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24th March 2015

This years show highlights

This year we will have not one star attraction but two!

The Chariots of Fire and the Jez Avery stunt display team will be the star attraction at this year's Bronte Vintage Gathering on May 9 and 10.

Crowds at the event will be able to watch horse-drawn chariots leaping over ramps and through fire. As well as Jez Avery performing his fantastic two and four wheel stunts.

                    

Further arena displays from Pendle dog agility, SMJ falconry and terrier racing...

Other attractions include Fairground, RAF flypast, bouncy castle, Blackpool donkey rides, Old spot beer tent and Food stands, Craft marquee, trade stands, clay pigeon shooting and autojumble

A host of vintage machinery will include commercial wagons, military vehicles, tractors, cars, motorcycles, organs and stationary engines.

Call (01535) 275535, check out our facebook page   or visit bronte-vintage-gathering.co.uk for details.

 

16th December 2013

Night raises £3000 for Manorlands

A charity night staged by the Bronte Vintage Gathering group raised £3,014 for Manorlands.

The event – at Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club in Wagon Lane, Bingley – included a quiz, raffle, auction, stalls and music.

Trish Wood, for the group, said: “A good night was had by all and it was a huge success.

“We would like to thank all those who donated items, and those who helped and supported us on the night.”

Keighley News

 

 

21st November 2013

Bronte Vintage Gathering Manorlands charity night

A charity night is being staged by the Bronte Vintage Gathering group to raise money for Manorlands.

The event – at Bradford & Bingley Rugby Club in Wagon Lane, Bingley, from 7.30pm on Saturday – will include a quiz, raffle, auction, stalls and music. Tickets – priced £7.50, including pie and peas – are available by contacting Anne Thompson on (01535) 275535 or on the door.

Keighley News

 

 

23rd May 2013

Members of the committee hand over this years cheque

This years cheque for £15,000 was handed over to Matthew Binns of Manorlands on Thursday evening.

 

13th May 2013

Hundreds enjoy Cullingworth's Bronte Vintage Gathering

Those who braved the weekend’s chilly weather to attend the Bronte Vintage Gathering in Cullingworth were treated to a range of entertainment.

Horse-drawn carriages and souped-up lawnmowers were among the attractions at one of the biggest events in the local rural calendar.

The event, which attracted people of all ages, is held annually to raise money for Manorlands hospice in nearby Oxenhope. One of the star attractions was the Chariots of Fire stunt men and women who rode traditional horse-drawn carriages through walls of fire and over ramps.

 

Telegraph and Argus

10th May 2013

Trail-blazing display team among many Bronte Gathering highlights

A trail-blazing display team will be among the star attractions at this weekend’s Bronte Vintage Gathering.

Chariots of Fire is performing at the event, in aid of Manorlands.

Crowds will be able to watch horse-drawn chariots leaping over ramps and through fire.

The attraction is one of many lined up for the annual extravaganza, being held, as usual, in fields off Haworth Road in, Cullingworth.

Activities will take place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am.

The main arena programme will include a dog agility show, lawnmower racing, birds of prey and music from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Pipe Band.

There will also be a fairground, RAF fly-past, digger driving, bouncy castles and slides, Blackpool donkey rides, a beer tent, food and trade stands, a craft marquee, clay pigeon shooting and an auto jumble fair.

Vintage exhibits will include cars, commercial and military vehicles, miniature steam engines, motorcycles, steamers, stationary engines, tractors and classic fire engines.

There will be a collectors’ auction at 5pm on Saturday, the Roaming Jamsters will perform that evening in the beer tent and there will be an auction of donated goods at 2pm the following day.

ince the Bronte Vintage Gathering was launched 15 years ago, the organising committee has raised nearly £287,000 for the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

The team hopes this weekend’s event will take it through the £300,000 mark.

Manorlands fundraiser Matthew Binns said: “The volunteer committee that organises the event has put a lot of effort into attracting more families this year by setting up a Facebook page and using Twitter to target a wider audience.

“It is hoped the weather will be kind for the event, which is one of the first in the national show calendar.”

