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									             April 2011




Senior Debate Final
Page 11

Farms of Cheshire
Higher Birchenough Farm
Page 16-17

Northgate Arena
Sports Evening
Page 28-29

Club Reports
Page 33 onwards
                                                                                       Patron: His Grace the Duke of



  In this issue
                                                                                      Westminster KG CB OBE TD CD DL

                                                                                              President
                                                                                              John Edge
                                                                                              01270 522 234
                                                                                              johnre234@uwclub.net


                                                                                              Deputy President
                                                                                              Jill Brown
 4 Club Contacts                         20 Oxford Farming Conference                         01477 532 220
                                                                                              ray@brownbidlea.wanadoo.co.uk

 5 President’s Report                    22 County Dinner Dance                               Chairman
                                                                                              David Roberts
                                                                                              07810 697 895
 7 Chairpersons’ Report                                                                       davidjamesroberts@yahoo.co.uk


                                                                                              Lady Chairman
 9 Ready Steady Cook                                                                          Lynda Gough
                                                                                              07877 799 590
                                                                                              lyndagough1@aol.com
                                         24 Homecraft Competitions
                                                                                              Vice-Chairman
                                         25 Homecraft Rules                                   Paul Gerrard
                                                                                              07775 907 765
                                                                                              therealfarmer@hotmail.com
11 Senior Debate Final                   26 Chairman’s Profile                                Treasurer
                                                                                              Jon Furber
12 Netball, Hockey                                                                            07968 823 704
                                                                                              treasurer@cheshireyoungfarmers.co.uk


13 Conservation Quiz                                                                          Secretary
                                                                                              James Hague
    TenPin Bowling                                                                            01606 832 163
                                                                                              07900 915 939
                                         27 Lady Chairman’s Profile                           secretary@cheshireyoungfarmers.co.uk
14 County AGM                                                                                 Bank Farm Cottage, Stanthorne,
                                                                                              Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9JE

                                         28 Sports Evening at                                 Dairy Queen

16 Farms of Cheshire                           Northgate                                      Hannah Barton
                                                                                              07974 086 311
                                                                                              hannah144@hotmail.co.uk
                                         30 Agricultural Discussion
                                            Group                                             Lady in Waiting
                                                                                              Katie Dutton

                                         31 Past President’s Report                           07515 126 670
                                                                                              katie_26-10@hotmail.com



19 Matches, Catches, Hatches             33 Club Reports                                      Lady in Waiting
                                                                                              Anna Wainwright

    & Forthcoming Events                                                                      07842 887 797
                                         54 Talking Point                                     anna.wainwright@hotmail.co.uk



                                                                                              Honorary Life Members
                                                                                             Mrs M Barlow, P D Brand Esq,
   Deadline Date for July Edition - Friday 24th June 2011                              Mrs E M England, G B Lawrence Esq MBE,
                                                                                          J Platt Esq OBE DL, A Sproston Esq.
                                                                                                    Vice Presidents
                                                                                       Mrs R Bailey, T Bunn Esq, V Croxson Esq,
                          Tel. 01606 837040 sales@williamsdesignandprint.co.uk         J Porter Esq, E Shaw Esq, Mrs J Williams.
                          www.williamsdesignandprint.co.uk
                          The Glass Place, Middlewich Rd, Byley, Cheshire, CW10 9NF

                                                                                                        April 2011 Toplink         3
Club Contacts
   Area          Chairman/Lady Chairman                                                                              Secretaries

                                                                                                Rachel Ollier
 Altrincham      Hazel Ford  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07545 089 130
                                                                                                Frog Lane Farm, Frog Lane, Pickmere, Cheshire, WA16 0JG
                 email: hazybaby017@hotmail .com
                                                                                                07823 324 018 email: altinchamyoungfarmers@hotmail .co .uk
                                                                                                Racheal Houghton
                                                                                                8 King Street, Elworth, Sandbach, CW11 3BS
   Beeston       Charlie Briscoe  .  .  .  .  . 07973 797 413
                                                                                                01270 762 006 / 07810 572 389
                                                                                                email: beestonyfc@hotmail .com
                                                                                                Joanne Millington
                 Adrian Jones  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07855 835 852                                Hill Farm Cottage, Rake Lane, Eccleston, Chester CH4 9JW
   Chester
                 Joanne Millington  . 07809 142 682                                             01244 674 280 / 07809 142 682
                                                                                                email: joannemillington4@hotmail .com
                                                                                                Charlotte Moseley
                 Philip Jenkinson  .  .  . 07729 154 345
  Congleton                                                                                     12 Beechwood Drive, Eaton, Congleton, CW12 2NQ
                 Tom Hodgeson .  .  .  .  . 07920 164 974
                                                                                                email: charlottemoseley1@hotmail .com
                                                                                                Vickie Sellick
                                                                                                17 Rensherds Place, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire,
  Knutsford      Sam Walton  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07840 638 877
                                                                                                WA16 6NG
                                                                                                07720 708 024 email: knutsfordyfc@hotmail .co .uk

                 Hannah Barton  .  .  .  . 07974 086 311                                        Alison Waller
                 email: hannah144@hotmail .co .uk                                               Drove Hey Farm, Meg Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire,
Macclesfield
                 Sarah Heath .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07791 425 662                               SK11 0LY Tel: 01260 253 047 / 07801 266 842
                 email: sarahheath@hotmail .com                                                 email: alison .waller@elior .co .uk

                 George Hale  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07761 037 729                                 Tom Langley
   Malpas        Sarah Williams  .  .  .  .  . 07969 690 899                                    Bickley Town Farm, Bickley, Malpas, SY14 8EQ
                 email: Sea_Williams@hotmail .co .uk                                            07913 321 090 email: tom .langley@hotmail .co .uk

                                                                                                Annika Harding
                 Simon Smallwood  . 07545 787 875                                               Mole House Farm, Clive Back Lane, Clive, Winsford,
 Middlewich
                 Davina Harding  .  .  .  . 07970 388 059                                       Cheshire, CW7 3NX Tel: 07875 131 616
                                                                                                email: david288harding@btinternet .com
                                                                                                Sarah Edge
                 Pete Goodwin .  .  .  .  .  . 07849 615 029                                    Wimboldsley Hall, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 0LW
  Nantwich
                 Sarah Stapleton .  .  .  . 07984 459 712                                       Tel: 01270 522 234 / 07739 324 804
                                                                                                email: sarah_edge1@hotmail .com
                 Jenny Ashmore  .  .  .  . 0161 292 1515                                        Mrs Julia Mellor
                  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07949 260 229   2 Higher Farm Cottage, Threaphurst Lane, Hazel Grove,
   Romiley       email: jenny-ashmore@fsmail .net                                               Stockport, SK8 6NN
                 Sarah Taylor .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07716 390 226                              Tel: 0161 456 6477 / 07939 565 896
                 email: sarahtaylor1281@o2 .co .uk                                              email: jujumellor@hotmail .com
                                                                                                Alex Parker
                                                                                                82 Manor Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 2NB
                 Andy Marrow  .  .  .  .  .  . 07590 004 100
                                                                                                email: speak2ali@hotmail .com
  Sandbach       Emma Moss  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 01270 882 383
                                                                                                Caroline Bunn
                  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07926 553 814
                                                                                                email: carolinebunn85@gmail .com
                                                                                                Tel: 07891 545416
                 Paul Gerrard  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 01606 891 376
                                                                                                Paul Lancaster
                  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07775 907 765
                                                                                                Stone Leigh House Farm, Stone Heyes Lane, Barnton,
                 email: therealfarmer@hotmail .com
   Stretton                                                                                     Northwich, CW8 4QS
                 Rachel Street .  .  .  .  .  .  . 07783 284 352
                                                                                                01606 891 127 / 07762 745 806
                 email: streety91@hotmail .com
                                                                                                email: khlancaster_trasortltd@hotmail .com



4 Toplink April 2011
                                    President’s
                                                                                            Report
                     John Edge                 Deputy President . I am sure she will be a
                                               treasured asset to you all .
                                                                                            Saturday 21st May at Bagmere Farm,
                                                                                            Brereton and would be very pleased
                                                                                            with your support .
                                               Your new charity event, “Let’s Dance
                                               for Cheshire YFC” in aid of the Teenage      Sunday 29th May is of course, Rally Day
                                               Cancer Trust is awaited with eager           at Reaseheath College with numerous
                                               anticipation and Winsford Lifestyle          thrilling competitions and again your
      Welcome to your                          Centre is again the place to be on           afternoon or evening support would
                                               Saturday 16th April . The combination of     be most welcome . We are indebted to
      new look Toplink!                        music and an energetic membership is         the Principal and a willing team of staff
                                               a tried and tested formula, that should      that provide us with such wonderful
                                               once again provide us with a night to        facilities, culminating in the crowning of
Welcome to your new look Toplink . I           remember in aid of a great cause .           the Dairy Queen . A new venture this year
know that the new editorial team have                                                       is the After Rally Dance, also being held
put in a great deal of effort into this        The Hobbies and Pastimes Competition
                                                                                            at Reaseheath a week later and will no
edition and whilst it may address some         has been moved to Byley Village Hall
                                                                                            doubt provide a wonderful finale for the
of your previous concerns, we are well         on April 28th to encourage more of
                                                                                            Moody Bowl Competition .
aware, that it is still work in progress and   you to attend this fascinating evening,
whilst some aspects have worked well,          especially some of the older ones            As Mid Summer approaches, so does
others may not . Nothing is set in stone       amongst us .                                 the Cheshire Show and Wednesday
and you the members must guide the                                                          22nd June sees the climax of the float
                                               Our Dairy Queen, Hannah Barton, and
Toplink team, until everyone is satisfied                                                   competition . Always time consuming in
                                               her Ladies in Waiting, Katie Dutton
with the outcome .                                                                          their preparation, the inevitable water
                                               and Anna Wainwright will be hosting
                                                                                            fight ensures their rapid destruction, but
Before I look forward to the Spring            their ‘Around the World’ Charity Ball on
                                                                                            it’s all good fun . This year the theme is
programme, it would be remiss of me,                                                                        ,
                                                                                            “Make Believe” but make no mistake, I’m
on behalf of you all, not to thank your                                                     not getting wet!
retiring President Jean and husband                ‘Around the World’
Godfrey, for a wonderful two years of                                                       So there is plenty for everyone to look
leadership and dedication and their
                                                     Charity Ball on                        forward to as competitor, steward,
legacy of love and well being should              Saturday 21st May at                      sponsor or spectator; the under 30 age
keep us all content and encouraged               Bagmere Farm, Brereton                     limit stops no one from enjoying this
for the future . Can I also welcome Jill                                                    welcoming vibrant organisation of
Brown from Congleton, to the post of                                                        which Ruth and I are justly proud .




                   National YFC President Lionel Hill and Chairman James Chapman with new County Officials

                                                                                                                  April 2011 Toplink   5
6 Toplink April 2011
                              Chairpersons’
                                                                                              Report
                                             very welcome everywhere we go to, if             night it was . Congleton and Nantwich
                                             we can do anything to help any club in           put in two excellent performances and
                                             anyway then we are always at the end of          the atmosphere in Byley Village Hall was
                                             the phone . It is very pleasing to see that      electric especially when the very lively
                                             clubs are having people step forward             debates got well under way . Our thanks
                                             to take on roles at club level . We both         to the judges Nicky Lord, Ian McGrath
                                             want to get to as many club events that          and Robert Sheasby who happens to be
Lynda & Dave                                 we can this year and show our support            the North West region researcher for the
                                                                                              NFU, very interesting given the title of
                                                 Conference was very                          the Agricultural debate . The evening was
                                                                                              a tremendous success and we hope you
                                                informative and left us                       enjoyed our twist with the refreshments .
Hi everyone
We want to start our first report as your       both with a lot of food                       Our thanks go to the ladies who did a
                                                                                              sterling job in the kitchen allowing us
new Chair and Chairlady by welcoming                 for thought                              both to chat with you all and enjoy the
you to your first new look and posted
                                                                                              night as a whole . Congratulations to
Toplink . Something we both know has
                                                                                              Nantwich in winning the competition
been a long time coming but we hope          where ever possible . Please keep us             and to Claire Pace for winning the
you agree worth it now we all have           informed of what you have coming up              Oxford Farming Scholarship for the best
the finished article at the same time        within your clubs and you never know             individual performance on the evening .
providing us with the chance to use          where we may turn up .                           We are indebted to our sponsors of each
Toplink more for further promotion work
                                             The County Senior Debate competition             event and our thanks go to Louise Young
as well as being the memory box of the
                                             was our first official outing and what a         from the Nantwich NFU branch for
last 3 months . Our thanks to all involved
                                                                                              sponsoring the competition .
in the production of this amazing
magazine both past and present .                                                              Due to the new format with the postage
We kick started our term in office with                                                       of Toplink we have left our report for as
our invite to the NFU conference which                                                        long as we dare to meet with the new
we were both extremely honoured to                                                            deadlines . We will update you more
attend and represent Cheshire YFC on                                                          in our next report with the rest of the
a national scale . Conference was very                                                        antics of the federation . We will no
informative and put a lot of current                                                          doubt have plenty to tell once we have
issues out to the audience and left us                                                        had our first charity competition night .
both with a lot of food for thought .                                                         Let’s hope it’s an evening to remember
We had the chance to promote our                                                              whilst raising money for the Teenage
federation and our fabulous Toplink to                                                        Cancer Trust which is a charity close to
both National YFC and NFU hierarchy                                                           our hearts .
alike . Our thanks must go to the NFU for                                                     See you all around the County at various
sponsoring our places at conference .                                                         events, thanks for all your support to us
We have been busy attending club                                                              both so far, we hope to give you a year
AGMS and dinner dances since we came                                                          to remember .
to the top table . We are always made so

                                                                                                                   At
                                                                                                      Bagmere Farm, Bagmere Lane
                                                                                                          Brereton, CW11 1RU

                                                                                                                   on
                                                                                                         Saturday 21st May 2011
                                                                                                        7.30pm for 8pm to 1.30am

                                                                                                           £10.00 in advance
                                                                                                         and £15.00 on the door

                                                                                                     Around the World Fancy Dress


                                    Dairy Queen Ball                                                               Bar
                                                                                                                   BBQ
                                                                                                                  Disco
                                 All proceeds to the East Cheshire Hospice and MS Charities                      Auction
                                           by kind permission of the Marrow family                       Prize for best costume


                                                                                                                   April 2011 Toplink   7
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Steady
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                                               prepare a two course meal in an hour        judges this year – Mrs Jill Brown and Mrs
                                               and a half . This year the competition      Jackie Heath . I personally believe that
                                               was held on 23rd January at Tarporley       they were very brave, as they could have
                                               High School and they certainly all filled   experienced third-degree burns if some
                                               the cookery department with some            of the competitors slipped with the
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                                               ‘A Taste of India’ . There were 10 clubs    standards were yet again very high .
                                               that entered and each team has one          Middlewich (Victoria Bennion and Lisa
                                               member under 21 and both members            Oakes) were the winners, taking home
                                               must be under 30 .                          the ‘Priestner Roston’ Trophy . Malpas
                                               The two members represent their             (Clare Sadler and Hannah Studley) came
                                               club and yet again fight over precious      second and the ‘Cheshire Prime Lamb’
                                               Moody Bowl points, which also               Trophy was awarded to Sarah Taylor of
                                               contribute to the Homecraft section on      Romiley, for the best individual .
                                               Rally day . A menu, time-plan, recipe and




 Middlewich YFC Meal - Victoria Bennion & Lisa Oakes                       Malpas YFC Meal - Hannah Studley & Clare Sadler
                  In First Place                                                            In 2nd Place




                                                                   Detail from the
                                                                 Middlewich meal .




