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8 May 1998

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SUFFOLK federation has appointed a new county fieldworker, 22-year-old Claire Garford, who will support the countys 11 YFCs and co-ordinate activities. She will be based at Otley College.

&#8226 Northants federations Country Fayre takes place at Glebe Farm, Higham Ferrers, on Sat, May 23. Gates open 10am and activiites include tug-of-war, show jumping, sheep shearing and arts and crafts.

&#8226 Helston & St Keverne YFC has raised £3000 for the Cornwall Childrens Hospital Appeal with an auction of promises made by local businesses and members. There were 150 lots in all, representing a wide range of goods and services. The appeal is for money to build a hospital within the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske to provide separate services for children, and for teenagers who otherwise have to be treated on adult wards. It will include a four-bed cancer and leukaemia unit designed to meet the complex needs of children and their families.

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19 September 1997

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MEMBERS of Witney YFC, Oxon, will be putting their shoulders to the plough next Saturday (Sept 27). A team of 12 members will haul a plough to turn over an acre of land at Burford, Oxon, during the Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins and Burford 50th anniversary ploughing match and country show.

The aim of the Plough Pull is to raise money for Sight Savers International, a charity which inoculates residents of central and west Africa again river blindness which is caused by a parasite.

&#8226 The Sedgemoor Group was the overall winner and recipient of the inter-club trophy at Somerset federations stock-judging final held at Home Farm, Ston Easton. The group comprises Bridgwater, Highbridge, Polden Hills, Quantock Vale and Taunton & Wellington YFCs.

Wedmore YFC won the Lindley trophy for stock-judging at Taunton Show. Polden Hills was runner-up and Culm Valley third.

Sarah Harding of Wrington YFC and Lloyd Wallis of Wedmore are the county tennis champions; Bridget King and Joe Hickling of Wessex Group are the mixed doubles champions.

Sparkford YFC won the senior rounders contest and Weston, Banwell & District YFC the under 18 section.

&#8226 Welsh Newton YFC won the NFU trophy for the overall winner at Herefordshire federations junior field day. Teme Valley YFC was second and Craswall YFC third.

&#8226 Landrake YFC, Cornwall plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a dinner dance at the New Continental Hotel, Plymouth, on Fri, Oct 24 to which all past members are invited. Details and tickets (£15) from Kathy Parker, 103 Cotehele Ave, Keyham, Plymouth PL2 1LX (01752-562434).

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18 April 1997

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GOLDEN Valley YFC member Stephen Head won the West Midland Area round of the YFC member of the year competition. Fellow Herefordshire member Matthew Ware from Dilwyn YFC was runner up. Stephen now has a place in the Royal Show final.

&#8226 Gloucester & District YFC won the West Midland area round of the NFYFC drama competition with a play called Gosforths Fete.

&#8226 Devons Culm Valley YFC will hold its 50th Show and Sale at Taunton Market on Tues, Apr 29. Judging will commence at 9.30 with the championship decided around noon. The show is being well supported and for the first time has classes for past members as well as current ones. A dinner and dance will be held at Kentisbeare village hall near Cullompton the same evening. Details (01884-840135).

&#8226 There will be a touch of the Royal Tournament about Surrey Young Farmers 1997 Cowpie Country Fayre which will be held in Betchworth, near Dorking, on Sun, May 11 from 10am. Main ring attractions will include the Royal Signals White Helmets and the Portsmouth Field Gun Crew display. Details (01306-730597).

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4 April 1997

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GWENT federation swept the board in the Wales public speaking competitions winning four principal trophies. Glamorgan won the senior debating trophy and that countys Maendy YFC won the drama competition with Can you hear the music? This production will represent Wales in the NFU Mutual drama competition in Blackpool during the NFYFC annual convention.

&#8226 Penybont YFC was top scoring club at Radnor federations achievement day beating Dolau YFC into second place by 1.5 marks.

&#8226 East Devon Group raised £310 for the Beverley Hammett Burns Appeal during the group round of the national drama competition. Seven clubs took part with Sid & Ottervale YFC winning through to a place in the county round of the competition.

Sid & Ottervale YFC member Vanessa Coles is the countys YFC member of the year and qualified for the area competition.