Visit bronte-vintage-gathering.co.uk or call 01535 275035 for further information about the event.

Keighley News

27th April 2013

Vintage Gathering Fun at Cullingworth.

Classic fire engines and a dog agility show are among the diverse attractions lined up for this year’s Bronte Vintage Gathering.

Organisers are making final plans for the charity extravaganza on May 11 and 12.

The annual event, in fields off Haworth Road, Cullingworth, is for Manorlands.

Popular lawnmower racing will be making a return, and horse-drawn chariots will leap over ramps and through fire.

A host of vintage machinery will include commercial wagons, military vehicles, tractors, cars and motorcycles.

There will also be digger driving, clay pigeon shooting, fairground rides, Blackpool donkeys, a fly-past, birds of prey, trade stands, crafts and auto jumble.

A collectors’ and machinery auction takes place on the Saturday, and that night will see live music from Roving Jamsters.

Donated goods will be auctioned the following day. Call 01535 275535 or visit bronte-vintage-gathering.co.uk for details.

Keighley News

 

22nd April 2013

All set for this years gathering

We had our final planning meeting last Thursday and are now looking forward to set up in 3 weeks time!

Here's a taster of the programme...

2nd April 2013

Plans made for Bronte Vintage Gathering

The Chariots of Fire will be the star attraction at this year's Bronte Vintage Gathering on May 11 and 12.

Crowds at the event in Cullingworth will be able to watch horse-drawn chariots leaping over ramps and through fire.

The annual gathering, which raises money for Manorlands hospice at Oxenhope, will be held off Haworth Road.

A host of vintage machinery will include commercial wagons, military vehicles, tractors, cars, motorcycles, organs and stationary engines, with fairground rides and birds of prey.

Call (01535) 275035 or visit bronte-vintage-gathering. co.uk for details.

 

29th March 2013

Our craft tent page !

Check out our craft page with details of our exhibitors and this years format.

 

5th March 2013

Follow us on facebook and twitter !

Make sure you follow us on twitter   @brontegathering  or  facebook  we will be publishing the latest news, site updates and photos both before and during the event.

 

25th February 2013

2013 star attraction

We are pleased to announce this years star attraction will be the 'Chariots of Fire' display team.

 

 

25th May 2012

 

2012 Gathering a huge success

Bronte Vintage Gathering organisers pictured with a cheque for £21,500 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

 

 

22nd May 2012

 

Vintage vehicles draw big crowd

Bronte Vintage Gathering organisers have hailed this year’s event – the 14th – as one of the best yet.

Crowds flocked to the Haworth Road, Cullingworth, showfield at the weekend for the charity extravaganza.

“It was fantastic – everything went really well,” said Anne Thompson, for the BVG organising team.

“We had a lot of local people there having a great time and the weather was kind to us. There were quite a few new attractions this year, too.”

Activities included a fieldgun display, army assault course, dog agility show, clay pigeon shooting and lawn mower racing.

 

Preparing their 4-inch-scale Burrell crane engine are, from left, Martin Gell, Amy Shea and Stephen Gell, of Saltburn by the Sea.

More than 400 vehicles were exhibited, ranging from motorcycles and tractors to steam engines, and the Bexhill classic car and Scottish Armstrong Siddeley clubs were present.

There was also a funfair, the famous Blackpool donkeys, a craft marquee, trade stalls and the chance for visitors to drive diggers and plant machinery, courtesy of Buntons Plant Hire.

Old Spot Brewery provided a beer tent, where local band China Sky performed on Saturday night.

 

 

12th May 2012

Organisers put the finishing touches on vintage gathering

A popular annual event which raises thousands of pounds for Manorlands promises to be the biggest and best yet when it takes place this weekend.

That’s the pledge of Bronte Vintage Gathering organisers as they make final preparations for the latest extravaganza.

There will be a huge range of attractions at the event on Saturday and Sunday at the showfield in Haworth Road, Cullingworth.

Activities will include a fieldgun display, army assault course, dog agility show, clay pigeon shooting and lawn mower racing.

