The Wednesday of the County Show saw clubs from around the County compete for the Tug of War silverware, the results were:
1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Stone YFC, 3rd – Cheadle YFC
1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Cheadle YFC, 3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU
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Each Club has 1m x 1m cube to promote their Club at this years Stafford County Show, the displays are judged and the results were:
1st – Cheadle YFC
2nd – Stone YFC
3rd – Ashley YFC
On Tuesday 17th August, Staffordshire Young Farmers Club hosted their Pre-Show Reception which was kindly sponsored by Abbotsholme School, RBA Wealth Management and HSKSG Accountants, in the Ingestre Suite on the County Showground instead of the usual YFC marquee to allow for more guests to attend comfortably. This was the first social event the federation had held following the last 18 months of challenging times during Covid 19, attended by over 200 sponsors, supporters and invited guests of the Federation and hosted by County Chairlady, Amy Boothby.
This year’s reception theme showcased “The Best of Staffordshire YFC” with winning entries on display from the recent YFC Static Competitions and some clubs delivering presentations about their community work and fundraising which they preserved with during the pandemic. Ashley YFC set up the Ashley Community Volunteers Service, delivering over 200 prescriptions during the height of last years lock down and members are continuing to offer services to the vulnerable in their local community including lifts to the hospital and a chat on the phone to those who are shielding. In addition to this, Ashley YFC explained about their fundraising held in December 2020, called “Covid-19 Days of Christmas” where they raised funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) by holding a number of virtual events through their social media pages. On 7th – 8th August, Ashley YFC also arranged a CRY Screening Weekend for YFC members and the local community at Ashley Memorial Hall with over 160 young people checked and 10 referred for further testing. Ashley YFC presented a cheque to Tom Green from CRY for £657 on the evening which was gratefully received.
Eccleshall YFC have also been busy raising funds within their club, with members taking on the Three Peaks Challenge (climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours) on 21st June. Beth Poynton, one of the members who completed the challenge explained how their adventure went, including times taken to climb each peak. After a long 24 hours, the club were really pleased to have raised over £685 which will be split between the Club funds and local charity, Terrible Titties and Other Bitties. The charity, based in Stafford, offers support to local people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Uttoxeter JNFU (Young Farmers) also undertook a challenge earlier this year. Their Club Officers, Toby Hall, Kate Mollatt and Eddie Phillips alongside Club President, Francis Mollatt, completed a Sky Dive falling 15’000 feet back in May and raised over £1600. Funds were split between the club and The Farming Community Network (FCN), a voluntary charity which supports farmers and their families within the rural community. Club Chairman, Toby Hall explained to guests about the Sky Dive including his own personal experience which he reported as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Toby went on to present the cheque to Peter Hardy, Training and Development Manager for FCN.
As well as the community achievements by members across Staffordshire, there was entertainment for guests with the YFC’s Got Talent Competition, provided by members of Leek YFC with their own version of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and a Two Ronnies Sketch with a YFC twist from Toby Hall and Rob Mollatt, of Uttoxeter JNFU.
Following the YFC’s Got Talent and various presentations, Amy explained to guests about The National Federation of Young Farmers (NFYFC) Achiever Awards, which celebrate rural young people across England and Wales in various categories including Community Supporter of the Year and New YFC Member of the Year. Last year, Emily Swinnerton, member of Eccleshall YFC came Runner Up in the Rural Entrepreneur of the Year category, with her business launched in February 2020, Preloved Country Clothing, selling brands which have been pre-owned including Jack Wills, Joules and Crew. Emily’s business is growing from strength to strength with her sales reaching not only UK wide but also international customers and she explained to guests through her presentation about her achievements so far, her passion for sustainability and her ambition to continue to grow the business further, hopefully by opening small shop.
