Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs held a spring Tractor Run on Sunday 27th March, in memory of Mr John Meakin. Emily and Isobelle Meakin, John’s daughters who were both past members of Chase Young Farmers approached Staffordshire YFC to help them honour their dad’s memory, as he sadly passed away in March 2021 following a short and aggressive battle with cancer.
John loved tractor runs and ploughing matches from a very young age and during this time as a member of Staffordshire YFC, he loved to attend these kinds of events as well as always getting stuck in at the County Show, particularly with the YFC Show Floats Competition. The JW Meakin Tractor Run, which left Far Coley Farm on Sunday, took 42 tractors through the beautiful Staffordshire countryside passing through Little Haywood, Great Haywood, Hixon, Lea Heath, Kingstone, Admaston and Wolseley Bridges. The event saw many of John’s family and friends turn out for bacon baps and to wave the tractors off and then enjoy celebrating his life afterwards a hog roast. All meat was kindly donated by T G Sargeant and Sons and Paul Sargeant of Bramshall.
Including all the donations, a raffle and tractor entry fees, the total funds raised to date is £1896 which will be equally split between Staffordshire YFC and Katharine House Hospice, who looked after John during his illness. Emily and Isobelle Meakin said “We are completely overwhelmed by the support for the Inaugural J W Meakin Tractor Run. To have over 40 tractors was awesome, and a sight to behold when they left the farm. It really felt like a celebration of our dad’s life and meant so much to us as we couldn’t give him the send-off, he deserved at his funeral due to COVID. Raising money for Katharine House Hospice and Staffordshire Young Farmers was paramount to us. Dad was a vibrant member of Staffordshire Young Farmers all of his life, from the early raucous days, then later sharing his knowledge with the new generations. The tractor run epitomises Dad’s life for us, with tractor’s dating back to the 1940’s, and all through the years, showing history and tradition all the way through to tractors built in 2022. It shows agriculture from every era, and Dad would have loved to see the variety and prestige that the tractors showcased. This event could not have happened without the help and organisation of the Staffordshire Young Farmers, who are such a dedicated committed group of agriculture enthusiasts. We are truly touched how well the run went and everyone’s support.”
Leading the tractor run behind the safety car, Rybrook Landrover, Stoke loaned one of their community cars, a Landrover Defender 90 they had built at the dealership, part of their Heritage Fleet, which also created a lot of interest along the route. Julia Taylor, County Organiser for Staffordshire YFC said “When Emily and Isobelle approached us at Staffordshire YFC to organise the event with them, we were grateful for the opportunity to raise funds for ourselves and such a worthy cause as Katharine House Hospice. It has been a pleasure to help family remember John in such a special way and everyone who helped out, including the YFC team of stewards and bucket collectors really enjoyed the day.”
If anyone would still like to donate, there is a GoFundMe page which will remain open until the presentation for half of the monies raised is made to Katharine House Hospice at the Staffordshire YFC Pre Show Reception on 24th May. The link for this is https://gofund.me/1a8a6dab.
To view all the photos from the day, which were taken by Sally Elkin of Rocester Camera Club, please click here.
After 8 weeks of matches the 2022 Indoor Cricket League has finished with the following results:
1st – Uttoxeter JNFU, 2nd Eccleshall YFC & 3rd Waterhouses YFC
Thanks you to all the stewards and umpires who gave up their time and also Abbotsholme School for hosting.
Photos from the Competition can be found HERE
11 teams travelled to Madeley High School for the ever popular Volleyball Competition, after a hard fought day the results were as follows:
1st – Cheadle B YFC, 2nd – Cheadle A YFC & 3rd – Chase A YFC
Photos from the day can be found HERE
Ten Pin Stafford was the location of this years Pool Competition, 18 teams competed with the results as follows:
1st – Uttoxeter A JNFU, 2nd – Eccleshall A YFC & 3rd – Chase A
1st – Sam Griffin – Uttoxeter A JNFU
2nd – Rob Clowes – Waterhouses YFC
3rd – John Scott – Eccleshall A YFC
Click HERE for photos from the night
Well done to the 9 teams who took part, the theme for the competition was to create a four course Gala Dinner celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The competition was kindly sponsored by Like Nanna Made. The results were as follows:
1st – Eccleshall YFC
2nd – Uttoxeter B JNFU
3rd – Uttoxeter A JNFU
Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) started celebrating their Platinum Anniversary as the leading rural youth organisation in Staffordshire for 70 years, by holding a glamorous Dinner Dance on Saturday 5th March 2022, at the Ingestre Suite, County Showground, Stafford. The evening saw 450 guests including current and past members as well as many supporters of Staffordshire YFC, enjoy a three course Roast Dinner and then socialise and dance to music from The Sound Party Band. A fund-raising raffle and auction were also held on the evening, with the top item of a three-night stay in a holiday cottage in Cumbria fetching over £800. The event sold out within 5 days of tickets being released and all those who attended thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with old and new faces, after two years of events of this type not being held due to the pandemic. In addition to the fundraising for Staffordshire YFC, the auction also had a special donation from Amerton Farm, for an Alpaca Experience Day, which fetched £360 to be donated directly to help those in need in Ukraine.
