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STAFFORDSHIRE JOINS NATIONAL WELLY RELAY TO RAISE FUNDS

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Staffordshire YFC is taking part in a national Give it Some YFC Welly Relay to help raise funds to help to continue to deliver a much-needed service to young people in the rural communities within the County.

The County Federations’ funding was affected during the last membership year following the cancellation of all its spring and summer fundraising events.   Despite continuing to deliver services to members in a virtual manner, including a two Virtual Rallys and a Virtual County Show, the impact of the pandemic is being felt, with only 33% of members re-joined for the current membership year.

Staffordshire YFC have decided to start fundraising, with the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) campaign which has been running since October 2020.  After two false starts trying to get involved in this fundraising campaign, due to the lockdowns at the time, Staffordshire YFC’s members are now keen to get involved, with the virtual Welly landing in the county on 1st April from Herefordshire YFC.    Staffordshire YFC Clubs are then being challenged with covering 35 miles each and the county as a whole is planning to cover a total of 500 miles.   YFC Supporters, past members and sponsors are all encouraged to get involved and clock up some miles too. All clubs who get involved in the campaign with their members, will all receive an equal share of the funds raised, which will also be split with the County Federation.

NFYFC President and world-renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens said: “Young Farmers’ Clubs are incredibly important in rural areas – helping young people make social connections, learn new skills and support their rural communities. We must do all we can to ensure this vital youth service can continue and I’m encouraging every YFC to back their County Federation and Give it Some YFC Welly!”

Members in Staffordshire have decided to cover the miles by any form which does not involve an engine, so will be walking, running, biking, horse riding and possibly even kayaking in order to reach their goal.  A running total will be kept by County Chairlady, Amy Boothby who will be striding out on the first walk heading from the YFC Centre on the County Showground into Weston and Sandon to cover the first six miles of the challenge.

Amy said I am very excited to be kickstarting our 500-mile challenge during the month of April to raise some much-needed funds for Staffordshire YFC and the clubs within. The last 12 months has been difficult for everyone, so it is reassuring to be able to launch the #giveitsomeyfcwelly challenge which I think will be a great opportunity to bring our members together again.  It also encourages everyone to exercise in the fresh air to them to help with their mental wellbeing, which in YFC we all know is so important.”

Staffordshire YFC has been faced with a situation that has not happened since the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001 when clubs were again unable to meet face to face. The federation recovered from this period and are determined to do the same again following Covid 19.  Each club (Abbotsholme, Ashley, Chase, Cheadle, Eccleshall, Leek, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter and Waterhouses) usually meet on a weekly basis to bring their members together to take part in competitions, talks, fundraising events, learn new skills and training, mental wellbeing sessions, socials and so much more.  Despite members enthusiasm during the pandemic, Clubs and the County face great challenges in the coming months, as much needed fundraising events are currently on hold and looking unlikely for any clubs or the County Federation to be able to hold anything during this membership year.

Staffordshire YFC Clubs and County hopes to continue to provide the vital services which enable YFC members to have somewhere to go, learn new skills and make like-minded friends for life for the current members and future generations.  Anyone interested in supporting Staffordshire YFC and their Give it some YFC Welly campaign can visit the JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/staffordshire-yfc

Vets Life for YFC!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

As Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) and the rest of the country are taking small steps towards slight ease in the members are still organising fun evenings to bring together their current members and stay in touch.  Last week saw the turn of Cheadle YFC who hosted a talk by local vet, Hannah Fitzsimmonds of Lambert, Leonard and May.

Sarah Bourne, Club Chairlady of Cheadle YFC said “Last week Hannah gave us a talk about on ‘A life of a Staffordshire farm Vet’ talking about what it’s like to be a vet and then gave us a little talk about calf husbandry. We had lots of members attend the meeting, and it went down really well. Hannah gave us a really good inside of how she became a vet and what day to day life was like as a vet, answering any questions that we had and gave us lots of information about calf husbandry.”

Cheadle YFC was reformed back in 2017 and despite Covid 19, still managed to recruit over 25 active members in September who meet regularly on Zoom.

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years across ten clubs in Staffordshire and helps to keep young people in many rurally isolated areas connected and provides a much-needed social life.  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 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 to an online delivery.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, with the prospect of the lockdown easements over the summer, the federation hopes to be able to plan events to bring together members and rural community together at some of its competitions and social activities, taking into consideration, the latest covid guidance at the time.

