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Our first in person meeting was a success, with everyone enjoying a game of rounders at Brightwalton village hall. For some of our newer members it was their first time actually meeting everyone in person, so I think everyone appreciated being able to put faces to names, and of course a good catch up for those not so new!

Then came the stock judging competition – virtually, of course due to the restrictions. Shefford managed an entry in every class at every age level, which was amazing so a big thank you to those who competed. We were in charge of organising the competition as a whole, so with videos of the stock sourced by Steve Ackrill and timings worked out down to the minute by Steve and Milly West, the day ran without a hitch. We definitely got our money’s worth out of our zoom subscription that day! Shefford came away with 6, 1st places and many other placings and commendations from the judges, so well done to all the competitors, many of whom had never competed before.

Keeping in with competitions, then came the under 16’s Kwik cricket. After a practise at Brightwalton village hall beforehand (and a few lost cricket balls), the team arrived at East Woodhay Cricket Club. They played brilliantly and managed to beat Newbury and Bradfield’s teams to first place, so huge congratulations to the whole team! Skipping South East Area level due to there being no other teams entered, our under 16s are headed straight to nationals in autumn, which is amazing for a smaller club so we’re all very proud of them.

We’ve had various meetings in between all these exciting competitions such as hobby horse racing and bricklaying, but our most recent one was canoeing in Newbury with outdoor academy. This was a really well attended meeting, and despite there not being any swimming involved, everyone seemed to end up soaked head to toe! We had races and games all up and down the canal and were also taught the best techniques for splashing the other teams, which was very helpful.

Shefford has had a busy few months and it’s been amazing to start to resume outdoor meetings to see everyone again.

Victoria Ackrill (Shefford YFC Acting Club Chairman)

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