  Romiley YFC Meal - Sarah Taylor & Katie Mellor
     Sarah won Best Individual Performance

                                                                                                            Detail from the
                                                                                                            Malpas meal .




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10 Toplink April 2011
                                 Senior Debate Final
Once again the debate season is over,
culminating in the final between
Congleton and Nantwich on Monday
14th March . Not surprisingly it was
a closely fought battle, dividing the
judges with the split decision going to
Nantwich . As always the two teams were
the stars of the evening entertaining and
educating a packed Byley Village Hall .
The agricultural debate “ The NFU is
failing British Farmers” was excellently
debated by both teams who were not
put off by Robert Sheasby (NFU regional
director) being a judge or that the NFU
sponsors the final, though I am sure
they were delighted to being described
as intellectual . The set and impromptu
speeches provided great entertainment,
it was hard to decide who was the                                 Nantwich YFC were the winners of the Senior Debate Competition,
greater Drama Queen Claire Pace or
Stuart Furber . The alternative voting                             pictured with the sponsor of the evening Louise Young from the
system was next on the agenda, Lauren                                              Nantwich Branch of the NFU
Wilson and Claire Pace gave a master
class on how to do main speeches,
clear, passionate, well researched and
convincing . Both Nick Clegg and David              we certainly challenged with subjects             West Farmers Trust, was Claire Pace,
Cameron would certainly benefit from                including student loans, railways and             Claire not only delivered two excellent
Congleton and Nantwich’s help come                  planning laws to name but a few . All             speeches but was very strong during
the 5th May .                                       the clubs throughout the competition              the general debates , making powerful
                                                    stepped up to the mark, tackling their            points and assisting the team .
Congratulations must go to all the teams            topics with maturity, passion and
and everyone that took part throughout                                                                Thanks to the judges at the Final Ian
                                                    humour, taking part in this competition
the rounds for keeping the standard so                                                                McGrath, Robert Sheasby and Nikki Lord
                                                    is something everyone should be very
high . The committee spend a lot of time                                                              and to all the judges who gave up their
                                                    proud of .
on and thought to the debate titles,                                                                  time throughout the competition .
wanting to challenge the teams but                  The Winner of the Oxford Farming
also provide entertainment . This year              scholarship sponsored by the North                Jackie Whitlow




   “Claire Pace received the Scholarship Award to the Oxford Farming              Runners up in the Senior Debate Final were Congleton YFC, pictured
                  Conference in 2012 from Denis Parton.                             with the sponsor of the evening Louise Young from the Nantwich
        This is kindly sponsored by The North West Farmers’ Trust                                         Branch of the NFU



                                                                                                                             April 2011 Toplink        11
Netball                                        job and it’s great fun, with the occasional
                                               usual stresses and strains along the way .     Hockey
Report                                                                                        Report
                                               Without a netball secretary we could not
                                               have a league, so if you know of anyone
                                               who you think would like to part take
                                               in the role please get in touch with the       The season is now drawing to a close and
This year we have headed back to               federation . That’s it from me for now, look   the new venue at Tarporley has proved to
Malbank where the season got under             forward to seeing you all next season .        be a success .
way back in October . It’s been a great                                                       We have also been very pleased to see
season so far with many changes to the         Sarah Roberts                                  two new teams join the 7-aside league .
league table . It’s fantastic to see so many                                                  The standard of hockey has really
clubs now taking part and putting so                                                          improved and with nine teams
much effort in even if they can’t get a                                                       now competing the games are very
full team . We have had a couple of weeks                                                     competitive and as a result the league is
cancelled due to the good old snow, so                 Winners of                             close .
we are now playing catch up .                         300 Club Draw                           The federation cup competition is now
                                                                                              at the semi-final stage with Macclesfield
At this present time we have 3 weeks of                                                       playing Altrincham and Middlewich
the season left and the fed cup matches                                                       taking on Malpas .
left to play . We have had to move across           Jan 1st      Andrew Venables              So we would just like to wish all teams the
Nantwich to Brine Leas School now, due                    2nd    Graham Parks                 best of luck in the cup competition and
to building work at Malbank, but this has                                                     also for the rest of the 7-aside season .
actually worked in our favour as it’s miles                                                   Thank you to everyone involved .
cheaper . It’s a lovely new sports hall with       Feb 1st       Len Ford
great facilities .
                                                                                              Graham & DJ
                                                          2nd    Jane Taylor
I will put a copy of the league table in my
next report once the season is over, but        March 1st        Len Ford
at the moment we have 3 clubs all on the
same points at the top of the league, so                  2nd    E&B Lomas
it could be a case of goal difference to
work out the final results .                          1st Prize receiving £15 and
                                                           2nd receiving £5 .
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12 Toplink April 2011
Conservation                                                                                           TenPin Bowling
Quiz




                                                                                                                    Winning Gent - Simon Lewis Sandbach YFC
                                                                         oke & Charlie Briscoe
                                                 ton, Rob Cooke, Henry Co
                         eston YFC, Racheal Hough dow, Paul Billington & Phillip Jenkinson
       Joint 3rd Place Be na Wainwright, Liz An
            Congleton YFC - An




                          Winning Team from the audience
                                                                                                                          Winning team were - Sandbach YFC




                                                              Ogden, Rosemary Harrison &
    Joint winners were Altrincham YFC- Andrew Western, Daniel
                                                                 Marrow & Reuben Speed
      Robert Cross, Sandbach YFC- Teresa Meadows, Rob Moss, Andy                                                    Winning Lady - Alex Parker
                                                                                                                                                 - Sandbach YFC




    Placed second were Macclesfield
                                      YFC - John Brocklehurst, Sarah Hea
                            Will Barton & Jordan Potts                   th,
                                                                                                                         Second Place team - Nantwich YFC
First thing for the year was the Conservation quiz at Byley                                      The end of January saw us descend upon Crewe for the Ten Pin
Village Hall which saw a joint first place between Altrincham                                    Bowling competition . A long night saw Sandbach crowned the
and Sandbach . Well done to both teams on doing so well                                          winners with Simon Lewis and Alex Parker the best individual
and a big thank you must go to FWAG for taking the time                                          players and Nantwich as runners up .
to organise the questions and to ECM for sponsoring the
evening .                                                                                                     Dave Williams & Racheal Houghton
            Dave Williams & Racheal Houghton
            Arranged by Cheshire FWAG
       (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group)
         Event Kindly sponsored by ECM Ltd .
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14 Toplink April 2011
County Annual
                                                             General Meeting
Then came the County AGM, which saw the two of
us finally taken off our perch as Chairpeople . You can
breathe a sigh of relief now . The Merit awards went to
Nicola Bonner and Andrew Sellick for their fantastic
efforts and hard work . Of course we can’t write this report
without mentioning our very own mother superior,
Jean Williams, who also stepped down as President .
We can’t heap enough praise on her for all of her hard
work, empathy and dedication that she has given to the
movement, so from all of us, thank you Jean . We would
like to wish the best of luck to Dave, Lynda and John for
the forthcoming year, you will all be fantastic in your new
positions, and we’re sure you’ll do an excellent job . We                                                             n and Chairman Dave Williams
both look forward to attending lots of events this year                      Retiring Lady Chairman Racheal Houghto                 essors
and seeing you all as ‘normal’ people again .                                           receive commemorative gifts from their succ
                                                                                                  Lynda Gough and David Roberts
                            Dave Williams & Racheal Houghton




                                                           er of       Retiring after 2 years
        The Lady Chairman’s Merit Award went to Nicola Bonn                                   asCounty President, Jean
                            Macclesfield YFC                                                                           W
                                                                                               gifts by Dave and Rach illiams is presented with
                                                                                                                     eal.




                                                                                                                                  Merit Award
  We were pleased to have Ja                                                                 Dave Williams awarded the Chairman’s
                              mes Chapman (Chairman)                                               to Andrew Sellick from Knutsford YFC
   in attendance, representing                        and Lio
                               the National Federation of nel Hill (President)
         They are pictured with John                     Young Farmers’ Clubs.
                                     Edge, Lynda Gough and Da
                                                              vid Roberts.
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Farms of Cheshire
              Higher Birchenough Farm, Stockport




 Robert and Karen Bennett with daughter Laura


The Bennett family have farmed at            The family, Robert and Karen and            and Herefords seem to do better up
Higher Birchenough Farm close to the         children Andrew (16) and Laura (14),        here and cope well with our climate and
Derbyshire border at Mellor, Stockport,      decided to sell their dairy herd around     conditions”
since the early 1950s.                       12 months ago and since then have           During the winter months the cattle
Now following a recent change in             adapted the existing farmstead and put      are fed home-grown silage, hay and
farming policy the family are making         up new buildings to accommodate the         beef nuts and housed in the existing
good use of their location near to the       change in direction.                        buildings, with some being adapted for
Peak District by setting up a horse livery   “I had milked cows here for 35 years and    the purpose.
business. They have also sold their 60-      when we were at capacity we had a herd The old milking parlour is now a cattle
cow dairy herd and are now rearing beef      of 60 Friesians” says Robert.               handling area complete with crush and
instead.                                     “Now we are rearing beef sired dairy        race and the indoor silage pit has been
                                             calves, buying the majority                 fitted with pens for housing.
                                             in at around two-weeks of
   They have sold their 60                   age and selling them on as
  cow dairy herd and now                     stores at two-years of age.”
                                             Beef cattle numbers
        rearing beef                         currently stand at around
                                             60 with plans in place to
                                              double this in the future.
                                              Calves from the Bennett’s
                                              dairy herd were retained
                                              and most of these were
                                               by a Blonde bull. The rest
                                               have been bought from
                                               Chelford market and
                                               everything will be sold
                                                                                      Laura Preparing her horse for an event
                                               through the store ring at
                                                Chelford.

                                               The bought-in animals are mainly         The livery business has also seen the
                                               Simmental and Hereford sired and         family make good use of the existing
                                               Robert says these are best suited to     infrastructure with the old cubicle shed
                                               the 120-acre farm.                       now accommodating twelve stables
                                             “We’re 1,000 feet up so the Simmentals     complete with a kitchen and toilet.

