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Staffordshire YFC Virtual Festive Rally Success!

Monday, December 7th, 2020

On Saturday 5th December, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) held yet another first in their history since forming in 1952.  With the cancellation and adaptation of many events and competitions from their usual format this Autumn, and no social events being able to  go ahead, competitive members of Staffordshire YFC decided to get stuck into another rally, similar to the one held in May.  This time, it was a Virtual Christmas Rally, with classes all themed around the festive season.   The members of seven Staffordshire YFC clubs wanted to get ahead with these competitions, as all points gained now count towards the main Rally which it is hoped will run in May 2021.     There were 14 Competitions Classes held, ranging from “Build a 3D Snowman from any materials” to “Club Christmas Song” which saw a range of musical talents coming together on video.

Judging took place via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page, which has over 4500 followers.  The number of “likes” for each entry was calculated along with an independent judge’s placings to give the overall result.  The weekends virtual event attracted the support of seven sponsors, some of whom also helped with judging the classes.  The sponsors were J A Bloor, South Staffs Water, LLM Vets, NVM Construction, Uttoxeter NFU, Agrovista and Frontier Agriculture Ltd.

There were over 160 entries from current members of all ages, encouraged by their Club Rally Secretaries, who got stuck into making and creating their entries and judges gave very positive feedback across all the classes.  Hannah Fitzsimmons of LLM Vets judged the “Best Dressed Christmas Pet” class which saw an array of cats, dogs, horses and various farm animals entered.  Hannah said ‘It has been an honour to judge this year’s Best Dressed Christmas Pet class. There were many brilliant entries, full of Christmas cheer; alongside some incredible training to keep some of the pets still in their costumes! Well done to everyone who entered, it really was a tough decision. I was very impressed by the creativity and effort of my first place.”

Amy Boothby, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “Thank you so much to all our sponsors, judges and stewards for the support and help over the weekend, it has been a great showcase of YFC talent.  I must extend a personal thank you to all the Club top tables and members who came on board this new idea, I have been blown away by the standard and number of entries we received!”

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

1st – Cheadle Young Farmers Club

2nd – Ashley Young Farmers Club

3rd – Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years 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, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that Staffordshire YFC has had to adapt the youthwork service it provides to its members and clubs and so many are now embracing the new normal, with weekly zoom meetings and COVID-19-secure activities.

As Staffordshire YFC looks ahead to 2021, the federation hopes to be able to plan some fundraising events and face to face competitions from the spring and in the meantime, is continuing to support members and clubs in a virtual way using technology and social media.

To view all the winning entries and results, please click here

Staffs YFC Virtual Christmas Rally Results

Monday, December 7th, 2020

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

1st – Cheadle Young Farmers Club

2nd – Ashley Young Farmers Club

3rd – Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club

To view the winning entries and all details of the results, please click here

Staffordshire YFC Public Speaking Day – Part 1!

Monday, November 30th, 2020

On Sunday 29th November, Staffordshire YFC held the first set of competitions towards their popular Public Speaking Day Competitions.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, the team competitions – Junior Reading, Junior Speaking, Intermediate Brainstrust and Senior Debating have been postponed until 7th February 2021.  However, the Member of The Year (18 and Under/19 and Over) along side the Situations Vacant Competitions were held via zoom.  The two days of competitions are being kindly sponsored by B and B Tractors, supporting YFC members to build confidence, team work and public speaking skills which will be invaluable later in life.

After a day of interviews, the results were as follows:

Member of the Year, 18 and Under:

1st – Molly Sammons, Eccleshall YFC; 2nd – Maisie Tinwell, Leek YFC; 3rd – Hollie Kelly, Chase YFC

Member of the Year, 19 and Over (Male):

1st – Toby Hall, Uttoxeter JNFU; 2nd – Phil Wilson, Uttoxeter JNFU

Member of the Year, 19 and Over (Female):

1st – Sarah Bourne, Cheadle YFC; 2nd Beckie Phillips, Uttoxeter JNFU; 3rd Alicia Bexon, Uttoxeter JNFU

Molly Sammons, Maisie Tinwell, Sarah Bourne and Toby Hall all qualify to go forward to the West Midlands Area rounds in Shropshire in March.

Amy ready for her year in the Chair!

