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Well what a jam-packed few months, with the ‘movember’ challenge in November, some of the guys could not wait to see the razor! The £150 which we raised went towards a new biopsy machine for the urology department at the West Suffolk Hospital. The club presented the cheque to urology nurse Janice Blofield.


In our last article we wrote about the change in chair and positions within our Young Farmers group. I can proudly say that Charlie Coe and his team are doing a sterling job!

We have had some gruelling competitions with Public Speaking, generating enthusiasm amongst the members. It was hard work but the debating team consisting of James Gadd, William Gadd and Charlie Coe pulled off a surprising victory!

Continuing the theme of speakers, we had a most interesting talk from an apiarist – or bee-keeper, on the virtues of keeping and nurturing bees, and the honey they create. A very tasty hobby, with the occasional sting!


To more active pursuits, laserquest. Teams from across Suffolk converged for a challenge evening, and although we put in a brave fight we were not victorious, but as the old saying goes, it is the taking part and not the winning (next time we will win!!!).

To round off the year in a festive way, the Christmas dinner, held this year at the Greyhound in Lavenham – a fine eating establishment, was well attended by our growing number of members. For those that were up for the challenge, more wildlife was seen – but this time in the bars and clubs in Bury St Edmunds!

Looking forward to 2014 – we have an events program bursting at the seams. Thank you Angharad Bendall for arranging Ringos at the Suffolk Ski Slope, a tour of the hunt kennels, clay shoot and Higham point to point to name but a few! If you fancy a bit of this, come to our new members night on the 5th March, you won’t be disappointed.

From the Hadleigh Young Farmers we wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!

Jack Rickards, Member of Hadleigh Young Farmers

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

Chair’s Column

During the summer months, most of Hadleigh Young Farmers’ have been flat out farming! We finished for the summer in July, and have now started our new autumn programme. During our summer break, our Sports Secretary Dan Cracknell has hosted a photography competition. Each week members have been posting photo’s to our Facebook page, and the photos that are liked the most are the winners. Members have become quite competitive with numerous entries each week that have all captured Harvest and Summer 2013 brilliantly.

However, you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer! Many of the members are not directly involved in farming, and it’s those that aren’t that have kept themselves busy preparing for the new YFC year. We are always looking for local speakers or places for tours or visits for our programme and are very grateful to those who have already hosted us. Lined up for the Autumn we have a visit to Giffords Hall Vineyard, our AGM where a new committee will be elected, and a New Members Night. The New Members Night is on Wednesday 9th October and anyone aged 16 to 30 with an interest in farming or the outdoors are welcome to come along.

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So there goes another YFC year! Our programme officially ended with a tour of the Anaerobic Digester at Symonds Farm near Bury St Edmunds. Bury YFC kindly invited us to join up with them for the tour of the digester which effectively is a ‘concrete cow’. They carefully grow and select a balanced diet for the digester, then feed it in where it is digested similarly to a real cow, which in turn produces gases to supply electricity to the local area. Operating the digester looked a meticulous operation, and it was interesting to see the whole process from start to finish.

We then had a busy social weekend to see off the YFC year! Suffolk YFC County Ball was held on Friday 9th July, and we managed to get a couple of tables together to represent Hadleigh. A few of our members then had an early start showing livestock at the Tendring Hundred Show. Well done to Alice Partridge, Josh Coe and Charlie Coe for your prizes. Saturday night was Essex YFC’s Wix party, so we ventured across the border and had an excellent night at the end of year party.

So as most of our members are now getting started with harvest, we break for summer. However during this time there is plenty going on behind the scenes to get things ready to start back in September. The programme is coming along nicely and will be on the website as soon as it’s finished, do take a look and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy!  Also, if there are any Wednesdays evenings throughout summer when it’s raining, you’re more than likely to find us in a local pub. Details of socials are always on our Facebook page

Chair’s Column

Young Farmers’ offers their 25,000 members opportunities to develop skills, engage with their local communities, take part in competitions as well as offering varied programmes of activities and a very busy social life!


Your local club, Hadleigh YFC is all of the above! Having been reinstated, alongside our junior club Brett Valley in March 2012, the club is doing a good job of making our mark within the county. Every year, the clubs come together for a day of competitions, known as ‘The Rally’. As last years’ Rally winners, we were the hosts of this year’s Rally Party, The Hadleigh Hoedown! The team effort within the club was phenomenal; members as always went above and beyond to ensure that competitions were entered and that there was an excellent party to finish off the day. To our surprise, we managed to win the Rally for the second year running, and certainly celebrated our achievements at the Hoedown!


The club meets every Wednesday evening for tours, talks and visits. Recently we have had a tour of Ipswich Fire Station, been windsurfing at Alton Waters, had a croquet and cricket evening, as well as a couple of pub nights. Alongside the Wednesday programme, we have had an extremely busy summer social life! Ladies and Gents teams were both pulling in Tug of War competitions at the Hadleigh and Suffolk Show, of course both followed by nights out and parties. Congratulations to our Gents team, who went through to the Eastern Area rounds of TOW. Some of us have also been busy stewarding at the shows, and the International Polo. It’s always a pleasure to be invited to these numerous events.


If you’re aged 16-30 and think you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.