WE HAVE AROUND 870 MEMBERS THROUGHOUT SOMERSET - AND "NO" YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ONE, TO BE ONE !
IF YOU ARE AGED BETWEEN 10 AND 26, WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY A WIDE VARIETY OF COMPETITIVE SPORTS, BRAIN-RACKING QUIZES, CONFIDENCE BUILDING COMPETITIONS AND A SOCIAL LIFE SECOND TO NONE - READ ON...
We have 24 clubs in Somerset, joined together by the 5 Groups, Fosse, Sedgemoor, Severn, Wessex and West Group, representing each "corner" of Somerset. Each Club runs it's own programme of events for the year, this programme is decided by you, the members. In addition to this there are County sports and competitions throughout the year, the winners of which can go to an Area play-off and finally to the National Finals, run by the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs based in Warwickshire. Then there is the Public Speaking events,stockjudging, lots of exciting sports, Drama, Pantomime, and Entertainments finals, the County Ball, Three Counties Ball and so much more. Meet, not just members from all over Somerset, but also meet other members Regionally, Nationally or - if you apply for an International Exchange - across the globe. There are activities to cover the whole age spectrum, with the junior members supervised during activities and camps. So if you are aged between 10 and 26 you aren't too young and not too old to join.
Young Farmers Clubs are run by you, the members (each Club has advisory support and Club Leaders) for the members. County Office are here to help with what ever you need help with - as well as ensuring that Child Protection policies, Health & Safety risk assessments etc are carried out to minimise threat or danger to all involved.
For more information give us a ring on 01278 691711 and speak to Gillian (Membership, finance and Office Manager), Katherine (administrator) or Anna (part-time administrator) or click on the e-mail below.Welcome to Somerset Young Farmers
Who we are… 23 Clubs comprising approx. 900 members, making Somerset YFC one of the largest youth organisations in the country.
Who is it for?
‘Somerset Young Farmers' Clubs is a rural youth organisation for any young people aged between 10 and 26 years’
What we do in Somerset YFC…
Ø Sports - lots of it! Most clubs have regular friendly matches in hockey, dodgeball, football, netball, rounders, kwik cricket, and skittles. Members get to take part for their club at county finals, area and national rounds.
Ø Stockjudging – learn the skill of being able to judge high quality stock on local farms. Place animals in an order you think is correct and explain to a judge why you have placed them in that order. You get to visit farms and meet lots of people, besides working with animals, learning animal husbandry and being taught a useful skill.
Ø Public Speaking – Young Farmers have a good reputation for being able to public speak. In Somerset we have some excellent trainers for the junior, intermediate & senior age groups and have enjoyed success at area and national competitions.
Ø Fundraising – From 24hr bounceathons, tractor runs, discos, clay pigeon shoots, cycle rides and BBQ’s, young farmers are re-known for their fundraising achievements, both for local charities and to raise funds to run their own clubs.
Ø Travel – There is an extensive travel programme available to every YFC member with opportunities to travel both at home and abroad. From homestays, volunteering and working placements there is something for everyone. Why not pick your trip of a lifetime!
Led by young people, for young people, Somerset YFC aim to encourage its members to learn new skills, work together as a team and try something new! It provides the members with a unique opportunity to develop new skills for life. Our motto ‘Fun, Learning & Achievement’
Young Farmers is for any young people with rural interests and you’ don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer!’
If you are aged between 10 and 26 years with 23 YFC clubs to choose from, we have a club near you in Somerset.
The clubs are joined together by 5 Groups, Fosse, Sedgemoor, Severn, Wessex and West Group, representing each "corner" of Somerset. Each Club runs its own programme of events for the year.
You meet, not just members from all over Somerset, but also other members Regionally, Nationally or - if you apply for an International Exchange - across the globe. There are activities to cover the whole age spectrum, with the junior members supervised during activities and camps.
The early History of Somerset Young Farmers Clubs
2nd July an inaugural meeting was held with Somerset Rural Community Council in Taunton, with farming representatives. Those present had to go and form at least one club in their neighbourhood. Membership age at this time was between 14 and 20 yrs. The sole purpose was for clubs to hold calf shows and participate in Stockjudging. Every club held a show and recorded calf entries.
The committee met again on 7th April. Clubs had been formed in South Petherton, Leigh on Mendip and Wrington. A picnic was held in Cannington Farm Institute with the Director of Education on 5th June. Only Wrington YFC was able to attend, with 40 members.
16th October South Petherton YFC closed.
Monday 6th April 1931, several farmers met with their sons and daughters at the Bear and Swan, Chew Magna to form Chew Valley YFC.
Clubs opened in Farrington Gurney, North Somerset and Compton Dando.
Keynsham YFC opened. In this year Foot and Mouth disease spread through North Somerset, which saw the loss of prominent herds in the area.
Mid Somerset YFC opened. The NFU agree to sponsor a club in the Wedmore area in this year. Frome YFC also formed and Coombe St Nicholas (formally Chard). On 27th April at Cannington Farm Institute at a meeting with the Vice Chairman of the Somerset National Farmers union, The Principle of the Farm Institute and the South West Area YFC Organiser a draft Constitution was approved to form the Somerset County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (The first official meeting was 3rd October 1934).
North Somerset was the largest club with 70 members. Five more YF clubs formed in the Autumn – Bath, Highbridge, Yeovil, Kingsbrompton and Wiveliscombe.
The first Rally was held in this year on June 7th at Mr A Broughton’s Impens, North Petherton attended by 700.
The age of membership was increased beyond the age of 21.
1936 - 1939
The 2nd Rally in 1936 was held at Capt. D.M Wills, Barley Wood, Wrington.
1937 The rally was held at Mr Luttrell’s, Dunster Castle. (The castle was open to members during the afternoon).
Taunton YFC was formed. 1938 Somerset YFC drew up its first set of rules. Wells, Glastonbury & District first met at Coxley.
11th Feb 1939 Weston & Banwell YFC formed.
The two branches of North Somerset YFC amalgamated in this 1939 where they renamed themselves Gordano Valley.
Second World War then caused disruption to Somerset YFC but most clubs continued to meet.