Senior Member of the Year Blog – May 2015

Laura Elliott


I’ve had to get my diary out to write this blog post as it appears so much is going on I can’t remember what has happened in which month! I’m sure with it being Rally season that many of you are in the same boat!

My main commitment in May was my journey to Northern Ireland as part of the Wales YFC International Travel Programme, and what a programme it is! If you’re not familiar with the opportunities available then please check out the Wales website, you’ll be able to find countless reports of journeys made across the world by Wales members – if something takes your fancy then the application process will take place in October/November so keep an eye out!

I spent two weeks in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Orr family. I really landed on my feet with such a brilliant family who were welcoming and great fun to be with! Rebecca, my host, is a member of Spa Young Farmers in County Down and holds a similar role in YFCU to our Competitions Chairman so it was the perfect set up for me to experience how they run their comps programme and steal a few ideas to bring home! We took in the Balmoral Show, somewhat smaller that the Royal Welsh but just as interesting and several other brilliant trips around the North Coast (The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick – A – Rede Bridge, Port Rush, Port Stewart), Belfast and Armagh. Agriculture was obviously the main thread through the trip but it was great to experience some tourist locations alongside the other travellers who were on exchange from England, Scotland and Australia!

I’ll be writing a full report on the exchange for the Wales YFC website and I am more than happy to travel to any counties/clubs to give a presentation on the travel programme and my experience on this trip and the European Rally last year – please get in touch if you’d like me to visit!

Within Glamorgan the month of May has seen the following events take place – Bridgend YFC’s Annual Dinner Dance, Gelligaer YFC hosted a concert to raise funds for their 75th Anniversary celebrations and we held our county Sports Day. Rally preparation is in full swing and the committee have been working hard in preparation for the biggest day in the county calendar.

At Wales level myself, Arwel and Nia met to finalise judges and stewards for the Royal Welsh Show. A huge thank you to everyone who has agreed to be involved with the young farmers elements of the Show this year, you know we couldn’t do it without you!!

In signing off this month I hope any Rallys that have taken place have been hugely successful and for those yet to come that the preparations are going smoothly!

Monthly Mantra – apply for the Wales YFC Travel Programme at some point during your time as a member, it really is a no brainer!!

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