Friday 30 December 2011

Christmas Party

Members of the Lanson YFC Advisory Committee, Roger Harris, Lisa Southard and Simon Burden, organised an evening packed full of fun and frolics!

After splitting members into teams, Roger, Lisa and Simon introduced some new games as well as incorporating the old classics. No Christmas party would be complete without passing an ice cube on string, nor a game of musical chairs; and energy levels were definitely boosted when it was the first team to find a...... !!

It was a fantastic evening, many thanks to our advisory members for maintaining the high standard of entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Monday 26 December 2011

Carol Singing

Launceston town centre came to life last Thursday when the Young Farmers were privileged to join Launceston Town Band in the singing of Christmas carols. This popular festive occasion allowed the community to be brought together and it was lovely for everyone to sing along.

Members then continued their evening of carol singing by visiting Lower Carley Farm (home of chairman, Dan Batten) where they entertained friends and family with more Christmas tunes. Will Uglow accompanied on the piano, which complimented the beautiful singing voices very well!

The final stop for Lanson YFC was at the home of club president Janet Ham, where they sang within a quiet cul-de-sac and many neighbours came along to join in. The evening rounded off with a delicious supper.

Saturday 17 December 2011

Christmas Craft wirh Cornish Willow

Launceston YFC warmly welcomed Carol Horsington, from Cornish Willow, to lead the Christmas craft evening for this week's club meeting. The members were very well lead and everyone successfully made beautiful Christmas tree decorations. The leaders explained how to select the correctly sized willow pieces and locally sourced materials were used to make these festive decorations.

Many thanks to Carol and David for a very enjoyable evening!

Thursday 15 December 2011


Hello all,
It's that time of year where you need to pay for your panto tickets.
'Oh no it's not!'
Oh, yes it certainly is!
It's £14 and if you could bring the correct change it'd be great.
I need all payments before Christmas.
If I've not received payment then tickets may have to go on offer to other members.
Many thanks and Merry Christmas,

Monday 12 December 2011

Late night shopping

Members headed to Plymouth on Thursday to finish off (I expect!!) their Christmas shopping. The evening definitely got everyone into the Christmas spirit and was enjoyed by all.

Brainstrust Final

Launceston YFC’s Brainstrust Team, and many supporters, travelled to Fraddon Village Hall for the county final on December 6th. The team consisting of Charlotte Parker, Oli Stevens, Sadie Cornelious and Luke Uglow all performed well, against strong opposition, and achieved 2nd place overall. Public speaking competitions are an excellent way to become more involved with YFC, improving personal skills and confidence, and it is highly recommended to become involved. Well done to everyone who took part!

Talk by a Health Visitor

On Thursday 1st December, members of Lanson YFC were given a talk by a local Health Visitor. Alison Gray explained her role within the primary health care team which involveds assessing the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community.  She demonstrated some of the technology she uses within her career including an instrument to asses the hearing of young children. It was an interesting talk which informed everyone of the important role that these professionals have, as well as the dynamic range of services that Health Visitors provide.

Friday 25 November 2011

Annual Quiz

At last Thursday’s club meeting, teams from the NFU, Launceston Farmers Club and Launceston Young Farmers went head to head in the Annual Quiz. Quizmaster Janet Ham created 8 exciting rounds of questions including Who? What? and Where in the South West? There was also an entertaining round where the eyes of local people had to be identified from a photograph!

It was a very close competition, however the YFC team managed to regain the trophy once again. Well done to the team of Sam Northey, Dan Batten, Sadie Cornelious and Natalie Stevens.

Senior Debating

On Tuesday 22nd November members travelled to Fraddon Village Hall for the final of the Senior Debating Competition. The team, consisting of Natalie Stevens, Claire Butter, Tom Merrit, Richard Stanbury and Sophie Wotton, spoke excellently and came 3rd overall. Claire Butter performed exceptionally well to win the shield for best speaker of the evening- congratulations to her for this well deserved achievement.

County Roadshow

On the 17th November, Ed Humber and Morwenna Kinver gave us an insight into the organisation of both Cornwall and National YFC. They explained the structure of the Cornwall YFC committee and the roles of individuals within the county. They also played interactive games which involved all our members.

Saturday 12 November 2011

Wine and Wisdom

Remember to book your team in for this years WINE AND WISDOM


7-7.30PM START

Teams of six, £3.50 per person

To book teams please call Charlotte 07800 988610

Bonfire Night

Members and friends headed to Burraton Farm, by kind invitation of the Parker Family, for this Thursday's meeting. Teams were challenged to create a Guy Fawkes, which was judged by club president Janet Ham, following which they proceeded to enhance the blazing bonfire!

