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Great Success From County AGM…

November 17th, 2018

Cheadle YFC attended the Staffordshire YFC County: Annual General Meeting. We are Proud to Accounce….

🐷🏆We brought home some bacon!🏆🐷

Two of our most outstanding advisory had been elected for County Vice Presentacy…

🎉Mrs Christie Large🎉
🎉Mrs Liz Hulme🎉

We were awarded….

🏆National Jodgeball 2nd place award

🏆Most Outstanding Secutary-Sarah Bourne

🏆Most Outstanding Treasurer Runner up-Greg Large

🏆Most outstanding Club Leader Runner up: Katherine Clarkson

And Finally we have been awarded….

🎉🏆The Staffordshire YFC County Shield for Club Efficiency!🏆🎉 (We last achieved this award back in 1988).

We are so proud of all these achievements and would like to thank all Club Members, Associates, Advisory, Parents, Sponsors, neighbouring Clubs, Members of the Public, Past Cheadle YFC and Most Importantly Staffordshire YFC Federation without all these people we wouldn’t have got it up and going so strongly without your support to make all these achievements this year!

👏Well Done to all other Staffordshire County Clubs with all there achievements on the night and we Wish Everyone all the best for 2018/19!👏

We hope everyone would be able to join us in our Celebrations at our Cheadle YFC Corker of a Christmas party! (Full Details in Event Section: Tickets only)

Cheadle YFC Corker of a Christmas Party!

November 17th, 2018

Go Karting Results 2018

November 13th, 2018

11 teams across the County raced their way around the indoor course at Fast Lane, Fenton.  In a closely fought race the winners were:

1st – Leek YFC

2nd – Eccleshall YFC

3rd – Ashley YFC

County AGM and Awards Evening 2018

November 12th, 2018

On Friday 9th November, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) held their County AGM in the Ingestre Suite, County Showground, Stafford. The evening was kindly supported by Pickering and Butters Solicitors, a firm of Staffordshire Solicitors who were founded over a century ago, with offices based in Stafford and Rugeley. The County AGM was attended by over 250 invited guests and members of the Federation and is the most prestigious meeting of the Staffordshire YFC year.

Richard Mottershead, gave his County Chairman’s report on last year of activities. Richard, a member of Ashley Young Farmers said “It has been an absolute honour to have been the Staffordshire YFC County Chairman over the past twelve months. I don’t think I’ve paused or had a night off since being elected but I have loved every minute of it. Even before I began my year, I knew I had two things I wanted to achieve. The first was to hold a large charity campaign that involved the whole county; the second was simply to enjoy the year, getting along with as many members as possible in as many clubs as possible. Standing here now, I would like to thank each and every one of you for both getting behind the Oatcake on Tour campaign for Young Minds, and for making me feel so welcome at everything I was able to attend. Because of that, I am thrilled to say, I achieved my aims, and I couldn’t be prouder of the year we have had together.” During Richard’s reported, he presented a cheque for £307 to The Farming Community Network following monies raised during the recently held Harvest Festival Service and then went on to announce that the final total raised for Young Minds from the Oatcake on Tour was £7120.

It was reported during the meeting that Staffordshire YFC has 680 members aged 10 – 26 years. The members have benefited from taking part in some amazing charity work and playing an active part in their local communities. From Eccleshall YFC raising over £11,000 for the Dan Moseley Rehabilitation Fund to Leek YFC walking 26 miles in 28-degree heat raising money for ‘Young Minds’. These are just two examples of the many ways in which the eleven clubs in Staffordshire, all of whom are charities themselves, take time and plan events in order to raise funds for other charities across the Country. In total this year, the Clubs in Staffordshire have raised over £34,000 for worthwhile causes.

David Heminsley was elected as County President for the third year. David, a past member of Uttoxeter JNFU since 1988, is a very active volunteer in the Federation, he leads in all things “Health and Safety” and regularly helps with the upkeep and maintenance at the County Office. He is a past Club Chairman of Uttoxeter, past County Chairman and more recently, was the Club President of Uttoxeter JNFU. David works for JCB as a trainer. David said “I am proud to be re-elected for the coming year and look forward to seeing what is in store for Staffordshire YFC.”

Philip Bourne was elected the Senior Deputy President. Philip originates from Newcastle Under Lyme, became involved in Stone YFC when two of his daughters joined the club. He has served on the advisory committee supporting Stone YFC and is currently serving as their Club President. Philip is now retired after a career in Electro Mechanical Engineering! Philip said “I am very much looking forward to this role, and it is an honour to have been asked.”

