Tribute paid to Worth Valley Young Farmers

The excellent work done by Worth Valley Young Farmers on behalf of the local community has been singled out for praise in the House of Commons.

Speaking in the annual pre-summer recess debate, Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins told the House:

“While many people have been damning the big society, the members of the Worth Valley Young Farmers’ club in my constituency have been rolling up their sleeves and getting on with it, with 80 young people aged 10 to 26 out there in the parks, working for local groups and really making a difference.

“I want to celebrate that, as we are extremely proud of what they have done.

“Lots of people put their hands out and ask for something, but these young people are really making a contribution.

 “I say well done to the leadership of the club, and the young farmers themselves have our support and are proud ambassadors for our town.”

Responding on behalf of the Government, Deputy Leader of the Commons David Heath, said:

“I used to be on the executive of a young farmers’ club in Somerset, and I know the value of the work done by young farmers.”


Worth Valley YFC Complete Big Society Month

Worth Valley Young Farmers Club have completed their ‘Big Society Month’ which saw the Clubs weekly Tuesday night meeting being designated to helping out the local community.

The four meetings included assisting the friends of Oakworth Park twice, and helping at Haworth Tennis Club and at the Keighley Worth Valley Railway. At Oakworth parkthe club helped in the renovation of an eighty year old path which involved the members digging, and creating retaining wall out of wood found in the park.They then assisted Haworth Tennis Club in the general upkeep of the courts, by painting lines, weeding and dry stone walling and finally the Club assisted at Oxenhope Station by painting fences, tidying carriages, and also painting thewhite lines on the platform.

Chairman Matthew Binns said ‘The Big Society Month has been a massive success for Worth Valley Young Farmers Club. We have helped and assisted various groups and organisations within our community, and received some great feedback. It is important to remember our club is made up of young people from the local community, and this was a great opportunity for all our members to get involved with and do some real good, whilst also having fun. We would like to thank all the community groups for allowing us to assist in the various projects’

Worth Valley Girls Are On The Ball!

The Team!

On Saturday 9th July the national sporting finals took place in Warwickshire, where our team of victory hungry girls including:Sarah ‘Striker’ Shires (C), Laura ‘the former champion ‘ Moore, Vicky ‘THEWALL’ Hardy, Daisy ‘Hardcore’ Hammond, Sophie ‘Solid’ Ogden and Hollie ‘Sicky’Ogden, were all competing in the 5-a-side football competition.

After a very early start and some uncertainty about Hollies’state of health for playing football, our two cars set off down South, a special thanks to Dan Cook and Dave Johnson for very efficient driving. We arrived in good time and soon got kitted up to look the part (we definitely looked the most professional team there). After a full warm up we were feelingquite confident about our chances. In a talk with all the other 5 teams beforethe competition got started it was decided that the games were to be played using the full size of a sports hall which was going to be a challenge for our team used to smaller pitches!

After tentatively watching the first two matches it was our time to take the pitch against Worcestershire! It was clear from kick off that they were fierce competition and a bit dirty aswell! We had our first near send off of the tournament when Shires used some rather assertive language after being aggressively pushed against the wall by one of the oppositions. At half time the score remained at 0-0 however we were not playing our best footballand in the second half a quick substitution had to be made after Hollie sprinted off the pitch to be sick. Unfortunately in the last minute of the match the pressure on the Worth Valley team got too much and Worcestershire slipped one past our team making the final score 0-1.

The next match should have been an easy one against the eventual bottom of the league! This match provoked another situation in which Laura nearly took a strike from the opposition, but being the cool headed young farmer she is nowadays there was no retaliation (phew). Unfortunately in this match Worth Valley still hadn’t got into there striking stride and the match ended 0-0 with a very sweaty team.

Thankfully before the next match Jacob Mitchell our no.3 supporter had some very wise words for us “You’ve had a loss, you’ve had a draw, now lets have a win!” so with this in mind we went into the next match with a mission! And Hammond was sure on board after nearly being flattened by a member of the Cornwall team she ‘politely’ told her to back off! Again provoking the referee to give one of our team members a warning, you could say that the ‘Keefley bird’ side of a few players was coming out! After a no scoring first half the pressure was on to reach Cubby’s goal and after a lucky swing off the youngest Ogden the ball managed to nutmeg the keeper into the back of the net! Some good defence and a few saves off Vicky secured our first victory.

