Wincanton Young
Farmers Club

March Club News

70th Anniversary Dinner

On the 3rd March, Wincanton and District Young Farmers Club celebrated its 70th anniversary with a dinner and dance at Gartells hall near Templecombe. Nearly 200 people attended a superbly organised evening and were treated to a delicious three course meal followed by an address from club president Keith Hoskins then a disco.

There were certainly a few sore heads the next morning, which is normally the sign of a good night! Judging by the turn out it was clear that Wincanton Young Farmers has played a fun and important part in many people's lives over the last 70 years and long may this continue. Thanks must go to the organising committee of Keith and Ann Hoskins, Helen Bristol, Lynne Osborne, Rodney Coleman, Toby Dixon and Liz Dowling who certainly did the club proud.

South West Area Weekend

Seventeen Wincantonites and one gatecrasher from Dorset made the trip down to Weymouth for South West Area Weekend on the 9th March proudly wearing our new club T-shirts. On the serious side Simon Wiltshire represented Somerset in debating and 'call my bluff' coming third and second respectively, and the Wincanton junior public speaking team of Olivia and Freddie Osborne and Lauren James came down to defend their title and performed very well but were piped at the post by Cornwall and Wiltshire, coming third.

On the less serious side everyone seemed to enjoy themselves having a shandy or two despite stringent ID checking everywhere you went! The poor girls of North Somerset YFC seemed to be permanently chased by a gang of Wincanton lads, Steve seemed to spend most of the weekend on the phone to Cheeky, Tom was determined to pass out and spend the night on a bathroom floor and we are still waiting to find out what happened in room 8 on Saturday night. It should be noted that Dan Hibberd's terrible lack of staying power on Saturday afternoon was an embarrassment to the club and himself hopefully!! Many thanks to the hotel for putting up with us, it was great to have a seafront location.

Other Club Goings On

Having had a 100% start to our hockey campaign we went to Langport with high hopes, only to come away with an 8 (approx) - 0 hiding, oh well hopefully we will have a couple more freindlies to hone our skills. Mark Neville competed at the county member of the year competition at Frome, but despite putting a lot of effort into his portfolio was not placed. We went ice skating in Bristol which proved very popular, there were quite a few bruises but amazingly there were no serious injuries! We have had interesting talks from Somerset Local Food Direct and The National Trust at meetings and our now looking forward to Club Competitions and the Rally as well as lots more!