The presentations of awards were made by Mr Peter Stone, Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society Chairman, to the following Clubs and Individuals:
Most Outstanding County Officer: Becky Fowell, Development Chairman
David Palij Award: Awarded to the Club that has done the most for charity/community work during the last 12 months
Joint Winners: Eccleshall YFC, Leek YFC & Stone YFC; Joint Runners up – Eccleshall YFC & Uttoxeter JNFU
Manifold Marketing Award: Awarded to the Club who best promotes their Club and engagement in Club, County & Community Events.
Winner: Stone YFC, Runner-up: Cheadle YFC
Scrapbook Award: Awarded to the Club who produces the most interesting and unique scrapbook based on the activities of their own Club over the past membership year.
Winner: Stone YFC, Runner Up: Ashley YFC
Most Improved Club – Competitions Cup: Awarded to the Club that has achieved the highest improvement in points for competitions from the 2016/2017 year
Winner: Stone YFC; Runner Up: Chase YFC
Small Clubs Trophy: Awarded to one of the five smallest Clubs in the County with regard to membership, that has achieved the most points throughout the year for competitions.
Winner: Chase YFC; Runner Up: Lichfield YFC
Mr Ken Unwin MBE Memorial Cup: Awarded to the Club who most improves in Public Speaking, Stock Judging, Carcase Judging and Tug of War.
Winner: Lichfield YFC; Runner Up: Stone YFC
Overall Competitions Cup: Presented to the club with the most points for the Competitions that have been held for the last 12 months:
Winner: Uttoxeter JNFU; Runner Up: Eccleshall YFC
W.H.D. Hobson Cup: Awarded to the Club with the highest increase in membership.
Winner: Stone YFC, Runner Up: Ashley YFC
Newsletter Shield: For the best contribution to the Young Farmers’ Book of the Year
Winner: Leek YFC; Runner Up – Cheadle YFC
Mr & Mrs W.A. Taylor Merit Award: Awarded to the most outstanding individual at Club or County level was presented Natalie Roe of Stone. Natalie has worked extremely hard within her own club, consistently supporting the top table in their role as a Club Leader. She has attended just about every club night, encouraged and helped all members to get involved and have got stuck in themselves. County President, David Heminsley said “Natalie is an asset to their club and a great example to new members of what being a YFC member is all about.”

Junior Merit Award: This is presented to the most outstanding junior individual at Club or County level was presented to Lucy Clayton of Uttoxeter JNFU. Lucy is an enthusiastic, cheerful and dedicated young member who has taken part in absolutely everything in their first year in the club. Club Chairman 17/18 of Uttoxeter JNFU, Emily Philips described Lucy as “personification of what a Young Farmer should be.”

YFC Travel Certificates
are awarded to club members who had travelled through the YFC Travel Programme. Certificates were awarded to: Eve Phillips (Uttoxeter JNFU) – Nepal, Emily Phillips (Uttoxeter JNFU) – Nepal, Mike Grigg (Uttoxeter JNFU) – Scotland Homestay, Emily Cartmail (Eccleshall YFC) – European Rally – Scotland, Beth Dennis (Chase YFC) – Austria Homestay, Amy Nicholls (Ashley YFC) – Budapest
YFA Travel Award – Amy Nicholls of Ashley YFC, for her report and presentation following her visit to Budapest.

Oxford Farming Conference: The Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society kindly sponsor two places for the Conference held in January 2019, and following applications made by members, describing in no more than 500 words, why they should be chosen to attend. The two members awarded the places were: Annie Bradshaw of Eccleshall YFC and Robert Mollatt of Uttoxeter JNFU.

Junior Stockjudging Cup: The joint winners were Leek YFC & Lichfield YFC and the runners-up were Uttoxeter JNFU.
Intermediate Stockjudging Cup: The winners were Uttoxeter JNFU and runner-up was Waterhouses YFC.
Senior Stockjudging Cup: The winner was Uttoxeter JNFU and the runner-up was Eccleshall YFC.
Overall Stockjudging Cup: The winner was Uttoxeter JNFU and the runner-up was Lichfield YFC.

The final awards of the evening are the most prestigious to receive and are judged throughout the year as a “Club Efficiency” Competition, which encapsulates all aspects of a YFC Club. The aim of the competition is to encourage members and Club Officers to work together as an effective team for the benefit of all. Judges look for all aspects of how the clubs are run and hope to see good club administration and record keeping, strong leadership and governance and active promotion of the clubs through publicity and community engagement. They also want to see teamwork, ideas and enthusiasm from all club members. From this competition, the following awards were presented:

Most Outstanding Chairman:
Winner: Emily Phillips, Uttoxeter JNFU, Runner-up: Will Freeman, Chase YFC
Most Outstanding Secretary: Winner: Sarah Bourne, Cheadle YFC, Runner-up: Becky Roe, Stone YFC
Most Outstanding Treasurer: Winner: Hannah Britland, Uttoxeter JNFU, Runner-up: Greg Large, Cheadle YFC
Most Outstanding Club Leader: Winner: Louise Crooks, Uttoxeter JNFU, Joint Runners-up: Natalie Roe, Stone YFC & Kat Clarkson, Cheadle YFC
Club Efficiency Shield: Winner: Cheadle YFC, Runner-up: Stone YFC

David Heminsley, County President said “Congratulations to Cheadle YFC, in their first year have wowed the judges with their enthusiasm, getting to grip with how a YFC club should run, work as a team and take a full part in YFC life and all that it offers. This club will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.”