16 Toplink April 2011
                                                                                The Livery stables have been built in the exist
                     The indoor riding school                                                                                  ing cubicle shed


“It’s an excellent spot for riding here                                                           for her school. The school’s equestrian
as you can get straight onto the bridle               the Bennetts have                           team also wants to use the facility for its
paths and we are also very close to the              created a 20m x 40m                          training.
Pennine bridleway”, says Karen.                      indoor school for all                        A car park has also been created at the
Because of this close location to an area                                                         back of the livery yard for horse boxes to
which is becoming increasingly popular                    weathers                                be parked and stored.
with horse riders the Bennetts hope to                                                            The Bennett family are all involved in
offer bed and breakfast for horses, which       school to cater for all weathers. Karen           Romiley YFC with Karen being a past
are being ridden on the bridleway.              hopes this facility, which uses sand and          chairman and secretary, as well as being
Bedding and haylage is included in the          recycled carpet as its base and was               on the Romiley YFC show committee.
deal with Robert making 60 big bales            only recently completed, will be a good           Andrew and Laura are both members
of haylage last year for this side of the       venue for clinics and lessons in the              of the club and the family is looking
business.                                       future.                                           forward to this year’s Romiley YFC show,
                                                Laura is particularly interested in the           which will make a welcome return to the
To diversify further into the leisure           equine side of the family’s venture and
business through the livery yard the                                                              shows calendar following its cancellation
                                                keeps her own horse at the stables and            last year.
Bennetts have also extended an existing         competes in dressage competitions
shed to create a 20m by 40m indoor                                                                                                 Katie Lomas




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Catches &                                                                                                       Events
Hatches                                           Wednesday 13th April
                                                  County Milking Machine Competition at
                                                  Park Hall Farm, Clotton
                                                                                              Saturday 4th June
                                                                                              After Rally Dance at Reaseheath College
                                                                                              at 8 .00pm
                                                  Thursday 14th April                         Tuesday 7th June
                                                  County Milking Machine Competition at       Post Rally Meeting at Byley Village Hall at
                                                  Park Hall Farm, Clotton                     7-30pm
                                                  Friday 15th April                           Tuesday 21st June
Catches                                           Beeston’s Uncut Entertainment at
                                                  Tarporley Community Centre at 7-30pm
                                                                                              Cheshire Show at Tabley
                                                                                              Wednesday 22nd June
 Sarah-Jane Holland and Matthew Williamson        Saturday 16th April                         Float Competition at Cheshire Show
(Sandbach YFC)                                    Let’s Dance for Cheshire YFC at Winsford    Saturday 25th June
                                                  Lifestyle Centre at 7-30pm                  Congleton Boiler Suit Ball by kind
                                                  Monday 18th April                           permission of the Ashbrook family
                                                  County Executive Meeting at Byley Village   Sunday 3rd July
Hatches                                           Hall at 7-30pm
                                                  Wednesday 20th April
                                                                                              County Cricket Competition
Richard Pearson and Gina Millington a son,                                                    Monday 4th July
                                                  County Stockjudging Masterclass at          County Finance & Management Meeting
Harry Richard (Macclesfield YFC)
                                                  Wimboldsley Hall at 7-15pm                  at Byley at 7-30pm
Simon and Natalie Moss a daughter, Jessica        Thursday 21st April                         Wednesday 13th July
Lily (Middlewich YFC)                             County Farm Planning Interviews and         Agricultural Discussion Group Farm Walk
                                                  Presentations at Reaseheath College         at Agden Brook Farm, Altrincham
Rob Witter and Fiona Garnett a baby boy,
William James (Sandbach & Knutsford YFC)          Thursday 28th April                         Sunday 17th July
                                                  Hobbies and Pastimes Competition at         County Tennis Competition
Ian and Vicky Lightfoot a son, Hugh – brother     Byley Village Hall at 7pm
to Sophie (Sandbach YFC)                                                                      Monday 18th July
                                                  Saturday 30th April                         County Executive Meeting at Byley Village
Phil and Michelle Thornhill a daughter,           Congleton Ceilidh Night at The Orchards,    Hall at 7-30pm
Jessica, sister to Lily (Sandbach YFC)            Twemlow at 8pm
                                                                                              Wednesday 27th July
                                                  Wednesday 4th May                           Nantwich Show at Dorfold Park
                                                  Dairy Queen Interviews at Reaseheath
                                                  College at 7pm                              Sunday 31st July
                                                                                              County Summer Series Stockjudging at
                                                  Thursday 5th May                            Beeston Auction
                                                  Dairy Queen Interviews at Reaseheath
                                                  College at 7pm                              Tuesday 2nd August
                                                                                              County U16 & U18 Football Competition
                                                  Sunday 15th May
                                                  Reaseheath Open Day                         Saturday 13th August
                                                                                              County Summer Ball at Park Hall Farm,
                                                  Saturday 21st May                           Clotton
                                                  Dairy Queen Charity Ball at Bagmere Farm,
                                                  Brereton at 7-30pm                          Monday 22nd August
                                                                                              County Junior Quiz 1st Round
                                                  Sunday 29th May
                                                  County Rally at Reaseheath College from     Sunday 4th September
                                                  12 noon                                     Romiley Show




                             Let’s Dance
                                     Cheshire YFC




                                                 on Saturday 16th April 2011
                                                     at Winsford Lifestyle Centre
                                                          Starting at 7.30pm
                                                      All ages welcome to enter,
                                                contact Dave or Lynda for more details
                                                  Cash prize of £250 for the winner
                                                Tickets available at £5
                                                                                                                April 2011 Toplink   19
Oxford Farming Conference 2011
                                            The Value and Viability of UK Farming
This year’s Oxford Farming Conference         outlined the main areas for discussion     opportunity to question all three
was held from the 4th – 6th January at        at the Conference this year, before        candidates in an open session .
the Examination Schools on Oxford High        Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State
                                              for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs    Easily the most enjoyable lecture of the
Street . It was an honour to attend as the
                                              addressed delegates . Caroline had         Conference for me was that of Aubrey
Federation’s representative following
                                              previously worked for the NFU before       Manning – ‘A forecast population of 9bn
the 2010 Senior Debate Final, and to be
                                              becoming an MP and has an excellent        – Realistic? Manageable? Sustainable?’
sponsored by the North West Farmers’
                                              grasp of the challenges facing farmers     He set the scene superbly for the
Trust .
                                              today . She spoke in detail about the      evening’s debate and is an expert in the
                                              importance of negotiations on CAP          field, outlining the problems of feeding
       It was an honour                       Reform in the next few years and           the world when the global population
        to attend as the                      of other crucial partnerships across       is set to double by 2050 . The afternoon
                                                                                         session provided a global overview with
      County Federation’s                     Europe, but certainly the most populist
                                                                                         emphasis on the opportunity for British
                                              element of her speech came towards its
         representative                       conclusion, when she stated that a key     agriculture in the global marketplace,
                                              focus for her Department would be to       before the evening brought what for me
I must admit that it was with some                                                       was the highlight of the Conference –
trepidation that I travelled to Oxford .      reduce red tape for farmers .
                                                                                         the Oxford Union Debate .
I was unsure of the relevance of some         Her speech was followed by an address
of the key themes to me as someone            from George Lyon, Liberal Democrat         Having been invited to the Conference
working outside of the agricultural           MEP for Scotland, who touched on           as a result of my participation in the YFC
sector, however my fears were swiftly set     similar themes on CAP Reform, and the      Debating Competition, I was particularly
aside due to a number of high quality         challenges that this would bring . He      looking forward to the Debate to study
speakers constantly placing agriculture       provided an interesting take on this       at first hand how others go about it . I
in a wider setting – environmentally,         both with years of experience in the       had no intention of speaking myself,
in terms of resource availability and of      agricultural sector and from a political   however taking in the incredible
course climate change; economically,          perspective as the Rapporteur for          surroundings of the Oxford Union I felt
in the current challenging climate;           the EU’s ‘The Future of the Common         compelled to make a contribution . The
and politically, with the change of           Agricultural Policy after 2013’ Report .   building is absolutely stunning and the
government and the policies of the            Following this we were given the           chamber spectacular, and you are given
Coalition Government .                        Irish Perspective, before having the       a real feel of the history of the place by
                                                                                         the President of the Union .
I was staying at Worcester College in the
Nuffield Building (pictured) . Although
it was about a 15 minute walk from the                                                         the house believes
Examination Halls it was a handy spot                                                        unrestrained population
and well placed for some of the other
events including the Union Debate . I                                                        growth & food security
arrived on the Tuesday afternoon, set                                                           are incompatible
aside for registration, and proceeded to
the Exam Halls both to register and to
attend the DEFRA Fringe Meeting (lovely                                                  The motion before the House was
nibbles!) .                                                                              ‘This House believes unrestrained
                                                                                         population growth and food security
The first event of note to which I was                                                   are incompatible’ . The main speaker for
invited was the Scholars Reception                                                       the proposition was Jonathon Porritt
held on the Tuesday evening . It was                                                     (pictured) and for the opposition Sir
an excellent opportunity to meet and                                                     Paul Judge . These high-profile speakers
chat to other scholars, many of whom                                                     were seconded by two young speakers
were students also enjoying their first                                                  who had been selected to show the
visit to the Conference . Following this                                                 Conference’s commitment to promoting
was the Pre-Conference which was a                                                       public speaking among young people
very enjoyable occasion and we were                                                      and they did not disappoint . Whilst
addressed by John Humphreys, the                                                         the opposition put forward strong
presenter of Mastermind . He gave a very                                                 arguments, stating that the world
entertaining and insightful speech the                                                   had coped with increasing demand
message of which essentially being that                                                  previously and could do so again and
farmers are invaluable in the UK as the                                                  that the other option was to impose
‘custodians of the countryside’ .                                                        a limit on the number of children a
                                                                                         family could have, I was won over by
Wednesday saw the beginning of                                                           the proposing team’s argument which
the Conference proper and opened                                                         highlighted that we are simply not
with the Politics session . Cedric Porter                                                ready to cope with such demand and
                                                                                         that already with population where it

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is at present 1 billion people go to bed     myself at the Examination Halls on
starving each evening .                      Thursday morning for the last day of          Overall my experience
                                             the Conference . This focused on science
Aside from the main speeches, there          and technology and there was a very
                                                                                           of the Conference was
were two 20 minute windows in which          interesting address from Professor            absolutely worthwhile
contributions were invited from the
floor . I spent the best part of both
                                             John Boyer on water scarcity and the          and utterly compelling
                                             role of technology in alleviating that
of these sessions trying to catch the        problem . There were also lectures on
President’s attention before finally I was   using science to improve crop results      interesting throughout, the company
called at the end of the second window       and in livestock innovation before         excellent, the wine flowing and the
to be the last speaker in favour of the      the afternoon session brought the          Debate an experience I will never forget .
motion . As is the way whenever I am         Conference to a close with a number        I would like to thank the North West
ill-prepared I fell back on humour to        of individual Farmer Case Studies that     Farmers Trust for their kind sponsorship
bolster my speech, before concluding         showed farm innovation at its best .       and of course the County Federation for
that in my view there was not sufficient                                                running such a fantastic and worthwhile
space to produce the food required were      Overall my experience of the Conference    Senior Debate and Speech making
population to double, nor the resources      was absolutely worthwhile and              Competition .
and in particular energy necessary to be     utterly compelling . The lectures were                    Andrew Western
able to cope with the increased demand .
The motion was won comfortably and
I was awarded a bottle of Champagne
for making the most entertaining
contribution in the second of the open
sections .
Following the debate was a fantastic
Supper at Christ Church College in the
fantastic Hall used as the setting for
Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films . The
meal was excellent and I managed to
befriend several Harper Adams students
who proceeded to ensure that I did not
return to my bed until 3am the following
morning!
Slightly the worse for wear, I presented




                                                                                                           April 2011 Toplink   21
  County                So, with February came the big one, the




  Dinner
                        County Dinner Dance at Nantwich Civic
                        Hall . A great night was had by all, with
                        Anna Wainwright and Charlie Briscoe
                        receiving the runner up members of the
                        year, and Emma Moss and Paul Gerrard
                        the two members of the year . Well done
                        also to Sarah Edge for winning the
                        secretary of the year, all prizes greatly




  Dance 2011
                        deserved by all, so thank you from all of
                        us on the top table.

                          Dave Williams & Racheal Houghton




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April 2011 Toplink   23
Homecraft Section
2011
                                            Under 21 Cookery
                                            Five pieces of Fudge
                                            All five pieces of fudge to be of the
                                            same flavour and should measure 1”
                                            square . To be displayed on a plate
                                            within a 20” space allocation .


                                               Open Cookery
                                               A Water Crust Pastry Pork Pie
                                               The pie should not exceed 12” in
                                                diameter, should be self standing
                                                on a plate . To be displayed within
                                                a 20”space allocation .                   arrival . No back board will be required .
                                                                                                                 ,
                                                                                          Maximum width 2ft 6” maximum
                                                  Sweet and Savoury                                    ,
                                                                                          depth 2ft 3” height unlimited . To be
                                                A child’s lunch box                       viewed from all angles . To be judged
                                             This has replaced the preserve/non           to NAFAS rules .
                                            preserve section . One sweet item and
                                            one savoury item both to be displayed         Under 14’s Section
                                            in a lunch box for a child under the          This is not for Moody Bowl points .
                                            age of 11 years . Points will be awarded      A maximum of three entries per Club
All entries must be exhibited in the        for accessories; this can be entered by       can be received per class . Please
marquee by 10 .45am to be eligible          two people . To be staged within a 20”        advise the Lady Chairman of the
for judging . We would encourage any        space allocation .                            number of entries prior to rally day .
entrants to place an information card
with their exhibit, should they feel        Under 21 Handicraft                           Cookery
there is information that the Judge         A Peg Bag                                     A homemade decorated
would benefit from knowing .                The bag should be made from off               gingerbread
                                            cuts and remnants rather than new
Eligibility to compete                      material . The bags will be displayed on      Handicraft
All Members are advised that they           a washing line, it is optional as to if the   An animal made from fruit and
must hold a current membership card         bag contains pegs .                           vegetables
and that individual rules still apply .
Teams containing ineligible members         Open Handicraft                               Over 30’s section
will be eliminated .                        A Decorated Head Dress                        This is not for Moody Bowl points .
                                            Suitable to wear as an everyday               A maximum of one entry per Club can
Main Stand                                  fashion accessory . Any medium is             be received . Please advise the Lady
“A Day at the Allotment”                    acceptable, but must show at least two        Chairman of entries prior to Rally Day .
Theme to be depicted and staged             techniques .                                  It has been decided to alternate the
within the following internal                                                             Cookery and Handicraft sections year
dimensions; maximum width 4ft,              Under 21 Flowers                              on year .
maximum depth 2ft 3in, maximum              The height of fashion
height 4ft . With six homemade items;       Dimensions maximum width 2’6”    ,            Cookery
3 cookery, 2 handicraft plus 1 other . To                       ,
                                            maximum depth 2’3” height unlimited .         A Battenburg Cake
be prepared by a maximum of 6 paid          To be viewed from front . To be               Presentations to be made at the Rally
up Members . They need not be six           displayed on a back board and base .
different paid up members, but with         Accessories to be part of the exhibit .
a minimum of three different . At least
one item to be made by a member             Open Flowers
under 21 years of age, this item is to      Pot luck (Imposed class)
be identified by an asterisk (*) on the     All entrants to be in the Homecraft
exhibition card .                           marquee by 8 .45am, entrants will
                                            be issued with identical packs upon




