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On Sunday 26th September 2021, five clubs competed in the Fence Erecting Competition by kind invitation of Stone District SBAS Annual Match – this year held by kind permission of H Sant & Son at Hanchurch, with fencing materials kindly provided by W Burton & Sons
1st Place – Eccleshall YFC
2nd Place – Chase YFC
3rd Place – Waterhouses YFC
The first place team goes forward to the WMA round in Summer 2022.
Many thanks to the judges, stewards and everyone that contributed to the competition – as ever much appreciated
“Festive tractors take to the road”
The Staffordshire countryside will see around 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 will be the second time a cavalcade of tractors will travel the 20-mile route through the villages of Hamstall Ridware, Blithbury, Abbots Bromley, Blithfield, Colton and Hill Ridware in aid of charity. The first event was held in 2019, with 80 tractors joining the convoy. The tractors were lit up with Christmas lights, inflated Santas and one had a rotating Christmas tree. The 2019 event raised £4,138 which was split between three worthy charities, and was due to be repeated in 2020, before COVID struck.
This year’s event will be raising money for two charities; Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs and Midlands Air Ambulance.
Nina Yiannoukos-Benton, senior catchment advisor at South Staffs Water, said:
“We work really closely with the Staffordshire Farmers, to ensure we maintain good wholesome drinking water for our customers so it’s amazing to be involved in the tractor run. We were so pleased at the numbers that took part in 2019 and to see the smiles on the people’s faces as we drove by was wonderful. We’d love everyone to get involved and watch the convoy along the route.”
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 2019. 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. We’re taking booking for tractors to join this year’s event, visit our website for all the details.”
Booking forms to enter tractors can be found on the Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs website https://staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk/calendar/2021/12/christmas-tractor-run-2/ or call 01785 248645. The closing date for entries is 20 November.
Stone YFC “Extra Terrestrial” Show Float
Back after a year off from Stafford County Show, Staffordshire Young Farmers take to the main ring with record crowds enjoying the blazing sunshine on day two, Thursday 26th August 2021. They held their annual Young Farmers’ Show Float Competition with the theme this year being “80’s films”, which meant for plenty of construction, colour and fun on each float as they created some of the most well-known films from an era which many of them cannot even remember! The sponsor of the competition, BD Fuels of Hixon kindly judged the floats before and during their journey into the main ring of the County Showground. This prestigious competition, the highlight of the YFC calendar and one of the most popular ran by Staffordshire Young Farmers, draws the largest crowd to the main. This year clubs managed to still create them in the six-week window once all restrictions were fully lifted following covid 19.
Led in the main ring by a JCB on loan from C Wheawall Contractors, the Overall Float Competition was won by Stone Young Farmers who created scenes from the 1982 film, “ET!” Their float was complete with an elevating bike and inflatable aliens. This was a very big achievement for this club who only reformed after covid 19 early in May of this year. Second place was awarded to Cheadle YFC who recreated the film “Grease 2” also from 1982 which made for a very lively spectacle with music, T-Birds and Pink Ladies. In third place was Chase YFC this year, who bought the classic film “Dirty Dancing” to the main ring from 1987. Their float had some great scenery and artwork including the famous dance bridge. Fourth place was awarded to Uttoxeter JNFU for their depiction of the 1984 film, “Indiana Jones” which saw members in safari outfits complete with a spinning man and mineshaft!
Stone Young Farmers were also awarded the Best Name Board Shield for their well designed and colourful sign and they were closely followed by Eccleshall Young Farmers, with their sign themed to “Crocodile Dundee” as the runners up. This part of the competition was judged by Mr T Packwood and Miss V Glover, Vice Chairman and Mr & Mrs T Parrot, Vice President of the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.
Members on the Show Floats from nine clubs entertained the huge crowds and judges as they circled the Main Ring. After the year that everyone has experienced and the limitations to the clubs being able to meet Staffordshire YFC members thoroughly enjoy providing this entertainment to the general public and raising their profile, as a rural youth organisation which is all about fun, teamwork, learning and opportunities for anyone aged 10 to 28 years. After circling the ring in the heat, members were so pleased to get stuck into the water fight to cool down.
Staffordshire YFC has had an amazing two days at this year’s County Show. Their “Best of Staffordshire YFC” themed marquee has been full with people over the two days as members have put on a full programme of activities and competitions for everyone to enjoy. County Chairlady, Amy Boothby commented that “We have had a great two days at the County Show promoting what YFC is all about. The Show Floats were a fantastic and impressive display of skills including artwork, construction and obviously teamwork for weeks beforehand. We have attracted a brilliant crowd of supporters of all ages which makes for a lovely atmosphere at the show. All the clubs have worked so hard towards this week and this has definitely paid off.”