Staffs YFC Mash Up

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Whilst Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are gearing up for the slight ease in lockdown and hoping to re-start covid-secure face to face outdoor meetings later this month, the members are still organising fun evenings to bring together their current members and stay in touch.  This week saw the turn of Ashley YFC who created “The Ashley YFC Mash Up” consisting of six fun rounds of activities – A Marble Race, Scavenger Hunt and Kahoot Quiz which included rounds entitled “Where am I in the World?”; A Picture round and a Sports round.

Jack Salt, Club Chairman of Ashley YFC, who currently have 34 active members, said “I really enjoyed hosting the Ashley YFC Mash up this week.  Everyone had a good time testing their brainpower and their legs.  It was great to catch up with members from across Staffordshire after the meeting and see how we are all getting on too.”

After twenty members got stuck in on the night, the winning team was the Poynton Family from Eccleshall, closely followed by Kate Mollatt of Uttoxeter and in third place was Emily Cartmail of Eccleshall.

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years across ten clubs in Staffordshire and helps to keep young people in many rurally isolated areas connected and provides a much-needed social life.  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 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 to an online delivery.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, with the prospect of the lockdown easements over the summer, the federation hopes to be able to plan events to bring together members and rural community together at some of its competitions and social activities, taking into consideration, the latest covid guidance at the time.

Young Farmers Deep Secrets Revealed

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Despite Lockdown3.0, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are still organising fun evenings to bring together their current members and stay in touch.  To help the leaders of each club, the federation has joined forces, with each club taking a turn to host a “takeover” evening for everyone.  Following the success of Chase YFC who took members around an IceCream Farm and Cheadle YFC who kept everyone fit with an online workout, it was the turn of Uttoxeter Young Farmers to host last week.  The Club hosted a “Would I Lie to You” evening and saw over thirty members attending.   It was held in keeping with format of the popular TV Show and hosted by Toby Hall, Club Chairman of Uttoxeter Young Farmers, who was sporting his favourite outrageous shirt which put a smile on everyone’s face.  Toby’s fellow Club Officers, Kate Mollatt and Eddie Phillips both confessed to embarrassing truths from their past.   The determined Kate took five attempts to pass her driving test and Eddie revealed that he once sank his teeth into another child in a ball pool – thankfully he was much younger and did say that it was by accident!

The next club to host an evening is Ashley Young Farmers Club who have a “Quick Fire Mash Up” night planned to bring current members of all ages together online.    Ashley YFC have been very active throughout the pandemic with supporting their local community with shopping and prescription deliveries.  They also raised over £1300 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and themselves as a registered charity, back in December with their “Covid-19 Day’s of Christmas” campaign which included a raffle, duck race and quiz.

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 zoom nights until restrictions ease.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, the federation hopes to be able to plan events for later in the year, including competitions, the Annual Rally and also be involved in the Staffordshire County Show.

Workouts and Icecream for Young Farmers!

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are continuing to rise to the challenge of operating during covid times and keeping their members connected.  Following the announcement of Lockdown3.0 in January, members from the active clubs in Staffordshire have joined forces to hold county meeting nights, with each club taking a turn to host the event on zoom.

Members have joined in with Cheadle Young Farmers who hosted a full 30 minute body workout, which member Alice Naden led in January.  This was followed by Chase Young Farmers who arranged for Daltons Ice Cream Farm, based in Wootton, to show members around their enterprise with a virtual tour and Q&A.

Staffordshire YFC County Chairlady, Amy Boothby said “The evening was a great success and very informative and interactive as well, which I appreciate can be difficult when holding events virtually. The hosts had managed to take short videos of themselves in action on the farm, from milking the cows to filling ice cream tubs, which we were all able to watch through Zoom and allowed us all to feel as though we were there in real life!”

Feedback from members was really positive, with the only downfall being that there was no tasting over zoom!

Uttoxeter Young Farmers are next to host a county zoom evening, on 17th February and will be organising a “Would I Lie to You” night for members to have some fun with.

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 zoom nights until restrictions ease.

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

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

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 Young Farmers creates “Virtual County Show vibe!”

Monday, June 1st, 2020

On the usual week that would have been the Staffordshire County Show, the highlight of the rural calendar in Staffordshire, YFC members from across the county have been busy entering virtual competitions organised by the Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.   The competitions were along similar lines to what would normally take place during show week, except for Tug of War, which would have proven tricky to execute.  Instead, using the county’s Facebook page as a platform, with over 4000 followers, five competitions were held.  On Tuesday 26th May, which would usually be the Pre Show Reception, an evening held for over 250 invited guests to attend at the YFC Marquee, the YFC Clubs entered into two competitions.

