25 July 1997

New chair for Wales federation

JOHN Davies of Merthyr Cynog, Brecknock takes on the responsibility of leading the 7000 members of Wales YFC as chairman of the Wales Federation for 1997/8.

"There are no barriers to what you can achieve through being a member of the movement," said John on receiving the chain of office. "It is a young people-led organisation. You chose what you want to do and in which direction we go.

"The YFC is continuously evolving and developing. My job will be to ensure that we are heading in the right direction, and to support all the staff and volunteers as we go about achieving the goals set."

John (30) raises beef cattle and sheep on 142ha (350 acres) at Pentre, Merthry Cynog, Brecon with wife Menna and parents Elwyn and Olwen Davies. He is also a partner in a wood processing enterprise which aims to add value to native Welsh wood.

Gwenan Prysor of Eryri and Derek Beavan of Radnor were elected vice-chairmen. Deryc Rees of Carmarthen and Jamie Adams of Pembrokeshire are chairman and vice-chairman of the rural affairs sub-committee; Sian Vaughan Jones of Meirionnydd and Delme Harries of Pembrokeshire are chairman and vice-chairman of the activities and international sub-committee, and Julie Lloyd Evans of Montgomery and Helen Owens of Carmarthenshire head the 2010 sub-committee. Bill Goldsworthy was re-elected president of Wales YFC for a third term.

Brecknock farmer John Davies takes on the chairmanship of Wales YFC.