YFC members across Staffordshire have been taking care of their mental health ahead of this year’s Mind Your Head campaign (10-14 February).
Mind Your Head is organised by leading farming charity The Farm Safety Foundation and aims to encourage the farming community to stop and think about their physical and mental wellbeing.
YFCs in Staffordshire have been holding awareness evenings, designed specifically for rural young people to help them understand the factors that can cause rural isolation and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions.
The sessions, called Rural+, have been developed by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) with the support of The Farming Community Network (FCN), for YFCs to deliver during a club meeting.
The evenings have been very well received by everyone who attended. Gez Lowndes, Staffordshire YFC Development Committee Chairlady and also a member of Ashley YFC said “WOW is all I can say regarding the Rural+ session! I feel this has really helped spread the word across our clubs here in Staffordshire…We have around 30 members out of over 100 people which have received the training who have suffered with their own mental health! I am one who has received the training, suffered and been there to support others! I feel it has helped others and definitely helped me!”
Julia Taylor, County Organiser for Staffordshire YFC and Polly Baines, past County Chairman have delivered the evenings alongside representatives from FCN. The charity are the first port of call for pastoral and practical support of all those in need in the farming community, with a particular focus on farmers and farming families.
Julia Taylor said “It has been very worthwhile and rewarding delivering these evenings to the members. Many of those who attended felt able to be open about their own experiences and share advice. Others were able to talk about the many different types of mental health issues and what the signs to look for are. With the everyday pressures placed on young people living and working in rural communities today, Rural+ is an essential part of the youth work that Staffordshire YFC provides to its members.”
Staffordshire YFC provides a vast programme of competitions, social events and training opportunities for young people to get involved in, which contribute to their positive wellbeing on a regular basis as well as forming friendships which can last a lifetime.
A great day out for 10 teams from across Staffordshire to compete in the Annual Silage Judging Competition which was kindly supported by ACT Wessex Animal Health. Following judging at three clamps on three separate farms in the Gnosall area, the results were as follows:
Overall team placings:
1st – Chase A
2nd – Waterhouses
3rd – Uttoxeter A
Juniors – 1st Hollie Kelly, Chase YFC; 2nd Alex Cartmail, Eccleshall YFC; 3rd Abi Palmer, Uttoxeter JNFU
Intermediates – 1st Robbie Nilson, Chase YFC; 2nd Kate Oakes, Chase YFC, 3rd Kate Mollatt, Uttoxeter JNFU
Seniors – 1st Peter Cotton, Waterhouses YFC; 2nd James Freeman, Chase YFC; 3rd Alicia Bexon, Uttoxeter JNFU
Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to our hosts, judges and stewards for giving up their time.
Cheadle Young Farmers will be taking to the roads with a Charity Tractor Run on Sunday 26th April in memory of one of their founder members, Stan Eyre and raising funds for Dementia UK and Cheadle YFC.
To book your place, please download a booking form here
Staffordshire YFC are holding their Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 14th March 2020 in the Ingestre Suite on the County Showground, Stafford from 7pm onwards. The evening is set to be one to remember, with the theme of “Viva Las Vegas!” Guests will be entertained by Mark Clay, local Elvis Impersonator and also be able to have a flutter in the casino as part of the evening which usually attracts around 400 members and supporters of the Federation.
This year, the Annual Dinner Dance is very kindly supported by Howard Worth, Accountants. Andrew Hagues, Partner – Farming and Rural Business at Howard Worth said “We are delighted to support the work that the Staffordshire federation of young farmers carries out in supporting the future of next generation farmers. Howard Worth are pleased to sponsor this years Dinner Dance and look forward to working with farmers across Staffordshire in 2020 and beyond”.
To book a table, download a booking form here and return along with full payment no later than Monday 10th February 2020.
For more information, contact the YFC Centre on 01785 248645.
YFC members have been given an exclusive opportunity to tour around the JCB Headquarters in Rocester on the evening Thursday 19th December 2019. Anyone who wishes to go must book their place via their Club Secretary or Club Chairman. All under 18’s must bring a completed Permission Slip which can be downloaded here and be accompanied by a current YFC member who is over 18.
For more information, contact Will Freeman, Staffordshire YFC’s County Chairman on 07425 621007.
