Mourne YFC conquers lockdown

VISIT: Members of Mourne YFC enjoy a club night out to Newcastle lifeboat station.

MOURNE YFC had quite a different year this term due to Covid and unfortunately it wasn’t able to do all the things it had planned but made the most of it and continued to have face to face meetings when able to.

The club started the year off with a bag collection in Asda in Kilkeel followed by a trip to the amusements in Newcastle.

DONATIONS: Club members Darren Corbett and Rebecca Connor donating to the Cornerstone food bank in Kilkeel.

Members took part in grassroots challenges, doing litter picks and making squirrel feeders. They also managed to get a trip to the lifeboat station in Newcastle before the first lockdown hap-pened.

Unfortunately, because of Covid,

they weren’t able to finish the winter programme they had plan-ned or do their usual summer programme, but that didn’t stop them doing as much as they possibly could.

Members took part in com-petitions online, such as dairy, beef and sheep stock judging. They also took part in the ‘I Spy a rainbow’ challenge that headquarters had initiated, wh-ich saw members decorate their homes and local areas with rainbows to show their support for the key workers.

Members also donated a bootload of food and toiletries to the Cornerstone food bank in Kilkeel. They also took part in the ‘YFCU big clean up,’ which involved members taking part in a litter pick in the local area.

On Tuesday, September 22, members had their first meeting of the new year, however it was slightly different than usual because it was done online via Zoom. Although it wasn’t the same as meeting face-to-face and taking part in the different ice breaker games, it was still nice to come together as a club and find out what members have been getting up to in this strange year.

On Tuesday, October 13, the club was finally allowed to come together and have its first face-to-face meeting in Annalong community centre. Everyone en-joyed being back together and enjoyed the ice breaker games and were also able to finally have their prize giving night.

Then come November when the club was invited to join in on the Zoom meeting for the grassroots challenge awards night. The Mourne club picked up an award for Club of the Year and club secretary Rebecca picked up the award for Adult Champion.

The club was then able to have its first ‘out’ meeting of the year on Tuesday, November 24, when members headed to Cranfield Alpacas. This was a very interesting night and all members really enjoyed it. They had a very interesting and informative talk about the alpacas and members were able to feed the alpacas and got the chance to walk them back to their field on a lead.

Back in December members took part in the President’s Christmas appeal when they collected food donations from club members and Rebecca and Darren went along to the Cornerstone food bank in Kilkeel to donate what had been collected.

Members attended the YFCU outdoor prizegiving in Ballymena Rugby Club, where the Mourne club picked up the Pam Robinson award.

They were able to squeeze in one more out meeting just before Christmas to the amusements in Newcastle before yet another lockdown came into force.

AWARD: Mourne YFC members Rebecca and Darren collecting the YFCU Pam Robinson cup for member retention at Ballymena Rugby Club, presented by YFCU President Zita McNaugher.

Despite it being a year like never before, Mourne YFC still had a very busy year and made the most of it and can only hope that things will improve so they can get back to meeting again as soon as possible. The club is especially happy with its new online video blog, ‘farming with Mourne YFC,’ which will be launched in March.


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