Students celebrate a year in farming
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.
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