11 teams travelled to Madeley High School for the ever popular Volleyball Competition, after a hard fought day the results were as follows:
1st – Cheadle B YFC, 2nd – Cheadle A YFC & 3rd – Chase A YFC
Photos from the day can be found HERE
Ten Pin Stafford was the location of this years Pool Competition, 18 teams competed with the results as follows:
1st – Uttoxeter A JNFU, 2nd – Eccleshall A YFC & 3rd – Chase A
1st – Sam Griffin – Uttoxeter A JNFU
2nd – Rob Clowes – Waterhouses YFC
3rd – John Scott – Eccleshall A YFC
Click HERE for photos from the night
Well done to the 9 teams who took part, the theme for the competition was to create a four course Gala Dinner celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The competition was kindly sponsored by Like Nanna Made. The results were as follows:
1st – Eccleshall YFC
2nd – Uttoxeter B JNFU
3rd – Uttoxeter A JNFU
Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) started celebrating their Platinum Anniversary as the leading rural youth organisation in Staffordshire for 70 years, by holding a glamorous Dinner Dance on Saturday 5th March 2022, at the Ingestre Suite, County Showground, Stafford. The evening saw 450 guests including current and past members as well as many supporters of Staffordshire YFC, enjoy a three course Roast Dinner and then socialise and dance to music from The Sound Party Band. A fund-raising raffle and auction were also held on the evening, with the top item of a three-night stay in a holiday cottage in Cumbria fetching over £800. The event sold out within 5 days of tickets being released and all those who attended thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with old and new faces, after two years of events of this type not being held due to the pandemic. In addition to the fundraising for Staffordshire YFC, the auction also had a special donation from Amerton Farm, for an Alpaca Experience Day, which fetched £360 to be donated directly to help those in need in Ukraine.
The tables on the evening held photo displays of former and current throughout the 7 decades showcasing the different types of activities that members can take part in and in The Boden Room next to The Ingestre Suite, there were videos and more photo memorabilia on display to reminisce over.
Currently, the Federation has nearly 650 members across 10 clubs in the County – Abbotsholme, Ashley, Chase, Cheadle, Eccleshall, Leek, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter and Waterhouses. The members who are aged from 10 -28 years enjoy a varied programme of learning activities and competitions including Public Speaking, Tug of War, Cookery, Rural Skills and a wide variety of Sports for all ages. Members can also gain developmental skills via free training and awareness evenings including Mental Health Awareness, Farm Safety, Team Building and Healthy Eating at their club meetings and via the County and National programme. SCFYFC has adapted over the last two years during the pandemic and as a county it continued to deliver activities and competitions including a Virtual “Show Floats Competition, the size of “shoe boxes” and two Virtual Annual Rallies with over 15 competitions in each. Clubs are now looking forward to a much more normal year, with the Annual Rally planned for Saturday 7th May with over 40 competitions taking place at Hall Farm, Pipe Ridware, by kind permission of R J Smith and Son.
County Chairman, Toby Hall said “After what has been a two-year period like no other, it’s amazing to say the next twelve months for Staffordshire YFC are looking very promising and I can’t wait to get started in living the dream! With membership consistently high throughout the clubs, it gives myself as County Chairman great optimism as we look ahead to our landmark days such as the Rally and County Show.”
Photos from the evening were kindly taken by Rocester and District Camera Club and can be viewed by clicking here
On Sunday, 27th February Staffordshire were proud to host the West Midlands Area Public Speaking day at Stafford County Showground. Well done to everyone that took part and huge thanks to those that judged, stewarded, catered, spectated or supported in any way – it is much appreciated. Good luck to the Winning Teams who now qualify for the NFYFC (National Federation of YFC) Finals later in the year. With 7 competitions making up the days timetable the results were as follows;
1st – Staffordshire (Natalie Bradley – Eccleshall YFC)
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Shropshire B
1st – Herefordshire
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Staffordshire – Eccleshall YFC & Uttoxeter JNFU
1st – Shropshire A
2nd – Staffordshire – Eccleshall YFC
3rd – Warwickshire
1st – Warwickshire
=2nd – Herefordshire
=2nd – Shropshire A
1st – Herefordshire
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Shropshire A
1st – Warwickshire
2nd – Shropshire A
3rd – Shropshire B
1st – Staffordshire – Uttoxeter JNFU
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Shropshire
Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs are planning to hold a spring Tractor Run on Sunday 27th March, in memory of Mr John Meakin. Emily and Isobelle Meakin, John’s daughters who were both past members of Chase Young Farmers approached Staffordshire YFC to help them honour their dad’s memory, as he sadly passed away in March 2021 following a short and aggressive battle with cancer.
