Valley Young Farmers to repeat
 ‘Big Society’ success!

Following the past two years successful contribution

Following the past 2 years successful contribution towards the ‘Big Society’, Worth Valley Young Farmers
 are preparing to report 

for duty again.

The Club are again offering the manpower of their members

and some of their upcoming Tuesday night meetings in August, to undertake tasks

which can be suggested by community groups. In previous years, the club have

helped to renovate a path in Holden Park, painted the fences at Oxenhope

Station and assisted Haworth Tennis Club.

Worth Valley Chairwoman Rachael Moore said “The last two year’s

volunteer meetings were a huge success. All of our members thoroughly enjoyed

helping out and giving back to the local community.’ 

‘We have received fantastic feedback from all of the

Community Groups which we assisted, and have even received a letter from Prime

Minister David Cameron last year, thoroughly commending our work in the


Those with requests for help should visit the Club’s

website www.worthvalley.org  before the 30th July 2013 and send

us your request through the contact us function. 

   Worth Valley Take Stock

The County Rally at Pately Bridge is quite a milestone within teh YFC

My biggest surprise as Club Chairman for the day was when we were sat at
teh prize giving.  it was nice to see so many otehr clubs like Reeth
and Nidderdale winning some prizes up against the strong clubs like
Cawthorne and Farnley Estate. I was so engaged
in what everyone else was winning, i didn't really hear who had won the
"Most Points in Stockjudging Competitions" trophy...WORTH VALLEY! I was
so proud, we have done really well winning this and never before has it
been won by us, so well done to all those
who "had a go"! having a go obviously pays off!


So, we all had a really great day out, winning some prizes, but mainly
just having a good time and picking up teh points on the way! 
calendar. Competing against 50 other Yorkshire Clubs, the best
achievement Worth Valley YFC have ever gained
overall is 3rd place.  That said, we're quite nifty at picking up those

Well done and thankyou to all those members who helped with the Club and

Cookery Displays - it can be very frought in that tent at that time

but we got some great prizes.  Thankyou.  

One of my favourite comps of the day was the Boat Race, where each

member had to "down" a pint of...jelly/soup/water/beer etc but my
favourite one (and i can see it now), was Jammie downing a pint of rice
pudding...all down his top that is! You did pretty well
Jammie - that's definitely taking one for the team!!!

Another memorable moment was the dance performed for the Olympics
Opening Ceremony...not wanting to loose the deposit, 10 of Worth
Valley's finest stepped in front of the main grandstand and
performed"Superrrmaaan!!" Visions of Oggy teaching us all to dance
will last with me for quite some time, and poor Nathan Greenwood was
launched into the air by Laura and Oggy at the mention of teh word
Superman!  it made for a good laugh in the rain even if we didn't win a
prize!! actually we did..6th! out of 6!  well done
anyway - its definitely taking part what counts here!!

This year, Eleanor Moore & Joe Mitchell showed the "tractor lads"
how its really done - with skill and determination! In the tractor
handling competition, Joe and Eleanor had to navigate their way around
bollards, both going forwards and win reverse with a
trailer on. They managed to win the Ripon Farm Services tractor trophy -
well done!

WVYFC Talk a Lot!

On Sunday 22nd January, Worth Valley Young Farmers Club took part in the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ County public speaking competition. This is a hotly contested competition open to 46 Clubs in and around Yorkshire. 
WVYFC had members speaking on a broad range of topics from Growing up in Today’s Society to Nuclear Power, from Olympic opening speeches to being a Dragon in the Dragon’s Den.

  We had Junior members Chairing meetings and doing Vote of Thanks, and Intermediate members debating topical issues. A very full programme meant that results weren’t given until 5pm, but it was definitely worth the wait! We achieved numerous prize cards with all of our points contributing to Craven winning the Overall District Trophy! Well done to all that took part.

Some members even qualified to the Northern Area round, which will be against Lancashire, Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland,
Isle of Man and East Riding on 3rd & 4th March in Bridlington. The following people have qualified.


Elizabeth Cooper

Matthew Wormald
Nathan Greenwood
Eleanor Moore
Jen Moore
Rach Moore
Kitty Hammond
Ellis Snowden


Isobel Shires

George Hudman
Nathan Greenwood
Elizabeth Cooper
Joe Holmes
Joe Penny
Ellis Snowden
Sarah Shires
Laura Moore
Meg Wood
Rach Moore
Dangerous Dave!
Matty Carhart
Captain Cook

A massive CONGRATULATIONS to all that took part and did it for the team! 

Well Done!

Merry Christmas Worth Valley YFC!   