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General Rules
1 . All competitors entering the Homecraft     for admittance into the Homecraft             through the WI costing £8 .50 from the
section at the Rally must be fully paid up     Section prior to judging . Admission will     following number - 020 7371 9300
Members of Cheshire YFC and be under           be by ticket only to stage exhibits prior
30 years of age or where stated be under       to judging .                                  An exhibit is composed of natural plant
21 years of age on the 1st July 2010 .         10 . The Cheshire YFC and Reaseheath          material, with or without accessories,
Only competitors stated on the entry           College bear no responsibility for any        contained within a space as specified in
form should stage exhibits and no other        item lost, stolen or damaged . It is          the show schedule . National Association
people should assist Clubs in any way on       requested that belongings are not left        of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS)
Rally Day .                                    in the Homecraft Section, especially not      rules state that disqualification will take
2 . Exhibits to be the property and unaided    under the trestle tables after the staging    place for the following rules .
work of the exhibitor .                        has been completed .
3 . County Officials to appoint the Judges .   11 . No exhibit is to be removed from the     1 . Failure to comply with any specific
The judge’s decision is final .                Homecraft Section before 8pm .                requirements of a class as stated in the
4 . Clubs are responsible for their own        12 . Any articles not collected by 9 .30pm    show schedule, i .e . the measurements or
staging . Sides and backs of stands            will be returned to the County Chairman,      the components .
should be covered and tidy (marks may          Lady Chairman or Secretary . They will        2 . Inclusion of any fresh plant material
be deducted for untidiness) . Paper or         not be responsible for their safe keeping .   that does not have its roots or the cut
material may be used for this purpose .        The Homecraft section is expected to be       ends of its stems in water or water
5 . A Club’s name must not be                  cleared by 9 .30pm .                          retaining material (for exclusions see
incorporated into a stand until after it       13 . The same Member may not enter both       the NAFAS handbook of Schedule
has been judged .                              sections of the flower arranging .            Definitions) .
6 . Trestle tables will be covered with        14 . Flower exhibits must be arranged at      3 . Inclusion of artificial plant material
white paper . No drapes or accessories         the Rally .                                   (unless specifically allowed by a show
must overlap the front of the stand .          Queries or complaints must be given           schedule) . For further details and
7 . No mains electricity will be supplied .    to the County Chairman or Lady                definitions refer to the NAFAS Handbook
However Clubs may light or power their         Chairman only, either verbally before         of Schedule Definitions Ninth Edition
exhibits using their own battery power .       5 .30pm on Rally Day or in writing within     1996 in accordance with which all
8 . Exhibitors must work within the given      seven days . All homecraft sections to        classes will be judged .
dimensions .                                   be judged according to “On with the
9 . Each Club will be issued with 10 tickets   Show” handbook . This can be obtained




                                                                                                                 April 2011 Toplink   25
                            Chairman’s
                                                                                   Profile
                                            pastime of dressing up as a woman          end of each foot didn’t appeal to Dave
                                            every year for Entertainments . Dave       and instead, along with other Beeston
                                            was chairman for two years in which        Boys, who shall remain nameless, he
                  David Roberts             he represented Beeston in nearly every     found a love for après ski and flaming
                                            existing event, if he wasn’t taking part   sambucas . On a recent trip to Soldeu,
                                            he would always be there to support .      Andorra, Dave decided enough was
    Dave - The home of                      Dave was recognised for his dedication     enough and gave the skiing another go,
   witty banter - Roberts                   to young farmers in 2007 when he was       the planks of wood on his feet didn’t
                                            awarded County Federation Runner up        look quite so scary second time round .
Dave was born on the 9th July 1986 .        Male member of the year .                  Dave wowed us with his skiing skills and
His parents Stuart & Ann, and brother       Dave enjoys a wide range of sports         became quite a pro, next year he may be
Neil run the famous Townhouse               including Netball, Football, Hockey,       challenging a black run .
Holstein Herd . Dave helps out on the       Cricket and Running . In the summer        Dave is a caring, outgoing person who
family farm when he is required . . .       Dave enjoys playing cricket for Bunbury    loves to have fun; he is always willing to
except at weekends or early in the          Cricket Club and enjoys exploring the      help anyone . He has organised many
morning!                                    local beer gardens, in the winter he       events in the past and is always up for a
Dave’s school years began at Duddon         enjoys Young Farmer’s Hockey and           good time . He can always be relied on to
Primary School, he then went on to          Football along with a good game of         tidy up after a party, especially if there
study at Tarporley High School where        darts .                                    is a bacon butty going the following
he continued through sixth form to          Being the keen athlete that he is, Dave    morning, you know that Dave is always
study Business Studies, Information         entered the Liverpool half marathon        going to be the last one standing .
                    Technology and          in March last year to raise money for      Dave likes all his clothes to be folded
                    Design Technology .     Clatterbridge . His training consisted     very neatly when washed and ironed, I
                    If A B X and Y grades   of running to his local (The Headless      think this was a skill
                    were awarded he         Women - about half a mile away from        he learnt when he
                    would have been         his house, having steak pie and chips      worked in Scotts
                    given top marks         and then getting a lift back home), it     the menswear
                    in every class, as      wasn’t until he got to the starting line   shop, if only he had
                    stockjudging is         of the marathon someone told him he        someone to do his
                    one of Dave’s many      had actually got tennis shoes on . He      washing and ironing .
                    talents .               completed the half marathon in approx      Dave loves Toffee
                    Upon graduating         2 hours; he had blisters on his feet for   Crisps and Quavers
                    from Tarporley Sixth    weeks . On a group holiday last year to    and is known to be
Form, Dave was very fortunate to get        Soll, Austria, Dave attempted to learn     an encyclopaedia
his dream job working as a mechanic;        to ski . For some reason the thought       of useless facts and
he ended up mending Honda lawn              of throwing himself down a hill at         information but
mowers at Bayliss Agricultural              50mph with a plank of wood on the          hates parting with
Dealership in Nantwich . Dave’s mission                                                his money .
was to work on bigger and better                                                       If you want to get
machines, so he moved on to begin                                                      hold of Dave . . . .ring Lynda . Or he can
employment at John Bownes Ltd, a                                                       be found in one of his favourite hang
tractor and machinery dealership                                                       outs, which also happens to be a signal
based in Winsford . Here Dave became                                                   blackspot for mobile phone reception .
a qualified tractor mechanic and can                                                   The Bulls Head, The Headless Woman,
now be found with a spanner in his                                                     or Cruise is where he can be found
hand and covered in grease, trying to                                                  many an evening! Or lunchtime or the
make it look like he has done some                                                     weekends come to think about it .
work . Dave takes after his parents who                                                Dave has been a great ambassador
were both members of Beeston Young                                                     for BYFC over the past 10 years and
Farmers, Its thanks to Stuart that the                                                 we wish him and Lynda the best of
current generation are members of                                                      luck representing us and the County
Beeston today as he worked very hard                                                   federation over the next twelve months .
in his role as club president, Ann was
crowned Cheshire Dairy Queen in
1978, Neil is a current active member                                                     if A B X & Y grades
and past Chairman .
                                                                                           were awarded he
Dave has been an active member of
Beeston Young Farmers since the age                                                      would have top marks
of 14 and is always willing to have a                                                        in every class
go at anything from playing netball
to stock judging, being captain of
the junior quiz team to his favourite                                                  Lucy Smith
26 Toplink April 2011
                             Lady Chairman’s
                                                                                               Profile
                                             asked to be secretary and vice-chairlady.
                                             From day one she has been an asset to
                                             her club and everything Lynda has done
                    Lynda Gough              she has given 110 per cent to; whether
                                             that has been taking part in homecraft
Lynda Gough, known affectionately by         competitions, entertainments,
many YFC members across the county           stockjudging or various sporting
as ‘Our Wendy’ is this year’s county         competitions.
chairlady.
                                             She says her most treasured memory
                                             was seeing Malpas pick up the Moody
    Lynda, known as ‘Our                     Bowl in 2010 and she has also achieved
                                                                                         She is also a dab hand at fancy dress and
           Wendy’                            many other YFC accolades. Lynda was
                                                                                         she especially relishes the challenge of
                                             club chairlady with James Studley in
                                                                                         the theme night at the National AGM,
                                             2009 and in the same year she won
We believe Lynda needs little                                                            which has seen her go commando in
                                             county female member of the year.
introduction as her friendly, outgoing                                                   her camouflage gear, dress as Wonder
                                             Other achievements include being
and fun nature means she has an                                                          Wendy and also strut her stuff as a
                                             part of the winning ladies tug of
incredible network of friends all over                                                   ‘Malpas Safari Girl’ at last year’s weekend
                                             war team, winning the hobbies and
Cheshire but for those of you who would                                                  in Torquay.
                                             pastimes competition and also being
like to know a little more about ‘Our                                                    Speaking of the National AGM Lynda
                                             part of a number of successful Malpas
Wendy’ here goes…….                                                                      was the back-up team when members of
                                             entertainments casts.
Lynda, who was born in Shrewsbury                                                        Malpas YFC cycled to Blackpool on the
                                             Lynda likes nothing better than acting
Hospital, shares the same birthday as her                                                custom-made bike. The boys cycled over
                                             and dancing and she first appeared on
mother arriving on February 28, 1985                                                     80miles in two days raising over £2,000
                                             stage at the tender age of 3 when she
after nearly 24 hours of labour.                                                         for Cancer Research and they said they
                                             appeared as a strawberry bonbon in
                                                                                         couldn’t have done it without Lynda’s
She went to school in Market Drayton         the Sweetshop Ballet. As a result she
                                                                                         flashing twin beacons….on her truck
completing her GCSEs and ‘A’ Levels at       has been an active member of her local
                                                                                         that is.
Grove High School and Sixth Form. Her        amateur dramatics society for the last
hard work was well rewarded as she           20 years taking on lead roles as well
achieved 13 GCSEs at grades A* to C and      as helping out backstage and with             Wendy has received a Blue
these academic awards have since been        costume design.                               Peter badge in an attempt
combined with qualifications in First Aid,   Her training in many types of dance
Food Hygiene and Safety and also the         including ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom         to break the guiness book
prestigious Ed Jones award for ‘Britain’s    and rock ‘n’ roll also mean Lynda is             of records for worlds
Best Assets’ and the trophy for ‘wildest     something of a demon on the dance                    longest scarf!
Malpas member of the year’.                  floor.
Lynda holds a full, clean driving licence,                                               While Lynda is extremely proud to take
                                             She has used this experience well in
which is certainly a bonus as she                                                        on a County position the Chairlady
                                             Entertainments appearing as a dancing
regularly has to cross the border from                                                   badge isn’t the first badge of honour
                                             salon girl and a horn pipe pirate to name
her home and work in Market Drayton                                                      that Lynda has received; she also has a
                                             but a few. It also helped her to win the
to attend Cheshire events, meetings and                                                  Blue Peter badge after she made the trip
                                             hobbies and pastimes competition
parties.                                                                                 to their TV studios in 1993 to take part in
                                             when she made-up James Studley to
However she says her roots are most                                                      an attempt to break the Guiness Book of
                                             make him look like a pantomime dame.
definitely in Cheshire as her mum’s                                                      Records for the world’s longest scarf.
                                             As well as amateur dramatics in the
family live in and around south Cheshire                                                 Lynda is friendly, fun loving and
                                             little spare time that Lynda has she
and she even has links to Malpas as her                                                  articulate and all these attributes lead
                                             plays badminton and competes in the
great-great auntie is descended from                                                     us into no doubt that she will make an
                                             Shropshire division mixed doubles with
the area.                                                                                outstanding County Chairlady.
                                             her father.
She has a strong background in                                                                               She has a wonderful
farming as her family has always been                                                                        network of friends
involved in beef and arable and her                                                                          around her and we are
grandparents were dairy farmers.                                                                             all positive she will do
Lynda isn’t sure if this has helped in                                                                       an excellent job along
stockjudging competitions though as                                                                          with her man – Dave.
she always seems to go for the ones                                                                          We would all like to
with the ‘prettiest eyes’.                                                                                   wish her, and Dave,
A member of Malpas YFC since January                                                                         the best of luck for the
2007 Lynda quickly found herself an                                                                          next 12 months.
active role in YFC. She was first asked
to take part of the senior debate and                                                                       Katie Lomas &
then, just six weeks after joining the
club, she attended their AGM and was                                                                        Hannah Studley
                                                                                                              April 2011 Toplink   27
     Sports Evening
                                                at Northgate Arena




                                                                                   l Trop                                 hy
                                                        C rece iving the Ray & Jil
                             the eve ning - Stretton YF
         O verall winners of


                                                                            County Sports evening at Northgate Arena in
                                                                            Chester . A fantastic turnout from all clubs saw
                                                                            a packed night of sporty people all in really
                                                                            competitive but friendly moods . Stretton
                                                                            came out on top, with Beeston second, so
                                                                            well done to them and all of our sports secs
                                                                            who did a great job of helping the night run
                                                                            smoothly .


