Young Farmers still going strong 80 years on

Members of Slaidburn YFC at their 1983 presentation evening.
Members of Slaidburn YFC at their 1983 presentation evening.
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Slaidburn Young Farmers Club is celebrating its 80th 

The club was started in the Autumn of 1934 by the Rev W.C. Jordan, the then Rector of Slaidburn. Initially it met monthly in the Mission Room in Slaidburn.

In the early days, the Young Farmers had about 20 members. They held calf shows and also took part in debates, quizzes and football matches with local clubs Bashall Eaves and Browsholme. Evenings were rounded off with a social.

For most of the Second World War the club was disbanded, but it reformed in 1944. At this time it started its annual Christmas party, with hot pot made in a wash boiler and trifle in a washing bowl.

Members took their own cutlery, with coloured wool tied round handles so 
they could recognise their own after the washing up!

In 1974, following the local government boundary changes, Slaidburn Young Farmers moved from the Settle region in Yorkshire federation to the Lancashire one. Slaidburn joined with Bolton-by-Bowland, Clitheroe, Chipping, Pendle Forest and Bowland Forest to make up the Bowland region of Young Farmers.

Today members still compete in a wide variety of competitions, with the other Bowland clubs. The Slaidburn club has gone from strength to strength and has increased its membership.

The club is celebrating the anniversary with a dinner-dance on Saturday, January 10th, at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel, Longridge. Any past or present members who would like to buy tickets can do so from Alison Blakey (01200 447671) or Heather Harrison (01200 446349).

Tickets are £25, which 
includes a three-course meal and entertainment by Wayne Farrow.

Any past members with old photographs or memorabilia should contact Heather or Alison.