John loved tractor runs and ploughing matches from a very young age and during this time as a member of Staffordshire YFC, he loved to attend these kinds of events as well as always getting stuck in at the County Show, particularly with the YFC Show Floats Competition. The JW Meakin Tractor Run, will raise funds to be equally split between Staffordshire YFC and Katharine House Hospice, who looked after John during his illness. Emily and Isobelle are hoping that friends and family who were unable to attend John’s funeral due to the covid restrictions at the time, will be able to come along and share stories, celebrating their dad’s life in a way that goes some way to repay the kindness given by the hospice. Emily and Isobelle said “The doctors, nurses and home care team were incredible at Katharine House Hospice. They went above and beyond to help Isobelle and myself manage Dad’s condition at home, and more importantly they made sure Dad could enjoy his final months, remaining comfortable. They provided a hospital bed at the farm, by the aga so Dad could see all his friends and make the most of his final months and days, for which we will be forever grateful. No amount of money raised would be enough to repay Katharine House Hospice for the special moments we got to have due to their imperative hard work, and organisation, so it’s an honour to help towards their cause.”
The Tractor Run will start from Far Coley Farm, Little Haywood and takes a route passing through the villages of Little Haywood, Great Haywood, Hixon, Dapple Heath, Blithfield Reservoir, Admaston and Bishton. The finalised route will be confirmed working with the local authorities with signage confirming this two weeks beforehand and it is hoped that 50 tractors will take part. Farmers and friends of the family and Staffordshire YFC are invited to book in their tractor for the run, which for £20 includes a Bacon Bap and hot drink before setting off and a hog roast social afterwards.
Julia Taylor, County Organiser for Staffordshire YFC said “Organising this tractor run will be a pleasure to help the Meakin family remember John in such a special way. Knowing how popular tractor runs are in the area, we hope that the event will be a huge success for everyone and are very grateful that some of the funds will be raised for Staffordshire YFC as well as Katharine House Hospice.”
There is also a GoFundMe page opened by Staffordshire YFC to take online payments, which will also be equally distributed between the two charities. Details about the event and how to book your tractor in can be found on www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk/calendar/j-w-meakin-tractor-run . Anyone who would like more information about the tractor run, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645 or email email@example.com
Find out more about why Emily and Isobelle wish to hold this event. We spoke to the girls and here’s what they said:
Why hold a tractor run?
Tractor Runs were a huge part of Dad’s life in his later days, where he would venture out with some of his pals and go and follow. He could tell you every tractor, the year make and model just by looking at it. Him and his friends would compare notes and stories just from the trigger of seeing a certain tractor in its vintage state. We saw this later in The Yorkshire Shepherd – when the son was doing up an old tractor in one of the episodes. Dad was actually bed bound at this stage but would love watching and more stories and details would follow, it was like a child at Christmas watching Santa clause, gripped with fascination. The picture on the poster of Dad was also taken at Young Farmers Ploughing Match showing his love and passion for tractors and farming right from his early days.
What are you looking forward to?
A huge part of this for us, is knowing that Dad would absolutely love this event! He would be so happy knowing that the tractor run was starting from the Farm, and that we will be putting on a celebration of his life! Due to COVID Restrictions, back on April 14th at Dad’s Funeral we couldn’t have a large gathering, so it seems fitting to do this now, and what better to do so, by gathering Staffordshire Farmers for a great cause.
Why raise funds for Staffs YFC and Katherine House?
