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For Shefford Young Farmers it has been a great year so far with lots of fun had by all our members with an interactive programme. We have had loads of talks from local businesses, as well as fun indoor meeting in the hall at Brightwalton.
The Royal County of Berkshire Show kicked off the start of our Young Farmers year in September. The weekend was a great success, with everyone getting involved to really showcase what we are all about. A couple of our members were interviewed by Newbury Weekly News and made it into the newspaper which was a great way for more people to hear about us!
Following on from the show, we hosted the County Harvest Festival for Berkshire YFC at Fawley Church. It was a lovely service where the members walked the flags down, donated store cupboard food in aid of loose ends, and some of the members read readings. We were pleased to say that it was well attended and was a great evening for all the members.
This year we were able to book ourselves a tour of the Wessex Mill in Wantage. We were shown everything from where the lorries loaded, to where and how the flour was made, to where it was packaged. This again was extremely well attended, enjoyed by all and an informative evening, it’s safe to say we all learnt a lot about the Mill and its history.
Following on from this we had a public speaking practice, where we were delighted to welcome back some ex Shefford members to give us coaching. It was a great night and entertaining to watch the teams come up with their answers, which gave us all some laughs!
Christmas then fast approached and in tradition we dusted off our carol sheets and hosted our annual Carol Singing at Brightwalton Village Hall. This was a joyous occasion attended by lots of people and members – both past and present. We also raised a lot of money for our chosen charity – The Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
After the Christmas break, in January we had a pheasant plucking meeting at the hall. This was a very enjoyable evening had by members of all ages and we’re still finding the odd feather scattered around the hall!
We have had many County competitions, from public speaking to sports, we participated in County football and netball which all of our members had fun coming together as a team and taking part. We also had an evening practicing stock judging, helping our new, younger members learn the basics of stock judging, and also letting our existing members get extra practice before the competition.
Our annual fundraiser quiz, was a very successful evening, with great attendance and fun was had by all.
Overall, we’ve all enjoyed the past few months as a club. It’s a great shame that we can’t continue with what was set out to be a great rest of the year, however it’ll be all the better next year!
Katie Goodman (Shefford YFC Chairman & Georgina (Shefford YFC Press Secretary)