Devon YFC NEWSLETTER. Claire Bellew County Chairman. From the Chairman

7 January 201 Devon YFC N E W S L E T T E R From the Chairman… Happy New Year Devon YFC and thank you very much for voting me in as your new County ...
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7 January 201

Devon YFC N E W S L E T T E R

From the Chairman… Happy New Year Devon YFC and thank you very much for voting me in as your new County Chairman. I feel honoured to be your Chairman and I am very excited for the year ahead. We are now in the New Building which looks amazing and I look forward to seeing lots of members at our open days. If any clubs would like to hold a meeting in the New Building just let the office know as we would love lots of members to use it. All of your fundraising efforts over the last two years has paid off and we are so lucky to have a fantastic building that will support us for many generations to come. Club Exchanges are a brilliant part of YFC and I know many Devon clubs have held exchanges with other clubs throughout the country and loved it. This is why I would like all Devon YFC clubs to get involved in #yfccrossfertilisation this year. I have matched all of you with another club within Devon and it would be great to see you all holding mini exchanges in Devon to meet new people, get new ideas and just have fun! You could support other clubs events or make a weekend of it!

It has been good to see so many members getting involved in #yfclifeblood recently and I think this is an excellent campaign from our National YFC Chairman Chris Manley. Over 25% of us need blood at some point in our lives so I would encourage all members to get involved, it is not that scary and one donation could save up to 3 lives! If you are giving blood please let the office know as there is a cup available for the County with the Most Members Giving Blood. I would also encourage all members to get involved in our 2017 Devon YFC Show and Sale. I feel this is a great opportunity for all of you to show livestock, whether you are a pro or it is something completely new. If your club does not hold its own Show and Sale please contact the office and enter in our Open Class; classes for everyone including Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Pigs! Please invite me to any events you are holding this year and I will do my very best to attend. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Claire Bellew County Chairman

New County Officer Team: (Left to right) Front: Alice Giles (Junior Vice Chairman), Claire Bellew (County Chairman), Colin Tucker (Vice Chairman) Back: Laura Stanbury (Competitions Chairman), Rachel Retter (Sports & Social Chairman), Adam Howe (Vice Sports & Social), Emma Cole (Vice Competitions), Gareth Hutchings (Vice AGRI), Millie Murphy (Vice International Travel), Edward Quick (AGRI Chairman), Georgina Davie (International Travel Chairman) TheClose, Devon RuralBarton Hub, Road, Amory Building, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter, EX6 6JH Devon YFC Office, Retail Park Marsh Exeter, EX2 8LG Tel. 01392 272189 Fax: 01392 274552 Email: [email protected] Tel: 01647 24120 Email: [email protected] The YFC Office is open: Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 4:30pm & Fri 8:30am - 1pm The Office is open: Mon-Thu 8:30am-4:30pm & Fri 8:30am-1pm Supporting Devon Young Farmers on behalf of Devon Young Farmers by Medland, Sanders & Twose • This publication is kindly produced


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Number of Members: 32 What event has your Club most enjoyed since the new YFC year? We went to Air Extreme in Barnstaple for one of our fun meetings which was great jumping around on trampolines for an hour. We had about 25 members attend which was a good turn out and this included lots of younger members. What events have your Club got planned for the rest of the year? We have a Blind Drop which is part of the Tarka Christmas Challenge so we are hoping to have a good turn out from group to this. We are also hosting the Tarka Rally this year so we hope to keep up our winning streak! One of our members has kindly offered their farm to host the day so now we need to pick lots of fun classes to get lots of entries. What is the best event for bringing your club together? We always find Entertainments/Pantomime/Drama is a great competition to get our club together. Everyone can get involved whether you like performing on stage or not as there are always back stage and scenery making jobs! It is also great to get new members involved to keep them keen. What makes your Club unique? Does your Club have any funny traditions? We always hold a fun meeting each month which I am not sure if other clubs around Devon do. This is a great social and gets all young and old members involved.