The Wednesday of the County Show saw clubs from around the County compete for the Tug of War silverware, the results were:
1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Stone YFC, 3rd – Cheadle YFC
1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Cheadle YFC, 3rd – Uttoxeter JNFU
Take a look at the photos
Each Club has 1m x 1m cube to promote their Club at this years Stafford County Show, the displays are judged and the results were:
1st – Cheadle YFC
2nd – Stone YFC
3rd – Ashley YFC
On Tuesday 17th August, Staffordshire Young Farmers Club hosted their Pre-Show Reception which was kindly sponsored by Abbotsholme School, RBA Wealth Management and HSKSG Accountants, in the Ingestre Suite on the County Showground instead of the usual YFC marquee to allow for more guests to attend comfortably. This was the first social event the federation had held following the last 18 months of challenging times during Covid 19, attended by over 200 sponsors, supporters and invited guests of the Federation and hosted by County Chairlady, Amy Boothby.
This year’s reception theme showcased “The Best of Staffordshire YFC” with winning entries on display from the recent YFC Static Competitions and some clubs delivering presentations about their community work and fundraising which they preserved with during the pandemic. Ashley YFC set up the Ashley Community Volunteers Service, delivering over 200 prescriptions during the height of last years lock down and members are continuing to offer services to the vulnerable in their local community including lifts to the hospital and a chat on the phone to those who are shielding. In addition to this, Ashley YFC explained about their fundraising held in December 2020, called “Covid-19 Days of Christmas” where they raised funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) by holding a number of virtual events through their social media pages. On 7th – 8th August, Ashley YFC also arranged a CRY Screening Weekend for YFC members and the local community at Ashley Memorial Hall with over 160 young people checked and 10 referred for further testing. Ashley YFC presented a cheque to Tom Green from CRY for £657 on the evening which was gratefully received.
Eccleshall YFC have also been busy raising funds within their club, with members taking on the Three Peaks Challenge (climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours) on 21st June. Beth Poynton, one of the members who completed the challenge explained how their adventure went, including times taken to climb each peak. After a long 24 hours, the club were really pleased to have raised over £685 which will be split between the Club funds and local charity, Terrible Titties and Other Bitties. The charity, based in Stafford, offers support to local people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Uttoxeter JNFU (Young Farmers) also undertook a challenge earlier this year. Their Club Officers, Toby Hall, Kate Mollatt and Eddie Phillips alongside Club President, Francis Mollatt, completed a Sky Dive falling 15’000 feet back in May and raised over £1600. Funds were split between the club and The Farming Community Network (FCN), a voluntary charity which supports farmers and their families within the rural community. Club Chairman, Toby Hall explained to guests about the Sky Dive including his own personal experience which he reported as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Toby went on to present the cheque to Peter Hardy, Training and Development Manager for FCN.
As well as the community achievements by members across Staffordshire, there was entertainment for guests with the YFC’s Got Talent Competition, provided by members of Leek YFC with their own version of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and a Two Ronnies Sketch with a YFC twist from Toby Hall and Rob Mollatt, of Uttoxeter JNFU.
Following the YFC’s Got Talent and various presentations, Amy explained to guests about The National Federation of Young Farmers (NFYFC) Achiever Awards, which celebrate rural young people across England and Wales in various categories including Community Supporter of the Year and New YFC Member of the Year. Last year, Emily Swinnerton, member of Eccleshall YFC came Runner Up in the Rural Entrepreneur of the Year category, with her business launched in February 2020, Preloved Country Clothing, selling brands which have been pre-owned including Jack Wills, Joules and Crew. Emily’s business is growing from strength to strength with her sales reaching not only UK wide but also international customers and she explained to guests through her presentation about her achievements so far, her passion for sustainability and her ambition to continue to grow the business further, hopefully by opening small shop.
The results of the Leslie T Chester Story Writing Competition (500 words using 15 given words) were announced by judge, Rachel Goldie, NFYFC Chairlady with Kate Oakes of Chase YFC taking 1st place for her story of Fred Pickles, a fictional local contented farmer. There was also a presentation by Polly Baines, Chairlady of the Staffordshire Young Farmers Ambassadors (YFA) who support members with the YFC Travel Programme, which is seeing a relaunch next year and some new trips being introduced, subject to travel restrictions at the time.
