Kent Estuary Young Farmers
Welcome to the Kent Estuary Young Farmers Website. Hopefully after having a look through this page, you have a better idea of what Young Farmers do.
Kent Estuary has well over 50 members and is growing with new members each week. At the start of the new young farmers year each member pays their subs; juniors pay £15 and intermediate and seniors pay £20 which goes towards the national levy and general running of the club and competition entries. Kent Estuary is proudly sponsored by PV Dobson & Son from Levens. Our chosen charity this year is the Special Care Baby Unit at the Lancaster Royal Infirmary.
All in all, our aims are to grow as a club, learn new skills, meet new people and most of all, HAVE FUN!!
Being a young farmer is a hell of a lot of fun!! Recently our junior members enjoyed the junior rally in which they go round loads of different games and challenges and basically have fun; it is nice for them to interact with the other clubs too. The Intermediate and Senior members also have a similar competition which is the Carrs Billington Challenge.
Thre are various different sports competitions for all members to enjoy throughout the year. This year the juniors played 5 a side football and the seniors played hockey.
We meet monthly at the Gilpin Bridge Inn or the Levens Institute (for details contact the Secretary Jen Houlsworth - see KEYFC Facebook page). After the meeting we try to arrange a talk or organise something like a fun road show which the juniors always seem to enjoy.
Intermediate and senior members have pleanty of socials to enjoy too.
Field Day Fun
One of the main events of the Young Framers year and the one that everyone always looks forward to is the Field Day which is a day full of different competitions for all members to enjoy. The field day is held sometime in May. Each year one club (or two smaller clubs combined) take their turn to host the day. A few months before the field day each club in the district receives a list of all of the competitions. Around a quarter of these are classed as pre-field day competitions which have to be handed to the judges around one month before the field day to be judged. These could include photography, craft and metal and wood work.
There is a very wide range of competitions to do on the actual day some of these could include:
This wide range of competitions gives all our members a chance to do at least one thing.
Once all of the points have been added up, the results are read out. There are lots of different trophies to be given out for all of the various events like the stock judging. cooking and flower arranging. Also there is a trophy for the club who wins most points in the pre field day competitions. But all of these build up the the main event, the Cock of the North Trophy for the club with the most points altogether!! Kent Estuary have won this a fair few times over the years. It's a great day for everyone who competes and everyone always has fun.
Take a look at the Cumbria YFC website www.cumbriayfc.co.uk
Take a look at the National website www.nfyfc.org.uk
President – Mrs Janet Ferguson
Vice President – Mr Neil Shaw
Chairman – Mr Daniel Asplin
Vice Chairman – Mr Richard Lawrence and Mr Michael Lawrence
Secretary – Miss Jen Houlsworth
Treasurer – Miss Abby Bland
Vice Treasurer – Miss Lauren Stewart
Programme Secretaries – Miss Rebecca Wilkinson and Miss Emma Littlewood
Social Secretary – Mr Liam Robinson and Mr Nathan Dobson
Stock Judging Officers – Mr Bob Lawrence
Minutes Secretary – Miss Sarah Elliott
Club Leaders – Mrs Lisa Inman and Mr Lee Simpson
Junior Speaking District Final:
Team A = 3rd
Junior Speaking County Final:
Team A = 5th
Senior Debating District Final:
Kent Estuary = 1st
Senior Debating County Final:
Kent Estuary = 1st
Open Call my Bluff District Final:
Open call my Bluff County Final:
County Quiz District Final:
Senior Team A = 2nd
County Quiz County Final:
Senior Team A = 3rd
Senior Public Speaking District Final:
Emma Littlewood = 1st
Sam Wilkinson = 4th
Visits and Talks
Through out the year, our programme secretary(s) try to organise a wide range of different talks and visits for us all to enjoy to try and keep us interested.
Hopefully some of the things we learn will help is in some of the competitions we enter such as flower arranging and it may give some people the confidence to do it after they have seen how it easy it is.
Some examples of the talks / demonstrations we are having or have had in the past are :-
Some of the competitions throughout the Young Farmers year include: -