We were then treated to a magnificent fireworks display (many thanks to Luke Uglow, Jer Shute and Richard Gribble) and the evening rounded off with a wonderful spread of food and drink.

The evening was organised extremely well and the hard work from everyone involved is very much appreciated.

Indoor Sports Round

On Tuesday 8th November, members travelled to Bodmin for their 1st round of Indoor Sports. Excellent performances from all those who competed in the sports resulted in Lanson achieving an overall FIRST PLACE.

We now compete at the final of Indoor Sports which takes place on Saturday 26th November at Newquay Sports Centre. Very well done to those who took part, thank you to all supporters and best of luck for the final!

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Help for this Thursday...

Bonfire and Fireworks Night- this Thursday, November 10th.

If you have any old unwanted clothes bring them along to dress a Guy.
Also bring £3.50 to cover the cost of the fireworks, and some extra change for the BBQ!
See you there!


Saturday 5 November 2011

Indoor Sports Practice

This Thursday our club meeting was led by Richard Stanbury and Sadie Cornelius- our sports secretaries. They led members through a variety of sports including frisby and relay races in preparation for the first round of sports which takes place on Tuesday at Bodmin College.

Many thanks to Richard and Sadie for organising this evening and very best of luck for the round on Tuesday.

Sunday 30 October 2011

Camelford Carnival

Luckily the rain did not deter a good turnout of members for Camelford Carnival and our float gained us 3rd place- once again very well done!

Advisory Entertains

Last Thursday Roz Thorne, Matthew Shute and Julian Gribble provided the entertainment for our club meeting. We participated in many innovative games which encouraged everyone to take part- including new members who all got involved.

We played games which revealed hidden talents amongst members; Luke Uglow's ability to knock over a record number of cups using the air from a balloon, Jon Frayne's elastic band skills and Alan Wadge's creative technique to remove ping pong balls from a box attached to his back (just a few to mention which didn't go unnoticed!) .

Many thanks to the advisory for a very amusing evening. New members are always welcome- contact Dan for more details.

Thursday 27 October 2011

Launceston YFC Halloween Disco

This Saturday- 29th October at Lifton Farm Shop.


BK discos.

£6 with fancy dress, £8 without.

A night definitely not to be missed!

Friday 21 October 2011

Visit to Roger Young Landrover

This week, our club meeting was a visit to Roger Young Land Rover at Saltash.

The family run business has gradually increased over the years, now employing more than 80 staff and last year selling over 1000 new and used vehicles. Members were given a very interesting tour of the premises, led by Roger Young. We were shown around the showroom and work shop- which has the capacity for 14 bays, as well as a 4 wheel alignment adjustment area. We were also shown around the 'Engineering Dealership' area- run by Mark Young- where there was a vast range of products from (Nugent) trailers and quad bikes to yard scrapers and livestock crushes. Here we also saw the Isuzu vehicles which are a relatively new dealership for the company.

The members were then very privileged to be given test drives (rides!) in 4 brand new vehicles- Discovery 4, Isuzu Rodeo, Range Rover Sport and the new Range Rover Evoque.  We were particularly impressed with the gadgets that the Evoque had to offer- a dual screen TV (so that the driver can view satnav whilst the passengers watch a film), as well as the automatic parallel parking that the vehicle could perform!

To round off the evening, everyone enjoyed a pasty and took part in a quiz- with Karyn Brookham coming 1st and winning a driving experience. Many thanks to Roger Young and his team for a brilliant visit and kind hospitality.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Okehampton Carnival

Members travelled to Okehampton on Saturday 15th October to exhibit the 'James Bond' float. Their hard work was rewarded with another 1st prize- a brilliant result!

Saturday 15 October 2011

Curve Session- 'Managing Change'

On Thursday 13th October, members attended a training session run by Cornwall YFC officers: Katherine Spencer (County Organiser) and Clare Worden (National Representative).

The session delivered was designed to inform members about change, particularly to young people; recognising the effects of change, its impact on members and how support can be provided. The meeting was extremely interactive with scenarios to overcome such as drawing a person with the hand which you don't usually write with, and discussing how you would deal with a situation where cars' were no longer allowed on the road! The session was very interesting and members were able to take alot away from it.

Monday 10 October 2011

Launceston Carnival

On Saturday 8th October Launceston YFC's carnival season began. After many hours of preparation, the trailer (kindly loaned by Steve Thorne) was transformed into a stunning 'James Bond' setting. In their best attire, members' entertained the crowd from the float and gained an excellent 1st prize in the YFC class.