Cheriton Tedburn YFC Members of Cheriton Tedburn YFC recently visited the new Rural Hub to see what has been achieved and held their Club meeting. We would welcome any Club to hold their meeting here too and let your members see what your contributions have accomplished with our new Centre. Please do contact the Office and book in your meeting date.

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Back to the main YFC business!

Supporters Club

People often make a New Year’s resolution at this time of year. I have never really been a person for making a resolution for the start of a New Year. I tend to think if something is worth doing then crack on and get started whatever the date. This year is different though, because the New Year has coincided with the new building being open for business and us finally being able to get back to what we are all here for, focusing on supporting the members. The building has been a fantastic project and will benefit so many people for years to come, but it has taken time and focus away from the main YFC business.

We recently held the first draw of the year at the County AGM and we are pleased to announce the following people won £100 each:

My main focus now is getting back to ensure the programme, activities and other opportunities for the members are as wide, varied and fun as possible. I think members get the most out of YFC with a good Club programme then Group and County programme to follow this. YFC programmes at whatever level need to link in and complement each other, not compete with each other. Skills and training will be another area that we are looking to improve, what is on offer to the members during the coming months. If you need advice, support or ideas with your programme or activities do contact me and I will do what I can to help or signpost you to some that can. T: 01647 24120 E: [email protected] Nick Creasy

Ann Camp Cathy Case Naomi Dekker Further draws will be made at the County Entertainments Final in February and the final draw of the year will be held at the Devon County Show in May at the Chairman’s Reception. There are still eight chances to win this year; if you would like to be part of the Supporters Club please call the office on 01647 24120 to request an application form or go to and select Your Support where you will be able to download the application form.

Nick Creasy

Devon County Organiser

Donations since the last edition: We are very grateful for the following donations for the Devon Rural Hub since the last edition: Anstey YFC, Cheriton Tedburn YFC, Nick Creasy Devon Revolution, Anne Seward








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Competitions Hi all I was delighted to be voted in as Competitions Chair for the new YFC year, thank you for the support. The YFC calendar is packed full of competitions and I’m very excited to see what talent Devon has on offer. It never fails to impress! Going back to the middle of November the results from the Farm Business Competition were: 1st Edward Quick (Bow YFC) and Colin Tucker (Chittlehampton YFC) 2nd James Gould (Honiton YFC) and Harry Rabjohns (Withleigh YFC) 3rd Caroline Squire and Peter Shinner (Ivybridge YFC) Well done to the five teams that took part in the competition. The judges; Dan Meek and Sally Nicholls were really impressed with the standard. Members had clearly given their plans a lot of thought with enterprises ranging from Buffalo Farming to Reindeers and Christmas Trees. Thanks must also go to Chris and Louise Carpenter of Fairfield Farm for hosting this year’s competition. The start of the New Year means that the County Final of Junior Reading is first on the agenda. This is the first competition to be held at the New YFC Office. I know the junior members will appreciate the support of an audience so please do come along to spectate this event at Devon’s Rural Hub on the 2nd of February. On the same evening is the Situations Vacant competition. The Situations Vacant

competition is very beneficial and can really enhance upon employability skills which apply to the real world. I would really encourage members to give it a go! • • • •

The County round of Entertainments is to be held at Exmouth Pavilions on Sunday 19th February so get that date in your diaries. I am looking forward to seeing the performances put forward from all Groups. As well as this there will be the Member of the Year Competition and the all exciting Cheerleading Competition! I wish every member involved in competitions throughout the year (whether on stage and off stage) the very best of luck. It’s going to be another busy year but it’s certainly well worth it! I look forward to working with you all.

