Berkshire Young Farmers' Club

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County Competitions Chair Round Up

As always competitions get off to a busy start right at the start of the year with the stockjudging at the Royal County of Berkshire Show. This year members were giving their reasons in front of the judges on our stand so members of the public could see how it was done.

We had another busy public speaking day at Brightwalton Village Hall. Members from all clubs competed in the reading competition. This year the reading was taken from The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon. Each team read really well and really brought the book to life. The winners of this – Adam, Toby and Louis then went on to represent Berkshire at the National Finals in Staffordshire after also winning at the South East Area round. We also had a public speaking team from Bradfield. Georgina spoke about her love of weddings and how she wishes to go on and become more involved in planning weddings.

We also had competitors in both the junior and senior member of the year who spoke to the judges about their experiences within YFC. Well Done to Jess Elliman and Jenny Rowe who won these competitions. There was a big audience for all competitors and thank you to all the judges who helped on the day. We then put some teams together for the South East Area sports teams.

Shefford had a volleyball team who went on to win the competition and Berkshire Seniors competed in the Ultimate Frisbee competition, although they did not get placed they were praised for their sportsmanship.

Jess Elliman then competed in the stockjudging at the South of England Show and she did really well against tough competition. Jess also competed in the National Final of the junior member of the year. She faced tough competition and had to have an interview with a panel of judges and do a PowerPoint presentation. Well Done Jess!

In the summer we held our annual rounders evening at Brightwalton Hall. This year we decided not to do it as a competition but just a friendly event between all clubs. It was great for members to meet up with friends that they had not seen for a while. The evening ended with a picnic on the field.

The country spotters were once again held at Snelsmore Common and this year it was just a junior competition. The juniors did the usual route where they have to go around the common and answer questions along the route. Well done to all those who competed.

We have had some really great competitions throughout the year and I have been so proud whilst watching members compete in the vast amount of competitions that we take part in. Although we are a very small county and struggle to get teams sometimes we always have a go at everything. Even if we have never done a sport before Berkshire takes the attitude that we will try it.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to run competitions this year. Without a competitions group or a competitions chairman it has proved fairly tricky with myself and Georgie making the majority of the decisions. Thank you to all the members for taking part, the club leaders for helping with venues and refreshments and thank you to the parents for giving lifts and supporting the members.

Katherine Bunn- Competitions Chair

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