We’ve set off to a flying start in 2011, having done very well and public speaking, sports and stock judging and finally, had an excellent weekend away in Eskdale.  I can really feel the Team Spirit of Worth Valley YFC being lifted.  It’s all about taking part that counts, and for me, winning is measured by how much fun wehave!!

I’m having a great time, and Ihope you are too.  I hope 2012 is just as fun and exciting as 2011.
Merry Christmas to all members, Club Leaders, Associates and Advisory and I hope you have a lovely Christmas with your families.  Best Wishes for 2012!

See you next year!

Rach :)

Success at National Finals!

Three members of Worth Valley Young Farmers have travelled to the English Winter Fayre in Stafford to compete in the National Federationof Young Farmer Clubs finals of the Live and Carcase Judging competition.

Jennifer Moore (23), Eleanor Moore (20) and Ellis Snowden(12) all qualified through to the National finals after success at the Yorkshire round held in October. The competition involves judging both live animals and carcases, and then presenting the reasons why to a judge

Ellis Snowden competed in the intermediate lamb section,gaining second place individually. In the Team section, Ellis and fellow Worth Valley member Eleanor Moore gained second place overall. Eleanor gained ninth place in the individual competition in the intermediate lamb section.

Jennifer Moore competed in the Senior Beef competition,eventually gaining fifth place individually, and also fifth place as a Team with Hannah Ormondroyd from Aire Valley YFC.

Worth Valley secretary Jennifer Moore stated ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Me, Eleanor and Ellis, and also for Worth Valley Young Farmers. To qualify to National Competitions is an achievement in its self, but for three of our members to go and gain places is brilliant’

Worth Valley Third at District Quiz

Eight of Worth Valleys finest eggheads travelled to Burnsall to compete in the District Quiz, hosted by Upper Wharfdale. The ‘A’ team of Eleanor Moore, Joe Mitchell, Matthew Cahart and Harry Holmes got off to a flying start in the picture round, with Joe being able to name all of the tractor and farming related logos.

The ‘B’ team of Thomas Ogden, Dave Johnson, Dan Cook and Sophie Ogden put their brains in gear for the quiz and Dave impressed with his dominio drawing skills. The ‘B’ team eventually finished third overall behind the winning team from Upper Wharfdale, and Lothersdale in second.

Worth Valley Wipe the Floor at Countryside Live!!

Ten members of Worth Valley Young Farmers Club competed in the YFYFC Countryside Live Stockjudging Competition on Sunday 23rd October.
Ellis Snowden, Josh Lawn, Nathan Greenwood, Dan Holmes, Josh Hudson, Kitty Hammond, Jen Moore, Rachael Moore,Eleanor Moore and Jack Holmes all took part in the competition.  Members judged live beef cattle, live butchers lambs, lamb carcases and pig carcases. 

In the Junior section, Dan Holmes flew the flag being 3rd in the Lamb Carcase class, second on the Live Lamb Class and also second in the Live Beef Class!! He was then placed 3rd overall in the Junior section, out of 37 other Juniors from across Yorkshire.  

In the seniors, Eleanor outshone her older sisters, winning both the Lamb Carcase and Pig Carcase classes, this lead her to win the overall Senior trophy! Jennifer also qualified to the National Live and Carcase Finals along with Eleanor and Ellis.

A Fantastic achievement for both Eleanor and Dan – Well Done.  All the points from the other competitors were added together, enabling Worth ValleyYFC to come second to Silsden with Skipton in the Overall Club Trophy – by two points!!
C’mon Worth Valley, we’re closingthe gap now!!
Outside on the field, the Craven Ladies Tug of War team competed in the open Tug of War competition against Calderdale, Penistone and York teams. After some stripping off, the Ladies pulled well, but unfortunately not gaining a placing this year. Representing WVYFC in the Craven team were Laura Moore, Jen Moore, RachMoore, Ele Moore and Kitty Hammond.

We had some very enthusiasticsupporters throughout the day – Liz & Miles Greenwood, Mr Hudson, Matty Carhart, Jammie and Harry, and the one with the very embarrassing hat (you knowwho you are!) !!

Well done to all that took part in this competition and had a great day out!

Worth Valley Triumph at
Public Speaking!

Worth ValleyYoung Farmers hard work over the past few months has led to great success at this year’s District Public Speaking Competition, held at Addingham School on Thursday 20th October.

With teams entered in all the competitions, the three junior teams started the success for Worth Valley, with Elizabeth Cooper gaining second, and Beth Cook gaining third place in their roles as Chairwomen. In the speeches it was a Worth Valleyone-two-three with Alex Binns in first place, Nathan Greenwood second and Joe Holmes third. Finally in the Vote of Thanks Role Matthew Wormald gained third place. These results placed the Worth Valley C team in first place overall.This team consisted of Kitty Hammond as Chair, Alex Binns as Speaker andMatthew Wormald as Vote of thanks. The Worth Valley A team consisting of Elizabeth Cooper, Joe Holmes and Alex Fryer came second overall. A big well done to the Worth Valley B team who also performed very well. The team included Beth Cook, Nathan Greenwood and Hannah Green.