Laura Stanbury

Competitions Chairman

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God Dag, Since the last newsletter we have held the Scholarship Interviews which saw so many members applying from throughout the County. With thanks to our interviewing panel of Marion Cann, Neil Grills, Clare Edworthy, Chris Berry, Faye Heal and Mark Davis the hard decisions were made to who the places were awarded to. The standard of members this year was fantastic and this did make their decisions extremely tough. If you are one of those members that weren’t awarded a place, we do urge you to apply again in 2017. Congratulations to the lucky members who have been selected to travel on the Devon YFC Scholarship 2017. Juniors, who have gained a space on the exchange with Finland Ben Kittow Charlotte Lake Ben May Henry Govier Ellen Abel Tim Laarveld Ellis Sage Lauren Rich Jack Broom Keziah Hoskin Leaders: Laura Stanbury Tom Rycroft

Culm Valley Witheridge Newton St Cyres Meshaw Tavistock Winkleigh Sid & Otter Dartmouth Honiton Meshaw

January 2017 for applications and interviews will be held 12th January at the YFC Centre. The National Federation Scholarship Interviews have also taken place recently and I would like to congratulate the many members that applied this year. With a bumper year in applications this saw a tough competition to travel to the many exciting places that were on offer. Huge congratulations to three Devon YFC members that have been awarded places this year; Daniel Grist (Cheriton Tedburn YFC) RYE European Rally, Latvia Kate Palmer (Totnes YFC) Africa’s Gift Holly Gilbert (Cheriton Tedburn YFC) Argentina We hope you all have a fantastic time on this fantastic programme and we hope to hear all about it on your return! Ha det,

Georgina Davie

International Travel Chairman

Withleigh Chittlehampton

Seniors, who are travelling to Slovenia James Westcott Louise Kittow Laura Grist John Malseed Ben Warren Olivia Haddy Ryan Colwill Richard Rossiter Ryan Dobson Adam Howe Charles Mill

Culm Valley Withleigh Cheriton Tedburn Chagford Chittlehampton Kingsbridge Woolsery Kingsbridge Yarcombe Culm Valley Bradworthy

Travelling alongside the following who have won their place through Senior Member of the Year, John Spear Memorial Award and George Hingston Award: Alice Giles Michelle Batting Jack Frankum Clifton Ford

Bow Culm Valley Cheriton Tedburn Chulmleigh

We are extremely grateful to all those organisations and Groups that have sponsored the spaces to allow us to run this fantastic programme. The International Farming Youth Exchange application forms to the U.S. are now out; they are available from your Club Secretary or alternatively they can be downloaded from the Devon YFC website along with more information about the trip. If you have any questions do contact myself or alternatively Alice Giles or Bryony Berry who have both been on the trip over the last few years. The deadline is 4th


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Countrywide Farmers is proud to support Devon YFC. When asked if they could help with equipment for the new Amory Building they were only too happy to assist. A Countrywide LPG tank worth £5000 has been delivered and is up and running, keeping the new rural hub heated. They’ve also provided £3000 worth of equipment, including garden tools, gates and garden furniture. Countrywide’s Head of Marketing, Shelley Fletcher-Bryant, said, “We’re delighted to support Devon Young Farmers as they settle in to the new rural hub. “With a history and heritage dating back to 1902, Countrywide Farmers understands the farming community and we pride ourselves on our specialist knowledge and expertise. With 68 stores across the UK, a passionate and experienced sales team working in the field and recently relaunched online store,, it’s never been easier to shop with Countrywide Farmers.” Countrywide also install LPG tanks and provide gas to businesses and domestic homes throughout Devon and surrounding areas. Please visit

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YFC Countryside Challenge Are you thinking of carrying out a countryside project with your club this year? So many possibilities: •

Painting the village park

Making raised beds in schools to allow them to grow their own veg.

Community gardens

Playing games with residents in residential homes

National YFC have grants of £400 to give to clubs to support the costs of countryside projects so please get in touch if you would like to apply. More information can be found at or please give me a call if you would like to discuss it further.

