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Virtual YFC County Show Competitions

June 1st, 2020

Covid 19 didn’t stop Staffordshire YFC members holding five competitions during what would normally be the Staffordshire County Show week!

Following some excellent entries of a very high standard, all held via the YFC Facebook Page, the results were as follows:

Leslie T Chester Story Writing Competition

1st – Beckie Phillips of Uttoxeter JNFU

2nd – Hannah Norton of Uttoxeter JNFU

3rd – Julia Loosen of Abbotsholme YFC

4th – Sarah Bourne and Kate Brocklehurst of Cheadle YFC

 

YFC’s Got Talent Competition

1st – Eccleshall YFC with their Bohemian Rhapsody medley

2nd – Johnny and Phil Wilson with “Wilsons Wallpapers” slapstick sketch (Uttoxeter JNFU)

Joint 3rd –  Greg and Harry Large with their Two Ronnies Comedy Sketch (Cheadle YFC) & Toby Hall and Eddie Phillips with their Grease performance of Summer Lovin! (Uttoxeter JNFU)

 

Youth Forum “Pets we are Proud of” Photo Competition

1st – Ellie Roobottom, Chase YFC with her prize winning sheep

2nd – Ed Townsend, Uttoxeter JNFU with his calf, Jane

3rd – Olivia Wilkes, Eccleshall YFC with her dog, Nora

 

Youth Forum “Best Trick with my Animal”

1st – Heidi Clark, Uttoxter JNFU with her dog Tilly

Joint 2nd – Vicky Astle, Waterhouses YFC with her horse, Lady and Adam Leese, Eccleshall with his dog, Ted

Joint 3rd – Leah Bailey, Abbotsholme YFC with Beady the Bearded Dragon and Abi Palmer, Uttoxeter JNFU with Bella her cat

 

“Shoe Box” Show Floats Competition

1st – Liv Larsson of Ashley YFC with “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!”

2nd – Beth Allen of Cheadle YFC with “Supermarket Sweep”

Joint 3rd – Emma Mayers of Ashley YFC with “Great British Bake Off” and Jemima Brown of Abbotsholme YFC with “The Jump”

 

Staffordshire Young Farmers creates “Virtual County Show vibe!”

June 1st, 2020

On the usual week that would have been the Staffordshire County Show, the highlight of the rural calendar in Staffordshire, YFC members from across the county have been busy entering virtual competitions organised by the Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.   The competitions were along similar lines to what would normally take place during show week, except for Tug of War, which would have proven tricky to execute.  Instead, using the county’s Facebook page as a platform, with over 4000 followers, five competitions were held.  On Tuesday 26th May, which would usually be the Pre Show Reception, an evening held for over 250 invited guests to attend at the YFC Marquee, the YFC Clubs entered into two competitions.

Firstly, The Leslie T Chester Competition which is a challenge to write a 500 word story using 15 given words.  The winner of this competition was Beckie Phillips of Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club, who wrote a very entertaining story about Hedgerow Farm and two resident goats called Hetty and Horatio who dreamt of flying in a spaceship!  The Award for the Leslie T Chester Story will be presented to Beckie at the County AGM which is due to be held later in the autumn.   The second and very popular competition held on Tuesday was the “YFC’s Got Talent” which is always greatly entertaining for guests usually at the Pre Show.  There were six strong entries including a comedy sketch in a Two Ronnies style from Cheadle YFC and an entertaining “Summer Loving” Grease duet from Uttoxeter Young Farmers.  After votes were counted via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page as well as two independent judges giving their verdict, Eccleshall Young Farmers were declared the winners with a video compilation featuring members past and present from their Club, singing Bohemian Rhapsody, edited carefully by Daniel Moseley with flawless links, amusing costumes and varying vocals.    Tuesdays competitions were very kindly supported by Abbotsholme School and HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants.

