National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 September 2021

Young Farmers’ Clubs who have been supporting their rural communities during the Covid-19 pandemic have been recognised at The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) YFC Achiever Awards 2021.

Pontfaen YFC in Brecknock was revealed as the winner of the Community Spirit Award, sponsored by Tama, at an online awards ceremony on Tuesday 14 September 2021. TV presenter and Welsh farmer Gareth Wyn Jones announced the results and praised YFCs for looking after others and offering hope during challenging times.

As well as grocery deliveries to vulnerable people and making scrub bags for NHS staff, Pontfaen YFC created a ‘talking bench’ as part of a local community project organised by PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations), where residents of Merthyr Cynog could sit and talk to others. Club members also decorated their bench with stones that included numbers for organisations that people could contact for support or counselling.

The idea impressed the judging panel, which alongside Gareth included CEO of the Farming Community Network Jude McCann and NFYFC Chair Rachel Goldie.

Gareth Wyn Jones said:

“It was really difficult to pick five finalists and even harder to choose the winner. All of the finalists did some fantastic work over the last 12 months in a very difficult situation. We were all impressed by the achievements of Pontfaen YFC and especially with their talking bench – a great way to support local residents’ wellbeing and much-needed during these challenging times.

“Congratulations to all our finalists and winners of the Community Spirit of the Year Award. Without Young Farmers’ Clubs and what they do our industry would be a lot poorer.”

As well as the talking bench the club also held an illuminated tractor run at Christmas, dressed their President up as Santa and used a tractor to tow his sleigh around the village, and produced a virtual Carol Service, complete with readings, prayers and songs to bring some festive cheer to a community in isolation. They also raised more than £800 for their local ICU department through a Christmas raffle and a further £1600 for charities through an online auction.

Club Chair Raiff Devlin “On behalf of Pontfaen YFC, it is brilliant news to hear that our members have been recognised for their work in supporting the community and raising money for charities by being awarded first place in the Community Spirit Award.

“I would like to personally thank all involved for their continued commitment to the community and the wider YFC movement.”

Tama are proud sponsors of the Community Spirit Award 2021 and Warren Tatton, Tama UK Commercial Manager said:

“Tama is extremely proud to support this year’s Community Spirit award. It is a real testament to the individuals and clubs that have excelled in challenging times, going beyond personal interests to benefit others through charitable actions.

“Well done to all the finalists and I hope they continue to make other people’s lives better.”

The YFC Achiever Awards shows are running from 13-17 September 2021 and each evening is introduced by NFYFC President and former international rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE.

All the awards videos can be seen here.

The awards are a celebration of achievements from the previous membership year and mark a positive start to the new YFC membership year. Clubs are now meeting again following pandemic restrictions being lifted and more information about joining a local YFC can be found here.

See more information about all finalists of the New Member Award here.


 


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