It’s been a busy summer this year for Ahoghill YFC and with the new program underway, the club is still as busy as ever.
Two teams from the club took part in the Belfast City Marathon Relay Event made up of five girls and five boys. The teams were running in aid of the club’s chosen charity for this year, Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.
The clubs annual church service was also in aid of Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice from the money raised in the collection. Club members formed the choir for the service held on Sunday 17th May in 1st Ahoghill Church.
At this year’s Build It competition, teams had to build a chicken coop. One team, made up of Jack Cummings, Lucy Hurrell, Lewis McGall and Jason Benton were placed first for their coop, complete with a live chicken, and made it through to the finals at Armagh Show where they came third with their rabbit hutch.
On the last weekend of May, the club took part in the local Ballymena Show on both the Friday and Saturday. Successes on the Friday night included Jason Benton coming first in tractor handling, girls gaining first, second and third in junior floral art, third in senior floral art and also prizes in decorate a welly boot and the photography competition.
On the Saturday, members helped out with the stewarding in the morning and two teams took part in the It’s a Knockout in the afternoon.
Over the summer, the club has taken part in many sports nights held by other young farmer clubs with the girls football team coming secon at Randalstown YFCs sports night and first at Lisnamurrican’s, and the boys football team coming first at Glarryford.
The agricultural side of young farmers hadn’t been forgotten through all the fun with stock judging for beef and sheep taking place which led to Andrew Greer and Mark Kerr getting through to the finals held at Greenmount.
At the Northern Ireland finals held in July at Greenmount, Ahoghill had more success. Andrew Greer came first and Mark Kerr came fifth in 16-18 sheep judging and Rachel Gillespie came third in 18-21 and Michelle Petticrew came joint fourth in 16-18 categories of silage assessment.
At Antrim Show, County Competitions Day was held. Lucy Hurrell came third in County Princess, Jason Benton came third in tractor handling and the club got third for the mystery challenge.
Ahoghill YFC had a very successful summer in the competitions.
In August the club held their annual barbecue on 15th August on the Hiltonstown Road with music from Band Vienna.
A great crowd turned out on the night and the club would like to thank everyone who helped in making the night successful.
On Tuesday 1st September Ahoghill YFC held their first meeting of the 2015/16 winter program.
The meeting was a night of games and ice breakers. Almost 50 members attended the meeting, including 14 new members.
If anyone still wishes to join, meetings are held at 8pm in Gracehill Primary on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For more details contact 07715 815065.