Chipping Young Farmer’s Club enjoyed two successes at the recent Lancashire AGM.
Not only was the club proud to hear Richard Seed chosen as best junior member of the year, but the club received a special charity award from Alice Bradley, ex-county president, in recognition of it having raised the most money in the last financial year, per member.
Held at Knowsley Hall, by kind permission of Lord Derby, Chipping learned that, with only 23 members, they had raised over £3,000 either for charity or their own funds and chairman Matthew Parkin was asked to accept a cheque for £50 in recognition of this.
He explained he had not prepared an acceptance speech, the award taking him and fellow members present completely by surprise, but nonetheless thanked Alice for the award in recognition of the club’s achievement, which just proved that if every member contributed, it was surprising what can be achieved.
Also at the meeting, contenders for best junior member of the year listened to constructive comments regarding their interviews from the judge before hearing the results.
Richard not only had to front a presentation to the judge, but provide a personal statement and sit through a gruelling interview on his achievements in Young Farmers and life along with his aspirations for the future.
Richard, who is currently in his first year of ‘A’ level study at Cardinal Newman College at Preston and hopes to study veterinary science at university, now goes through to the northern area stage of this national competition, representing Lancashire in March.
Richard has also just taken over the programme secretary’s position in the Chipping club from Peter Holden and hopes to continue Peter’s varied and fun programme of events from last year with yet more new competitions for members to try - details of which can always be followed in the village voice section of the Lognridge News.
Most dates are now filled for the spring programme, but if anyone knows someone who would be prepared to speak at a club meeting - whether it be an unusual occupation or hobby or some achievement in life they wish to share - then Richard will be pleased to hear from you on 01995 61044.
The speaker would be guaranteed an attentive audience of approximately 23 who are never afraid to engage in a question and answer session.
Thanks from the club go once again to the residents of Chipping’s out-lying farms who received them carol singing in December, raising £263 towards their chosen charities, these being the North West Air Ambulance and Chipping’s new skate park project.
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Saturday 25 May 2013
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