19 April 2024

Make lifelong friendships with the Young Farmers

by Rebecca Hannant

The Young Farmers Association, which has branches across Holderness, is seeking new members.

Since the 1920s young farmers clubs have swept across the country recruiting young people interested in farming and the countryside and offering them a chance to meet like-minded people.

The clubs organise a range of local and national events that allow young people to gain skills and gather new interests while making lifelong friendships.

In the East Yorkshire area, the association benefits from 14 clubs including Patrington, Thorngumbald, Skirlaugh and Brandesburton. The club also operates clubs further afield in Beverley and Bridlington.

Each club meets weekly and puts on a range of activities and talks, including presentations from Yorkshire Cancer Research, Rathlin Energy and local police.

Some meetings also include physical and skills-based activities including pancake making, pumpkin carving or woodwork. The clubs also organise days out to places such as other local farms, fire stations and engineering works, as well as driving ranges, ice skating and Laserquest.

At Christmas, some clubs will go carol singing around other farms to raise money for charities. There are also club nights where they have stock judging competitions, take part in the inter-club quiz competition, or have a bonfire night and sometimes an end-of-season barbecue.

The association also benefits from national activities including Public Speaking Day, Spring Competitions Day, Stockman of the Year, Sports Day, clay pigeon shooting and the County Rally, which includes 100 different competitions. Finally, the club also arranges trips abroad.

County president John Whitehead said: “Clubs are looking for new members all the time and it’s an opportunity to meet new people who may become friends for life, and, like me, many members have met their future life partners via Young Farmers.

“The advantage of members organising events themselves is that it gives them the opportunity to learn about planning, budgeting, delegation and teamwork, and all in a fun and friendly environment. Entering competitions gives them the opportunity to learn new skills.

“Membership fees vary between clubs, but most are around £45 for the year, which to get all the above and more, surely must be the best £45 anyone could spend in their lives.”

Each club has its own website, while county organiser Ellie Dawson can also answer any questions about each club. To contact the office, call 01377 256637.