Stockton Young Farmers' Club, the oldest in County Durham, seems to have been saved (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Stockton Young Farmers' Club, the oldest in County Durham, seems to have been saved
ONE of the country’s oldest young farmers’ club appears to have been saved from going out of existence.
Chairwoman of Stockton YFC, Rachel Milner, which is the oldest in County Durham, thanked The Northern Echo and its sister paper, The Darlington and Stockton Times, for giving publicity to the historic association’s plight.
The once-thriving club had only eight members left, partly because once farming-intensive rural areas have become commuter districts.
Remaining members held a crisis meeting and decided to try and carry on. Miss Milner stressed that young people did not have to be farmers to join in the fun and prospective members came forward at a recent recruitment evening at Middleton St George.
Miss Milner said: “I think the extra publicity has paid off, as we held a successful Stockton YFC taster evening last night with 20 prospective new members and current old members plus we had additional support from nine club officers and leaders and our county chairwoman, Christina Kemp, and support officer, Claire Raw, came along. Many people cited the newspaper coverage as to how they found out about us and we had great comments.
“With new faces coming in and such support from past members and parents it looks like, providing we retain the new blood, we can save the club from closure, which is fantastic news. However, we still want more people to come along and join the fun.”
Stockton Young Farmers' Club formed in 1929, before the formation of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs in 1932. Until recent times an annual dinner dance would attract 150 guests and the club was regularly seen at all major agricultural events in the Tees and south Durham areas.
The club will hold a bonfire night on Monday, November 4 where there will be fireworks and refreshments, an annual quiz night at the Reading Rooms in Neasham on Saturday, November 23 and trip to laser quest on Monday, December 2.
Stockton Young Farmers' Club meets on the first Monday of the month and is a rural youth organisation for young people aged between 10 to 26 years. Anyone wanting further information can contact Rachel Milner on 07912-601086.
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