Ards reflects on busy end to programme

UFU president Ian Marshall with Samuel Steele and Richard Law.
UFU president Ian Marshall with Samuel Steele and Richard Law.
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As the evenings are getting longer and the summer months are fast approaching everyone is hoping for another good summer in the Ards peninsula and further afield.

The 2014/15 Winter Programme has now ended proving to be a great success as members enjoyed an array of speakers and activities.

Hannah Whitla, Angela Steele, Niamh Hall and Kathy Buick

Hannah Whitla, Angela Steele, Niamh Hall and Kathy Buick

In February the Ards Group welcomed UFU President Ian Marshall to speak at a group meeting. Ian provided members with comprehensive information regarding the latest farming issues in Northern Ireland. Ian then presented awards to the local prize winners. The Ards Group also experienced success at a National level with Rowreagh Farms being placed first in the Alternative Forage Class.

The annual quiz was held in March at Kirkstown Golf Club, as branch rivalry simmered it was the Newtownards Branch that proved to be the most knowledgeable in the end. The night was enjoyed by all and it was great to see some local YFCU teams involved.

March saw another competition taking place on the Ards Peninsula. Tony Bell’s annual tractor pull proved to be a great success with a ladies team entered from the Group office with our very own Angela Steele being placed second in the ladies event.

In line with the ‘Who would fill your boots’ farm safety campaign the stylish ladies team wore yellow hats and yellow wellies to promote the farm safety campaign.

The day proved to be a great success with money raised for charity. For further information on the ‘who would fill your boots campaign’ visit www.yellowwellies.org.

The Committee have met to plan the Winter Programme for 2015/16. With some very interesting guest speakers in the mix the group will hopefully continue to grow.

If anyone has any queries contact the office on 028 9181 4218 and we can hopefully help.