Summer Programme 2018

May

Thursday 10th, Dairy Stock Judging Training, Iden Manor Farm, bkpo The Reynolds Family.

Friday 18th, entries close for Kent County Show YFC section.

Thursday 24th , Preparation for Open Farm Sunday, 7.30pm Saynden Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, TN12 0HX.  Building our welly wanging game, sorting display boards.

June

Saturday 2nd, National Sheep Association Next Generation Event, near Uckfield https://bit.ly/2FZdEfC

Saturday 9th, South of England Show YFC Day

Sunday 10th, Open Farm Sunday at Mote Farm, Mote Road, Ivyhatch, Sevenoaks, TN15 0NT, 10am-4pm.

Thursday 14th, High Weald Academy Farm, Angley Road, Cranbrook TN17 2PJ, 7.30pm. A look round our local school farm & a livestock showing demonstration.

Thursday 21st Advisory Committee Meeting, Woolpack Inn, Benover, Yalding ME18 6AS, 8pm.  Agenda to follow.

Thursday 28th Preparation for Kent County Show, 7.30pm Saynden Farm, TN12 0HX.  British Agriculture promotional boards and Tug of War practice!

July

Fri – Sun 6-8th Kent County Show, County Showground including Sat 7th The Kent Show Bash – a party for YFC over 18 members only.

Thursday 12th, Brattle Farm Museum, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst TN12 0HE, 7.30pm, bkpo The Brattle Farm Partnership.

Thursday 26th, Far Acre Vineyard, Goudhurst Road, Marden TN12 9LT, 7.30pm to see the vines and free range chickens.

August

Thursday 9th Hammond Collection of Micro Cars, School House Farm, Boarden Lane, Hawkenbury, Staplehurst, TN12 0EB, 7.30pm.

Thursday 23rd  Rounders and fish & chips, 7.30pm, Collier Street Playing Fields

September

Thursday 13th Preparation for the Ploughing Match, 7.30pm venue TBC

Saturday 15th, Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, Four Oaks Farm, Headcorn, TN27 9PB.  Call by our stand to say hello!

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Winter Spring Programme 2018

January

Thursday 11th, Cup Games  – have a look at this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uj7Zo3fjt8   Advisory Committee meet to sort the quiz! MCHC 7.30pm.

Saturday 13th, Kent YFC Winter Competitions Day and Junior Forum, Detling Village Hall, 1.30pm-6pm.  The Junior Forum is how Kent YFCs finds out what’s important to under 18s, for instance, specific social events, training.

Thursday 25th,  Visit to Kent Harvest Centre, Headcorn Business Park, Barradale Farm, Maidstone Road, Headcorn TN27 9PJ, 7.30pm, our local Claas and Horsch dealer.

February

Tuesday 6th, Kent YFC Sub-Committees meet, Dog & Bear, Lenham, 8pm.

Thursday 8th, Games Evening – Bring a game, Connect4, Downfall, Kerplunk, or something else!  MCHC 7.30pm

Thursday 22nd 10 Pin Bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Knights Park, Tunbridge Wells, 7.30pm.

Saturday 24th, The Big Farm Quiz, MCHC, 7.30pm, first question at 8pm.  Our annual fundraiser.

March

Saturday 3rd, Kent YFC County Ball, Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne

Thursday 8th, Farm Safety Evening, MCHC 7.30pm, A fun training session on staying safe on farms – bring family and friends if you would like.

Sunday 18th, Kent YFC Fundraising Training, Sutton Valence Village Hall, noon to 5pm incl lunch. How to raise funds for your club – applying for grants, holding safe events, etc.

Thursday 22nd Glow Stick Treasure Hunt.  Find the glow sticks around the farm!  Saynden Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, TN12 0HX, 7.30pm.  Dress warm, sturdy footwear, might be muddy.

April

Thursday 12th, Visit to Mote Farm, Mote Road, Ivyhatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT bkpo the Broad Family, 7.30pm.  Dress for farming – sheep, lambs & vintage tractors.  BarBQ!

