Farming Matters: We do like to be beside the seaside!

Members of Edgcott and Winslow Young Farmers Club
Members of Edgcott and Winslow Young Farmers Club

Thousands of young farmers descended on Blackpool last weekend for their annual general meeting.

And plenty of them came from the Buckinghamshire clubs.

The annual gathering is a highlight in the young farmers’ calendar, a time for partying, but also for the finals of several competitions, for talks and a chance to meet up with friends from across the country.

It’s also a time when many young farmers take part in a charity challenge.

A bunch of young farmers from Edgcott and Winslow YFC cycled 202 miles all the way to the AGM and managed to raise more than £2,500 in the process for Motor Neurone Disease and RABI.

One of the riders, 23-year-old Alan Burborough, a sheep and cattle farmer, was back at work yesterday (Tuesday) albeit still recovering.

He said: “We took 21 hours and 42 minutes to get to Blackpool. We went straight to the hotel, had a shower, ate and went to bed. We were up by 9am the next day for breakfast.”

At the Saturday night fancy dress party in the Winter Gardens Alan and his friends went as cyclists and donned their cycling gear again (freshly laundered by the hotel).

Alan said he also enjoyed watching the dancing and choir competitions during Sunday afternoon: “The winning choir was from Glamorgan and they were really very good.”

This was Alan’s sixth AGM and it’s something he always looks forward to, along with the thousands of other young farmers who had the time of their lives at the seaside.