Article written for Hadleigh Farmers Club Newsletter

A busy Autumn 2013 saw the Hadleigh YFC visit Giffords Hall Vineyard, Ipswich Town Football Stadium, Sudbury based diesel injector manufactures Delphi and sculptor Kate Dentons Lavenham Hall Gallery. We also hosted a well-attended new members night and it’s been good to see some of them attending our subsequent meetings. Talks from Suffolk beekeeper Alan Seager on the basics of apiculture rounded of the year’s programme of formal meetings. A small number of members took part in ‘Movember‘ and raised £150 towards a new biopsy machine for the urology department at the West Suffolk Hospital. The club presented the cheque to urology nurse Janice Blofield. The Club committee are always looking for guest speakers and visits of interest so if any readers are able to play host I would be very pleased to hear from you!!!!

At the clubs 2nd AGM a new committee was elected to lead the club into its 3rd year. Before formally handing over control to myself and new vice-chair Will Gadd retiring Chairperson Angharad Bendall presented Jo Bennett with the award for New Member of the Year, Will Gadd Member of the Year, and Simon Partridge received the award for Most Improved Member of the year. The new committee has been hard at work planning the clubs activities for the new year; details of which can, hopefully by now, be found on our website and Facebook page.

In addition to our Wednesday meetings the club has had a very busy competition and social events calendar. Members have so far attended Balls hosted by Halstead YFC and Debenham YFC and over Christmas will have been celebrating the festivities with Stomarket YFC and Wix YFC. The Autumn Sports Day kicked off the countys inter-club competitions; There was Rugby 7s for the boys, Netball for the girls and mixed hockey for all.  For the majority of members representing Hadleigh this is the only occasion they play competitive sport; one member even having to buy rugby boots especially for the day! Even so Hadleigh YFC still managed to finish the day a very respectable second place overall behind Stowmarket YFC with notable victories over Debenham YFC in the boys Rugby 7s and Bury St Edmunds YFC in the girls Netball.  The interclub rivalry continued with a Lazerquest tournament and more recently the traditional Public Speaking Competition. Generating enthusiasm for this competition amongst members was hard work but the debating team consisting of James Gadd, William Gadd and myself pulled off a surprising victory. The New Year will see the Tug of War team recommence training to begin their county title defence. To further the teams development they are currently looking for a new coach. Again I would be pleased to hear from any volunteers and/or suggestions of possible persons to approach (secretary@hadleighyfc.co.uk).

On behalf of the Club I would like to wish readers a very Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you at the joint meeting in March!!

— Charlie Coe