Your memories of Young Farmers events around Suffolk

Hadleigh Young Farmers taking part in a bed push from Stowmarket to Hadleigh in March 1995

Hadleigh Young Farmers taking part in a bed push from Stowmarket to Hadleigh in March 1995. The event was organised to raise money for Ipswich Hospital Special Baby Care Unit - Credit: Archant

Were you a Young Farmer? Readers have been sending in their memories of activities with the popular youth organisation over the years.

Chadacre Young Farmers Club pulling out all the stops for their tug of war competitions

Chadacre Young Farmers Club pulling out all the stops for their tug of war competitions - Credit: Archant

In our previous Days Gone By article, Caroline Thomson (nee Martin) spotted herself in the photo of the Stowmarket ladies' tug-of-war team from 1987. She said: "It brought back lots of happy memories of fun times.

Stowmarket Young Farmers' tug-of-war team in September 1987

Caroline Thomson spotted herself, second from left in the back row, in this photo of Stowmarket Young Farmers' ladies' tug-of-war team in September 1987 - Credit: Archant

"We did all sorts of things, from going to Blackpool and the Isle of Man on AGMs to public speaking, drama and tug-of-war competitions and helping at the Suffolk Show, not to mention the great friends I made there, some of whom I recognise from your photos!

Lark Valley Young Farmers float at Bury St Edmunds Carnival in 2006

Lark Valley Young Farmers float at Bury St Edmunds Carnival in 2006 - Credit: Andy Abbott/Archant

"I went along to my first Stowmarket YFC meeting in 1986. Although a bit nervous of walking in on my own the first time, I need not have been as they were so friendly that I soon felt very much at home there.

Framlingham and District Young Farmers Club float at Framlingham Gala in May 1967

Framlingham and District Young Farmers Club float at Framlingham Gala in May 1967 - Credit: Archant

"During my time with Stowmarket YFC I served on the social committee and as club secretary and remember many interesting talks that we had, from a bomb disposal expert to the local butcher getting us all to make hand-made sausages!

The Young Farmers Dairy Ball Maid was crowned at the Pier Pavilion, Felixstowe, in May 1968

The Young Farmers Dairy Ball Maid was crowned at the Pier Pavilion, Felixstowe, in May 1968 - Credit: Archant

"It is so good to know that even in these difficult times the YFC will always be there to unite young people who have a love of the countryside."

Young Farmers Club members in a raft race at Easton Farm Park in 2003

Young Farmers Club members in a raft race at Easton Farm Park in 2003 - Credit: Archant


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Reader Tarkey Barker also got in touch and said: "The YFC is a fantastic organisation for young people. I was chair of the Ipswich club in the late 60s and had a wonderful time. As you say, you didn't have to be involved in farming at all."

Debenham Young Farmers taking part in sponsored crazy croquet in July 1982

Debenham Young Farmers taking part in sponsored crazy croquet in July 1982 - Credit: Archant

Do you want to share your memories of YFC? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk 

To order photos,  visit our website or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449. 


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