EVEN through the Covid-19 pandemic, Rathfriland YFC kept its meetings going via Zoom and online platforms, keeping its membership to-gether and combatting loneliness. When September came, however, the club was delighted it could start face-to-face meetings.
The club kicked off the winter programme with New Members Night on Monday, September 13. As always, this was a great evening of camaraderie with games and fun when members old and new met for the first time. On the evening a staggering 50 new members joined the club and we hope that they continue to enjoy everything the YFCU has to offer for years to come.
As the programme continued into October and November with around 60 members in regular attendance, members enjoyed many different meetings from crazy golf and driving range at Newcastle Golf Centre to ghost tours of Belfast with DC Tours at Halloween. The club has had a great range of meetings and in November had Ellen McMinn from Mount Ida Pottery join members to make some Christmas and festive decorations.
Over the course of the winter programme many club members took part in YFCU competitions at club, county and Northern Ireland levels. Public speaking was the first to take place and saw nine Rathfriland YFC members take part. Congratulations must go to Naomi O’Neill, who not only won the
14-16 age category for County Down but also was placed second at the Northern Ireland final!
Other competitions followed such as Home Management and Floral Art, again with Rathfriland taking an accolade with Sarah-Louise McElroy being placed third in her age category at the County heats.
The club committee decided that December was the time to return to some events and no better time to bring some festive cheer. The first event held by the club in almost two years was the Carol Service. On the evening attendees were welcomed to the hall for a service of lessons and carols. The service was led by the Rev Ian Linton with Dynamic Brass Band providing the music on the evening. Thanks must also go to David McKay and Tesco Banbridge for providing the refreshments for the festive supper afterwards.
The second event followed only one week later and this time in the form of the first club Craft Fair to be held in the hall premises at Downpatrick Street, Rathfriland. The hall was filled with a variety of craft tables, from beauty to food and art to floral decorations, and there were 25 traders on the day. The club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that assisted with this event and indeed all the traders. A special word of thanks goes to the following:
Rathfriland Hardware and John Murray for providing Christmas decorations;
The Home Bakery, Rathfriland, and Sweet Bites for providing mince pies;
Mace Rathfriland, Cut Both Ways, SM Shoes, Johnstons Car Care, Cod on the Corner and the Homeland Diner for providing prizes for the Christmas raffle.
The club is indebted to all of the above and thanks them for their support.
Rathfriland YFC id looking for-ward to the Christmas break and getting back to a series of meetings and events in the New Year.
The first event to kick off 2022 will be the Tractor & Truck Run, which will be held on Saturday, January 8. Get this date in your diary and come along for some fun and a hot lunch.
The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all members, friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year.
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