The results of the Leslie T Chester Story Writing Competition (500 words using 15 given words) were announced by judge, Rachel Goldie, NFYFC Chairlady with Kate Oakes of Chase YFC taking 1st place for her story of Fred Pickles, a fictional local contented farmer. There was also a presentation by Polly Baines, Chairlady of the Staffordshire Young Farmers Ambassadors (YFA) who support members with the YFC Travel Programme, which is seeing a relaunch next year and some new trips being introduced, subject to travel restrictions at the time.
The evening was a great way for members and guests to start thinking ahead to the Staffordshire County Show, which is being held on Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th August where Staffordshire YFC members will be promoting themselves and their clubs inside the YFC Marquee, erected next to the YFC Building on the showground. Development Chairladies, Beckie Phillips and Hannah Britland delivered a very witty poem explaining what activities will be taking place for YFC. Members will also be competitive on Wednesday evening as they “take the strain” in the main ring at 7.30pm with the Male and Female Tug of War Competition as well as on Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm with the very popular Show Floats, to the theme of “80’s Films” this year.
Amy Boothby, County Chairlady said “Last year, we were all saddened to learn that the County Show would not go ahead. I think the best of this YFC year is yet to come next week and hope that everyone is able to come and visit us inside the YFC Marquee for some light refreshments and much needed catching up.”
The evening closed with a buffet provided by the Staffordshire YFC Catering Committee, along with some much-needed socialising with guests, some of whom had not met up for over 2 years since the last Pre Show Reception.
Photographs from the evening were taken courtesy of Photographer Ian Barstow, @DraycottPhotography from Rocester Camera Club to view click here.
Eight teams travelled to Midlands Karting, Fradley for the popular Go Karting Competition. Following a morning of racing the results went to:
1st – Eccleshall YFC 2nd – Cheadle B YFC 3rd – Lichfield YFC
Photos from the day can be found HERE
Staffordshire YFC were very disappointed not hold their Rally in May this year and even more so when Leek Show was cancelled, as they had planned to have a very busy marquee displaying lots of competition entries from members across the county and were looking forward to supporting this local traditional show. However, YFC members are not afraid to be adaptable, especially after the past year and so the Competitions Committee quickly decided that the “competitions must go on!” Static Competition classes due to be held at the Rally/Show have now been moved and will be pre-judged after 9th August at the YFC Centre with results on display at their Pre-Show Reception on 17th August and then inside the YFC Marquee at the County Show at the end of August.
Competitions for members aged 27 and under to enter, include “Upcycled Item from a Bottle”; “Pets at Play” and “Lockdown hit me Hard” Photography and the very popular “Pimp my Pedal Tractor” which members hope to be able to race before the show! Any members who want to get involved can contact their Club Secretary for details. The competitions have been very generously supported by twenty sponsors – Agri Reso, Agrii, B & B Tractors, British Wool Marketing Board, CBI Security, HJ Lea Oakes, HFB Trailers LTD, Howsons Chartered Accountants, HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants, Ian Harvey Fabrications, Lambert Leonard & May, Morris Corfield Ltd, Leek NFU, West Midlands NFU, Pickering and Butters Solicitors, SWP Talbot, W Burton & Son, Wells Farm Dairy, Wynnstay Group PLC and Youngs Animal Feeds.
Having fun, learning new skills and getting stuck into new opportunities is what being a member of Staffordshire YFC is all about and the last few weeks are starting to see the return of all these activities and more. On Sunday 25th July YFC members took part in a County Go Karting Competition at Midlands Karting, Lichfield with eight teams entered. Fastest behind the wheel on the day were Eccleshall YFC, closely followed by Cheadle YFC and in third place it was local club, Lichfield YFC. Later that day, the county had also organised a Car Treasure Hunt starting and finishing at The New Broom, Checkley. Twelve cars enjoyed an evening of seeking the answers to the clues and finding items along the way including a nettle, spiders web and picture of Winston Churchill! The winners on the day were the Wilson family from Gayton, closely followed by a trio of members from Cheadle YFC.