On Wednesday 27th May it was the turn of the younger members of YFC aged 17 and under to take the lead, with two competitions displaying their love of animals.  The first competition was photos entitled “Pets we are Proud of” which included a Bearded Dragon, an array of dogs and cats and even a horse which regularly turns into a unicorn for local young children.  The winner was declared as a prize-winning sheep put forward by Ellie Roobottom of Chase YFC.  The second competition was “Best Trick with my Animal” where members were asked to submit photos or videos displaying their tricks.  The winner was Heidi Clark of Uttoxeter Young Farmers with her spaniel Tilly who completed an extensive obstacle course in great enthusiastic canine fashion.  The two competitions on Wednesday were kindly sponsored by Shires Vets, who would normally be part of the Staffordshire YFC marquee during the County Show week.  Dave Allen and Jen Robinson of Shires Vets also judged the two classes and said We would like to thank Staffordshire YFC for asking us to get involved in this year’s Virtual YFC County Show. All of the team here at Shires Vets are proud to continue to support such a brilliant group of young people. We have had a great selection to choose from so thank you to all the members who have taken part and submitted photos and videos for today’s competitions we have really enjoyed judging them, well done to the winners and we look forward to seeing you back in the marquee next year!”

One of the most popular competitions is usually held on the Thursday of the County Show, the Show Floats Competition, which always attracts a great crowd around the main ring at 2.30pm.  The creative idea to make “Shoe Box” Show Floats was put forward by Leek Young Farmers and was soon made into a reality, with 17 entries taking to a “virtual main ring” created on the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page.  Supporters of YFC have been giving some great feedback about how it was great to see the efforts made by YFC members during lockdown, cheering them up on social media newsfeeds, despite not being able to meet up weekly as they would normally.   The 17 floats were judged again by the number of “likes” each float received as well as Dewi Parry, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, giving his top placings too.  On a normal County Show year, YFC is always very well supported by BD Fuels of Hixon who generously sponsor this competition with prize and entry money for all clubs who take part.  Despite the challenging climate, BD Fuels very kindly donated club prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed floats again this year, for which Staffordshire YFC is very grateful.

After a very active day on social media and a tense wait after “likes” and judges placings were combined, the results were Liv Larsson of Ashley YFC in first place with her “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” float which had some very familiar faces superimposed onto the contestants.  The set up was complete with the Dingo Dollars Challenge and a helicopter Sky Dive setting!  In second place was Beth Allen of Cheadle YFC who recreated that daytime favourite, “Supermarket Sweep!”  The attention to detail with the aisles of food and trolleys inside the shoebox were a big hit with the judge.    There were two entries taking joint third place, Jemima Brown of Abbotsholme YFC with the ski gameshow, The Jump and Emma Mayers of Ashley YFC with The Great British Bake Off.

Dewi Parry, judge said “The competition standard has been immense, all seventeen entries were fabulous and everyone made a great amount of effort!”

Staffordshire YFC currently has 430 members across ten clubs in Staffordshire.  Club meeting nights usually run on a weekly basis, with a wide range of activities available for members of all ages including sports, public speaking, cinema and bowling trips, quizzes and farm walks.  Although not all members are from an agricultural background, the clubs in Staffordshire are based in rural and isolated communities and provide the much needed social life, new skills and learning opportunities, for any young people aged between 10 and 26 years, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that all planned competitions and events for the coming months are either cancelled or postponed, however Staffordshire YFC is continually adapting to the current situation and thinking of new ways to connect and provide a valuable service to its members.

For any further information about Staffordshire YFC’s Clubs and County during Covid 19, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 07841 422706 or email organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk .

To view all the entries into the above competitions on our Facebook page, click here

Staffordshire YFC Holds first Virtual Rally!

May 5th, 2020

On Saturday 2nd May, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) held a first in their history since forming in 1952.  Their traditional Annual Rally, a day with over 40 competitions held on a farm site in the County, had to go virtual!   As Staffordshire YFC clubs and members are no longer able to hold meeting and activities, many members have been busy helping in their local communities, some are working hard as key workers on the farm and for others, not having the YFC activities on a weekly basis has left a large gap in their social life.     Forward thinking YFC members, who are all aged between 10 and 26 years,  decided that they still wanted to give their members the opportunity to get creative in the various competitions and showcase their skills, and of course have some fun too.  With County Organiser, Julia Taylor now relocated from the County Office based on the Showground at Stafford, to working from her dining room table at home, the “Staffordshire YFC Virtual Rally” received over 160 entries.  Members of all ages, encouraged by their Club Rally Secretaries, got stuck into making and creating their entries and judges commented on how refreshing it was to see the effort and enthusiasm made.

Judging took place via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page, which has over 4000 followers.  The number of “likes” for each entry was calculated along with an independent judge’s placings to give the overall result.