                                                                           Dave Williams &
                                                                           Racheal Houghton
                  Football Cup winners - Stretton B

                                          Held at Northgate Arena in Chester
                            Event Sponsored by our Patron, His Grace The Duke of Westminster,
                                         The Eaton Estate and Grosvenor Farms

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                                          Footba
                                leton B
                      up - Cong
                                                 ll Plat
               unners                                      e winn
Footb all Cup r                                                  ers - M
                                                                        alpas




                                                     Netball winners
                                                                     -     Sandbach A
                            Stretton
      Net ball runners up -




                     ers up - Beeston     Water polo
     Water polo runn                                 w      inners - Knu
                                                                        ts ford


                                                                                April 2011 Toplink   29
                           Agricultural
                                                      Discussion Group
                 Andrew Sellick            College . Keith spoke about the many
                                           different forms of energy that could be
                                                                                       work towards this competition; more
                                                                                       details to follow in the July Toplink of the
Our October meeting was focused on         utilised and produced on the farm . Lucy    results .
cattle breeding with Andy Rutter and       then updated the meeting to the new         What else has been going on?
Louise Holt from Genus Breeding . Andy     anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that is      Back in October we held a Forging
spoke about Genomics whilst Louise         being built at Reaseheath College . This    Links meeting with Club delegates
covered beef genetics .                    will help students and farmers realise      and representatives from Cheshire
                                           the potential of the technology .           Agricultural Society, Cheshire NFU,
                                           The investment of £900,000 (with            Livestock NorthWest and Cheshire
   October meeting was                     support from the North West Regional        FWAG . Discussions were held about
                                                                                       how Young Farmers could interact more
 focused on cattle breeding                Development Agency), has been used
                                                                                       with other organisations . One successful
                                           to construct an on-farm plant which has
   with Andy Rutter and                    been designed to be appropriate on a        outcome of the meeting was in March
        Louise Holt                        commercial farming basis . Electricity
                                           produced from the system will be
                                           directed to an on-site sub-station and        We thank Keith for his
We invited Hannah Bowden from Criddle      is likely to supply 15 per cent of total
& Co to our next event in November,        campus demand . Building began last
                                                                                         support and hard work
speaking about grain trading and the       September and the plant will be fully        towards the competition
influences on the world commodity          functional by Easter this year .
prices . Hannah gave us a brief overview
of the world situation .                   The College will then launch a series
                                           of training sessions for farmers and        when the County was asked if we would
Incorporated into the same evening was     students providing the opportunity to       speak at the North West Rural Affairs
a discussion between the membership,       learn practical and technical operating     Forum at Haydock to air the voice of
regarding the future of the Cheshire       skills . The Continuous Stirred Tank        Cheshire YFC .
West and Chester Council Farms,            Reactor (CSTR) digester will take slurry    I would like to thank the speakers and
following the meeting a formal response    from the 300-head dairy herd and            hosts from the last year and all of you
to the consultation was submitted on       straw-based manure from the 130-sow         who have attended the meetings .
behalf of the membership .                 pig unit, while a second plug and play      We acknowledge the funding from
The January meeting was dedicated          digester will take slurry only . There      Livestock Northwest and our thanks to
to Nuffield Scholarships with three        are also plans to use freely-available      the team at Reaseheath who implement
presentations from local scholars . Paul   feedstocks, such as grass clippings,        it . It speaks volumes that we already
Fox & Louise Young presented their         sawdust and horse manure as potential       have people now contacting us wanting
different experiences from their travels   high energy, cost-effective enhancers,      to come and speak next year .
and studies abroad, whilst Marnie          particularly during the summer when
Dobson spoke about the application         the milking herd is predominately           Friday 10th June we will be having
process . They all recommended             outside .                                   a 3day trip to Cornwall with the AG
applying for a Nuffield Scholarship, no    In March Keith Thomas of AMC                discussion group .
matter what part of the industry you are   introduced the Farm Business                Wednesday 13th July there is an AG
involved in as the contacts and friends    Management Competition and                  Discussion Group Farm Walk at Agden
they had made were invaluable .            illustrated the whys and wherefores in      Brook Farm, Altrincham
Renewable energy was discussed in          the preparation of the financial planning
February with Keith Roberts of CMS         aspect of the competition . We thank        Anyone interested contact Andrew
UK and Lucy Shenton of Reaseheath          Keith for his continued support and hard    Sellick.




30 Toplink April 2011
                                Past President’s
                                                                                           Report
                                              Ladies in Waiting, parcelled with the        aspects of your parishes that benefit
                     Jean Williams            other Top Table, County & Club Officials
                                              and a huge pool of judges, referees etc .,
                                                                                           through your help . I am sure that John
                                                                                           Edge your new President and Jill Brown
                                              have given you the Members and myself        your Deputy, together with the new
                                              constant support and many hours of           Chairs Lynda & Dave, Vice Paul, Secretary
I feel slightly melancholy yet content        hard work; all with the one view in mind     James and Treasurer Jon will guide and
writing this report no longer as your         of keeping standards and fairness for        forge ahead with this precious vibrant
President . I have lived and breathed the     your success, enjoyment and progress         Cheshire YFC .
job as your servant for the last four years   within Cheshire YFC with the above cast
but whatever I have put in I have always      list benefitting from vital behind the
received far more out . Huge thank you        scenes family backing . I am immensely               I have been very
for asking me to be your President and        grateful to everyone and for the very
                                              close ties with the Cheshire Agricultural          honoured, proud and
I have tried to build on the work of past
Presidents .                                  Society, Reaseheath College, our loyal             privileged serving as
I have experienced many challenges            Sponsors, Advertisers, Award Providers                 your President
                                              and the Trustees .

  whatever I have put into                    There is much to do and it is right
                                              I go for change allows new ideas
   this job I have always                     and enthusiasm, the very essence             How treasured Cheshire YFC is with all
   received far more out                      and lifeblood of this The Best youth         ages for endless collective and personal
                                              organisation known . I am pleased that       reasons and I do wish you well for
                                              you as Members share a 50/50 basis in        continued happy, valued, evolving times .
and you have made me feel comfy               the fact that 50% it could be said are       I have been very honoured, proud and
and appreciated . What a change I have        from the core of agriculture and 50%         privileged serving as your President . I
witnessed all achieved by you the             from the caring rural link of Cheshire as    have loved seeing your achievements,
Members, Club Officials and through the       it stands today, which I feel is healthy .   resilience, optimism and being part
service of the consecutive Federation         Indeed rural Cheshire gains because of       of your energy and laughs . You have
Top Tables and County officials . Colour      the competent caring ways of you, your       certainly kept me young at heart . Look
for Top Link in 2008, enjoying sell out       families and friends of Cheshire YFC . I     after yourselves and one another .
events, more entries in sports and            know so many other organisations and         You are all ‘lovely’ - God bless .
other competitions and a close rapport
between the Clubs to the extent
that you help one another with your
Club and Charity functions and even
with competitions and refreshments .
All culminating in rewarding times
crowned with very strong transparent
County finances and soon, I hope, a
decent website .

With Godfrey, my rock, we have
travelled to each Club receiving the
warmest of welcomes and thoroughly
enjoyed being amongst Members of
different ages . How proud I am of you;
your lives are so worthwhile and your
achievements are vast . Each Club is
very different and rightly in charge of
itself, adding greatly and equally to
the constructive pulse of turning the
Members and Clubs into this one unique
Federation of Cheshire YFC .

The eight County Chairs during my time,
adding their personal and discerning
styles James Lomas & Lucy Smith,
Andrew Sutton & Claire Ford, Stuart
Furber & Nixie Bonner, Dave Williams &
Racheal Houghton, with an overlapping
of five sets of lovely County Queens and
                                                                                                                 April 2011 Toplink   31
                           Altrincham
                                                                                              club report
                          Miss C
                                              whether or not we managed to get                County dinner dance was a great night,
                                              through to the final, though I am going         the canapés went down well with some
                                              to start crossing my fingers now .              members trying to make sure that they
                                                                                              had their tickets worth before the main
                                              We had some good results at Northgate,
                                                                                              course arrived . Unfortunately, the Alti
                                              the football team managed to come to
Firstly, I would like to welcome everyone                                                     members were split between the Dinner
                                              battle their way into a very respectable
to the New Year, I can’t believe that it is                                                   Dance and Duncan Orr’s leaving do in
                                              2nd place, the netball girls won their
April already .                                                                               Sale, I believe that they also had a rather
                                              league and got through to the semi
                                                                                              triumphant time, and I would like to take
I also have to issue an apology in the        finals, Tony was in a very tight fought
                                                                                              this opportunity to say thank you to
last issue I said that it was Alister Horn    final in the table tennis to come in
                                                                                              Duncan for all the hard work and effort
(tony) and Richard Horton (Ricky) that        second, and Rob Cross managed not
                                                                                              you have put into the club, you will be
drew out their weapons and fired them         to get squashed in squash . I would like
                                                                                              sorely missed, though I am sure that we
off to draw in the inter club shooting        to thank everyone who took part and I
                                                                                              have not seen the back of you forever,
competition when in fact it was Mr Ed                                                         and you are welcome back anytime
Cookson and not Tony that fired off their                                                     (especially if we have a hockey match,
weapon successfully to draw with Ricky .           Thank you to Duncan                        football game or have entertainments to
There was a good turnout of Alti                     Orr, you will be                         prepare) .
members at the County Christmas party,                sorely missed                           We had two great club social events,
which now seems like such a long time                                                         the first was lazer quest looking back to
ago . The girls were all turned out in                                                        paint balling, it is nice to know that we
there glitzy dresses and the boys did not     hope that you all enjoyed your night .          chose events where we can shoot each
scrub up too badly either in their dinner                                                     other, though this time it was distinctly
jackets, as we all danced the night away .    The debate team met Congleton in the
                                                                                              less painful . Guy Davies decided that
                                              second round after a bye in the first .
The hockey team have managed to                                                               everyone must be picking on him as
                                              After a minor reshuffle of the team that
put in a stella performance against                                                           this was the only explanation for him
                                              saw me (Carrie Childs) switched in to
Sandbach to battle their way into the                                                         getting the lowest score . Then there was
                                              propose non-ag and the reinstatement
semi finals of the cup, next stop will                                                        a climbing night, where you could put
                                              of Irish Will to second ag we were all set .
be Macc though by the time this goes                                                          your Spiderman skills to the test . All the
                                              The competition was very close with
out the chances are that we will know                                                         members had a great time and a big
                                              only a mark or two between both teams
                                                                                              thank you to those that organised them .
                                              however, Congleton did manage to
                                              pip us at the post to take the win . A big      I hope that everyone is looking forward
      Northgate football                      thank you goes to everyone involved             to the summer events and by the next
       team managed a                         and those that came to support us, and          report the inter club rally and rally day
                                              also to Louise Holt . Irish Will and to Ricky   will have been and gone, I hope that all
    respectable 2nd place                     for their kind hospitality for practices        the members will come out to support
                                              and the tea that was also supplied . The        the club and take part in all the events .




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                           Beeston
                                                                     club report
                                               was held at Tarporley High School            on occasions with Matt’s impromptu
                          Cookie               this year . Our chairman and his wife
                                               decided to show off their culinary skills
                                                                                            speech going down very well . Rob’s
                                                                                            sponsored silence during his seconding
                                               and compete for Beeston, only the            speech was also equally impressive . We
Howdo all, this is my final (I think) report   judges will know whether this was a          narrowly lost on the night but will be
as Beeston’s Chief Reporter .                  wise decision, as the theme was Indian       back with a vengeance next year .
                                               food and the curry powder was being          Next up was the County Dinner Dance,
Starting from the last report we
                                               splashed on like it was going out of         held at the Nantwich Civic Hall . Despite
had the County Carol Service at a
                                               fashion .                                    not having the largest attendance due
church I can’t quite remember the
name of .  . .It featured a lot of singing,    The 27th January saw the County Ten Pin      to a few group holidays clashing with
briefly interrupted by a local woman           Bowling competition, having practiced        the event, the night turned out to be
demanding that Beeston Chairman                literally twice we were ready and raring     one of the best we’ve had there in my
Charlie remove his truck from ‘literally’      to go . The first round saw us selecting     opinion .
the middle of the road . Following this        our competing team; unfortunately for        A big thanks needs to go to Dave and
a group of Beeston YFC members                 Owen he missed out on selection by           Rach for finally sorting out the hideous
ventured into the back-end of Cheshire         one point . I doubt he’ll ever forgive us    lack of Jager that has been evident
for the Congleton Dinner Dance . This          for this one; the tantrum on the night       at previous parties, I’m sure you will
                                               especially was something to behold . We      agree this was the catalyst for the
                                               ended up coming third, or second, or         night’s success . Congratulations also
      Congleton Dinner                         fourth, one of the team will tell you, but   to Charlie for receiving the Runner-up
     Dance turned out to                       it was definitely a good performance         Male Member of the year award… . .
                                               and one to build on for next year .          congratulations!
        be a top do                                                                         The County Sports night was held at
                                               Following this we had the first round of     Northgate Arena again this year . Beeston
                                               the Senior Debate . The team consisted       competed and did well in every event
turned out to be a top do, with a variety      of Neil, Jenny, Charlie, Rob B, Matt
                                                                                            and managed to come out second .
of Congleton and Sandbach members
                                                                                            With a big push next year I’m sure we
clearly not possessing the drinking skills
                                                                                            can reclaim the trophy, so watch out
of the Beeston contingent and slightly               Congratulations to                     Stretton .
overdoing it on the old orange juice .
Better performances needed here before
                                                    Charlie for receiving                   Last on the list is the County AGM where
the AGM .                                           the Runner-up Male                      we saw our very own Racheal step down
                                                                                            after a year in Chair and our very own
Next up we had the Conservation Quiz                   Member of the                        Dave step up for his year at the top . I’d
at Byley Village Hall . The ‘bring your                 year award...                       just like to congratulate Rach and Dave
own refreshments’ policy predictably
                                                      congratulations!                      Williams for their fantastic effort during
saw only the Beeston table with a crate
                                                                                            the year, which has turned out to be
of ‘performance enhancing’ Carling,
                                                                                            one of the best; and also wish Dave and
everyone else for some reason decided
                                               Aidley and myself . After several nights     Lynda all the best for the forthcoming
to take soft drinks . Not surprisingly
                                               spent hunched round my kitchen table         year .
as the crate was emptied our scores
                                               researching council farms and trains,        That seems to be about it folks, if I’ve
worsened, however we did manage to
                                               the night of the debate was on us . As       missed anything out then it’s tough,
come a respectable joint third, I think?
                                               usual we tried to inject some humour         there’s nothing I can do about it .
The Ready Steady Cook competition              into the performance, this worked well