The Staffordshire countryside saw 82 festive tractors take to the road in a charity Christmas convoy on 8 December.
Arranged by South Staffs Water and Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs, the cavalcade of tractors were lit up with Christmas lights and some even had an inflated Santa along with a rotating Christmas Tree! They travelled a 20-mile route through the villages of Hamstall Ridware, Blithbury, Abbots Bromley, Blithfield and Hill Ridware.
The event was held in aid of three charities; WaterAid, Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and has raised over £3600 so far, giving each charity over £1200 each.
Nina Yiannoukos-Benton, senior catchment advisor at South Staffs Water, said:
“It was amazing to be involved in arranging this tractor run. We were so pleased at the numbers taking part and to see the smiles on the people’s faces as we drove by was wonderful. It was so much fun and we raised more money than we expected too. We’ve already had people asking if we’ll do it again next year.”
Julia Taylor, County Organiser at Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, said:
“The Christmas Tractor Run was a first of its kind for us to organise, working alongside South Staffs Water. We were completely overwhelmed by the amount of people who came out to support and give generously in the local villages as the convoy passed through and the feedback from the tractor drivers, general public and all those involved has been really positive which is a very good for the agricultural industry.”
After the run was completed, the drivers and many supporters enjoyed an evening of socialising at Cowley Hill Farm, Hamstall Ridware by kind permission of the Roobottom Family. A band, Prosody, played some great Christmas tunes as well as classics and the awards for Best Dressed Tractor and Best Dressed Drivers were made.
Following the great success of this year’s Tractor Run, it is hoped that a similar event may be held again in the future. To make a contribution to this year’s Tractor Run charities, a JustGiving site has been set up https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sswyfctractorrun for donations to still be made.
To view a selection of photos from the event, click here
Over 150 Staffordshire YFC members took part in 10 competitions, the results were as follows:
Junior Reading – 1st – Uttoxeter JNFU, 2nd – Waterhouses YFC & 3rd – Cheadle YFC
Junior Speaking – 1st – Eccleshall YFC, 2nd – Leek YFC & 3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU
Intermediate Call my Bluff – 1st – Cheadle YFC, 2nd – Leek YFC & 3rd – Eccleshall A YFC
Senior MACE Debating – 1st – Eccleshall YFC & 2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU
Situations Vacant – 1st – Amy Boothby (Uttoxeter JNFU), 2nd – Andrew Gray (Lichfield YFC) & 3rd – Ruth Harvey (Waterhouses YFC)
Male Member of the Year (18 & Over) – 1st – Phil Wilson (Uttoxeter JNFU), 2nd – James Freeman (Chase YFC), 3rd – Luke Gallimore (Stone YFC)
Female Member of the Year (18 & Over) – 1st – Polly Baines (Lichfield YFC), 2nd – Kate Oakes (Chase YFC), 3rd – Rebecca Phillips (Uttoxeter JNFU)
Member of the Year (17 & Under) – 1st – Maisie Tinwell (Leek YFC), 2nd – Scott Carter (Chase YFC) & 3rd – Ruth Harvey (Waterhouses YFC)
Commercial Dancing – 1st – Ashley YFC, 2nd – Cheadle YFC & 3rd – Eccleshall YFC
Cheerleading – 1st – Eccleshall YFC, 2nd – Leek YFC & 3rd – Cheadle YFC
Somerset YFC members were 12 points ahead of Gloucestershire YFC taking the top spot for Overall Team at the English Winter Fair YFC Stock and Carcase Judging Competition held on Sunday 17th November. The members, fought off a very high standard of competition from over 140 young farmers’ members across 22 teams entered into this year’s English Winter Fair YFC Stock and Carcase Judging classes. The one-day competition was hailed a great success with members praising the venue, organisation and format of the competitions thanks to Staffordshire Young Farmers members and supporters who all give up their time to judge, steward and assist on the day. Staffordshire YFC County Organiser, Julia Taylor said “We had 22 teams entered from 16 counties across England and Wales this year which is the highest we have seen for over ten years. The popularity of our competitions is strong amongst the members and they enjoy the quality stock and carcases available to judge as well as the facilities at the County Showground in Stafford.”
The English Winter Fair took place at the weekend, 16th – 17th November and the YFC classes were kindly sponsored by AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) with very generous prize monies on offer. Young Farmers were able to judge Live Lamb and Beef Classes and Beef and Pork Carcase Classes thanks to support from the show organiser, Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society along with AHDB.
