14th November 2019 - Page 42

AUGUST 01 2019
Youths For
with YFCU
AST week I jumped onto a plane and
headed off to Cardiff and on to the Royal
Welsh Show following an invitation from
Wales YFC’s Chairman.
I had never been to the Show before, so
it was the perfect excuse to go on my holidays.
I spent all day Tuesday at the show, catching
with up YFC members from Ulster and Wales
and getting to see just a small selection of YFC
competitions and activities. The weather was
extremely warm, dare I say it, nearly too warm
with shaded spots being prime positions and
very difcult to come by.
I got a chance to catch up with one of the
Ulster exchangees on exchange to Wales,
she was having a ball at the show and really
enjoying her travel opportunity as part of the
It was great to be in attendance at the Wales
YFC Chairman’s reception with the highlight
being the revealing of the new plaque conrming
the purchase of the Wales YFC building at the
showgrounds, a massive achievement for the
organisation and such an ideal location for
their headquarters.
Landing back into Northern Ireland and
realising it was back to Porridge, I was pleasantly
surprised to realise it was only two weeks to the
Farmers’ Bash Live at the Beach and the YFCU
John Bradley Challenge on August 9. I’m looking
forward to both events and kick-starting the
90th Anniversary celebrations for the YFCU.
The John Bradley Challenge is a wet knock
out competition on the Portrush East Strand
starting at 1:30pm so if you are down on your
holidays, it’ll be worthwhile coming along to
have a look. Power NI is also joining us at the
beach as the sponsor of our 90th Anniversary
and I hear they have some promotional goodies
to hand out. YFC Moo will also be making an
We still need some YFC members to steward
at the event, so if you are free on the afternoon
please let HQ know ASAP. You can also get a
reduced price ticket to the Farmers’ Bash Live
at the Beach by stewarding at the John Bradley
At the Farmers’ Bash live at the Beach, the
three nalists from our YFC Moo talent search
will be performing with the winner getting a
chance to perform at the Farmers’ Bash at the
SSE in October. I’ve heard all the nalists sing
and they all sound fantastic so the judging
panel will have a hard task that night!
I got the chance to attend Randox Antrim
Show at the weekend. I was given the challenge
to judge the Trade Stands and pick the top three.
It was no easy task but after some deliberation,
I placed JCB in rst place.
The YFCU Build It nal was also held at the
show with Coleraine YFC winning rst place
with their hedgehog box. I was asked by Co.
Antrim YFC to judge their County Princess
Competition along with Co. Londonderry Chair,
Julie Irwin. Again it was a difcult task as all the
girls we spoke to could have easily represented
Co. Antrim but we picked Laura Patterson from
Holestone YFC.
I enjoyed catching up with Co. Antrim
members and again I was hit with the question
“Do you get paid for being President?” I’m afraid
I don’t, I’m a volunteer just like everyone else!
Another common misconception is that I work
full-time at YFCU Headquarters but I’m afraid I
work full-time and do YFC in my spare-time. It’s
a busy role but I thoroughly enjoy it!
Now this week I’ve got tag rugby nals,
preparations for leading the YFCU European
Rally team and also a mindfulness walk with
Ulster Wildlife.
The road to success for CAFRE’s Loughry students
CAFRE’s food students are
not only celebrating their
recent graduation, but are also
looking forward to excellent
employment success.
One such graduate, SarahJane Houston, celebrated her
achievement at the recent
Loughry Campus awards day.
Sarah-Jane received a BSc rst
class honours degree in food
technology, and also a prize for
achieving the highest grade on
the food technology degree.
In her second year, SarahJane received a substantial
bursary from the ABP Food
Group, and successfully
completed a 48 week work
placement with the company,
allowing her to graduate with a
diploma in industrial studies.
Sarah-Jane began her time
at Loughry studying for the
national diploma in food
technology after completing her
GCSE’s, an attractive alternative
to A-levels. This practicallybased vocational course gave
her the opportunity to study a
wide range of subjects and get
a avour of what her future
GRADUATE: From left: Dawn
Spears (ABP Food Group), SarahJane Houston (Kilkeel), and Liam
McCarthy (ABP Food Group).
career choices might be.
Sarah-Jane commented:
“Completing the national
diploma course was the
beginning of a great insight
into the food industry for me.
I developed many practical
and transferable skills whilst
studying this course. From the
very beginning everyone at
Loughry made me feel welcome.
Loughry really is one big
Having successfully completed
the national diploma course,
Sarah-Jane decided to continue
her studies at CAFRE and
enrolled on the BSc (Hons)
food technology: “The range of
modules that I studied on the
honours degree, along with
the support from staff and
great facilities sets Loughry
out from all other universities.
I am now back working with
ABP Food Group as a technical
supervisor. This is a very
exciting role as no two days are
the same! Studying at Loughry
has prepared me to full this
challenging role!”
CAFRE offers a range of
higher education courses
in food technology, Food
innovation and nutrition, and
food business management.
Along with national diploma
courses suitable for students
with GCSE’s, there is something
for everyone.
If you would like to start
your journey on the road
success like Sarah-Jane, then
go along to the careers advice
evening on August 22. You can
also check out the website at:
www.cafre.ac.uk or follow at
DiscoverCAFRE on Facebook
and Instagram.
City of Derry YFC
gives a helping hand
GROUP: Club members Ryan Kelly, Scott Montgomery, Tom Parkhill, Jordan Dixon and
Mark Dixon.
SUPPORT: Club Secretary Emma Montgomery
and Jemma Gamble helping out at Country
Comes to City
N Saturday July 6, City of Derry YFC
members were kept very busy at Country
Comes to City, which is one of the biggest
country events held in Ebrington Square,
Londonderry, from 4:30pm until 11pm. Great
night with Derek Ryan headlining the event alongside
Mike Denver, Johnny Brady and Alish McBride.
Five City of Derry members, Tom Parkhill,
Ryan Kelly, Jemma Gamble and Lynne and Emma
Montgomery, helped collect tickets at the gates and
go round with collection buckets throughout the
large crowd. Great evening was had by all and even
the weather stayed dry as the public jived the night
On the Sunday morning members headed back to
the square to help gather all the litter and take down
posters and banners and security fences.
On Monday July 22 members Tom Parkhill, Jemma
Gamble and Emma Montgomery arrived at Ebrington
Square to receive a cheque from Country Comes to
City as City of Derry Young Farmers’ Club was one
of the chosen charities alongside neighbouring
Dungiven Young Farmers’ Club.
City of Derry YFC were privileged to have been
given the opportunity yet again to help out for the
third year running of Country Comes to City.
ON THE GATES: Lynne Montgomery,
member of City of Derry YFC and Louise
from Institute Football Club, collecting
tickets at the gates.
BUSY: Tom Parkhill (Club Leader) and Ryan
Kelly directing the public.


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