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC), like so many other youth organisations, have had to adapt and change to the ongoing challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic.  Despite Lockdown 2.0 and restrictions placed on clubs holding regular meetings for their members who are all aged 10 – 26 years, Staffordshire YFC is pleased to announce its new County Officer team have been elected for the coming year.  Since March the Federation moved all its regular meetings onto zoom, with some combining together whilst there was little face to face activity and planning over the Summer.  The County Staff who usually operate from the YFC Office based on the County Showground at Stafford moved to working from home and the organisation took to social media to keep members involved and active.  Numerous competitions were held including a Virtual Rally and County Show plus Thursday evenings of entertainment became a favourite with members past and present, with their take on “Play Your Cards Right” and “Would I Lie to You” as well as fun family quizzes.

During the last 12 months, Amy Boothby, member of Uttoxeter Young Farmers has been waiting for her year in office to arrive.  On Thursday, 12th November, she was elected as the County Chairlady to Staffordshire YFC at the County Executive Meeting, which was held via Zoom.  Amy, who has been a member of YFC for over seven years, has always got stuck into all things YFC, including numerous Public Speaking Competitions and Sports as well as taking on leadership roles in her club including Club Secretary, Club Programme Secretary and Safeguarding Officer.

Will Freeman, retiring County Chairman, was congratulated during the Executive Meeting, for continuing to lead the federation during the pandemic despite the cancellation of so many face to face events and competitions.  Newly elected Amy faces a challenge which no other County Chairlady has seen, as Covid 19 continues to hamper Staffordshire YFC’s usual programme of activities, which are very much reliant on face to face delivery.  However, she is not deterred.  Amy said “I’m so excited that the time has finally come for me to take on my role as County Chairlady! Although times are strange, I’m confident that as an organisation we will all pull together and see it through! During the upcoming year, I hope that we can begin to return to some form of normality and the usual opportunities and activities which YFC can offer.   I am determined to make it a fun year ahead!”

Supporting Amy during her year in office, the county also elected their Vice Chairman as Toby Hall, Uttoxeter Young Farmers and Deputy Vice Chairman as Emily Cartmail of Eccleshall YFC.

Phil Wilson of Uttoxeter Young Farmers and Sam Fowell of Eccleshall Young Farmers were jointly elected as the Competitions Chairmen and Alicia Bexon of Uttoxeter Young Farmers and Beth Allen of Cheadle Young Farmers were elected as the joint Social and Funding Chairladies.  The new Development Chairladies were also jointly elected as Beckie Phillips and Hannah Britland of Uttoxeter Young Farmers.

The County Officers Team lead the federations committees to plan and organise a programme of competitions, social events, learning and training opportunities during the year.  Coming up at the end of November, the Federation has adapted three of its usual competitions to the virtual world.  Member of the Year (19 and Over and 18 and Under) will be held via Zoom along with Situations Vacant, where members apply for a job of their choice, competitors had to submit a CV and covering letter prior to the competition and then participate in a ‘mock’ job interview. These competitions are kindly supported by B and B Tractors who will also be supporting the usual Public Speaking Day Competitions which will be held in February, all being well as a face to face delivery.

Due to the cancellation of the usual Christmas Tractor Run and Christmas Shopping Evening events held in December, the Federation has also added an extra Rally to its calendar, in virtual form.  The very first Staffordshire YFC Virtual Christmas Rally, with 16 classes, will be held via social media on Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th December.  Club members are already busy creating their entries into the classes which include, “Build a 3D Snowman” and “Club Christmas Song”.  Points from the Christmas Rally will count towards the main Staffordshire YFC Rally which it is hoped will be held in May 2021.

The cancellation of activities during the last 9 months has resulted in a loss of funding for Staffordshire YFC, who are hoping to be able to hold fundraising activities in the Spring and Summer.  In the meantime, the federation will be taking part in a National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Initiative, “Give it Some YFC Welly Relay” which will see Staffordshire YFC and its clubs pulling together to raise funds whilst covering the 140 miles which is the distance around the ten clubs.   More details on how to get involved and how you can donate to Staffordshire YFC, a registered charity, will be published very shortly.   In addition to this, a large fundraising Christmas Virtual Raffle is being planned, again via social media, to help with fundraising efforts for the charity.

To get involved in your local club, anyone aged between 10 – 26, is invited to contact the County office for details – email organiser@staffyoungfarmers.org.uk or call 01785 248645.