For the younger members of Staffordshire YFC, there were two craft classes – Decorated Wellies and A Decorated Pint Glass.  The winning decorated wellies from Leah Trubshaw of Chase YFC, were painted with chicks and displayed beautifully complete with a real chick.  The winning glass was artistically turned into a dairy cow by Molly Bratton of Eccleshall YFC.

Floral Art is always a popular competition with YFC members of all ages, who usually compete at the Rally to win a chance to take part in the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) finals at the Malvern Autumn Show.  Due to all NFYFC Competitions being postponed for the current competition’s year, this class was adapted to a “Spring Garden Bouquet” which saw twelve stunning entries, ranging from displays in bicycle baskets to quirky floral tributes in wellington boots!  The winning display was from Pip Titley, Ashley YFC member, who also won the Floral Art Competition at the Rally the previous year.  Her display was described by the judge, Victoria Nicholls,  as “a bold and colourful display using some fantastic garden materials.”

Members of Staffordshire YFC also showed off their artistic flair, with a Farm Animal Canvas Class.  The judge, Lisa Goldstraw, was wowed by the winning painting of a Grey Horse which was created by Alisa Bartley of Abbotsholme YFC, the only school club in Staffordshire.

Other classes included Deckchairs, A Fire Pit made from recycled materials and for those who like to be a little more active, a homemade YFC style Obstacle Course, which had to be videoed in action.   Greg Large of Cheadle YFC won the this class with his very varied course including football skills and a roller, complete with commentary from younger brother Harry, which proved very popular with both the judges and online audience.

There was a number of photography classes with themes including “Farm Worker in Action”, “Success” and “Stuck in the Mud”.  All saw a great number of entries, with some excellent skills and amusing angles being portrayed.

Will Freeman, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “This years Rally has been very different, but I would like to congratulate all the members and say thank you for getting involved with such typical YFC enthusiasm.  We shall be launching more “virtual” competitions and activities for our members to involved in whilst Staffordshire YFC is on lockdown including “Shoe Box Show Floats” for what would normally be the Staffordshire County Show week.  More details will out very soon!”

Once all the results were collated, the clubs were placed as follows for the Overall Virtual Rally 2020:

1st – Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club

2nd – Eccleshall Young Farmers Club

3rd – Ashley Young Farmers Club

Staffordshire YFC currently has 430 members across ten clubs in Staffordshire.  Club meeting nights usually run on a weekly basis, with a wide range of activities available for members of all ages including sports, public speaking, cinema and bowling trips, quizzes and farm walks.  Although not all members are from an agricultural background, the clubs in Staffordshire are based in rural communities and provide the much needed social life, new skills and learning opportunities, for any young people aged between 10 and 26 years, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that all planned competitions and events for the coming months are either cancelled or postponed, however Staffordshire YFC will be adapting the services it provides to its members and clubs are adapting their ways of meeting, to online meeting rooms and holding “virtual” get togethers.   The Staffordshire YFC County Facebook Page has also hosted a family quiz and a “Play Your Cards Right” evening, arranged by Deputy Vice County Chairman, Toby Hall, with his creative wit and sense of humour keeping everyone feeling part of the organisation.

For any further information about Staffordshire YFC’s Clubs and County during Covid 19, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 07841 422706 or email organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk .

To view all the results from the day, please click here.

Virtual Rally 2020

May 3rd, 2020

Covid 19 didn’t stop Staffordshire YFC holding 16 virtual classes via their Facebook Page on Saturday 2nd May.

After over a whopping 160 entries were received, the overall results were:

1st – Uttoxeter JNFU

2nd – Eccleshall YFC

3rd – Ashley YFC

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Staffordshire YFC Virtual Activities

April 3rd, 2020

Staffordshire YFC members have created some challenges and competitions for their members during Covid-19, in order to keep them in touch with each and also enjoying some YFC fun!

On Thursday 2nd April, Toby Hall, member of Uttoxeter Young Farmers and also the County Deputy Vice Chairman, hosted a live version of “Play Your Cards Right” on the Staffordshire YFC Facebook Page!  Watched by many members and supporters of SCFYFC, and with over 1000 views, this was a great piece of entertainment and saw 5 members from across the clubs taking part!

On Thursday 9th April, the members of Staffordshire YFC can take part in some “virtual” Beef and Dairy Stockjudging, as video footage of two rings of animals will be uploaded.  Members are asked to place their order, in the traditional A,B,X,Y format and then either video, or write their reasons and submit for the judges.    Stockjudging is a very popular competition with members, with two planned events being cancelled in April and so this still gives the opportunity for these skills to be practiced.

