Mar 2017 13

Teams from Cumbria, Yorkshire, East Riding, Northumberland, Durham and Lancashire travelled to the Manor Church of England Academy at the weekend to compete against each other at the Northern Area Weekend hosted by Yorkshire YFC. Members took part in speaking and reading competitions, played rounders, netball and football, showed their skill in cheerleading and street dance and performed to the highest level in the entertainments competition.

The Cumbria teams once again came away with a whole host of trophies and awards continuing their winning streak of previous years. The Saturday competitions got off to a fantastic start with the Cumbria A team, consisting of Brampton YFC members; Sade Burke, Grace Allen and Charlie Hayton taking first place in the Junior Reading competition. Emily Storey, Ella Batey and Katie McKie from Wigton YFC took second place and fifth place also went to Wigton.

The Senior After Dinner Speaking competition was won by the Lowick YFC Cumbria A team, consisting of Alice and William Longmire, Esther Lambert, Thomas Woodburn and Emma Cooper, The Cumbria B team (Caldbeck YFC) and Cumbria C team (Raughton Head YFC) came 5th and 8th respectively.

Lowick YFC continued to shine, with their Cumbria A team of Charlotte Mallett, Leah Clough and Ruth Cooper coming 2nd in the Junior Public Speaking. Raughton Head’s Cumbria B team took 3rd place and Drigg YFC were placed 7th as Cumbria C. The Situations’ Vacant competition saw Cumbria A’s Alice Longmire take 4th place, Cumbria B’s Emma Blaylock (Longtown YFC) take 7th and Hannah Storton of Grayrigg YFC placed 9th for Cumbria C.

The Junior Member of the Year competition saw the very best young farmers in the northern area compete against each other for this most coveted title. Cumbria A’s Ruth Cooper (Lowick YFC) took a very well deserved 3rd place. Emily Pratt from Drigg YFC took 4th place as Cumbria B and Brampton’s Emma Atkinson took 6th place for the Cumbria C team. The Senior Member of the Year competition saw Cumbria A’s Henry Knowles (Grayrigg YFC) take 4th place. Lowick YFC’s Alice Longmire was placed 7th for Cumbria C and Eden Valley YFC’s Paul Barrow was placed 8th for Cumbria B.

One of the greatest successes of the day was Raughton Head’s magnificent performance of their entertainment “Medical Mayhem”, produced by Graham Holliday, Louise Wilson, Lucy Thomas and Nicola Wilkinson. The cast had the whole theatre almost crying with laughter and it was no surprise when they were awarded 1st place. Drigg YFC’s performance of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was also very well received and the cast were placed a very creditable 4th place against some stiff competition from other counties.

Sunday was the second day of competition, and saw Cumbria Young Farmers show their prowess on the sports field and dance floor. Raughton Head YFC as Cumbria B team triumphed in the men’s football. Skelton YFC came a very close 2nd for the Cumbria A team and Pennine YFC’s Cumbria C team were placed 5th. Crook, Skelton and Caldbeck YFCs were placed joint 5th in the ladies netball. Skelton YFC ‘s juniors were placed 2nd for Cumbria A in the rounders competition. Wigton YFC was placed 4th for Cumbria B team.

Cumbria confirmed that it’s young farmers certainly know how to dance, with Caldbeck YFC taking 1st place in the Street Dance for Cumbria A. Drigg YFC continued the winning streak, taking 1st place for Cumbria C in the Cheer Leading. Wigton YFC (Cumbria A) and Carlisle YFC (Cumbria B) took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Finally, as the award for the Best overall Team was announced, The Manor Church of England Academy was filled with the sounds of cheers and jubilation as Cumbria A team triumphed over all others, winning first place with 133 points.  Cumbria B came second with 105 points and Cumbria C took 8th place with 72 points. 

The top 2 teams or competitors from all competitions will go on to the next rounds as follows; the Junior Public Speaking,  After Dinner Speaking and Entertainments competitions will go onto the Regional Final at Retford on the 18th and 19th March. Street dance and cheerleading will compete at the NFYFC AGM at Torquay on the 23rd April. Junior Reading will compete at Competitions Day at Stafford on the 1st July. Football and Rounders will compete at Sports Championships Day at Stafford on the 2nd July.





