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Marketing Support for Staffs YFC Clubs

May 17th, 2021

Staffordshire YFC are offering all their clubs the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £300 to assist their club in promoting themselves to the public and recruit new members/rejoining past members.  The funding for these grants is being used from the SCFYFC Supplementary Fund, which has been generated over the years by the external bars which the SCFYFC Bar Team have supplied.

These grants will be available until 31st December 2021.

What can be funded?

How do Clubs apply?

Ring the YFC Office and speaking to Julia on 01785 248645 or email over the idea if you are not sure it fits in with one of the above activities.  Please complete and follow the procedures on the application form which can be downloaded here

Staffordshire YFC looks forward to supporting all of its clubs as the easements in lockdown continue over the summer and looks forward to seeing some great promotions by Club Officers and members.

Staffordshire Young Farmers cover miles for funds!

May 5th, 2021

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) have taken full advantage of the very dry and sunny April weather, by covering over 1300 miles across the beautiful countryside in the county with YFC members from many of the active clubs, aged 10 – 26 years.  The campaign, which was launched by the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC), “Give it Some YFC Welly Relay” has helped to raise over £1000 to help to continue to deliver the much-needed service to young people in the rural communities across Staffordshire.

The County Federations’ funding was affected during the last membership year following the cancellation of all its spring and summer fundraising events.   Despite continuing to deliver services to members in a virtual manner, including a two Virtual Rally’s and a Virtual County Show, the impact of the pandemic has been greatly felt, with only 33% of members re-joined for the current membership year.  With face to face events and activities still on hold this fundraising effort has been very important to bring members together.

Staffordshire YFC took on the challenge and planned to cover 500 miles from 1st – 30th April, a target which they smashed in the first week.  The total miles covered was 1318 and clubs who covered 35 miles or more will benefit from this fundraising campaign.      Club Chairlady, Amy Boothby said “Completing the #GiveItSomeYFCWelly challenge has been a great opportunity for the members, clubs and supporters of Staffordshire YFC to join forces to raise some much-needed funds for Staffordshire YFC and its active clubs. It has also doubled up as a chance for members to meet and interact with one another in an outdoor environment, something which we haven’t experienced for many months. Having completed 1318 miles between us all, I’m incredibly proud to be the County Chairlady of Staffordshire YFC in such unprecedented times.   I know we will come back from covid stronger than we were before, and I look forward to continuing to lead the federation during this time. I personally have really enjoyed being out and about in the beautifully Staffordshire countryside, something which I didn’t fully appreciate before partaking in this challenge.”

The members in Staffordshire covered the miles by walking, biking, horse riding and one member, Henry Walker of Ashley YFC, even took to the water and clocked up nautical miles on his sailing boat.     Local beauty spots including Dimmingsdale near Alton, the canal at Weston and Marshes Hill in Brown Edge provided some great viewpoints, frosty mornings, perfect sunsets and sunny daytime strolls.    One of the Federation’s Vice Presidents, Claire Palmer even took a stroll around the County Showground to map out a “Y F C” outside the YFC County Office.

Staffordshire YFC has been faced with a situation that has not happened since the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001 when clubs were again unable to meet face to face. The federation recovered from this period and are determined to do the same again following Covid 19.  Each affiliated club in Staffordshire YFC, (Abbotsholme, Ashley, Chase, Cheadle, Eccleshall, Leek, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter and Waterhouses) usually meet on a weekly basis to bring their members together to take part in competitions, talks, fundraising events, learn new skills and training, mental wellbeing sessions, socials and so much more.  Despite members enthusiasm during the pandemic, Clubs and the County have faced great challenges but are now looking towards a more active summer programme of face-to-face activities including a Rounders Match evening, Scavenger Hunt and planning activities and competitions at the rescheduled Staffordshire County Show due to be held at the end of August.

Staffordshire YFC Clubs and County will continue to provide the vital youthwork services which enable young people living in rural communities to have somewhere to go, learn new skills and make like-minded friends for life in current times and for future generations.  Anyone interested in supporting Staffordshire YFC and their Give it some YFC Welly campaign can visit the JustGiving page as there is still time left to donate.  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/staffordshire-yfc

Staffordshire Speaking Success!