Our next match against Devon was going to be a tough one after watching them win all their previous matches. But with the teams morale at a high we went in confident attitude and boy did it show by a super strike on the outside foot by no other than the professional Laura Moore, however Devon were just as determined for victory and were coming back strong with plenty of shots on goal. Thankfully Vicky was playing absolutely brilliantly making save after save but again just before the whistle was about to blow one shot crept into the back of the net making the final score 1-1.

Our final match was against Cumbria a team which we have lost and won against before and this was to decide whether we would be placed or not, the pressure was on once again! After an evenly matched first half both teams were still hungry for a win. A big error from Cumbria’s goalkeeper gave Worth Valley were a penalty for which Laura stepped up and of course scored with style. Again some solid play off Worth Valley with super saves at lipbiting moments ensured another win.

Finishing off our tournament with one loss, two draws and two wins and a 3rd place national football team! Worth Valley were just unfortunate to play Worcestershire first as when warmed up we could have whooped them!! But anyway well done to all the girls and the big effort put in by all and thanks to our supporters/drivers!!

Letter of Praise from Haworth Tennis Club!

In this weeks Keighley News Jens Hislop the chairman of Haworth Tennis Club took the trouble to wright a letter praising Worth Valley Yfc and all the work they did there as part of our volunteer month. Well done to everyone who helped out throughout the month give yourselves a pat on the back!

Worth Valley Young Farmers Gain ITV Fixers Award

Worth Valley Young Farmer Sophie Ogden travelled to London to represent the club at the ITV fixers Big Summer Fix held at the ITV studios in London.

The club became involved with ITV fixers in 2010, when they were filmed at their Food and Farming exhibition at the Bronte Vintage Gathering. This was followed a slot on calendar news, and finally completed with a short animation entitled ‘Field to Fork’ promoting where food comes from. The animation has been a massive success, featuring characters based on,and voiced by Worth Valley Members, and is already in the top six films on the ITV fixer website.

The Big Summer fix was an event held to celebrate the top two fixes from each region, and was well attended by over thirty young people.Each fixer was awarded a Silver Star award for all their hard work, and some members got special messages from celebrities such as Davina McCall and Ainsley Harriet.

Member Sophie Ogden said “It was a massive honour to be invited down to be part of the big summer fix and meeting other inspirational people. It has been great fun working with ITV fixers, and we’re all very proud of our animation promoting Local Food”

Worth Valley Yfc at the Bvg

On 14th – 15th May Worth Valley YFC attended the Bronte Vintage Gathering and were a key attraction for the weekend. In the Worth Valley marquee members of the club held cooking demonstrations and made Creamy Yorkshire Pork with a mushroom and bacon sauce, and allowed members of the public to sample the recipe. Within the marquee Keelham Farm Shop also had a stall selling their local produce and they provided a take away pack containing all the ingredients from the cooking demo to enable the public to buy them if they liked what they tried. The Farm Shop also provided butchery demonstrations and offered children the chance to try sausage making. The aim of this partnership was to demonstrate to the public the importance of using local produce and also to show them where their food comes from.

Members of the club also provided some hilarious entertainment in the main ring by playing mascot football. Appearances were made by Beefy and the all new Lamby, along with their friends Sunny the Sunflower, Brigadon the Traitor Dog, Goofy, Cliffe the Castle and many more.

This was a really enjoyable weekend and a great opportunity to show the public what Young Farmers is all about! Great effort everyone!

Royal Wedding Party a Right Royal Success! 

On Friday the 29th of April the waiting was finally over and the wedding of the year got underway in the Millennium building at High Wheathead Farm. It was an early start with the wedding starting at 11am and gusts starting to arrive just after 10 for the build up!

Members had done a fine job decorating the building in the days previous putting bunting up re painting the bar and even making a carriage for William and Kate to ride in. There had also been a cinema size screen rigged up and a sound system that wouldn't of been out of place at Glastonbury!

