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Young Farmers' Club

Young Farmers' Club

 

 

Yarcombe and District Young Farmers are a charitable organisation for the young farming and local community in the surrounding areas of Yarcombe.   The club was founded in 1947 and since that date we have been running strong as one of the biggest clubs in Devon.   Members are between the ages of 15 to 27 and take part in many activities within YFC including public speaking, stock judging, charity fundraising, sport, acting, many social events and skills for life activities.

Over the past years we have held many of our own events including our annual foam and water parties, charity duck race, fancy dress raft race, bingo, harvest supper and much more.   Members have been on scholarships to many different parts of the world, entered many competitions and gained lots of skills.

Ultimately we are a club of likeminded young people who have lots of fun!

 

 


July 2017:

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The club undertook their community project for the year at the beginning of July.   Members helped to paint the inside of Yarcombe Village Hall on Sunday 16th July.   Thank you to members Liam, Sarah, Emma, Peter, Andrew and to George Pigeon, Susan Parris and Diana Dyer for helping.

Additionally, 25 members took part in a charity cycle ride around the local villages on Saturday 22nd July.   Members cycled approximately 12 miles starting at the Howley Tavern stopping at the Candlelight Inn and The York before finishing at the Sidmouth Arms.   The cycle ride raised £160 to be put towards the donations to the club’s charities this year – Exeter and Musgrove Hospitals’ Neonatal Units and Over the Wall.

Numerous members had entries for Honiton Show, with several first and second place prizes so well done to all those who entered.   Also well done to Liam Dare who won the Overall Points Cup for Men!   The club cubicle had a theme of British Farming which came a fantastic 2nd place, well done to Emma Hurford, Lydia Hartnell and all those involved.   The club’s scrapbook also came second and the promotions board in third place.

Upcoming Events:
23rd September Harvest Supper at the Manor Rooms, Upottery.   For more details and tickets contact Sarah Broom on 07557514453
25th September Yarcombe Young Farmers AGM at Yarcombe Village Hall

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary


June 2017:

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Yarcombe and District YFC celebrated their 70th anniversary with a weekend of events on the 23/25th June.   The weekend started with the Anniversary Ball on Friday 23rd June at Hugginshayes Farm.   Over 500 people attended the black tie event with money raised going towards our charities for 2017: Exeter’s Neonatal Unit, Musgrove’s Neonatal Unit and Over the Wall.   Attendees danced to The Lateshift and Your Perfect Night, were served food by the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery and drinks by Heywood Bars.

Then on Sunday, a celebratory lunch was held with 400 past, present and future members attending.   Attendees enjoyed a 2 course lunch by Cottage Caterers followed by speeches including from the guest speaker James Morrish (Kivells Auctioneer and former Activities Chairman of National Federation of Young Farmers).   A commemorative photo was then taken by Martin Smith Photography of the Chairmans, Secretaries and Treasurers of the past 70 years.

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had by all those who attended.   A massive thank you goes to all those who supported the weekend, current and past members, families and friends who gave up their time to help prepare for the weekend events and made sure everything ran smoothly.   The club is in such a strong position because of the people supporting it and without the support we would never have been able to celebrate the 70th Anniversary in the way we did.

Additionally, on the 2nd of July, the men’s 5 a side team travelled up to Stafford for the National Final.   The boys came a fantastic 3rd so well done to the squad – David Laramy, James Vinning, Matthew Broom, Neil Parris, Oli Hine, Robert Dyer and Tom Olive!

Upcoming Events:

11th August Yarcombe YFC presents their Annual Foam Party at Hill Shed, Stockland Hill.   By kind permission of the Broom family.

23rd September Harvest Supper at the Manor Rooms, Upottery. More details to follow.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary


May 2017:

The young farmers' summer officially started on Friday 12th May as we hosted the first barn disco of the year at Eastleigh Farm, by kind permission of the Hopkins family.   There was a fantastic turnout for the event and all members had an enjoyable night.   A friendly Tug of War competition took place before with 5 teams entering.   Thank you to Kate and Rachel Hopkins, Dan Olive and their families for their hard work in hosting the event.

Devon County Show took place on the 18th -20th of May with many members entering various classes.   The club’s promotion board came 4th out of 20 entries and the club cubicle with a theme of ‘Around the World’ came 14th out of 40. Well done to all those involved.

