Young farm­ers’ club top of the crop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Aidan Bar­low

Young farm­ers have been present ed with top awards af­ter beat­ing com­pe­ti­tion from around the county.

The South Willes­bor­ough and New­town Young Farm­ers Club went to the awards for the Kent Fed­er­a­tion of Young Farm­ers Clubs and the Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (KCAS) awards last month.

Con­nor Hard­wick, 16, was pre­sented with the Lady As­tor Award by Lucy He­garty from KCAS, and will put the £250 prize to­wards his train­ing at Had­low Col­lege.

Mean­while, the club’s chair­man Me­gan Clif­ford, 20, was pre­sented with the Hoosen Award, and a cheque for £500, which she will put to­wards the cost of study­ing on the ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion course which will help her achieve her dream job in agri­cul­ture.

The club also took home the Bar­clays Bank Tro­phy which was pre­sented by fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Claire Eck­ley.

James Man­vell was also recog­nised for be­ing the most promis­ing young farmer at the club.

Club spokesman Kevin Bai­ley said: “We won the tro­phy for the first time, beat­ing all other young farm­ers clubs in Kent.

“The tro­phy is given to the high­est achiev­ing club in the county each year, and cov­ers all as­pects of farm­ing, from show­ing an­i­mals in com­pe­ti­tions to arts and crafts.

“Sev­eral of our mem­bers com­peted in regional and na­tional fi­nals for the first time and achieved com­mend­able re­sults.”

Mr Bai­ley said the club has seen an in­cred­i­ble trans­for­ma­tion, be­cause in 2014 they were down to just six mem­bers, but three years on they now have 50.

The club wel­comes any­one in­ter­ested in farm­ing from the age of 10 to 26, and also wel­comes help from vol­un­teers.

They are now fundrais­ing for a new por­ta­ble club­house. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.swan­

Me­gan Clif­ford was pre­sented with the Bar­clays Bank tro­phy by Claire Eck­ley, county pres­i­dent; mem­bers of South Willes­bor­ough and New­town Young Farm­ers Club with their tro­phies

Me­gan Clif­ford is pre­sented with the Hoosen Award by Lucy He­garty from KCAS

Con­nor Hard­wick won the Lady As­tor award, pre­sented by Lucy He­garty

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