Staffordshire YFC members have created some challenges and competitions for their members during Covid-19, in order to keep them in touch with each and also enjoying some YFC fun!
On Thursday 2nd April, Toby Hall, member of Uttoxeter Young Farmers and also the County Deputy Vice Chairman, hosted a live version of “Play Your Cards Right” on the Staffordshire YFC Facebook Page! Watched by many members and supporters of SCFYFC, and with over 1000 views, this was a great piece of entertainment and saw 5 members from across the clubs taking part!
On Thursday 9th April, the members of Staffordshire YFC can take part in some “virtual” Beef and Dairy Stockjudging, as video footage of two rings of animals will be uploaded. Members are asked to place their order, in the traditional A,B,X,Y format and then either video, or write their reasons and submit for the judges. Stockjudging is a very popular competition with members, with two planned events being cancelled in April and so this still gives the opportunity for these skills to be practiced.
As the Annual Rally which was due to be held on Saturday 9th May, will not go ahead in its usual format, YFC members have decided to hold a “Virtual” Rally. Photos of entries are being submitted by Friday 1st May, and judging taking place on Saturday 2nd May, combined with the highest number of likes for photos on the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page. Its an alternative kind of Rally, but helps to keep our members focussed on creative activities and fun. We cannot wait to see their obstacle course videos. Full details of the Rally is as below.
If any members have more ideas on how to get #yfcathome doing more competitions and activities, do email them over to email@example.com
Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs have now formed a Covid-19 Response Committee comprising of the following officers: Jon Sarsfield (County Trustee), David Beswick (County Trustee), Philip Bourne (County President/County Trustee), David Heminsley (County Trustee), Kay Hulse (HR Officer/County Trustee), Margaret Bennett (County Trustee), Ange Woodward (County Treasurer/County Trustee), Sandra Hockenhull (Payroll Officer), Will Freeman (County Chairman), Amy Boothby (Vice County Chairman), Toby Hall (Deputy Vice County Chairman), George Hawley (Senior Deputy Vice President) and Julia Taylor (County Organiser)
In accordance with the Charity Commission and NFYFC guidance at this time, the above individuals will now form the Staffordshire YFC Covid-19 Response Committee, with the full authority to run the County Federation and make the essential management and operational decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The committee will operate to safeguard the federation’s finances, plan operations/activities now and plan future operations/activities for the recovery period. They will be meeting “remotely” via video and there will be minutes taken to record decisions made and reports presented to the County Exec Committee on a regular basis via email.
The County Office at the County Showground is currently closed, with Julia Taylor, County Organiser working from home, Monday to Thursday. Julia can be contacted on email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For any further information relating to Staffordshire YFC or if you need help with any aspects of YFC at this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact William Freeman, County Chairman on 07425 621007 or Phil Bourne, County President on 07523 691669.
Congratulations to the teams playing in the volleyball on Sunday 15th March 2020. 🏀
After some great leaping, jumping, falling and flying after the ball the semi finals and finals were held and we found this years winners!
Thank you to Like nanna made caterers for sponsoring the cookery this year!
Well done to all the competitions and thank you to our judges for giving up their time this evening!
The 1st and 2nd place teams now have the opportunity to compete at the NFYFC Cookery Finals at Malvern Autumn Show in September 2020
💥💥 Well done to all who took part in the clay pigeon shoot competition! 💥💥
Thank you to Basford Shooting Ground Staffordshire for hosting us today!
The prizes were kindly donated by Clay Pigeon Shooting Association! Some of Staffs CPSA were present and said they’d love to see more of the members having a go and getting involved too!
Results are as follows;
17 & under:
🥇George Bailey – Abbotsholme YFC
🥈 Rupert Browning – Abbotsholme YFC
🥉 Stuart Minshall – Leek YFC
26 and under Ladies:
🥇 Nicole Brereton – Ashley YFC
🥈 Maisie Grew – Eccleshall YFC
🥉 Jenny Shepherd – Abbotsholme YFC
26 and under Mens:
🥇 Sam Down – Uttoxeter JNFU
🥈 Joe Williams – Ashley YFC
🥉 Ed Foster-Johnson – Lichfield YFC
Those listed above now have the opportunity to compete at the NFYFC Competition
Non members who came along for some shooting fun!
🥇 Josh Robinson
🥈 George Swain
🥉 Dan Griffin
As the news of the Coronavirus develops and following today’s publication of the governments Coronavirus action plan, NFYFC have produced the attached advice note. Please click here for the details.
As and when the situation develops the NFYFC will publish further advice to each county federation and will ask that this is shared with each YFC as well.
A great night for Staffs YFC members in Leek competing in the County Darts Competition! On the oche!🎯
The individual results are:
🥇 Will Roobottom (Chase Young Farmers)
🥈 Toby Hall (Uttoxeter JNFU)
🥉 Johnny Wheawall (Uttoxeter JNFU)
The Doubles results are:
🥇 Freddy Moss & Andy Hill (Leek Young Farmers Club)
🥈 Rob Hind & Jack Salt (Ashley Young Farmers)
🥉 Eddie Phillips & Ian Whitehurst (Uttoxeter JNFU)
Therefore, the overall team results are:
Joint 🥇 Leek Young Farmers & Uttoxeter JNFU A
🥉 Chase YFC
Thank you to the Ball Haye Tavern for hosting us once again!
Staffordshire YFC were very proud to host the West Midlands Area rounds of Junior Reading, Junior Speaking, Call My Bluff, Senior Debating, Situations Vacant, Commercial Dancing and Cheerleading on Sunday 23rd February. The competitions were held in the excellent facilities provided by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society at the Staffordshire County Showground. Following some intense competition as well as fun and socialising, with over 150 competitors from across Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Warwickshire competing, Staffordshire YFC gained the following placings:
1st in Situations Vacant – Staffordshire A (Amy Boothby)
3rd in Junior Reading – Staffordshire B (Cheadle YFC)
3rd in Junior Speaking – Staffordshire A (Eccleshall YFC)
3rd in Senior Debating – Staffordshire A (Eccleshall YFC)
3rd in Situations Vacant – Staffordshire B (Andrew Gray)
3rd in Commercial Dancing – Staffordshire B (Cheadle YFC)
3rd in Cheerleading – Staffordshire A (Eccleshall YFC)
4th in Junior Reading – Staffordshire A (Uttoxeter JNFU)
4th in Commercial Dancing – Staffordshire A (Ashley YFC)
5th in Junior Speaking – Staffordshire B (Leek YFC)
5th in Call My Bluff – Staffordshire A (Cheadle YFC)
5th in Cheerleading – Staffordshire B (Leek YFC)
6th in Call My Bluff – Staffordshire B (Leek YFC)
To view photos from the day, please click here
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.