If you missed us this weekend... we will be in attendance at many carnivals over the forthcoming weeks- see calendar for details!

Saturday 8 October 2011

Club AGM

The club's Annual General Meeting that was held this week, marked the end of the young farmers year for chairman Ed Humber and Secretary Sofie Watton. The evening was held at the White Hart Hotel and was well attended by both club members and those on the advisory team. A run down of the year was provided as both speeches from Ed and Sophie , along with a pictorial slideshow that highlighted Ed's most memorable moments. Thanks were also expressed to everyone who had successfully performed roles over that past 12 months.

Congratulations to new post holders who are:
President: Janet Ham
Vice President: Roger Goodman
Assistant Club Leaders: Jeremy Shute & Richard Gribble
Chairman: Daniel Batten
Vice Chairman: Tim Kenyon
Secretary: Jess Brookham
Treasurer: Nick Brookham
Assistant Treasurer: Claire Butter
Social Secretaries: Martin Grigg and Tom Merritt
Programme Secretary: Oliver Stephens
Skills for Life Officer: Sam Gubbin
Supporters Club Secretary: Nathan Dinnis
Sports Secretaries: Sadie Cornelious & Richard Stanbury
Press and Publicity Officer: Hannah Gribble

New Chairman, Daniel Batten ended the meeting by announcing his chosen charity for the year, which will be Cornwall Air Ambulance.

 Ed hands over the club banner and hammer to Daniel.

New club President, Chairman and Secretary for 2011-2012.

Monday 3 October 2011

Dinner and Dance

The Annual Dinner and Dance was held on Saturday 1st October at the White Hart Hotel, Launceston. There was a huge turn out of both past and present members, along with friends and family of Launceston YFC to hear speeches from previous county organiser, Mr Gerald Haines; County Chairman, Mr Will Dymond; local businessman, Mr Jonny Statton; Launceston YFC's chairman, Mr Edward Humber. The evening ended with a disco by BK Discos.
Pictured below are the cup winners:

Saturday 1 October 2011

Visiting Lifton's Feed Mill

This week we visited Mole Valley's Feed Mill at Lifton. It was interesting to learn about the process that turns raw materials into a variety of animal feeds, and see this first-hand. Whilst touring the mill, members were encouraged to ask questions and were shown how each stage is monitored.

Saturday 24 September 2011

Club Harvest Festival

St Mary Magdalene Church in Launceston was the chosen venue for the club's Harvest Festival, which took place on Thursday 22nd September. The church was beautifully decorated with fruit and vegetables that had been homegrown by the members, and this year, the club's long-forgotten plough took pride of place at the front of the church. Numerous members took part in the service, including Chairman Ed Humber, who led part of the service; Hannah Gribble, Dan Batten and Oli Stephens, who read an alternative version of the Lord's Prayer; Sofie Watton and Claire Butter, who read the lessons from the Bible, plus a large number of people who presented the produce. Following this, friends and family were invited back to Eagle House to share our Harvest Supper. Warm thanks go to Reverend David Michaels for leading the service and the church organist.

Sunday 18 September 2011

Carnival Float Prep

An evening was spent painting and preparing our carnival float this week at the home of our Vice Chairman's, Dan Batten. With only a few weeks until our first carnival, which is at Launceston, I am sure that members will be spending a lot more time out there, adding the finishing touches! Please do look out for us at the following carnivals and give us a wave: Launceston, Okehampton, Camelford, Hatherleigh and Holsworthy.

Monday 12 September 2011

A day of singing for "Sea Shandy"

Word of mouth is a wonderful thing, and has resulted in LYFC's singing group, "Sea Shandy" to have a busy weekend. On the afternoon of Saturday 10th September, they entertained the people of Tregadillett at their village fete and then later that evening, performed in front of a large audience at North Petherwin's Community Harvest Hoe Down. These events were certainly a great chance for the group to trial their harmonies in the song 'Swing Low', which is the latest addition to their repertoire.

Sunday 11 September 2011

County Sports Day at Truro

Dressed in our sports attire, Launceston YFC met up with other clubs from around the county at Truro, for a spot of hockey, netball, volleyball and rugby. This year was the first time volleyball had been included at the County Sports Day and was hugely popular. Members really worked well as a team, giving their all and having a good time.

