Kilrea YFC and East Derry UFU group hold annual barbecue

Naomi, Betty and Jill enjoying themselves at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue
Naomi, Betty and Jill enjoying themselves at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

A great night’s craic was had at Richard Irwin’s farm where North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC held their annual barbecue.

All ages availed of delicious steaks and a variety of barbecue dishes all organised by the Ulster Farmers’ Union who certainly showed off their barbecue skills, compliments to the chefs.

Empty plates and full stomachs at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

Empty plates and full stomachs at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

This was followed by dessert of apple tart and ice cream and the weather even held out.

On behalf of Kilrea YFC thanks must go to North East Derry branch of UFU for their organising of the event.

Sincere thanks also to Choice Cuts and Barenbrug for their contribution to the food for the event, this indeed is very much appreciated by Kilrea YFC.

Prizes for raffle and auction were provided by club members with further generous contributions from O’Neill Construction, R Irwin Ltd, Culmore Organic Farm, Barenbrug, Pretty Woman(Kilrea), James McAuley Mill, Stephen Moore Farm Machinery, H A McIlrath, JB and Ciaran O’Hagan, D Gordon Engineering and Baronagh Angus.

Catherine, Jenna, Mark and Robert Bradley enjoying their food at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

Catherine, Jenna, Mark and Robert Bradley enjoying their food at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

The club pass on their gratitude to all who contributed.

To date the club don’t have a final sum of money raised at the event however once all money is gathered they will provide this at a later date.

The proceeds will be split between two worthy causes, namely Cancer Research and Parkinsons Disease Society.

Music for the occasion was provided by Alistair Coyles, who certainly set the atmosphere for the event.

Adam McCormick, Alistair Coyles and  Kerrie Thompson at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

Adam McCormick, Alistair Coyles and Kerrie Thompson at the North East Derry UFU and Kilrea YFC barbecue

It was a great chance for members, ex-club members, UFU members, families and friends to get together and enjoy the chat and indeed the bouncy castle was put to good use!

Kilrea YFC are indebted to Richard and Janice Irwin for hosting the event and members know they did much background work in preparation for it and members are very grateful for this and all the support which they give to Kilrea club.

This event also gave the opportunity for the club to be part of the Know Your Neighbour theme run through YFC headquarters and brought together young and old from farm and town.

Kilrea have also been busy in many other areas during the summer months. At the sheep judging Co Londonderry area the following were placed:

Folks enjoying the delicious food provided by the UFU.

Folks enjoying the delicious food provided by the UFU.

16-18, 2nd Adam Graham and 4th David Wilson

18-21, 2nd Lauren McIlroy and 4th Lorraine Gordon

21-25, 2nd Robert Sloan

The team of Ellen Alexander, Timmy Davidson, Matthew Gordon, Judith Laughlin, Charlotte Linton, Gavin Thompson and Joel Williamson competed and had a good night at the tag rugby competition.

During the first week in August a group of members successfully completed their Silver Expedition in the Mournes, now having to finish off their other sections of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Matthew Gordon, Thomas Gordon, Adam McCormick and Amy Thompson travelled to Co Londonderry YFC fun night at Carrowmena Activity Centre – a great night (and a few bruises) was had.

The next day some members headed to Ballyeaston to do Guard of Honour to their member Leanne Witherhead (nee Mark) and her husband Richard. Best wishes to them both for the future.

Club meetings for the Winter Season commenced on Monday 7th September with an ice breaker games night.

Meetings are held every other Monday night at 8pm in Kilrea Primary School – club activities will include a vast array of competitions and fun events suitable for everyone between the ages of 12 – 30.

You can also check out the club Facebook page or contact the club phone on 07706700236 if you have any questions. Or speak to existing club members.

Also all club members, ‘Older’ Young Farmers, families and friends are asked to save the date for Kilrea YFC’s 70th anniversary dinner on 7th November in The Royal Court Hotel, Portrush. Further details nearer the time or keep a check on Kilrea Young Farmers’ Facebook page.