AFTER a good start to the winter programme, Newtownards members have enjoyed a busy October and start to November.
The first meeting in October was a visit from Fitness Freddy, where the focus was on mental health. Freddy gave members lots to think about through a variety of mental wellbeing games and lots of advice on how to look after themselves with the ‘Take 5’ steps to wellbeing – give, take notice, keep listening, be active and connect.
It was a very informative meeting and thanks again is given to Fitness Freddy for the evening.
The second meeting in October was the annual Hallowe’en meet where this year members took up costume designing from basic materials.
The first meeting in November was the Home Management Competition, where members were given three tasks to complete.
This year the tasks were: put someone in recovery position, decorate four cupcakes (one for each season) and design a poster to advertise the club in the local community.
October also saw the Northern Ireland finals of the Public Speaking competition, where And-rew Patton gained first place in the 25-30 prepared section with his speech on chosen topic title “The future of auctioneering – is it at the ring or online?”.
More recently members have enjoyed success at the return of the annual County Down Dinner Dance and Prize Distribution. Members brought home an array of silverware and thanks go to the County Committee for organising a great night.
Most of the prizes given out on the night were from the virtual competitions which took place during the height of the pandemic.
Newtownards prize winning mem-bers were:
Floral Art 18-21 – Rebbeca McCracken;
Public Speaking 18-21 (P) – Jordan Shanks;
Public Speaking 25-30 (P) – Andrew Patton;
Silage Making – Andrew Patton;
Dairy Judging 25-30 – Jane Patton;
Sheep Judging 21-25 – Rebecca McBratney;
Demonstration/Presentation 21-25 – Rebecca McBratney;
Treasurer of the year – Joy Dalzell.
Members also travelled to Ass-
umption Grammar School re-cently to take part in the floral art competition. This year the theme was ‘Twist and Turn’ and congratulations go to committee member Jordan Shanks who was placed first in her age group and will progress to the final at Balmoral Show in May.
Members will enjoy a couple more meetings before wrapping up for the Christmas period, including the annual trip to the panto.
A date to keep in the diary is for Newtownards YFC’s 90th Anniversary Dinner, which will now be held on Friday, April 8, at La Mon Hotel & Country Club.
More information on the dinner, along with ticket sales, will be published soon so keep an eye on the social media pages.