Ridware YFC are holding an evening on Wednesday 1st October to recruit some new members and expand the leading committee to take the club into 2017/18.
Come along to find out more about being a part of the largest rural youth organisation in Staffordshire!
Held in conjunction with Stone District Agricultural Society, and by kind permission of Mr R Hopley, 7 teams from Staffordshire YFC took part in the Fence Erecting Competition with Stone YFC proving victorious on the day! The results were as follows:
1st – Stone YFC (Nat Roe, Becky Roe and Ed Johnson)
2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU (Rob Mollatt, Johnny Wilson and Mark Whitehurst)
3rd – Waterhouses YFC (James Ball, James Belfield and Peter Harvey)
Our annual skilled events night was a great success earlier this month with a record attendance. In spite of the dreary weather, the cars soon rolled in with members, friends and family eager to try their hands at classic YFC skills like churn rolling, welly wanging and ironing a shirt! With 20 events, people were free to amble around the course for a social, or rush around them all to compete for the main prize: the overall trophies. The evening was a great one, with plenty to do for all ages, and some new potential members getting to see what we do at Uttoxeter JNFU. The night was stewarded by our advisory committee and parents, who braved the drizzle to make sure the events were running smoothly, as well as help to man the BBQ and refreshment stand. County President Dave Hem spent the evening collating everyone’s scores to sort out the male and female winners in each individual event, as well as the main prizes, which were announced at the end of the night, and were as follows:
Milking the cow trophy:
Joint 3rd: Emily Morris and Hannah Norton
1st: John Jeffery
Joint 3rd: Martin Thompson and Jake Bostock
1st: Harry Bostock
Stock Judging Tankard:
Joint 3rd: Will and Mark Whitehurst
Joint 1st: Eve Phillips and Hollie Brookes
Overall Male Trophy:
3rd: Luke Gallimore
2nd: Mark Whitehurst
1st: Wij Gallimore
Overall Female Trophy:
3rd: Emily Phillips
2nd: Liss Bexon
1st: Zoe Foster
We would like to thank everyone who came and supported us for the evening, we are so pleased with how the night went. Another big thanks to all the stewards and helpers – especially Dave Hem! Thanks also to the Brookes family for hosting and setting up, and we hope to see everyone next year!
If you came along and are interested in joining Uttoxeter JNFU, remember our New Members Night is coming up soon and we will see you there!
Dont miss out on your chance to nominate a deserving member for the Junior & Senior Merit Awards. The results are announced at the County AGM on Friday 10th November 2017.
Click here to find the nomination form Click Here
All nominations need to be in by Monday 2nd October 2017.
All Clubs are invited to enter a Scrapbook into the Annual Competition which is judged after Thursday 5th October when all books are due to be submitted. The Scrapbook Award is presented at the Annual General Meeting which is being held on Friday 10th November, 7pm at The Ingestre Suite, County Showground, Stafford.
For the Rules and Details of how your Club’s Scrapbook could take Staffordshire’s top spot for 2016/17, have a read below.
Following a very successful campaign by Staffordshire YFC, Cheadle Young Farmers Club has been running with an attendance of 40+ young people from around the area since Wednesday 28th June.
The Club has been taking full advantage of the warm evenings since June, by meeting at Oakamoor Cricket Pavilion. The members have enjoyed games of rounders, team building exercises and volleyball. On Wednesday 26th July, the Club is meeting at Oakamoor Cricket Pavilion, 8pm, for a BBQ and Quiz Social, testing both their local knowledge with a “Landmarks in Staffordshire” round as well as many others including “What was the Year?” and “Sport.”
The Club will be holding their Inaugural Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 6th September where the Club’s Constitution will be formally adopted, membership fees confirmed and most importantly, a set of new Club Officers will be formally elected to their positions as Club Chairman, Club Secretary, Club Leader and a number of smaller roles which are essential for the smooth running of any YFC club. On this night, members can pay their subscription for the year and will be issued with a membership card. The Club will then become the 11th Club within Staffordshire YFC, and hopefully take the coming year’s County membership total to over 700. Details on the venue and time for this meeting will be published shortly.
To find out more about becoming a member of Cheadle YFC, contact our County Office on 01785 248645 or our County Chairman, George Goodwin on 07974 730604.