Staffordshire YFC Virtual AGM Awards Outstanding Achievements during C19

Monday, November 9th, 2020

On Friday 6th November, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) held their very first Virtual County AGM with County Chairman, William (Will) Freeman in the Chair, live from the YFC Centre headquarters, using Zoom.   The AGM webinar 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 is usually attended by over 250 invited guests and members of the Federation and is the most prestigious meeting of the Staffordshire YFC year.

Despite the restrictions of Covid19, Will Freeman reported on his year as County Chairman, which highlighted his favourite memories and all YFC activities in Staffordshire during the challenging year.  Will played a key role in organising the very first Christmas Tractor run, working with South Staffs Water, in December 2019, just at the start of his year as Chairman.  The event raised over £3800 for charity and was hailed a great success with 85 tractors taking part.  During the first five and a half months of the YFC year, which starts in September, Staffordshire YFC managed to hold 28 live competitions, with a further 8 being held during lockdown, including the very popular Virtual Rally and adaptation of the Stafford County Show, with the YFC Virtual County Show Week.  The week in May coincided with what would have been show week and included an array of competitions including “Shoe Box Floats”, which showcased just how adaptable and creative Staffordshire YFC members can be.    Will, a member of Chase Young Farmers said “With my year coming to an end and national lockdown part two just starting, the plans for our upcoming events have been changed again.   I’m sure everyone can all agree that twelve months ago we would never have imagined how this year has gone.  But I am so proud to report that in true YFC style Staffordshire’s members have adapted wherever possible and embraced the new normal.   Staffordshire YFC shall continue to keep supporting our clubs and members through the coming months.”

It was reported during the meeting that Staffordshire YFC has 461 members aged 10 – 26 years, an expected reduction from the previous year, due to the pandemic which came at a time when many new members would join to actively take part in the Rally, County Show and summer social events.

The meeting did highlight the amazing community work of members across the YFC Clubs and awards were presented in respect of these achievements.  Sarah Hope, Club Secretary 2019-20 of Ashley YFC, set up the Ashley YFC Community Volunteer Service.  They worked alongside North Staffs Hospital, Loggerheads Pharmacy and Ashley Surgery to delivery prescriptions, do shopping, go dog walking and on some occasions and being a source of companionship over the phone, chatting to people who were shielding during lockdown.  They carried out over 200 deliveries and had a great response from their members, who all wanted to get involved and help.  Sarah and her fellow Club Officers had to coordinate the phone calls and ensure that all the requests were met and delivered.  Staffordshire YFC recognised the wonderful efforts of Sarah during the meeting and awarded her the Senior Merit Award, which is presented to an outstanding member at Club or County Level.

The Junior Merit Award was also presented for outstanding efforts made by a young member of Eccleshall YFC.  Molly Sammons, who has been a YFC member for three years, set up a Community Pop Up Shop in her own village of Derrington, to give the vulnerable and elderly residents of the village the independence to continue to do their own shopping during lockdown, whilst avoiding queues and larger supermarkets.

Uttoxeter JNFU were also recognised for their community efforts, as a club.  The raised over £1100 for the Midlands Air Ambulance, through a fundraising raffle at their 90th Dinner Dance prior to lockdown, as well as a virtual Duck Race during lockdown.  Members of the club also delivered supplies and gifts to five local care and nursing homes in the local area, bringing smiles to residents, as they were unable to see family visitors.

Also, during the meeting, Mr Philip Bourne was elected as County President for his second year.  He has been very involved in Stone YFC as two of his daughters were both members of the club, serving on the Clubs Advisory Committee and as their Club President for a number of years.

Mr George Hawley was elected the Senior Deputy President, again for the second year.  George is a former Staffs YFC County Chairman after time as a very active member of Cheadle YFC.  In recent years he has been the President of Cheadle YFC following his very hands-on involvement in the reformation of the Club back in 2017.

The presentations of awards were announced by Will Freeman, after the formalities of the meeting were finished.  The results were as follows, to the Clubs and Individuals:

Most Outstanding County Officer:       Jointly awarded to Amy Boothby (County Vice Chairman) and Toby Hall (Deputy Vice County Chairman) for their outstanding efforts during C19 in keeping Staffs YFC enthused with virtual activities and plenty of positive social media.

David Palij Award:  Awarded to the Club that has done the most for charity/community work during the last 12 months

Winner: Uttoxeter JNFU; Runner Up: Ashley YFC

Manifold Marketing Award:  Awarded to the Club who best promotes their Club and engagement in Club, County & Community Events.