The tables on the evening held photo displays of former and current throughout the 7 decades showcasing the different types of activities that members can take part in and in The Boden Room next to The Ingestre Suite, there were videos and more photo memorabilia on display to reminisce over.
Currently, the Federation has nearly 650 members across 10 clubs in the County – Abbotsholme, Ashley, Chase, Cheadle, Eccleshall, Leek, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter and Waterhouses. The members who are aged from 10 -28 years enjoy a varied programme of learning activities and competitions including Public Speaking, Tug of War, Cookery, Rural Skills and a wide variety of Sports for all ages. Members can also gain developmental skills via free training and awareness evenings including Mental Health Awareness, Farm Safety, Team Building and Healthy Eating at their club meetings and via the County and National programme. SCFYFC has adapted over the last two years during the pandemic and as a county it continued to deliver activities and competitions including a Virtual “Show Floats Competition, the size of “shoe boxes” and two Virtual Annual Rallies with over 15 competitions in each. Clubs are now looking forward to a much more normal year, with the Annual Rally planned for Saturday 7th May with over 40 competitions taking place at Hall Farm, Pipe Ridware, by kind permission of R J Smith and Son.
County Chairman, Toby Hall said “After what has been a two-year period like no other, it’s amazing to say the next twelve months for Staffordshire YFC are looking very promising and I can’t wait to get started in living the dream! With membership consistently high throughout the clubs, it gives myself as County Chairman great optimism as we look ahead to our landmark days such as the Rally and County Show.”
Photos from the evening were kindly taken by Rocester and District Camera Club and can be viewed by clicking here
On Sunday, 27th February Staffordshire were proud to host the West Midlands Area Public Speaking day at Stafford County Showground. Well done to everyone that took part and huge thanks to those that judged, stewarded, catered, spectated or supported in any way – it is much appreciated. Good luck to the Winning Teams who now qualify for the NFYFC (National Federation of YFC) Finals later in the year. With 7 competitions making up the days timetable the results were as follows;
1st – Staffordshire (Natalie Bradley – Eccleshall YFC)
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Shropshire B
1st – Herefordshire
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Staffordshire – Eccleshall YFC & Uttoxeter JNFU
1st – Shropshire A
2nd – Staffordshire – Eccleshall YFC
3rd – Warwickshire
1st – Warwickshire
=2nd – Herefordshire
=2nd – Shropshire A
1st – Herefordshire
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Shropshire A
1st – Warwickshire
2nd – Shropshire A
3rd – Shropshire B
1st – Staffordshire – Uttoxeter JNFU
2nd – Warwickshire
3rd – Shropshire
Thank you to Ball Haye Tavern for hosting the darts competition on Thursday 24th February
1ST Will – Eccleshall
2ND Bertie – Waterhouses
3RD Steve – Waterhouses
1st Harry & Molly – Eccleshall
2nd Rob & Will – Uttoxeter
3rd Matt & Lucy – Eccleshall
3rd Uttoxeter B
Thanks to everyone for taking part!
Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs are planning to hold a spring Tractor Run on Sunday 27th March, in memory of Mr John Meakin. Emily and Isobelle Meakin, John’s daughters who were both past members of Chase Young Farmers approached Staffordshire YFC to help them honour their dad’s memory, as he sadly passed away in March 2021 following a short and aggressive battle with cancer.
John loved tractor runs and ploughing matches from a very young age and during this time as a member of Staffordshire YFC, he loved to attend these kinds of events as well as always getting stuck in at the County Show, particularly with the YFC Show Floats Competition. The JW Meakin Tractor Run, will raise funds to be equally split between Staffordshire YFC and Katharine House Hospice, who looked after John during his illness. Emily and Isobelle are hoping that friends and family who were unable to attend John’s funeral due to the covid restrictions at the time, will be able to come along and share stories, celebrating their dad’s life in a way that goes some way to repay the kindness given by the hospice. Emily and Isobelle said “The doctors, nurses and home care team were incredible at Katharine House Hospice. They went above and beyond to help Isobelle and myself manage Dad’s condition at home, and more importantly they made sure Dad could enjoy his final months, remaining comfortable. They provided a hospital bed at the farm, by the aga so Dad could see all his friends and make the most of his final months and days, for which we will be forever grateful. No amount of money raised would be enough to repay Katharine House Hospice for the special moments we got to have due to their imperative hard work, and organisation, so it’s an honour to help towards their cause.”