April 12th, 2021

Staffordshire YFC hosted the West Midlands Area of YFC’s Public Speaking Competitions, all via zoom during the week 6th – 11th April 2021.    After some great competition, with judges praising all members for getting involved and embracing the “virtual format” so well, the results for the Staffordshire members were as follows:

Situations Vacant1st Amy Boothby, Uttoxeter JNFU; 2nd  Beth Poynton, Eccleshall YFC

Junior Reading – 2nd Jamie Beardmore, Cheadle YFC; Abi Palmer, Uttoxeter JNFU and Molly Sammons, Eccleshall YFC

Junior Speaking 2nd Eccleshall YFC (Molly Sammons, Olivia Darvill & Louisa Tyler); 4th Uttoxeter/Leek (Tara Barnes, Ed Townsend & Abi Palmer)

Inter. Brainstrust 2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU (Toby Hall, Rob Mollatt, Kate Mollatt & Will Whitehurst); 3rd Ashley YFC (Liv Larsson, Charlotte Roxborough, Bella Lucas & Henry Walker)

Senior Debating – 2nd – Eccleshall A (Annie Bradshaw, Catherine Johnson, Dan Moseley, Rosanna Moseley & Aimee Smith); 3rd Eccleshall B (Emily Cartmail, Serena Gough, Beth Poynton, Will Sammons & Molly Sammons)

Good luck to Amy Boothby who will represent Staffordshire YFC in the NFYFC Finals of Situations Vacant! 

STAFFORDSHIRE JOINS NATIONAL WELLY RELAY TO RAISE FUNDS

April 6th, 2021

Staffordshire YFC is taking part in a national Give it Some YFC Welly Relay to help raise funds to help to continue to deliver a much-needed service to young people in the rural communities within the County.

The County Federations’ funding was affected during the last membership year following the cancellation of all its spring and summer fundraising events.   Despite continuing to deliver services to members in a virtual manner, including a two Virtual Rallys and a Virtual County Show, the impact of the pandemic is being felt, with only 33% of members re-joined for the current membership year.

Staffordshire YFC have decided to start fundraising, with the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) campaign which has been running since October 2020.  After two false starts trying to get involved in this fundraising campaign, due to the lockdowns at the time, Staffordshire YFC’s members are now keen to get involved, with the virtual Welly landing in the county on 1st April from Herefordshire YFC.    Staffordshire YFC Clubs are then being challenged with covering 35 miles each and the county as a whole is planning to cover a total of 500 miles.   YFC Supporters, past members and sponsors are all encouraged to get involved and clock up some miles too. All clubs who get involved in the campaign with their members, will all receive an equal share of the funds raised, which will also be split with the County Federation.

NFYFC President and world-renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens said: “Young Farmers’ Clubs are incredibly important in rural areas – helping young people make social connections, learn new skills and support their rural communities. We must do all we can to ensure this vital youth service can continue and I’m encouraging every YFC to back their County Federation and Give it Some YFC Welly!”

Members in Staffordshire have decided to cover the miles by any form which does not involve an engine, so will be walking, running, biking, horse riding and possibly even kayaking in order to reach their goal.  A running total will be kept by County Chairlady, Amy Boothby who will be striding out on the first walk heading from the YFC Centre on the County Showground into Weston and Sandon to cover the first six miles of the challenge.

Amy said I am very excited to be kickstarting our 500-mile challenge during the month of April to raise some much-needed funds for Staffordshire YFC and the clubs within. The last 12 months has been difficult for everyone, so it is reassuring to be able to launch the #giveitsomeyfcwelly challenge which I think will be a great opportunity to bring our members together again.  It also encourages everyone to exercise in the fresh air to them to help with their mental wellbeing, which in YFC we all know is so important.”

Staffordshire YFC has been faced with a situation that has not happened since the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001 when clubs were again unable to meet face to face. The federation recovered from this period and are determined to do the same again following Covid 19.  Each club (Abbotsholme, Ashley, Chase, Cheadle, Eccleshall, Leek, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter and Waterhouses) usually meet on a weekly basis to bring their members together to take part in competitions, talks, fundraising events, learn new skills and training, mental wellbeing sessions, socials and so much more.  Despite members enthusiasm during the pandemic, Clubs and the County face great challenges in the coming months, as much needed fundraising events are currently on hold and looking unlikely for any clubs or the County Federation to be able to hold anything during this membership year.

Staffordshire YFC Clubs and County hopes to continue to provide the vital services which enable YFC members to have somewhere to go, learn new skills and make like-minded friends for life for the current members and future generations.  Anyone interested in supporting Staffordshire YFC and their Give it some YFC Welly campaign can visit the JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/staffordshire-yfc

Vets Life for YFC!

March 24th, 2021

As Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) and the rest of the country are taking small steps towards slight ease in the members are still organising fun evenings to bring together their current members and stay in touch.  Last week saw the turn of Cheadle YFC who hosted a talk by local vet, Hannah Fitzsimmonds of Lambert, Leonard and May.