The guests when they arrived had all taken note of the dress code and looked fantastic! All the ladies were wearing lovely dresses with fascinators or hats and the gents were in there suits and ties looking very smart! Everyone wouldn't of been out of place at Westminster Abby!

Guests sat down to watch the wedding on the seats which had been set out to make the Millennium building look more like a chapel. The sound system made it sound like we were sat in Westminster with the happy couple! When the ceremony was over and a tear or two had been shed the 70 ish people who attended the day do took their seats at the one long table to toast the happy couple and tuck into the fantastic buffet that everyone had brought with them! Sitting down to dinner at one long table that seated over 70, covered in a Union Jack table cover gave it a realstreet party feel!

After lunch there was a Royal quiz written by Julia Wood with a few random questions thrown in by Abdul was a big success with Gillian Ogden's team been crowned the eventual winners and winning a round of drinks at the bar.

The party kept going through out the afternoon into the evening when people started arriving for the night do and the party really got going !Over 150 people joined in the celebrations with music from Dj Abdul which included Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and God Save the Queen! These all had the crowd waving Union Jack flags vigorously and singing along at the top of their voice! It was a very patriotic affair which saw Carly made Queen and knight people up on the stage!

Throughout the evening Dj Abdul kept getting a little confused and counting down to 2012 as if it was New Years Eve! At just after 12 the celebrations came to an end after a very long but very enjoyable day!

Thank youto everyone who came and supported the event it looks to have raised over £1000 for the club!

Johnson Does the Double!

Angus the Steak

On Sunday the 24th of April Dave Johnson travelled to Scotland for the inaugural Sue Ryder Care Scottish Mascot Gold Cup at Muscleborough races. The race over one furlong was run in aid of Sue Ryder Scotland with the help of the Scottish Young Farmers. Dave decided to change the name of his mascot so it would fit in north of the border so Pete the Pork Chop became Angus the Steak!

Dave had entered Angus the Steak in the home made mascot category with thetheme Born and Bred in Scotland and like Edward the 1st before him he came andhe conquered! Dave said 'I came to Scotland expecting a challenge but thecompetition was almost none existent!'

Also entered in the Scottish Mascot Gold Cup was former member Jacky Wang running as Wang the Panda who had a fantastic result finishing 3rd overall! Another surprise addition to the race card was Chairman Moon! Mooney running as Spud the potato was doing really well and made it over all the hurdles cleanly and then the Invisible man took him down watch out for it on the potato on the right on the video its brilliant!

Mascot Gold Cup!

Pete the Pork Chop

Dave Johnson pictured above as Pete the Pork Chop once again triumphed in this year’s Mascot Gold Cup! Once again Dave won the accolade of best Young Farmers mascot andal so best recycled mascot. The mascot made out of recycled foam was created to fit the theme 'from small stalls grow big stores' The inspiration comes from Marsh Top Meat who attend our local Farmers Markets in the Bradford District.

Dave said 'it was great to win the best Young Farmers mascot and recycled mascot what i really wanted though  was the honour of winning the race! I have been training really hard this year ieven did the Keighley Big K 10K in preparation i was feeling good on the dayand been placed in the first handicap group was a real bonus! When the flag dropped i set off as fast as i could and was doing fairly well but then out of nowhere a hedgehog and a zebra flew past me and left me for dust!'

Dave has not given up hope of winning a mascot race and will travel to a foreign country over Easter weekend to try again where he will take place in the Scottish Mascot Race at Musclebourough races! On Easter Sunday up in Scotland Dave will attempt to equal Worth Valley legend Thomas Ogden's record of 4 awards for best turned out Young Farmers mascot.

Check out the full coverage of the Mascot Gold Cup 2011 below to see Dave in action!

Worth Valley Sisters to Ride Coast to Coast!

Yorkshire Young Farmers 24 Carrot coast to coast Challenge

Yorkshire Young Farmers are travelling coast to coast to the National YFC Annual convention at Blackpool next month on a pedal powered four man bike.  Members have chosen the theme of carrots as this year’s Yorkshire’s greatest export and will pedal the Carrot bike 148 miles from Scarborough to the golden mile promoting YFC and raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trustas they go.