Winner: Eccleshall YFC, Runner-up: Uttoxeter JNFU

The Richard Mottershead Club Programme Award: Awarded to the Club gaining the highest number of points within the Club Efficiency Competition for the Club Programme section.

Winner: Chase YFC and Uttoxeter JNFU; 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: Ashley YFC, Runner Up: Uttoxeter JNFU

Most Improved Club – Competitions Cup: Awarded to the Club that has achieved the highest improvement in points for competitions from the previous year.

Winner: Cheadle YFC; Runner Up: Ashley 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: Cheadle YFC; Runner Up: Chase YFC

Mr Ken Unwin MBE Memorial Cup: Awarded to the Club who most improves in Public Speaking, Stock Judging and Carcase Judging from the previous year.

Winner: Cheadle YFC; Runner Up: Lichfield 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

Newsletter Shield: For the best contribution to the Young Farmers’ Book of the Year

Winner: Ashley YFC; Runner Up – Eccleshall YFC

The Late Mr & Mrs W.A. Taylor Senior Merit Award: Awarded to the most outstanding individual at Club or County level was presented Sarah Hope of Ashley YFC.

Junior Merit Award: This is presented to the most outstanding junior individual at Club or County level was presented to Molly Sammons of Eccleshall YFC.

Junior Stockjudging Cup: Winner: Lichfield YFC; Runner Up: Uttoxeter JNFU

Intermediate Stockjudging Cup: Winner: Uttoxeter JNFU; Runner Up: Cheadle YFC

Senior Stockjudging Cup: Winner: Uttoxeter JNFU; Runner Up: Waterhouses YFC

Overall Stockjudging Cup: Winner: Uttoxeter JNFU; Runner Up: 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.  Also taken into account during this unusual year, was how Clubs adapted and embraced the challenges of the year.  From this competition, the following awards were presented:

Most Outstanding Chairman:         Runner-up:            Catherine Johnson, Eccleshall YFC;  Joint Winners:  Sarah Bourne, Cheadle YFC and Phil Wilson of Uttoxeter JNFU

Most Outstanding Secretary:         Runner-up:            Sarah Hope, Ashley YFC; Winner:                 Alicia Bexon, Uttoxeter JNFU

Most Outstanding Treasurer:         Runner-up:            Nicole Brereton, Ashley YFC;    Joint Winners:       Kate Oakes, Chase YFC and Kat Clarkson of Cheadle YFC

Most Outstanding Club Leader:    Runner-up:            Jack Salt, Ashley YFC;   Joint Winners:  Emily Cartmail, Eccleshall YFC and Beckie Phillips, Uttoxeter JNFU

Overall Club Efficiency Shield:      Runner up:            Uttoxeter JNFU;   Winners:                Eccleshall YFC

 As can be seen from the above, Staffordshire YFC is an organisation for any young people between the ages of 10 and 26 who would like to learn new skills, take up opportunities not available through mainstream education and to become part of their local community with like-minded young people.  Despite the Covid19 pandemic, Staffordshire YFC has managed to hold many of their social events at the start of the year, organise 36 competitions as a mixture of “actual and virtual” and have increased their social media followings to over 4500 via Facebook.  The new membership year has now started and 8 of the 10 Staffordshire clubs have held their Club AGM and re-elected Club Officers to lead their club for the coming year.   All club officers have been given guidance on running in a COVID-19 secure manner to deliver their important youthwork activities, when lockdown restrictions ease and are continuing to adapt the service they are offering to their members.    Looking to the future, Staffordshire YFC have also just launched their Virtual Christmas Rally, over the weekend of 5th – 6th December.  There are 14 classes to be entered, including “Making a 3D Snowman from any materials” and a Club Christmas Song.  They will also be adapting their County Competitions programme to virtual delivery and in some cases, rescheduling for the new year when it is hoped that face to face youth work can start to be delivered again.

