30 March 2015 | Online since 2003



15 April 2014|News,Shows and Events

Young farmers bury time capsule in Devon


Young Farmers buried a time capsule in Hemyock, Devon - the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) - to commemorate the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) 80th anniversary.

The ceremony took place on Saturday 12 April 2014 and current and former members of NFYFC, the largest rural youth organisation in the UK, were joined by local dignitaries and residents.

Among the guests were Chairman of Mid Devon County Council John Berry and Councillor Ray Radford who read out a letter on behalf of Neil Parish MP – all former YFC members.

The ceremony was timely as it followed on from Culm Valley YFC’s Show and Sale on 11 April – an event the club has been hosting since Hemyock YFC first set up in 1921.

Hemyock YFC eventually evolved into Culm Valley YFC and former members were there to reminisce and talk about their experiences of being part of the Federation. Among them was 84-year-old Brian Clist, a former Club Chairman from 1951, from Mountshayne Farm in Culm Valley. Brian’s farm has been in the family for 300 years and his father was the first Vice Chairman of Hemyock YFC and attended the very first Calf Sale on the grounds near where the time capsule was buried. His eldest son was also Vice Chairman of Culm Valley YFC in the 1970s.

Brian Clist said: “I am delighted that Young Farmers’ Clubs are still going strong and I feel proud to know that my family were members of one of the longest running clubs in England and Wales. I can remember attending the Sales back in the fifties, learning traditional skills such as rope making and stockjudging. We also enjoyed the dances too.”

As well as a display of the Federation’s old photos and documents, Culm Valley YFC served refreshments in the village hall. There was also an opportunity to capture what people thought the industry and the NFYFC would look like in 2058. Attendees at the event were invited to hang their thoughts on a special wishing tree and their ideas will be kept, with a record of attendance, for young farmers to read in 2058.

Among the haul of items included in the time capsule are photos, programmes, stickers, badges and information about clubs and the Federation.

The intention is for future YFC members to dig up the capsule in 2058 so they can find out what life as a young farmer was like in 2014.

The suggestion to bury a time capsule was originally made by NFYFC’s Youth Forum. The Chairman of the Youth Forum Sioned Davies said:

“It was very exciting to bury the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ time capsule in Hemyock to mark our 80th year. We hope the selection of items inside the capsule can convey the breadth of opportunity and the depth of our history.

“The ceremony gave everyone a chance to reflect on the growth of the NFYFC over the past 80 years and to celebrate the vigour and energy of our members today. Something we hope will be conveyed to those opening the capsule in 2058 on the 125th anniversary of NFYFC.”

Download



Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


18 March 2015
Apprentice Vehicle Technician (HGV) Wellingborough
Park Farm Industrial Estate. To attain high levels of morale and focus to ensure the highest possible levels of productive ef...

14 March 2015
Digital Display Account Manager
In addition to the top-level training and working on pioneering campaigns, we work across a myriad of the great and good in n...

26 March 2015
HGV / LGV / Class 2 Food Service Driver - FMCG
Deliver dairy goods to retail and business customers. Deliver bulk dairy products to food service customers on the designated...

18 March 2015
Senior Recreation Assistant
GLL are looking to recruit a Senior Recreation Assistant to work at Church Farm Swimming Pool within the London Borough of Ba...

25 March 2015
Engineering Process Improvement Manager
Brewery & Beverage, Dairy, Chilled Food, Frozen Food, Bakery, Ambient Food Production or Pharmaceutical. That’s why we dr...




Top stories you may have missed
23 March 2015 | Cattle

UK butchers face difficulties to recruit...

Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...


20 March 2015 | Arable

Dust - the secret fertiliser?

NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...


19 March 2015 | Arable

The Budget 2015: A Farmer's Budget?

“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...


17 March 2015 | News

UK's first floating solar power system l...

The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...


13 March 2015 | Animal Health

Labour and Conservatives clash over badg...

Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...


12 March 2015 | News

Solar could be cheapest energy source by...

By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...


11 March 2015 | Finance

English buyers turn their attention to S...

Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...


9 March 2015 | Cattle

2020 vision for the Welsh red meat indus...

The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...


6 March 2015 | News

MP raises egg industry concerns on trans...

Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...


Stay safe and legal when flying drones

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems - or dron...