19 June 2016

Rally 2016 Wrap Up
Peter Humphreys11:30

Celebration of Bedfordshire Young Farmers – Annual Show and Rally a huge success.

After 18months of planning the highlight of the Young Famers calendar took place at Manor Farm Pertenhall on Saturday 21st May when their 69th Country Show and Rally took place. This year’s event was hosted by North Beds Young Farmers club by kind permission of the Bates Family.

A record attendance of over 3500 people experienced a wonderful array of activities and events with over 50 trade stands, 40 craft stalls, birds of prey, Morris dancers, beagles and plenty of farm machinery and animals to see ensuring there was something to interest everyone. The weather held off and provided a perfect day for the fun to evolve.

Over 400 young farmers from the 7 clubs across the county arrived at the site from the early hours with cattle, sheep, pigs and horses to compete and win one of the many livestock awards. Alongside this members created some amazing flower arrangements with displays depicting the decades gone past and an underwater exhibit with standards so high they could have been done by professional florists. Meanwhile other members where dropping off cookery items which ranged from quiches, trifles, bread, sausage rolls and mug cakes. Finally handicrafts were displayed in another area with recycled sculptures, dog beds, canvas collages and up cycled chairs to name just a few. Overall there were a record number of entries with over 2000 items exhibited by the young farmers who where all out to win one of the coveted prizes for their masterpiece after the judging took place during the morning. While this was all going on, livestock were being shown and practical skills classes got underway which included tractor skills, situation vacant interviews, roping a load on a trailer, building skills and first aid classes. The livestock awards where mainly won by Will Ludgate and Patrick Fraser both of Leighton Buzzard club with Bedford and North Beds scooping a couple of awards with Fred Evans of Bedford Club winning the prestigious overall champion animal in the afternoon’s Grand Parade of Stock. The show jumping and dressage was won by members from Biggleswade and Silsoe club. Whilst Silsoe’s member Alice Redman went on to win the award for gaining most prizes in the Handicraft and the flowers section – quite an achievement- the other flower awards where won by Leighton Buzzard and Blunham members and Iona Sapsed of North Beds won the award for the most points gained in the Cookery section. The main awards in the skills sections were split between all 7 clubs with every club winning one.

By the afternoon the attention focused on main ring activities and the first highlight was the tug of war competition with the Junior and Ladies competitions won by Leighton Buzzard and Blunham winning the converted men’s trophy. Interspersed between the young farmer’s antics doing assault courses, slide challenges and chariot races, the Oakley Hunt paraded their hounds and kids searched for sweets but the finale of the day was the long awaited decorated floats which had themes across the decades gone past. The judging of these declared Woburn club the winner of the floats and ensured they also won the most points in the main ring activities. The afternoon finished off with the long awaited flour and water fight where numerous numbers of children from the large crowds around the main ring had a huge amount of fun getting wet and dirty.

The entire day was finished off by a large party in the evening where 500 Young Farmers members attended to hear the overall rally results which were in joint 6th place Bedford and Biggleswade, 5th Woburn, 4th Blunham, 3rd Silsoe, 2nd Leighton Buzzard and the overall winners were North Beds Club which special awards to Simon Caves who was awarded Mr Handsome Harvester and Emily Bates named as Miss YFC 2016.

The event could not have been better organised with special thanks to the Bates family for hosting the day. If you were there or wished that you had been there and want to get involved with the Young Farmers organisation and are aged between 10 and 26 please see www.bedsyfc.co.uk or contact the County Organiser on 01234 765903 to find out your local club and what is going.

Remember– You don’t have to be a farmer to get involved with Young Farmers but just have a passion for the countryside and want to have fun and the more you put in the more you get out of it !!!










17 April 2016

Rally 2016 Press Release
Peter Humphreys11:10

Bedfordshire YFC Country Show and Rally
21st May 2016

At Manor Farm, Pertenhall, Beds, MK44 2AZ (Just off the B660 Bedford- Kimbolton Road)

Lots of fun for all the family and a great day out - so save the date now and put it in your diary.

Join us from 10am for a fun filled day out for all ages!

Adults £8. Under 12’s free. Free Parking and Programmes!

The Young Farmer’s Rally

For the 400 Bedfordshire Young Farmers’ members, the rally is a competitions day with livestock, horses, handicrafts, cookery, flowers, practical skills and a lot of fun to be had along the way! With over 180 classes suitable for the ages from 10 to 26 years old, there really is something for all the members to work towards to win the Rally Cup!

The Young Farmers competitors’ day starts with Show Jumping and dressage, whilst the livestock ring springs into action with Cattle, Sheep and Pigs being shown to find the best of the best for the Grand Parade in the early afternoon.

