Nov 2017 12

Over 60 teams comprising of nearly 400 Young Farmers took part in the YFC County Sports, descending en masse on Kirby Stephen Grammar School on Sunday 15th October. The threatened rain held off and the young farmers showed their sporting prowess in a fun filled day.

Skelton YFC showed great skill with the senior A team of; Helen Graham, Tom Peile, Lucy Peile, Laura Elliott, Jamie Dobinson, Simon Graham and Hannah Lilburn winning the mixed 6 a side Hockey. Kent Estuary YFC took 2nd place and Lowick and Egremont YFCs came 3rd and 4th respectively.

Mixed Ultimate Frisbee proved a popular sport, with teams throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the game, despite the somewhat blustery conditions! The Lowick YFC team of Alice and Will Longmire, Esther Lambert, Jamie Philipson, Sam Leech and Thomas Woodburn were placed 1st with Pennine YFC placed 2nd, Eden Valley YFC taking 3rd place and Kent Estuary YFC placed 4th.

The junior mixed Dodgeball provided spectators with some nail biting moments, with teams showing great skill and determination throughout the day. Kent Estuary YFC members; Rachel Cornthwaite, James Dickinson, Wilson Park, Ben Handley, Grace Handley, Josh Haddow, James Walmsley won a hard fought first place for Kent Estuary YFC. Skelton YFC C and B teams were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively and Caldbeck YFC came 4th.

The Jump Rope and Disco Dancing competitions proved to be the highlight of the day for many, with our young farmers delivering some truly amazing synchronised routines. Aspatria YFC took 1st place in the dancing, with Wigton YFC and Caldbeck YFC taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively and Drigg YFC coming 4th. Lowick YFC took a very well deserved 1st place in the Jump Rope. Kent Estuary YFC were placed 2nd and Furness YFC were placed 3rd.

Chief Steward, James Park from Crook YFC, kept the day on track and assisted County Chair Christina Coulthard in presenting certificates to the winning teams. Thanks to the following umpires and referees who gave their time so willingly to ensure the day was a great success; Robert Marrs, John Longmire, Dave Norman, Kim Balmer, Kim Lupton, Matthew Burbury, Dan Bargh, Kerry Stevens, Maureen Boyren, Lucy Thomas and Glenys Lumly and to all the stewards who made sure that all the teams were iI the right place at the right time!

The top 3 teams in each sport will now represent Cumbria at the Northern Area Finals hosted by East Riding in February.


May 2017 16

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A bright and sunny morning saw members from the 15 Northern District young farmers clubs gather at Hopes Auction, Wigton on Sunday 9th April. The proceedings got off to a lively start with junior, intermediate and senior members donning their white coats and judging 4 butcher’s lambs, 4 dairy cattle, 4 butcher’s beef cattle and 4 breeding sheep. As well as placing the animals, those competing were tasked with giving their reasons to the judges; Richard Graham, John Bushby, Andrew Carter, James Creighton, Steven Stoddart, David Bowman, John Longmire, David Bowe, Ross Pattinson, John Ackley, Philip Elliott, and Neil Marsden. The results of the stock judging were not announced on the day, as these results will be added to the scores on the field day.


After a well- earned lunch break, where a huge quantity of pie and chips were consumed, weigh in having been in the morning, the afternoon’s Tug of War proceedings commenced. Judges; Clare Johnson, Judith Emmott and Derek Wilson took to the field with the mixed juniors competing first off, with the youngest members of clubs showing some real promise and giving their all. Next up was the ladies competition, with those taking part showing a great deal of skill and determination. 


Finally, as the afternoon drew to a close, the men’s competition got under way. This clash of the Titans saw old adversaries competing against each other and held those gathered to watch enthralled and on tenter hooks until the very end.


As the results were read out by Chief Steward, Craig Brough, teams and spectators alike agreed it had been a very good afternoon of sport.


The results were as follows;


 League 1 of the Mixed Juniors was won by Skelton YFC, with Caldbeck YFC coming second. League 2 was won by Kirklinton YFC with Greysouthen YFC placed second.


The Ladies League 1 was won by Greysouthen YFC with Penrith YFC placed second. League 2 saw Caldbeck YFC take first place and Skelton YFC take second place.


League 1 of the Men’s competition was won by Brampton YFC, with Greysouthen YFC taking second place. League 2 was won by Skelton YFC with Caldbeck YFC placed second.


These teams will now compete at the Northern District Field Day on Saturday 13th May at Langrigg House, Langrigg, Wigton by kind permission of the Lee family.

Skelton and Carlisle Tug of War teams

May 2017 16


Much laughter accompanied the Young Farmers’ County Final of the Just a Minute Competition on Thursday 30th March at The George Hotel, Penrith.  Young farmers spoke for one minute on a variety of topics, including; packing a suitcase, Cumbria, Learning to drive, Brexit and elastic bands  without hesitation, repetition or deviation.


Judge Richard Hodgson, thoroughly enjoyed the evening and praised the competitors for their skill, humour and ingenuity. Caldbeck YFC’s A team of; Rosie Thompson, Beth Robson, Sarah Gate and Jack Lightfoot proved to be the most skilled at the competition and were placed first.  Drigg YFC were placed second, Caldbeck B were placed third and Lowick A fourth.


This is the last County Final competition of 2016/17 as the young farmers will now be concentrating on preparing and practising their skills for the forthcoming Northern District Field Day which will take place on Saturday 13th May at Langrigg House House Farm, Langrigg, Wigton, CA7 3LH by kind permission of the Lee family.

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.



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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.


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