Randalstown Young Farmers’ Club annual dinner and prizegiving night

Aaron McNeilly (best under 16 club member) and Robert Smyth (best over 16 club member)
Aaron McNeilly (best under 16 club member) and Robert Smyth (best over 16 club member)

As 2018 draws to an end, Randalstown YFC has been busier than ever with competitions, dinner dances and club meetings.

September saw three fencing teams competing at Northern Ireland level, with the team of Robert Smyth, David Thompson and Steven Doole being placed first in the novice section.

Front row, Leanne Nicholl, Christy Hill and Ellen Smyth. Back row, Sarah McBride and Emma Galloway

Front row, Leanne Nicholl, Christy Hill and Ellen Smyth. Back row, Sarah McBride and Emma Galloway

Robert Smyth was also placed first in the Northern Ireland soil assessment competition.

September also saw Randalstown YFC welcoming 21 new members to the club and taking a trip out to We Are Vertigo in Belfast.

October saw members competing in public speaking and floral art competitions.

Congratulations to Gemma Dickey who was placed first in Northern Ireland for impromptu public speaking.

Jack McCarroll, Paul Allen, Steven Doole and Lynne Montgomery

Jack McCarroll, Paul Allen, Steven Doole and Lynne Montgomery

Ellen Smyth, Emma Mills and Ryan Bonar have progressed to Balmoral Show 2019 for the floral art final, make sure to check out the club’s budding young florists at the show.

October also saw the Co Antrim YFC annual dinner dance where Randalstown YFC picked up 11 prizes on the night, including most efficient club in Co Antrim for the second consecutive year.

Members all had a great night celebrating their achievements over the past year.

Club members attending the Jungle NI Fright Night, thankfully everyone made it home without any panic attacks.

Ashleen Agnew, Jill McCaughern, Joshua Park and Laura Agnew

Ashleen Agnew, Jill McCaughern, Joshua Park and Laura Agnew

Friday, November 3rd saw Randalstown YFC’s annual dinner dance which was held in the Ross Park Hotel.

The club welcomed Andrew Patton as a guest speaker and to follow the prize giving everyone was entertained by a magician.

On the night Robert Smyth collected the award for best over 16 member, Aaron McNeilly collected the award for best under 16 member, Gemma McNeilly collected the award for most outgoing new member and Ellen Smyth collected the award for most enthusiastic member.

The club is planning to run a children’s Christmas party on Saturday, December 8th and a Beetle Drive on Friday, March 8th 2019 (more details can be found on Facebook).

Diane McNeilly, Jillian Nicholl, Katherine Agnew and Katherine Dickey

Diane McNeilly, Jillian Nicholl, Katherine Agnew and Katherine Dickey

These events are open to all members of the community so remember it’s not all about welly boots and tractors.

Holly Wray, Paddy Smyth, Pauline and Robert Allen and Trevor Smyth

Holly Wray, Paddy Smyth, Pauline and Robert Allen and Trevor Smyth

Thomas and Margaret Galloway, club deputy president Kathleen Cunningham with husband Phillip

Thomas and Margaret Galloway, club deputy president Kathleen Cunningham with husband Phillip

Front row, Georgia Nicholl (junior member of the year NI), Rachel McNeilly and Ellie Agnew.  Back row, Emma-Jane Sloan and Emma Mills

Front row, Georgia Nicholl (junior member of the year NI), Rachel McNeilly and Ellie Agnew. Back row, Emma-Jane Sloan and Emma Mills

Committee members 2018-19

Committee members 2018-19