Sarah Bourne, Club Chairlady of Cheadle YFC said “Last week Hannah gave us a talk about on ‘A life of a Staffordshire farm Vet’ talking about what it’s like to be a vet and then gave us a little talk about calf husbandry. We had lots of members attend the meeting, and it went down really well. Hannah gave us a really good inside of how she became a vet and what day to day life was like as a vet, answering any questions that we had and gave us lots of information about calf husbandry.”

Cheadle YFC was reformed back in 2017 and despite Covid 19, still managed to recruit over 25 active members in September who meet regularly on Zoom.

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years across ten clubs in Staffordshire and helps to keep young people in many rurally isolated areas connected and provides a much-needed social life.  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 new skills and learning opportunities, for any young people, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that Staffordshire YFC has had to adapt the youthwork service it provides to its members and clubs to an online delivery.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, with the prospect of the lockdown easements over the summer, the federation hopes to be able to plan events to bring together members and rural community together at some of its competitions and social activities, taking into consideration, the latest covid guidance at the time.

Public Speaking – Part Two

March 15th, 2021

Junior Speaking: 1st Eccleshall YFC; 2nd Uttoxeter JNFU

Intermediate Brainstrust: 1st Uttoxeter JNFU; 2nd Ashley YFC; 3rd Eccleshall YFC

Senior Debating: 1st Eccleshall B; 2nd Eccleshall B; 3rd Chase YFC

Good luck to all teams heading to West Midlands Area in April!

Staffordshire YFC Virtual Public Speaking Success

March 15th, 2021

During last two weeks, Staffordshire YFC has delivered the second part of its County Public Speaking Competitions programme to members, using zoom.  The popular competitions, which help to grow young members public speaking skills; effective listening, current affairs knowledge, confidence and communication, were kindly sponsored by B and B Tractors.  Sara Paoloni from B and B Tractors said “We loved being a part the Staffordshire YFC Public Speaking Competitions and are very glad the event was a success for all members involved.”  It was a first for Staffordshire YFC to host these kinds of competitions virtually, but was made easier by the use of zoom breakout rooms and members embracing their video cameras and microphones.

For the younger members of the federation, the Junior Speaking Competition was held, with teams from Eccleshall and Uttoxeter taking the first two placings.  Members aged 10 – 16 years form teams who act as a Chairman, Speaker and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks.  From Eccleshall YFC, Molly Sammons spoke as the main speaker and in Uttoxeter JNFU, Edward Townsend was the main speaker.  Both members chose to share the same topic – A Year in Lockdown, with stories of their experiences with home schooling, setting up a local pop-up shop as well as life on the farm and what they missed the most.  Eccleshall YFC were awarded first place, with Uttoxeter JNFU coming second.

The Intermediate members (aged 17 – 22 years) took part in the Intermediate Brainstrust Competition, where teams consist of a Chairman and a panel of three members.  The Chairman is given six question topics, three of a general knowledge and three on rural affairs, from which they select three for discussion by the team.    A lively debate ensues for 20 minutes, and this year topics included the “British Press and the Royal Family”; “Robotic Farming” and “Virtual GP Appointments for the future”.  After the judge’s deliberations, the results were announced as Uttoxeter JNFU taking first place, Ashley YFC in second place and Eccleshall YFC in third place.

The senior members (aged 22 – 27 years) took part in the Debating Competition and this saw three very lively debates with very topical themes of “The combination of Coronavirus and Brexit gives the UK a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a more equal society”, “Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been neglected by the government during Covid19’ and “With climate change on the agenda and carbon neutral being the buzz words, all livestock farming should be banned”.  After debates which lasted just over 35 minutes per topic, the overall results were Eccleshall B YFC in first place, Eccleshall A YFC in second place and Chase YFC in third place.

The first and second placed teams in these competitions will go forward to represent Staffordshire at the West Midlands Area Finals which are also being hosted by Staffordshire YFC on zoom in April.

The Public Speaking Competitions are a great example of the opportunities which all YFC members can get involved in, to develop their public speaking skills, take up new challenges and meet like-minded young people from across the county.  Whilst Covid-19 has prevented the social interaction and practical competitions from taking place, Staffordshire YFC members have been determined to continue to deliver a programme of youthwork, with adapted competitions and activities to its members.  This Wednesday evening sees Cheadle Young Farmers hosting the Club Night with a talk entitled “The Life of a Staffordshire Vet” for members from across the county to learn more about behind the scenes of farm visits and calf husbandry.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, with the prospect of the lockdown easements over the summer, the federation hopes to be able to plan events to bring together members and rural community together at some of its competitions and social activities, taking into consideration, the latest covid guidance at the time

Staffs YFC Mash Up

March 3rd, 2021

Whilst Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are gearing up for the slight ease in lockdown and hoping to re-start covid-secure face to face outdoor meetings later this month, the members are still organising fun evenings to bring together their current members and stay in touch.  This week saw the turn of Ashley YFC who created “The Ashley YFC Mash Up” consisting of six fun rounds of activities – A Marble Race, Scavenger Hunt and Kahoot Quiz which included rounds entitled “Where am I in the World?”; A Picture round and a Sports round.

