On Thursday 22nd April 2021, Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs held their Executive Committee AGM online for a second year running. Ed Bentley of Helmsley YFC was elected as Chairman, with Vice Chairman Tim Weatherhead of Knaresbourgh YFC continuing for a second year.
Ed takes over from outgoing chair Georgina Fort.
The past year has been very difficult for everyone in their personal and working lives, and YFC is no different. Almost overnight, all in-person club meetings were forced to stop, and any interactions between members have had to be online using Zoom/Teams.
Accepting the position of Chairman, Ed addressed the members:
“Firstly, on behalf of members and the Federation, I would like to thank Georgie for all her hard work over the past two years as County Chair and wish her and new family well.
With Covid-19 restrictions gradually being lifted, there now seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and Clubs can start meeting, all be it in a restricted way. Restarting of Clubs and Districts is going to be a challenge in the next few months, but one I’m up for!
Yorkshire excelled once again in public speaking at the Northern Area Weekend on the 27th & 28th February 2021. The event was held virtually for the first time and was organised by Northumberland. The members enjoyed taking part and are glad they are able to do something during lockdown. Yorkshire members were mentioned in the top 3 for most of the competitions with some teams qualifying for the next round which the is the national finals!!
Well done to all those that took part and good luck to those that qualified. Results are below
Worth Valley Young Farmers Club and their team of volunteers battled through ice, rain, snow and Corona virus precautions last week to collect 1800 trees for this year’s Manorlands Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme. The project has raised £21,520 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Club Chairman Joe Holmes and Treasurer Emma Kettlewell were part of the collection team along with other members, former members and other volunteers. Even our YFYFC County Chair Georgie Fort leant a hand when one of the collection vehicles got stuck stuck in snow less than half a mile from her farm and it was soon back on the road again thanks to YFC power. Joe said, “We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who booked in their tree, our amazing volunteers, Skipton Self Drive for loaning us the vans and Keighley Tree Services for shredding the trees and sending the chippings off to the bio-power station.”
Emma added, “This incredible amount will help Sue Ryder to continue to be there when it matters for people going through the most difficult time of their lives; giving people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.”
Young Farmers is the largest youth movement in the countryside and has members aged 10 to 26 years old. Despite the name the organisation is not just for farmers, indeed our members come from a wide range of backgrounds. Whilst some of the meetings are still linked to the clubs farming roots we get involved in many other positive activities such as sports, public speaking, social events and charitable activities such as this one.
We can confirm that our annual forum will once again happen in 2021. Due to the restrictions this will be an online event. We hope to have a lively debate as we explore the future of British Agriculture as we enter life after Brexit. A deal was struck over Christmas 2020 so this is our chance to ask questions and the opinions of a prestigious panel. So far we have confirmed Robert Goodwill MP and Dorothy Fairburn, CLA. The evening will be chaired by our County Chairman, Georgina Fort who is a dairy and sheep farmer.
Date: Friday 22nd January 2021, 7.30pm
Join using Zoom, please email email@example.com to register your interest and receive the link nearer the event.
We are pleased to welcome Crombie Wilkinson as our sponsors, once again we thank them for their continued support
Please find the guidelines below created by NFYFC for clubs to resume YFC Activities. I have highlighted key points for you to consider whether it is worth your club meeting in person or to carry on doing weekly meetings virtually. I would recommend you read the full document.
-If lockdown is introduced into your area or nationally, yfc will halt once again
you must communicate with your members and parents of members with the precautions you are taking
-You must have a risk assessment, hand wash facilities, social distancing measures and an attendance book
-Whether you are indoors or outdoors you can only operate in bubbles of 15 members plus 2 club leaders. They must remain in these bubbles week by week. If someone in the bubble becomes ill it is only those in the bubble who isolate for 14 days
-Check the venue is open and adapted to COVID-19 restrictions, check the venue has room to accommodate the bubble of people whilst maintaining social distancing.
-Ask the venue about their cleaning routines and any areas out of bounds
your management/trustees are the ones who must make sure the club is adhering to the government guidelines
Like I said above please read the guides fully as don’t want to put any members or club leaders at risk. Please make sure that any club leaders or members that are being told to shield by the government can still be involved virtually.
I know the majority of our clubs have more then 15 members so it is up to you how you operate. Either do yfc over a couple of nights or a shorter meeting and have time slots for the different bubbles
Despite weekly clubs meetings, competitions and YFC events being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the UK, the true Young Farmers’ spirit has shone through.
Bringing the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs into the modern times, the he Spring Dance 2020 was hosted online after the county event was cancelled, normally held at Club Amadeus in Northallerton.
Through donations made for song requests, over £2,000 has been raised for the NHS key workers and the NHS Nightingale Hospital to be opened in Harrogate. Thanks must go to Slingsby Gin of Harrogate, for their generous donation of £400 to this super cause.
Just to inform our members that as of today the office staff have been put on furlough leave. The office has been shut for over a week and the staff have completed as much of the outstanding work they could.
In the meantime we (the senior officers) are still here for you and are looking into ideas on how to keep us all functioning as members in isolation. Any ideas please throw them our way.
The emails and social media will continue to be monitored and responded to but please bear with us as we are all working full time. If you have my number then give me a bell even if it’s just for a catch up etc.
We really hope that YFC can get back to normal ASAP
But in the meantime keep in isolation and look after yourselves and your families
Following the latest government announcement on Coronavirus COVID-19 to avoid all unnecessary social gatherings, YFYFC Senior Officers and Trustees have made the decision that all clubs and districts are to postpone all meetings and events with immediate effect. Any club/district business matters that need discussing are to be done over the phone. We must respect the government’s decision.
All YFC meetings, competitions, events and rally’s etc are to be postponed for the foreseeable future. This includes County Rally, Sub-Committees, Executive Committee AGM, and YFYFC AGM. Any urgent matters that need a decision will be made by the Senior Officers and Trustees of the Yorkshire Federation. Please refrain from visiting County Office with immediate effect.
We are very sad at this outcome but the health of our members, supporters and staff must take priority.
We appreciate this can leave people lonely and vulnerable, so please look out for one another and don’t forget that the Senior Officers and staff are at the end of the phone. Please use the Samaritans 116 123 help line which is available 24/7 should you need any advice.
We will endeavour to keep you updated as and when we have any information, so please keep checking your emails and also social media.