Dad was part of Staffordshire Young Farmers from his early childhood, doing Ploughing Matches, and there are plenty of funny stories from Staffordshire Show, with the main ring floats, and water fights! He was a real agriculture man, so loved Young Farmers, and loved helping the next generation of Farmers, so they hold a big pace place in his and our hearts! Katherine House Hospice have been incredible to us all over the past year whilst Dad was ill, and even after to Isobelle and myself offering Counselling. The doctors nurses and home care team were incredible, and went above and beyond to help Isobelle and myself manage Dad’s condition at home, and more importantly they made sure Dad could enjoy his final months, and was comfortable. we had a hospital bed at the farm, by the aga so he could see all of his friends and make the most of his final months and days, which we will be forever grateful. no amount of money raised would be enough to repay them for the special moments we got to have due their imperative hard work, and organisation, so its an honour to help to their cause.
What can anyone do to help you?
Everyone who knew Dad is someway shape or form is welcome to join us at The Tractor Run, and we would love to share stories, even if they don’t know Isobelle and myself. We need some help stewarding the event, which Julia Taylor is managing, please contact her for any more information on how to help and please donate lots! We shall be setting up a GoFundMe Page for donations if anyone is unable to make it too.
Memories of your dad?
Some beautiful memories of Dad at the County Showground when we were young children (3years old) showing our calves in the young handlers and Dad helped us show our calves in the main ring. The Dad would love to help The Elkin’s buck rake the silage, he loved working with Annie Elkin, who was a young farmer at the time. Thanks to Katherine House Hospice, we got to enjoy Cheltenham Gold Cup as Dad was in his bed, but the local farmers came round, and we had tea and scones and did lots of betting, Dad loved this. Our last day out was at Cobwebs Cafe, at Abbotts Bromley where Isobelle and myself rode there on our bikes and Dad went with his carers. We had cake and coffee (with a glug in it), and Dad got Vegetables from the Farm Shop there, Meat from the Butchers, and saw owner Nick Philips who is a long-standing family friend, and Nicks Mother Rosemary’s handmakes all the cakes sold at Cobwebs, a lady Dad knows well from his childhood, this day will stay with Isobelle and myself forever.
Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are celebrating their Platinum Anniversary after running as the leading rural youth organisation in Staffordshire for 70 years, by holding a glamorous Dinner Dance. The celebration event is being held on Saturday 5th March 2022, at the Ingestre Suite, County Showground, Stafford. The evening will include a 3 course Roast Dinner, an Auction, Raffle, and music from The Sound Party Band who will be playing until 1am. Tickets are £36 per person and table bookings are filling up fast following its launch, which has a booking deadline of 7th February.
During the night there will be displays depicting a trip through the decades. The federation would like to ask any members past and present to look out for any memorabilia which they have including the famous Club Scrapbooks which normally contain plenty of photos and amusement from the year that the Club has had. Anyone who is willing to loan the Federation any literature display material or photos is asked to contact Julia Taylor at the County Office.
George Hawley, newly elected County President said “The dinner dance is my first big event of the year as County President and what a night it promises to be. We will be celebrating 70 years of Staffordshire Young Farmers with our many members, supporters, and friends old and new. After what we have all been through in the past couple of years it is a treat to have something to celebrate and to shout about. The clubs in our county are going from strength to strength bringing in new members and having fun along the way. This is not just an evening of celebration, but it will be a whole year.”
Currently, the Federation has nearly 600 members across 10 clubs in the County – Abbotsholme, Ashley, Chase, Cheadle, Eccleshall, Leek, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter and Waterhouses. The members who are aged from 10 -28 years enjoy a varied programme of learning activities and competitions including Public Speaking, Tug of War, Cookery, Rural Skills and a wide variety of Sports for all ages. Members can also gain developmental skills via free training and awareness evenings including Mental Health Awareness, Farm Safety, Team Building and Healthy Eating at their club meetings and via the County and National programme. The County saw a drop in membership during 2020 – 21 as a result of the pandemic, which meant many clubs had no meeting place and a lack of connectivity, due to their rural locations. SCFYFC has adapted over the last two years during the pandemic, delivering activities and competitions including a Virtual “Show Floats Competition, the size of “shoe boxes” and two Virtual Annual Rallies with over 15 competitions in each. With the support of past members, Club Officers, Club Advisory, County Officers and the Staffordshire YFC Office, each club is successfully rebuilding and has remained resilient throughout.
