Senior Member of the Year - Lowri Fflur

December 2014

With Christmas approaching, it can only mean one thing. The Queens Balls!!! For those of you that don’t know - Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion have a tradition within the County where the Queen (that get’s selected on rally day usually) has a Ball around Christmas time. Although this tradition has recently started to evolve and change, with Carmarthenshire’s being called the ‘County Christmas Ball’ for the first time this year; the Christmas spirit still belongs, and those who are most brave make it to each of the three balls in turn. Pembrokeshire Queens Ball was held on Friday 13th December in the De Valance in Tenby, with Carmarthenshire’s on the 21st December on Wind Street in Swansea and Ceredigion’s on the 29th of December in Pier Pressure, Aberystwyth. I am very proud of the fact that I am making all three balls this year for the first time in a long time – to support of course!

Apart from socialising (obviously the most important thing at Christmas time), we’ve been very busy in Glamorgan Young Farmers. Competition wise, it’s been public speaking time with the Junior, Intermediate and Senior competitions in full swing as well as the Junior and Senior Member Of The Year. The last was particularly interesting for me, as I was looking forward to meeting my new successor in Glamorgan – and it went to a very deserving lady - Laura Elliott from Gower YFC who is currently Vice Competitions Chairman of Wales YFC. I do like to take some credit for her success, as I did give her some tips ;) However, I’m sure she’ll do very well at Wales level in March – good luck to her! I competed in the After Dinner competition and also the Call My Bluff competition which was a brand new experience. After Dinner is probably my most favourite competition in the YFC calendar, as it’s all about acting a character for six minutes. I was guest speaker for the National Headteachers Society and went as Barbara Bamboo – the biggest bamboo grower outside China, who’s campaign was to bring the cane back to school. I had a brilliant time, and Neath came second overall which was a great achievement as the standard was incredibly high.

While the Junior Member of The Year competition was being judged within County, I ventured to Brecknock to judge their competition. This was my first proper experience of judging such a competition, and although a little nervous about being on the other side of the interviewing table, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Myself and Jenny (my house mate who I invited along as a second opinion) had six very capable junior members to choose from for the title, and in the end it was Caitlin Harley from Builth Wells YFC that took it. Her standard of CV and personal statement were excellent for someone so young, and along with evident knowledge of the young farmers and how it works in interview – she definitely deserved to win.

And so it’s been another packed month within YFC. As well as the above, the County Choir also held a Carol Concert Evening on the 11th December which was a lovely way to start the Christmas festivities while raising money for the local chapel vestry where we usually practice. Also, we held Neath YFC Annual Dinner Dance where I was fortunate to win a couple of cups to add to the window ledge. If I don’t see you in the Queens Balls – I shall see you in the new year. Bring on 2015!! Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! Lowri xx

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