Devon Young Farmers’ celebrate 90th Anniversary with record membership numbers

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Thursday 23rd June 2022 6:00 am
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Devon YFC members and supporters outside the Devon YFC Amory Building in Cheriton Bishop.
Devon YFC members and supporters outside the Devon YFC Amory Building in Cheriton Bishop. (Devon YFC )

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THE Devon Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) is this week celebrating its 90 year anniversary.

Devon YFC was founded in 1932 and members of the youth movement are marking their 90th year with a Grand Anniversary Ball in a marquee outside Wroford Manor on Saturday, June 25.

Past and present members have been invited to celebrate the movement’s rich history, as well as look ahead to the future.

Helen Pring, Devon YFC County Organiser, says: “Devon YFC is a vast network of members, advisory, leaders and supporters, all of which are instrumental to the strength of the federation today.

“Whether you’re aged 19 or 90, we all consider ourselves young farmers at heart, and we can’t wait to welcome you all at our celebratory event this June.”

This month, Devon YFC has also reached another milestone, with its membership numbers now over 1,800. This is their highest membership figures since 2002.

Rosie Bennett, Devon YFC County Chairman says: “It has been astonishing to see Devon YFC truly spring back from the pandemic. We must thank all our members, and particularly our club officers, for being determined to put on busy and varied club programmes that have encouraged young people back to our organisation.

“YFC activities such as public speaking, stock judging and tug of war have never been so popular. I am incredibly proud that we are at our highest membership figures for 20 years. Devon YFC is definitely back, bigger and better than ever!”

To further celebrate the 90th anniversary, Devon YFC has also published a commemorative book that documents the highlights from 1932 to 2022. The book was collated by former Devon YFC County Organiser David Baker, alongside his wife Jill.

David says: “It has been a great pleasure to update the Devon YFC History Book for this commemorative 90th year edition; the Federation has a depth of talent which is certainly captured within the book.

“It brought back so many memories of my time associated with the Federation which spans nearly 70 years!”

You can order the commemorative book, as well as tickets for the Devon YFC 90th Anniversary Grand Ball on Saturday, June 25, on the home page of the Devon YFC website: www.devonyfc.co.uk .

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