The last few months have been rather busy at HFYFC and set to get busier, with a variety of competitions and events meaning we haven’t had a update for a while so here goes-
To begin February Welsh Newton held their Pub of the Month at the Harewood End, this was very well attended with members from the majority of clubs coming along for a social evening.
On the 5th of February we held the annual hedging match, this year it was hosted by The Thornley Family at Brinstone Farm, St Weonard’s and kindly sponsored by Evans Farm and Country Supplies. Once everyone had made it from the farm up the hill we had a brilliant day hedging with Craswall once again taking home the overall winner’s trophy. It was fantastic to see so many competitors and supporters on the day.
Senior Quiz was held on the 10th of February once again being held at the fantastic venue of The Plough at Stoke Lacy. We just about managed to squeeze all 25 teams in to test their knowledge on a wide range of subjects from local knowledge to first aid. Dilwyn took home the first prize cards with Pencombe and Pontrilas coming joint 2nd.
After months (or weeks in some cases) of rehersals for clubs half term brought Entertainments Week, held at The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, kindly sponsored by Caleb Roberts. This year we had a fantastic entry with 9 clubs coming together to put on 7 performances across the week; we had Teme Valley, Eardisley, Golden Valley, Woolhope, Lugg Valley/Orleton, Dilwyn and Hereford/Allensmore. We were treated to a very entertaining week and all clubs should be very proud of their performances. The top three clubs performing again on the Saturday night were Dilwyn, Teme Valley and Eardisley, with Eardisley coming 1st, Dilywn 2nd and Teme Valley 3rd.
Some of the clubs have since put on their performances in their local area as a fundraiser and to show off their talents one more time. These have proved to be an excellent way of gaining funds for clubs to pay for things such as costumes, sets and props.
Entertainments Week also hosted the One Plus competition with Teme Valley coming 1st and Woolhope 2nd. Junior Member of the Year was held on the Wednesday evening with Emily Jones (Woolhope) taking 1st place and Ellie Layton (Craswall) 2nd, Wednesday also saw the De La Tour Davies competition which commends the charity work and fundraising that clubs do, Dilwyn took home the 1st place card for this with Golden Valley 2nd and Woolhope 3rd. On the Saturday evening the Senior Member of the Year Competition was held, unfortunately with only 3 entries, however Johnny Hanson (Dilwyn) was named Herefordshire Senior Member of the Year with Vicki Stanford (Woolhope) in 2nd and Steve Rogers (Woolhope) in 3rd.
A huge congratulations to all that took part in any of the competitions across the week, the standard in all was very high. We also thank everyone who helped out at any point leading up to and after the week, we wouldn’t be able to hold events and competitions like this without the support of volunteers, parents and both past and present members.
After a short sleep for some members and county officers it was off to West Midland Area Speaking Day, where we had members from Eardisley, Dilwyn, Craswall, Lugg Valley and Woolhope representing Herefordshire. In Junior Reading we were placed 1st, in Junior Speaking we took 1st and 3rd prize cards, in Intermediate Brainstrust we were 3rd, in Situations Vacant, Zoe Whittall (Eardisley) placed 2nd and in Senior After Dinner Speaking we took 2nd place. Speaking Day also held the West Midlands Area Member of the Year competition were Emily Jones (Woolhope) and Ellie Layton (Craswall) were up against tough competition, showing how enthusiastic the junior members are about the Federation, Emily came 2nd in this, both competitors should be very proud of their achievements.
The speaking day was held on the same weekend as National Council at which our County Chairman, Fay Thomas, was elected at NFYFC Competition Vice Chairman, we wish her the best of luck in her new role.
March meant it was Allensmore’s turn to host Pub of the Month, they chose the Three Horseshoes, this was reasonably well attended and all enjoyed the social evening. Welsh Newton held their annual dinner on the same evening at Penyard House celebrating 70 years as a club.
West Midland Area Entertainments was just around the corner, being held again at Oakengates Theatre in Telford on the 6th March, Dilwyn and Eardisley made their way up with a band of supporters from around the County, both clubs put on fantastic performances, with Eardisley coming 1st in the Area and going on to represent at Southern Area. Ed Turner (Dilwyn) was named Best Actor for his personal performance. West Midland Area Member of the Year was also held at this competition, Johnny Hanson and Vicki Stanford represented Herefordshire, unfortunately neither came home with a prize card however they both put in a fantastic effort and showed their enthusiasm for and commitment to HFYFC.
On the 11th of March we held a Food Hygiene training day, organised by Jonathan Dyke (Training Officer) for members and past members who help with the catering at many of our events. We are very grateful for the catering committee and the service that they provide for us so it is important that they are all trained sufficiently, some of those completing the course were able to take advantage of the Prince’s Countryside Fund which is available to all members and past members under 40 years old.
This year we had a huge number of entries for the sports competitions held on the 18th March at Kingstone High School, the sports on offer this year were – Junior Rounders, Ladies Netball, Men’s 5-a-Side Football and Cheerleading. It was fantastic to see so many clubs entering and getting involved with the sports, we are hoping that we may be able to hold a sports competition social event in the future.
Results were as follows –
Netball – 1st Teme Valley, 2nd Eardisley, 3rd Lugg Valley
Football – 1st Ledbury, 2nd Dilwyn, 3rd Craswall
Rounders – 1st Eardisley, 2nd Woolhope, 3rd Diwyn
Cheerleading – 1st Dilwyn, 2nd Woolhope, 3rd Pontrilas
On the 2nd of April members from Dilwyn, Eardisley, Woolhope and Teme Valley were up at the crack of dawn to travel to Rugby for the West Midland Area round of the sports competitions. There was fantastic weather for sports and Herefordshire brought home a couple of prize cards, a 2nd for Teme Valley in the Netball and a 2nd for Eardisley in the Rounders. Well done to all who represented Herefordshire.
Here we are at the beginning of April, Stockjudging & Fence Erecting, Pre-Rally and Rally rules have gone out to clubs and soon many members will be spending hours preparing exhibits, finding their white coats and searching farms for the perfect items for their farm yard band. Rally season is fast approaching and we look forward to seeing what all of our members have to offer, it’s always fascinating to see the wide array of talents that the members of HFYFC have and the support given to them by other club members and their own families.
What’s coming up?
Friday 7th April – Eardisley / Dilwyn Entertainments Evening – Lady Hawkins High School
Saturday 8th April – Allensmore Easter Bingo – Pateshall Hall
Monday 10th April – Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday 11th April – Stockjudging Training
Thursday 13th April – Dilwyn Easter Bingo – Dilwyn Cedar Hall
Friday 14th April – Pontrilas Pub of the Month – The Temple Bar, Eywas Harold
Saturday 15th April – Ledbury Easter Smash – Alexander Park
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April – NFYFC Annual Convention – Torquay
Tuesday 25th April – Poultry Boning and Jointing – YFC Office
Saturday 29th April – Woolhope Kareoke – The Crown Inn
Sunday 30th April – Stockjudging and Fence Erecting – Lenaston Farm, Harewood End
Sunday 7th May – Pre-Rally Day – YFC Office & Hereford Market
Sunday 14th May – Rally set up day – Hurstley Court, Kinnersley
Saturday 20th May – Rally & Dance – Hurstley Court, Kinnersley