Claire Bellew County Chairman



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Sports and So


Hello from the Sports & Social desk!! I am delighted to have been voted in as your Sports and Social Chairperson for the coming year and I hope to have a top year with you all! I hope you’ve had a brilliant time over the festive period and remember never catch a snowflake with your tongue until all the birds have gone south ;) So going back to the 20th November we held the Netball, Rugby and Tag Rugby at Clyst Vale Community College. Well done to all the members that took part and managed to avoid the big 3ft deep puddle in the road due to the heavy rain the few days before. The results were....... Netball - 1st North Devon, 2nd Haldon, 3rd East Devon Rugby - 1st East Devon, 2nd North Devon, 3rd Tarka Tag Rugby - 1st Exe Valley, 2nd North Devon, 3rd East Devon Next we had a fun evening at the Crealy Adventure Park where all the big kids come out to play. It was great to see members of all ages competing and there was a total of 58 teams take part. A full list of the results will be in your clubs mailing but the top 3 teams were: 1st - Teary Tommy (Tavistock) 2nd - Graffruitti (Newton Abbot) 3rd - T.I.T.S (Okehampton) The County Final of the Street Dance Competition was an entertaining evening and the standard of the competition was very high! Well done to all the members that competed, it was fantastic and it certainly showed that many hours of rehearsals and hard work had taken place. It was a really tough competition and the judges had a very difficult decision on their hands and after much deliberation the results were:5th - East Devon 4th - Tarka 3rd - Exe Valley 2nd - Haldon 1st - North Devon Thank you to everyone that came along on the evening to support and help out, everything ran tickety-boo. Congratulations to North Devon who will go on to represent Devon at South West Area in March. My first dance is the New Year’s Dance on Friday 20th January and this year we have changed venue to Langtree Hall, Torrington. BK Disco’s are on the decks and as always we have a fancy dress theme, and this year I want to see lots of you dressed up. The theme is ‘any pair/duo/group or team’ - the options for this are endless so no excuses ;) There will be a prize for the best dressed and not only that, everyone that turns up in fancy dress gets their first drink free - what a deal! Tickets are limited for this event so be sure to book them prior to the event to ensure entry. The YFC Day at the Rugby will soon be upon us and I hope all those that have booked tickets are as buzzing as I am. It’s going to be great, food, cider, rugby and good company, what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Come on you Chiefs!! Lastly I hope you all had a tip top night at the Christmas Ball. Well done to Will for organising it all and I hope you’ll all be returning to next year’s :) Until next time … ta ta for now.

Rachel Retter

Sports and Social Chairman

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AGRI Report

County AGM

Hi everyone,

Congratulations to all those that were awarded trophies at the County AGM and we were pleased that so many were able to join us to be recognised for their fantastic achievements.

Hope you have all had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year. Firstly I would like to say thank you to you all for voting me in as your AGRI Chairman this year. Looking forward to the year ahead, I have started trying to make some plans on how to fore fill it. I’m hoping to have a farm visit for February or March and I’m also at the very early stages of organising a trip towards the end of June for probably four days. That will hopefully include visiting a few farms, factory and a local show. I will keep you all updated! If anyone has anything agricultural that they would like me to try and organise or good ideas for a good farm walk or talk then please get in contact with me. Many thanks

Edward Quick AGRI Chairman

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Skills for Life

‘Be a Better Herdsperson’ Course • Jan 19th. : Calving and the newborn Welcome to Bryony… • Jan 26th. : Calves and Youngstock We are delighted to welcome Bryony Berry to2nd. the: Nutrition YFC Office, as our new Skills • Feb Members have been busy throughout the past • Feb 9th. : Milking and mastitis Co-ordinator. few months Wreath Making, Cake Decorating, • FebValley 16th. : Improving fertility ATV Course,is Foot and Telehandler Bryony theTrimming outgoing Chairman of Kenn YFC, and was previously a • Feb 23rd. : Lameness Courses. Pictured are members of Newton member of Cheriton & Tedburn YFC. She comes from a family Beef and Sheep St Cyres Wreath Making. It would be great to For more information please do either contact farm, near Exeter from an eight-week scholarship see your pictures of your and festivehas Skillsrecently for Life returned the YFC Centre or look at the December courses. in the USA, on the IFYC Programme. newsletter.

