Busy times at Ahoghill YFC

Best senior female, Michelle Petticrew and best senior male, Jonathan Bristow
Best senior female, Michelle Petticrew and best senior male, Jonathan Bristow
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Ahoghill Young Farmers’ Club has had a packed winter programme so far and as the programme continues into 2016, it is set to be a big year for the club as it celebrates its 85th anniversary.

So far the winter program has included meetings such as jiving, a games night, a trip to Crumlin Road Gaol, and an exchange night with Kilraughts YFC.

The new committee of 2016/17

The new committee of 2016/17

The club has also held it’s club dinner and prize giving in December in the Wild Duck with YFCU president Roberta Simmons as guest speaker and to present the prizes to members.

Some of the prizes awarded on the night were best junior male – Stephen Speers, best junior female – Louise Gillespie, best senior male – Jonathan Bristow, best senior female – Michelle Petticrew and best newcomer – Andrew Greer.

It was a great night with almost 70 members attending.

The club brought Santa to the village of Ahoghill in style at Christmas for the lights switch-on in a tractor and sleigh decorated by members with lights.

Best junior male, Stephen Speers and best junior female, Louise Gillespie

Best junior male, Stephen Speers and best junior female, Louise Gillespie

Also in the village, the Church of Ireland held a Christmas Tree Festival where Ahoghill YFC created one for the event.

The club held it’s AGM in January when the committee for the year 2016/2017 was voted on. The main roles were club secretary - Kathryn Thompson, club leader – Michael Patterson, club treasurer - Jonathan Bristow and club PRO – Kathryn Speers.

The club would like to thank everyone who was on the 2015/16 committee for all their hard work in making the year such a successful one for the club.

The most recent club meeting was a Rovin Supper and the club would like to thank Pauline and David Gillespie for hosting the starter, Fiona and Miller Speers for hosting the main course, Samuel and Elizabeth Watson for hosting the dessert and all the members who provided desserts.

The tractor that the club decorated to bring Santa to the village

The tractor that the club decorated to bring Santa to the village

In 2016, the club celebrates its 85th year and the club is growing bigger and stronger since the relaunch in 2011. Watch out for what the club will be doing to celebrate this massive achievement in the coming months including an 85th celebratory dinner in November.

Samuel and Elizabeth Watson who hosted the dessert for the Rovin Supper

Samuel and Elizabeth Watson who hosted the dessert for the Rovin Supper

Fiona Speers who hosted the main course for the Rovin Supper

Fiona Speers who hosted the main course for the Rovin Supper

Members with the Christmas tree made from barbed wire and ivy for the festival in Church of Ireland

Members with the Christmas tree made from barbed wire and ivy for the festival in Church of Ireland