In the Junior reading competition, the team of Elizabeth Cooper, Joe Holmes and IsobelNixon came first overall, with Elizabeth Cooper gaining first place as Chairwoman overall, and Joe Holmes and Isobel Nixon gaining third in theReading. The Worth Valley B team, consisting of Josh Lawn, Ellis Snowden and Georgia Anderson also had a strong performance.

In the Intermediate Brainstrust Competition, Eleanor Moore gained second place in her role as Chairwoman, and Dan Cook gained third in his role as a panellist.Overall the teams of Eleanor Moore, Meg Wood, Dan Holmes and Dan Cook, and Ella Bunton, Jack Holmes, Harry Holmes and Matthew Cahart put on an excellent andvery entertaining performance, often leaving the audience in fits of laughter!

In the Senior Debating Competition, Worth Valley put on a very strong competition,with Jennifer Moore gaining first place as Chairwoman, Rachael Moore first as Proposer, Laura Moore second as the Proposer seconder, Thomas Ogden first as the opposer, and finally Sophie Ogden first as the opposer seconder. With this strong performance, Worth Valley came first overall in the Senior Public Speaking Competition.

In the just a minute competition (that looked like it would never end due to all the hesitations,deviations and repetitions!) Worth Valley put on yet again, another strong performance. Dave Johnson, Eddie Presland and Jack Holmes gained second place overall, with Jack Holmes even preventing Sophie Ogden from gaining a well-deserved point, by stealing it from her with only 1 second to go! Dan Holmes and Harry Holmes gained third place, and overall the Worth Valley B team consisting of Eddie Presland, Sophie Ogden, Jack Holmes and Joe Mitchell finishing Third, and the Worth Valley A team of Dan Holmes, Dave Johnson, Harry Holmes and Vicki Hardy finishing second.

Worth Valley also put on a strong performance in the five minute Speech Competition withThomas Ogden placing first and strong performances from Joe Holmes and AlexBinns.

Overall, Worth Valley placed first, ahead of Silsden with Skipton in second andLothersdale in third. This was an excellent performance from the Club, with over twenty members gaining individual prize cards and many qualifying to represent Craven in the County Public speaking competition.

Ellis Successful!

Worth ValleyYoung Farmer Ellis Snowden has enjoyed success at the Yorkshire Young FarmersLive and Carcass Competition, held at Yorkshire Country Meats in Thirsk.

Ellis, aged 12, placed first in the intermediate live lamb judging, and then second in the intermediate lamb carcass judging. Overall, this resulted in Ellis gaining first place overall out of all the intermediate and senior members in the lamb competition.This is a huge achievement for Ellis, and is one which Worth Valley YoungFarmers is very proud of.

EleanorMoore came first in the senior live lamb competition and second in the seniorcarcass judging competition, eventually finishing first overall in the seniorLamb judging competition, and second overall out of all the intermediate andsenior judgers. Jennifer Moore finished third in the senior beef carcasscompetition.

Ellis and Eleanor have now qualified to the Live and Carcass National Finals, which willbe held at the English Winter Fair in November.

If anyone is interested in joining Worth Valleyor finding out more about Young Farmers, then please either contact our new Chairwoman Rachael Moore on 07887530187

Worth Valley Success at District Sports Competition!

Worth ValleyYoung Farmers Club has made a successful start to this year’s competitions withjoint victory at the District Sport Competition which was held at Greenhead School in Keighley.

The club entered teams in all three categories of junior netball, intermediate hockey and senior volleyball. The senior teams gained victory in the volleyball, with wins over Lothersdale and Silsden with Skipton Young Farmers. The intermediate Hockey team played well, eventually finishing third behind Silsden with Skipton Young Farmers and Lothersdale. The competition was completed with the junior netbal lmatch between Worth Valley and Silsden with Skipton. After a very closely fought competition, victory was eventually gained by Worth Valley.

Overall, theclub finished joint first with Silsden and Skipton Young Farmers with the Senior volleyball team and the junior netball team qualifying to the county rounds which will be held on the 4th December.

The Fat Controller's Team Steam's To Victory!

Former Chairman Matthew Binns and and his team of Dan Cook, Tanya Hunter, Meg Wood and Eddie Presland steamed to victory in sundays train treasure hunt. The Treasure hunt which took place on the Worth Valley Railway set off from Oxenhope station. Competitors had to gather clues at stations as well as on route and on the train. The hunt also took them to the Ingrow carriage museum where they had to hunt for a specific issue of Narrow Gauge World magazine that had a clue within it. The team Dave on the Moore's was first to find this magazine and using somewhat dubious tactics they bought it to prevent anyone else from getting the clue!

