Farming Matters: Behind the scenes at rally

I have a great fondness for the young farmers movement.

Saturday, 7th June 2014, 6:00 am
Buckingham young farmer Maddie Kimble who came second in the 'newspaper front page' competition at Bledlow Country Show

My children have gained enormous benefits from being involved in their clubs, making good friends, learning new skills, having fun and raising lots of money for charity.

Members play hard but they also work hard and give so much back to the communities within which they operate.

Bledlow Country Show at the weekend was one example of this, and you can read about it in the Bucks Herald today on pages five and 97.

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Princes Risborough club played host, and I was invited to be a judge in one of the many home craft competitions.

The task for members was to create the front page of a newspaper, paying particular attention to the design as well as the content.

Clubs are allowed to submit several entries and they were well thought out, with interesting designs and the stories chosen as suitable for the front page, very amusing.

Of course I was unaware of who had submitted the entries when I judged them, but afterwards I learnt I had awarded first and third prize to entries from Aylesbury Seniors, and second prize to Buckingham.

It was interesting to be in the homecraft area as a judge for the first time, and to see how the other judges worked and chose their winners.

We were all well looked after with coffee and croissants during judging, and a fabulous hog roast and home made puddings for lunch afterwards.

Princes Risborough YFC members, their show committee and supporters put on a fabulous show that provided a great day of entertainment for thousands of people.