Stu­dents cel­e­brate a year in farm­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

BROCK­HILL Young Farm­ers Club at Salt­wood, which con­tin­ues to shine as one of the top stu­dent clubs, held its an­nual cel­e­bra­tion and re­view of the past year’s ac­tiv­i­ties. Run by a com­mit­tee of mem­bers aged be­tween 12 and 17, the week­end saw the pre­miere of a short film, a grand awards cer­e­mony and a hog roast in a mar­quee. Leaders Donna Hawkes and Kerry Young were de­lighted with how the stu­dents or­gan­ised and hosted the event.

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A busy year saw many com­mu­nity events in­clud­ing the an­nual lamb­ing day and car­ols with the an­i­mals as well as events specif­i­cally for club mem­bers in­clud­ing a cam­pover week­end and agri­cul­tural show in prepa­ra­tion for the July Kent Show. Donna Hawkes, said: “The farm plays an im­por­tant role at Brock­hill, not only in the teach­ing of an­i­mal hus­bandry and care but in im­prov­ing our stu­dents’ teamwork, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and life skills.” Ma­jor prizewin­ners were: The Toby Par­rett Shield for En­thu­si­asm, Chelsea Story; Bryan Hawkes Memo­rial Tro­phy for Stock­man­ship, Naomi Fudge; and Young Farmer of the Year Cup, Naomi Gold­smith. Brock­hill con­tinue to be busy and are or­gan­is­ing their next pub­lic event the tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas car­ols, with the an­i­mals on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 8, on the col­lege farm at 7.30pm. The club sup­ports the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child Ap­peal which sends shoe boxes filled with gifts to chil­dren in war-torn coun­tries. Any­one able to do­nate un­wanted items should con­tact Donna Hawkes on 01303 265521.

Brock­hill Young Farm­ers Club prizewin­ners at the awards cer­e­mony

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