Mar 2017 13

Theatre By The Lake once again hosted the Cumbria YFC Entertainments County Final. With an auditorium filled to capacity on both nights. Friends and family of the performers  were treated to five amazing performances with young farmers showcasing the very best of their talents.

Saturday 11th January saw Grayrigg YFC’s performance of “A Seagull’s Seaside Review”. Seagulls Steve and Alan (aka Thomas Ridding and Peter Thompson respectively) had the audience in stitches with their antics and kept in character throughout the production. The dialogue between pensioners Ange (Caroline Todd) and Maxine (Alice Dixon) was both funny and endearing and all these little vignettes were intermingled with some superb and accomplished dancing from the beach girls and the Beach Ball Ballet Boys.

Raughton Head YFC were next to take to the stage with a highly polished and original production entitled “Medical Mayhem”. The opening dance sequence, featuring smiling nurses was lively and confident and set the tone for the next 30 minutes.  The waiting room scene, featuring Dr Emilia Burbury as a less than compassionate doctor with some very groan worthy “dr dr” jokes kept the audience in stitches (excuse the pun!) and provided a delightful foil for Megan Gibson’s portrayal of the hyperchondriac receptionist in love with Tom Mitchinson’s handsome doctor.

The next scene, set in an Occupational Therapy ward, saw the slow, shuffling arrival on stage of a group of patients using wheel chairs, zimmer frames and crutches. Under the watchful eye of the doctor, all was as it should be, however, once the doctor left the stage, the patients took on a new zest for life performing an incredible dance routine involving the aforementioned medical equipment.

George Mitchinson’s hospital DJ, Vinyl Ritchie stole the show with his larger than life performance and tag line of “broadcasting from Maternity to the Morgue”. Dedications such as “Footloose” for a patient with a broken foot left the audience crying with laughter and hoping that he’d get a regular slot on Radio Cumbria.

Raughton Head continued to raise the bar with a cleverly crafted solo performance from Robbie Tuer singing about a variety of complaints from halitosis through to novo virus to the tune of “Hallelujah”. Mr Tuer’s singing and acting were superb and left the audience wanting more.

The final scene slowed the pace and focused the audience’s attention on an emotive silent scene called “The Circle of Life”. Played out to the soundtrack of “ Annie’s Song” by John Denver, Phil Potts portrayal of Dad was especially poignant.

A show stopping finale, involving all the cast members brought Raughton Head’s high octane entertainment to a close and left the audience smiling and singing along.

Crook YFC took to the stage next, with an all singing and dancing production called “Show Business”. James Park as Ronnie Barker and Chris Calder as Ronnie Corbett re-enacted the iconic “Fork Handles” sketch to much laughter from the audience. Emily Abbott and Leanne Wallace as Elsa and Anna received  applause for their “Frozen” rap, and would have given Honey G a run for her money! Amy Hardy not only acted as the compere of the production, but also gave a spellbinding solo performance of “Dancing on My Own”.

The second night saw Drigg YFC showcase their talents with their performance “The most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Emily Jenkinson and Abby Stamper as Buddy and Tinsel the elves provided narrative and continuity throughout the performance and set the scene for a Christmas inspired extravaganza of singing and dancing. Maisie Naylor’s ballet performance was delightful and added extra sparkle to the production. Anna Tilsley played not only the teacher in the children’s nativity scene, but also sang a wonderful solo in the choir scene.

The final performance of the competition was from Sedbergh YFC, with their production of “Noel’s Ark”, a rip roaring romp through light entertainment involving Noel Edmonds, The Chuckle Brothers, Morecambe and Wise and Mr Blobby. Tasked with building an ark, the performance included an x factor segment. Acts included the hapless Magic Mike (Connie Hodgson), whose disasterous magic tricks left the magician red faced. Comedians Mike Stainton and Zak Baines cleverly portrayed two very unfunny comics, with some exceptionally bad jokes. However, despite setbacks, help from a group of Minions and general chaos, the ark was built and all were safely on board for the grand finale.