After the teams had completed the treasure hunt they headed back to the Bay Horse in Oxenhope where the club had subsidised the carvery. An excellent meal was had by everyone and all the teams eventually made it back to eat it! Dan Holme's team was last back arround 1.5 hours later then the rest of the teams! There was a spot of controversy when Mooney found out he had misscounted the number of bricks in the Haworth sign! This however did not matter as his team pipped the Moores team by 1 point to take first prize!

There was also a prize for the team that tried the hardest but were rubbish this when to Dan Holme's team as they took the most time but still managed to come in 6th place out of 7!

A big thank you goes out to Sarah and Abdul who compiled the treasure hunt (with a little help from Oggy and Cat!)

Results are as follows:

1st The Fat Controller And His Four Conductors 46 points
2nd Dave On The Moores 45 points
3rd Olly Murrs 44 points
4th Liz & Miles 39 points
5th Juniors 38 points
6th Josh, Dan, Alex & Izzie 24 points
7th Ella & Keith  22 points

If anyone would like to have another go a the treasure hunt it is attached bellow. The answers are avaliable on request.

Train Treasure Hunt

Hi Worth Valley Yfc!

I just wanted to thank you all for nominating me as your club chairman.  Having been involved with Worth Valley YFC since the age of 9, I’m delighted to accept and be your Chairman for the forthcoming year.
I started coming to YFC as a shy quiet 9/10 year old with mydad. I think the first meeting I went to was horse judging and I HATED it! Having to decide which horse looked better than the other and then tell someone why you did, or worse, didn’t like their horse was very embarrassing for a young junior.  But, I did it.  I was introduced by the chair at the time to a few others my age, so I didn’t feel as left out.  I was back again the following week and soon. Eventually, I was 10 and paid my membership to join and then enrolled to go to a junior fun day at Carlton Lodge in Thirsk – I met loads of other YFC juniors and had great fun. 

So, that’s when it all started.  But the more “involved” years were when I started going to District and County meetings with Woody and Julia Sparkes.  We’d set off after school on aThursday evening and get fish and chips on the way, or in the case of Woody – chicken legs with BBQ sauce and mayo!! Very messy before you walk into a County meeting! 
When I was old enough, I started going to the YFC do’s at District and County…so many memories, but here’s probably not the right place to re-live them!!  I started to make friends around the County and before you know it, there’s a group of you growing through YFC together. 
I’ve been involved at District, County, Northern Area and National Committee meetings and am a firm believer that Young Farmers should berun by the members, for the members.  If there’s something you have an issue with, I want to hear about it, we’ll take it right to National if needs be!! National may be the umbrella we shelter under, but we are the members that enable them to be who they are.

On that note, don’t forget the Discovery Programme – YFC offers trips all around the world, whether working, travelling or staying with a family and all you have to pay for is your flight!! So go see it and comeback and tell the rest of us about your experiences.  If I was 18 again..that’s one thing in would def do. 

I could say I’ve had a go at most things – stock judging, public speaking, flower arranging, sports, tug of war, panto, but what I will say is that there is still plenty that I want to do and achieve in YFC.  One of my ambitions has been to be chairman of WVYFC  since I was 9!!  Now that I’ve made it, I want to be able to give you the members the same opportunities which I have had and hope that you get the same enjoyment from YFC as me!

There is a very valuable saying in YFC
You only get out what you put in So, if you can’t be bothered, or aren’t bothered what goes on, then that’s your loss –
there’s a whole world of YFC out there – Go Get It!!


Ladies Night at the Worth Valley Agm

The ladies have taken over at this years Agm with Rachael Moore taking the reins from retiring chairman Matthew Binns. Jenifer Moore stayed on as secretary for, what she hopes will be  a fantastic third year. Ella Bunton made up the trio at the top taking over as treasurer from Sarah Woollard.

Dan Cook and Matthew Turner became the vice chairmen with Sarah Shires taking over as the new sports secretary hoping to lead this years sports teams to yet another national final. Dan Holmes remained as minute's man after doing a fantastic job last year. Jack Holmes is once again the social secretary organising your social lives for another year. Thomas Ogden retained the job of programme co-ordinator and Sophie Ogden retained her position in charge of PR. Ellis Snowden is scrapbook secretary again after doing a fantastic job last year & Joe Holmes picked up the position of attendance secretary.

All the officers used there speeches to tell everyone what a fantastic year it had been for the club and how much they had enjoyed been a part of it. Everyone is now looking forward to the new year under the leadership of Rachael which should be another great one!!

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