                 Cheshire YFC
                After Rally Dance
                        on Saturday 4th June 2011
                        at Reaseheath College in the Rally Marquee
                        8.00pm – 1.30am
                        No admittance after 10pm
                        Smart dress
                        ID required
                        Tickets available from Club Officials

                                                                                                                April 2011 Toplink   35
                                   Congleton
                                                                                        club report
                                               The 5th February was the County Dinner       Brown for three fantastic years as our
                          Anna &               Dance, thanks must go to Dave and            club president, and welcome aboard Gill
                                               Rach for organising a brilliant night, and
                          Charlotte            to Charlotte Mc for organising a bus
Howdy team
                                               to and from . Well done to Paul Gerrard             Don’t forget the
                                               for winning Male Member of the Year
The first event since the last Toplink         and to Emma Moss for winning Female             Dairy Queen and Maids
report was Congleton’s Annual Dinner           Member of the Year . Also I somehow             “Around the world” ball
Dance, held at Sandhole Farm by kind           managed to win Runner-up Female
permission of Mr & Mrs D . Worth . This        Member of the Year, not bad .
                                                                                                    on 21st May
was a fantastic night and it was great
                                               This then brings me onto debate . Well,
to see so many people support us .                                                          Leech as our new club president .
                                               what a fantastic year we have had . We
Well done to all the award winners and
                                               have defeated Altrincham and Sandbach        Me and Charlotte Mc are due to take
thank you to everyone who helped
                                               to make it into the final, which will be     over as Chair after the Rally and Carrie
organise it .
                                               against Nantwich and I’m sure by the         and Charlotte are carrying on with
                                               time Toplink goes to print we will know      Treasurer and Secretary .
    Congleton achieved                         who has won but GOOD LUCK .                  Thank you to you both . The vice-
   third in Ready Steady                       The team this year is Phil, Tom, Jasper,     positions are still open, so if anyone is
      Cook, well done                          Claire, Veg and Paul . Thank you also to     interested contact Top Table .
                                               Mrs Speed for her cake baking efforts on     Finally, I want to say a massive thank you
       Lizzie Andow                            behalf of Congleton .                        to Jean Williams who has now finished
    and Jodie Robertson                        A few of our budding sports members          her final year as County President and to
                                               ventured to Northgate on 19th February       congratulate Jill Brown as being elected
The next event on the CYFC calendar            for the County Sports Night . Well done      as County Deputy President, we’re sure
was the Conservation Quiz, in which            to the Football team who came second,        you’ll do us proud . Good luck to Lynda
Congleton somehow managed to                   losing on penalties . . . James Ven -        and Dave in their year ahead, we all hope
achieve joint third with Beeston . Well        remember the goals are on the floor, not     you have a brilliant year .
done to Phil, Paul, Lizzie and me .            in the sky . Also well done to the Netball   We also have another Cheshire
                                               team, who made it to the semi-finals and     YFC top table member among us . . .
We then ventured into Tarporley for
                                               I believe Veg did well in squash and we      Congratulations Philip our new County
Ready Steady Cook . The theme this year
                                               came 4th overall . When Chairman P was       Rounders Secretary, unfortunately he
was ‘A Taste of India’ and once again
                                               told he was to play water polo his reply     does not get to have his photo in the
Congleton came joint third . A massive
                                               was ‘Oh so that means I don’t have to        front of Toplink as requested though .
well done to Lizzie Andow and Jodie
                                               have a shower after milking?’ Oh dear .
Robertson .                                                                                 Please don’t forget the Dairy Queen and
                                               Congleton YFC recently had a very            Maids ‘Around the World’ Charity Ball on
This then brings me on to the Hockey
                                               successful young members’ night, held        21st May, at Bagmere Farm, Brereton by
Cup second round v Malpas (who are
                                               at Browns . We saw a few new faces and       kind permission of Mr & Mrs G . Marrow .
top of the league) Unfortunately, we
                                               lots of fun was had by all . A massive       Tickets available from me, Hannah and
lost by twenty-something – nil . . . I blame
                                               thank you must go to Claudia, Lizzie and     Katie .
the goalie . Only joking Phil and thanks
                                               Rick for organising the games .
to everyone who played, there’s always                                                      Until next time, don’t do anything I
next year .                                    Congleton recently held their AGM at         wouldn’t do .
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                               Knutsford
                                                                                    club report

        Georgemeister
Hi Guys, it doesn’t seem five minutes
since I was writing my last installment
of the Barmy Army’s happening but I’ll
begin at the top . . .


     only one man to take
      on the challenge of
     whipping our team of
     volunteers into shape

The New Year started with an old face
re-appearing – Senior Debate and             again and a small troop of us headed to       This year our members have also been
there was only one man to take on            the distant depths of Nantwich yet again      attending the Agricultural Discussion
the challenge of whipping our team           to feast on fantastic food and party hard .   Group meetings organised by Andrew
of enthusiastic ‘volunteers’ into shape,     The most memorable moment of the              Sellick, which have been hugely
Andrew Sellick . This year’s team also       night had to be Jean William’s singing,       informative for the modern farmers .
included Sam Walton, Josie Ratter-           a fantastic way to end her Presidency         Thanks must go to Andrew for this and
Evision, Rick Ford, Lauren Worthington       of Cheshire YFC . She has been a great        also for winning the Merit award again
and Phil Hopley . Our first round tie was    figure head and role model for Young          at this year’s County AGM for all your
against Middlewich at Byley Village          Farmers and given us much advice in           hard work and dedication to the Young
hall with the team giving it their all .     her years of office, which has been very      Farmers cause .
Unfortunately, on the night their best       much appreciated . She’ll definitely be
                                             missed . After the awards we all partied      Well it looks like I will have to leave it
just wasn’t good enough to see them                                                        here for now as time is running out, so
into the next round but everyone did a       hard until the small hours of the night
                                             and headed home to consider the               stay safe and be good as I’ll be back very
great job in representing the club and I                                                   soon to reveal all the secrets behind the
hope you’ll all be back next year to do it   excessive number of beverages we had
                                             consumed the night before (enough             Barmy Army once again .
all again .
                                             said I think) .
Next on the calendar was the County Ten
Pin bowling competition . Knutsford, as      In February we all took our yearly trip
always had a team ready to show them         to Northgate arena for the Sports
all how it was done, but unfortunately       night which was a fantastic success for
this year wasn’t their turn to shine, but    our budding sports stars . Young Tom
thank you to everyone for taking part        Williams won this year’s Badminton
and having a go .                            competition and Knutsford came 3rd
                                             overall, matching last year’s results, a
The County Dinner dance was upon us          superb effort all round and a big thank
                                             you must go to our sports captain, Josh
                                             Walton for organising his teams so
                                             efficiently and effectively . Also we must
                                             mention our President, Mark Walton who
                                             also featured at Northgate this year as a
                                             referee for the table tennis .


                                                 Thanks to Andrew for
                                                winning the Merit award
                                                  again at this year’s
                                                     County AGM

                                                                                                               April 2011 Toplink   39
                          Macclesfield
                                                                                club report

    Rowena & Victoria                         On the 19th February it was time for the
                                                                                                  the new chairmen
                                              County Sports Evening . This was held at
Hello Everyone . It’s that time again,        Northgate Arena, Chester and everyone             (ladies) we know you
                                              had fun . Macclesfield did a tremendous
where we update you on what’s been
                                              job and everyone had a giggle .
                                                                                                   are going to do a
happening recently in Macclesfield
Young Farmers Club .                                                                                   great job
                                              AGM was on the cards next . We all
First of all, we had our Conservation Quiz    met at Gawsworth Methodist Hall . We
at Byley Village Hall on 13th January . The   would like to take this opportunity to       We also had drinks and a takeaway held
team consisted of Sarah Heath, Jordan         thank Anna Lomas, Jenny Lomas and            at the Dunstun . It was a fun night and
Potts, John Brocklehurst and Will Barton .    Will Barton for all their hard work and      thanks to all who came along .
We came 2nd, which was fantastic so a         dedication over the past 12 months
                                                                                           Finally, before we close this entry, we are
big well done to all who took part .          and for all the activities they have put
                                                                                           pleased to announce that Kirsty Monks
Secondly, we had our tasting spoons           on for us . We look forward to the next      has passed her driving test . . So watch
at the ready for Ready Steady Cook at         12 months and hope it’s a success . . The    out everyone . We hope Victoria Whelton
Tarporley High School . Victoria Eardley      new chairmen (ladies) are Sarah Heath        had a lovely 18th birthday bash and it
and Kirsty Monks entered with an Indian       and Hannah Barton . We all know you are      was clear that Will Barton had a whale of
theme and made a lovely Chicken               going to do a great job .                    a time . We say no more . We wish Emily
Korma and Almond and Pistachio Bursi .        Thank you to Sarah Heath for organising      Wainwright and Victoria Eardley a happy
Unfortunately they came 9th but we            a Sphering day held on 12th March .          17th, Happy 18th to Lizzy Jones and
congratulate them on taking part and a        We teamed up with Congleton and              Happy 19th Birthday to Richard Waller .
lovely day was had by all .                   Sandbach and everyone had a really nice      Sorry if we have missed anyone . .
The County Dinner Dance was next up,          time .                                       Over and out
at Nantwich Civic Hall . Only a few of the
Macclesfield members went along but
it was said that they had a fantastic time
and everyone had a laugh . We hope to
see more members next year as it was a
very interesting night…
Next it was debate . We thought it would
be a good idea to have a practice round
with Congleton Young Farmers before
the big day . We would like to thank
Congleton for your help . Macclesfield
were up against Sandbach Young
Farmers at Bradwall Village Hall and it
was very very close . Although we didn’t
win, we congratulate Sandbach for
their victory . The debate team members
were Hannah Barton, Lizzy Jones, John
Brocklehurst, Danny Newton, Tom
Bradbury and Sarah Heath . Thanks go to
them for taking part and a special thank
you to Nicola Bonner, Wendy Davenport
& Mick Heath for the coaching .


      Macclesfield were
     up against Sandbach
       Young Farmers at
     Bradwall Village Hall
     and it was very close                      Macclesfield YFC members at the County Dinner Dance - From left to right is Jordan
                                                Potts, Will Barton, Sarah Heath, Victoria Eardley, Kirsty Monks & John Brocklehurst


