Bleary Young Farmers reflect on 2020

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n From left; Caralee, Sarah, Zoe, Amy and Jessica who distributed hand sanitiser in Bleary alongside Bleary Farmers Hall.

AS 2020 has drawn to a close Bleary Young Farmers have had a very successful year despite difficult circumstances due to Covid-19.

Throughout the year the club has had numerous in and out meetings, including farm visits, farm safety talks and training occasions in preparation for the return of club meetings after the Covid-19 outbreak.

n Sarah’s entry for floral art finals which were held virtually. The theme was ‘90 Glorious Years’. :

The president’s theme for the year 2020/21 is ‘The ROARING 20s,’ which all clubs had to incorporate into their programme. Bleary incorporated it into their programme successfully, which enabled it to grow as a club.

The club entered the #YFSeesYou competition, which was a huge success as their video made it into the top 10 clubs in NI.

Bleary YFC has had over 20 new members this year.

Many new and old competitions have been made virtual such as Dunbia ‘Live to Dead’, Apple Challenge, Stockjudging, Floral Art and Ulster Young Farmer, which have been a huge success with various members placed highly.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions there has been a limit put in place on the number of people allowed to attend events and meetings, however in this case this has increased attendance for Bleary YFC.

It is vital that the club retains member interest throughout the year and despite Covid this has been successful.

A club representative said: “As a club we feel that everyone should be made to feel welcome at each meeting, which highlights inclusion in the president’s theme. As a club we feel we need to give back to our community, especially during a global pandemic, which is why we participated in numerous activities throughout the year, including the Big Clean Up, distribution of sanitisers, letters to care homes and distributing hampers to businesses that represent key workers in these difficult times.

“Members very kindly donated to a local food bank and some participated in the YFCU Moodwalk, where donations were made to the chosen charity, Aware NI.

n Catherine’s entry for the YFCU Chase the Rainbow Challenge during the first lockdown. :

“We look forward to seeing what 2021 has in place for us and hopefully we will see more of each other face to face as the year progresses. Remember, if you are aged 12-30 and want to join at any time please feel free to come along. For more information and to keep up to date with our programme follow our social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook.”

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