Sarah Broom won the H. Samuel Cup for best Overall Club Floral Exhibit having received the full 50 marks for her arrangement.   Sarah also won the 21 and over floral class which means she will represent Devon at the National Finals at Malvern Show in September.   Well done Sarah and good luck for September!   Well done also to Michelle Allen who won the Senior Textile Cup!

Over 30 members attended the Devon County Show Dance on Saturday 20th May at Matford Centre, Exeter.   A good time was had by all.

The club have celebrated their 70th Anniversary in June by holding an anniversary ball and celebratory lunch.   The club are delighted with the support they have received from the local communities to both events.   A full report on the weekend will follow next month.

Upcoming Events:

11th August: Yarcombe YFC presents their Annual Foam Party at Hill Shed, Stockland Hill, by kind permission of the Broom family.   More details to follow!

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary


April 2017:

April has been a busy month for the young farmers, starting off with the annual ploughing match on the 17th April.   14 members took part with many members attending the event.   Peter Grabham won the novice class and was named overall champion, so well done Peter!   Thank you to our judges Mr D Hurford and Mr Jenkins, Arnold Dare for allowing us to use the field and all the members who helped organise the event.

40 members travelled down to Torquay on the 21st-24th April for the National Young Farmers Annual Convention.   Over 5,000 young farmers from across the county attended, with many events taking place over the weekend.   Evening entertainment included a fancy dress theme of ‘Prince and Princesses’, a club shirt night and Radio 1 DJ’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark.   All members had an very enjoyable weekend and are looking forward to next year’s event in Blackpool.

The club also held their annual show and sale at Sedgmoor Auction Centre on Saturday 29th April.   There was a fantastic turn out with members entering British Blue Cross Steers and ewes and lambs.   Twelve members showed their British Blue Cross Steers with Liam Dare’s steer awarded Champion and Oli Hine’s winning best presented.   Twenty-eight members showed their ewes and lambs with Paul Doble winning Best Pen of Ewes and Lambs and Fiona Laramy awarded with best presented.   The Overall Champion of the Show and Sale was awarded to Paul Doble’s ewes and lambs.

As we get closer to summer, the club are now looking forward to their upcoming 70th Anniversary celebrations taking place on the weekend of the 23rd-25th June:

Friday 23rd June: 70th Anniversary Ball at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery. 8pm to late, dancing to The Lateshift, and Your Perfect Night Disco. Buffet, photographer and welcome drink included.   Tickets £25, rising to £28 from 1st June.   Booking forms available from Kate Hopkins on 07746820319 or from the Facebook page.

Sunday 25th June: 70th Anniversary Past, Present and Future members lunch.   A celebratory lunch for all members, family and friends of the club, 11.30 for 12pm start at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery.   A two course sit down lunch, with speeches and activities to mark the occasion.   Adult tickets £15, Children aged 11-14 £10, Children 5-10 years £5 and under 4s free.   There will be children’s activities and games throughout the event.   Booking forms available from Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary
 


March 2017:

The start of Spring has been a slightly quieter period for the Young Farmers with the main event being the East Devon Stockjudging day.   Practices for both beef and sheep were held for members leading up to the event with James Burrough kindly taking the time to teach members.   The actual Stockjudging day took place on the 2nd April.   Participating members did well with all of them gaining places so well done to Peter, Jack and Matt.   Also, well done to Liam Dare who came first in the dairy class, and came second in lambs, rams, pigs and beef classes which meant overall he won the overall senior points cup.

Members have also been participating in pub sports over the last few weeks.   Skittles, darts and pool matches have taken place against other East Devon clubs.   Currently the teams have experienced mixed results but seem to be improving with each game played.

On the 5th April, 50 members went down to the new Halse South West site and were treated to a tour around the new buildings.   The tour was very informative and insightful, and members thoroughly enjoyed their evening.