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42 Toplink April 2011
                           Malpas
                                                                club report
                         Carys              Hannah Studley and Clare Sadler for
                                            their fantastic finish . A well deserved
                                                                                          Our very own, Charles Ravenscroft
                                                                                          turned the very respectable age of 30
                                            second place for Malpas .                     years . A night in the Carden Arms was
                                                                                          planned to celebrate, and poor old
                                            The Senior Debate was next and the
                                                                                          (Sorry Charlie, I didn’t mean to say “old”)
                                            team unfortunately didn’t succeed
                                                                                          had enough drinks for two nights out .
Good day to all of you fellow Toplink       against Nantwich, but never the less, a
readers .                                   good debate was held, Malpas put up a         The Club AGM has only recently taken
                                            good fight and a huge well done should        place and with a new top table in force,
Having had so much to do in the last        go to the committed debaters for giving       the year ahead is looking as interesting
few months, with so many stories to tell    up their Valentine’s day in the name          as the last . We have seen plenty of new
and successes to be mentioned, Malpas’      of Malpas . Another thanks must go to         faces recently, and I’m hoping we will see
report this time will most definitely be    Anne Bowden for her debate coaching,
full to the brim .                          although we didn’t make it through it
                                            most certainly was the best performance
                                                                                                  if you have met
First and foremost, I would like to
congratulate our very own Lynda Gough       for Malpas so far .                                 the quiz master, the
                                            Northgate sports was a successful night             questions were very
       Congratulations to                   for Malpas too, with two full netball                interesting to say
                                            teams ready for action, we put up a
         new Cheshire                       good fight . The football boys won the                    the least.
       County Chairlady,                    runners up shield and Kate Boughey
                                            won once again the table tennis award .
       Miss Lynda Gough                     Hannah Bowden was named the squash
                                                                                          them all again soon .
                                            champion, and all in all, a brilliant night   Malpas YFC would like to say a big thank
                                            for Malpas .                                  you to Anthony Mullock for being our
(aka Wendy), as the new Cheshire                                                          President for the past 2 Years and also
County Chairlady . It goes without saying   Some of us headed over the border to
                                                                                          to last year’s top table (Steve Williams,
that we all know she will do a brilliant    Shropshire for their entertainments
                                                                                          Ali Latham, Tom Langley and Charlie
job, I’m sure saying this I’m speaking      competition and I must say the
                                                                                          Ravenscroft) . Best of luck to the new Top
for the whole club, and Malpas will be      standards were very high . The dance to
                                                                                          table
behind you all the way .                    follow was a brilliant night out too .
                                                                                          Our Dinner Dance is on its way, and by
Looking back to the start of the year,      We then headed to Whitchurch for a
                                                                                          the time you read this it will all be over
the Conservation quiz was first on the      Quiz social, and what a funny night it
                                                                                          and I’m sure I will have some gossip to
agenda . The Langley duo (consisting        was . A great turn out from Malpas and
                                                                                          report on .
of Tom and Chrissie), Sarah Williams        Whitchurch, and we even met some
and myself headed to Byley Village          members of Whittington and Oswestry .         It won’t be long until Rally preparations
Hall . Unfortunately our talents didn’t     If any of you readers have met the            are underway, and I’m looking forward
really stretch as far as some teams,        quiz master of the evening, Mr Thomas         to the Homecraft meetings, where this
although, Chrissie surprised us with her    Bradshaw, the questions were very             year I’m nominating myself as chief
knowledge of a “Monopoly” board .           interesting to say the least .                taster .
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44 Toplink April 2011
                                 Middlewich
                                                                                          club report
                        Vicki                final of the Young Farmers Hockey cup .
                                             We beat Knutsford in the first round
                                                                                          March . We had a great turn out and
                                                                                          the Oaklands did not disappoint in
                                             back in January 7-1 . Then in the second     providing an excellent service .
                                             round we managed to beat Stretton 4-1 .
Hey Guys, it’s time to update you all on                                                  Where there is a Dinner Dance there are
                                             We have Malpas in the semi final on the
the recent events in Middlewich since                                                     of course very important awards that go
                                             10th April . Best of luck to the team and
Christmas .                                                                               along with it . This year has been a good
                                             well done .
                                                                                          year for Middlewich so far and it was
Middlewich Young Farmers started             Middlewich currently have two Football       extremely difficult to award the trophies
the New Year in hope that this year’s        teams in the league and are currently a      as everyone has put in so much effort .
resolutions may bring us some more           respectable 1st and 2nd in the league        This year the joint male members’ of the
luck in this year’s events . January         - The B team has not lost a game yet . I     year were Dan Bramall and Josh Harding .
started slowly for Middlewich as we          would like to thank both of our football     The female member of the year was Jess
all recovered from another busy and          captains for all their hard work .           Simms .
enjoyable Christmas .
                                              I would also like to thank Katie Lomas      The award for the best speech maker
This year Lisa Oakes and Vicki Bennion       for doing a great job as Netball captain .   went to Sam Clayton .
entered the Ready Steady Cook                This season we have not always had
competition . The theme this year was                                                     For the Entertainments Mike Norbury
                                             great successes, however I would like
“A Taste of India” and after a lot of                                                     won . Tom Lowe won the under 18’s
                                             to thank everyone who has played for
thought and taste-testing we found our                                                    member of the year . Jess Simms
                                             Middlewich this year, we would not be
preferred recipe . We decided to cook                                                     won another trophy for the Junior
                                             able to compete without you and you
Chicken Achaari with rice and naan                                                        Stockjudging . Caroline Bradbury won
                                             are a great credit to Middlewich YFC .
bread followed by poached pears and                                                       the Senior Stockjudging . The Sports
cardamom custard . With lots of practice     January of course brings us to the all       team of the year went to the Football
and lots of spices we soon learnt how to     important Senior Debate . This year          team and Sam Chambers, the Captain
work well as a team of keen cooks . I am     Middlewich were in the first round           collected it on behalf of his team . I would
sure that our parent’s were sick of Indian   against Beeston . Our team consisted         like to thank Annika and Davina Harding
cuisine in January .                         of Katie Lomas, James Lomas, Graham          for doing such a brilliant job organising
                                             Norbury, Rebekah Jackson, Caroline           the Dinner Dance, I am sure they agree
The big day finally arrived, this year       Bradbury and Vicki Bennion . After lots
it was held at Tarporley High School,        and lots of late nights and meetings
a convenient location if you were            we were soon ready for the first round .           Middlewich’s AGM
playing hockey for the Young Farmers         We managed to beat Beeston in the
beforehand . After a lot of careful          first round which spurred us on for the          will be a sad evening
cooking and presenting it was a long         second round . In the second round              as our current Top table
wait for the results . But the wait was      we faced Knutsford . Sticking with our
long forgotten when Middlewich came                                                            say goodbye to our
                                             original winning team we managed to
first, we won . This gives Middlewich        beat Knutsford . We managed to reach                 Chairman and
a very welcome 100 points for the
Homecraft on Rally day . Well done and
                                             the semi-finals and we were drawn                    lady Chairman
                                             against Nantwich . Again sticking with
keep up the great work .                     the same team we carried on with our
                                             constant late nights full of hard work .     that it was a great success and that
                                             Unfortunately, we did not manage to          everyone had a very enjoyable time .
   Middlewich came first                     beat Nantwich in the semi-final, and we
                                                                                          Next on the agenda will be Middlewich’s
    in the Ready Steady                      wish them best of luck for the final .
                                                                                          AGM, this will be a very sad evening as
     Cook, giving us 100                     This year we are very proud of our team      our current Top table say goodbye to our
  points for the Homecraft                   and I can safely say that everyone put       Chairman, Simon Smallwood and Lady
                                             in their best effort and every speech        Chairman, Davina Harding  . Thank you
        on Rally day.                        showed just how hard Middlewich had          very much for all your hard work that
                                             worked for the debate . A great big thank    you have put in this year, we would not
                                             you goes out to everyone who put up          have been able to manage without you .
This year has been the first year that       with our meetings, James and Ruth            We look forward to welcoming our new
Middlewich has had a team in the             Bennion, Wilfrid Lomas, Graham Lowe          top table and we wish them the best of
hockey league . So far we have had great     and Mrs Smith, thank you for all your        luck .
success with not losing a game, except       excellent support . Well done and we
on one occasion when we were unable                                                       So now you are all informed about the
                                             hope for the same next year .
to get a team together and we have                                                        goings on in Middlewich, I will leave you
only had one draw so far in the season .     This year’s Middlewich’s Dinner Dance        in peace .
We have currently made it into the semi      was held at the Oaklands on the 5th
                                                                                          Bye for now

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46 Toplink April 2011
                           Nantwich
                                                                             club report
                          Bulkeley’s                                                          room, and then it started to get messy,
                           Boys                     Tricia Boffey’s 21st                      with even ice cream and sausages getting
                                                                                              thrown along with the sweets . Liz Boffey
                                                   was a fabulous night                       just walked past not even bothered,
It’s that time of year again, where the
Experts report on the affairs of Nantwich
                                                  with a huge sweet fight                     good on you Liz not spoiling the fun .
                                                                                              Then in our opinion, as Bulkeley’s Boys,
Young Farmer’s .                                                                              the highlight of the night, Tom Dodd had
We’ve got to start by mentioning the           ‘Jamie Oliver & Gordon Ramsey’, otherwise      just bought a pint from the bar, sat down
success of our Annual Pantomime, for           known as Chris Dodd and Andrew Vernon,         at his table, just about to drink it, a bon
anyone who doesn’t know, we decided            but when Vern said the best he could mix       bon was thrown that hard it hit the glass
to perform the Wizard of Oz . A fantastic      up was a bucket of lectade, we decided         and smashed it completely and the pint
cast was produced including the main           against it .                                   went all over Tom, on-lookers burst into
characters Pete Goodwin, Sarah Major,                                                         laughter . The sweet fight then died down,
                                               The next event happened to be Ten Pin          and some lovely speeches and dancing
and the three Beeston lads, Dave Roberts,
                                               Bowling and the final team consisted of;       followed late into the night, cheers the
Stuart Symms and Simon Lamb (Matt
                                               Tom Dodd, Pete Goodwin, Jonty Cliffe,          Boff’s .
Wright & Jonty Cliffe were ordered by Ian
                                               Clare Lancaster, Scott Barnett and Becky
Bulkeley to take a backstage role, to take a                                                  Then before we knew it, it was the 1st
                                               Holman . Dave Petrie and Mark Wright just
rest ready for next year’s Entertainments) .                                                  Round of Fed Cup Hockey – we played
                                               missed out on the final team, well Mark
The performance was a huge success,                                                           Malpas, the game could have been
                                               did, Dave only scored 28 so he never had
once the sound and lighting was                                                               different if Tommy Adams had put the
                                               a chance, he put most of his shots in the
eventually sorted out by the ‘Major’                                                          ball in from a short corner early on, but his
                                               gutter . In the big final Tom Dodd stepped
disaster; the show went on a storm . Well                                                     poor game continued and with our star
                                                                                              player cracking under the pressure, defeat
                                                                                              looked inevitable, and Malpas, who are
                                                                                              known for always taking it too seriously,
                                                                                              went onto win but you could say we let
                                                                                              them win, as they are really competitive
                                                                                              and love beating Nantwich at hockey .
                                                                                              It makes their whole year . Whereas our
                                                                                              players just wanted a good game and a
                                                                                              good pint after, and I don’t blame them .
                                                                                              Inter Club Debating happened next - the
                                                                                              ‘select’ team captained by Lauren Wilson
                                                                                              beat the Chairman’s team captained
                                                                                              by Pete . Pete’s team had the help of a
                                                                                              Knutsford YFC member, Andrew Sellick an
                                                                                              Altrincham YFC member, Rob Cross . Thank
                                                                                              you to both of them, but it was a good
                                                                                              job that team lost, as it shows our future
                                                                                              Debating team does have a bright future,
                                                                                              apart from Mike Rees, who when stating
                                                                                              a point about agriculture, said ‘running
                                                                                              a farm is the same as running a mobile
done to Symmsy and Lamby for jointly                                                          phone business’ oh dear Mike .
                                               up to the mark scoring 5 strikes in a row,
winning the best actor award .                                                                The County Dinner Dance was next with
                                               with Scotty not far behind him . However,
Next up was the County Conservation                                                           all the awards given out from the past
                                               with many members from Beeston and
Quiz, our team consisted of Rich Edge,                                                        year . Thankfully Sarah Edge won Secretary
                                               Sandbach watching, Tommy stepped up
Pete Goodwin, Beth Ford and Tommy                                                             of the Year and I think we all agree she
                                               to throw his 6th ball, and he cracked under
Dodd . Sadly we came near the bottom of                                                       fully deserves it for the effort she puts
                                               the pressure throwing the ball into the
the leader board; however we did have                                                         in with the Facebook group, Toplinks,
                                               gutter and falling over in the process,
points deducted because Tommy kept                                                            agenda’s and emails . Well done Sarah, you
                                               he never recovered . Well done to Scotty
standing up and shouting ‘hey hey it’s                                                        fully deserve it; we wouldn’t want anyone
                                               for getting the most points for our team .
a trick question this is!’ on nearly every                                                    else to do the job for us .
                                               We finished second overall, just behind
single question . For some reason I don’t      Sandbach .
think you’ll make the team next year
                                               For those who attended, next was Tricia             that’s a trick question
Tom . Ready Steady Cook was the next
competition to follow with Kate Harper
                                               Boffey’s 21st, it was a fabulous night which         that is! said by Tom
                                               started out with a huge sweet fight . One
and Becky Holman cooking up ‘A Taste of
                                               of the funniest things you will ever see              Dodd after every
India’ and coming 3rd . A great effort from
both girls who we were glad could take
                                               at a 21st with everything from chewits               question in the quiz
                                               to bon bons being launched across the
part, as next in line were our version of

                                                                                                                   April 2011 Toplink   47
Nantwich Continued...                           It was a write off, Big Tim Rees was not
                                                happy . Then Tom Williamson, who lives
                                                                                              brilliant advice
                                                                                              Letter 1 – Tricia wrote in asking for some
A few weeks on and it was the County YFC        next to Nantwich Lake decided to park         advice, because she’s been worried her
Sports Night at Northgate, usually greatly      his car in his drive and forgot to put the    21st didn’t live up to expectations .
attended by Nantwich, we sadly struggled        handbrake on . When he got inside he          Deirdre says – Well Tricia, I heard it was a
to get members to take part, mainly due         saw his car rolling back down his drive,      cracker, so don’t worry .
to an 18th and 21st on the same evening .       over the road, down the grass verge
Dan Done was very disappointed we                                                             Letter 2 – Tom Dodd wrote in worried
                                                and straight into the Lake, in panic Tom      about his constant bad luck, he feels
didn’t have a Football team because he          decided to call the AA… by ringing 999 .
wanted to impress and prove he is still                                                       everything that happens to him is bad
                                                Oh dear Tom .                                 but funny to everyone else .
the best keeper in YFC . Scotty’s water
polo team got beaten by Beeston in              A Day out with a Nantwich YFC Member          Deirdre says - Tom everything happens
the Semi Final so Scotty was not happy .        (now kindly sponsored by Johnny Dodd)         for a reason, before you know it your luck
Although Beth Ford managed to drown             This month we went to see Tom Dodd at         will change, you will find your true love .
Owen Williamson from Beeston, well to be        his home of Holly Farm                        Letter 3 – Phil wrote in about having
honest I think he let her do it to get a view   What do you get up to on a usual day?         sleepless nights and bad dreams about
underwater .                                    Get up at 7am, go out and help finish off     his brother Joe dressed in a mankini
                                                milking and do the feeding . This is the      milking with him .
After inter club debating the other month
we came onto Senior Debating where we
had a bye in the first round, beat Malpas
in the second round and then narrowly
beat Middlewich in the Semi Final . We
now face Congleton in the Final on 14th
March . As usual the team are doing
brilliantly led by Sir Stuart Furber . Stu is
in his last year in debating this time as he
will be too old next year . Rumour has it
he is looking to pass on the baton to Matt
Wright .
Quotes of the Month (now kindly
sponsored by Barnett’s Kennel’s)
                                                hardest part of my day, big time . Whilst     Deirdre says – Well Phil, Joe will be back
‘That’s a trick question that is!’ said by                                                    in a couple of months, you will be able to
Tom Dodd after every question in the            everyone else goes in for breakfast I have
                                                a look round the Farm, made a checklist       have 2 extra lie in’s a week when he is, so
Conservation Quiz .                                                                           the bad dreams will stop then .
                                                of what needs doing over the next few
Crash of the Month (sponsored by                days . Then go in for 2 hours at breakfast    Letter 4 – Paul Robinson (SLM) wrote in
Goodwin’s Free Range Eggs)                      then for the rest of the day just make sure   as usual, he wants to know if it was a bad
                                                all staff are doing their jobs properly and   decision finally asking long term girlfriend
     three large crashes                        there are no problems . Might wash out        Minky to move in, because ever since
                                                the parlour later on if I feel like it .      all she has done is make him spend a
  happened in our club this                     What’s your favourite activity?               fortune in Laura Ashley and wants them
            month                               Topping .                                     to have romantic nights in decorating the
                                                                                              bedroom .
                                                Would you agree you’re in your dream
Three large crashes happened in our club        job?                                          Deirdre says – Paul, I’m so happy you
this month, with Rob Sutton on his way          I’ve always seen myself as a farmer . Big     have finally asked her to move in . And
home one morning from Claire’s, he came         Time . Nothing better than spreading a bit    don’t worry about the decorating, it
round the corner to find a heifer standing      of sh*t .                                     was always going to happen, just think
in the middle of the road, unfortunately        Who is your idol?                             of the opportunities with the romantic
for Rob it didn’t move and he swerved           Myself .                                      decorating nights, a bit of role play
and crashed . Then new driver Mike Rees,                                                      between two painters will go down a
who passed 2 months ago, was on his             What is in the future for you?                treat .
way home from the pub one night and             Well I’m going Drayton Market tomorrow,
                                                take some calves in, ya know .                That’s all till next time folks . Just
had a scratch on his leg which was very                                                       remember, if life’s getting you down… .
irritating, so for some stupid reason he        Dear Deirdre (sponsored by Cliffey’s
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decided to reach down and scratch it,                                                         in our Entertainments, and the famous
next thing he knew he’d flipped the car .       Deirdre is back as usual folks with her       quote of ‘Ooooooh Pat’ .


