We are delighted to announce that we elected some new County Officers. Miss Eleanor Smale of Forest Row YFC has been elected County Chairman and Miss Isabel Barr of Ringmer & Lewes YFC and Miss Kat Henderson of Lindfield YFC have been elected as COunty Vice-Chairmen.
All 3 new officers are looking forward to developing Sussex YFC with the members.
Pictured is our new Chairman Eleanor.
Gail Shrubsall from Ringmer & Lewes YFC, against very strong opposition won the South East Area YFC Stockman of the Year at the South of England Show at Ardingly. Gail had to judge – Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Pigs as well as answering an animal questionnaire. She is now off to the National Finals in early September at Harper Adams in Shropshire. Gail said “She was very surprise but delighted to win”.
For the first time Lindfield YFC were the club with the most points in the YFC Classes at the Show. A comment from one of the Members “Great – all our hard work paid off”.
The winner of the CLA Rosebowl for the Sussex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Member of the Year was Owain Morgan from Hailsham Young Farmers’ Club.
Owain is Chairman of the Sussex YFC Events committee, responsible for all competitions including the Annual Show and Competitions Day as well as fund raising. Nominating Owain for the award, Sussex YFC President Jeff Trunkfield and Chairman Daniel Harris said that chairing a committee with such a wide remit is difficult and Owain has worked tirelessly to encourage members from right across the county to attend events. Developing young people’s life skills is what YFC is all about and Owain has learnt a tremendous amount over the last year.
Commenting on his award, Owain Morgan said: “It can be stressful at times, but it is an enjoyable role and you learn a lot. I recommend that if any member is given the opportunity to take on a chairmanship role within YFC, they should accept – it is well worth while.”
The CLA Rosebowl was presented to the winner by CLA Sussex branch President Sir Brian Barttelot.
CLA South East Director Robin Edwards, said: “Successful rural businesses are the heartbeat that sustains our rural communities and our Sussex award winners have all made a significant contribution to their local area, through best practice in environmental land management, encouraging young people coming into the farming sector and supporting the continued development of other rural enterprises.”