Upcoming Events:

Friday 23rd June: 70th Anniversary Ball at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery. 8pm to late, dancing to The Lateshift, and Your Perfect Night Disco.   Buffet, photographer and welcome drink included.   Tickets £25, rising to £28 from 1st June.   Booking forms available from Kate Hopkins on 07746820319 or from the Facebook page.   TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Sunday 25th June: 70th Anniversary Past, Present and Future members lunch, 11.30 for 12pm start at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery. Booking forms available from Sarah Broom on 07557514453 from the 1st of May

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary


February 2017:

                 

       

Yarcombe’s sporting success has continued into Spring, with the ladies and men’s 5 a side football teams competing at the Devon Competition round on Sunday 26th February in Okehampton.   Both teams convincingly won their respective tournaments and were named Devon YFC champions.   Unfortunately the girls’ competition did not go any further, but the boys’ competition continued to South West Area.   This competition was held on the 4th March in Newquay, where the boys won the tournament and became ‘South West Area Champions’.   Well done to all those involved and good luck for the national round taking place later this year.

The club had a visit from the Bishop Robert Attwell of Exeter on Monday 27th February.   Members met the Bishop at Wellhayes Farm, Cotleigh and had a farm tour and lunch before discussing the current issues facing farming today.   Thank you to the Broom family for hosting the event.   The club felt very privileged to be the only young farmers club chosen in Devon to host the Bishop during his tour and members enjoyed their day.

On the weekend of the 3rd-5th March, over 40 members travelled down to Newquay to attend the fun-packed South West Area Activities Weekend.   As well as competing in the football tournament, some members attended an insightful Agri forum discussion.   The first night was a black tie event and the Saturday night was ‘animals’ themed fancy dress event.   An enjoyable time was had by all members and members are now looking forward to the National AGM taking place in April.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday 29th April Yarcombe’s YFC Show and Sale @ Sedgemoor Market
Friday 23rd June 70th Anniversary Ball at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery. 8pm til late

Booking forms available from Kate Hopkins on 07746820319 or from the Facebook page from the 1st of April
Sunday 25th June 70th Anniversary Past, Present and Future members lunch, 11.30 for 12pm start at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery. Booking forms available from Sarah Broom on 07557514453 from the 1st of May

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary
 


January 2017:

 

The new year has continued to be busy for young farmers with plenty of activities taking place.   Firstly the club held a whist drive on the 21st of January at Yarcombe Village Hall. Members were given a practice session a few weeks before in preparation.   The whist drive was well attended with over 80 people playing.   Brian Denslow took first prize for the Men’s Whist and Susan Parris took first prize for the Ladies.

The East Devon Entertains Competition took place on the weekend of 27th and 28th of January at Exmouth Pavilions.   The club came a brilliant third place with their performance of ‘Saved By the Bell’.   Liam Dare was also nominated for Best Actor and Fiona Laramy nominated for Best Actress.   A massive well done to the cast and backstage crew and everyone else involved!

The weekend also saw the results of East Devon Junior Member of the Year with Peter Grabham coming joint third.   The conclusion of Senior Member of the Year also took place on the Saturday night with on stage interviews.   Liam Dare represented the club and came second in the competition.   Congratulations to both Peter and Liam!

We held a rerun of our entertains on the 5th February at Axminster Guildhall.   The event was well attended and guests enjoyed extra entertainment as Yarcombe did their very own version of ‘Mr and Mrs’.   On the same day, East Devon held their 5 a-side football competition.   Both Yarcombe’s boys and girls teams came first and now go onto county round in a few weeks time so good luck to all those involved.

February marks the start of the East Devon pub sports competitions.   In preparation over 30 members attended the club’s skittles throw off at the Sidmouth Arms on the 14th January.   Teams were selected on the night and are now awaiting their upcoming fixtures.   Pool and Darts throw offs are to take place shortly.

SAVE THE DATE:
23rd-25th June : Yarcombe YFC 70th Anniversary Weekend of Celebrations at Hugginshayes Farm, Upottery. Starting with the 70th Anniversary Ball on Friday 23rd June and a Past, Present and Future members lunch on Sunday 25th June. More details to follow

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.
Laura Dare, Press Secretary

Upcoming Events: For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary


December 2016:

The Christmas period was a particular busy time for young farmers.   The events started with the club Christmas meal attended by 36 members at the York Inn on 6th January.   This was followed by the annual Christmas Meeting on the 12th December.   Members took part in decorating yule logs, creating Christmas cards and auctioning them all off for our chosen charities.

On the 16th December several members visited 6 local pubs, participating in carol singing and entertaining the locals, again raising money for our chosen charities which are the neonatal units at both Exeter Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital, and Over the Wall.

