Ridware YFC news

The last couple of months have been busy for the members of Ridware as they have had a diverse programme of events – ranging from a tour of the Meynell Hunt Kennels, kindly organised by members John and Sam, to a Curry Evening held at the Red Lion at Newborough. Following this the members were tutored in the skills of Dairy Stock Judging, in readiness for the county stock judging competition, and they were also given an opportunity to see a robotic milking system in action in Harlaston, kindly hosted by the Hill family. There was also a trip to the Snowdome for an evening of ice skating and fun. Regular business meetings are also held and we would like to thank the Meynell Inn at Hoar Cross for allowing us to use their room for these gatherings.

However, if you think that was a busy time then it gets even more hectic as the preparation for the County Rally gets under way. This is a day of competitions that range from cookery to tractor handling to flower arranging to sheep shearing and much, much more so if it is diversity that you are looking for then Young Farmers is the club for you! It is a great opportunity for anyone with a yearning to learn new skills and put them into practice and if you already have a talent for something then why not show others how it can be done!

Another popular event on the horizon is of course the County Show in which the Float Parade in the Main Ring is a big draw on visitors to the show. This is an opportunity for the members to build their float to depict a TV advert. Ridware has chosen Country Life Butter so expect to see a few ‘cows’ and see if you can spot Johnny Rotten! If you have any artistic skills then the float building meetings will appeal to you as many hands and paintbrushes will be required to turn a rusty old farm trailer into a scenic country landscape.

MAY 2011

  • Wed 11th: Business Meeting, Rally Collection and Confirmation Night. Please bring all entries tonight to ensure we have everything entered. Meet at The Meynell Inn, Hoar Cross at 7.45pm
  • Sat 14th: Annual County Rally by kind permission of Sargeants at Gayton 10am start
  • Sat 14th: Rally Dance, Same Venue 9pm till 1am
  • Wed 18th: Float Building, Venue and Time TBC
  • Wed 25th: Float Building, Venue and Time TBC
  • Tues 31st: Pre Show Reception, County Showground

JUNE 2011

  • Wed 1st: Staffordshire County Show – YFC Tug of war
  • Thurs 2nd: Staffordshire County Show – Float
  • Wed 8th: Business Meeting at The Meynell Inn at Hoar Cross 7.45pm

2011 Annual Report available

The first issue of the annual report is now available and contains updates from the Parish Council and various village organisations. The document can be viewed on-line.

A final version of the report will be issued after the Parish Assembly and will be announced in a Parish Council newsletter.

Wind Farm planning application refused

At a special meeting of the East Staffordshire Borough Council Planning Committee on Thursday 31 March 2011, the application for a wind farm was rejected by a majority decision.

A report is available on the (link expired) Burton Mail web pages.

SSE Renewables has the right to appeal the decision with the Secretary of State.

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