More than 400 vehicles will be exhibited, ranging from motorcycles and tractors to steam engines, and the Bexhill classic car and Scottish Armstrong Siddeley clubs will be present.

There will also be a funfair, the famous Blackpool donkeys, a craft marquee, trade stalls and the chance for visitors to drive diggers and plant machinery, courtesy of Buntons Plant Hire.

Old Spot Brewery will provide a beer tent, where local band China Sky will perform on Saturday night.

The event will be open from 10am both days.

An auction of collectors’ items and farm goods will be held in the adjoining field at 5pm on Saturday. And donated goods will also go under the hammer in the main field at 2pm on Sunday.

Since its launch 14 years ago the event has raised more than £270,000 for Manorlands, the Sue Ryder hospice at Oxenhope.

 

22nd February 2012

The BVG is pleased to announce our saturday night entertainment will be the band China Sky.

 

 

20th January 2012

The BVG is proud to announce that the The Portsmouth Area Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun Display team will be attending this year.

 

 

 

 

25th November 2011

Charity evening a great success

This years charity evening raised £3,400 for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

 The event was again held at the Bradford and Bingley Club at Wagon Lane, Bingley and featured pie and pea supper with a disco, a bottle stall, raffle and a charity auction.

23rd June 2011

Members of the committee with Matthew Binns of Manorlands Hospice with this years cheque for £21,000.

 

20th May 2011

Another successful event !

5th April 2011

Please note - closing date for entries has passed, no entries will be accepted

 

20th December 2010

2011 BVG exhibitor entry forms now available online - closing date for entries 31st March 2011

 

9th December 2010 

            Vintage Grand Charity Evening is a Success

 

Organisers of the Bronte Vintage Gathering last week raised £3,200 for Sue Ryder - Manorlands Hospice at their Grand Charity Evening and took their total raised for the healthcare charity to over £232,000.

 The event was held at the Bradford and Bingley Club at Wagon Lane, Bingley and featured pie and pea supper with a disco, a bottle stall, raffle and a charity auction.  Sue Ryder Fundraiser, Andrew Wood thanked the committee for their hard work for the hospice and its services in the community over the past year and the rural community who turn out and support their events.  The group are now turning their attention to the 2011 Bronte Vintage Gathering which will be held in Cullingworth on the weekend of 14th and 15th May.

 In addition to the funds raised at the charity evening £400 was also presented to Manorlands from a car boot sale held earlier in the year.

  

For more information on hospice contact Andrew Wood in the Manorlands Fundraising Office on (01535) 640432 or email Andrew. Wood@suerydercare.org

 

Notes for Editors

  • Sue Ryder Care has 11 neurological care centres and 6 Hospices around the UK;

·         Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice is based at Oxenhope, Keighley.  The hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses from Airedale, Craven Bradford and Wharfedale;

·         Last year Manorlands Hospice cared for over 650 patients and supported hundreds more relatives, carers and friends of patients;

·         Manorlands Hospice relies on voluntary contributions for the majority of its income and never charges patients for any of the care they receive.  The hospice will cost more than £1.9 million to run in 2007.

 

5 July 2010

NEWS RELEASE

 Over fifty horses fight it out at Cullingworth Harness Racing

  

Records tumbled at last weekend’s Cullingworth Harness Races as over 50 racing horses fought it out for the Manorlands Cup and helped raise over £2,500 for the Sue Ryder Care Hospice at Oxenhope.

 The day was run by the committee which organises the Bronte Vintage Gathering and the harness racing now in its ninth year attracted its largest ever field of horses which are guided throughout the mile and a quarter course by a driver sat behind the horse in a two wheeled cart called a sulkie.

 Horses travelled to Cullingworth from all over the North of England and there was a good sized entry in each of the seven heats giving the punters plenty of choice to bet on with the on course bookmakers.  In the final, eight horses and their drivers competed for the prestigious Manorlands Cup which was won by a horse called Maddie based in Derbyshire driven by Pam Haythornethwaite from Barnoldswick.

