Dorset YFC is part of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). This is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK. Established in 1921 NFYFC heads a nationwide body of 662 Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) throughout England and Wales dedicated to supporting young people with an interest in agriculture and the countryside.
Their HQ is based at the Stinsford Business Centre in Kingston Maurward near Dorchester and they are a Registered Charity No: 301209.
Local Clubs are:
- Beaminster Young Farmers – a thriving club for any young person aged between 10-26yrs. They currently have 37 members including, Farmers, Carpenters, Engineers, and people attending School and University. They do a great deal of fundraising are earlier in the year presented a cheque to Fortuneswell Cancer Trust in the sum of £500.00.
*They usually meet on alternate Tuesday nights at The Red Lion, 7.30pm – 9pm.
Contact: Club & County Chairman Matt Frampton HERE
(County Organiser Tracy Hounsome is currently dealing with all correspondence and Zoom meetings while Matt bravely continues his battle with cancer).
- Marshwood Vale Young Farmers is another thriving club always usually active. with over 40 members, their club age also ranges from 10-26 years. Every year they raise great amounts of money to a charity which they choose every year. A popular fundraiser is their annual Winter Ball.
*They usually meet every 1st Tuesday of the month at Broadoak Village Hall for 7:45pm.
Contact: Club Chairman – Tom Turner on 07824 447678, Club Secretary Lindsey Johnson on 07741 470474 or Club Secretary Hannah Bowditch on 07840 984637. Alternatively please email:email@example.com.
*Meetings cancelled due to Covid-19, Government Guidelines and Regulations. Zoom meetings are taking place! The NFYFC has produced a full guidance document on what YFCs need to do for organising activities and meetings. NFYFC has made further updates to these Covid-Secure guidelines, which have been prepared with the support of the National Youth Agency. For more information, click HERE.
Although the Quiz is now over, you can still donate to Orchid Cancer through JustGiving HERE as the clubs continue to show their support to their Chairman. Orchid Cancer fund research, awareness and support to save men’s lives from all types of male cancer.
In our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, many local farms and land owners have naturally occurring springs. This can offer a wealth of opportunities for a farmer able to use their holding’s natural resources.
Spring water must meet high quality standards and come from a named groundwater source, but may be treated within strict guidelines. Although a sizeable investment at first, a bottled water enterprise can bring greater profits than some farming sectors.
Read the full article telling you more about licences, equipment, resources and costs in the latest Farmer’s Weekly Magazine HERE.
The popular Melplash Show, due to take place on 27th August is unsurprisingly cancelled this year. However, the Bridport Museum Trust are in collaboration and from the 13th – 27th August they are sharing Melplash photographs and objects from their collections online. They are inviting locals to do the same.
There are old photographs already being submitted to their Facebook page including the black and white one below where they are asking for identification of the prize winning lady in the photograph!
“You can share your favourite memories, anecdotes, memorabilia, photos or videos…. anything at all. We want to see your fluffy sheep, handsome cows, massive tractors…..just post on our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram @bridportmuseum using the hashtag #MelplashMemories.”
Thankfully, if you’re not a fan of social media – you can simply email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will post it up for you.
Cancellation of the show does not mean no show badges! For 2020 they have produced a limited edition badge which is available to pick up from Bridport Tourist Information Centre.
#Broadwindsor #WestDorset #MelplashShow#MelplashMemories #BridportMuseumTrust #Bridport #Farmers #Festival #Memories #Photographs #Summer #Covid-19 #StaySafe
Lammas is celebrated on August 1st and is the first of the three harvest festivals (the Autumnal Equinox and Samhain being the others). The first fruits of summer are enjoyed. There are many festivals and ceremonies but throughout, there is a custom of climbing hills and mountains – we have Lewesdon hill our our doorstep 🙂
August’s Full Moon is on Monday, 3rd and is known as the Sturgeon Moon. So called because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain in North America were most readily caught during this part of summer. It is also referred to as Full Green Corn Moon, signalling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, Grain Moon, Fruit Moon, Barley Moon. Wheat Cut Moon, and Blueberry Moon.*
The word “sturgeon” means “the stirrer”, which is what this giant freshwater fish does when it is looking for food; it stirs up the mud and silt on river and lake bottoms. The sturgeon is sometimes called a “living fossil,” as it belongs to a family of fish that has existed for more than 135 million years.
In ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern Gregorian calendar are based on.
*For millennia, people across Europe, as well as the Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical.
#Broadwindsor #Dorset #WestDorset #Lammas #FullMoon #Sturgeon #LookUp #FirstFruits #Harvest #Celebration #StaySafe
The 1000 wool fleeces in the photograph are about to be incorporated into the manure heap.
What a waste of a once valuable resource. A sustainable product that could be used to insulate homes for all government grant supported buildings.
Sheep farmers receive less for their wool than the cost of shearing the sheep. Last year David Jones, who is pictured with his wool above, received 28p a fleece and paid the shearer £1. This year the value it set to drop by at least half. Hence he and many other farmer’s across the country, decision to plough their wool into the fields as fertiliser.
Wool is sustainable, fire-retardant, bio-degradable, and the most efficient form of insulation.
Read more and sign the petition HERE.
#Broadwindsor #WestDorset #Farmers #Sheep #Fleece #Petition
Harry Isaacs, the young farmer who tragically lost his life earlier this week, will be celebrated this evening by a tractor procession from Mosterton to Beaminster Square for a Memorial service and tributes from family and friends.
As you’d expect, things are subject to change but the plan is . . .
- 6.45pm – Marshall meeting in Beaminster Square.
- 7pm – Procession gathering in Mosterton.
- 7.30pm – Procession departs Mosterton. Slow drive.
- 8pm – Arrive in Beaminster Square
- 8pm – Tributes and speeches
- 8.30pm – Candles lit and one minute silence.
- 9pm – Start to clear the Square
Please remember face coverings and social distancing where possible.
The Highways and Police are informed and are in full support of this but would respectfully ask that the town is cleared by 9.15pm.
You are invited to bring “Flags, flowers, photos, banners, candles, cheers and good vibes for this special young man and his family and all of us grieving at this very sad time.”
A true and fitting tribute to such a beautiful young man with the biggest smile of anyone we’ve ever known.
Harry’s Tribute Page is HERE.
The fundraising page for a Memorial Bench for Harry (with any surplus going to his parents) can be found HERE.
The young man who tragically lost his life was named as 20 year old Harry Isaacs. Social media has been flooded with tributes to this hard working, popular, smiling farmer.
Jack Ruston has created a Fundraising page on behalf of Ollie Saloman-Carter, who had the brilliant idea of creating a memorial bench for him in Beaminster park.
At the time of publishing, they have achieved £635 of their £1,000 target.
If there are surplus donations – the money will be given to Harry’s parents to help towards funeral costs.
You can read more and donate HERE.
Here is a follow up to Andrew Frampton‘s comments (original post HERE) on 4th July issued by Bridport Police earlier today:
“Over the last few weeks there have been an increased amount of issues around the area with footpath gates being left open, damaged or taken off the hinges. It is not known why, but please remember that if livestock are able to escape their field, particularly close to main roads, this can have very serious consequences.
I would also like to remind people that gates shouldn’t be climbed on/damaged for this reason, but also because it could result in criminal damage. There have also been reports of fires being lit and left unattended in woodlands around Beaminster. Please be aware that even if you think you have put fires out, in hot weather they can easily reignite and cause a lot of damage.
Please enjoy the Countryside we are lucky to have in this area and respect the work that people do to farm and preserve it.”
#Broadwindsor #Dorset #Police #Farmers #BeResponsible
Living where we do, many of us know where farmers and others leave their fresh eggs out on a daily basis. There’s Chris Sewell at Manor Farm up Common Water Lane, there’s the Curtis’ Moorelands Farm down at Hursey and Alison Curtis brings her eggs into the Comrades Hall when the Post Office services are there.
Now we also have Tina Samways at Little Court in Broadwindsor who offers:
- Chicken eggs various colours and sizes, laid daily by our ladies who are very well loved and looked after.
- £1 per half dozen
- Please note we do sell out quite fast so it will be on a first come first served basis.
Message Tina through her Facebook Page HERE to place an order.
#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #FreshEggs #CheerfulChickens