&#8226 Devons Newton St Cyres YFC is holding its 60th anniversary dinner in Dawlish on Apr 18. All past members will be welcome. Details and tickets from Jill Lee (01363-777865).

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29 November 1996

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ECCLESHALL YFC is Staffordshire federations top scoring club having gained most points in competitions over the year. Leek YFC was runner-up, while Stone YFC won the award for the most improved club, as well as the new award for the highest scoring small club.

&#8226 Market Bosworth YFC, Leics raised £500 for the Macmillan Nurses Green Ribbon Appeal with the raffle run at the clubs 60th anniversary dinner and dance.

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8 November 1996

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THE Duke of Kent visited Brinsbury Young Farmers Clubs, Sussex, and found members trussing poultry, practising floristry, painting T-shirts and packing shoe boxes with goodies and necessities for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal. These will be sent to deprived young people in Romania, Bosnia and countries of the former Soviet Union.

&#8226 Gloucestershire federation will begin its diamond jubilee year with a Blessing of the Plough service in Tewkesbury Abbey on Wed, Jan 15 at 7.30pm. Details and tickets (no charge) from county office (01452-526032).

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1 November 1996

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ROBERT JONES, Erwood YFC, is Brecknock Feder-ations Stockman of the Year and Davina Powell, Llandefalle, is Young Stockman of the Year. They will represent the county at Birmingham Show, Royal Smithfield and the Welsh Winter Fair.

lBrecknock and Ceredigion were joint winners of the Western Mail Trophy at Wales Young Farmers Clubs Annual Challenge Weekend. Ceredigion scored again with its junior members who won the Beynon Thomas Junior Trophy jointly with Pembrokeshire.

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20 September 1996

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LOSTWITHIEL YFC, Cornwall is preparing to celebrate its diamond jubilee next year with a summer ball in August and the publication of a souvenir booklet. Work on the booklet is already underway and anyone who would like to contribute memories (not more than 300 words) should send them to Mrs C D Hutchings, Netherton Farm, Couchs Mill, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 ONL, by the end of September.

lIn the stock judging competitions at the Mid-Somerset Show, Wedmore YFC members Jo Dennis and Claire Tucker jointly scooped the dairy and beef cattle awards and took the senior sheep and intermediate sheep awards respectively. Emma Case of Wincanton won the YFC members dairy heifer class, Daniel Macey of Bridgwater won the beef heifer class with Mark Hill, also of Bridgwater, winning the beef steer class and Richard Walton of Polden Hills winning the class for a beef animal sired by a native British bull. Farrington Gurney won the mens tug of war and Wedmore the ladies.

lJersey YFC is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a dinner dance on Nov 16 at which members would like to see as many past members, friends and supporters of the club as possible. Tickets from Tina Hewlett (01534-863569).

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6 September 1996

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PETERSFIELD YFC, Hants is 60 this year and is marking the anniversary with a supper and dance at East Meon village hall on Sat, Sep 21 to which past members are invited. For details ring (01730-300849), (01730-829433) or (01730-267317).

lDorchester YFC also celebrates its diamond anniversary this year and will mark the achievement with a ball at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester on Fri, Sep 13. There will be a disco as well as a live band and fork buffet. Past members are welcome. Tickets and details (01300-341813).

lCornwall Farm Safety Committee is holding an open evening at Feadon Farm, Portreath, on Fri, Sep 12 from 7.30pm featuring mock accidents and emergency first aid.

lIn Somerset, Culm Valley YFC won the award for gaining highest points at Taunton Agricultural Show, with Wedmore taking second place and Wincanton third.

lMembers of Bury St Edmunds YFC, Suffolk aim to plough more than 121ha (300 acres) in 48hrs to raise money for local charities. The principal one is Riverwalk School for pupils with severe learning difficulties. The money will be used to build a playground and carry out repairs. The generously-sponsored ploughing marathon takes place at Hall Farm, Wetherden, near Stowmarket starting at noon on Oct 6.

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10 May 1996

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THE enlargement of the EU is one of the matters that concerns CEJA, the EU committee of young farmers.

"Contact with senior staff of the European Commission has confirmed my impression that the enlargement process is already well ahead and negotiations will begin in a relatively short time," Scottish delegate Willie Campbell told the CEJA meeting in Hungary.