December also saw over 100 members travel down to the Matford Centre for Devon YFC Christmas Ball on the 17th.

50 members also went to Marshwood Ball at Freshwater Beah Holiday Park on the 23rd of December.

As we begin the New Year the focus for many members is the preparation towards the East Devon Entertains Competition at the end of the January.

Upcoming Events:

5th February Yarcombe YFC presents a re-run of ‘Saved by the Bell!’ and ‘Mr and Mrs’ at Axminster Guildhall. Tickets on the door, curtains up at 2.30pm.

23rd-25th June SAVE THE DATE: Yarcombe YFC 70th Anniversary Weekend of Celebrations.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary
 


November 2016:

Yarcombe Young Farmers have had a very busy November with various events taking place.   Firstly, a bus full of members went to Cheltenham races on the 13th of November, not everyone came back in the money but a good time was had by all.

Yarcombe’s Netball Team competed at the Devon round on the 20th of November.   The girls came a brilliant 3rd, a pretty good effort considering they all attended Somerset Ball the night before.

On the 26th of November, we hosted our annual Wine and Wisdom at Yarcombe Village Hall.   With 24 teams competing and plenty of wine consumed it was Rachel Tucker’s team who were victorious for the second consecutive year!   Members have also been busy taking part in a foot trimming course, 10 members have attended the course in the last few weeks in association with the Laura Persey Trust.

As we approach Christmas, the young farmers calendar intensifies with entertains practices, Christmas meal, turkey plucking, carol singing, Devon Ball and Marshwood Ball all taking place in the next few weeks!

Upcoming Events:
21st January:           Whist Drive at Yarcombe Village Hall, 7.30 for 8pm start
28th/29th January:   East Devon YFC Entertains Final, Exmouth Pavilions

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary


October 2016:

October has continued to be a busy month for young farmers with both sport and speaking competitions.   Firstly, Yarcombe had a team participate in the Devon YFC Mixed Hockey Competition on Sunday 9th October.   This was followed by an After Dinner Speaking Competition on the 19th October.   The team consisting of Andrew, Liam, Lydia, Emma and Robert came 3rd with Andrew winning best male speaker.

The club then held their Autumn Disco at Stockland Village Hall on the 21st of October.   The disco was well attended and a good night was had by all.

On the 30th of October, Yarcombe had two teams participate in the East Devon Netball Competition.   Both teams played extremely well coming first and third.   The team will now go on to represent East Devon at County Round in a few weeks’ time.

Lastly, over the past year, the club has been raising money to support two local charities and on October 24th we officially presented our donations.   We managed to raise £3,500 for Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance and £2,500 to Devon Young Farmers to help fund the new rural hub for future young farmers.   We would like to thank all members, family and friends for their continued support and for helping us raise this money.

Upcoming Events:

6th December Christmas Meal at The York
16th December Carol Singing
21st January Whist Drive at Yarcombe Village Hall, 7.30 for 8pm start

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary

       


September 2016:

The arrival of Autumn signalled the start of a new young farmers’ year, with the AGM taking place on the 26th September.   As new officers were elected, Liam, Sarah and Antony took over as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.   We would like to thank Martin, Kate, Morris and their team for a great year and wish the newly elected officers a successful year ahead.

Over the last few weeks’ members have been busy participating in speaking competitions including Just a Minute, Call My Bluff and Brainstrust.   Our teams have all performed well with Jacqui, Andrew and Liam winning the group round of Call My Bluff. Jacqui and Andrew were also selected to represent East Devon for Just A Minute so well done to them!

We held our annual new members meeting on the 10th October, where we welcomed several new faces to the club.   Alongside playing numerous games, we informed the new members about who we are as a club and the forthcoming YFC activities.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday 26th November:   We will be hosting a Wine and Wisdom at Yarcombe Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Teams of 6 and no under 18s, to book a table contact Kate on 07746820319.

Save the Date:   Yarcombe YFC have reached their 70th year and to celebrate there will be a weekend of celebrations on 23rd-25th June 2017, with more details to follow in the new year.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Liam Dare on 07854404821 or our secretary Sarah Broom on 07557514453.