County Chairman, Toby Hall said “After what has been a two-year period like no other, it’s amazing to say the next twelve months for Staffordshire YFC are looking very promising and I can’t wait to get started in living the dream! With membership consistently high throughout the clubs, it gives myself as County Chairman great optimism as we look ahead to our landmark days such as the Rally and County Show. I also hope to plan some more events to mark our Platinum year including a “YFC Does Take Me Out” and hopefully a few surprises for our members along the way – all I can is remember what S Club 7 said – ‘Reach for the Stars’!”
For any further information about joining Staffordshire YFC, attending the celebration Dinner Dance, or becoming involved in marking the 70th year, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser, on 01785 248645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a booking form for the Dinner Dance, click here
Staffordshire YFC has re-started its new membership year with a great influx of new and returning members aged 10 – 28 years joining one of the ten clubs across the County. The County would love to reach 601 members, the “magic” number in the YFC world as this will then secure two teams heading to the next round of competitions in the NFYFC Competitions Programme for 2022-23, giving more members opportunities to compete in skilled competitions including Public Speaking, Tug of War, Floral Art, Cookery and Stockjudging. This is looking highly likely as new members enquiries and joining up forms are becoming a daily occurrence.
Toby Hall, County Chairman said “A huge thank you to everyone in clubs and the County Office for making this happen. To reach 592 members is fantastic and we should definitely be reaching 601 soon. Its great to see Staffordshire YFC making huge progress following the pandemic, which is testament to everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm for our organisation.”
YFC Clubs have been busy recruiting their members since 1st September, the start of the YFC Membership Year and have been able to provide a full programme of weekly activities including talks, visits and social meetings, all ran in accordance with latest covid safety at the time. The federation saw a drop in membership during 2020 – 21 as a result of the pandemic, which meant many clubs had no meeting place and no connectivity, due to their rural locations, for online activities either. With the support of past members, Club Leaders, Club Advisory , County Officers and the Staffordshire YFC Office, each club is successfully rebuilding, which is great news as Staffordshire YFC is celebrating 70 years of running in 2022 as well.
For more information on how to join your local club, please email email@example.com or call 01785 248645.
Festive tractors take to the road in second charity event
The Staffordshire countryside saw almost 100 festive tractors take to the road in a charity Christmas convoy on Sunday 5 December 2021.
Arranged by South Staffs Water and Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs, this was the second time a cavalcade of tractors travelled the 20-mile route through the villages of Blithbury, Hamstall Ridware, Hill Ridware, Colton, over Blithfield Reservoir and into Abbots Bromley in aid of charity.
The first event was held in 2019, with 80 tractors joining the convoy and this year an extra 17 joined the fun with a decorated South Staffs Water van leading the way and another following at the end. The tractors were lit up with Christmas lights, inflated Santas and one had a rotating Christmas tree, with drivers wearing Santa outfits and a wide range of Christmas hats.
Donations received so far total £6,000, which will be split between two worthy charities; Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs and Midlands Air Ambulance and the event was been supported by many sponsors, including B&B Tractors, CH Froggatt and son, JA Bloor, EJC Contracting and Spectrum Print and Visual solutions.
Nina Yiannoukos-Benton, Senior Catchment Advisor at South Staffs Water, said:
“I’m so proud to be part of the tractor run. This was the second time we’ve held the event and this year was particularly special after the difficult time we’ve all had over the last couple of years. It was wonderful to be able to spread some cheer to our local communities and see the smiles on the people’s faces as we drove by. Some people may wonder why a water supplier is one of the organisers of the event; we work really closely with the Staffordshire Farmers, to ensure that we provide high quality water for our customers so it’s fitting that we work on that partnership to create such an amazing event like the tractor run.”
Julia Taylor, County Organiser at Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, said:
“I’m so pleased we could bring some festive cheer to the local community and I’m overwhelmed at the feedback and generosity of the people who came out to see the tractors. It makes all the hard work behind the scenes worthwhile. Donations are still being received but we have raised £6,000 so far which means £3,000 will go to each charity; the Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and Midlands Air Ambulance. Thank you so much for the support from the spectators and from our sponsors!”
Jo Bailey, Events & Area Fundraising Manager at Midland Air Ambulance, said:
“It was amazing, we can’t thank you all enough. An absolutely incredible amount of planning and organisation has gone into this – thank you all so much.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for anyone wishing to make a donation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/christmas-tractor-run