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News from the County Chairman...

August – you exhausted me! After a dry year, August’s rain certainly balanced things out again!
To start the month off we had the Shows, Burwarton, Oswestry and Minsterley, all really well supported by YFC and our members. It was great to see some of the Shropshire Show floats out again at Minsterley.  Alberbury and Rea Valley ran the YFC tent at Minsterley and did a great job of it too – winning the cup for the Best Small Trade Stand. The Comps Committee also hosted the Club Challenge Final here, hotly contested between Dorrington, Rushbury and Cardington and Whittington and Oswestry, with Rushbury and Cardington being crowned victorious!
Our Charity Speed Shears was at the beginning of the month and was very well supported by Shearers and Spectators! We had a fabulous evening, thank you very much to the Burwarton Show Committee for letting us use their Shearing Stand! We raised over £1,500 in total for our chosen charities (Oak Farm, Midlands Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer Care, and also Rupert's Revenge.
The Social Committee thought outside of the box for their final event of the year – the Mystery Tour! A coach load of us got picked up from various location in Shropshire on a Saturday afternoon, unknowing where we were heading!! Turned out to be Liverpool!! Great fun was had and well done to the Social Committee for organising a new kind of event.
Dorrington YFC held a fab Pub of the Month at the Bottle and Glass earlier in the month, many thanks to them for hosting it. Keep an eye out for details of the next POTM.  
The Chairman's Charity Concert and presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (Thursday 24th August) - THANK YOU, thank you, thank you to every single person who played a part in this evening, it made me so proud to be a part of. All of the acts really were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable to watch and I cannot thank you enough for all of the effort you put into them. Many thanks to Madeleys Chartered Surveyors for sponsoring the evening and to Oak Apple Catering for the lovely Canapes and to Farlow Farm Nursery for providing all of the beautiful plants.  Our lovely shiny new Queen's Award and certificate will be available for everyone to see in the YFC office. The evening was run in aid of our Chosen Charities and also Brecon Mountain Rescue and the Rapid Relief Team. We don’t have a final total just yet but thank you for all of the generous donations. Many thanks to Barclays Bank for Match Funding the evening, meaning we will raise even more for Charity!!
And then, the small party we had last Saturday night... The Chairman's Ball!! Thank you to everyone who helped out and made the Ball possible, especially Lil Davies (Ball Secretary) and Kate Bennett (Ball Treasurer), Mum, Dad, Al and Chris. I’m sure you will agree the marquee looked amazing and thankfully the evening ran smoothly. 2,000 young farmers partied the night away while over 100 stewards and volunteers worked tirelessly to make the evening so memorable. I think it’s safe to say Shropshire Chairman's Ball is still the biggest and the best!
We are currently in the process of the County Committee Handover meetings and Club AGMs. Good Luck to all of those taking on new roles. It will be the most rewarding thing you do in your YFC career so make sure you get stuck in and most of all enjoy it!
Two very well qualified candidates have been nominated to stand as Clarrie’s Vice-Chairman, one of whom will be elected at the County AGM on 11th November 2017. We have Fred “Hove” Allen from Cleobury Mortimer YFC who held the position of Competitions Committee Chairman this year and also we have Dan “Big D” Roberts from Nesscliffe YFC who held the position of Social Committee Chairman this year. You will see them out and about a lot over the next few months, best of luck to both of them!
Good Luck to all of our members who are competing in the final NFYFC comps of the year; Stockman of the Year Final, Active Team Cookery Finals and the Floral Arts Finals.
**Reminder** Please may all clubs let Sara know who your charities were for this year and how much you donated to them as soon as possible.
New Club and County Top Tables – don’t forget to put Officer Training Weekend in your diaries. It is earlier than usual this year, being Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October. It’s a great way to kick start your YFC year and to get to know all of the other office holder from around the county. I really would recommend every office holder attends this weekend.
Please may all clubs let us know dates of new members evening.   
Hopefully see you over the coming months at AGMs, Pre-AGMs, New Members Evenings and Dinner Dances.

SFYFC's Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen


NFYFC Stockman and Young Stock Judge of the Year Final

Well done to Chris Potter (Dorrington YFC) for representing SFYFC in the NFYFC Stockman of the Year final. 

NFYFC Cookery and Floral Art Final
Good luck to all our members who will be competing in the NFYFC Cookery and Floral Arts final at the Malvern Show on the 23rd / 24th September. 

Please can all clubs enter the upcoming competitions using this link.
What's on in September
Full Calendar - click HERE

Thursday 7th -
Social Committee Meeting
Sunday 10th -
Wem & Nesscliffe YFC Charity Luncheon
Thursday 14th -
Rally Committee Meeting 
Saturday 16th -
Whitchurch YFC Dinner Dance 
Monday 18th - Saturday 24th -
National Young Farmers' Week 
Sunday 24th -
Wem YFC New Members Evening 
Thursday 21st -
Social Committee Meeting
Friday 22nd September -
Wem YFC Dinner Dance 
Thursday 28th -
Competitions Committee Meeting
Friday 29th 
Alberbury YFC Dinner Dance
Rea Valley YFC Dinner Dance 
Saturday 30th -
Dorrington YFC Dinner Dance 
Updates from the office:
  • National Young Farmers' Week  18th - 24th September 2017. Please see www.nfyfc.org.uk/nyfw17
  • Gemma has a new email address gemma@sfyfc.org.uk although the admin@sfyfc.org.uk email is still in use. If you use hotmail and are having problems with receiving emails into your spam account from either of these email address, please follow the guidance here.
  • For anyone interested in taking part in YFC travel, details of the NFYFC 2018 travel trips will be available online from September 2017 from the NFYFC website
  • Booking are now being taken for the NFYFC Ski 2018 to Val D'isere. The trip will take place 6th Jan to 13th Jan 2018. For more information and details of how to book, please see the NFYFC website.  
  • NFYFC have advised us to circulate the names of two hotels that should be avoided in Blackpool for the Convention next year. These are Talbot House Hotel and The Butterfly Hotel.
  • Tesco Future Farming Foundation - www.tescofuturefarmerfoundation.com.  The opportunity to apply closes on 29th September 2017!
  • The latest AHDB Beef & Lamb E-News newsletter is out. Read it here... www.ahdb.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/r/D4EA4D602B5FEF1F2540EF23F30FEDED/B281FFC4DB92A0DCC35B3650D253B2D9
  • Membership login to NFYFC website - if you are unable to access this please click on the password request for a new login.  This will only work if the email you put on your membership form matches what you are using.
  • Under 18's in Competitions - please can we remind all under 18's that you will need a consent form for any competition you enter. This is at County, West Midland Area and National levels.
  • NFYFC Competitions - please remember that if clubs/individuals enter an NFYFC Final and then cancel, the charges will now be as follows: within 2 weeks of the competition - £25, within 2 days of the competition - £40.  Clubs may pass this onto the members!
            The SFYFC Office opening hours are:
            Monday to Friday : 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm - 5pm with late night opening on
            Thursdays until 10pm.
            If you need to contact someone outside of these hours, please contact Sara Sartain,
            County Organiser on 07714249511 or Becky Green, County Chairman on 07791185528


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