YFC members from across Wales travelled to Cardiff over the weekend to attend the Wales YFC Freshers weekend. The weekend hosted a Business Breakfast, the Annual General Meeting as well as the Wales YFC sub-committee and Council meetings at the Millennium Stadium and also the opportunity to celebrate the start of the new YFC year in the evenings.
The business breakfast was hosted by the Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee and the Business Group. Guest speakers for the event were Brian Jones, Managing Director of Castell Howell and Steve Garrett, Founding Director of Riverside Farmers Market, Cardiff. Brian Jones shared his experiences within the food industry and gave advice to audience members on how to start their own business. Steve Garrett, who is a local food activist and consultant, expressed the importance of buying local produce. Both agreed that YFC serves and important part in the future of their industries.
During the AGM the winners of numerous awards were announced. Members from the Ceredigion Federation had reason to celebrate after winning the Western Mail Trophy after they had scored the highest number of points in all Wales YFC programmes of work throughout the year. The Pembrokeshire Federation took home the Beynon Thomas trophy for the highest points scored by the junior members in Wales YFC programmes of work. The NFU Cymru trophy for the county with the largest increase in membership was awarded to the Ynys Môn Federation. An IPad Mini was also presented to lucky YFC member Gwenno Nefydd from Meirionnydd who won the JCP Rural Practice Team Social Media Competition.
Members also elected a number of officials for the forthcoming year at the meeting with Nigel Owens re-elected as the Wales YFC president, Kate Miles of Neath & District YFC, Glamorgan was elected as Chairman and Iwan Williams, former member of Ardudwy YFC, Meirionnydd was nominated and elected as the vice-chairman for the forthcoming year. He fought off stiff competition from Martin Roberts, Ynys Môn and Emyr Lloyd, Ceredigion.
A cheque for £25,498.22 was also presented to British Heart Foundation: Cymru, Wales YFC’s 2012/13 Charity of the Year by the retiring Chairman, Gwenno Griffith.
At the sub-committee and council meeting members discussed their programmes of work for the forthcoming year. Following a committee re-structure, eight new sub-committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen were elected to take charge of Wales YFC’s committees for the forthcoming year.