The judges, Mrs Vicky Robinson , Co Chair of Theatre By The Lake and Mr Richard Hodgson, a former member of Carlisle YFC had their work cut out judging the performances, but after much deliberation, first place was awarded to Raughton Head YFC. Drigg YFC took second place and Grayrigg YFC came third. George Mitchinson and Megan Gibson both from Raughton Head YFC won best actor and actress respectively.

All 3 clubs now go forward to the Northern Area Weekend, hosted by Yorkshire YFC on the 25th February.

Mar 2017 13

Six teams gathered at The George Hotel on Thursday 16th February to compete in the County final of the Inter Brainstrust Competition.

Competitors showed great skill in talking about topics which included; Brexit, the compulsory purchase of farm land, the use of renewable energy, the Cattle Herd Accreditation Scheme, childhood vaccinations, Donald Trump, rewilding of the uplands and national security.

The competing teams talked with confidence and knowledge, sharing their individual views on the topics and questioning the views of their team mates. The judges, Mr Alec Smith and Mr Craig Norman commended the teams on their debating skills and commented on how much they had enjoyed the evening.

The Lowick A YFC team of Alice and Will Longmire, Esther Lambert and Ruth Cooper were placed a well deserved first. Second place went to Longtown  YFC and third place went to Caldbeck YFC. All three teams now go onto compete at the Northern Area Weekend hosted by Yorkshire YFC on the 25th and 26th February.


Mar 2017 13


Saturday 4th January saw friends and family of the southern district young farmers congregate at The Lakes School, Windermere for the district final of the Entertainment Competition. Those gathered were treated to an evening of fun and laughter with young farmers showcasing the very best of their talents.

Crook took to the stage first, with an all singing and dancing production called “Show Business”. Emily Abbott and Leanne Wallace as Elsa and Anna received much applause for their “Frozen” rap, and would have given Honey G a run for her money!

Amy Hardy not only acted as the compere of the production, but also gave a spellbinding solo performance of “Dancing on My Own”.

Next on was Sedbergh with a fun filled extravaganza entitled “Noel’s Ark” which saw Mr Blobby and the Chuckle Brothers run riot whilst trying to help Noel build his ark. Connie Hodgson showed much promise as Magic Mike the hapless magician and Zak Baines and Mike Stainton were also lauded by the judges for their performance as two not very good comedians.

Proving the adage that the old ones are always the best, Kent Estuary YFC gave a very accomplished production of the Father Ted skit “Speed 3”, which saw Sam Wilkinson, as the lovable but dim Father Dougal speeding round the stage on a mobility scooter milk cart. Tom Nelson’s performance as Mrs Doyle was greatly enjoyed by the audience and judges alike.

The final production of the evening, “A Seagull’s Seaside Review” was performed by members of Grayrigg YFC. Seagulls Steve and Alan (aka Thomas Ridding and Peter Thompson respectively) had the audience in stitches with their antics and kept in character throughout the production. The dialogue between pensioners Ange (Caroline Todd) and Maxine (Alice Dixon) was both funny and endearing and all these little vignettes were intermingled with some superb and accomplished dancing from the beach girls and the Beach Ball Ballet Boys.

After much deliberation by the judges, first place was awarded to Sedbergh YFC Second place went to Grayrigg YFC , Crook YFC took third place and Kent Estuary YFC came fourth.  Best Actress was awarded to Amy Hardy, Crook YFC and Best Actor was awarded to Thomas Ridding from Sedbergh YFC.

The top 3 entertainments will now go forward to the County Final at Theatre by the Lake on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February. Tickets are available from the Theatre by the lake Box Office on: 017687 74411 (adults £8 and children under 16 £5).


Mar 2017 13

The best speakers in the County met at the George Hotel, Penrith for the final of Cumbria Young Farmers’ After Dinner Speaking Competition on Thursday 2nd February. Team members from Crook, Caldbeck, Raughton Head and Lowick YFCs showed great skill and confidence. All the competitors had clearly prepared their speeches, researching topics in great depth.