Laura Dare, Press Secretary
 


August 2016:

We held our annual water party on Friday 12th August at Hoemoor Farm, Upottery by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Phillips.   We held TOW first; there was a bar, BBQ and lots of water.   A massive thank you goes to all the members and advisory for all their help. Everybody had a fun filled evening.

Our Harvest Supper is going to be held in Stockland Village Hall on Sunday 25th September at 7.30 for 8pm.   On Monday 26th September we will be holding our club AGM where we look forward to members taking on their new roles for the forthcoming year.

Our new members meeting is being held on Monday 10th October at 8 o’clock in the Manor Rooms, Upottery.   Please come along to see what young farmers is all about!

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary
 


July 2016:

We held a charity bed push on Saturday 16th July.   Members set off at 2pm at The Howley Tavern pushing their beds to The Flintlock, then onto The Candlelight and The York, finishing up at The Sidmouth Arms at 7pm.

We had a tour of Ford Abbey Goat Farm on Thursday 28th July which was very interesting.

On Sunday 31st July, we organised charity ferret racing.   There was a great turn out and everyone had a fun time.

Thursday 4th August was the day of Honiton Show.   Both the boys and girls tug of war teams pulled at the show, both coming a fantastic 2nd.   Our club cubicle was placed 3rd and both our club scrapbook and promotional board came 2nd. A massive well done and congratulations goes to all members who represented Yarcombe YFC at the show where we came 2nd in the club with most points.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary


June 2016:

Summer is now in full swing with Tug of War and barn discos most Friday nights.

We held our annual foam party on Friday 1st July at Harrisons Farm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Perry.

Tug of War was held first with many boy and girl teams competing from clubs around Devon.   A massive thank you goes to all members and advisory with the preparation of the shed, BBQ and the bar.   The night was well attended and a fantastic night was had by all.

After our club meeting on Monday 4th July at Harrisons Farm, we had a club social evening full of fun and games and a BBQ.

We have many events to look forward to over the next couple of months including a charity bed push, charity ferret racing, our annual water party and Honiton Show.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary


May 2016:

On Saturday 14th May, we held our community project.   Members went down to Upottery churchyard where they helped with trimming trees, standing gravestones up and gave the churchyard a general tidy up.

Devon County Show was held on 19th to 21st May.   The club entered a club scrapbook which came 6th out of 31 and a club cubicle with the theme of ‘My Favourite Place’ which came 12th out of 31.

Both the boys and girls Tug of War teams went down to the show on Saturday and pulled against clubs from around Devon.

The Saturday evening was the Devon County Show Dance, where members filled a bus and went down to the Exeter Livestock Centre and had a fun evening.

There are many exciting events coming up over the summer, like our annual foam party on Friday 1st July and the Devon YFC paint party on Saturday 30th July.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.
 

Alice Quick, Press Secretary
 


April 2016:

With summer approaching, members have been very busy with many events and competitions.

On Wednesday 20th April some members enjoyed an evening at AirHop in Bristol. Everyone enjoyed themselves but were exhausted by the end of the evening!

We held a disco on Friday 22nd April at Stockland Village Hall with a theme of ‘Royalty’ celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Our annual Show and Sale was on the Saturday 30th April at Sedgmoor Auction Centre.   There was a fantastic turn out with members entering British Blue Cross Steers, pigs and ewes and lambs.   Thirteen members showed their British Blue Cross Steers.   Oli Hine’s steer was awarded Champion and Tom Hine’s won Best Presented.   This was the second year that pigs were entered into the Show and Sale.   Nineteen members entered their pigs where Best Pair of Pigs was won by Jack Burrough and Best Presented was won by Kate Hopkins.   Twenty-one members showed their ewes and lambs.   Kate Hopkins’ won Best Pen of Ewes and Lambs and Best Presented was won by Sarah Broom.   The Overall Champion of the Show and Sale was awarded to Kate Hopkins’ ewes and lambs.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary


March 2016:

The cast and crew made their way to Cheltenham on Sunday 20th March to perform ‘Weevils in my Biscuits’ in the Southern Area round of drama performances.   They did their best ever performance and came a fantasic 3rd!   A massive well done to the cast and everyone involved.   Also, a big thank-you goes to all family and friends for their support and help over the last few months whilst we have been practising and performing.