Sunday 22nd, Teambuilding day supported by our grant from  The Rural Youth Trust, at Swattenden Centre, Cranbrook, TBC – see extra paperwork!

Thursday 26th, Hedge Foraging Evening with Michael White of Rural Courses.  Saynden Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst TN12 0HX, 7pm start.  Sturdy footwear please.

Autumn Programme 2017

MCHC = Marden Cricket & Hockey Club, Albion Road, Marden, TN12 9EF
Events in bold are club events, events not in bold are other YFCs, or Kent County YFC events.

September

Wednesday 27th, New Members Evening, 7.30pm, Kingcott Dairy, Iden Manor Farm, Cranbrook Road, Staplehurst TN12 0ES – bring anyone who might like to join to find out what YFC is all about! Entries need to be in for Ashford Cattle Show tonight please!

Saturday 30th, Jeskyns YFC Small Animals Training Day, all welcome – preparing a chicken, rabbit etc for showing. 11am-4pm Names to Claire

October

Monday 2nd, County Beef Stock Judging Competition, Westlands School, Sittingbourne 5pm-7.30pm turn up when you can.  Place those ABXYs. Names to Claire

Wednesday 4th, Our 1st Annual General Meeting!
A review of what we achieved in 2016-17. Trophy time!  MCHC, 7.30pm 

Wednesday 18th, Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn Aerodrome, TN27 9NX 7.30pm, Minimum donation £2/person please.

Saturday 28th, County Navigation Challenge, hosted by Cobtree YFC, from 6pmA team challenge in the dark on foot, with tasks along the way.

November

Wednesday 1st, Bring a board game, MCHC 7.30pm

Monday 6th, Have a go at Lamb Stock Judging, Ashford Market, 6pm-8pm, with the Cattle Show Committee.

Monday 13th County AGM – County Showground, Detling, 7 for 7.30pm.  Might get a trophy!

Wednesday 15th, Quad Safety evening, in the workshop at Saynden Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, TN12 0HX at 7.30pm, to be confirmed.

Monday 27th, Ashford Cattle Show, Ashford Market.  YFC Stock judging and craft competitions.

December

Wednesday 6th, Have a go at cupcake decorating, MCHC 7.30pm, 

Wednesday 20th, Christmas trip to Gravity in Maidstone trampolining. £12.50 inc special socks!

Summer Programme 2017

July

Thursday 20th, Welly Sports Night near Staplehurst, bats, balls, buckets & wellies!

Thursday 27th, visit to cider maker, Marden

August

Thursday 3rd, Driving Range fun, near Maidstone, get a bucket of balls and see how far you can whack them!  Cost about £5/person

Thursday 10th, visit to Goat Sanctuary, Boughton Monchelsea, for goat husbandry.  Everyone loves a goat! Cost £2/person

Thursday 17th, visit to see plum harvest, courtesy of Bardsley Farms, near Staplehurst

Thursday 24th, preparing stand for Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, pop up the gazebo and see how it looks!

Thursday 31st, Rounders & BarBQ, venue TBC.

September

Thursday 7th, visit to Staplehurst Plant Nursery near Staplehurst

Saturday 16th, Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, Marden

We are recruiting new members in Year 8 or older.  Young people with an interest in food and farming, or working in the land based sector are particularly welcome.  Get in touch – eckleyfarmsatwaitrose.com for more details.

 

Easter update

The club entered their first competitions at Kent YFC Winter Competitions, turns out we’re quite good at baking!  Two seconds and a third were our rewards for the day, and two members also bravely competed in the Impromptu Public Speaking.  Over the Easter school holiday we visited Spenny Farm, Marden, to see the herd of South Devon suckler cows, and we also had an evening of NERF guns and fun in a friendly farmer’s grain store.  We arranged to meet up at Essex YFC show, and worked out what competitions we’ll enter in the YFC Section at the South of England Show.  We are welcoming members age 13+.