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We are able to offer PA1, PA2 and PA6 courses at The test and training can be booked in Exeter or Taunton discounted prices. 14thdepending January on which youHedge Laying Little Orcheton, Modbury, PL21 0TF are more familiar with. 28th January Stone Walling Orley Common, Ipplepen, TQ12 5SA Monday 13th October – PA1 (1 day) Contact the office for an application form to get you 4th February Wattle Hurdle Making Rudolf Steiner School, Dartington, TQ9 6AB Tuesday 14th October - PA6 (2 days Inc. Assessment) enrolled onHedge the course. th 11th March Laying East 15 Fingle Farm, –Drewsteignton, 6NJ Wednesday October PA2 (2 days Inc.EX6 Assessment) 25th March Turf Hedge Laying Culvertor Farm, Marldon, TQ3 1RR 8th April Stone Walling / Facing The Barn, the Shaugh Prior, for PL7prices 5HA and further Please contact YFC Office NPTC TRANSPORT OF LIVESTOCK CERTIFICATE (Short details. Courses run from 9.15am (for 9.30am start) to 4.30pm. £25 for members and £35 for non members. For enquiries and to check Journeys) availability of places contact Mick Godfrey on 01548 821156 after 6.30pm

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What Skills for Life course are you going toare do in 2017? Coming up, there a number of chainsaw courses Cut & Maintenance) and CS31 Please do contact Francene if youincluding want CS30 any (Cross information on £45 additional testsa course for you or your (Felling Club.Small Trees) among others. Contact details: 01647 24120 or email [email protected] Offer valid for current YFC members only Please contact Bryony in the YFC Office if there are any £65 for one test, ie. Cattle and Sheep

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International Farming Youth Exchange Application Deadline


Clawton YFC Cider and Pasty Quiz at Tetcott Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of up to 6 £5 per person


Winkleigh YFC Disco at Winkleigh Sports Centre 9pm – 1am


Axminster YFC Annual Quiz at All Saints Hall, Axminster, EX13 7LX 7.30pm for 8pm start. Teams of up to 6. Bar, light food and raffle. Book a team contact Jack 07875 717580 / Gavin 07881 361887


Winkleigh YFC Tractor Run at Burrington Village Hall 10.30am. For more information contact Tim 07910 074836


International Farming Youth Exchange Interviews at YFC Centre


Board of Management Meeting at YFC Centre


Whimple & Broadclyst YFC Disco at Plymtree Village Hall, EX15 2LE 9pm – 1am. Members 16+ £5 / Non Members 18+ £7


County New Years Dance at Langtree Village Hall, EX38 8RH 9pm – 1am. Fancy dress theme ‘any pair/ duo/group/team’. Members £7 (no under 16’s) / Non Members £9 (no under 18’s). Under 18 tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be limited on the door


Winkleigh YFC Blind Drop at Broadwoodkelly Village Hall 6pm start (last team out at 7.30pm). Contact Tim for more information 07910 074836


Members Meeting at YFC Centre


Tarka Group Quiz


YFC Day at Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park V Wasps in the Anglo Welsh Cup. Two course lunch, East Terrace Central tickets, pre and post Q&A’s, programme and access to Gold Bar all day. NOW FULL

February 2

County Final Junior Reading (14&U) & Situations Vacant (16-21) at YFC Centre


North Molton Tweed and Wellies Disco at North Molton Sports Hall


Tarka Group Entertainments Final at Parkhouse Centre, Bude


Haldon Group Entertainments Final at QE Lower School, Crediton


Meshaw YFC Quiz and Carvery at Sportsman Inn, Sandyway, EX36 3LU. 7pm for 7.30pm start £11 per person. Book a team with Abi Edwards 07444 812159


South West Area After Dinner Speaking Final at Somerset YFC Office


County Entertainments, Member of the Year and Cheerleading Finals at Exmouth Pavilions


County Ten Pin Bowling at TenPin, Exeter


General Council at YFC Centre


TOW League Training Competition (Friendly)

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