In the Live Lambs class, judged in Bingley Hall, with the lambs kindly provided by Mrs Madders & Mr Johnson, the highest scoring Senior Competitor was awarded jointly to Dyfan Breeze of Montgomery YFC and Elin Harvard of Brecknock YFC who both gained the maximum points of 100 in this class. The Overall Intermediate Competitor was Megan Phillips of Herefordshire YFC with 91 points. The highest scoring team in this class was awarded to another welsh team, Glamorgan YFC, with Michael Burley and Ethan Williams scoring a combined total of 176 points.
The Live Beef class was judged in the stalls, with some fine cattle provided by the very supportive exhibitors at the show. The highest scoring Senior Competitor was Rob Powell of Brecknock YFC, scoring 89 points. In the Intermediate Section, Ellis Parry of Gwent YFC came first with 83 points. As a team, Gwent YFC took first place in this class, with members Jamie Davies and Ellis Parry scoring a combined total of 167 points.
The Carcase Classes were all judged in the excellent Carcase Hall facility with carcasses very kindly provided by Messrs Bradshaw Bros. In the Beef Carcase class, the Overall Senior Competitor was won jointly by three members, Charlotte Scott of Somerset YFC, Adam Ringrose of Leicestershire YFC and Marita Warner-King of Gloucestershire YFC who all gained a total of 94 points. The Overall Intermediate Competitor was Molly Phillips of Worcestershire YFC with 89 points. The Overall team in this section was won by the team from Gloucestershire YFC, with members Marita Warner-King and Rhondda Warner-King who achieved a combined total of 179 points.
The final class of the day was the Pork Carcase Class. The Overall Senior Competitor was won by Chris Potter of Shropshire YFC with 97 points. The Overall Intermediate Competitor was Thomas Swancott of Radnor YFC with 89 points. The Overall Team in this final class was won by Hywel Watson and Thomas Swancott of Radnor YFC with a combined total of 184 points.
The Michael Bradshaw Award for the Overall Stockjudging Team was awarded to Gwent YFC with Somerset YFC in second place and Brecknock YFC in third place. The Michael Bradshaw Award for the Overall Carcase Judging Team was awarded to Gloucestershire YFC with Warwickshire YFC taking second place and third place awarded jointly to Radnor YFC and Worcestershire YFC.
After a full day of judging, The Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society Silver Challenge Cup, awarded for the Overall Team on the day went to Somerset YFC after they gained a grand total of 643 points in all the classes. They were followed by Gloucestershire YFC in second place with 631 points and in third place, Brecknock YFC with 630 points.
Stockjudging and Carcase judging competitions remain a very important and competitive sector in the Young Farmers Federations across the country, as this day has demonstrated so well. The facilities at the English Winter Fair are ideal for YFC to showcase this. Next year, the English Winter Fair committee will continue to host these competitions for YFC members and looks forward to welcoming the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs again, to take part in this very successful show, with their Live and Carcase Judging Competition Finals, which were also held again at the Show this year.
To view photos from the awards, please click here
To view a full list of the Awards, please click Here
To view a full copy of all the results, please click here
The Staffordshire countryside will see around 100 festive tractors take to the road in a charity Christmas convoy this December.
Arranged by South Staffs Water and Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs, the cavalcade of tractors will be lit up with Christmas lights on the evening of 8 December and will travel a 20-mile route through the villages of Hamstall Ridware, Abbots Bromley, Blithfield and Colton.
The event is being held in aid of three charities; WaterAid, Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Nina Yiannoukos-Benton, senior catchment advisor at South Staffs Water, said:
“We work really closely with the Staffordshire Farmers, to make sure their work doesn’t affect the quality of the river water and in turn, the water that we treat and provide to our customers, so it’s amazing to be involved in arranging this tractor run. It’s going to be a lot of festive fun, as well as raising money for three important charities. We want everyone to get involved; come and watch the convoy along the route or join the festivities at the finish held at Cowley Hill Farm, Hamstall Ridware.”
To find out more, book a place in the convoy, please click here
11 teams raced the night away at Fast Lane, Fenton for the annual Go Karting Competition. The results on the night were:
1st Eccleshall A