The evening was a great way for members and guests to start thinking ahead to the Staffordshire County Show, which is being held on Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th August where Staffordshire YFC members will be promoting themselves and their clubs inside the YFC Marquee, erected next to the YFC Building on the showground. Development Chairladies, Beckie Phillips and Hannah Britland delivered a very witty poem explaining what activities will be taking place for YFC. Members will also be competitive on Wednesday evening as they “take the strain” in the main ring at 7.30pm with the Male and Female Tug of War Competition as well as on Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm with the very popular Show Floats, to the theme of “80’s Films” this year.
Amy Boothby, County Chairlady said “Last year, we were all saddened to learn that the County Show would not go ahead. I think the best of this YFC year is yet to come next week and hope that everyone is able to come and visit us inside the YFC Marquee for some light refreshments and much needed catching up.”
The evening closed with a buffet provided by the Staffordshire YFC Catering Committee, along with some much-needed socialising with guests, some of whom had not met up for over 2 years since the last Pre Show Reception.
Photographs from the evening were taken courtesy of Photographer Ian Barstow, @DraycottPhotography from Rocester Camera Club to view click here.
The Pre Show Reception saw the results from the following competitions:
Leslie T Chester Story Writing Competition
1st – Kate Oakes – Chase YFC
2nd – Beckie Phillips – Uttoxeter JNFU
3rd – Liv Larsson – Ashley YFC
YFC’s Got Talent Competition
1st – Uttoxeter JNFU – Rob Mollatt and Toby Hall with their Two Ronnies Sketch with a YFC twist
2nd – Leek YFC – with their own version of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much”
Click HERE for more photos from the evening
Eight teams travelled to Midlands Karting, Fradley for the popular Go Karting Competition. Following a morning of racing the results went to:
1st – Eccleshall YFC 2nd – Cheadle B YFC 3rd – Lichfield YFC
Photos from the day can be found HERE
Staffordshire YFC were very disappointed not hold their Rally in May this year and even more so when Leek Show was cancelled, as they had planned to have a very busy marquee displaying lots of competition entries from members across the county and were looking forward to supporting this local traditional show. However, YFC members are not afraid to be adaptable, especially after the past year and so the Competitions Committee quickly decided that the “competitions must go on!” Static Competition classes due to be held at the Rally/Show have now been moved and will be pre-judged after 9th August at the YFC Centre with results on display at their Pre-Show Reception on 17th August and then inside the YFC Marquee at the County Show at the end of August.
Competitions for members aged 27 and under to enter, include “Upcycled Item from a Bottle”; “Pets at Play” and “Lockdown hit me Hard” Photography and the very popular “Pimp my Pedal Tractor” which members hope to be able to race before the show! Any members who want to get involved can contact their Club Secretary for details. The competitions have been very generously supported by twenty sponsors – Agri Reso, Agrii, B & B Tractors, British Wool Marketing Board, CBI Security, HJ Lea Oakes, HFB Trailers LTD, Howsons Chartered Accountants, HSKS Greenhalgh Accountants, Ian Harvey Fabrications, Lambert Leonard & May, Morris Corfield Ltd, Leek NFU, West Midlands NFU, Pickering and Butters Solicitors, SWP Talbot, W Burton & Son, Wells Farm Dairy, Wynnstay Group PLC and Youngs Animal Feeds.
Having fun, learning new skills and getting stuck into new opportunities is what being a member of Staffordshire YFC is all about and the last few weeks are starting to see the return of all these activities and more. On Sunday 25th July YFC members took part in a County Go Karting Competition at Midlands Karting, Lichfield with eight teams entered. Fastest behind the wheel on the day were Eccleshall YFC, closely followed by Cheadle YFC and in third place it was local club, Lichfield YFC. Later that day, the county had also organised a Car Treasure Hunt starting and finishing at The New Broom, Checkley. Twelve cars enjoyed an evening of seeking the answers to the clues and finding items along the way including a nettle, spiders web and picture of Winston Churchill! The winners on the day were the Wilson family from Gayton, closely followed by a trio of members from Cheadle YFC.
Looking ahead to August, as well as the County Show Competitions, the Competitions Committee are also organising a Floral Art Competition which is being held on Sunday 22nd August, where skilled members will be creating displays to the NFYFC Competition themes of “My Favourite Sport” for the Juniors, “My Sporting Hero” for the Intermediates and “Sporting Pursuits” for the Senior age category. Winning displays will be shown inside the YFC Marquee at the County Show.
To get involved in Staffordshire YFC and to become a member, if you are aged between 10 – 28 years (the age range increases to 28 years from 1st September 2021), please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645 or email email@example.com for more information. Staffordshire YFC organises a programme of competitions and events for all ages and abilities throughout the year. All elements of YFC incorporate teambuilding, boosting confidence, leadership and fun and all you need to become a member of this organisation is a willingness to get involved, learn new things and enthusiasm!