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48 Toplink April 2011
                            Romiley
                                                                club report
                                                                                      winner of our stockjudging series . The
                        Julia                   Kenny Murray won
                                                                                      Margaret Bellis trophy for member of the
                                                                                      year was presented to Victoria Mellor .
                                             Senior Darts Competition                 Well done to both of you . I am pleased
                                                                                      to tell you that we are holding a Romiley
Following on from the County AGM can           and Charlie Warriner                   Show this year, on Sunday 4th September .
I say thank you and well done to the                won Junior                        Further details will be announced
retiring Top Table members for all their                                              shortly .
hard work over the last few years and      competition having won the trophy          Our AGM is coming up very soon so will
I wish the new Top                                   three times over the last four   report on this next time .
Table members all the                                years . Our Darts competition
best . I hope Jean is                                came next with Kenny
not getting too bored .                              Murray winning the Senior
The New Year started                                 competition and Charlie
with Ready Steady                                    Warriner winning the Juniors .
Cook . Our team of                                   Well done boys .
Katie Mellor and Sarah                               We have just held a very
Taylor came 6th and                                  successful Dinner Dance at
Sarah won the trophy                                 Bredbury Hall . A lovely meal,
for best individual on                              short speeches and a good
the day, well done to                               dance followed by a trip into
both of them .                                      the club at Bredbury Hall for
Next was our Table Tennis competition .    some members . Two presentations
The Senior winner was Kenny Murray         were made on the evening . The Bowler
                                                                                          Romiley Dinner Dance - Victoria Mellor
and the Junior winner, Daniel Brazier .    Stockjudging Trophy was presented               receives the Margaret Bellis Trophy
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50 Toplink April 2011
                           Sandbach
                                                                                  club report

                                                                                                  members from lots of clubs there . Well
                                                     Congratulations to                           done to Rob Moss and Emma Ollier
                                                  Emma Moss for winning                           for winning best male and female
                                                   female member of the                           members, and to Reuben and Emily
                                                                                                  Costello for winning best under 18s
                                                           year                                   male and female members . A big thank
                                                                                                  you must once again go to everyone
                                                                                                  who has supported and helped the club
                                              must also go to everyone who helped                 throughout the year .
     Chez & Si                                coach the teams and obviously to myself
                                              and Emma Ollier for some very precise               We were then kindly invited to a joint
                                              timekeeping and door watching .                     social night with Congleton young
                                                                                                  farmers kindly held by Ray and Jill
                                              Ready Steady Cook was soon underway,                Brown, I’ve heard this was a fantastic
                                              with Emma and Teresa cooking up an                  night although Charlotte somehow got
     Our team came joint                      Indian feast with Dave’s chosen title of            hit on the head by a boiled egg?
   first in the conservation                                .
                                              “Ring of fire” Well, we hope nothing
                                                                                                  The County Sports evening at Northgate
                                              came from the title . Well done to the
      quiz, well done Rob,                    team for being placed 5th on the day .              was again a brilliant turnout with the
       Reuben, Andy and                                                                           A team winning the Netball and Steph
                                              County Bowling soon saw the true                    Fox being the runner up for lady’s table
              Teresa                          competition set in, although I’m not sure           tennis .
                                              it was completely fair that nearly all of
                                              one team had the sides up . However, the            The County AGM was held and we said
Hiya Guys and Gals .                                                                              goodbye to the present top table and
                                              A team went on to win overall and Alex
Well, once again here we are, with a          and Simon were awarded best male and                welcomed a new top table in . Thank
short but sweet round up of the past          female bowlers .                                    you to Jean Williams and Dave Williams
few busy months .                                                                                 who have done such a brilliant job
                                              At the start of February we all went                representing Sandbach YFC over the
First up was the Conservation quiz,           along to Nantwich Civic Hall for the                past 4 and 2 years . Thank you to the rest
after a poor history on this competition      County Dinner dance, after listening to             of the top table too . We would like to
noted, it was a massive surprise when         Jean’s beautiful rendition of “take good            wish John Edge, Lynda Gough and Dave
our team came joint first . Well done to      care of my babies . . . . .” we all tucked into a   Roberts good luck for the coming year .
Rob, Reuben, Andy and Teresa .                lovely meal and then had a good dance .
                                              Particular congratulations must go to               We are looking forward to our “Cows
Next up was our interclub debate, with                                                            out Legs out” do, and revving up for
                                              Emma Moss for winning female member
a bit of healthy competition amongst                                                              the National AGM, so hopefully we will
                                              of the year .
the club, sadly on the night, the vices                                                           be able to remember enough to write
were robbed . And the chairs team went        No sooner had that weekend finished,                about for next time .
on to win, we’ll be sure to beat our vices    we had our own dinner dance . Held at
next year and gain the title . Thanks         the Hunters Lodge, it was good to see



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                         Stretton
                                                              club report
                          Paul

Hello fellow young farmers . Welcome to
2011 and I hope you all brought in the
New Year in good old fashioned young
farmers style . Mr Shepherd and I had
a fabulous New Year spending it with
some Cheshire YFC members in New
Zealand . I am glad to report that their
ale has meant Swiss has grown again .
He has to be careful now going over
7 .5 tonne bridges, Mr Speed is up to his
usual antics, Bograt is just Bograt . Never
the less they are all having a champion
time .


       they all had a good
      time splashing about
                                              water polo but never the less they all        Nothing we couldn’t handle, all in all a
          at water polo                       had a good time splashing around .            good night was had and plenty of booze
                                                                                            was supped .
                                              All the sports teams are still playing hard
Whilst we were out there, Stretton put        and getting some well earned results,         We went to the cinema to see a film
forward a Conservation Quiz Team,             however I am glad that we don’t get           called “Paul” which was hilarious .
unfortunately we did not get into the         points deducted for having hangovers .
top three but big thanks must go to the                                                     Other outings have been Ten Pin
                                              All in the name of Young Farmers Hey .
team . Unfortunately, we did not enter                                                      Bowling, Trafford Centre and a few
Senior Debate this year . Next County         A few Club events we have had since           nights out for the older ones .
outing was Northgate Arena, well what         Christmas:
                                                                                            Mike Dutton has dedicated his love and
can I say, what a turn out .                  Our New Year Warm Up Do was                   passion for Warrington’s Night Life, he
It was the first time Stretton have won       questionable, weather had played its          has not learnt that other towns have
this competition . All teams managed          part with a burst water pipe at the           bars and clubs . What a hero .
to succeed and get placed other than          Village Hall on the day of the event .

                                                                                                ITV have just hired me
                                                                                               for a new TV programme
                                                                                                   -”Gerrard Needs a
                                                                                                    Vice Chairlady”

                                                                                            Happy 18th Birthday to Megan Watson
                                                                                            and Ed Bate .
                                                                                            ITV have just hired me for a new TV
                                                                                            program – “Gerrard Needs a Vice
                                                                                                      ,
                                                                                            Chairlady” please forward suggestions to
                                                                                            the realfarmer@hotmail.com
                                                                                            Lastly we would like to thank Dave and
                                                                                            Racheal for a great twelve months and
                                                                                            wish Dave and Lynda all the best for the
                                                                                            next twelve months .
                                                                                            Till the next time . Have fun .




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  Talking
                                                                                                             Toplink Team
                                                                                                        Winston Heath 01260 227 287
                                                                                                           weheath@tiscali .co .uk


           Points
                                                                                                         Kaite Lomas 07799 622 454
                                                                                                          katielomas@yahoo .co .uk
                                                                                                       Hannah Studley 07720 396 782
                                                                                                        hannah8285@hotmail .com
  Are Clubs too Busy?                                                                                    Lucy Smith 07734 904 097
  Now that you have just read the Club reports, can you ask yourself, “Have                              lucesmith11@hotmail .com
  I read about each Club or have I read about each Club’s performance in
  County events?” Sometimes it is too much of the latter and not enough of the                        Membership Secretary
  formers . Why is that?
  Are Clubs too busy with County competitions to allow them time to organise
                                                                                                        Nicola Bonner 07841 106 363
  events of their own? Would it be sensible to experiment with a competition
                                                                                                                membership
  free zone to allow rejuvenation from County exhaustion?
                                                                                                       @cheshireyoungfarmers .co .uk
  The continuing pressure of further education only exacerbates the situation
  for clubs as active members depart to increase their knowledge . On the
                                                                                                          Trustees Secretary
  other hand, we could make some competitions biennial or even drop some
  altogether, but which ones? There is no doubt that the preparation time                                Jean Williams 01270 763 904
  involved for some competitions can be onerous . We are all aware that club                               mail@jeanwilliams .co .uk
  members are far more willing to volunteer for events with very little lead in
  time, like ten pin bowling and stock judging, rather than the much more time
                                                                                                      Child Protection Officer
  consuming Senior Debate and Farm Planning competitions .                                               Lynda Gough 07877 799 590
  As members, we should decide which competitions to keep and which to                                     lyndagough1@aol .com
  adjust, but do we ever spend enough time discussing just that . No, we are far
  too busy preparing for the next County competition .                                                  County Press Officer
                                                                                                         Kaite Lomas 07799 622 454
  Are the Rules Consistent?                                                                               katielomas@yahoo .co .uk
  At the last Committee meeting we discussed the rules concerning individuals                         Stockjudging Committee
  taking part in different events, for different Clubs throughout the Competition
  year . As we understand it, currently an individual can take part in different                             Chairman
  events for a number of Clubs as long as they are separate leagues or events,
  for example play in the hockey league for Sandbach, whilst playing netball                            Andrew Sellick 07876 306 310
  for Congleton or stockjuding for Nantwich . However, when it comes to Rally                           andrew_sellick@yahoo .co .uk
  day an individual can only compete for one Club, even if the competitions are
  different (tractor driving, dairy queen etc) and as a Club, we feel that the rules                         Dairy Captain
  should be consistent throughout the year (extending the current rules of Rally
                                                                                                         James Lomas 07990 528 619
  Day) . We therefore suggest that an individual should only take part in Moody
                                                                                                        jameslomas82@hotmail .co .uk
  Bowl competitions for one Club throughout the whole YFC year . Individuals
  should be allowed to continue to take part in other Club activities and play for                            Beef Captain
  other Clubs in ‘friendly’ leagues, because these do not contribute to Moody
  Bowl points .                                                                                       Racheal Houghton 07810 572 389
                                                                                                           rh7moo@yahoo .co .uk
  Alex Parker (Sandbach Club Secretary)
                                                                                                            Sheep Captain
                                                                                                      John Brocklehurst 07535 618 963
                  County Sports Secretaries                                                             johnny_b1990@hotmail .com
                                                                                                      Agricultural Discussion
                 Football                                            Hockey                             Group Chairman
  Alastair Shallcross 07814 451 239                      Richard Jones     07976 896 040
                      allyshallcross@hotmail .co .uk                       rich193uk@yahoo .co .uk
      Daniel Done     07765 035 218
                                                                                                        Andrew Sellick 07876 306 310
                      doney_uk@yahoo .co .uk           Graham Allwood      07989 175 940                andrew_sellick@yahoo .co .uk
                                                                           graham@grahamallwood .
       Josh Walton    07913 037 359
                      jwalton1991@hotmail .co .uk
                                                                           orangehome .co .uk         Senior Debate Chairmen
                  Netball                                             Tennis                            Jackie Whitlow 01606 891 502
                                                           Daniel Done     0765 035 218
                                                                                                             jwhitlow@itsjnj .com
     Sarah Roberts    07984 566 188
                      Sroberts@dairygold .co .uk                           doney_uk@yahoo .co .uk
                                                                                                       John Richardson 01270 768 246
                                                                                                        rachelrichardson@tiscali .co .uk
                  Cricket                                          Rounders
  Owen Williamson     07984 196 148
                                                                                                       Junior Quiz Chairman
                                                        Phillip Jenkison   07729 154 345
                      ogwen7@hotmail .com                                  bigsexyphil@hotmail .com
                                                                                                      Michael John Parkin 01270 625 347
      Deadline Date for July Edition - Friday 24th June 2011                                              michael-john@talk21 .com

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