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Cumbria Young Farmers Celebrate 75 Years with Exhibition

The Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and as a special celebration has developed an exhibition which opened at Rheged on 19 July 2012.

Left to right – Craig Brough, YFC member Raughton Head: Nick Utting, Cumbria YFC President: Jan Davinson,Chief Officer, Cumbria YFC; Wes Johnson, Principal of Newton Rigg

Cumbria YFC

The exhibition features a large range of photographs, archival documents and historical information gathered from the archives of each of the 26 Young Farmers Clubs around Cumbria and a couple of old closed clubs.

The Cumbria Young Farmers Clubs have educated and entertained thousands of young people in the rural community over the years . Their large competition programme covers a wide range of skills including public speaking, drama , sports and the traditional rural skills such as hedging, flower arranging and sheep shearing. The federation provides a vital link between small, local groups enabling them to be heard with a larger voice and also provides the rural community with people who in later life will be active in community groups and councils . Young Farmers has a rich and varied history, which stretches beyond the founding of the Young Farmers Federation in 1937, instilling a strong sense of heritage in its new members.

Rheged Arts Officer John Stokes said ‘Cumbria Young Farmers do such fantastic work, binding small communities together with a strong identity. It is a real pleasure for Rheged to host this exhibition of their history and heritage’.

Jan Davinson, Chief Officer for Cumbria Young Farmers, said ‘It’s really good to see all the different young farmers clubs from around the county coming together to create this exhibition. Each one has put together a really fascinating display telling the unique history of their club – and together it makes a really interesting picture of generations of farming across Cumbria and what our members have gained from being in YFC.’

Present and past staff of Cumbria YFC.
Jan Davinson, Ruth Coleby, Ruth Morton, Peter Hadwin

Cumbria YFC
Over 80 present and past members attended the opening of the exhibition by Wes Johnson, Principal of Newton Rigg.

The exhibition opens in the same week that Rheged has unveiled a display of illustrations from the Felix the Fast Tractor series of books. With strong agricultural themes and the aim to educate children about modern farming, these books are helping to encourage a new generation of young farmers. Illustrations from Felix the Fast Tractor is on display until 16 September, and all the prints in the exhibition are available to buy.

75 years of Cumbria Young Farmers – open daily from 19 July – 30 August 2012, admission free.

Illustrations from Felix the Fast Tractor – Open daily from 14 July – 16 September, admission free

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