As the Annual Rally which was due to be held on Saturday 9th May, will not go ahead in its usual format, YFC members have decided to hold a “Virtual” Rally.  Photos of entries are being submitted by Friday 1st May, and judging taking place on Saturday 2nd May, combined with the highest number of likes for photos on the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page.  Its an alternative kind of Rally, but helps to keep our members focussed on creative activities and fun.  We cannot wait to see their obstacle course videos.  Full details of the Rally is as below.

If any members have more ideas on how to get #yfcathome doing more competitions and activities, do email them over to organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk

Staffordshire YFC Covid-19 response Committee

April 3rd, 2020

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs have now formed a Covid-19 Response Committee comprising of the following officers: Jon Sarsfield (County Trustee), David Beswick (County Trustee), Philip Bourne (County President/County Trustee), David Heminsley (County Trustee), Kay Hulse (HR Officer/County Trustee), Margaret Bennett (County Trustee), Ange Woodward (County Treasurer/County Trustee), Sandra Hockenhull (Payroll Officer), Will Freeman (County Chairman), Amy Boothby (Vice County Chairman), Toby Hall (Deputy Vice County Chairman), George Hawley (Senior Deputy Vice President) and Julia Taylor (County Organiser)

In accordance with the Charity Commission and NFYFC guidance at this time, the above individuals will now form the Staffordshire YFC Covid-19 Response Committee, with the full authority to run the County Federation and make the essential management and operational decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The committee will operate to safeguard the federation’s finances, plan operations/activities now and plan future operations/activities for the recovery period.  They will be meeting “remotely” via video and there will be minutes taken to record decisions made and reports presented to the County Exec Committee on a regular basis via email.

The County Office at the County Showground is currently closed, with Julia Taylor, County Organiser working from home, Monday to Thursday.  Julia can be contacted on email organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk or countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk

For any further information relating to Staffordshire YFC or if you need help with any aspects of YFC at this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact William Freeman, County Chairman on 07425 621007 or Phil Bourne, County President on 07523 691669.

Volleyball

March 15th, 2020

Congratulations to the teams playing in the volleyball on Sunday 15th March 2020. 🏀 

After some great leaping, jumping, falling and flying after the ball the semi finals and finals were held and we found this years winners!

🥇 Uttoxeter JNFU – Young Farmers
🥈 Eccleshall Young Farmers
🥉 Cheadle Young Farmers

Cookery Competition

March 12th, 2020

Thank you to Like nanna made caterers for sponsoring the cookery this year!

Well done to all the competitions and thank you to our judges for giving up their time this evening!

🥁🥁Results are as follows 🥁🥁
🥇 Leek Young Farmers Club
🥈 Eccleshall Young Farmers
🥉 Chase Young Farmers

The 1st and 2nd place teams now have the opportunity to compete at the NFYFC Cookery Finals at Malvern Autumn Show in September 2020

 

Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition

March 7th, 2020

💥💥 Well done to all who took part in the clay pigeon shoot competition! 💥💥

Thank you to Basford Shooting Ground Staffordshire for hosting us today!

The prizes were kindly donated by Clay Pigeon Shooting Association! Some of Staffs CPSA were present and said they’d love to see more of the members having a go and getting involved too!

Results are as follows;
17 & under:
🥇George Bailey – Abbotsholme YFC
🥈 Rupert Browning – Abbotsholme YFC
🥉 Stuart Minshall – Leek YFC

26 and under Ladies:
🥇 Nicole Brereton – Ashley YFC
🥈 Maisie Grew – Eccleshall YFC
🥉 Jenny Shepherd – Abbotsholme YFC

26 and under Mens:
🥇 Sam Down – Uttoxeter JNFU
🥈 Joe Williams – Ashley YFC
🥉 Ed Foster-Johnson – Lichfield YFC

Those listed above now have the opportunity to compete at the NFYFC Competition

Non members who came along for some shooting fun!
🥇 Josh Robinson
🥈 George Swain
🥉 Dan Griffin

Advice for Clubs – Coronavirus

March 3rd, 2020

As the news of the Coronavirus develops and following today’s publication of the governments Coronavirus action plan, NFYFC have produced the attached advice note.  Please click here for the details.

As and when the situation develops the NFYFC will publish further advice to each county federation and will ask that this is shared with each YFC as well.

 

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