For details on how to join your local club, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645 or email organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk

 

Pickering and Butters continue to support Staffordshire Young Farmers 

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs are pleased to announce that their Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is held on Friday 6th November, is being supported again this year by Pickering and Butters, a firm of Staffordshire Solicitors who were founded over a century ago, with offices based in Stafford and Rugeley.  The County AGM is usually attended by over 250 invited guests and members of the Federation and is the most prestigious meeting of the Staffordshire YFC year. This year is going to be very different, with a virtual webinar version being planned instead of bringing everyone together in person. Retiring County Chairman, William Freeman will still being delivering a full report about one of the most unusual years Staffordshire YFC has ever experienced. Despite the Covid pandemic bringing face-to-face activities to a halt over the spring and summer, Staffordshire YFC took to social media and still gave their members a virtual Annual Rally and Virtual County Show, complete with “Shoe Box Show Floats” as a very entertaining and creative competition. As well as the Rally and Show, members had various competitions to enter as well as county online meetings and support during the lockdown.   At the County AGM there is usually a number of awards and presentations including the “Most Outstanding Chairman” and “The Merit Award” which is given for the most outstanding contribution made by an individual to their club and/or county as well as club awards for Community Work and Overall Competitions. This year, they will all be announced via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page during the week following the AGM.

William Freeman, County Chairman said “As a charitable youth organisation we are reliant on sponsorship and donations and this year has been no exception. We have been very grateful to all those who have continued to support our online activities and meetings so that we can continue to bring young people together in rural isolated areas, especially in these challenging times. We really appreciate Pickering and Butters, supporting Staffordshire YFC again this year.” 

Sean Spinetto, Head of Department for Business at Pickering and Butters said“We are honoured to continue our support of Staffordshire YFC. We benefit from a substantial number of rural clients and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to support the rural community especially during these testing and uncertain times.” 

Staffordshire YFC Clubs are currently working towards their own Club AGMs along with adapting meetings which can now re-start under strict Covid-secure guidance provided by the National Youth Agency and National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Club Officers and Club Trustees are starting to plan and assess what activities they may be able to hold, whilst still ensuring the safety of their members is a priority at all times.

More information about the Staffordshire YFC AGM and details of how to join at YFC club is available by contacting County Organiser, Julia Taylor on 07841 422706 for further details or sending an email to organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk

 

County Officer Roles for 2020-21

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Staffordshire YFC will be electing a new team of County Officers for 2020-21 on Thursday 12th November 2020 at the County Executive Meeting.  Clubs are invited to make their nominations and send over to the County Office no later than 31st August.

Download the nomination form here

Don’t forget to enter the David Palij Challenge Award!

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

The David Palij Challenge Trophy Competition is open to all Young Farmers’ Clubs in the County of Staffordshire and is presented annually at the County Annual General meeting for Charity/Community Work done in a particular year, but not necessarily based on the amount of money raised. The Trophy was presented in memory of the late David Palij, a severely disabled victim of thalidomide who worked in the YFC Office during 1983 until his tragic death in a road accident at the age of 21.  This competition will help us remember the brave and cheerful way in which David accepted, and in many cases, successfully rose above the limitations set by his disability.

The Award is presented at the County AGM on 6th Nov. The deadline for entries is 30th Sept.

To download the entry form for your club, please click here

Calling for nominations for the Junior and Senior Merit Award!

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Don’t 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 6th November 2020.  There are two sets of criteria as follows:

Junior Merit (awarded to a member aged 17 or under on 1st September 2019)

The member must have given a *continuous and consistent positive input into their club and / or County Federation during the last 12 months of their membership i.e. 1st September 2019 – 31st August 2020.  Details of this are to be outlined in the enclosed form in no more than 3 – 4 sentences per nomination.  Each club may nominate a maximum of TWO members for this category.

Senior Merit (awarded to a member aged 26 or under on 1st September 2019)

The member must have given a *continuous and consistent positive input into their club and / or County Federation during the last 12 months of their membership i.e. 1st September 2019 – 31st August 2020.  Details of this are to be outlined in the enclosed form in no more than 3 – 4 sentences per nomination.  Each club may nominate a maximum of TWO members for this category.

*As activities have been in a virtual form since March, please do consider the input and involvement that your members have given during the Covid 19 pandemic as well as from September to Mid-March when YFC was running “normally”!

All nominations need to be in by 28th September 2020.

To download an entry form, please click here

Staffordshire YFC County Office

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Please note that the Staffordshire YFC County Office based on the County Showground is currently closed.

Julia Taylor, County Organiser has been placed on furlough leave from and including 9th June 2020.

For any urgent matters, please contact Will Freeman, County Chairman on 07425 621007.

For any safeguarding concerns or matters, please contact Polly Baines, County Safeguarding Officer on 07854 144521.

 

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