On Sunday 10th April we had a very successful day Stock Judging against other clubs in East Devon.   We came second, so well done to all members who took part.

We have some very exciting events coming up including AirHop in Bristol, our ‘Royalty’ Disco at Stockland Village Hall on the 22nd April, celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, and our annual Show and Sale held at Sedgmoor Livestock Market on Saturday 30th April.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary
 


February 2016:

After winning the East Devon round of drama performances, Yarcombe YFC went on to represent East Devon in the Devon Round on the 14th February at The Palace Theatre, Paignton.   They performed against other winning clubs of Devon.   Fantastically we won!!   We then had our re run of our drama performance at Axminster Guildhall on Sunday 28th February.   It was lovely to perform our winning performance in front of local people.   Following the performance we held an auction of promises, items included were, one cake a month for a year, a cream tea for two and a floral bouquet.   The auction raised a brilliant £1,709 for our charities this year.   A massive thank you goes to Will Wallis of Greenslade Taylor Hunt for auctioning off all the items for the sale, to the companies and members who donated items for the auction and to everyone who helped out on the day.

The South West Area activities weekend was held between the 4th and the 6th March in Weymouth.   A total 43 members went up for a fun packed weekend and all had an enjoyable time.   The first night was a black tie event and the Saturday night was a ‘bright and tight’ silent disco.   The weekend also included sport, public speaking, debating competitions and the drama competition.   This is where we represented Devon and came 2nd.   We now go onto represent the South West Area, alongside the winners Somerset YFC, at the Southern round held at the Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham on Sunday 20th March.   Good luck to cast and everyone involved for the next round.

Two of our members, Will Dyer and Morris Burrough, are taking on the challenge of the ‘Tower to Tower’ Cycle Ride along with fellow Somerset YFC member Josh Fincham.   The challenge involves cycling 600 miles from The Eiffel Tower in Paris to The Blackpool Tower.   They are setting off on the 1st May from Paris and are set to arrive in Blackpool on the 4th May in time for the National YFC AGM weekend.   Will and Morris are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis and any sponsorship would be greatly received.   Please contact our Chairman or Secretary for more information.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary
 

               


January 2016:

With the nights drawing out, we are looking forward to the Spring and the events ahead.

We held our Whist Drive on Saturday 23rd January at Yarcombe Village Hall.   A total of 92 people attended, and a fun evening was had by all.

The East Devon round of drama performances was held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January at Exmouth Pavilions.   We performed on the Friday night, and the results were held on the Saturday night.    Yarcombe YFC was placed first with our performance of ‘Weevils in my Biscuit’.   Congratulations go to our cast Cathrine Phillips, Jacqui Manning, Elsie Stacey, Robert Dyer, Andrew Dyer, Liam Dare and Winston Perry, to our director Sam Parris and to everyone else involved.   We now go on to represent East Devon at the County round on Sunday 14th February.

   

We will be doing a local re-run of our drama performance, and we will also be holding an auction of promises to raise money for our chosen charities after the performance.   This will be taking place on Sunday 28th February at Axminster Guildhall.

Finally, congratulations go to Jacqui Manning who came 3rd in Senior Member of the year at the East Devon round.

The next event we are looking forward to is the South West Area weekend held in Weymouth in March.   It is a fun filled weekend full of social, sports and competitions.

 

   

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary


December 2015:

December has been a very busy and fun filled month!   It started off with the Christmas meeting on the 7th December.   After the meeting, members took part in Christmas crafts, which were auctioned off raising money for our charities.

 

On 10th December the club went turkey plucking at the Hines’ family farm.   We managed to pluck 88 turkeys!

97 members travelled down to Westpoint in Exeter for the annual Devon Christmas Ball. It was a good night and got everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Our Christmas meal was held on Wednesday 16th December at the Sidmouth Arms where 60 members enjoyed a 3 course meal.   A massive thank you goes to the Sidmouth Arms for the fantastic food.

On the 18th December the club went carol singing.   Members started at the Howley Tavern and then onto the Eagle Tavern, the Candlelight Inn, the York Inn and finished off at the Sidmouth Arms.   A brilliant £342.82 was raised for our charities this year.   There was some great fancy dress, including a well thought out nativity scene!