Keen competition exists between the many county YFC Federations to arrive in style in Blackpool on 3-6 Maywhere over 5000 members will gather.  Previously Yorkshire members have travelled toconventions by tractors, bath, three wheeler cars, and even a giant pedal powered crisp box.  Last year they arrived at Torquay in style on a homemade pedal amphibious craft via inland waterways and the sea. 

Tim Atkinson, Vice Chairman of Yorkshire YFCs Development and Marketing committee is delighted how this year’s challenge is shaping up.  He said, “Members chose the carrot this year as it is visually striking and many people don’t realise just how many carrots are grown in and exported from Yorkshire.  We are delighted that Poskitts Carrotts have come on board as our main sponsor and we are looking forward to this fabulous way of promoting YFC and the charity work it does.”

Aside from providing funding for the creation of the ‘Carrotbike’ Mr Poskitt owner of the sponsoring firm has chosen the Teenage CancerTrust as the chosen charity to benefit from this event.  The Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer. 

Sisters Rachael and Jennifer Moore from Worth Valley Young Farmers Club near Keighley are part of the team cycling the route.  Rachael said, “We might be shattered with avery numb bum by the time we reach Blackpool, but it will definitely be worth it if we can just make the lives of those people our age that suffer from cancer a little easier. Anyone wishing to support the charity aspect of ourride should contact me on 07887 530 187.”

The team of Young Farmers will be launching the event on Monday 2nd May on Scarborough’s South Bay at 3.30pm.  The route takes the team from Scarborough to Thirsk on Day 1.  Day 2 climbs north to Northallerton and Bedale, ending in Hawes.  From here, the cycle team push on through the peaks and troughs of the Yorkshire Dales andhead to Cockerham in Lancashire and finally on Friday drop down to Blackpool. Averaging 42 miles per day with the carrots, this team of volunteer members will need all the support they can get.   

The team will be delighted to take part in interviews and photo calls as they pass through your area. To organise this contact Rachael Moore (Yorkshire’s Greatest Export PressOfficer 2011) on 07887 530 187 or

Alternatively, more information is available from theYorkshire YFC office on 01423 865 870

Worth Valley Yfc girls love to tug!

The Worth Valley Yfc girls have been training hard throughout the winter and are fighting fit and ready for their first tug of the year at the Bronte Vintage Gathering! The team consisting of the Moore sisters Rachel, Jennifer and Eleanor, Laura Moore, Vicky Hardy and Daisy (Duke) Hammond have been on a gruelling training regime involving long runs and puling heavy weights!

The Worth Valley girls have been training with the Lothersdales lads team up at David Aireys farm and David has assumed the possition of head coach. Rachel Moore said " training has been going really well and we cant wait for our first tug of the year! We have been tugging against the Lothersdale lads in trainning and where now looking forward to some more challenging oposition!"

Worth Valley Young Farmers to do their bit for ‘Big Society'

Worth valley Yfc
If you have a problem and no one else can help maybe you
could call Worth Valley Young Farmers Club!

As their contribution towards the ‘big society’ each

Tuesday evening in June, the Club are offering the manpower of their 80 members

to undertake tasks which can be suggested by groups or individuals . Suggestions

which could include tidying, gardening or path making, will be judged by

members in late April in order to decide which will be tackled.

Worth Valley member Ben Wood said, “Our club is made up

of young people from the local community, and this is a great opportunity for

all our members to get involved with and do some real good.”


with a suggestion should call club Chairman Matthew Binns on 07816897386

click here for the contact us form.

You and Your Family are Invited to the Royal Wedding!!


This will be a day for all your family and friends to come along and join in the celebrations. We would like to create a real street party feel and have a day to remember for all with a real family friendly atmosphere.

We would like to ask that you bring some food, sweet and savoury, enough to feed your party and this will be shared amongst all the guests in true street party style. Worth Valley Yfc will be providing a BBQ early evening where you will be able to purchase food.

