Organiser Tory tours county

WELL the month has flown past and it has been an extremely busy one, writes Tory Lugsden, Suffolk Young Farmers organiser.

I continued my tour of the county with our new chairman John Dickson. After the County AGM we headed out to Bury St Edmunds YFC for their meeting at Bury Rugby Club. Congratulations to Anastasia Turner for taking on the chairman’s role.

Then we had a quick stop at Gipping Valley Juniors where votes took place for almost every position. A fantastic Junior Club with 39 members already this year, a big job to keep in order for the newest Junior Chairman Abi Dolan.

To test myself, I made the trip to Halesworth’s AGM without sat nav and my achievement of the month was not to get lost! A great AGM with high spirits and lots of laughs as always, well done to Neil Allen for taking on the job of chairman.

Another evening out to Deben Valley Juniors at Ufford and another successful night. Well done to Moniek Jansen for being voted in to her new role.


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Two more nights out (it’s a tough job being County Organiser!) saw me finding my way to Hadleigh YFC’s first AGM since being re-formed and a great turnout of members and supporters were present. We welcome Angharad Bendall into her role as chairman and it was fantastic to see such enthusiasm from one of our newest clubs.

Another fantastic evening, and lots more voting, at the Brett Valley Junior AGM. Again another first for our other newest club which is so strong and enthusiastic it’s a pleasure to see. Well done to Nick Bundy and Alice Kemp who take on the chairman’s role in a joint capacity.

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At both the Hadleigh and Brett Valley AGM’s we were delighted to welcome along representatives from Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association who have kindly donated to both of our newest clubs to ensure that they are able to get the clubs running smoothly and keep recruiting as well as they have in their first years. We are very grateful for their kind support and look forward to working with them in the future.

One last AGM, Debenham YFC, to go for John and myself and then it’s back to the every day running of the federation. We have lots coming up including our very favourite Junior Ball taking place on November 10, a trip organised by Atlas Fram to Amazone in Doncaster, Debenham YFC’s annual ball on November 24 (tickets details via www.debenhamyoungfarmers.com) and the county lazerquest competition.

We held our first competitions day of the new membership at a very wet Framlingham College and the competition was, as always, fierce. The Junior clubs took on uni-hock, mixed netball and tag rugby, well done to all of the junior clubs for taking part and to Gipping Valley for taking the overall points for the day. The seniors played netball, rugby and mixed hockey and much to my delight there were no injuries. Well done to Stowmarket for taking the points for the day.

Now, it may have been noticed in areas around the county that a herd of cows are popping up all over the place. Each and every club in the area are letting free their YFC cows to roam and spread the word. Daisy and her mates can be seen from Hadleigh to Halesworth, Stowmarket to Bury and all fields and verges in between.

What this means is we would like everyone to come and get involved in YFC if you aren’t already. All clubs, junior and senior, are holding new members evenings on the week of Bonfire Night. The senior clubs will be holding their new members evenings on Wednesday, November 7, at their meeting places and the juniors on Friday, November 9, at their meeting places. For all information on where the clubs are meeting and what events they have planned for their New Members night’s please go to www.suffolkyoungfarmers.com or contact the County Office on 01473 785547 or office@suffolkyfc.com for all relevant information. Come and give us a look – wellies are purely optional!

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