Ahoghill YFC enjoy an action packed programme

Jason Benton, Lucy Hurrell and Rachel Gillespie.
Jason Benton, Lucy Hurrell and Rachel Gillespie.

AHOGHILL YFC got the year off to a flying start with an amazing number of new members and a full programme of action packed club meetings.

From the club’s first meeting the numbers started to rocket to new heights as more new members joined.

The first meeting took the form of a quiz night which turned out to test all and was an amazing icebreaker for all members new and old who attended.

The second club meeting only got better with the wellies kicked off and the dancing shoes coming out and a spot of line dancing provided a great night’s entertainment for everyone; the boys showed off their many hidden dancing skills! Ahoghill YFC turned out in force at the third club meeting of the winter programme with taekwondo instructors coming along to teach the club some self defence skills.

Following the self defence meeting was another very interesting and informative night when the police came along to talk to everyone about road safety and experiences they encountered during their day’s work.

The club headed off to Finvoy YFC on an exchange night visit and were entertained by them while learning more dance moves – this time it was Zumba. A great night’s craic was had by all.

As the club continues to charge forward since the relaunch in 2011, it has continued to grow and gain success in competitions as members took part in public speaking, swimming gala and floral art.

The club would like to thank Valerie Shaw for her amazing skills and support in the public speaking, also to Janette Stirling, Ahoghill’s mentor, not just for her skills in preparing for the floral art competition but for the support and guidance she has shown the club over the past year.

A large number of Ahoghill’s members attended the County Dinner where Jonathan Watson scooped an award for his skills in beef stockjudging.

The club dinner was a great success as over 70 members packed into the Wild Duck in Portglenone and enjoyed an excellent meal and evening dancing; the club would like to thank William Wilson, YFCU president, for coming along to support the club and giving a very encouraging speech.

Old cups were polished up ready for the club dinner alongside the brand new McWhirter Cup kindly donated by Alan McWhirter–Cleanwell Pressure Washers.

William Wilson presented cups and trophies to Carly Gilmore and Jason Benton for best senior members along side Stuart Gillespie and Laura McGall who collected their trophies as best junior members.

Lucy Hurrell, Michelle Petticrew, Heather Steele, Kirsty Speers, Tara McClure, Rachel Gillespie, Jonathan Watson and Richard Lamont also received numerous awards for their success within the club over the past year.

Ahoghill continues to soar to dizzy heights and as the festive season approaches things are set to continue with a trip to the Continental Market, pantomime and ‘Winter Olympics’ to mention but a few.