Collone are ‘flat to the mat’

Club president Alan McConnell and YFCU CEO Michael Reid with club pize winners
Club president Alan McConnell and YFCU CEO Michael Reid with club pize winners

Collone YFC have had a very busy few weeks and been involved in many activities.

Firstly club member James Speers travelled to Uganda with the YFCU and Fields of Life Charity.

This allowed the YFCU to see first-hand where the money which the organisation had raised was being spent in Uganda. The main fundraiser for the charity was the sponsored sky-dive which three Collone YFC members took part in.

James had a once in a life time opportunity to experience the culture and lifestyle of Uganda and to bring back the stories and hard-hitting reality of what life is typically like there.

Many thanks to all those who sponsored James Speers, Stephanie Scroggie and Elaine Crozier in their sky-dive as it has helped to improve the lifestyle of those less fortunate than ourselves in Uganda.

In the days leading up to the YFCU AGM and Conference, Collone YFC embraced last year’s YFCU theme ‘Know your neighbour’ by welcoming over 20 young farmers from City of Derry YFC and Derg Valley YFC to their hall during their completion of their Conference Challenge 2015.

These two clubs came together to cycle on an eight man bicycle from Londonderry to Armagh on day one, stopping overnight at Collone YFC Hall before continuing the last leg of their journey from Armagh to La Mon House Hotel on Friday for the beginning of the YFCU AGM & Conference weekend.

This challenge was in aid of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children – Helping Hands Charity. This was a great opportunity for members from all clubs to mix and get to know one another as well as being able to contribute to the challenge that City of Derry YFC and Derg Valley YFC had undertaken.

Members of Collone YFC took an easier option travelling in cars to the YFCU AGM & Conference weekend in La Mon House Hotel. Collone YFC would like to congratulate Roberta Simmons on her YFCU Presidency for the incoming two years and thank the outgoing President Martyn Blair for all his help and guidance over the past years.

It was a great honour for Collone YFC to have member James Speers elected as deputy president for the YFCU during the AGM. James, having previously been a vice president for the organisation, is very capable and the club would like to wish him every success for the future as deputy president.

Club leader Brooks Allen was elected as one of the four vice presidents for the organisation and best wishes are passed on to him as he steps up to his role for the incoming year.

At the Conference Collone YFC had three members placed in top positions. Brooks Allen received third place in YFCU Leader category, Elaine Crozier received second place in YFCU PRO and Judith McCombe was the winner in YFCU Treasurer of the Year. These high awards are great for the club and encourage continued commitment and high standards from all members and the committee.

Collone YFC held a fun night in Armagh Rugby Club for their last club night of the year.

Five-a-side football and ‘wizards, giants and gnomes’ were amongst the games played. A bouncy castle was on site and newly elected deputy and vice presidents, James Speers and Brooks Allen, were the biggest kids and not wanting to get off the bouncy castle at the end of the night.

James Speers welcomed fellow members from Collone YFC and other clubs in County Armagh to his house for the recording of the John Toal BBC Radio Ulster Show which was aired on Saturday 2nd May.

Marty Moan, writer and singer of the very popular song ‘Hit the Diff’ was there for a singsong, Mullabrack Band played a number of songs and various other members of the community took part in the show.

A great night was had by all who attended which promoted the YFCU and the clubs within County Armagh. Thanks to James and his family for their hospitality and food throughout the night.

Collone YFC Annual Club Dinner was held on Friday 2nd May in Armagh City Hotel, welcoming YFCU CEO Michael Reid along as guest speaker and over 60 Collone YFC members.

Various prizes and awards were given out on the night to members for their achievements throughout the year by Michael.

Congratulations to all those who received a prize and many thanks to Michael for coming and giving such an encouraging speech.

Members then danced the night away to DJ Alvin Wallace with ‘Hit the Diff’ continuing to be top on the playlist.

Some members took part in the Belfast Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday and completed the Fun Run.

Two girl’s football teams were entered into the Balmoral heats from Collone YFC. The girls did not lose any of their matches but unfortunately did not make it through to the finals at Balmoral Show.

Congratulations to club members Joseph Black and Thomas Chambers who represented County Armagh Young Farmers in the Tractor Handling Competition and went on to win at Balmoral Show.

The next big event for Collone YFC is Armagh Show, where the club will have a stand serving tea and coffee with homemade scones and tray-bakes as well as showcasing many activities throughout the day.

Everyone is encouraged to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat to see what Collone YFC is all about.