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Shefford YFC have been keeping very busy over the past few months, counting down the days until we can meet again in person. We kicked off 2021 with a virtual scavenger hunt over zoom, public speaking practise with a few rounds of ‘Call My Bluff’, where members had to separate the true definitions of words from the bluffs along with other games and a quiz.

We timed our first February meeting around Shrove Tuesday and had our members cooking up a storm in their kitchens with a pancake meeting – measuring who could flip their pancake the highest was a little more challenging over zoom than in the hall, but we persevered and a great time was had by all. Aside from our meetings, we also had a Shefford team enter the county junior reading competition made up of Georgia Pilditch, Louisa Hayward and Annabelle Hudson. It was the first public speaking competition for all of them and, despite the age difference between them and other teams entered, they represented Shefford brilliantly.

In lieu of our usual lambing meeting, we opted for a video taken by one of our club leaders, Milly, of a lambing that happened previously with their sheep. We decided that again, while we were still restricted to virtual meetings only, this meeting had the added benefit of a guaranteed lamb and was a lot warmer! Milly and Andrew West then answered any questions from the members about lambing. This meeting was then followed by a meeting featuring a video of Sam Bracey and her ‘pet cow’, talking us through the basics of stockjudging and tips and tricks when judging cattle. The members then showed us their own pets and had a go at describing them using the stockjudging terms. This was great to introduce stockjudging to some members who might not have heard of it before and encourage members to enter the competition.

We then bravely ventured back into the kitchen for another baking meeting, this time it was chocolate easter nests and easter egg cheesecakes. Lots of chocolate eaten before and after the baking, but everyone enjoyed it.

Our next meeting is our first in person meeting in over a year, so everyone is really looking forward to the game of rounders we have planned this week.

Milly West (Shefford YFC)

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