Herefordshire Young Farmers enjoyed tremendous success last weekend at the West Midland Area Pantomime Competition – fighting off strong competition from Shropshire and Worcestershire Federations; both Herefordshire teams prevailed as outright winners, placed 1st and 2nd overall.
With an early morning start, Teme Valley YFC opened the day’s proceedings with their pantomime ‘The Only Way is Herefordshire’. A clever portrayal of Herefordshire’s ‘quirks’ and place names – creatively written, with music composed & performed by it’s members. The club came home with 2nd place, along with awards for the Best Under 18 Actress – awarded to Penny Vaughan for her character ‘The Queen of Leominster’, and Best Under 26 Actress – awarded to Izzy Probert, as ‘Princess Lambrini’.
The afternoon session kicked off with Golden Valley YFC, with their pantomime – ‘A Poodle Named Sue’. Keeping with pantomime tradition, the show was very topical with the opening scene being set at Crufts! – the evil Cruella then kidnapped Sue the Poodle, and took her off to create a super breed of ‘Rotoodles’ – cue viking warriors to the rescue to help Denzil the Mongrel reclaim his love interest! The young cast yet again filled the stage with energy and pace, and the Best Under 18 Actor award went to Morris Garrard – as ‘Hagar the Horrible’, who summoned his army of warriors to battle, and contended with his feisty wife ‘Dame Helgar’. The Club won the award for most creative Direction and Production – featuring an on stage ‘fire’, guitar playing bull, and an acrobatic poodle! They also came home with the main silverware – taking first place overall.
Both teams will perform again next Sunday (22nd March), at the Playhouse Theatre, Weston super Mare – in the Southern Area Eliminators of the hotly contested National YFC Competition. There they will meet teams from Devon and Gloucester Federations, and one team will then qualify for the Finals at Torquay in April. Good luck to both teams going through to Weston – where they will be flying the flag for Herefordshire!
The day also saw individual success in Member of the Year Competitions. Fay Thomas of Eardisley YFC took home 3rd place in the Senior competition; with Chloe Harris (Teme Valley) and Emily Jones (Woolhope) placed 3rd & 4th respectively in the Junior category. Members have to portray their level of YFC knowledge, experiences, and learning – as well as external influences on themselves as individuals, to a panel of judges. All 3 representatives for Herefordshire are prime examples of what this brilliant Federation has to offer – and we are proud to have them as ambassadors for our County.