Volleyball: 3rd
Netball: 2nd
Hockey: 4th
Rugby: =5th

Visiting Hidden Valley

Considering it is on our doorstep, it was surprising how many members had never been to Hidden Valley! Split into small groups, we were sent on two crystal challenges, and being a competitive bunch, even the dark didn't deter many! It was certainly a very well thought-through and challenging treasure hunt, with numerous clues, puzzles and riddles that needed solving along the way, similar to the programme 'Crystal Maze'. Many thanks to Peter and Ali Jones for providing an entertaining evening.

Sunday 4 September 2011

President's Night

Our dedicated and keen president, Roger Parsons, merely told members to bring their swimming gear and arrive at Siblyback Lake for 6pm last Thursday. On arrival, we were greeted by four qualified instructors, two of which took half the group kayaking and the other two led the rest of the club to the high ropes! Despite the fear of heights by some and Burdie's trouble to stay upright in his kayak(!), there was lots of laughter and fun had by all. Huge thanks go to Roger (and his family), who also provided a great spread of food afterwards. He continues to be a fantastic president for the club.

Ed's Chairman's Day

A variety of team games and activities were set up by our chairman, Ed Humber and were thoroughly enjoyed by all, from plank walking and turning the magic carpet whilst the team were standing on it, to dressing three scarecrows using just the clothes that you and your team are wearing! Some members took these tasks very seriously in an attempt to win. The day was rounded off with a wet and wild water slide, BBQ and drinks. Many thanks to Ed for the hard work he put into preparing this event.

Friday 26 August 2011

Sports Practise

With the County Sports Day looming in early September, members felt it necessary to have a practise! Tamsyn Bartlett and Martin Grigg had organised an eventful evening of netball, football, hockey and volleyball, but as the weather was not on our side, we ventured into Coads Green Hall and played benchball instead! The competitive nature of some people certainly shone through and so lets hope this continues for the real thing!

Friday 19 August 2011

Visit to B&B Agricultural Sales Ltd

Members travelled to Doublebois to visit B and B Agricultural, who offer support and repairs for all farm machinery and equipment, and are the main franchise holders for the Valtra range of Tractors. After looking around the premises, members were set the challenge of driving a Polaris Ranger around a course, plus encouraged to get behind the wheel of their Valtra tractors and take them for a spin! In addition, members were asked to guess the horsepower of their demonstrator Valtra tractor and later on in the evening, a quiz was handed out to see who had been listening. Sofie Watton's guess was the closest to 221.2HP and Jess Brookham won the quiz.

Thursday 18 August 2011

Talk by a farm secretary

Sue Gillbard, a farm secretary who works as part as IAgSA (Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators), joined Launceston YFC at Eagle House to discuss her role as a farm secretary. Her passion for her job certainly shone through, which includes book-keeping and completing numerous Single Farm Payments forms each year for farmers. The evening was followed by a rather long business meeting!

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Mad Hatter's Cocktail Ball

Members throughout the county were raving after this years Summer Ball, which was held at Ashgrove Farm, Tremaine, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs. R. Goodman.This year the ball was renamed as the 'Mad Hatter's Cocktail Ball' to make it a little bit different from previous years. Launceston YFC worked exceptionally hard in the run up to the ball, in particular our social secretaries, Jak Gubbin and Nathan Dinnis, along with chairman, Ed Humber. The Mad Hatter theme was well represented in colour and decoration, and the cocktails, which were a new venture, certainly went down a treat. The enjoyable two course roast dinner was served by Moses and Mary Andrews, along with a budding team of guides from Tregadillett. This was followed by dancing to the band 'Cut the Rug' and the hugely popular BK Disco. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this night so fantastic. In fact many people have called it the best yet!

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Fun at the beach

Many members refer to our annual beach trip as being one of the best evenings of the year, and this time it was no exception! There was a large turn out last Thursday for games, swimming and a BBQ at Widemouth Bay. The more active members of the bunch enjoyed a small game of cricket, whilst the rest preferred to sit and chat. Unfortunately there were not as many people who were eager to go in the sea this year, but Oli Stephens, Tamsyn Bartlett, Martin Grigg, Steve Butter, Ed Humber, Claire Butter and even new member Aaron braved it non-the-less! The meat on the BBQ soon disappeared, leaving members full and tired.