The Tractor Run will start from Far Coley Farm, Little Haywood and takes a route passing through the villages of Little Haywood, Great Haywood, Hixon, Dapple Heath, Blithfield Reservoir, Admaston and Bishton. The finalised route will be confirmed working with the local authorities with signage confirming this two weeks beforehand and it is hoped that 50 tractors will take part. Farmers and friends of the family and Staffordshire YFC are invited to book in their tractor for the run, which for £20 includes a Bacon Bap and hot drink before setting off and a hog roast social afterwards.
Julia Taylor, County Organiser for Staffordshire YFC said “Organising this tractor run will be a pleasure to help the Meakin family remember John in such a special way. Knowing how popular tractor runs are in the area, we hope that the event will be a huge success for everyone and are very grateful that some of the funds will be raised for Staffordshire YFC as well as Katharine House Hospice.”
There is also a GoFundMe page opened by Staffordshire YFC to take online payments, which will also be equally distributed between the two charities. Details about the event and how to book your tractor in can be found on www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk/calendar/j-w-meakin-tractor-run . Anyone who would like more information about the tractor run, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser on 01785 248645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about why Emily and Isobelle wish to hold this event. We spoke to the girls and here’s what they said:
Why hold a tractor run?
Tractor Runs were a huge part of Dad’s life in his later days, where he would venture out with some of his pals and go and follow. He could tell you every tractor, the year make and model just by looking at it. Him and his friends would compare notes and stories just from the trigger of seeing a certain tractor in its vintage state. We saw this later in The Yorkshire Shepherd – when the son was doing up an old tractor in one of the episodes. Dad was actually bed bound at this stage but would love watching and more stories and details would follow, it was like a child at Christmas watching Santa clause, gripped with fascination. The picture on the poster of Dad was also taken at Young Farmers Ploughing Match showing his love and passion for tractors and farming right from his early days.
What are you looking forward to?
A huge part of this for us, is knowing that Dad would absolutely love this event! He would be so happy knowing that the tractor run was starting from the Farm, and that we will be putting on a celebration of his life! Due to COVID Restrictions, back on April 14th at Dad’s Funeral we couldn’t have a large gathering, so it seems fitting to do this now, and what better to do so, by gathering Staffordshire Farmers for a great cause.
Why raise funds for Staffs YFC and Katherine House?
Dad was part of Staffordshire Young Farmers from his early childhood, doing Ploughing Matches, and there are plenty of funny stories from Staffordshire Show, with the main ring floats, and water fights! He was a real agriculture man, so loved Young Farmers, and loved helping the next generation of Farmers, so they hold a big pace place in his and our hearts! Katherine House Hospice have been incredible to us all over the past year whilst Dad was ill, and even after to Isobelle and myself offering Counselling. The doctors nurses and home care team were incredible, and went above and beyond to help Isobelle and myself manage Dad’s condition at home, and more importantly they made sure Dad could enjoy his final months, and was comfortable. we had a hospital bed at the farm, by the aga so he could see all of his friends and make the most of his final months and days, which we will be forever grateful. no amount of money raised would be enough to repay them for the special moments we got to have due their imperative hard work, and organisation, so its an honour to help to their cause.
What can anyone do to help you?
Everyone who knew Dad is someway shape or form is welcome to join us at The Tractor Run, and we would love to share stories, even if they don’t know Isobelle and myself. We need some help stewarding the event, which Julia Taylor is managing, please contact her for any more information on how to help and please donate lots! We shall be setting up a GoFundMe Page for donations if anyone is unable to make it too.
Memories of your dad?
Some beautiful memories of Dad at the County Showground when we were young children (3years old) showing our calves in the young handlers and Dad helped us show our calves in the main ring. The Dad would love to help The Elkin’s buck rake the silage, he loved working with Annie Elkin, who was a young farmer at the time. Thanks to Katherine House Hospice, we got to enjoy Cheltenham Gold Cup as Dad was in his bed, but the local farmers came round, and we had tea and scones and did lots of betting, Dad loved this. Our last day out was at Cobwebs Cafe, at Abbotts Bromley where Isobelle and myself rode there on our bikes and Dad went with his carers. We had cake and coffee (with a glug in it), and Dad got Vegetables from the Farm Shop there, Meat from the Butchers, and saw owner Nick Philips who is a long-standing family friend, and Nicks Mother Rosemary’s handmakes all the cakes sold at Cobwebs, a lady Dad knows well from his childhood, this day will stay with Isobelle and myself forever.