Looking ahead to August, as well as the County Show Competitions, the Competitions Committee are also organising a Floral Art Competition which is being held on Sunday 22nd August, where skilled members will be creating displays to the NFYFC Competition themes of “My Favourite Sport” for the Juniors, “My Sporting Hero” for the Intermediates and “Sporting Pursuits” for the Senior age category. Winning displays will be shown inside the YFC Marquee at the County Show.
To get involved in Staffordshire YFC and to become a member, if you are aged between 10 – 28 years (the age range increases to 28 years from 1st September 2021), please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645 or email email@example.com for more information. Staffordshire YFC organises a programme of competitions and events for all ages and abilities throughout the year. All elements of YFC incorporate teambuilding, boosting confidence, leadership and fun and all you need to become a member of this organisation is a willingness to get involved, learn new things and enthusiasm!
After such an unusual twelve months of virtual activities in Staffordshire YFC, including online Rally competitions and a virtual “Shoe Box Show Floats” Competition in 2020, members of the YFC clubs are all getting ready to enjoy the actual Staffordshire County Show this year.
The Federation is planning to host its usual and ever popular Pre-Show Reception, kindly supported by Abbotsholme School, HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants and RBA Wealth Management on Tuesday 17th August and at the reception, the YFC members from around the clubs will put on “YFC’s Got Talent” which has in the past included sketch show acts, synchronised swimming and some very funny comedy antics. Clubs will be also showcasing their achievements during the year, including Uttoxeter JNFU who will be presenting a cheque to The Farming Community Network following their Sky Dive and Ashley YFC who have supported the charity, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) throughout the year. The reception is usually attended by much valued sponsors, supporters, members and invited guests of the Federation.
The following week, on Wednesday 25th August and Thursday 26th August, at the County Show, Staffordshire YFC will be displaying just what being a member of their organisation is all about inside their marquee which is erected to the side of their purpose-built office on the showground. The marquee is always a hive of activity, and the theme has been decided by the members, as “The Best of Staffordshire YFC” for 2021. Displays will include all the activities that the federation usually holds, what is coming up in the future, 70th Anniversary celebrations in 2022 and details of the forthcoming Christmas Shopping Evening and Christmas Tractor Run as well as looking back at how members showed great resilience, community spirit and continued enthusiasm throughout the pandemic over the last twelve months.
Shires Vets will be joining Staffordshire YFC inside the marquee and goody bags containing straw hats, air fresheners, sunglasses and pens will be available to visitors. The YFC members will also be serving refreshments to visitors at the show as well as selling catalogues on behalf of the show society.
Amy Boothby, County Chairlady said “After 14 months of a completely disrupted YFC calendar, we are super excited to hear that the Staffordshire County Show will be going ahead once again this year. The County Show is always such a huge highlight for our clubs and members will be extremely glad to return to some normality over the summer. The later timing of the show in the year will fall perfectly for our clubs, who will be looking to recruit members for the forthcoming membership year which will begin on 1st September 2021. Myself and the team of County Officers along with our clubs are all very excited to showcase the best of Staffordshire YFC during the week.”
As well as fully packed marquee, Staffordshire YFC members will also be taking part in their Annual Male and Female Tug of War Competitions on the Wednesday evening and then taking to the main ring on the Thursday with the traditional and ever-popular Show Floats Competition. Clubs are building their floats for this competition to try and win the top prize money of £125 as well as £75 for entering the competition, which is sponsored by BD Fuels of Hixon.
Clubs are now starting to meet on a weekly basis within their areas with main programming activities including Show Float Building, Sports evenings, and BBQ’s, taking into account covid awareness at all times. As the Staffordshire YFC new membership years starts in September and all clubs will be looking to recruit new members aged between 10 – 28 years to come and get involved in the largest rural youth organisation in Staffordshire. Each club offers unique opportunities on their weekly programme of events which is organised “by the members, for the members”. In addition to this, the County federation, Staffordshire YFC organises a programme of competitions and events for all ages and abilities throughout the year. All elements of YFC incorporate teambuilding, boosting confidence, leadership and fun and all you need to become a member of this organisation is a willingness to get involved, learn new things and enthusiasm!
