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Although we haven’t be able to meet, I’m glad to tell you that our members have still been active and keeping entertained throughout this lockdown period so I asked the members to share their Lockdown Stories;
For my sister Annabel and I we were fortunate enough that lambing was just around the corner when the lockdown was announced so we were very busy on the farm. The early mornings and late nights made for a few grumpy days, however it’s all worth it now that we’ve seen the lambs’ progress. We started at the beginning of April and finished at the end of May – how we do still have a few hangers on! Our days would consist of lambing ewes, feeding pet lambs and just general checking on all the fields making sure that everything was going smoothly – which isn’t always the case! However, we were lucky enough to have a good lambing and the weather was especially kind to us!
Our Vice Chairman, Olly has been busy working for ‘Oakes Bro’s’, mending machinery and being of great service to the agriculture industry! I think after being originally furloughed he was extremely glad to be going back to work. He’s been busy going from farm to farm helping and working really hard over this period and to my knowledge Olly is our only member sporting a lockdown haircut masterpiece!
Finally, one of our senior members, Henry Graham, has been busy on his family farm with calving his pedigree Simmental cows, among lots of other things. As you can imagine it’s a full-on job, so he’s been kept busy on the farm!
I’m really pleased, as Chairman, to tell you that as a club we have launched a series of challenges for our members to take part in over the forthcoming weeks. We have introduced a points system in which the member with the most points, when we return, will receive a prize and certificate. So far, we have announced our first challenge which is the ‘Shefford Bake Off’ in which our bakers are required to bake something and it must be decorated with an agricultural/ farming theme. The winner will receive a box of 6 cupcakes – kindly donated by Sarah Bunn of ‘Sarah’s Bakes’. We felt this was a really good way of getting members involved with Young Farmers despite us not being able to meet.
We will have more challenges over the next few weeks for members to take part in and points will add up for a prize at the end! We are also planning a Zoom quiz for members to take part in, which again will be another great way for our members to engage and get them ready for when we can come back!
In the meantime, we hope everyone is staying safe and coping well. I, on behalf of Shefford, would also just like to say a big thank you to all the key workers, NHS staff and farm workers for everything you’re doing in keeping things running. We really appreciate all that you’re doing!
Hope to see you very soon.
Katie Goodman (Shefford YFC Chairman)