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Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

News from the County Chairman…

Show season is well and truly here with Burwarton and Oswestry show happening this month. Please make sure your clubs get some entries together for the YFC tents to showcase YFCs talents. Don’t forget the two After Show Dances!! On 18th August is Minsterley Show, I look forward to seeing lots of the Floats there and the Final of the Club Challenge.

Kicking off this month on Friday 3rd is the 8th Chairman’s Charity Challenge, the Clun Canter, a 5.2 multi terrain run around the Clun hills! It is open to all members so come and have a go, it’s just for fun! If running isn’t your thing how about a Canoe Challenge up the River Severn? On Sunday 5th August, SFYFC members will be taking part in a relay 50-mile canoe with a Shropshire celebration to finish.

Sunday 12th sees the return of the Young Members Forum Rounders Competition at Much Wenlock Leisure Centre . Entries are open on Ioomi so get your teams booked in ASAP! We have a BBQ social for the afternoon too.

There are only a couple more competitions to play for now for the Premier League: Press and Promotions and Club Challenge!

Plans are underway for this year’s Chairman’s Concert (Thursday 23rd August), and this year the theme is ‘The Best of 2018’. Please get in touch with Katie Williams who is heading up the organising of the concert to discuss your clubs idea for a performance. The Concert will be a great celebration of Shropshire YFC’s year, starting at 7pm with Drinks and Canapes – all members past and present, advisory, friends, family, sponsors and supporters are invited to join us.

At the end of the month (25th August) is our Chairman’s Ball, this year with the theme of “Under the Sea”. Please note due to licensing, this year we cannot allow under 18s at the Ball. Tickets go on sale soon!  Please spread the word about the Ball… one of the biggest YFC events in the COUNTRY!

Get buying those tickets quick!


Highest Points Overall and Rally Winners – Brown Clee YFC


West Midlands Area

Stockman of the Year
Joint 1st – Chris Potter

Overall Team
3rd – Shropshire A (Fred Allen, Chris Potter, Tom Harris and Matt Price)


Clay Pigeon Shooting
3rd – James Johnson, Dorrington YFC

Just a Minute
1st – Brown Clee YFC

Dairy Stock Judging
3rd – Under 16’s – Evan Ellis, Whittington & Oswestry YFC
4th – 21 & Under – Sam Jones, Wem YFC

Overall Team Results
5th – Shropshire B

Please can all clubs enter the upcoming competitions using this link.

What’s on in August & September
Full Calendar – click HERE

Thursday 2nd –
Chairman’s Ball Committee Meeting
Competitions Committee Meeting
Friday 3rd – 
8th Chairman’s Charity Challenge – The Clun Canter
Saturday 4th –
Oswestry Show and After Dance
Sunday 5th – 
Chairman’s Charity Challenge – The Big Canoe
Monday 6th –
New Committee Evening
Saturday 11th – 
Shawbury YFC Fishbowl in a Barn Dance
Sunday 12th –
YMF Rounders Competition at Much Wenlock Leisure Centre
Saturday 18th –
Nesscliffe YFC Dinner Dance
Thursday 23rd –
Chairman’s Concert
Saturday 25th –
Chairman’s Ball
Friday 31st – 
Whitchurch YFC Summer PartyA look into September…

Sunday 2nd –
NFYFC Stockman of the Year Competitions
Saturday 8th –
Brown Clee YFC 50th Anniversary
Whitt & Os Gatsby Casino Fundraiser
Monday 10th –
Management Committee Meeting
Saturday 15th to Tuesday 25th –
Chairman’s Trip to Peru
Saturday 15th –
Whitchurch YFC Dinner Dance
Thursday 20th – 
PD Committee Meeting
Thursday 27th – 
Executive Committee Meeting

Updates from the office:
  • The SFYFC Office will be closed from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July. Entries are open on Ioomi for – YMF Rounders Competition. Closing date 23.59pm on 3rd August 2018.
  • County Vice Chairman – Could you be SFYFC’s next Vice Chairman??? Nominations for County Vice Chairman are open and will close on 10th September. If you are interested in the role or know someone who may be, please let the current Chair, Vice Chair or YFC Office know.
  • Training Opportunity – Shropshire Youth Association are running a first aid course on Saturday 13th October 9.30am – 4.30pm. Cost is £45 per person. To book—please call us on 01743 730005 or email or phone Kerry on 07710 095802
  • Events / Workshops – Harper Adams University are holding a Soil & Water Management Centre Annual Winter Conference on 7th November 2018. For more information click here or to register interest for the event, contact Carl Flint
  • There is still time to join the 250 club before our next draw. An annual payment of £20 will enter you into 4 draws with a quarterly prize pot of up to £375!
Grants and Bursaries 
  • The Deakin and Combe Memorial Trust are inviting applications for assistance with the cost of further education from those that are:
    • Studying or about to study an agriculture related course in the academic year 2018/19
    • Whose parent(s) have made a contribution to agriculture in England or Wales
    Last year, successful candidates received grants of £500 – £1,000 towards such items as training courses, laptops and books. Closing date for applications is 24th August 2018. Grants to successful applicants will be sent out in October 2018. To request an application form phone 02476 858574 or email
  • Oxford Farming Conference 2019 – The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society and the NFU are kindly sponsoring a place at the 73rd Oxford Farming Conference on 3rd – 4th January 2019. This is a great opportunity for a YFC Member to attend and if you are interested, please apply in writing to Sara Sartain stating why you would like to attend. Closing date – 31st August 2018.
  • The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society Bursary – bursaries of up to £500 are available to clubs or individuals who want to further their development through travel or a community project. Further information and application forms are available on the SFYFC website. Closing date – 31st August 2018.
  • Nuffield Farming Scholarships 2018 – Farming is about to face the biggest change for generations. Do you want to be at the front end of those changes? Are you going to be one of those people between 25 and 45 years old, who would like to go out into the world to gather information and ideas? If so apply for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. Applications must be in by late July. To find more about the scheme, visit the website.
The SFYFC Office opening hours are:
            Monday to Friday : 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm – 5pm with late night opening on
Thursdays evening when there is a County meeting.If you need to contact someone outside of these hours, please contact Sara Sartain,
County Organiser on 07714249511 or Clarrie Hocknell, County Chairman on 07817992824.


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