A YOUNG farmer's federation held their annual general meeting (AGM) earlier this month. 

On Monday, November 6, the Dorset Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) celebrated members and announced changes of roles at the annual event. 

Charlotte Seare, county chairman, and Mike Tizzard, county president, stepped down at the end of the evening and handed the reins over to Amy Wonnacott (chairman) and Andy Seare (president). 

Former county president, Mike, said:  "During my year as your president, what has impressed me the most is the budding talent that YFC movement brings out in young people. YFC is not an exam paper but real experience that is carried out in a fun way.  I have seen members develop and gain confidence.  Our countryside is in good hands for the future."

Former county chairman, Charlotte, added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped the county federation during the year. This includes the judges, stewards, parents and members who have helped to make both clubs and county a success. We certainly couldn’t have held all our events without you.”

There were also a variety of trophies handed out to clubs and members at the AGM, including: 

  • Upton Oil Cup - Puddletown YFC 
  • Brig Hoblyn cup for Recruitment - Sherborne YFC 
  • Ed Highnam Charity Award for Fundraising - Marshwood Vale YFC
  • R M Harris VA Stone, Senior Sports - Sherborne YFC 
  • Nick White Junior Sports Cup - Gillingham & Shaftesbury YFC
  • Askerswell Cup for Good Citizenship - Gillingham & Shaftesbury YFC
  • DCA Old Students Association - Erin Hughes, Blandford YFC
  • Efficiency Cup - Beaminster YFC 
  • The Garrett Cup for Endeavour - Alexandra Cartwright

The Dorset Federation of Young Farmers Clubs also has a few more fundraisers planned this year, including a drama competition on December 2 at The Thomas Hardye School Theatre and an Auction of Promises on Saturday (November 25) at Charlton Down Village Hall in Dorchester.