffordshire YFC is all about.
Collecting the award on behalf of Staffordshire YFC were Peter Cotton of Waterhouses YFC who came 1st in both Staffordshire and West Midlands Area YFC Member of the Year Competition (17 years and under) in 2017 and Beth Robinson of Lichfield YFC who was the Runner Up of the same competition in Staffordshire. Mr Dudson then presented a representative from each of the eleven YFC Clubs in Staffordshire with a Certificate of Appreciation, acknowledging the hard work and commitment of their members and supporters, which has contributed towards The Queens Award.
As a surprise on the evening, Staffordshire YFC also paid special tribute to its five County Trustees, Mr Jon Sarsfield, Mr David Beswick, Miss Margaret Bennett, Mr David Heminsley and Mrs Ange Woodward. The County Chairman, Mr George Goodwin outlined the hard work that each County Trustee had given over the years to the county federation and explained that this, combined with endless enthusiasm has led to this recognition. He said “Our five trustees don’t just fulfil a list of jobs and positions that we could “tick off”. They do so much more than that. They go the extra mile, and then an extra ten on top of that. They have enthusiasm for all things “Staffordshire YFC”. They don’t just give time; they give it some welly, like no other!” Each County Trustee was presented with a Queens Award Pin Badge by Mr Dudson.
The evening was concluded with a magnificent hot buffet provided by Pear Tree Catering and plenty of socialising as members past and present, along with all guests enjoyed the great atmosphere created by such a wonderful evening. Katie James, longstanding member and Club Leader of Leek YFC said “I don’t think anyone left the showground on Saturday night without having a proud sense of belonging to Staffordshire YFC” which summarised the whole event perfectly.
Stone YFC have elected a new top table for 2017-18. Edward Johnson & David Benbow are chairman for the year, Rebecca Roe as secretary and Phillippa Bourne as treasurer. They already have lots of events planned with a Dinner Dance on 3rd November 2017 and a Christmas Cracker Ball on 22nd December 2017.
Lichfield YFC have a new top table for 2017-18. Harri Dunne has been elected as Chairman, Eden Gray as Secretary and Jacob Sweetman-Wiley as Treasurer. They have lots planned for Lichfield YFC so pop down to Sheepwash Farm on a Monday night to find out more!
Leek YFC have a new top table for 2017-18. Andrew Hill has been elected as Chairman, Beth Hicklin as Secretary and Meg Barnes as Treasurer. They have lots planned for Leek YFC so pop down to Leek Hockey Club on a Wednesday night to find out more!
Stone YFC are starting the new membership year with a fun packed Club Programme!
Abbotsholme YFC have a new top table for 2017-18. Toby Hall has been elected as Chairman and Phoebe Broughton as Secretary. They are a very active school club and have lots planned for the coming year.
Chase YFC have a new top table for 2017-18. Will Freeman has been elected as Chairman, Beckie Phillips as Secretary and Frances Wright as Treasurer. They have lots planned for Chase YFC so pop down on a Tuesday night to find out more!
Ashley YFC have a new top table for 2017-18. Amy Nicholls has been elected as Chairman, Megan Davies as Secretary and Jack Salt continues as Treasurer. They have lots planned for Ashley YFC so pop down to The Chetwode Arms on a Tuesday night to find out more!
Lichfield YFC came out in the top spot at this year’s Annual Hockey Tournament, held at Abbotsholme School, Rocester on Sunday 1st October. After a great competition with 8 teams taking part, the final results were:
1st – Lichfield YFC
2nd – Eccleshall YFC
3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU A
Want to broaden your horizons? Interested in the future of the Farming Industry? Do you care what happens to the next generation in the agricultural sector?
Why not apply for an all expenses paid trip to the Oxford Farming Conference…which is being held on 3rd – 5th January 2018, kindly sponsored by The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural for members of Staffordshire YFC?
The Oxford Farming conference is a fabulous opportunity to get involved within the future of agriculture, with topical discussions, talks and presentations mixed with socializing and meeting some top people within the industry, all within the spectacular grounds of Oxford University, it really is an opportunity not to be missed!
How to apply? Click here
For more information about the conference head to the website https://www.ofc.org.uk/
Deadline for applications is Monday 23rd October, names of the two successful members is announced at the County AGM on Friday 10th November.