Wincanton Young
Farmers Club

Club News December 2007

Autumn 2007

The autumn of 2007 has been another fun packed one for Wincanton YFC. As usual the year got off and running with the harvest supper. This year we changed venues and held it at the Pines suite in Yenston, which proved to be an excellent venue, with everyone enjoying themselves. Former county chairman and England tug of war star Jonathon Worman gave a very funny speech, and in for another change the supper was followed by a disco until 1 am. Hilary Hinks deserves a lot of congratulations for organising and running the evening.

Clubs charity

The clubs charity of the year this year is CLIC Sargent and for some strange reason 9 members decided it would be a good idea to do a 10km charity run to raise some money for them! The route seemed to be steeper than was really necessary on the hills around Illminster but everyone made it round and raised over £400 and even got their photo in the Western Gazette! The club also presented a cheque for £600 to the Wincanton branch of the Red Cross in December.

Mark Hoskins

The club has enjoyed a trip ten pin bowling Yeovil, and a talk from club stalwart Mark Hoskins about his work and travels in Australia and New Zealand. In early December Mark moved out to New Zealand to take on a permanent job on a huge dairy farm over there and we all wish him the best of luck with it.


Christmas has always been a busy time of year for Young Farmers, and this year we saw another excellent turn out at the Carol Service held at Wincanton Church. Many thanks must go to Rev. Steven Tancock for leading the service. This was followed by the 100 club supper and grand Christmas draw in the Red Cross Hall. Having practiced in the Church, about 20 members then hit the road a few days later to sing to the farms and the homes of South Somerset. Well singing might be pushing it a bit but they made a noise and managed to raise £50 from it! The Christmas meal was held at Hunters Lodge where 28 members enjoyed good food, plenty of drink (probably too much in Mark Neville's case!) and throwing cream at each other!

Hockey matches

There have been plenty of hockey matches and practices on Sunday mornings. The current members narrowly managed to beat a team of ex members although the current members as well as having youth on their side also seemed to have rather more players! All the practice did not seem to help much for our first league game where Langport beat us 7 - 0, the only consolation being that it was 9 - 0 last year!