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Rally at Pensipple Farm

It was a surprise to have a dry rally this year! Members from all over the county gathered at Pensipple Farm, near St Keyne, Liskeard to show their skills at numerous competitions, including cookery, handicraft, floristry, art and photography. The day also consisted of practical tasks, games and sports, with Ellis' (county chairman) flying machine being a crowd catcher! Launceston YFC's plastic bag and hot air design proved how the most simplistic designs can be the most effective, as ours flew for miles and miles.
Being a beautiful day, many members were keen to partake in the water sports (greasy pole, search and find, water catching) or get dirty with the egg and flour race! A good day was had by all and won overall by Helston and St Keverne. The evening event was equally well supported and enjoyable.

Launceston Show

The YFC was full, bright and bulging with competitions and information at Launceston Show recently, which caught the eye of passing members of the public. The mini cubicles, themed 'farming sectors' all looked great and this year was won by Charlotte Parker and her fellow hens! Outside, the weather was beautiful (for once!) and so members were eager to try their hand at Ed Humber's 'revolving ladder' concoction; it certainly was easier said than done, as many were flung off it in their haste! In addition, the annual sheaf pitching competition was very popular. Congratulations to all the cup winners and all those who participated in any way.
That evening, members and friends partied hard to BK Disco at the White Hart Hotel, Launceston.

Sunday 17 July 2011

Mad Hatter's Cocktail Ball Tickets for sale

Ball Tickets £22 in advance - available from Kate on 07773898609

Live Band, Bar and cocktail bar, disco, two course roast meal
Dress code: black tie/frock

Friday 15 July 2011

Launceston Show Prep

Members are working hard to create their entries for the ranging competitions that will be taking place in the YFC tent at Launceston Show, which will take place on Thurs 21st July. Competitions range from photography, handicraft and cookery to produce and practical tasks outside the marquee. Please do pop in and browse around. We look forward to not only catching up, but also meeting new people (We are a very friendly bunch!).

Launceston Mad Hatter's Summer Ball tickets will also be on sale at the show: Saturday 6th August, £22 each, black tie/ frock

Monday 11 July 2011

Singing for the French Twinning Evening

On Saturday 9th July, Launceston Young Farmer's singing group were asked to provide the entertainment for the French Twinning Evening in Launceston Town Hall. The group, known as 'Sea Shandy', were warmly welcomed by the large audience of both French and English people, who gave a standing ovation, as well as generously donating £100 and €4 to our chosen charities (MS and Ataxia).  An encore was even requested! A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by performers and the audience alike!

Saturday 9 July 2011

Visit to F.D Statton and Son

There was a good turn out for our visit to Statton's Slaughterhouse at Davidstow, as members were intrigued to learn more about the process of slaughtering farm animals. Jonny Statton, who is very well known to most members, carefully dissected a pre-1996 Friesian cow, starting by skinning it and then removing limbs and organs (intestines, heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, etc) to leave just the carcass. Despite a few people feeling a little queasy, lots of questions were asked and great interest was shown. Many thanks to Jonny Statton and Sam Burden for the visit.

Sunday 3 July 2011

Singing with Fisherman's Friends!

On Friday 1st July, hoards of friends and family from all over Cornwall headed to the Platt in Port Isaac, not only to hear the wonderful tunes from the Fisherman's Friends, but also because Launceston YFC's singing group known as 'Sea Shandy' were performing too! Following months of rehearsing for the cabaret act, Oli Stephens was eager to arrange it.

It was a truly fantastic evening, which was very well supported. Our thanks go to the Fisherman's Friends (who had performed at Glastonbury only the Sunday before) and also our singing coaches, Roger Williams and Janet Ham.

Sea Shandy have got more dates booked in their diaries and are hoping to learn some more songs very soon so watch this space...!

Visit to Tamar Trading/ Stacey's

The club trekked to Holsworthy to visit the long-established builders', plumbers' and timber merchant known as Tamar Trading, which works alongside J. Stacey and co. Members were given a detailed talk about the business and shown around the premises, which included a large timber store, comprehensive stock of building materials, joinery workshop, kitchen and bathroom displays and even a chapel of rest. It was a very interesting evening indeed.

Saturday 25 June 2011

Lanson YFC Summer Do

Our Summer Do was held last weekend (June 18th) at Pipers Pool, by kind permission of Paul and Simon Burden. The theme this year was charity shop fancy dress, with some fantastically wacky clothing appearing, including men in ladies clothing! The evening was well attended and good fun was had by all.

Farm Walk at Beara Farm

This years farm walk was held at Beara Farm, the home of Robert and Hilary Tucker. Members were given a guided tour, seeing his crop production, pedigree Charolais cows and one thousand head flock of mule ewes, which are put to Charolais rams. It was very interesting to see how Robert and Hilary conduct such a well run farm on 300 acres, employing no other staff, except at lambing time. Alongside this, they run a farmhouse B&B.

