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YFC plan to buy building

The farming community is synonymous with fundraising for a whole range of charities. Danusia Osiowy takes a look at what has been happening where.

Wales YFC is raising money to buy it's headquarters building
Wales YFC is raising money to buy it's headquarters building

Wales YFC has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy the ground floor of the building which is home to the charity’s headquarters on the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.


To buy it and make some proposed improvements, Wales YFC will need to raise £150,000 by the end of February. This translates to £25.60 per Wales YFC member or £1,000 per club.


Wales YFC has been based on the showground since the early 1990s when its then chief executive, Martin Pugh, agreed to buy a share of the building with Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC).


Coleg Powys now owns the building’s ground floow since it merged with NPTC but it cannot find a use for the rooms and has offered Wales YFC the chance to buy it.


Wales YFC chairman Arwel Jones said: “We have been given a fantastic opportunity to build a solid foundation for future generations of Welsh Young Farmers but we need financial help to make this dream become a reality.


“We currently only own the upstairs of the building and can only use the downstairs areas during events such as the Royal Welsh Show, the Spring Festival and the Winter Fair.”


The fundraising campaign will be officially launched at next week’s Welsh Winter Fair.


“Suggested donations are £25 per brick, £100 for a keystone, £250 for a corner stone or £500 for a foundation stone, but if organisations or individuals want to give more we would consider naming one of the rooms in honour of the donation,” said Mr Jones.


John Davies, Wales YFC finance committee chairman said, as a past member, he would like to encourage everyone who has had an involvement with the organisation to help raise the funding.


Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the Wales YFC centre on 01982 553 502 or, to make an online donation, visit

Charity calender launches

A group of Young Farmers have dropped their smalls to raise money to help safeguard their local club’s future.


Severn Group Young Farmers Club posed for the camera using strategically-placed farm equipment for their naked calendar.


Christina Ford, who appears as Miss July, said: “Somerset Young Farmers gave £29,200 to an array of charities last year, ranging from the Air Ambulance to Cancer Research, with my local club, Chew Valley, raising £5,500 of the total amount.


“Young Farmers is a registered charity and we are raising money for our annual county rally, which brings together hundreds of Young Farmers from across the county to compete in various competitions.


“We hope to raise more than £20,000 from this event which will go back to helping support and run our youth organisation for rural people.”

To buy the calendar, priced at £6, contact Christina at

Teenager smashes target

Teenager smashes target

A teenager and budding auctioneer from Worcestershire has smashed his fundraising target to raise money for two rural charities.


Jack Walton visited 24 auction marts, beginning at Dingwall and Highlands Livestock Auction Mart, Inverness-shire, in July of this year and finishing at Truro in Cornwall.


With an original target of £1,500 to raise, he went on to reach more than £7,300 which was split between the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.


Coupled with an exhibition highlighting the work of the two charities, Jack auctioned off one pen of fat lambs with the market’s commission being donated to the fund.


Commenting on the completion of his challenge and journey, Jack said: “I am completely overwhelmed with the response.”


He has now returned from his studies of rural land management at the Royal Agricultural University and returned home to Northumberland for the Christmas break.

Super-sized turkey

A turkey weighing a whopping 30kg (65lbs) has raised £450 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI).


Produced and auctioned by Surrey-based butchers F. Conisbee and Son, the massive bird was bought by a hotel owner from Sussex at the South Eastern Prime Stock Winter Fayre.


Butcher James Conisbee says: “We were surprised by how much it made. A turkey this size would probably retail for £100 and sell at wholesale for considerably less.”


The figure then doubled to £900 after another farming company, Driffields Animal Feeds, stepped in to match the bid.


Based in East Horsley, Guildford, F. Conisbee and Son is the oldest family butchers in Surrey.


Established in 1760, the firm is currently run by the ninth generation of the Conisbee family. Most of their meat comes from their own farm. Their turkeys are award-winners and the business will rear about 4,500 turkeys in barns.

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