"We are not afraid of enlargement, but we want to be heard and involved in the ongoing discussions," he said.

He also called for action on the BSE issue: "And an end to the political bickering that could be the destruction of farming as we know it."

&#8226 Bedfordshire federation is staging its 50th annual county show and rally on May 18 at Manor Farm, Pertenhall. Besides YFC competitions there will be family entertainment, and of special interest to past members will be the Memory Lane Marquee where gatherings will take place throughout the day. Contact Alistair Brodie (01832-732241).

&#8226 Shipston-on-Stour YFC is marking its 60th anniversary with a summer ball at Admington Hall on July 20 to which past members are invited. Contact Mark James (01789-450926) or Justin Baldwyn (01386-438455).

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12 January 1996

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RAGLAN YFC has won second prize in the Youth Clubs UK: Youth Action for the Earth competition by creating a dog walk and nature trail alongside the Usk Road, Raglan.

Members worked with PHAB Wales to ensure that the path will be accessible to the elderly and wheelchair users. Local companies supported them by loaning equipment and supplying hardcore. More work on the project is planned for the winter months – planting shrubs and bulbs and a 200m hedge. A seat will also be supplied.

&#8226 Raglan YFC has also won the Marion Burt cup awarded to Gwent federations champion club. Bedwas YFC received the award for the most improved club.

&#8226 Herefordshire federations club of the year is Golden Valley YFC which will now represent the county in the West Midland Area round of the competition. Ian Whistance of Longtown YFC won the member of the year competition. Runner up was Graham Watkins of Woolhope YFC.

The federations new county chairman is Carolyne Raymon of Teme Valley YFC. Julia Whittall is the new vice chairman.

&#8226 Staffordshire federation also has women at the helm this year with Jenny Tunna of Dove Valley YFC as county chairman and Helen Turnock of Leek YFC vice chairman. Deputy vice chairman is Mark Madders of Eccleshall YFC.

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10 November 1995

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TOP-SCORING federations in Wales Young Farmers competitions during the past year are Montgomery, which has won the Western Mail trophy for most points overall in the competitions programme, and Ceredigion, which won the Beynon Thomas Junior trophy for most points in classes for members under 18 years of age.

lAmotherby YFC, North Yorks has presented a cheque for £400 to the Friends of Malton Hospital. This was the proceeds from the clubs 24-hour ploughing marathon.

lPontefract YFC is planning to mark its 50th anniversary with a May Ball at Carlton Towers, Snaithe, on Fri, May 10, and all past members are invited to contact Jane Durdy (01405-817029).

lAt Anglesey federations stock-judging day, held at the Pencraig site of Coleg Menai, the W S Moore cup for dairy cattle was won by Rhosybol YFC with Penmynydd second and Llangoed third.

lPast members of Lavenham YFC, Suffolk, are holding a 10th anniversary reunion disco at Cockfield Village Hall on Sat, Nov 11. Details from Wilf (01449-741320) or Tony (01787-883186).

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13 October 1995

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FOOTBALL, squash, rounders and cross-country running were among the activities included in Wales Young Farmers festival of sport in which teams from 11 federations took part. At the end of the day, which was followed, of course, by a dance, Montgomery federation had gained most points overall with Brecknock and Ceredigion federations equal runners up.

&#8226 Doncaster YFCs clay pigeon shoot raised £600 for charity. This sum was divided between Doncaster Diagnostic Mammography Campaign, which received £450 from the shoot and a further £160 from the sale of badges, and the High Dependency Unit at Doncaster Royal Infirmary which received £150.

&#8226 Though ground conditions prevented the ploughmen of Bury St Edmunds YFC reaching their target of 121ha (300 acres) ploughed in 24 hours, their marathon achieved a total of 101ha (250 acres) ploughed and, when all the money has come in, the club expects to be able to give £2000 to SGRFM Operation Santa Claus.

&#8226 Sedgemoor Group, which comprises Bridgwater, Highbridge, Polden Hills and Quantock Vale, Taunton and Wellington YFCs, won the inter-club trophy at Somerset and South Avon YFCs 1995 stockjudging final which was held at Forde Farm, Wiveliscombe. The Lloyds Bank open hoof and hook competitions were won by Tim Button (beef) and G R Barnet (sheep).

