On Monday 16th March, Rathfriland Young Farmers’ Club held their 70th annual parents night in their brand new hall on Downpatrick Street.
Outgoing president Rosemary McConnell greeted parents, trustees and members extending a warm welcome in the newly built premises.
During the evening, the club members showcased their talent through short sketch performances and the club choir sang a piece led by Hannah Cromie on the keyboard.
Outgoing secretary Victoria Simpson gave her report and Mrs Rosemary Simpson, mother of club leader Christopher, handed out trophies and certificates to members.
Alison Gracey won the Frank Morrow cup for best club member as voted by the members.
Hannah Cromie picked up the cups for senior beef judging, best over all stock judger, sheep judging and the Livestock Cup. Chloe McCallister won the Home Management Cup whilst the Best Newcomer Cup was split between Will Cromie, Alan McKnight and Sarah Mitchell.
Rebecca Cromie won cups for best all round junior and the UFU junior award and finally Jonathan Dickson won the cup for UFU senior.
At County level, Victoria Simpson was judged as best treasurer and Rebecca Cromie came runner up in the PRO category.
This year sees a change up for club office bearers with many of the ‘old faces’ stepping down.
The following is the new committee:
President - Rebecca McConnell
Vice presidents - Roberta Simmons and Christopher Simpson
Club leader - Simon Agnew
Assistant club leader - David Bradford
Secretary - Alison Gracey
Assistant secretaries - Cathy Jane Bell and Leona Moorhead
Treasurer - Zara Little
Assistant treasurer - Hannah Cromie
Public relations officer - Lois Bingham
Assistant PRO - Rebecca Cromie
Council representative - Alison Gracey
UFU representatives - John McCabe, Johnathan Knox, Rawdon Herron and Johnathan Dickson
SELB Co-ordinator - Victoria Simpson
Committee members - Rosemary McConnell, Fiona Hanna, Rachael McMinn, Stephen Gordon, Scott Moorhead, Chloe McCallister
Christopher Simpson introduced all the new office bearers and wished them all the best in their new roles and paid tribute to the outgoing committee for all their hard work.
A special gift presentation was made to the outgoing president Rosemary McConnell for all her hard work and commitment over the past five years.
Rathfriland YFC had many successes in 2014 and 2015 will be another historic year for the club as they prepare to officially open the hall in April.