 

Volunteers from the committee also ran stalls, an Old Spot Brewery bar and a raffle to raise funds for Manorlands hospice which has benefited to the tune of over £230,000 from the work of the committee over the last 13 years.  Even the race commentator Peter Dayton donated his fee.

 Andrew Wood, Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice who was present at the event, “The Harness racing was again a great success at Cullingworth despite inclement weather and we thank the Bronte Vintage Gathering team, their volunteers and their sponsors who kindly continue to support us to enable us to continue our work  both at Manorlands Hospice and in the community.”   

For further information on how you can support Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice call 01535 640430 or visit www.suerydercare.org. 

 

Notes to editor:

 

About Sue Ryder Care

·         Sue Ryder Care supports people, their families and friends affected by conditions including Cancer, Stroke, Brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease

·         Sue Ryder Care has 14 care centres across the UK

·         Sue Ryder Care provides 4 million hours of care per year

·         Sue Ryder Care provides 1.4 million home visits per year to people in need

·         Sue Ryder Care is one of the largest providers of specialist palliative and end of life care in the UK

·         Sue Ryder Care provides over 100,000 days of long-term residential neurological care each year

·         There are currently 6,000 volunteers supporting our work 

 

 

28th May 2010                                                            

 

NEWS RELEASE

Bronte Vintage Gathering Raises £20,000 for Sue Ryder Manorlands

Pictured below are some of those who helped make it all happen.

 

 

12 May 2010                                                            

 

NEWS RELEASE

Bronte Vintage Gathering Hailed a Huge success

The Bronte Vintage Gathering held in Cullingworth last weekend has been hailed a resounding success by organisers.  Thousands of public enjoyed the event which raised funds for Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice.

Visitors were entertained by a huge array of vintage exhibits, shows and attractions including debut performances at the event from the North West Lawn Mower Association who raced at speeds over 35 miles per hour on an hourly basis throughout the weekend.     As yet the amount raised for Manorlands over the weekend has not been calculated though it is hoped that it may be in the region of £15-20, 000 which would take the amount raised by the Bronte Vintage Gathering team over the £235,000 mark since the first gathering in 1999. 

Over 400 exhibits of vintage machinery were on display and paraded throughout the weekend.  The highlight for vintage machinery enthusiasts was perhaps a flypast by a World War Two Hurricane.

Worth Valley Young Farmers Club again made a large impact on the show this year with their Local Food, Farming and the Countryside exhibition where they showed young people the journey that food makes from field to fork with help from some livestock provided by members.  They performed cookery demonstrations and passed on one of Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food’s recipes using local food.  Keelham Hall Farm Shop were also heavily involved and did regular butchery demonstrations and let children make their own sausages throughout the weekend.  In addition the Young Farmers brought in a range of popular attractions included Sheep racing, Mascot Football a Scrapheap Challenge competition and the return of a live professional wrestling show on the Saturday evening.  

Also on Saturday evening a large crowd was entertained by the U2 tribute band NU2 supported by DJ Abdul.

Chairman of the Bronte Vintage Gathering Committee Tom Jowett was delighted with how the event had proceeded. “The weather whilst quite cold did at least stay fair this year and this as well as our new attractions helped  us bring in the highest number of visitors in many years and raise a large amount for such a worth cause in the process. “   

Sue Ryder Care Fundraiser Andrew Wood was also delighted with the amount raised which will help to provide services at Manorlands including a sixteen bed in patient ward, a day therapy unit and a community team.  “We owe a massive thank you to the Bronte Vintage Gathering Committee, the many groups involved and the army of volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend and helped the event to run so smoothly.

The Bronte Vintage Gathering team now turn their attention to their Harness Racing event which is to be held on the same field at Haworth Road, Cullingworth.  The event offers the only annual opportunity to bet on live racing in the Bradford district and will start at 2pm on Sunday 4th July.