&#8226 Kibworth and Wigston YFC members are planning to test their strength on an aeroplane to help handicapped children. They will be heading for Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on Sun, Nov 12 to attempt to pull the last flying Vulcan aircraft XH558 at least 200m. The club seeks sponsorship for this effort in order to raise money for the Memphys charity which cares for Leicestershires mentally and physically handicapped children. Contact club leader Jonny Baker (01455-552392 or 0831-575471).

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9 June 1995

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GOLDEN Valley YFC won the Hereford Herd Book Societys silver challenge cup in Hereford federations cattle judging competition. Eardisley YFC was second and Longtown third. The tankard for the top scoring individual was presented to Philip Price of Golden Valley.

Golden Valley will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a luncheon at Lower Crossway, Dorstone on Sun, Jul 9. Tickets from Glyn Morgan (01981-550282).

&#8226 Rea Valley, Churchstoke and Montgomery YFCs are joining forces to run what they claim to be "the barn dance of the summer" at Lower Heblands Farm, Snead, Bishops Castle, Shropshire on Sat, Jul 1. Contact (01938-561259) or (01743-891348).

&#8226 Yorkshire federation is holding its 21st year dinner dance at York Racecourse on Fri, May 26. Details from county office (01423-865870).

&#8226 Wedmore was the top scoring club at Somerset and South Avon federations rally with Farrington Gurney second and Bridgwater third. The award for the club with less than 30 members went to Williton, with Wrington second and Wellington third.

&#8226 A series of events run by Eccleshall YFC, Staffs, has raised £1960 to buy beds for the parents centre at Birmingham Childrens Hospital.

&#8226 Tewkesbury YFC, Glos, is seeking to arrange an exchange visit with another lively club. Contact James Warner (01684-292206).

&#8226 Stamfordham fielded the top team at Northumberland federations clay pigeon shooting competition where team member Andrew Reay was the highest scoring individual for the second year running.

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19 May 1995

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TODDINGTON YFC will host Bedfordshire federations 49th annual rally and show at Herne Manor Farm, Toddington, from 10.30am on Sat, May 20. Details (01525-875184).

&#8226 Essex federations country show will be held at the showground, Great Leigh, on Sun, May 21. Attractions include heavy horse competitions and daredevil stunts performed on an all terrain vehicle. Details (01245 362411).

&#8226 Moreton in Marsh & District YFC is holding a 60th anniversary ball at the local fire service college on Fri, Jun 16. Details (01386-700484).

&#8226 A rocket monster truck display is one of the main ring attractions at Oxfordshire federations show at Views Farm, Great Milton on Sat, June 3, which will be followed by a dance. Inquiries (01235- 531721).

&#8226 Atherstone YFC, Warwicks, which raised £3600 for the blind last year, is aiming to raise even more to help fight cystic fibrosis and is holding a midsummer party at The Belfry on Sun, May 28. Tickets/details (01676- 540215).

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28 April 1995

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YFC membership in Herefordshire has increased by 150 during the past year and the federation now has more than 600 members. This should increase competition at the annual county rally which will be held at New House Farm, Bishops Frome, on Sat, May 20. Gates open 10am. Admission £3, children free.

&#8226 Escrick and District YFC, Yorks, is holding a 50th anniversary summer ball at Bridge Farm, Skipwith, on Fri, Jun 9. All past members are welcome to attend. Tickets (£22.50) from Sue Carr, Beech House, 21 Common Road, Dunnington, York YO1 5NG (01904-489346). A small display of club memorabilia is being staged and club leader Andrew Headley (01904-728512) would be grateful for the loan of photographs and other items.

&#8226 Staffordshire federations Red Nose Ball held at the County Showground raised more than £1000 for Comic Relief.

&#8226 Mendip Group YFCs, Somerset &SAvon, are rallying for the last time (due to re-organisation of areas) on Sat, May 6 at Whitchurch Farm, Ston Easton, near Bath. A day of family fun is promised from 10.30am followed by a disco with fireworks that will send "Mendips out with a bang". Details and disco tickets (01278-691711).

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