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What we have been up to since the last update?

We have had a fun time in the past couple of months. We have made the most of being able to have face to face meetings, at a great venue Little Wyford Farm, Charter Alley. Our thanks as always to the Englefield family for hosting and allowing us to keep going in these very difficult times.

In April we got ready for the Pre-Show stock judging and were able to get up close and personal with some sheep! It’s the first time our members have been hands on with stock so was a great to be able to put into practise what we had learned on our previous Stockjudging evening via zoom. This obviously paid dividends as we had lots of new competitors this time and they all did very well at the county competition.                                      

We then had lots of fun at our next meeting making scarecrows out of recycled materials. Watch this space for a reappearance of the scarecrows in our new programme out in September!

We had a Kwik cricket practise at Kingsclere rec and Police dog handling was a really interesting evening. We learned about what types of dogs are used and what they are trained to do. One size does not fit all and each of them specialise in different disciplines i.e., money, drugs, missing person. We had a look at some of the training equipment and then had a demo where the dog searched for discarded items. The climax was the dog chasing the ‘offender’ and catching them. Rather him than me!

In June we had simply the best fun ever! A novelty assault course at Little Wyford Farm. Huge thank you to Carli, Jenny & Michael for organising this for us. Members were exhausted at the end, but loved it and we have planned another one in the next programme as it was so popular.

It you like mint and chocolate then a visit to Malshanger Farm Estate, Oakley, home of www.summerdownmint.com is a must. They are part of the Colemans (mustard) empire, who turned their attentions to mint 25 years ago. Members were shown the planting and management of the lavender, peppermint and camomile fields, through to the harvesting and subsequent production of essential oils, perfumes, body & bath products, teas and chocolates. Needless to say, the chocolates were a big hit!

During the year members also took part in NFYFC Give it Some Welly. We covered the miles by walking, running, with dogs and even on horseback! Thank you to everyone who supported us and made a donation.

After our last meeting which was a family BBQ & rounders evening at Manor Farm, Brimpton, kindly hosted by Michael and Mandy Bowdon, we now have a well-earned break for the summer. Below please find details of our new programme and watch this space for details of a possible new meeting place for the club. Currently in negotiation!

What’s coming up!

A sneak preview of some of the meetings we are planning for the first part of our new club year from September:

September – Club meeting and AGM preps; a walk with the Sandhurst & Aldershot beagles; 19th AGM

October – scarecrow hunt and pumpkin carving

November – Club evening and wall Climbing

December – Christmas Wreaths

Emma Collins (Newbury YFC Club Leader)

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