Dec 2016 14

County AGM

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Cumbria Young Farmers and their guests congregated at The George Hotel, Penrith, for their Forty Second Annual General Meeting on Friday 4th November 2016. Those gathered delighted in hearing about the achievements of the young farmers throughout a year that had been filled with both drama and success.


County President, Mr Stephen Brough welcomed those present and gave a heartfelt speech thanking the young farmers for allowing him the honour and privilege of being their President. Stephen went on to say that being a young farmer was part of his DNA and that the strength of the young farmer movement lay in its community spirit and the willingness of members to hand the young farmer baton on to the next generation. Stephen drew special attention to Brampton YFC’s performance of their winning drama “The Wrong 50” at Blackpool. He also highlighted all that the young farmers had done to help their local communities during and after Storm Desmond. Getting to the final 3 in the Country File Farming Heroes Awards had been a particularly proud moment.


Chairman Richard Carruthers gave the Annual Report which highlighted an extremely successful year for members at Club, County, Northern Area and National levels with Cumbria YFC sweeping the board at the Northern Area weekend and taking the top 3 places.


Richard thanked Cumbria County Council and Newton Rigg College for their ongoing support of the organisation, he went on to say that without this much valued support, Cumbria YFC would not be able to offer its members the opportunities and activities that it currently does.


Richard continued his speech by noting that membership had increased 15% on last year, with the total number of full time members standing at 1637 at the end of July 2016. This was an impressive increase, and it was great to see new young people getting involved with the organisation.


Finally Richard told those assembled that the 25 clubs which make up Cumbria YFC had done an amazing amount of fund raising in the last year, with a total of £44,633.16 raised for local and national charities, something that they should all be extremely proud of.


The AGM then continued in fine style, with Young Farmers proceeding with great wit and humour to propose and second their elected officers for the year. Mrs Linda Pigney was formally elected as the new Cumbria YFC County President. Linda has extensive links with Young Farmers stretching back many years and runs a successful family business along with her husband David in Appleby.  Christina Coulthard was elected County Chair. Christina is a lecturer at Newton Rigg College and is a long-time member of Caldbeck YFC.


The newly elected County Vice-President is Mr Michael Graham, a Life-long Aspatria YFC stalwart and Cumbria YFC supporter. Michael farms at Lynedraw Farm, Ireby and has been married to Betty for 35 years. County Vice Chair is Henry Knowles of Grayrigg YFC, a dairy and sheep farmer with his own cattle clipping business.  Robert Wharton of Dodd & Co was voted in for his 16th year as Treasurer. Robert was a member of Longtown YFC and served as both Treasurer and Chairman during his years with the club.


Mrs Annette Brough presented the awards alongside Richard Carruthers, announcing 4 special trophies awarded on the night: – The Top Club Award for the Club with the greatest increase in membership over the year went to Eden Valley YFC, with an increase of 63%


The Alan Bowe Charity Award went to Drigg YFC, who raised an incredible £16,867.50 for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, Cumbria Flood Appeal and Gosforth Nursery.


The Mrs Dorrie Galbraith Trophy for the member making the greatest contribution to Cumbria YFC went to Emma Metcalf of Eden Valley YFC for her support and commitment to her club and its members.


Finally the PFK Chairman’s Trophy for the Club making the most effort was presented to Brampton YFC for their accomplishment in winning all 5 rounds of the NFYFC Drama competition.


The evening culminated with a vote of thanks from William Longmire of Lowick YFC and the presentation of flowers to Mrs Annette Brough, Ms Joanne Mills and Mrs Anne Gargett by Heather Bland, Pennine YFC.  All in attendance agreed that it had been a fantastic and memorable evening.