YFC members across Staffordshire have been taking care of their mental health ahead of this year’s Mind Your Head campaign (10-14 February).
Mind Your Head is organised by leading farming charity The Farm Safety Foundation and aims to encourage the farming community to stop and think about their physical and mental wellbeing.
YFCs in Staffordshire have been holding awareness evenings, designed specifically for rural young people to help them understand the factors that can cause rural isolation and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions.
The sessions, called Rural+, have been developed by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) with the support of The Farming Community Network (FCN), for YFCs to deliver during a club meeting.
The evenings have been very well received by everyone who attended. Gez Lowndes, Staffordshire YFC Development Committee Chairlady and also a member of Ashley YFC said “WOW is all I can say regarding the Rural+ session! I feel this has really helped spread the word across our clubs here in Staffordshire…We have around 30 members out of over 100 people which have received the training who have suffered with their own mental health! I am one who has received the training, suffered and been there to support others! I feel it has helped others and definitely helped me!”
Julia Taylor, County Organiser for Staffordshire YFC and Polly Baines, past County Chairman have delivered the evenings alongside representatives from FCN. The charity are the first port of call for pastoral and practical support of all those in need in the farming community, with a particular focus on farmers and farming families.
Julia Taylor said “It has been very worthwhile and rewarding delivering these evenings to the members. Many of those who attended felt able to be open about their own experiences and share advice. Others were able to talk about the many different types of mental health issues and what the signs to look for are. With the everyday pressures placed on young people living and working in rural communities today, Rural+ is an essential part of the youth work that Staffordshire YFC provides to its members.”
Staffordshire YFC provides a vast programme of competitions, social events and training opportunities for young people to get involved in, which contribute to their positive wellbeing on a regular basis as well as forming friendships which can last a lifetime.
A great day out for 10 teams from across Staffordshire to compete in the Annual Silage Judging Competition which was kindly supported by ACT Wessex Animal Health. Following judging at three clamps on three separate farms in the Gnosall area, the results were as follows:
Overall team placings:
1st – Chase A
2nd – Waterhouses
3rd – Uttoxeter A
Juniors – 1st Hollie Kelly, Chase YFC; 2nd Alex Cartmail, Eccleshall YFC; 3rd Abi Palmer, Uttoxeter JNFU
Intermediates – 1st Robbie Nilson, Chase YFC; 2nd Kate Oakes, Chase YFC, 3rd Kate Mollatt, Uttoxeter JNFU
Seniors – 1st Peter Cotton, Waterhouses YFC; 2nd James Freeman, Chase YFC; 3rd Alicia Bexon, Uttoxeter JNFU
Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to our hosts, judges and stewards for giving up their time.
Cheadle Young Farmers will be taking to the roads with a Charity Tractor Run on Sunday 26th April in memory of one of their founder members, Stan Eyre and raising funds for Dementia UK and Cheadle YFC.
To book your place, please download a booking form here
A great afternoon for members of Staffs YFC competing in the indoor cricket competition! 🏏
The results were as followed:
🥇1st place🥇– Waterhouses YFC
🥈2nd place🥈– Chase Young Farmers.
🥉3rd place🥉– Uttoxeter JNFU – Young Farmers
A massive thank you to Willow Sports Centre for hosting the league!
Another fab night for Staffordshire YFC members at the county quiz competition on Thursday 9th January 2020
With 24 teams and just under 100 members partaking, the results are as follows:
🥇 1st place- Ashley A 🥇
🥈 2nd place- Uttoxeter B 🥈
🥉 Joint 3rd- Eccleshall B & Uttoxeter A 🥉
Thanks to Dave Hem for producing another great quiz and to The New Broom at Checkley for hosting us! 👌🏾
Held at Tenpin, Stafford on 2nd January 2020 we held our annual bowling competition! 13 teams were entered from across the county and for some players, bowling was right up their ‘alley’!
🥉Francis Baldwin of Ashley
🥈 Will Sammons of Eccleshall
🥇 Robert Neilson of Chase
🥉Kat Clarkson of Cheadle and Becca Fallows of Waterhouses
🥈 Laura Bailey of Leek
🥇 Kate Brocklehurst of Cheadle!
Staffordshire YFC are holding their Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 14th March 2020 in the Ingestre Suite on the County Showground, Stafford from 7pm onwards. The evening is set to be one to remember, with the theme of “Viva Las Vegas!” Guests will be entertained by Mark Clay, local Elvis Impersonator and also be able to have a flutter in the casino as part of the evening which usually attracts around 400 members and supporters of the Federation.
This year, the Annual Dinner Dance is very kindly supported by Howard Worth, Accountants. Andrew Hagues, Partner – Farming and Rural Business at Howard Worth said “We are delighted to support the work that the Staffordshire federation of young farmers carries out in supporting the future of next generation farmers. Howard Worth are pleased to sponsor this years Dinner Dance and look forward to working with farmers across Staffordshire in 2020 and beyond”.
To book a table, download a booking form here and return along with full payment no later than Monday 10th February 2020.
For more information, contact the YFC Centre on 01785 248645.
YFC members have been given an exclusive opportunity to tour around the JCB Headquarters in Rocester on the evening Thursday 19th December 2019. Anyone who wishes to go must book their place via their Club Secretary or Club Chairman. All under 18’s must bring a completed Permission Slip which can be downloaded here and be accompanied by a current YFC member who is over 18.
For more information, contact Will Freeman, Staffordshire YFC’s County Chairman on 07425 621007.
The Staffordshire countryside saw 82 festive tractors take to the road in a charity Christmas convoy on 8 December.
Arranged by South Staffs Water and Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs, the cavalcade of tractors were lit up with Christmas lights and some even had an inflated Santa along with a rotating Christmas Tree! They travelled a 20-mile route through the villages of Hamstall Ridware, Blithbury, Abbots Bromley, Blithfield and Hill Ridware.
The event was held in aid of three charities; WaterAid, Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and has raised over £3600 so far, giving each charity over £1200 each.
Nina Yiannoukos-Benton, senior catchment advisor at South Staffs Water, said:
“It was amazing to be involved in arranging this tractor run. We were so pleased at the numbers taking part and to see the smiles on the people’s faces as we drove by was wonderful. It was so much fun and we raised more money than we expected too. We’ve already had people asking if we’ll do it again next year.”
Julia Taylor, County Organiser at Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, said:
“The Christmas Tractor Run was a first of its kind for us to organise, working alongside South Staffs Water. We were completely overwhelmed by the amount of people who came out to support and give generously in the local villages as the convoy passed through and the feedback from the tractor drivers, general public and all those involved has been really positive which is a very good for the agricultural industry.”
After the run was completed, the drivers and many supporters enjoyed an evening of socialising at Cowley Hill Farm, Hamstall Ridware by kind permission of the Roobottom Family. A band, Prosody, played some great Christmas tunes as well as classics and the awards for Best Dressed Tractor and Best Dressed Drivers were made.
Following the great success of this year’s Tractor Run, it is hoped that a similar event may be held again in the future. To make a contribution to this year’s Tractor Run charities, a JustGiving site has been set up https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sswyfctractorrun for donations to still be made.
To view a selection of photos from the event, click here
1st – Waterhouses YFC
2nd – Eccleshall YFC
3rd – Ashley YFC
1st – Uttoxeter JNFU
2nd – Waterhouses YFC
3rd – Cheadle YFC