Apr 2015 16

Lots of laughter accompanied the Young Farmers’ County Final of the Just a Minute Competition.  Contestants spoke for one minute on a huge variety of topics, ranging from; Jeremy Clarkson, space, the General Election and budget airlines, without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

Judge Gordon Brown, enjoyed the evening and praised the competitors for their ingenuity and skill. Longtown’s team of Julie Denby, Paul Gardner, Emma Blaylock and Clare White proved to be the most skilled at the competition and were placed first.  Raughton Head were placed second and Grayrigg C were placed third.

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Mar 2015 31

Fantastic results for Cumbria YFC at Northern regional semi finals! Lowick coming 1st in Junior public speaking. Longtown coming 2nd in intermediate Brainstrust and Kent Estuary coming 2nd in the senior after dinner speaking. Also well done to Brampton coming 2nd in the Northern Region National Semi Finals of panto and very well done to Joe Bowman winning best Actor.

Well done to all and good luck to all competing in the National Finals!


Mar 2015 31

The YFC eliminator for the National Efficiency with Safety competition was held at Newton Rigg College on Saturday 14th March 2015, with machinery kindly loaned by Newton Rigg and Carrs Billington.
Dave Ross, Richard Gargett, Tony Jackson and Paul Clarke advised on health and safety throughout the day and judged a number of skill based activities:
Task 1 required competitors to carry out safety checks on a tractor, attach
a reversible plough and ensure that the machine was suitable for work. For task
2, competitors carried out a daily maintenance check on a tractor and three point
linkage hedge cutter before attaching the mounted hedge cutter to the tractor.
Task 3 required competitors to carry out tasks on a “cold” tractor, identifying faults
and answering judges questions on how these could be rectified.
Competitors put their driving skills to good use during task 4, where they
safety checked an ATV, hitched and loaded a trailer to it and then drove it
through a ‘set’ course as instructed by the Judge. During the course of the First Aid
Task a practical exercise involving a mock farm accident was staged and judged by
Shelagh Hickson of The British Red Cross.

The Greysouthen team of; Dave Wilson, Craig Fearon, Rob Graham and Andrew Gott
Came a well deserved first. Phil Mulcaster, Craig Coward, John Longworth and Jamie
Philipson from Lowick were placed second. The Penrith team of Ryan Mounsey,
Mark Fisher, Chris Riley and Michael Hunter came third.

All three teams are now through to the Northern Area Finals at the Northern Area

Field Day, to be held at Thirsk Auction Mart., on Saturday 27th June 2015.

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Mar 2015 31

Cumbrian Young Farmers descended en masse on Hexham at the weekend to compete against 10 other teams from the 6 Northern Counties.  Members took part in speaking and reading competitions, played Kwik Cricket and Dodge ball, danced and showed skill in the Jump Rope and performed their hearts out in panto over two very busy and fun filled days.

The Cumbria teams came away with a whole host of trophies and awards continuing their winning streak of previous years. Alice Longmire (Lowick) came 1st in the Member of the Year (17 and under) with Amy Swinbank (Eden Valley) 2nd and Joanne Ridley (Caldbeck) came 4th.

The Cumbria C team, of Robert Morley, Oliver Winspear and Mark – Lucas Winspear (Skelton) were placed 1st in the Junior Reading, all 3 giving very spirited readings of the “Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4”. Cumbria A team, consisting of Emma Hetherington, Emma Woods and Emilia Burbury (Raughton Head) came a well deserved 2nd. Whilst Rachael McCamish, Robyn Bowker and Abigail Marston (Kirklinton), Cumbria B team were placed 3rd.

The Cumbria B team of Emma Blaylock, Emma Swindlehurst, Paul Gardner and John Harrison (Longtown) triumphed in the Intermediate Brainstrust. Second place was awarded to Cole Stalker, Simon Barnard, Laura Mallinson and Joe Kidd (Skelton) of Cumbria C team. The After Dinner Speaking was won by the Cumbria A team; Emma Littlewood, Mark Hurst, Dennis Sharp, Aimee Sharp and Sam Wilkinson (Kent Estuary)

Hollie and Molly Simcock and Ellie Naylor (Drigg) of Cumbria B team performed well in the Junior Speaking Competition, coming 2nd. Whilst Mark Hurst (Aspatria) was placed 3rd in the Member of the Year competition.

Despite the wind and rain, Cumbria A team (Skelton) played well in the Kwik Cricket and were placed 3rd. Cumbria B team (Lowick) came a very creditable 2nd in the Dodge Ball. The two Jump Rope teams Cumbria B (Lowick) and Cumbria A (Caldbeck) were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Wigton continued their winning streak of 2014 and were placed 1st in the Commercial Dance competition.