On Friday 29th January, the club will be performing our drama performance at Exmouth Pavilions.   We will be doing a re-run of the performance at Axminster Guild Hall on Sunday 7th February.   We will also be holding an auction of promises.   For more details please contact Martin or Kate.


 

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC and our upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary



November 2015:

42 members travelled up to Cheltenham on the 15th November for the annual Young Farmers’ race day.   A fantastic day was had by all, even though most lost their bets instead of winning them!

On the 22nd November, Yarcombe YFC represented East Devon Young Farmers in the Devon county netball competition held at Clyst Vale Community College at Broadclyst.   The girls played excellent and came in 3rd place.

We will soon be in full swing for drama competition which we will perform at Exmouth Pavilion in January.

December looks to be a busy month with lots of Christmas activities to look forward to including the annual Christmas Devon county ball, our annual carol singing on Friday 18th December and our Christmas meal at the Sidmouth Arms.   For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC and our upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary
 


October 2015:

The clocks have gone back and dark nights have arrived but we still have a lot to look forward this Autumn.

We held our New Members meeting on the 12th October at Upottery Village Hall.   It was a fun filled evening where our members, new and current, took part in games.

Sarah Broom and Cathrine Phillips went to Exeter Cathedral on the 24th October to help decorate two pillars for the Harvest Festival.   The girls did an amazing job along with other members from East Devon Young Farmers ready for the service the next day.

Our annual Wine and Wisdom was held on Friday 30th October.   Once again, it was a great evening, and we had 32 teams enter from the local area and surrounding Young Farmers Clubs.   It was a great evening full of wisdom and a lot of wine!   Thank you to Roger Patch for being our quiz master and to Cathy Derryman for writing this year’s quiz.

Yarcombe & District YFC began November with a fantastic win in the East Devon Group round of Netball, for the second year running!   Well done to all the girls that took part!   Our team will go on to represent the East Devon Group at the Devon round on the 22nd November.

We have many other things to look forward to in November including a day at Cheltenham races and Devon YFC ice skating.   For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC and our upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary


             


             


September 2015:

September saw the beginning of the new Young Farmers’ year…

The Devon County Brainstrust round was held on 10th September.   Massive congratulations go to Cathrine Philips along with members from Whimple & Broadclyst YFC, who represented the East Devon Group and became Devon Champions.

Morris Burrough, Emily Hall, Lauren Doble and Michelle Allen took part in the 3 Peaks Challenge on the 19th September.   They all completed the challenge in less than 24 hours.    A huge well done goes to them for this achievement.

On the 20th September, we held our annual harvest supper.   Pete O’Malley from Farm Vets South West was our guest speaker for the evening.   Andrew Dyer, our Chairman of 2014/2015, did a great speech, and so did Martin Phillips, our Chairman for the forthcoming year.   It was the perfect event to round up the Club’s fantastic year of activities and achievements. Members were awarded with trophies to mark their effort put into the Club and a huge thank you must go to all our Officers for their hard work during the past year.   We would also like to say a big thank you to Becca Laramy for organising the Harvest Supper, and to Karen Laramy, Sarah Olive and their team for the superb food. The evening was enjoyed by all.

Our annual AGM took place on the 28th September at Yarcombe Village Hall where our new officers were appointed.   Good luck to Martin Phillips, Kate Burrough, Morris Burrough and their team for the forthcoming Young Farmers’ year.

Our New Members Meeting takes place on Monday 12th October at 8pm at the Upottery Manor Rooms.   We look forward to welcoming new members to our Club.   Also, our annual Wine & Wisdom takes place on Friday 30th October, which many members are looking forward to.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC and our upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact our Chairman Martin Phillips on 07846786205 or our Secretary Kate Burrough on 07513573235.

Alice Quick, Press Secretary


August 2015:

We held our annual water party at Hoemoor farm Upottery on the 21st of August by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Phillips.   It was a great evening with TOW first and a BBQ followed by lots of water, thank you to all the members and advisory who helped before and during the event.

Public speaking season is now under way starting with Intermediate Brainstrust, it was held on the 25th of August, with 2 teams competing.   Yarcombe B came 3rd and Yarcombe A came 5th.   Well done to all that took part and good luck to Cathrine Phillips who will be going through to the county round.

