At the end of April Wiltshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs had a successful 2019 County Rally.

It was held at Battens Farm, Allington Chippenham by kind permission of Mr Mike Hawker and Meadow Quality and despite Storm Hannah doing her best to blow the young farmers away, all 72 competitions planned for the day were completed.

The competitions were varied, including cooking, flower arranging, horse judging, brick laying, archery, wheel barrow racing, farm safety skills, first aid to the Grand Finale of the Tug Of War.

In addition there were more than 300 entries in the Static Barn displaying decorated boots, photography, cookery, garden benches and more.

Standards were very high standards making the judges jobs difficult.

The final scores were very close after the 90 competitions held throughout the year.

Overall, it was Chippenham that managed to stop Malmesbury’s three year winning streak by 213 points, less than 2.5 points per competition. Purton & Cricklade were hot on their tails with only 390 points off, only 4.3 points per competition.

The top five were:

  1. Chippenham 8292 points
  2. Malmesbury 8079.5 points
  3. Purton & Cricklade 7902 points
  4. Devizes 6811 points
  5. Calne 4696 points

The celebrations were rounded off with a Rally Dance on the evening with DJ Landrover.

Helen Darvill, county organiser, said: "Congratulations to Chippenham YFC and Good Luck to everyone going through to the Area Competitions finals on Sunday, June 9 at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester and National Finals in July and September.

"Wiltshire YFC is fully self funding and the Rally is our largest fundraiser each year. Very many thanks to everyone who sponsored us and attended on the day. Your support is very much appreciated."