Thursday 9 June 2011

Royal Cornwall Show

The cubicle is finally finished, following lots of late nights and hard work, and has been placed second, with Warleggan YFC taking 1st with their cubicle, 'Alice In Wonderland'. Please head to the young farmers tent at the show to see all 20 cubicles!

Saturday 4 June 2011

Cubicle Prep

It was a night of final touches for the Royal Cornwall Show cubicle. This year the theme is Walt Disney, with Launceston YFC being given the challenge of depicting Aladdin. Please come and view the cubicles, along with numerous other competitions, in the Young Farmers tent at the Show next week. See you there!

Monday 30 May 2011

Competitions Day, near St Mabyn

Launceston YFC entered as much as they could at competitions day, including cookery (first), a mini cubicle (first), stockjudging (mixed positions!) and fence errecting (second). The club really pulled together and gained first place overall. Very well done!

Saturday 28 May 2011

Boys entertain girls

Following girls entertain boys, the tables were turned and so we headed to Bude for a surprise meeting of fencing, led by a registered fencing instructor, George! Donned in the appropriate clothing and armed with a sword, members were taught the necessary footwork, tactics and strategies for competing. It was a most entertaining and enjoyable. Many thanks to the boys, especially Ed Humber, for organising it.

Talk by a police dog handler

PC Andy Lewis and his trusty dog Victor, who is just coming up to retirement at the age of 8years, came to visit Launceston YFC at Eagle House. PC Lewis talked through his role as an officer, finding people as well as stopping people. Members were amazed at the strength of the dog, especially on hearing that Victor had torn someone's calf muscle, plus disemboweled a drink drive. It was a fascinating talk that was rounded off by amusement when Victor took a large interest in Ali Jones's bag!!

Sunday 15 May 2011

The Wedding of Nick and Karyn Brookham

On Saturday 14th May Nick Brookham and Karyn Kenyon tied the knot at Tresparrett Chapel. A guard of honour was provided by club members, with a tug of war rope entwined, as Nick was a member of Warbstow Warrior's tug-of war team. We wish the newly wed couple the best of luck for their future together.

Girls Entertain Boys

The girls entertained the boys with an evening of line dancing last week. With a good turn out, the hall was packed and full of laughter as we learnt lots of new moves. Jak Gubbin particularly enjoyed shimmering (or shaking your bottom in his case) to the music! To many people's surprise, it was one of the best meetings for a while. Many thanks go to Warbstow's line dancers for teaching us and Sofie Watton for organising it.

Monday 9 May 2011

Wotnot and National AGM

A keen group of fundraisers, referred to in Cornwall as Wotnotters, trekked the four peaks (Brown Willy, Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike) last week in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance and Precious Lives Appeal. Huge congratulations go to our members; Ed Humber, Jonny Shute, Steve Butter, Mel Kuhlmann, Leanne Gynn and Fiona Ham. Unfortunately Charlotte Parker missed out as a result of breaking her big toe the week before.

The Wotnotters ended their week at Blackpool, where they met up with hundreds of members from all over England and Wales for the Annual General Meeting and entertainments final. The weekend saw song titles coming alive as fancy dress costumes, Matt Baker (from Countryfile and The One Show) who was elected as President of National YFC, thus taking the place of Lionel Hill and on top of this, our own county organiser Gerald Haines being voted as being an honorary life member. What a legend! The weekend drew to a close with the entertainments final. Following months and months of rehearsals and with an outstanding performance of 'Its Not An Albatross', Cornwall's cabaret team were placed a well-deserved second. Congratulations to all 95 Cornish members, who have had endless amounts of fun and worked with such energy and professionalism together as a team. Special thanks to Mike Meer (producer) and his team.

Saturday 30 April 2011

Farm Walk

This weeks meeting was a tour of Ian and Helen Davey's farm, near Trerulefoot. Not only were we taken to see the beef animals and sheep, but the highlight was viewing and learning about the thousands upon thousands of free range hens that they keep, plus the impressive on site egg packing centre, where some members helped to pack the eggs. Egg-cellent work! Ending with a BBQ (which included eggs), it truly was a cracking farm walk! Thank you both.

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Car Treasure Hunt

Following a disappointing last minute cancellation, Tim Kenyon (programme secretary) and Nick Brookham lifted everyone's spirits by organising a car treasure hunt. Members were taken on a pleasant drive around the north coast, following clues, opening gates (thanks to Luke shutting any he found!), answering questions and finding some rather obscure items, including the largest pebble, both a hen's egg and a chocolate Easter egg and a cow's footprint!
Luckily, everyone found their way back to the Wilsey afterwards and Nathan Dinnis' car load won. Many thanks to the two boys for organising such an entertaining evening.