Tickets cost £2.50 each with under 10's going free this includes free glass of   bubbly (soft drink for children) to toast the happy couple. Tea and coffee will be served throughout the day alongside a normal bar until the wedding disco gets going in the evening, therefore please do not bring your own drinks.

Please spread the word to all your family and friends. Everyone is welcomeFor more information please call Matthew Binns on 07816897386.Please purchase tickets in advance as no tickets will be available on the day.



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For Tuesday 22nd March's meeting, members of Worth Valley Yfc met at Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Shop in Bradford to prepare for this year’s Bronte Vintage Gathering. Like last year successful pass it on of the steak and horseradish sauce recipe. The club went to experiment and decide on a recipe to pass on at this year’s Gathering on the 14th and 15th of May.

There were over 30 budding cooks in attendance and we were split into three  groups. The first group prepared Moroccan lamb with cuscus and a spicy yoghurt dip, the second made pork loin in a meaty mushroom sauce and the final group made a variety of different salads and cheesy green beans. After preparing all this food, the club then indulged and the general reaction was the food was pretty pucka! At the end of the meeting the club took a vote on which recipe to pass on at the Bronte Vintage Gathering

A big thank you must be said to the team at Jamie's Ministry of food Soraya & Lisa who showed us how to cook the recipes and how to be safe in the kitchen. This knowledge we manage to get us through the night with everyone’s fingers still attached! For more info on Jamies Ministry of Food Bradford check out their
Website or their Facebook Page. If you want to try the recipes at home i have attached them below.
Moroccan lamb with cous cous.pdf
Seared Pork filet & Creamy mushroom sauce

Top Weekend in Whitby for Club and County!

The Worth Valley Yfc football team
The weekend of the 18th of march saw young farmers invading Whitby for the Northen Area round of the speaking and sports competitions. Worth Valley Yfc were there in force too with a bunk house and a cottage booked out around 30 members traveled up to the seaside resort for the weekend. The saturday saw the speaking competitions get underway with Elizabeth Cooper representing us for the juniors Mell Carr, Jack Holmes and Sarah Shires in the call my bluff and Laura, Rachel, Jennifer, Michael and Sophie in the after dinner speaking . Sophie Ogden also competed in the ambassador of the year competition. Everyone did really well notably Laura Rachel and Jennifer got a third place prize card and Elizabeth's team was also placed. Full results to follow.

Also on the Saturday was the team swimming competition and with county struggling to make up a C team Worth Valley were asked if we could help. With all our best swimmers on loan to Yorkshire A and Yorkshire B it was always going to be a struggle for Worth Valley to qualify.  Worth Valley were in the final heat and looked confident as the lined up against the other teams! Unfortunately after a tough race they just missed out on qualification by a whole length!! Dasiy and Kitty Hammond swam well for Yorkshire B but just missed out on the final. Yorkshire A featuring our very own Laura Moore made it through to the final and finished third overall narrowly missing out on qualification to national.

On the Saturday night a nortical themed dance was held at the provillians in Whitby this was a huge venue filled with about 500 young farmers! Worth Valley again attended well with most of the members dressed as life guards in yellow t-shirts but Dan Cook really was the David Hasselhoff of the group looking good in his bright red shorts! Everyone had a top night and the DJ went down really well playing some classic rock alongside the latest hits!

On the Sunday morning perhaps a little groggy from the night before the Worth Valley girls were up and raring to go to the 5 a side competition. As you can see from the picture above the worth Valley girls were looking good in there brand new kit. After blowing away the cobwebs of the night before with a strenuous warm up Worth Valley got off to a flying start with a victory in the first game. However they were quickly brought down to earth with a shock 1-0 loss in the second game this loss seemed to focus the team ahead of the mach with local rivals Silsden who they beat conformably. After sailing through the semi finals they were confronted by Cumbria A who had beaten them in the group stages! Worth Valley had found there form now tho and looked a totaly different team to the earlier clash and managed to beat there opposition 3-0 to become northen area champions! And qualify to National!!

