Young farmers of Cumbria, especially those from the Raughton Head club, were on great form at their northern area virtual weekend, which was hosted by Northumbria YFC on Saturday and Sunday.
The Cumbria A junior public speaking team comprising Raughton Head members Fearne Wharton, Mark Musgrave and Katie Rowland started the weekend off in fine style by taking first place in their competition.
Katie also took joint first place for best chairperson, while Mark was awarded first for the best vote of thanks.
Cumbria C’s Drigg YFC team and Skelton’s Cumbria B team were placed sixth and eighth in the competition, respectively.
Raughton Head young farmers again demonstrated their competitive prowess by being placed second for Cumbria B in the junior reading competition, with Mark Musgrave and Rachel and Margaret Bell reading passages from Gangsta Granny, by David Walliams.
Mark was also declared best chairperson.
The Skelton YFC Cumbria A team were placed sixth and the Cumbria B Caldbeck YFC team were eighth.
In the junior member of the year competition, Lowick YFC’s Ruth Cooper took a well deserved first place for Cumbria A.
Billy Sibbald, from Drigg, kept the Cumbria flag flying with third place for Cumbria C and Rosie Pratt, also from Drigg, was placed fourth for Cumbria B.
Greysouthen’s Amy Bownes gave an excellent interview to secure second place for Cumbria B in the situations vacant competition, with Lowick’s Ben Cooper taking third for Cumbria A and Mark-Lucas Winspear, from Skelton, placed sixth for Cumbria C.
The intermediate brainstrust competition saw Lowick’s Cumbria A team placed fifth.
The Cumbria C team from Greysouthen were eighth, and the Cumbria B team from Skelton were ninth.
Lowick’s Cumbria A team were up against some stiff competition but were placed a very respectable third in the open debating.
The Cumbria B team, from Raughton Head, and Cumbria C, a mixed southern district team, were placed fifth and ninth respectively.
Katie Rothery, from Cumbria B, was second for the placed best chairperson award, while Ben Cooper, of Cumbria A, was awarded second for best proposer.
Best opposer was Luke Hodgson, of Cumbria A, and Robbie Tuer was joint second for best opposition seconder.
The Cumbria YFC competitors gave their all in the senior member of the year competition, with Eden Valley’s Amy Swinbank taking third place for Cumbria B,
Greysouthen’s Sarah Emmott fourth for Cumbria A and Robbie Tuer sixth for Cumbria C.
The full results for the northern area weekend will not be known until the jump rope, commercial dance and sports competitions can be held.
Through to the national finals due to be held at the Staffordshire show on the 10th July are: Junior public speaking, Cumbria A (Raughton Head); junior reading, Cumbria C (Raughton Head); junior member of year, Ruth Cooper (Lowick); situations vacant, Amy Bowness (Greysouthen).