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Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs

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5 a side Football Competition

October 5th, 2020

The first active  competition of year, 5 a Side Football – huge thanks to Powerleague in Stoke for hosting this for us. Results were as follows:

Male League:

1st – Cheadle YFC

2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU

3rd – Chase YFC

Female League:

1st – Cheadle YFC

2nd – Ashley YFC

3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU

Congratulations to all for taking part.

Club Promo Video Results

October 5th, 2020

Great to have 8 entries for this competition, to showcase all the great work of YFC Clubs across the County.  The results were as follows:

1st – Uttoxeter JNFU

2nd – Chase YFC

3rd – Eccleshall YFC

 

Pickering and Butters continue to support Staffordshire Young Farmers 

September 21st, 2020

Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs are pleased to announce that their Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is held on Friday 6th November, is being supported again this year by Pickering and Butters, a firm of Staffordshire Solicitors who were founded over a century ago, with offices based in Stafford and Rugeley.  The County AGM is usually attended by over 250 invited guests and members of the Federation and is the most prestigious meeting of the Staffordshire YFC year. This year is going to be very different, with a virtual webinar version being planned instead of bringing everyone together in person. Retiring County Chairman, William Freeman will still being delivering a full report about one of the most unusual years Staffordshire YFC has ever experienced. Despite the Covid pandemic bringing face-to-face activities to a halt over the spring and summer, Staffordshire YFC took to social media and still gave their members a virtual Annual Rally and Virtual County Show, complete with “Shoe Box Show Floats” as a very entertaining and creative competition. As well as the Rally and Show, members had various competitions to enter as well as county online meetings and support during the lockdown.   At the County AGM there is usually a number of awards and presentations including the “Most Outstanding Chairman” and “The Merit Award” which is given for the most outstanding contribution made by an individual to their club and/or county as well as club awards for Community Work and Overall Competitions. This year, they will all be announced via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page during the week following the AGM.

William Freeman, County Chairman said “As a charitable youth organisation we are reliant on sponsorship and donations and this year has been no exception. We have been very grateful to all those who have continued to support our online activities and meetings so that we can continue to bring young people together in rural isolated areas, especially in these challenging times. We really appreciate Pickering and Butters, supporting Staffordshire YFC again this year.” 

Sean Spinetto, Head of Department for Business at Pickering and Butters said“We are honoured to continue our support of Staffordshire YFC. We benefit from a substantial number of rural clients and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to support the rural community especially during these testing and uncertain times.” 

Staffordshire YFC Clubs are currently working towards their own Club AGMs along with adapting meetings which can now re-start under strict Covid-secure guidance provided by the National Youth Agency and National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Club Officers and Club Trustees are starting to plan and assess what activities they may be able to hold, whilst still ensuring the safety of their members is a priority at all times.

More information about the Staffordshire YFC AGM and details of how to join at YFC club is available by contacting County Organiser, Julia Taylor on 07841 422706 for further details or sending an email to organiser@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk

 

County Officer Roles for 2020-21

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!

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!

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 YFC County Office

June 8th, 2020

Please note that the Staffordshire YFC County Office based on the County Showground is currently closed.

Julia Taylor, County Organiser has been placed on furlough leave from and including 9th June 2020.

For any urgent matters, please contact Will Freeman, County Chairman on 07425 621007.

For any safeguarding concerns or matters, please contact Polly Baines, County Safeguarding Officer on 07854 144521.

 

NFYFC Statement about Black Lives Matter

June 6th, 2020

For the statement from Dewi Parry, Chairman of NFYFC Council, supported by Staffordshire YFC, regarding Black Lives Matter, please click here

Virtual YFC County Show Competitions

June 1st, 2020

Covid 19 didn’t stop Staffordshire YFC members holding five competitions during what would normally be the Staffordshire County Show week!

Following some excellent entries of a very high standard, all held via the YFC Facebook Page, the results were as follows:

Leslie T Chester Story Writing Competition

1st – Beckie Phillips of Uttoxeter JNFU

2nd – Hannah Norton of Uttoxeter JNFU

3rd – Julia Loosen of Abbotsholme YFC

4th – Sarah Bourne and Kate Brocklehurst of Cheadle YFC

 

YFC’s Got Talent Competition

1st – Eccleshall YFC with their Bohemian Rhapsody medley

2nd – Johnny and Phil Wilson with “Wilsons Wallpapers” slapstick sketch (Uttoxeter JNFU)

Joint 3rd –  Greg and Harry Large with their Two Ronnies Comedy Sketch (Cheadle YFC) & Toby Hall and Eddie Phillips with their Grease performance of Summer Lovin! (Uttoxeter JNFU)

 

Youth Forum “Pets we are Proud of” Photo Competition

1st – Ellie Roobottom, Chase YFC with her prize winning sheep

2nd – Ed Townsend, Uttoxeter JNFU with his calf, Jane

3rd – Olivia Wilkes, Eccleshall YFC with her dog, Nora

 

Youth Forum “Best Trick with my Animal”

1st – Heidi Clark, Uttoxter JNFU with her dog Tilly

Joint 2nd – Vicky Astle, Waterhouses YFC with her horse, Lady and Adam Leese, Eccleshall with his dog, Ted

Joint 3rd – Leah Bailey, Abbotsholme YFC with Beady the Bearded Dragon and Abi Palmer, Uttoxeter JNFU with Bella her cat

 

“Shoe Box” Show Floats Competition

1st – Liv Larsson of Ashley YFC with “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!”

2nd – Beth Allen of Cheadle YFC with “Supermarket Sweep”

Joint 3rd – Emma Mayers of Ashley YFC with “Great British Bake Off” and Jemima Brown of Abbotsholme YFC with “The Jump”

 

Staffordshire Young Farmers creates “Virtual County Show vibe!”

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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