The cream of Staffordshire’s top stock judging members took on teams from around the West Midlands Area of YFC’s (WMA) on Sunday 23rd July at the WMA Stockman/Young Stockjudge of the Year competitions, hosted by The Lawton Family at Weston Jones, just outside Newport. Competitors judged four rings of stock (4 Dairy Cows, 4 Butchers Cattle, 4 Commercial Breeding Ewes, 4 Butchers Lambs) and then gave Reasons on all four rings of stock. They also completed an Animal Health and Husbandry Questionnaire. After a great competition with over 60 YFC members taking part, Staffordshire members took the following placings:
Young Stockman of the Year – 1st, Daniel Weaver of Stone YFC, 2nd, Elizabeth James of Leek YFC and in 3rd, Will Leese of Eccleshall YFC.
Stockman of the Year – 2nd, Peter James of Leek YFC
In the team awards, the Staffordshire team made up of Jake Manning (Lichfield YFC), Katie James (Leek YFC), Sally Leese (Eccleshall YFC) and Peter James (Leek YFC) took the 2nd place for the overall team.
Daniel, Elizabeth and Peter will now go forward to compete at the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Farm Skills Day and hope to bring home some silverware again to Staffordshire, following in the footsteps of Rob Mollatt of Uttoxeter JNFU last year who won the competition overall.
Stockjudging is one of the many competitions that are on offer to anyone who would like to become a member of the country’s largest rural youth organisation. There is a myth that it is “just for farmers” which is completely untrue, members come from a variety of backgrounds and many don’t even own a pair of wellies! Each of the ten clubs across the county hold a unique and varied programme of weekly events and the social life available to anyone aged 10 – 26 years of age is amazing.
Check out Eccleshall YFC Speed Shear & Beer Festival
SHEARERS, SPECTATORS & KEEN ALE/ GIN DRINKERS… See you on Saturday 2nd September for Eccleshall's 'SPEED SHEAR & BEER' FESTIVAL @ Shires Vets, Eccleshall, Staffordshire. **TOTAL SHEARERS PRIZE FUND OF £1,345**
Posted by Eccleshall Young Farmers on Saturday, 3 June 2017
Now in its 3rd year… the ECCLESHALL SPEED SHEAR & BEER FESTIVAL is back…. we’ve got a BIGGER AND BETTER VENUE and we plan to add a GIN FESTIVAL into the mix!!!
ALL WELCOME: shearers, spectators & keen ALE & GIN drinkers! Fun for all the family!
Held in-conjunction with Shire Vets, Eccleshall
Finest Ales, Selection of Gins, MUSIC, BBQ & The Country’s FASTEST SHEEP SHEARERS… THIS IS A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED!!! All proceeds will go to Midlands Air Ambulance.
***TOTAL PRIZE FUND OF £1,345***
SINGLETS FOR ALL COMPETITORS & FINALISTS CHOOSE THEIR OWN MUSIC.
Classes: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Open and Fun team Class “PINT, PEDAL & PEEL” (no pies this year!!)
Keep track of Eccleshalls Facebook page to keep updated !!
Six members have been representing Staffordshire in the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging Finals, well done to Chloe Boothby (Uttoxeter JNFU), Beth Robinson (Lichfield YFC) and Will Gallimore (Uttoxeter JNFU) for taking part.
A massive well done goes to Peter Cotton (Waterhouses YFC) for bring home 1st place in the Junior section. Peter narrowly missed out last year after taking joint 2nd overall in the same competition last year. The Overall Team gaining second place with Peter Cotton (Waterhouses YFC), Kate Mollatt (Uttoxeter JNFU) & Sammie Wilson (Eccleshall YFC).
A very successful Great Yorkshire Show for Staffordshire YFC!!
On Sunday 2nd July, Lichfield YFC organised their largest Tractor Run to date, raising valuable funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust. This small club based in the south of Staffordshire managed to coordinate 40 tractors and drivers travelling 23 miles around Lichfield and the surrounding villages of Whittington, Fradley and Kings Bromley. Drivers had a quick “refreshment pit-stop” at Lichfield Rugby Club half way through the journey and then continued back to the starting location of Curborough Hall Farm, Lichfield for a BBQ and refreshments, kindly hosted by The Hollinshead Family.
Nick Hollinshead, club member of Lichfield YFC who coordinated the day said “We are really pleased with how well this year’s run has gone and think that with donations still coming in, we will have raised over £1100 towards The Teenage Cancer Trust. We look forward to making the presentation to them later in the year.”
YFC Clubs across Staffordshire regularly raise funds for other charities, despite being a charitable organisation themselves. Total funds raised last year across Staffordshire exceeded £13’600 towards various charities including the NSPCC, Midlands Air Ambulance and Farming Community Network.