 The standard of the competition was exceptionally high, with speakers giving after dinner speeches on behalf of The Confederation of Bee Keepers, The Society of Plough Persons, The Great British Bake off Fan Cub and The Royal Society of Dentists. Those taking part in the competition took on the full characters and interests of those they were speaking on behalf of with members putting in appearances as; Robbie “Bee”ber, Susie Suds and Will Turner-Sod to entertain the audience.

Mr Frank Chester and Mr Craig Brough had a very difficult time judging the competition, but after some consideration they placed the Lowick YFC team of Alice and Will Longmire, Thomas Woodburn, Emma Cooper and Esther Lambert in first place, Raughton Head YFC’s  Ella Swainson, Euan Bulman, Amy Blamire, Victoria Baker and Grace Rothery took second place and Caldbeck YFC’s team of Emma Armstrong, Sam Booker, Laura Potts, Martin Bush and Rosie Thompson were placed third.

Meanwhile the finalists in the YFC Member of the Year (17 and under) competition were interviewed by judges Mrs Christine Knipe and Mrs Christina Story. This was an extremely closely fought competition with all of competitors giving excellent interviews of a very high standard. Mrs Knipe, Chief Executive of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society commented that she had never seen  such a high standard of competitors in all her time of judging, adding that any one of the competitors could represent Cumbria in the national rounds of the competition

The competitors each produced a cv and a personal statement. Following a presentation of their achievements, they were interviewed and given the opportunity to tell the judges about their interests, academic achievements and what career paths they hoped to follow. The results were very close with Ruth Cooper from Lowick YFC placed first, Brampton YFC’s Emma Atkinson placed second and Emilia Burbury from Raughton Head YFC placed third

The first 3 teams and competitors from both competitions will now go onto compete at the Northern Area weekend, hosted by Yorkshire YFC on the 25th February.


Mar 2017 13

 Junior Public Speaking and YFC Member of the Year County Final Competitions

Cumbria YFC’s County Finals of the Junior Public Speaking and YFC Member of the Year competitions were held at the George Hotel, Penrith on Thursday 26th January.

 Junior Public Speaking judges Mr John Geldard and Mrs Alison Wilson listened with great interest to young farmers aged 16 and under speaking on a whole host of fascinating and enlightening topics, which included; My hobby – running, Musical Instruments, Some like it hot (a trip to Borneo), My best holiday and My pets. The judges thoroughly enjoyed their night of judging and commented on how inspiring the talks that the younger members of Cumbria YFC had given, with those taking part obviously having spent much time and effort in practising and perfecting their talks.

 The Lowick YFC B team of Charlotte Mallett, Leah Clough and Luke Hodgson took a very well deserved first place. Emilia Burbury, Ella Swainson and Emma Hetherington of Raughton Head YFC came a close second and the Drigg YFC B team of Emily Pratt, Rosie Pratt and Billy Sibbald came a respectable third.

Nine Young Farmers from around the county were interviewed by retired County President Mr Stephen Brough, retired District Presidents, Mrs Helen Pickup (Northern District) and Mrs Carol Barker (Southern District)  for the honour of being named Cumbria’s YFC Member of the Year.

The judges were impressed with the quality of all the interviewees and their CVs, and it was a closely fought competition with Henry Knowles of Grayrigg YFC taking first place, Paul Barrow of Eden Valley YFC placed second and Alice Longmire of Lowick YFC taking third place.

The top 3 competitors and teams from both competitions will now go on to compete at the Northern Area Weekend hosted by Yorkshire YFC on the 25th and 26th February.



Jan 2017 18

The 6 Junior Reading team county finalists also competed at The George Hotel, Penrith on Thursday 12th January 2017. Teams of 3 read passages from “The Hobbit” by J.R.R.Tolkien. Judges, Helen Pickup and Sarah Ledger were both very impressed with the standards shown by those competing. The judges commented that the characterisation and understanding of the text was excellent and that competitors had done themselves proud.  


The winning Brampton YFC Team, consisting of; Grace Allen, Sade Burke and Charlie Hayton were presented with the Frank Gate Trophy. Second place went to; Ella Batey, Emily Storey and Lauren Bates of Wigton C. Wigton’s B team of; Ava Williams, Philippa Hall, and Caitlin Harrison came 3rd and   Pennine YFC’s team of Alice Fawcett, Rachel Hewitt and Rachel Bland came 4th.