After the match the team asked the referees if there was any areas of there game they could improve to which they replied ' well you certainly don't need any help with your competitiveness!'

When the sports had finished we needed to wait for the entertainments to wrap up before the overall results could be announced and with some excellent results on the Sunday Yorkshire A had just done enough to retain the overall points trophy for another year! Well done to everyone who competed and traveled to support the club and Yorkshire.

A big thank you must be said to Rachel and Jennifer Moore for arranging the bunkhouse and ensuring everyone had an enjoyable weekend.

Results in Full

Worth Valley Yfc Girls Win County Sports

Worth Valley Yfc football team
After the cancelation of sports in December, due to the snow, it was rearranged to Sunday 20th February. With yet more snow the day before; it looked touch and go yet again! With a gritter on standby and scrapers at the ready, for once the weather did us a favor, warmed up and the snow melted. With an unexpected movement of the refreshments stand, it had to be located in the same gym as the dodgeball.

 Well, as dodgeball got off to a prompt start, balls were flying everywhere! With a trampoline trying to block off the food, there was surprisingly, only one bun that lost its icing and one packet of crisps that turned to crumbs! There was strong competition from the five dodgeball teams, with the balls being thrown with real force. A pattern tended to show however, with the lads throwing and catching the balls and quite a few of the girls just hiding at the back trying to dodge them! Silsden with Skipton took first place, with Calderdale and Felliscliffe coming a close second and third.

Mens hockey was held outside on the Astroturf, however a little improvisation had to be made with the markings on the pitch! The weather held off and the 6 teams all played against each other. 15 matches played in all, the teams certainly got a good run out! Top three places went to Cledales (1st), Harrogate (2nd) and Craven (3rd) districts!

The final sport to be played was ladies football. With 5 teams there on the day, it could definitely be noticed which teams had been practicing! There were certainly some talented players on the pitch and some which required just a little more practice! A laugh was had by all the players, and surprisingly the football created the most incidents, keeping the first aiders on their toes! 1st place was taken by the Worth Valley ladies, followed by Silsden with Skipton and in 3rd place Cledales. A good turnout was seen, with numerous supporters in tow. A big thank you must go to Calder High for allowing us to use the venue, the referees and stewards who kept us all in line and all the members and parents of South West District who helped out all day with the refreshments. I’m sure you’ll all agree their help is really appreciated!

Mo Town Comes To Keighley

Worth Valley Yfc on stage
This Saturday the 19th of Feb Worth Valley present what could be the final part of there current triollgy of stage shows which has included a pantomime a drama but this time its an entertaments. This time Mo Town come to Keighley to win himself a bet. The show which is a must see includes singing, dancing, comedy, drama and a strange worth valley witch!

The show is at Victoria Hall keighley and doors open at 5pm prices are £2.50 for adults and £1 for consessions. Also on sat Silden YFC are giving there maiden peformance of 'A Day at Droughton Village Hall' which is straight after our peformance. All money raised from saturdays peformance will go to Worth Valleys chosen charity for the year the Neurofibromatosis Association hope to see you all on sat!

Worth Valley Win 2011 Bowling Comp

The County Bowling Competition got off to a great start with all 13 teams arriving from all over Yorkshire on time and ready to bowl! There was 52 competitors and plenty of supporters so the bowling alley was full with Young Farmers' and friends. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, with members getting to know different clubs and cheering everyone on! It is the first time for a long while that Went Valley District Young Farmers' have hosted a County event so it was great to see members from all over Yorkshire making the trip to Selby.

 It was also brilliant to see plenty of members from the Went Valley District involved and taking part with some of them doing very well to say they haven't taken part in the competition before! It was lovely to see older and younger members taking part and it really is a great competition to have a go at as anyone can have a go, so even if you think Bowling may not be your forte, make sure you have a go next year, it’s a great day out if nothing else! A big thank you goes to Selby Superbowl for helping make things run so smoothly and having us all! Also, thanks must go to Went Valley District for hosting the event.

The winners of the overall trophy was the team with the highest points from one of the games, this was Worth Valley Yfc with Dan Cook, Laura Moore, Dave Johnson and Sarah Shires.

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