Drigg, Brampton and Eden Valley all gave outstanding pantomime performances with Brampton placed 2nd and Drigg placed 3rd. Joe Bowman (Brampton) won the Best Actor award for his performance of Wishee Washee and Emily Jenkinson (Drigg) was placed second for Best Actress for her performance of Sinbad.

Finally, as the award for the Best overall Team was announced, The Queen’s Hall Theatre was filled with the sounds of cheers and jubilation as Cumbria A team triumphed over all others. Cumbria B and C teams were placed joint 4th.

Longtown’s Intermediate Brains trust team will now go forward to the National Regional Final at Retford on the 21st March and Brampton’s Panto will be performed there on the 22nd March.

The Commercial Dance, Jump Rope and Member of the Year Competitions go to the National Finals at the Annual Convention at Torquay on 25th and 26th April. The National Finals of all the other competitions will be at Stafford on 4th and 5th July.

Helen Graham, Cumbria B team Leader and Northern District Chairman said:

“To sum up- an absolutely fantastic weekend which showcased all of Cumbria’s outstanding talents from junior public speaking to Pantomime, always my favourite weekend of the year.”

Whilst Lucy Mason, Cumbria A team leader and Southern District Chairman commented that “Cumbria YFC showcased a brilliant display of talent with some fantastic results and showed that we are a major forced to be reckoned with”.

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Mar 2015 31

Theatre-by-the Lake, Keswick hosted the County Finals of the Panto Competition on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February. The atmosphere was charged with excitement and the audience were in a state of eager anticipation waiting to watch the top 5 district pantomimes.

The traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty was beautifully told by Crook YFC with actors resplendent in sumptuous costumes. The judges praised Princess Rosebud played by Annie Perris for her lovely singing voice, whilst the entire cast were praised for their dancing and in particular the umbrella dance.

The performances continued in fine style with Brampton’s polished and accomplished interpretation of Aladdin. The mother, son dynamic between Wishee Washee and Widow Twankey was very amusing, with Joe Bowman and Chris Laird giving excellent performances in their respective roles.

Saturday evening closed with Kent Estuary’s “Panto Pandemonium”, a mix of good, evil, tiny giants and a whole host of pantomime stories inter twined. Dennis Sharp and Sam Wilkinson as Spotty and Grotty respectively kept the audience entertained with their truly awful jokes whilst hamming it up as the evil sidekicks of Emma Littlewood’s wicked witch.

Drigg YFC, gave their all on Sunday night in their pantomime “All at Sea”, with strong performances from all cast members. The judges commented on the excellent costumes and dance routines and in particular the pirates singing and dancing.

Eden YFC provided the grand finale, with their very Cumbrian version of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The hill billy dance routines were entertaining and the use of karaoke added a fun twist. Craig Robinson as Bertha, Jack’s mother brought much merriment to the proceedings, whilst Emily Dickinson as Nellie Blether provided the link throughout the show.

After much deliberation, the judges awarded first prize to Brampton YFC, 2nd place went to Eden Valley YFC and 3rd place to Drigg YFC. Best Actor went to Joe Bowman as Wishee Washee and Best Actress was awarded to Kelly Cannon.

The top 3 competitors or clubs from all the competitions will go through to the Northern Area Weekend at Hexham on the 7th and 8th March.

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Mar 2015 31

Cumbria YFC’s County Finals of the Public Speaking (16 and under) and Situations Vacant competitions were held at the George Hotel, Penrith on Monday 16th February.

Public Speaking judges Frank Gate and Stephen Rowlinson heard 6 very competent speakers talking on topics which included; sheep dog trials, Leicester sheep, the Gosforth Show, the Scout movement and volunteering.  The judges remarked that all of the teams had extremely capable chairmen and proposers of the vote of thanks and that the final marking was very close indeed.

Wigton’s team of Ellie Skelhorn, Molly Gilroy and Ellie McCracken were placed a well deserved first.   Second were Molly Simcock, Ellie Naylor and Hollie Simcock from Drigg YFC and third were Lowick’s team of Ben Cooper, Emma Cooper and Robert Rowlinson.

The Situations Vacant Competition saw 6 young people interviewed for a variety of jobs by judges Pat Bell and Claire Willett. The judges commended all the contestants on their CV’s and personal statements and Pat said that all their interviews had been excellent, making the competition extremely hard to judge.

Emma Blaylock from Brampton YFC was placed first with Alice Longmire, Lowick YFC 2nd and Laura Mason, Kent Estuary 3rd.

