Suffolk Young Farmers: Melton seniors club gallops into action with first meet at Coach and Horses

Stowmarket's outgoing chairman Ed Binder presenting a cheques to Help for Heroes.

Stowmarket's outgoing chairman Ed Binder presenting a cheques to Help for Heroes. - Credit: Archant

Well the new membership year has certainly started with a bang and the activity is back into full swing, writes Suffolk Young Farmers co-ordinator Tory Lugsden.

Stowmarket's outgoing chairman Ed Binder presenting a cheques to St Elizabeth's Hospice.

Stowmarket's outgoing chairman Ed Binder presenting a cheques to St Elizabeth's Hospice. - Credit: Archant

We are also in the fantastic position to be able to recruit another member of part time staff, for further information and details please check our website www.suffolkyoungfarmers.com

The clubs’ programmes have commenced again and the members are out and about doing lots of brilliant things.

Clubs have visited two different bingo halls in the last couple of weeks, although I haven’t heard of any life-changing wins so far.

We were delighted with our launch night for our newest senior club at Melton. We met at the Coach and Horses with trepidation for the number of people and were amazed to see 25 enthusiastic people looking to get involved in YFC and all it can offer. A great night and we look forward to Melton giving the other clubs a run for their money in the upcoming sports and competitions at the end of October.

We are well and truly into our annual general meeting season with many of the clubs holding their meetings this month. My tour of the county has commenced with visits to Stowmarket and Lark Valley YFC’s and will continue throughout the month. This year, in the interest of keeping my ageing brain active, I will be going sat nav free so if there is no report from YFC next month please scour the area around Halesworth as that is where I usually get the most lost (it’s all those saints!)

Stowmarket’s Annual General Meeting was a great evening and it was a fantastic show of what YFC is all about to see the members present cheques for £4000 each to Help for Heroes and St Elizabeth’s Hospice. What a great year the club have had. Congratulations to Bob Wrinch for taking on the chairmans role this year. Second night out of the year was to Lark Valley and we send our congratulations to Sam Duchesne for being voted in as chairman there. We are thoroughly looking forward to our county agm this week where we will be welcoming Meurig Raymond, Deputy President of the National Farmers Union, to speak on the future of agriculture for young people and also the presentation of awards for the year. We will also be presenting the results of the hotly contended Atlas Fram and Suffolk YFC Wheat Competition. It is an exciting time for Suffolk YFC but also a sad one as we bid our outgoing chairman, John Dickson, farewell. He has been a brilliant chairman. Supportive, steadfast, reliable and always enthusiastic whatever challenges we have faced. He will be truly missed and 2012/13 will always be a year that is reflected on for amazing results, all of which are down to his hard work. Here’s to an excellent 2013/14 membership year and to new challenges for all of our incoming chairman across the county.