A MEMBER of Chipping Young Farmers’ Club, Vicki Seed, has been crowned Lancashire YFC’s Junior Member of the Year, beating off stiff competition from members of 19 other county clubs.
Vicki has been a member of Chipping YFC for a couple of years and believes she has gained enormously from being a member and having opportunities not always available to many young people.
As assistant secretary of the volunteer-led club, of which members chair their own business meeting to organise events, she revels in helping the club administer entries for competitions across both the Bowland Region and Lancashire County and does this with much efficiency.
From organising ticket sales for fun events or contributing to helping at club meetings, Vicki has been enthusiastic in helping her father, Richard, re-energise Chipping’s previously struggling club, helping it to re-appear again in county rankings, and with her fun-loving personality has encouraged many friends and village youngsters to join, swelling numbers at meetings and now enabling the club to fully compete again in regional events.
Such is the growth of the club that Bowland Region has appointed Chipping to arrange the whole of this year’s Bowland Rally, to be held at Gisburn Auction Mart on Sunday, May 15th.
It will have competitions on a musical theme, ranging from “Ready, Steady Cook”-style contest to arts, crafts and woodwork and sports events, including arm wrestling, obstacle races and limbo dancing.
Vicki has gained much success through YFC which helped her to win the award, from flower arranging to stockjudging and quizzes to cake baking and public speaking. She sits on the Bowland Regional committee as a representative.
She now goes on to represent Lancashire at the Northern area competition in Whitby on March 19th when she will compete with the cream from Yorkshire, East Riding, Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland and the Isle of Man.
She would like to point out to anyone curious about the YFC and its benefits for young people, that it is not just for youngsters from farming backgrounds.