Southern District Annual General Meeting

Jan 26, 2024  •  General

Thank you to everyone who attended the Southern District AGM last night at Kendal Rugby Club. It was another great evening with some excellent speeches and a chance for everyone to celebrate the district’s successes and achievements over the past year. The district also took the opportunity to  remember our dear Cumbria YFC Honorary Life Vice President, Mrs Olive Clarke OBE. JP. DL. FRAgS by holding a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.

The newly elected Southern District Officers for 2024 are:

President: Mr Stephen Park

Vice President: Mr Ken Gibson

Chair: Miss Georgia Hunter

Vice Chair: Miss Becca Denney

Minutes Secretary: Miss Brogan Jackson

Competitions Secretary: Miss Sophie Waller

Social Secretary: Miss Lucy Gibson and Mr Matthew King

Treasurer: Mr Stephen Rowlinson

Independent Examiner: Mrs Christine Knipe


Special Awards on the Night went to:

Craft Events (Walling/Hedging):    Harper Plate                                

 Grayrigg YFC


Public Speaking Events:  Barter Shield                                

Kent Estuary YFC


Winter Competitions: Winter Competitions Rose Bowl                

Kent Estuary YFC


Most Improved Club:  Allan Wilson Cup                          

Broughton YFC


Top Club: Procter Memorial Trophy           

Broughton YFC


Outstanding contribution by an out of age member:  R.O.C. Trophy                                 

Ken Gibson


Member contributing to a club’s development: Andrew Wilson Trophy              

Jack Fisher, Furness YFC


Young Farmer of the Year:  N.F.U. Cup                                     

Leah Clough, Lowick YFC


I Just Love YFC: Neil Sowerby Trophy                   

James Casson, Cartmel YFC


Special Contribution to SD YFC:  Maureen Boyren President’s Trophy      

Furness YFC Juniors                                                                           

Best Speech on Night:  John Longmire Trophy            

Natalie Waller, Sedbergh YFC


For a Member Who is Not in Office Who Deserves Recognition 

Chairperson’s Choice Award    

Becca Denney, Kent Estuary YFC


The district was very pleased to receive a new trophy this year in memory of Mr Raymond Rowlinson. The trophy was made by Grayrigg YFC members John and Aidan Handley who showed incredible skill and artistry crafting a metal tree stump and axe on a wooden base.

Raymond’s son and Southern District Treasurer, Mr Stephen Rowlinson gave a moving speech, talking of his Father’s interest in hedging and young farmers and he was delighted to present the “Raymond Rowlinson Memorial Trophy (21 and under)” to Aidan Handley.

After a Vote of Thanks given by the Southern District Junior Member of the Year, Maisie from Crook, Outgoing President, Phil Slater brought the meeting to a close. All agreed that it has been a fantastic night of speeches, laughter and catching up with friends past and present.