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Wedding of Chris Creaper to Becky Franklin

Congratulations to Chris and Becky, who tied the knot on Friday 15th April 2011. A guard of honour was jointly created by Launceston and Camelford YFC. We wish them all the best for their future together.

Stock Judging

It was great to see such enthusiasm at the stock judging evening this week, which started at Atway Farm, where Graham Smale trained members on dairy, then on to the Burden's, where Mark Thomas and Barry Gubbin taught beef, followed by Robert Tucker showed everyone lamb judging. Overall winners were Claire Butter for the ladies and Tom Merritt/ Alan Wadge (jointly) for the males. I hope such enthusiasm continues for the forthcoming competitions.

Saturday 9 April 2011

Visit to Cornish Lime Company

The Cornish Lime Company at Bodmin is one of the country's leading producers and suppliers of lime products for building and restoration projects, and so members were keen to take a look around and learn a bit more. Director and founder of Cornish Lime, Phil Brown gave us an interesting insight into his business and how he is helping to keep the old traditions alive, alongside our heritage in buildings that are restored using the lime process. 

Southern round of cabaret

On Sunday 3rd April, two coaches transported Cornwall's cabaret team (including two acts from Launceston YFC) to Weston-Super-Mare for the Southern round. It was brilliant to have such support from family and friends. Cornwall narrowly missed first place by 0.7 of a mark (results can be found on the  NFYFC website), but will still go through to the final at Blackpool at the beginning of May. I hope you all have your tickets!!

Monday 28 March 2011

Race Night

The Wilsey Down Pub at Hallworthy organised a race night last Saturday, inviting Launceston YFC to organise and profit from the raffle. The evening was a very entertaining one, especially when some bets were placed unintentionally - poor Steve Butter had £7 whipped from his hand when buying a round, for a horse he had won from simply entering the room! Luckily for him, his horse came in first and so he walked away a happy man with £40!!
Thank you to all who supported the night, plus Jonny Dymond (auctioneer).

Saturday 26 March 2011

Rose Bowl

The annual rose bowl is a fun speaking competition between the members of Launceston YFC. This year it was hosted by Roger Parsons (president), Mary Andrews and Janet Ham and consisted of three rounds. To begin, each member was given a Mr Men book, which they had to read, then give a book review on. Shortlisted members then had to auction the most random of objects, including an out-of-date can of beer! This didn't deter Alan Wadge from splashing his cash though! The final six then went head to head as teams of three, playing a game of 'Call my Bluff'. Congratualtions to Oli Stephens who took away the trophy and many thanks to our president and his assistants for a very entertaining evening.

Monday 21 March 2011

Visiting Tregida Seafood Unit

The smell of fish led members to Tregida Seafood Unit at Pennygillam. With a range of locally caught fish beautifully displayed, members were informed of the full process of smoking, from selecting the fish to packaging and dispatching it (even as far as London).
It was interesting to look around the property and see the ranging gadgets and modcoms needed to prepare fish, along with the new packaging machine that provides an air tight seal. I am sure many members will be full of omega three, going by the amount of fish sold on the night!

Tuesday 15 March 2011

SWA Cabaret Winners

Following months of practise as a club and weeks of work as a county, the cabaret team really wowed the crowd at the Hall for Cornwall on Sunday 13th March with their performance entitled, 'It's not an albatross'. Being the first time on stage as a team, the cast of approximately 100 members really did the county proud coming FIRST.

The next round is at Weston-Super-Mare on April 3rd (Mothers Day)! We look forward to as much support as possible, but beware, tickets are selling fast!

Saturday 5 March 2011

Annual Dung Run Prep

With prongs, dung and empty feeder bags at the ready, members spent their Thursday evening bagging dung. With the use of Timmy's brand spanking new bagger alongside the old ones, we soon filled approx 1,450 bags. A lovely spread followed, thanks to Maureen Shute and Audrey Retallick. Lets hope the aroma of dung soon fades - it's not the most desirable choice of aftershave/ perfume!

Watch out for Launceston YFC around the Launceston area tomorrow (Sunday 6th March), when we shall be selling these bags at a reasonable price of £1.50 in aid of charity.