The top 3 teams will go on to compete at the Northern Area Weekend, hosted by Yorkshire YFC on the 25th and 26th February 2017.


Jan 2017 18

Members and their guests from all over the south of the county attended the Cumbria Young Farmers 35th Annual Meeting of Cumbria YFC Southern District at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal on Friday 13th January 2017.


President, Mrs Maureen Boyren, welcomed all those present and spoke of what a privilege and great experience it had been, being the district President. She had attended a wide variety of competitions and meetings, including hedge laying, the junior rally and the tug of war which took place on an extremely wet and muddy field at Coniston. A few competitions had especially stood out; the radio show live, which had been great fun and really allowed the members to express themselves and the NFYFC finals of the choir at Blackpool, where Lowick YFC had given a beautiful performance.


Maureen went on to say that young farmers “came in many shapes, sizes and ages” with different aims and ambitions, but that Cumbria YFC provided opportunities too numerous to mention for all young farmers to have a go, try something different, learn a new skill and get involved.


Maureen brought her speech to a close by thanking all those officers and staff who had helped her during her year in office. She also thanked the members who had made her so welcome and commented that “young farmers are like a big family that keeps rolling on gathering new members”. Maureen finished by telling the young farmers what a great group of young people they were and wishing them every success and happiness in everything they do in the future.


Tracy Hodgson, The Southern District Chair, gave her Annual Report outlining a busy competition year with many clubs competing and achieving great success at both Northern Area and National Finals.  


The annual Field Day hosted by Broughton YFC had been a huge success and Broughton had done an excellent job organising the field day and dance and also managing to win the cup for the club with the greatest placing improvement. Kent Estuary won the much coveted Cock of the North Trophy to much jubilation from their club members.


Some of Tracy’s other competition highlights included the Southern District’s

Drama competition, where Kent Estuary were placed first with a drama written by their very own Emma Littlewood. Grayrigg members Kerry Stevens and Thomas Ridding also triumphed, winning best actress and actor respectively.


Tracy talked about the clubs individually in her speech, outlining the strengths and successes of each and highlighting Cartmel and Furness YFCs especially for their increased involvement in meetings and competitions. The year had seen a growth in club membership of between 8% and 63% and an overall district increase of 19% with 663 members across the 10 Southern District Clubs. The district had also raised a total of £12,629.58 for charity through a variety of activities, including whist drives, dances and a sledge push.


Tracy highlighted the importance of the relationship between Cumbria YFC and the Westmorland County Agricultural Society and thanked Chief Executive Christine Knipe for all her help and support over the years.


Finally, Tracy thanked all those who had helped her during her year in office; Social Secretary, Lizzy Wilson, Competitions Secretary, Catherine Park, Minutes Secretary, Esther Lambert, Stephen Rowlinson, the Southern District Treasurer, Maureen Boyren, the District President, the county office staff, Joanne Mills, Chief Officer and Anne Gargett, County Administrator and her partner, Oliver for their support and hard work during her year in office. Tracy went on to thank incoming Chair, John Longworth for his support as Vice Chair and wished him luck in his new role. The biggest thank you was saved until the last, with Tracy thanking the members for their “constant support and input” over the year.


Southern District Treasurer, Stephen Rowlinson began his report by thanking all the clubs for their hard work and input into the finances of the district. Stephen highlighted that the district finances were down by £5k on the year. This was due to a variety of reasons; slightly less money taken at dances and the loss of income now that members no longer undertook car parking duties. Funds spent on training and promotion continued to increase due to the number of successes that the district had enjoyed at national competitions and events.


Stephen reminded members that the last time he had reported a district loss was in 2003. He went on to say that following this earlier dip in finances, members and officials had come together and worked hard to build the finances back up and he hoped that the same thing would happen again.


Stephen finished his speech by thanking the Westmorland County Agricultural Society for all their support and specifically Christine Knipe for auditing the district accounts.


