Federation gives £20k to charities

Will Howie with his Northumberland YFC award.

Will Howie with his Northumberland YFC award.

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Awards, a new county chairman and reports were the name of the game at the Northumberland Federation of Young Farmers’ AGM.

It was announced that the Federation had raised £20,000 throughout 2015 for charities including The Great North Air Ambulance, Tynedale Hospice, Hospice Care North Northumberland and R.A.B.I alongside the #StayStrongStu campaign.

Amanda Pigg (Ex-Stamfordham YFC member) was elected as County President and Will Howie (Tritlington YFC member) as County Chairman.

Will said: “I am really looking forward to my year ahead as County Chairman; I hope it will be as successful as Charlotte’s year.”

Awards saw Tritlington YFC receiving the shield for best senior debating.

Will Howie received the senior member of the year award and Jess Straker (Alnwick YFC) won the County Rose Bowl for best set of secretary’s books. Robert Turner (Alnwick YFC) won the Sir Alfred Godson Goblet for best novice stock judger in the North of the county. Cambo YFC jointly won the Club of the Year Trophy with Whitley Chapel YFC, after taking the Rally Shield for the first time.Frances Johnson (Cambo) won the R.B. Oates Trophy for the best treasurer’s books and Claire Thompson won the Oliver Award for outstanding contribution to Northumberland YFC after retiring as competitions secretary.