On Saturday 2nd May, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) held a first in their history since forming in 1952. Their traditional Annual Rally, a day with over 40 competitions held on a farm site in the County, had to go virtual! As Staffordshire YFC clubs and members are no longer able to hold meeting and activities, many members have been busy helping in their local communities, some are working hard as key workers on the farm and for others, not having the YFC activities on a weekly basis has left a large gap in their social life. Forward thinking YFC members, who are all aged between 10 and 26 years, decided that they still wanted to give their members the opportunity to get creative in the various competitions and showcase their skills, and of course have some fun too. With County Organiser, Julia Taylor now relocated from the County Office based on the Showground at Stafford, to working from her dining room table at home, the “Staffordshire YFC Virtual Rally” received over 160 entries. Members of all ages, encouraged by their Club Rally Secretaries, got stuck into making and creating their entries and judges commented on how refreshing it was to see the effort and enthusiasm made.
Judging took place via the Staffordshire YFC Facebook page, which has over 4000 followers. The number of “likes” for each entry was calculated along with an independent judge’s placings to give the overall result.
For the younger members of Staffordshire YFC, there were two craft classes – Decorated Wellies and A Decorated Pint Glass. The winning decorated wellies from Leah Trubshaw of Chase YFC, were painted with chicks and displayed beautifully complete with a real chick. The winning glass was artistically turned into a dairy cow by Molly Bratton of Eccleshall YFC.
Floral Art is always a popular competition with YFC members of all ages, who usually compete at the Rally to win a chance to take part in the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) finals at the Malvern Autumn Show. Due to all NFYFC Competitions being postponed for the current competition’s year, this class was adapted to a “Spring Garden Bouquet” which saw twelve stunning entries, ranging from displays in bicycle baskets to quirky floral tributes in wellington boots! The winning display was from Pip Titley, Ashley YFC member, who also won the Floral Art Competition at the Rally the previous year. Her display was described by the judge, Victoria Nicholls, as “a bold and colourful display using some fantastic garden materials.”
Members of Staffordshire YFC also showed off their artistic flair, with a Farm Animal Canvas Class. The judge, Lisa Goldstraw, was wowed by the winning painting of a Grey Horse which was created by Alisa Bartley of Abbotsholme YFC, the only school club in Staffordshire.
Other classes included Deckchairs, A Fire Pit made from recycled materials and for those who like to be a little more active, a homemade YFC style Obstacle Course, which had to be videoed in action. Greg Large of Cheadle YFC won the this class with his very varied course including football skills and a roller, complete with commentary from younger brother Harry, which proved very popular with both the judges and online audience.
There was a number of photography classes with themes including “Farm Worker in Action”, “Success” and “Stuck in the Mud”. All saw a great number of entries, with some excellent skills and amusing angles being portrayed.
Will Freeman, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “This years Rally has been very different, but I would like to congratulate all the members and say thank you for getting involved with such typical YFC enthusiasm. We shall be launching more “virtual” competitions and activities for our members to involved in whilst Staffordshire YFC is on lockdown including “Shoe Box Show Floats” for what would normally be the Staffordshire County Show week. More details will out very soon!”
Once all the results were collated, the clubs were placed as follows for the Overall Virtual Rally 2020:
1st – Uttoxeter Young Farmers Club
2nd – Eccleshall Young Farmers Club
3rd – Ashley Young Farmers Club
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 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 will be adapting the services it provides to its members and clubs are adapting their ways of meeting, to online meeting rooms and holding “virtual” get togethers. The Staffordshire YFC County Facebook Page has also hosted a family quiz and a “Play Your Cards Right” evening, arranged by Deputy Vice County Chairman, Toby Hall, with his creative wit and sense of humour keeping everyone feeling part of the organisation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
To view all the results from the day, please click here.
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.