Friday 29 October 2010

Wooden Egg

Having beaten the NFU and Farmers Club at the annual 'Wooden Egg' this time last year, it was the turn of Launceston Young Farmers to hold this years competition. Therefore, to add variation to the usual skittles/ darts/ pool, 'The Generation Game' was bought back to life again, with Mr Graham Smale transforming into 'Brucie'! (...and what a smashing job he did too).

There was a game for everyone; shaping balloon animals (kindly demonstrated and judged by Richard Gribble), decorating cakes, using binbags to create a futuristic fashion, sewing on a button whilst wearing gardening gloves and nail banging to name just a few! Following a lot of mess, laughter and determination, the Young Farmers reclaimed the prize of the wooden egg.

Thank you to the NFU and Farmers Club for joining us in making it an enjoyable evening. Better luck next year!!

Sunday 17 October 2010

Okehampton Carnival

Another successful evening for Launceston YFC, whereby we were awarded FIRST PRIZE for the best young farmers float, plus FIRST PRIZE in class 18, entitled 'comic and visitors'. We hope the luck continues for the remaining carnivals (Camelford, Hatherleigh, Holsworthy - see calendar for dates).

Talk by a vet

Rachel Risdon, a local vet, gave the club an informative talk about the Westpoint Vetinary Practice that she helped to set up in 2007 at Trethorne (Kennards House). Rachel explained that Westpoint Veterinary Group is one of eleven practices in the UK and is the largest farm animal only veterinary practice in the UK. She advised members of ways they could use their vet more effectively, in relation to the changing farming practice and even provided a virtual tour of her surgery.

Monday 11 October 2010

Launceston Carnival

Last Saturday saw the first of the carnivals for LYFC and where better to start than our home town. The tired, old trailer that Steve Thorne uses for bales, had been turned into the home of Mary Poppins. The hours and hours of hard work, painting, woodwork etc paid off for members, as the float was awarded FIRST PRIZE! Many thanks to the dedicated team of workers who gave up their time to achieve this.

Should you have missed seeing us upon the float this week, why not catch us at Okehampton carnival this forthcoming weekend (Oct 16th) or alternatively at Camelford, Hatherleigh, Holsworthy (see the calendar for dates!)

Friday 8 October 2010

the end (for another year)

Well, thats it.

Last night was our Annual Club AGM, held at the White Hart, Launceston. Many thanks were said, many highlights were pointed out, and our new committee was elected - key positions:

President - Roger Parsons
Vice-President - Janet Ham
Chairman - Ed Humber
Vice-Chairman - Dan Batten
Secretary - Sofie Watton
Social Secretary - Nathan Dinnis & Jak Gubbin
Treasurer - Charlotte Parker
Programme Secretary - Karyn Kenyon, supported by Tim Kenyon

I hope that everyone enjoyed my slide show of the year, I've been asked to put it up here, so will ask our new Publicity Officer to do so.

I'd like to once again thank everyone for making this such a successful year yet again, and for all your support. Whilst I've found it to be hard work, I've loved (almost!) every minute of being your Club Chairman for this year, and am sad to finish the role, as well as finish as a member of the brilliant Young Farmers movement, along with Jonny, Fi, Tim, Ed, Burdie, Dan Risdon and Will Kingdon who are also now over age.

Keep up the good work, and best of luck for this future of the club.

Monday 4 October 2010


Lifton Farm shop function suite was the venue for our Dinner & Dance this year, and what an evening it was.

A beautiful venue, tasty food, fine company and great speakers all added up to a very enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Stephen Kendall, Ian Davy, Peter Stenlake and Jen White for sparing their evenings to entertain us with great speeches.

presidents night

Sumo and Jive... what an unlikely combination for a presidents night! Luckily Club President Peter Stenlake had two employees who also do both of these activities on the side, and so in the white hart last week we had an hour of basic jive moves, then a sumo-wrestling tournament using those big foam suits.

Tam won for the girls, and Rich Northey for the boys (although being a Pelynt boy really it doesn't count and Oli won!). A really great evening, and fun end to the young farmers year. Many thanks to Peter and Liz both for the evening, and what they've one for the club this year, much appreciated.