Firstly, The Leslie T Chester Competition which is a challenge to write a 500 word story using 15 given words.  The winner of this competition was Beckie Phillips of Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club, who wrote a very entertaining story about Hedgerow Farm and two resident goats called Hetty and Horatio who dreamt of flying in a spaceship!  The Award for the Leslie T Chester Story will be presented to Beckie at the County AGM which is due to be held later in the autumn.   The second and very popular competition held on Tuesday was the “YFC’s Got Talent” which is always greatly entertaining for guests usually at the Pre Show.  There were six strong entries including a comedy sketch in a Two Ronnies style from Cheadle YFC and an entertaining “Summer Loving” Grease duet from Uttoxeter Young Farmers.  After votes were counted via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page as well as two independent judges giving their verdict, Eccleshall Young Farmers were declared the winners with a video compilation featuring members past and present from their Club, singing Bohemian Rhapsody, edited carefully by Daniel Moseley with flawless links, amusing costumes and varying vocals.    Tuesdays competitions were very kindly supported by Abbotsholme School and HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants.

On Wednesday 27th May it was the turn of the younger members of YFC aged 17 and under to take the lead, with two competitions displaying their love of animals.  The first competition was photos entitled “Pets we are Proud of” which included a Bearded Dragon, an array of dogs and cats and even a horse which regularly turns into a unicorn for local young children.  The winner was declared as a prize-winning sheep put forward by Ellie Roobottom of Chase YFC.  The second competition was “Best Trick with my Animal” where members were asked to submit photos or videos displaying their tricks.  The winner was Heidi Clark of Uttoxeter Young Farmers with her spaniel Tilly who completed an extensive obstacle course in great enthusiastic canine fashion.  The two competitions on Wednesday were kindly sponsored by Shires Vets, who would normally be part of the Staffordshire YFC marquee during the County Show week.  Dave Allen and Jen Robinson of Shires Vets also judged the two classes and said We would like to thank Staffordshire YFC for asking us to get involved in this year’s Virtual YFC County Show. All of the team here at Shires Vets are proud to continue to support such a brilliant group of young people. We have had a great selection to choose from so thank you to all the members who have taken part and submitted photos and videos for today’s competitions we have really enjoyed judging them, well done to the winners and we look forward to seeing you back in the marquee next year!”

One of the most popular competitions is usually held on the Thursday of the County Show, the Show Floats Competition, which always attracts a great crowd around the main ring at 2.30pm.  The creative idea to make “Shoe Box” Show Floats was put forward by Leek Young Farmers and was soon made into a reality, with 17 entries taking to a “virtual main ring” created on the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page.  Supporters of YFC have been giving some great feedback about how it was great to see the efforts made by YFC members during lockdown, cheering them up on social media newsfeeds, despite not being able to meet up weekly as they would normally.   The 17 floats were judged again by the number of “likes” each float received as well as Dewi Parry, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, giving his top placings too.  On a normal County Show year, YFC is always very well supported by BD Fuels of Hixon who generously sponsor this competition with prize and entry money for all clubs who take part.  Despite the challenging climate, BD Fuels very kindly donated club prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed floats again this year, for which Staffordshire YFC is very grateful.

After a very active day on social media and a tense wait after “likes” and judges placings were combined, the results were Liv Larsson of Ashley YFC in first place with her “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” float which had some very familiar faces superimposed onto the contestants.  The set up was complete with the Dingo Dollars Challenge and a helicopter Sky Dive setting!  In second place was Beth Allen of Cheadle YFC who recreated that daytime favourite, “Supermarket Sweep!”  The attention to detail with the aisles of food and trolleys inside the shoebox were a big hit with the judge.    There were two entries taking joint third place, Jemima Brown of Abbotsholme YFC with the ski gameshow, The Jump and Emma Mayers of Ashley YFC with The Great British Bake Off.

Dewi Parry, judge said “The competition standard has been immense, all seventeen entries were fabulous and everyone made a great amount of effort!”

Staffordshire YFC currently has 430 members 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 and isolated communities and provide the much needed social life, new skills and learning opportunities, for any young people aged between 10 and 26 years, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that all planned competitions and events for the coming months are either cancelled or postponed, however Staffordshire YFC is continually adapting to the current situation and thinking of new ways to connect and provide a valuable service to its members.

For any further information about Staffordshire YFC’s Clubs and County during Covid 19, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 07841 422706 or email organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk .

To view all the entries into the above competitions on our Facebook page, click here

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