During the morning the handicrafts and flowers competitions are judged, with the Young Farmers showing of their skills, even the rugby playing lads have a go!

With competitors competing to be the best tractor driver, welder and blind folded painter there is plenty to amuse visitors during day. There will be something for everyone.

During the afternoon the focus is on the Main Ring where there will be an actioned packed line up to keep the whole family entertained for hours – see provisional Main Ring timetable below

• 1pm Grand Parade of Livestock   • 1.30pm Assault Course • 2pm Tug of War
• 2.30pm Kids Sweet Scramble •2.45pm Slide Challenge • 3.10pm Olympic Relay
• 3.30pm Parade of Oakley Hunt Fox Hounds • 3.50pm Pallet chariot challenge
• 4.20pm Day’s Surprise •4.40pm Parade of Large Decorated Floats with theme of the past 70 years

The Country Show

Apart from all the Young Farmers activities to watch and enjoy, the day offers something for all. There will be combine harvesters, tractors, and farm machinery to look at and learn about. The event is supported by the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme which supports British food and farming and we are delighted to have our very own “Red Tractor” on site! Look out for the prize draws and giveaways when you visit the Red Tractor.

Fifty trade stands with countryside themes attend. The Craft area will have a wide range of exhibitors, ranging from cakes/breads/pies, honey, spices, beer, jewellery, books/cards, toys, nik-nacks. This will offer a great chance to pick up a lovely or unusual present.

The children’s’ entertainment area with bouncy castle, inflatable slide and face painter will be open all day. This is sited near the refreshments area and most importantly the Ice Cream van and bar!

Birds of prey, alpacas, beagles, Thatcher display and the Hemlock Morris dancers will provide other attractions throughout the day.

With a range of activities going on all day to entertain visitors to the show, we do hope you visit, learn about the Agricultural industry, and enjoy the show and what the Young Farmers get up to!
After a year of planning by the hosts North Beds Young Farmers this will be the highlight of the year.

The rally is by kind permission of The Bates Family.

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10 March 2016

Rally Advertising Materials
Peter Humphreys13:49

If you would like any of the following in order to advertise the Rally please contact: Alison Bates at alisonmarybates@outlook.com.





9 March 2016

Drama and Radio Show Competition
Alice19:23

At the end of February, Bedfordshire Young Farmers hosted their round of the Drama Competition and the Radio Show Competition.

In the Drama Competition both Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard Young Farmers, who had been busy practicing for months, performed their plays.

Overall Biggleswade won!






Throughout the day there was also the Radio Show Competition.
Woburn were the winners overall. 




7 March 2016

Eastern Area Winter Competitions Day - Saturday 5th March
Alice15:33

This years Winter Competition weekend for the Eastern Area of Young Farmers was hosted by Bedfordshire at Hastingbury School in Kempston. 

Throughout the day members from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire competed in a range of Public Speaking and Sports Competitions. 

Judges for the competition were sourced from all counties within in Eastern Area. The day started with the Public Speaking competition including a new one for this year; The Radio Show and finished with the Ultimate Frisbee Competition. 

The results of the day are as follows...

Junior Public Speaking 
1st Bedfordshire - Blunham Team
2nd Cambridgeshire

Junior Reading
1st Bedfordshire - Blunham/Woburn Team
2nd Suffolk
3rd Norfolk

Junior Member of the Year 
1st Bedfordshire - Anna Hunt , Woburn
2nd Norfolk
3rd Cambridgeshire

Junior Reading Team and Junior Member of the Year
Intermediate Brainstrust
1st Suffolk
2nd Essex 1
3rd Essex 2 
4th Bedfordshire - Blunham Team

Senior Public Speaking 
1st Norfolk
2nd Cambridgeshire
3rd Essex
4th Bedfordshire - Leighton Buzzard/Woburn Team


Senior Member of the Year 
1st Norfolk
2nd Bedfordshire - Alice Redman, Silsoe
3rd Essex



Radio Show
1st - Bedfordshire - Woburn Team 
2nd Cambridgeshire


Ultimate Frisbee
1st Bedfordshire - Biggleswade Team
2nd Essex
3rd Cambridgeshire


Bedfordshire County also hold a Drama competition, Touch Rugby competition and Choir Competition, but as no other areas entered these Bedfordshire get to go forward to represent the Eastern Area in the next stage of the competitions. 

Well Done to all members who took part in the competitions! 

1 February 2016

Rally Classes 2016
Peter Humphreys09:25

Click below to view the Rally Schedule for 2016