YFC members then proposed and seconded their officers for the ensuing year as follows: District President, Mrs Mary Gray, Vice President, Mr John Longmire

District Chair, John Longworth, Vice-Chair, Emma Metcalf, Stephen Rowlinson agreed to be Treasurer for his twenty ninth year, Vice Chair, Emma Metcalf, Minutes Secretary, Caroline Todd, Competitions Secretary, Olivia Muir and Social Secretary, Dan Asplin.


District President, Mary is a dr’s receptionist and has lived on the Holker Estate since 2000. She was an active member of Alton Young Farmers in Hampshire and became Club Leader for Cartmel YFC when the club re-formed.


John Longworth, the new Chair has been a member of Lowick young farmers for 7 years and before that was a member of Broughton young farmers for 5 years and has competed in many competitions and events over the years. John has held a variety club, district and county positions during his time as a young farmer and has recently been elected as Chair of the Northern District Field Day Cumbria 2018 Committee.


The trophies presented on the night were: – The Winter Competitions Trophy – Lowick YFC;   the Barter Shield for Speaking Competitions – Lowick YFC; the Harper Trophy for crafts- Grayrigg YFC; the Andrew Wilson Trophy for the member contributing most to a club’s development was awarded to Paul Barrow, Eden Valley YFC.  The Allan Wilson trophy for the most improved club was awarded to Crook YFC and the NFU Cup for Young Farmer of the Year was presented to Emma Metcalf, Eden Valley YFC. The ROC award for “outstanding contribution by an out of age member” in recognition of the help and support was awarded to Mr John Dickinson from Milnthorpe, an advisory member for Cartmel YFC.


New cups were donated and presented on the evening by; Mr John Geldard for Public Speaking, Mr and Mrs Pat Bell for the Junior Rally, Mr Daniel Asplin and Mrs Rebecca Cartwright for Call My Bluff and Mrs Maureen Boyren for the President’s Trophy. Members and clubs were delighted to receive these new cups and the Southern District will treasure them for many years to come.

Chair John Longworth with President Mary Gray

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The Northern District of Cumbria YFC held their 35th AGM at the Greenhill Hotel, Wigton with an audience of current members, officials and many young farmers from days gone by in attendance.

Northern District President, Mrs Helen Pickup, chaired the meeting and gave an enthusiastic and heartfelt speech, stating that our individual “footprints count”. She encouraged members to do their best and get involved so that they could get the very best out of their time at Cumbria YFC. 

Helen went on to tell those gathered about the highlights of her year in office. These included the Northern Area Weekend hosted by Cumbria in March 2016 and held at the Richard Rose Morton Academy. The excitement and jubilation at our members winning most of the trophies on offer made the weekend one to remember with pride. Another outstanding achievement in 2016 had been Brampton YFCs exceptional performance of their drama, “The Wrong Fifty”, which left hardly a dry eye in the theatre at Blackpool’s Opera House and went on to win 1st prize in the national drama competition.

After thanking Northern District officials and staff for supporting her in her year in office, Helen brought her speech to a close by telling the young farmers that “YFC is your signpost; to personal development, happiness and progression in life. Always have faith in yourselves…you are the future of rural Cumbria and I can see we are in good hands”.

Following on from Helen’s speech, Robert Carruthers and Matthew Emmott, the respective outgoing and incoming Northern District Chairs gave an over view of the year, praising our young farmers for their success in both district and national competitions. A specific highlight for Robert had been the Northern District Field Day, hosted by Drigg YFC and held at Calder Farm, Seascale by kind permission of the Fenwick family. The sun had shone and an excellent day was had by all.

Robert went onto tell those gathered about the increase in members, with 974 young farmers currently members of the 10 Northern District clubs, an increase of over 12% on the previous year. Robert commented that the future looked very good and he hoped that the upward trend would continue.

As Robert brought his speech to a close, he thanked all those who had helped him during his year in office, including; Helen Pickup (District President) Matthew Emmott (Vice Chair), Laura Potts (Social and Competitions Secretary), Laura Graham (Minutes Secretary) Lindsay Marrs (District Treasurer) and her assistant, Lisa Bowe, Joanne Mills (Chief Officer) and Anne Gargett (County Administrator), and Longtown YFC. The biggest thank you was saved until the last, with Robert thanking the Northern District members for their input and constant support throughout the year. Robert commented that “Being able to represent and support you all has been a real honour”.