Friday 25 February 2011

Skating on ice

Being half term, ice skating at Plymouth Pavillions proved to be a popular evening, not only by YFC, but members of the public. With a full rink, I was impressed by how few crashes there were, although Luke Uglow certainly made good friends with the ice! By the end of the session, many people had gained in confidence, including Bryony, Natasha and Lil.

YFC FOLLOWERS: Please remember that Sunday 6th March is our annual dung run. Please order dung in advance (see the advert in the paper for contact details)

Friday 18 February 2011

Talk by a funeral director

At first, tonight's talk seemed a little morbid, but it didn't deter a large crowd of members from coming along. Mr Peter Rowe (from Maddaford Funeral Services) discussed his specialist subject sensitively and in great depth. True to his word, he answered a range of questions from members as honestly and openly as he could, whilst remaining profession.

I for one would not like to do his job, but Peter certainly takes it all in his stride, having been in the navy prior. Many thanks go to Peter for doing such a wonderful job at informing us on such a delicate topic.

Saturday 12 February 2011

Visit to the Cornish Crisp Company

Having only started up business two years ago, the Cornish Crisp Company in Callington welcomed members with bags of crisps! Following a talk, plus question and answers session, we were shown around the factory and told the processes involved to change potatoes to crisps. It was great to discover that they use as much local produce as possible, plus support a range of charities, inlcuding Shelterbox.

Wednesday 9 February 2011

Valentine's Ball at The Atlantic Hotel, Newquay

'Wear a hat or bring a pig' appeared to be a rather alternative theme for our Valentine's Ball this year, yet members from all over Cornwall proudly stuck to it. It was a relief to our county chairman, Anthony Ellis, that no livestock made it to the hotel that night, although this could have been somewhat interesting! Following a three course meal, the night was danced away into the early hours of Sunday morning and it was no surprise that many members were glad they had booked a room at the hotel!

Friday 4 February 2011

Inter-club challenge

Members from Camelford, Stratton and St Mabyn joined us at Trethorne for our annual inter-club challenge. Following a range of activities, including bowling, pool, darts and jenga the scores were very tight. The night ended with arm wrestling and also a boat race, with Camelford victorious. Watching a Camelford member drench herself in a pint of water, all for the sake of winning, certainly made for an amusing night! Well done to all who participated and many thanks for your support.

Monday 31 January 2011

Cabaret County Final @ Truro

Feeling nervous was an understatement for many members on Sunday 30th January, as it was time to perform the winning cabaret acts at the county final, which was held at the Hall for Cornwall, in Truro. Not only was it the final, but the all important decision was to be made...which teams would make it through to Mike Meers' county team?
    Following a long wait, it was revealed that not only had Launceston's skipping act, entitled 'Rope Burn' been placed second overall, but BOTH of our acts (singing and skipping) had gained a place in the county team. HUGE congratulations to both members and their trainers for doing so incredibly well. They should be extremely proud.
Launceston YFC Band - "Sea Shandy"

                                                Launceston YFC Skippers - "Rope Burn"

The next cabaret round, which is the South West area round, will be held on Sunday 13th March at the Hall for Cornwall. We look forward to seeing as much support as possible again.

Friday 21 January 2011

County Roadshow

Claire Worden, a member of the county team, entertained members last night with a range of team building games, plus reinforcing what young farmers is all about and reminding us of the YFC network, both within our county and nationally.

Cabaret Round at Liskeard

Launceston YFC entered two teams in the annual entertainments round. With this year being cabaret, a strong singing group impressed the crowd and judges with their talent, which was followed by an amazing skipping routine, which included the use of UV lighting. Both teams should be very proud of themselves and remain hopeful that they will be in the final, as well as the county team. Results will be given this Sunday (23rd January) at St Ives Guildhall, 2pm, when the west teams will present their acts. Fingers crossed...!

Saturday 15 January 2011

"It's behind you!"

Oh yes, it was panto time again, and this year it was off to see the 'fabulous' (!) Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Right from the start, the audience were hooked and in histerics, and nobody could believe the phenomenal amount of costumes that lady Passionella had to wear. The 3D effects equally bought a new dimension to the show and Muddles, played by Joe Pasquale, glued it all together. His squeaky voice, wild hair and sense of comedy, kept the audience laughing all the way through the show! All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Parent's Night

The first viewing of our cabaret acts was to friends, family and fellow members on Thursday. Being the first time that members had performed on stage, they did exceedingly well and the constructive feedback that followed helped us to move further forward. Please support us at the county round on Sunday 16th January at Liskeard Town Hall, 2pm start (NB there is also a round at Liskeard on the Saturday).