May Club News
Club competitions evening was held on 29th April at Moor Lane sports centre. A good turn out of members enjoyed a variety of competitions both inside and outside, including an obstacle course, welly throwing, apples on a string and cider tasting. There was also the now traditional egg fight! It was a successful evening for the Osborne family with Michael winning the senior competition and Olivia the junior. The evening was well organised by the advisory committee who put on a fine spread of food for everyone.
Sid Perry's 70th celebration
On 14th April a celebration dinner and dance was held at Westland's in Yeovil to mark Sid Perry's 70 years of involvement with young farmers. Sid joined Wincanton Young Farmers Club in April 1937 at their second ever meeting and has been actively involved ever since. Sid continues to coach Wincanton's public speaking teams and sit on the advisory committee as well as having roles with Gillingham and Shaftsbury YFC, the Somerset and Dorset county federations and is also currently President of South West Area. The evening was well attended by members and former members from across the region as well as Lionel Hill the National Young Farmers President.
The Severn group rally was enjoyed by hundreds of members on the 12th May, including many from Wincanton. Despite everyone having a good weekend it was disappointing for the club on the competitions and handicrafts front with only Hilary Hinks' stockjudging giving us some respectability despite some good handicraft entries.
The event is likely to be remembered for two things, firstly Dave Jeans driving his car into a river. Yes it was dark and he did not know the farm, but he still drove straight into a river and won't be allowed to forget it! Thanks to Dave Swaffield and most of Crewkerne YFC for towing him out! Secondly Wincanton's efforts in the Tug of War. Having beaten Crewkerne the week before to qualify for the rally, we managed to finish second despite having probably the smallest and youngest team, and the pitch turning into a mud bath. It was a good team performance and made all the practise worthwhile, many thanks must go to Rich Harvey for coaching us again and to all those people who were there supporting us.
There should be two great nights of entertainment in July. Firstly on the 6th July, the Wurzels and an Elvis tribute will be performing at High Winds Farm, Holton in aid of the air ambulance and Yeovil hospital oncology department. Secondly the Wincanton YFC Summer Ball will be on Friday 27th July at Wincanton Memorial Hall, keep an eye out for all the details.
Other Club News
Now that summer is almost here and the evenings are getting lighter, things are getting quieter on the club front. Weather permitting we will be playing rounders before our meetings every fortnight or so. We are continuing to meet at the Red Cross Hall despite uncertainty over its future. Back at the start of April, Pam Wills gave us a tour behind the scenes at Wincanton race course, which proved to be really interesting and was an enjoyable evening.