District Treasurer, Lindsay Marrs followed on from Robert, reporting that £14,396  had been raised at the Field Day, the main fundraising event of the year, slightly down on last year, but still a good result. Thanks were expressed to Iggesund Paperboard Ltd, the main sponsor of the Field Day, whose support insured that the day was a great success. Finally, Lindsay thanked County Office, Robert Carruthers (District Chairman) and Lisa Bowe for assisting her in her duties over the past year.

The Young Farmers then proposed their new officers for the year as follows: – President Mrs. Amanda Place, Cockermouth. Vice-President, Mr Matthew Burbury,  Ivegill, Chairman, Mr Matthew Emmott, Greysouthen YFC, Vice-Chairman, Miss Laura Graham, Caldbeck YFC, Treasurer, Mrs Lindsay Marrs, Marrs Benson Accountants, Social and Competitions Secretary, Hannah Addison, Skelton YFC, and Minutes Secretary, Miss Emma Blaylock, Longtown YFC.

Incoming District President, Amanda is a physiotherapist and has worked for the NHS for over 30 years. She has been involved with Cumbria YFC for many years, as both her son and daughter have been members and has become increasingly involved, supporting her daughter Hannah in club and district roles.

New District Chair, Matthew has been a member of Greysouthen YFC since the age of 12, He currently runs a 2000 acre farm on the Inglewood Estate in Wythop, lambing 1300 swaledale ewes, whilst still helping out on the family farm.

Trophies presented on the night were: – Becklees Trophy for the Best Winter Competition results –
Caldbeck YFC. The Alan Bowe Trophy for the Young Farmer of The Year was presented to Miss Hannah Place, Greysouthen YFC and the Willie Whiteford Trophy for the Best Club went to Brampton YFC.

President Amanda Place with Chair Matthew Emmott


Dec 2016 14

County Quiz

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428 young people aged between 10 and 26 competed in the 2016 county wide Cumbria Young Farmers Quiz. After 4 gruelling rounds, the final 4 junior and senior teams met at the George Hotel, Penrith for what proved to be an entertaining and at times “nail biting” County Quiz Final.


The juniors competed first and got off to an exciting start with the scores in the first 3 rounds being very close. Penrith YFC and Raughton Head YFC vied for first and second place throughout. The final buzzer round saw Penrith YFC leave the opposition standing however, scoring an incredible 14 points. This secured a triumphant 1st place for Penrith YFC and team members; Joe Lyall, Rachel Lyall, Charlotte Wilson and Henry Wilson were delighted with their success. Raughton Head YFC were placed a hard- fought second and Lowick YFC and Eden Valley YFC came third and fourth respectively.


The senior quiz was equally inspiring with Greysouthen YFC and Eden Valley YFC neck and neck until the news round when Eden Valley pulled firmly ahead. The team compounded their success with an equally impressive lucky dip round, enabling the  team of Emma Metcalf, Paul Barrow, Ashley Herbert and Richard Drake to take a well-deserved first place. Caldbeck YFC came second, Greysouthen YFC third and Lowick YFC fourth.


Judges Mrs Linda Pigney (County President) and Mr Michael Graham (County Vice President) were impressed by the wide range of knowledge shown by the competitors and congratulated the winning teams on their success. Plaques from C and D Auction Marts Ltd were presented to the winning junior team, and glass tankards were presented to the winning senior team by Mr Dave McDonnell – Coy of Carrs Billington.


Two Cumbria YFC teams travelled down to the English Winter Fair in Staffordshire to compete in beef and pig live and carcase judging competitions on the 19th  and 20th  November with some great successes to report. Ian Smithson from Pennine YFC came 1st in the Senior Beef Live and 4th in the Individual competitions. Andrew Bateman from Grayrigg YFC was placed 4th in the Inter Beef Carcass and Matthew Fearon from Greysouthen YFC was placed 7th in the Senior Pigs Live competition. Cumbria A team were placed 10th and Cumbria B team 13th in the overall competition.



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