For information on becoming a member or details of your local Club, or details on any of the YFC activities, please come and visit the YFC Marquee at the County Show where we will have many of our members who’d be happy to talk to you. Alternatively call 01785 248645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Our website at www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk has updated information about Staffordshire YFC and the local clubs, including recent event photos. You can also follow the latest updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Chase Young Farmers Club (YFC), affiliated to the Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) became the first club to have a Rural+ training session delivered to them online this week, with three-quarters of their club membership in attendance. The session has been developed by The Farming Community Network (FCN), The DPJ Foundation and National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, supported by the Westminster Foundation.
The training, designed for 10-26 year old YFC members and 16-25 year old agricultural students, focuses on understanding stress and anxiety; managing personal mental wellbeing; how to talk about mental health; seeking support; building their resilience and supporting others. Afterwards, the members gave their thoughts about how the training can help you think about your own mental health and wellbeing and consider things you might not have otherwise. Club Chairman, James Freeman said “Our members really enjoyed the Rural+ evening. It was very useful to have an open discussion about mental health and how we can all look out for each other as well as looking after our own mental wellbeing.”
Chase Young Farmers continue to provide vital youthwork services which enable young people living in the rural area where they meet to have somewhere to go, learn new skills and make like-minded friends for life in current times and for future generations. Anyone interested in joining Chase Young Farmers can contact their Club Chairman, James Freeman on 07863 687117.
Uttoxeter Young Farmers have been missing holding their usual annual fundraising events during the last year which would normally include a Christmas Buffet and Pig Race. The Club Officers really wanted to ensure that they raised some valuable funds for their chosen charity, The Farming Community Network as well as bringing in funds for themselves to keep the club running. After discussions, they decided to put aside the usual sponsored bike rides and raffles, instead taking to take the plunge with a sky dive from 15’000 feet!!
Toby Hall, Club Chairman; Kate Mollatt, Club Secretary; Eddie Phillips, Club Treasurer along with Francis Mollatt, Club President, nervously headed over to Skydive Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire on Wednesday 5th May. They took to the skies and once they had reached the summit of 15,000ft where it was minus 25c, they all braved the jump, peaking at speeds which were approximately 120mph when free falling and falling 10k feet in about 60 seconds.
Toby Hall, Club Chairman said “Releasing the parachute to drift back to earth made us realise how cold we were and how beautiful north Lincolnshire was. We could see all the gorgeous landmarks such as the Humber estuary, the coastline and Scunthorpe Steel works! We all enjoyed the experience with varying levels of excitement and enjoyment and can safely say we are all safe and sound with all feet firmly planted on the ground.”
Following the dive, these brave club officers have currently raised over £1600 which will be split equally between the Club funds and The Farming Community Network, a national voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community. Messages of support and thanks have been flooding into the Club’s Facebook pages as the video of their experience was posted, making their fellow members and supporters very proud of their achievement.
Uttoxeter Young Farmers continue to provide vital youthwork services which enable young people living in the rural communities of Uttoxeter and the surrounding area have somewhere to go, learn new skills and make like-minded friends for life in current times and for future generations. Anyone interested in joining Uttoxeter Young Farmers can contact their Club Chairman, Toby Hall, on 07972 189021.
Staffordshire YFC are offering all their clubs the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £300 to assist their club in promoting themselves to the public and recruit new members/rejoining past members. The funding for these grants is being used from the SCFYFC Supplementary Fund, which has been generated over the years by the external bars which the SCFYFC Bar Team have supplied.
These grants will be available until 31st December 2021.
What can be funded?
How do Clubs apply?
Ring the YFC Office and speaking to Julia on 01785 248645 or email over the idea if you are not sure it fits in with one of the above activities. Please complete and follow the procedures on the application form which can be downloaded here
Staffordshire YFC looks forward to supporting all of its clubs as the easements in lockdown continue over the summer and looks forward to seeing some great promotions by Club Officers and members.