Farmers springing into action

SO at last spring is springing, and in the Suffolk YFC office this means the list of jobs is getting longer, which is always good!

We held our Friends of Suffolk Young Farmers quiz at the beginning of February and a very competitive night was had – an excellent range of members, past and present, and a lovely evening for all present.

Congratulations to the Deben Farmers Club for taking the prize following a tie-break between them and outgoing county president Chris Keeble.

We have also held a Farming Forum focusing on business skills. This was an excellent evening with a panel of experts from AtlasFram, Otley College, Lantra, Farm Crisis Network and Ensors Accountants.

The discussion was very interesting and has given us plenty of scope for further forums.


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Our last forum is taking place on Wednesday, March 14, at Otley College at 7.30pm. All are welcome and we will be focusing on Business Diversification and have panellists from Hollowtrees Farm Shop, Savills and others. For further information contact Tory at county office via office@suffolkyfc.com

The senior members held a fundraising ABC party at the Curve Bar in Ipswich and from what I have heard a good night was had by all.

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The outfits for the ABC (Anything But Clothes) were amazing. I was delighted to hear that a pole dancing masterclass took place and that the talents of Bury YFC were put on display.

On the competitions front, the County Quiz took place last weekend. A cheeky disqualification for the Debenham YFC “ringers” meant that Bury St Edmunds took the senior points and Lark Valley the juniors. It seems that the brains are in the west of the county!

Our two newest clubs are all ready to go. The Senior Club, Hadleigh YFC, will be holding their new members evening on Wednesday, March 21, at Lindsey Red Rose. All are welcome and an exciting programme of events is in place. The new members evening for Brett Valley YFC (10-16) will be at Semer Village Hall on Friday, March 23, come along and find out what we are about. We are very excited about these two new clubs and are delighted to be able to get YFC into this area. Any queries about either please contact Tory on 07900 565735 or office@suffolkyfc.com .

An appeal for help! We are hoping to run a lawnmower racing display for the clubs and are struggling to find ride-on lawnmowers (and a push one if possible). They don’t need to work as the club’s challenge will be to get them going (not to cut grass) and get out and about at the shows. We are ideally looking for five if possible. Please contact Tory if you are able to help.

Suffolk Young Farmers Country Fair is taking place at Easton Farm Park on Sunday, April 15.

This includes showjumping, showing and gymkhana, a Kennel Club Companion Dog Show with classes in pedigree and novelty, Dog Agility “have a go” and display, a display from the Police Drugs Dogs, vintage tractors, trade stands and much more. Trade stands are �10 for all sizes.

All schedules and booking forms for the Country Fair are available via our website www.suffolkyoungfarmers.com .

Suffolk YFC are now on Twitter – follow us @suffolkyfc or join our facebook group Suffolk YFC or like our page Suffolk Federation of Young Farmers Club – technology has finally reached us!

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