Our fancy dress raft race was held on Sunday 30th of August starting at Whitford Green, we had 12 teams competing for the title.   Coming in first was Peter Sweetapple, Rowan Short, Harry Parr and Jonathan Christopher from Axminster YFC only taking 51 minutes to finish.   Pipped at the post were Yarcombe boys, Andrew Dyer, Ryan Dobson and Craig and Antony Edwards.   In 3rd place were Gavin Herrod, Jack Chapple, Simon Herrod and Jon Turner also from Axminster.   Best raft was won by Phillip and Daniel Johnson, Lawrence Gay and Mike turner from Axminster.   Yarcombe girls won the best fancy dress with their flower power theme so well done to Alice Quick, Cathrine Phillips, Emma Dyer and I.

Members as usual have been attending lots of events this month including Culm valley ball and Devon YFC foam party which were very much enjoyed.

Our Harvest super is being held at Yarcombe hall on the 20th of September where we celebrate the harvest and our achievements in the past year.   Our club AGM will take place on Monday the 28th of September where we say thank you everyone who have contributed this year and look forward to members taking on new roles for what hopes to be another great year ahead.

Our new members meeting is Monday 12th October at the Manor rooms Upottery, please come along and see what it is all about.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC or about our upcoming events please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our chairman Andrew Dyer on 07704840677 or Secretary Jenna Pearce on 07786398850.

Sarah Broom, Yarcombe YFC Press Secretary


 

             


July 2015:

Our summer is continuing to be busy with many events happening.   We held our annual foam party on the 10th July at Andrews, Glebe farm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Dyer.   We had lots of girls and boys teams competing in the tug of war, we also had a BBQ, thank you to all members and advisory who helped on the night and before the event.   A great night was had by all.

On the Sunday we held a social evening with Marshwood Vale Young Famers also at Andrews, we had a good game of rounders and football followed by a bar and BBQ, lots of members from both clubs attended the event.

7 Yarcombe girls ran the 5k pretty muddy race for life in Exeter on the 25th of July raising money and awareness so well done too Kate, Lucy, Emma, Laura, Cathrine, Emily and Kate.

On the 30th 23 members collected there 5 YFC sheep, so next year’s show and sale should be a good one.

We held our charity duck race on Monday 3rd august at Sheafhayne Manor by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Parris.   We had a great turn out of all ages with especially the children enjoying watching the race.   We sold all our ducks making £1,347 for Prostate cancer and hospice care South West.   It was a great evening so thank you to everyone who attended.

Yarcombe YFC members this year took on the rains and ran the bar at Yarcombe Terrier Races.   We made £1,000 profit which will be split between Yarcombe church and our chosen charities this year.

Many members entered different classes into the Honiton show young farmers tent.   This year’s theme for the club cubicle was 125 years of farming so well done to Fiona and her team for coming 2nd overall.   We also entered a promotion board which came first overall.   Liam Dare won the cup for most points awarded for senior boy so a big well done to him.

We have had a great summer this year attending many Yarcombe YFC weddings with Mr & Mrs L Burrough, Mr & Mrs H Moss, Mr & Mrs J Hutchings and Mr & Mrs J Cottey all tying the knot in 2015.   There is just one to go with Sarah Dyer marrying Matthew Morgan in September.   Yarcombe YFC would like to wish them all the best of luck in the future.

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC or about our upcoming events please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our chairman Andrew Dyer on 07704840677 or Secretary Jenna Pearce on 07786398850.

Sarah Broom, Yarcombe YFC Press Secretary


 


June 2015:

The summer season of Tug of War is now in full swing. We have been attending TOW most Fridays including Honiton Neon barn bash and Devon’s powder paint party.   We had the opportunity to go on a farm tour at Neil bakers dairy farm near Crewkerne, 30 members attended, we all had an interesting and informative afternoon.   Axminster young farmers held the “Axe challenge” we had four teams competing with Jack and Scott Burrough, Oli Hine, Bill Morgon coming first. A big well done to the boys!

Yarcombe girls are once again taking part in the Race for Life.   If you would like to sponser us, any donation would be much appreciated, the link is on our Facebook page. 

For more information about Yarcombe & District YFC or about our upcoming events please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our chairman Andrew Dyer on 07704840677 or Secretary Jenna Pearce on 07786398850.

Sarah Broom, Yarcombe YFC Press Secretary