Jack Salt, Club Chairman of Ashley YFC, who currently have 34 active members, said “I really enjoyed hosting the Ashley YFC Mash up this week.  Everyone had a good time testing their brainpower and their legs.  It was great to catch up with members from across Staffordshire after the meeting and see how we are all getting on too.”

After twenty members got stuck in on the night, the winning team was the Poynton Family from Eccleshall, closely followed by Kate Mollatt of Uttoxeter and in third place was Emily Cartmail of Eccleshall.

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years across ten clubs in Staffordshire and helps to keep young people in many rurally isolated areas connected and provides a much-needed social life.  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 new skills and learning opportunities, for any young people, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that Staffordshire YFC has had to adapt the youthwork service it provides to its members and clubs to an online delivery.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, with the prospect of the lockdown easements over the summer, the federation hopes to be able to plan events to bring together members and rural community together at some of its competitions and social activities, taking into consideration, the latest covid guidance at the time.

Young Farmers Deep Secrets Revealed

February 22nd, 2021

Despite Lockdown3.0, Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are still organising fun evenings to bring together their current members and stay in touch.  To help the leaders of each club, the federation has joined forces, with each club taking a turn to host a “takeover” evening for everyone.  Following the success of Chase YFC who took members around an IceCream Farm and Cheadle YFC who kept everyone fit with an online workout, it was the turn of Uttoxeter Young Farmers to host last week.  The Club hosted a “Would I Lie to You” evening and saw over thirty members attending.   It was held in keeping with format of the popular TV Show and hosted by Toby Hall, Club Chairman of Uttoxeter Young Farmers, who was sporting his favourite outrageous shirt which put a smile on everyone’s face.  Toby’s fellow Club Officers, Kate Mollatt and Eddie Phillips both confessed to embarrassing truths from their past.   The determined Kate took five attempts to pass her driving test and Eddie revealed that he once sank his teeth into another child in a ball pool – thankfully he was much younger and did say that it was by accident!

The next club to host an evening is Ashley Young Farmers Club who have a “Quick Fire Mash Up” night planned to bring current members of all ages together online.    Ashley YFC have been very active throughout the pandemic with supporting their local community with shopping and prescription deliveries.  They also raised over £1300 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and themselves as a registered charity, back in December with their “Covid-19 Day’s of Christmas” campaign which included a raffle, duck race and quiz.

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years 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, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that Staffordshire YFC has had to adapt the youthwork service it provides to its members and clubs and so many are now embracing the new normal with zoom nights until restrictions ease.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, the federation hopes to be able to plan events for later in the year, including competitions, the Annual Rally and also be involved in the Staffordshire County Show.

Workouts and Icecream for Young Farmers!

February 22nd, 2021

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) are continuing to rise to the challenge of operating during covid times and keeping their members connected.  Following the announcement of Lockdown3.0 in January, members from the active clubs in Staffordshire have joined forces to hold county meeting nights, with each club taking a turn to host the event on zoom.

Members have joined in with Cheadle Young Farmers who hosted a full 30 minute body workout, which member Alice Naden led in January.  This was followed by Chase Young Farmers who arranged for Daltons Ice Cream Farm, based in Wootton, to show members around their enterprise with a virtual tour and Q&A.

Staffordshire YFC County Chairlady, Amy Boothby said “The evening was a great success and very informative and interactive as well, which I appreciate can be difficult when holding events virtually. The hosts had managed to take short videos of themselves in action on the farm, from milking the cows to filling ice cream tubs, which we were all able to watch through Zoom and allowed us all to feel as though we were there in real life!”

Feedback from members was really positive, with the only downfall being that there was no tasting over zoom!

Uttoxeter Young Farmers are next to host a county zoom evening, on 17th February and will be organising a “Would I Lie to You” night for members to have some fun with.

Staffordshire YFC has members aged 10 – 26 years 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, with an interest in rural life and activities.  The Covid 19 situation has meant that Staffordshire YFC has had to adapt the youthwork service it provides to its members and clubs and so many are now embracing the new normal with zoom nights until restrictions ease.

As Staffordshire YFC looks to the future, the federation hopes to be able to plan some fundraising events and face to face competitions soon but, in the meantime, is continuing to support members and clubs in a virtual way using technology and social media.

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