Northern District Field Day

May 11, 2024  •  General

A whole host of Cumbria Young Farmers and their supporters descended on Threapland Lees, Threapland, Wigton, on Saturday 11th May for the Northern District Field Day kindly hosted by the Bowness family and organised by Greysouthen YFC. 


With almost 60 competitions taking place on the day, there was plenty to see and enjoy. 

Longtown YFC’S Emma Blaylock, Jade Trotter and Falon put their creative skills to good use with with their Scrap Book placed 1st. Also taking 1st place in the Junior Skills with her cheerful Easter Bonnet was Jessie from Wigton YFC. Wigton YFC triumphed again in the Inter Skills with Erin placed 1st with her scary Halloween Mask. Amy Blamire’s Senior Skills spectacular iced Christmas Cake also took a very well-deserved 1st place. Continuing their winning streak, Abi Marston was placed 1st with her imaginative Dream Club Programme also for Raughton Head YFC. Showing incredible creativity was Jamie from Greysouthen YFC with his Open Miniature Garden placed 1st. 


Junior member, Kit from Penrith YFC was delighted to take 1st place with his carefully crafted Wooden Garden Planter. Owen Brown from Longtown YFC created an impressive Boot Stand for his 1st place Inter Metalwork submission and Longtown YFC’s Mark Holliday put great imagination and thought into his Senior Metalwork Bottle Holder which was also placed 1st. 


The Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling proved a popular draw on the day, With Robbie  from Raughton Head YFC and Rosie from Greysouthen YFC taking very well-deserved 1st places in the Men’s and Ladies under 10 stones category. Penrith YFC’s Jack and Kate Armstrong of Greysouthen YFC took 1st in the 10 to 13.5 stones male and female categories respectively and Thomas Gibson also of Greysouthen YFC was placed 1st in the over 13 stones category. 


As always, the floral art proved popular and the standard of competition this year was exceptional. Host club Greysouthen YFC, were thrilled that Steph Jarman won 1st place with her Seasonal Floral Display. Skelton YFC’s Anna Morley took a well-deserved 1st place in the Inter Christmas Door Wreath and Anna from Kirklinton YFC was delighted to be placed 1st with her Seasonal Flower Vase. 


Junior members across all clubs excelled in their competitions with James from Egremont YFC taking 1st for his Pedal Tractor Driving. Walton YFC triumphed in the Junior Superstars competition and Travis from Lamplugh YFC showed real skill winning 1st place in the Junior Photography competition with his Funny Animal photograph. Archie from Lamplugh YFC, Hannah from Greysouthen YFC and Tamsin from Raughton Head YFC all took very well-deserved 1st places in their respective baking classes and Janie from Walton YFC took 1st with her fantastic Vegetable and Fruit Animal.


 After a hectic, but fun filled day of competition the all- important results were announced and trophies were presented as follows; Raughton Head YFC won with 7904 points, ensuring that they carried off the Field Day Rally Cup. Longtown YFC came 2nd with 7476 points and Skelton YFC came 3rd with 7407 points. 4th – Greysouthen YFC (7398), 5th – Penrith YFC (7205), 6th – Kirklinton YFC (7131), 7th – Caldbeck YFC (6997), 8th – Wigton YFC (6919), 9th – Drigg YFC (6799), 10th – Brampton YFC (6078), 11th – Aspatria YFC (5995), 12th – Walton YFC (5905), 13th – Carlisle YFC (5591), 14th – Egremont YFC (4960), 15th – Lamplugh YFC (4201).

The day was extra special for Field Day Secretary, Amy Bowness, who commented “A huge congratulations to everyone who took part in competing! Also, a massive thank you to all our suppliers, judges, stewards and advisory for not only helping on the day but in all of the build up too, it is appreciated more than you will ever know! It was a slightly bizarre seeing an estimated 1400 people in the yard. It was a fantastic day, with people commenting that it was ‘the perfect field day’. To host the field day at home was originally my grandad’s idea, who unfortunately passed away last summer. The circumstances in which he died meant we were able to donate his organs and so programmes were sold to raise money for Organ Donation UK  and ITU Memory Boxes at CIC. It is estimated we have raised around £500 so far and we are still taking donations.”

Greysouthen YFC Field Day Chair, Sarah Emmott added “after being part of YFC for 18 years, I’ve never enjoyed a field day as much as this one, such a lovely atmosphere, fantastic venue and the sun shone all day long.”