Essex Young Farmers column: Golden Wellies event is highlight of social calendar

Dunmow Young Farmers at the rugby competition.

Dunmow Young Farmers at the rugby competition. - Credit: Archant

October is always a busy month in the Young Farmers’ calendar, and this year has been no exception, writes Jess Roche

The “Golden Wellies” event that I mentioned last month, was a fantastic success, and a very enjoyable night was had by all that attended. We have also had our annual rugby competition as well as lots of different club meetings and parties.

Golden Wellies was organised by Georgia Antoniou, and with her organisation and imagination, the night was something a little different for members, but possibly the highlight of the Young Farmer year. There were lots of different award categories from “Best Looking Male” to the award for the member that always gets stuck in and helps others. By the looks of things, there were a few sore heads the next day, which is always a sign of a good night!

October wasn’t just spent partying however, as the Competitions Team, Jordan Shynn and Emma Bosworth, organised a fantastic day of rugby, which both the girls and boys got thoroughly involved with. Congratulations to Ongar Young Farmers who won the men’s match, and Ashdon & Saffron Walden who took the ladies title.

With Halloween nearing, many clubs have taken the opportunity to do a pumpkin carving meeting, with some imaginative, and some less artistic attempts! I am sure Brentwood Young Farmers have been practicing their carving skills in preparation for their Halloween party at the end of the month.

November looks to be just as busy as October, with Halstead and Ash & Saf holding their harvest suppers, and if that wasn’t enough, a lot of clubs are hosting fireworks parties for their subscribers.

Although there are many sporting events throughout the year, there are lots of other competitions, such as public speaking. Most members have never tried their hand at this before they start with Young Farmers, so we hold an annual “taster session” to try and introduce as many members into this event as possible, as it teaches so many valuable skills. This is towards the end of November and all members are welcome to have-a-go.

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If you think you may fancy trying your hand at some public speaking, sporting competitions, fundraising for charity, or just enjoying a Friday night out then why not pop along to a Young Farmers meeting, to see if you are interested in joining! Just go on the website: and get in touch with us- we hope to see you at a meeting soon!