Donaghadee continue to go from strength to strength

Hannah Spratt, Rachel Murray and Jane Kilpatrick at the NI public speaking finals.
Hannah Spratt, Rachel Murray and Jane Kilpatrick at the NI public speaking finals.

Donaghadee YFC has continued to grow from strength to strength this year.

With a wealth of new members joining us across all age groups we are entering more competitions and activities with great success.

Members visit Crumlin Road Gaol.

Members visit Crumlin Road Gaol.

Since the start of our new year in September we have held a variety of meetings including a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol, a tour of Doggarts Funeral Home in Newtownards and learnt more about the YFCU Exchange Programme with talks from members who have been away to name but a few.

For our competitions, it would appear that we are becoming more adventurous and as a club we are now competing in more competitions than we have in recent years.

In October, two teams entered in the fencing competition with our team of Ryan Telford, David Jackson and Alan Russell being placed fourth.

The following week saw our public speakers compete with Hannah Spratt, Rachel Murray and Jane Kilpatrick all reaching the Northern Ireland finals where Hannah was placed third in the 21-25 prepared class and Jane was placed second in the 21-25 impromptu class.

November saw three teams enter the group debating competition with three new members taking part for the first time.

Although none of the teams were placed this year everyone enjoyed the experience.

December also started well for the club with five members entering the demonstration Presentation competition and six enter the art and craft competitions at Co Down level.

In the craft competition Aaron Caughey was placed third, Samantha Townley second and Rachel Johnston first in their respective age categories.

In art, Samantha Townley was placed third in the 16-15 category.

In the demonstration presentation competition Rachel Murray, Rachel Johnston and Alison Rea were all placed third in their respective age categories and Samantha Townley was placed second and all proceed to the Northern Ireland finals.

The biggest event in our calendar this year by far is our 80th anniversary dinner dance which we are looking forward to holding on Saturday 7th February in the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor.

This is guaranteed to be a great night to catch-up with old friends from years gone by and we hope as many past members as possible can join us on the night.

Tickets are priced £30 and this includes a four course dinner with after dinner entertainment by Fiddler Adam.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact our secretary Rachel on 07889816043.