As can be seen from the above young people between the ages of 10 and 26, experience fun and excitement, whilst enjoying competitions, discos, sports, travel, meeting new friends and learning new and different skills. If you are interested in joining them please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645 or email countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk for more information and details of your nearest Club.

Full photos from the evening can be found here

Bonfire Success

November 9th, 2018

Eccleshall YFC have just pulled off one of our biggest events of the year. For the last 15 years Eccleshall YFC has held a bonfire pulling crowds in from Eccleshall and the surrounding areas.

The night included a bonfire and firework display. We had stalls including Waffles, BBQ, Bar, Hook-a-duck and hog roast, all of which were a huge success.

We have raised just over £1800 to help with the general running of the club and to help us put on events in the future.

We would like to thank everyone who helped or attended as without you the night wouldn’t have been possible.

Safe Travels!

November 7th, 2018

Good luck to all of our lovely member who have popped around the other side of the world to top the tan up! We hope you have a brilliant time experiencing farming in New Zealand boys.

Good Luck!

November 7th, 2018

Some of our members have qualified to represent Staffordshire YFC in the National Finals of the Live and Carcase competition. Good luck to;

Intermediate Beef – Rob Mollatt

Senior Beef- Mark Whitehurst

Senior Pigs- Hannah Britland

Carcase Judging Success

November 7th, 2018

Big well done to all the members who took part in the Carcase Judging Competition! We had some amazing results;

Junior Beef

2nd Jack Tomlinson

3rd Ed Palmer

 

Junior Pigs

2nd Molly Bettson

 

Intermediate Beef

1st Rob Mollatt

 

Senior Beeef

2nd Mark Whitehurst

 

Senior Pigs

2nd Hannah Britland

 

Intermediate Team- 3rd Uttoxeter A

Senior Team- 2nd Uttoxeter A

Overall Team- 3rd Uttoxeter A

 

Thank you everyone for taking part and representing your club, everyone should be really proud.

Staffs YFC welcome Reaseheath College to their Public Speaking Competitions Day

October 25th, 2018

Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs are pleased to announce that their Public Speaking Competitions Day which is held on Sunday 25th November, is being supported this year by Reaseheath College, one of the UK’s leading specialist land-based colleges based in Nantwich, Cheshire. The Competitions Day sees eight competitions organised by the Competitions Committee, for the members of the ten clubs across Staffordshire to compete in.

For the younger age group, there is a Junior Reading and Junior Speaking Competitions which for many of our members, is the first experience of public speaking they will ever have. Our Intermediate members aged between 17 – 21 years, will compete in a Brainstrust Competition, which involved a team of four working together engaging in a lively debate on topical subjects to impress the judges with their quick thinking and current affairs knowledge. As well as Public Speaking, The Member of the Year Competition will also be held, split into two age categories for members aged 17 and under and 18 and over. All members are asked to submit a synopsis form prior to the day and will then be interviewed by a panel of judges. The younger members are also asked to present a PowerPoint on their experiences both in YFC and outside of the organisation and for the older members, they have a “live” interview on stage by the judges as well. Situations Vacant is the final more “formal” competition of the day, which involves members applying for a job of their choice, completing their CV and submitting a formal application. On the day of the competition they are then interviewed for that job.

Reaseheath College said ‘Reaseheath College, one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges, is delighted to continue to build on our existing relationship by supporting Staffordshire Young Farmers. Engaging with all areas of the farming community is something we take very seriously at Reaseheath and nurturing young talent through young farmers is essential as they are the future of the industry.’

To round off a busy day of competitions, two more “entertaining” ones will be held. Firstly, a Ballroom Dancing competition, where teams will be practising to perform a Show Dance to open a show (like Strictly Come Dancing). The routine is to be between 3-5 minutes long and must contain four different dance genres. In addition to this, the dancing competition will be followed by The Show Choir Competition, where teams of up to twenty members will be singing two pieces to impress the judges with their finely tuned voices.

Richard Mottershead, County Chairman said “As a charitable organisation we are reliant on sponsorship and donations in order to continue to provide a great variety of competitions and opportunities to our members. Therefore, we really appreciate Reaseheath College chosing to support Staffordshire YFC, and the future generation of the rural community in this way.”

All results from the various competitions are announced on the day and awards will be made to those coming out on top. Each competition is part of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Competitions Programme and the teams or individuals placed in first or second place will progress to the next round of competitions which is organised for the West Midlands Area, competing against four other counties.

For full details about the day including information sheets and a timetable, please click here

Mixed Hockey Results

October 21st, 2018

9 teams travelled to Leek High School to take part in the Mixed Hockey Competition, the results were:

1st – Lichfield YFC

2nd – Eccleshall YFC

3rd – Leek YFC

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