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Chairman's Charity Concert 2017

August

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The Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs received high praise from Lord Lieutenant, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, when he presented the County Federation with the Queen’s Voluntary Service Award.

The award, which is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, was received by County Chairman, Rebecca Green, at the Chairman’s Charity Concert, attended by more than 500 Young Farmers and guests at Cleobury North, 24th August.

Speaking at the event Shropshire’s Lord Lieutenant said: “This is an important and prestigious award given in recognition of being leaders in the county and perhaps the most important organisation for young people, providing friendship, encouragement, and loyalty.

He continues: “For those in the countryside it can be lonely and difficult to have a social life, the YFC overcome all those problems and succeed admirably having a lot of fun – and it is not a bad place to find a lifetime partner too. The Federation is a great example to young people and for agriculture, achieving skills which will be invaluable for years to come.”

Immediate past County Chairman, Ed Potter, spoke on behalf of the Federation’s near 1000 members: “The Queen’s Voluntary Service Award is an honour and a privilege in recognition of members, friends and families. Instigated in 1944, Shropshire YFC has grown and gone from strength to strength, as an organisation run by members for members.”He outlined how Young Farmers pick up life skills without realising, not only enabling progress within their careers, but also benefitting other organisations including parish, town and county councils “In the past three years we have raised £135,000 for charity, yet we are a charity ourselves. So why do we give to charity? Because the funds raised are a worthy by-product of personal development.”

Following the award, young farmers members from clubs across the county put on a fantastic array of performances to the theme of "around the world". Performances  were highly entertaining, ranging from sketches, singing, dancing to cheerleading and showcased the talents of so many members. Rebecca Green, County Chairman adds, "seeing members and supporters of SFYFC celebrating the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and enjoying the performances by clubs was thoroughly enjoyable to see and the sense of community at the event was amazing".

SFYFC would like to thank all who attended and supported the concert especially to Madeleys Chartered Surveyors for sponsoring the event, Farlow Farm Nursery for providing the beautiful plants to decorate the marquee and to Oak Apple Catering for the canopes. All funds raised will be donated to SFYFC's chosen charities for this year; Oak Farm for adults with learning disabilities at Ditton Priors, the Midlands Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer Care.

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