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Mar 2015 31

The best After Dinner Speakers in the County met at the George Hotel, Penrith for the final of Cumbria Young Farmers’ After Dinner Speaking Competition on Thursday 5th February. Judges Nick Utting and Ian Walton were entertained by; The National Sheep Association, The British Apple Growers Society, The Followers of Strictly Appreciation Society and The National Aerobatic Kite Society.

Team members from Kent Estuary, Longtown, Crook and Penrith YFCs showed great skill and confidence in their delivery and embraced an interesting and comedic array of characters along the way. Granny Smith a member of The British Apple Growers Society reduced the audience to tears of laughter with a selection of apple and farming jokes. Will Power a life long member of The National Sheep Association entertained the audience with a mixture of old farming tales and his views on current sheep and dairy farming.

The standard of speakers was exceptional, with all participants clearly having researched their topics in great depth, enabling them to speak knowledgably about such diverse topics as; hurricane chasing, apple growing, sheep rearing and ball room dancing. The judges had a very difficult time judging the competition, but after some consideration they placed the Kent Estuary team of Emma Littlewood, Daniel Asplin, Dennis Sharp, Sam Wilkinson and Aimee Sharp in a very well deserved first place. The Penrith team of Laura Pettit, Martin Bush, Peter Bousfield, Emily Fisher and Charlotte Wilson came second. Sarah Robinson, Richard Carruthers, Martin Robinson, James Park and Emily Abbott from Crook came a very credible third.

Meanwhile the 6 finalists in the YFC Member of the Year (17 and under) competition were interviewed by judges Frank Chester and Pat Bell. This was an extremely closely fought competition with all 6 competitors giving excellent interviews of a very high standard. Former County President and long time judge Pat told those gathered that she “was so very proud of the young farmers and the future that was ahead of them”. Frank Chester went on to say that the standard had been incredibly high this year and that it had been one of the highest standard of competitions that he and Pat had ever judged.

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 Amy Swinbank from Eden Valley YFC placed first, Lowick YFC’s Alice Longmire placed second and Joanne Ridley from Caldbeck YFC placed third.

The first 3 teams and competitors from both competitions will now go onto compete at the Northern Area weekend at Hexham on the 7th and 8th March.

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Apr 2014 08

“Tinchel”, “Rabfak” and “Nobbins” were just some of the words the Cumbrian Young Farmers had to explain in the County Final of Call My Bluff.

Judges Alison Burbury and Frank Gate said they had had a highly amusing and entertaining evening and placed Caldbeck’s team of Chris Pears, Sarah Gate and Andy Bell first, with Emma Metcalf, Amy Swinbank and Sally Ewbank of Eden Valley second and Carlisle’s Dave Norman, Jenny Bell and Phil Williamson third.

This is the last public speaking competition of the season with Clubs now busily preparing for the Field Days which this year will be held at Hawkswell Farm, Ulverston on 17th May and Wood Hall, Hesket-new-Market on 7th June.

Call My Bluff Finalists 2014

Call My Bluff Finalists 2014


Mar 2014 31

“All farm subsidies should be removed”; “ Is renewable energy too heavily subsidised”; “Should animals be used for medical research”; these were some of the tricky topics debated by the finalists of the Cumbrian Young Farmers Senior Brainstrust competition. Judges Mr Jonathan Mason and Mr John Longmire said they had enjoyed the entertaining discussions and were impressed with the standard of debate . They presented the Midland Bank Perpetual Trophy to the winners from Crook YFC, Tom Redmayne, James and Matt Park and Sarah Carruthers. Edwin Holliday, James and Philip Mattinson and Michael Robinson for Aspatria YFC were placed second and Longtown’s Julie Denby, Sarah Priestly, Robert Carruthers and Richard Priestly were third.

Senior Brainstrust Contestants 2014

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Raughton Head came second in the National Northern Semi Final of the Entertainment Competition at Retford and will now compete in the Final at the Opera House, Blackpool on Saturday 10th May. County Chairman, Mark Curr will also compete that day in the YFC Member of the Year Competition. 500 Cumbrian Young Famers are attending the NFYFC Annual Convention at Blackpool that weekend so they should have plenty of support!

On the Sunday at the Annual General Meeting, Mr Willie Bendle of Kirklinton is being proposed as Life Vice President OF NFYFC in recognition of service to YFC over many years and CFYFC Chief Officer, Jan Davinson, is being proposed as Life Member of YFC in recognition of 17 years dedicated service to Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs.

This will be followed by Cumbria’s choir competing in the National Finals and Wigton and Skelton YFC’s in the Final of the disco dancing competition.

It should be some weekend!

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