The National Agricultural Centre, Warwicks buzzed with YFC members when qualifiers through club, county and regional rounds met for the finals of national competitions as diverse as cake
decoration and farm business development
THE seven teams to reach the final of the YFC Club of the Year have to be good to have won through county and area rounds, so the judges at the National Competitions Day were looking for that little extra that sets one team apart from the rest.
They found it in a presentation by Lodden, Norfolk, that sparkled with originality and humour, and put across the clubs achievements and atmosphere with pace and style.
The presentations are aimed at recruiting new members, and Lodden used a TV game shows format that started with Blockbusters, progressed through the Generation Game, Countdown and How Do They Do That?, and ended with Going for Gold to get their message across. The impact of the presentation was followed by a polished performance during the judges interview.
Pipped at the post were Builth Wells, Brecknock, with a very entertaining "rap" from their bubbly team. Third was Derby, Derbys, which used a news interview format to catch the audiences attention.
Farm business development: 1 Nottinghamshire, 2 Herefordshire A, 3 Hampshire. Super quiz: 1 Cornwall A, 2 Devon A, 3 Co Durham. Junior public speaking: 1 Bedfordshire, 2 Cornwall A, 3 Radnor. Intermediate brainstrust: 1 Pembrokeshire, 2 Devon A, 3 Yorkshire A. Senior debating: 1 Herefordshire A, 2 Glamorgan, 3 Cornwall A. Floral art: Junior – 1 Leicestershire & Rutland A, 2 Berkshire, 3 Glamorgan. Intermediate – 1 Radnor, 2 Leicestershire & Rutland A, 3 Oxfordshire. Senior – 1 Warwickshire, 2 Bedfordshire, 3 Gloucestershire & North Avon. Country spotters: 1 Humberside, 2 Berkshire, 3 Sussex East. Practical first-aid: 1 Yorkshire B, 2 Bedfordshire, equal 3 Cornwall B and Lancashire A. Cake decoration: 1 Herefordshire A, equal 2 Devon A and Lancashire A. Cookery: 1 Herefordshire A, 2 Yorkshire B, 3 Carmarthenshire A. Horse judging: 1 Devon A, 2 Pembrokeshire 2, 3 Bedfordshire. Junior rounders: 1 Montgomery, 2 Yorkshire A, 3 Herefordshire A. Soil & crop management: 1 Lancashire A, 2 Bedfordshire, 3 Leicestershire & Rutland. Junior farm safety awareness: 1 Clwyd, equal 2 Lincolnshire and Pembrokeshire.
Pictures: Keith Huggett
Above:Carol Scott of the Red Cross assessing Katie Armstronge and Richard Cooper in practical first aid. Below left: Country spotters finalists James Evans and Philip Butlin. Below right: Cookery competitors at work.
The European Union was the theme for the cake decoration, cookery and floral art competitions. Left: Lynne Henson put the flags out to complete her award winning decorated cake. Above: Smiles and trophies for cookery class winners Abigail Slade, Katie Whittall and Carol Thomas.
Ruth and Ken:Aperformance by an Aboriginal artiste was an unusual treat for a birthday.
A lively presentation of club achievements gained Lodden the Club of the Year trophy. Team members are pictured here with two of the judges, Tessa Gates of FARMERS WEEKLY and RASE council member Peter Stovold.
Winning entries in floral art classes. Top to bottom: Senior winner Helen Shirley with her arrangement; the Intermediate and Junior first placed entries.