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50 FARM WEEK
RURALYOUTH
NOVEMBER 23 2017
Kesh YFC turns 50
K
ESH Young Farmers brought
their 50th year celebrations
to a close with their
anniversary dinner and dance
in Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen on
Saturday, November 11.
This event was greatly supported
by past and present members with
260 in attendance. The club was
delighted with the turnout and the
night was thoroughly enjoyed by all
that attended.
The M.C. for the evening was Mr
Wesley Atchison, a past member
of Kesh YFC and a former Vice
President of the YFCU. He
reminisced about his time in the
club and gave the audience quite a
few laughs!
The current club president, Sandra
Beacom, welcomed everyone and
talked about how evident it was,
both in the planning and on the
night, the passion everyone has
for the club. She mentioned the
late James Owens, the first club
president and paused for a moment
to remember all he did for the club,
along with others who have passed
away and contributed to the success
of the club throughout the 50 years.
She thanked all those who travelled
distances to be there and said the
club had enriched the lives of many
giving challenges, giving memories
and, most of all, friendships.
After a wonderful meal, the awards
were presented by Club Secretary
Hannah Birney assisted by George
Irvine and Club Leader Dylan
Thompson to the current members
celebrating many successes and
were presented by past members
over the 50 years.
Mr Albert Knox presented the
agricultural awards, Mrs Rosemary
Barton presented the Public
Speaking Awards, Mrs Ruth Ross
(nee Armstrong) presented the
floral art awards, Mrs Ethel Aiken
LEADERS: Past club leaders.
SPONSOR: Members of Gleno Valley YFC and Ballymena Livestock Market pictured
with sponsor Jacksons Butchers.
SECRETARIES: Past secretaries of Kesh YFC.
presented the Home Management
awards, Mrs Irene Dunn (the Late
James Owens daughter) presented
the general awards, together with
the James Owens Memorial Bowl
for the most useful and cooperative
member and Eva Baxter presented
the Ken and Katie Adams Memorial
Award to the person who welcomes
newcomers to the stage.
The anniversary cake was cut by the
first club leader, Mr John Aiken and
the current club leader, Mr Dylan
Thompson along with the President,
Mrs Sandra Beacom.
Mr James Speers, the current
President of YFCU gave an inspiring
address and Noel Baxter, a past
member and former President of
YFCU recalled key times within the
club and recognised the current
club and their hard work. The
club treasurer, Gillian Henderson,
brought the speeches to a close
with a vote of thanks. Dancing
followed to “Addiction”.
COMMITTEE: The first committee: John Boyd, Ruth Ross (nee Armstrong)
John Aiken, Jim Hamilton and Eva Baxter.
CAKE: Cutting the cake, from left,
are John Aiken, Sandra Beacom and
Dylan Thompson.
Gleno Valley YFC
Christmas Fat Stock
Show and Sale
GLENO Valley Young Farmers’ Club
Annual Beef Show and Sale will be
held at Ballymena Livestock Market
on Thursday, November 30.
The sponsors - Norbrook
Laboratories, Fane Valley, Newport
Collection, Moore Concrete, Clare
Vet Group, Agri Lloyd, Danske Bank,
DJ McKee and Sons, Ballinaskeagh
Grains, Bank of Ireland and Jacksons
Butchers - have again been more
than generous in supporting this
event, donating towards a grand total
to be won throughout the classes.
The classes will consist of Butchers
Best less than 580kg, British
Blues, Charolais, Limousin, Blonde
d’Aquitaine, Native Breed, Any other
breed and YFC class (all animals in
breed classes can be of any weight).
Judging commences at 1pm followed
by the sale at 7pm sharp. All entry
forms can be collected from the
office at Ballymena Livestock Market
or from their online website.
Following the Sale, a charity auction
in aid of Childrens Heartbeat Trust
will take place. This year Gleno
Valley YFC have teamed together
with Ballymena Livestock Market to
try to raise a significant figure. The
money raised from the auction will
be combined with all entry fees and
commission collected throughout the
day.
Furthermore, the total money raised
will be combined with Markethill’s
Auction to make a grand total
which will be collectively donated to
Children’s Heartbeat Trust.
GROUP: Members of Gleno Valley YFC and Ballymena Livestock Market along with
sponsors of the Beef Show and Sale.
New shirts for
City of Derry
C
OUTFIT: City of Derry YFC have received new club shirts sponsored by Eakin Bros.
Isuzu, Campsie, and Drumahoe Veterinary Clinic. Attending club members look on
as Peter Eakin, Eakin Bros. Isuzu, M.D., and Craig Campbell, MRCVS, Drumahoe
Veterinary Clinic, make the presentation received by Jemma Gamble, club secretary,
Gordon Crockett, club leader, and Joe Eakin, club treasurer, all in close proximity to
the splendid new Isuzu DMax and the Isuzu Ralley. FW1747-15DL
PRESENTATION: Peter Eakin (Eakin Bros) and Craig
Campbell (Drumahoe Veterinary Clinic) proud sponsors
presenting new club shirts to members.
ITY of Derry YFC members have been waiting
for the arrival of the new club shirts and on
Wednesday, November 15, both of its sponsors,
Eakin Bros Ltd and Drumahoe Veterinary Clinic,
presented members with the new rugby shirts.
The club has over 70 members and has enjoyed the
recent success in many different competitions such
as dairy, beef, sheep, silage assessment and have
reached the finals.
The club would like to thank its sponsors for their
generous sponsorship.
Eakin Bros Ltd and Drumahoe Veterinary Clinic said:
“We are pleased to continue to support City of Derry
Young Farmers Club.”
For any more information about City of Derry YFC find
us on Facebook ‘Cityofderry YFC’.

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