Following the October elections for a second year Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Club is headed up by an all female team. The County Chairman is Miss Sophie Clarke, a member of Saltmarshe YFC is their first county chairman since 1992. Sophie is a primary school teach and a well known face on the YFC circuit having competed for Saltmarshe at junior, intermediate and senior levels, prior to becoming a county officer.
Sophie is supported by new Vice Chairman Jess Wright of Lugg Valley YFC and current National Senior Member of the Year who works as a self employed book keeper. The pair having been officers together before of the Competitions Committee during 2011-2012 and have competed pulling tug of war together at an area & national level.
The pair pick up the reins from Amelia Illingsworth of Golden Valley YFC who described her term of office as “An absolute whirlwind of a year, we’ve increased our membership numbers and I’d like to congratulate the clubs on all they have achieved and hope that they continue to give the same support to Sophie and Jess as they did to me.”
Amelia’s duties concluded at the Federation’s AGM held on Friday 24th October at the Town Hall, Hereford, which saw Dilwyn YFC take away the Hereford Times Efficiency Shield followed by Kington YFC with Lugg Valley YFC in third place. The Proficiency Shield was awarded to Woolhope, with Golden Valley 2nd & Hereford 3rd.
The remaining trophies were awarded as follows;
JR Price Trophy, 1st Allensmore, 2nd Craswall, 3rd Kington
CL Coxon Cup, 1st Welsh Newton, 2nd Craswall, 3rd Kington
Junior Competitions Cup, 1st Craswall, 2nd Dilwyn, 3rd Lugg Valley
NFU Trophy 1st Craswall, 2nd Welsh Newton, 3rd Lugg Valley
Sports Cup, 1st Pontrilas, 2nd Welsh Newton, 3rd Craswall
Junior Sports Cup, 1st Pontrilas, 2nd Craswall, 3rd Welsh Newton
Chairmans Award, Allensmore & Woolhope YFC
The meeting also made a presentation to Miss Lucinda Rees, who has recently finished working for the Federation after over 20 years of loyal service. Witnessed by a full crowd, former County Chairman, Owen Whittall addressed the meeting covering the notable points during this time which was received by a warm round of applause from those present in recognition of her work during her post.
The calendar continues to be as busy as ever with speaking competitions taking place this month as well as members competing in National Finals at the English Winter Fair in Staffordshire. All this, before the return of the Federation’s Variety Night on the 21st November.