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For further information contact: Andrew Wood on 01535 640432 andrew.wood@suerydercare.org

 

Notes for Editors

  • Sue Ryder Care has 17 centres around the UK;

·         Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice is based at Oxenhope, Keighley.  The hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses from Airedale, Craven Bradford and Wharfedale;

·         Manorlands Hospice relies on voluntary contributions for the majority of its income and never charges patients for any of the care they receive.  The hospice will cost £2.1 million to run in 2010.

 

4th May 2010

BRONTE VINTAGE GATHERING TO BE ‘A CUT ABOVE’

Professional lawn mower racing comes to West Yorkshire for the first time ever this coming weekend as part of the 12th Bronte Vintage Gathering which held as usual in aid of Sue Ryder Care - Manorlands Hospice.  Organisers are hoping that this new and exciting spectacle will help bring in a record number of visitors to the popular country show.

 

The show venue at Haworth Road, Cullingworth is one of a series of venues that the North West Lawn Mower Racing Association are appearing at this year in the north and Manorlands Fundraiser Andrew Wood explained how he is very excited about the racing which takes place on both days of the event.  “The team come with ride on lawnmowers which travel up to 35 miles an hour, pit lanes, and a start gantry, just like on the Formula One grand prix.”

 

Also new for 2010 is Zorbing where people get strapped into huge transparent spheres and roll around.  Returning by popular demand is the Young Farmers Section, Bunton’s interactive machinery display and of course the hundreds of vintage exhibits, from traction engines to classic cars which forms the backbone of the event.

 

Chairman of the Bronte Vintage Gathering Committee Tom Jowett is delighted with how the event has come together this year and is keen to stress that over the last decade the event has become a country show for all to enjoy. “The event is no longer just for fanatics of vintage machinery and we really have something for everyone, it’s a true family event with fairground, musical entertainment, a children’s entertainer a craft fair and a licensed bar.

The gates are open from 11 am until 4:30 pm on Saturday and 10 am 4:30 pm on Sunday. As usual all proceeds from the Bronte Vintage Gathering will go to Sue Ryder Care Manorlands Hospice.  Last year the team of volunteer organisers donated £15,000 from the event taking the total amount raised in the event’s history over the £200,000 mark. 

 On the Saturday evening there is free live entertainment in the licensed beer tent from ‘Johnny and the poor boys’ supported by DJ Abs.  Prior to this there is a live wrestling show at 7pm from the Pro rebel wrestling group, tickets for this are £6 for adults and £4 for concessions with all proceeds going to Manorlands.  To book tickets for the wrestling or for more information about any part of the event visit www.bronte-vintage-gathering.co.uk or contact the organisers on 01535 275535 or Manorlands fundraising office on 01535 640430.

 Notes for Editors

  • Sue Ryder Care has 17 centres around the UK;

·         Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice is based at Oxenhope, Keighley.  The hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses from Airedale, Craven Bradford and Wharfedale;

·         Manorlands Hospice relies on voluntary contributions for the majority of its income and never charges patients for any of the care they receive.  The hospice will cost £2.0 million to run in 2009.

 

1st May 2010

YOUNG FARMERS TO PROMOTE LOCAL FOOD TO TOWNIES

 

Worth Valley Young Farmers Club hold are holding their Local Food and Farming exhibition on 8 and 9 May and have sent out twelve thousand free tickets to schools to encourage children to come along.  The exhibition which takes place at the Bronte Vintage Gathering on Haworth Road, Cullingworth and will take people on a journey from field to fork to show them where their food comes from and encourage them to buy local food.

 

The event largely follows the format of the 2009 event which proved a huge success and taught hundreds of young people where the food they eat comes from.  A variety of livestock will be on show and visitors will be given vegetable plants to grow themselves and be able to milk ‘Daisy Duke’, the club’s own cow.  A butchery demonstration will also be given by the head butcher at Keelham Hall Farm Shop who will also be helping children to make their own Sausages with ‘Mr Sausage’ the mascot.

 A cookery demonstration will also be provided by some of the club’s members as part of the Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Bradford ‘Pass it on’ project.  

This focus of this year’s exhibition will be local food and during the weekend members will be compiling databases of people who produce, sell, serve and want to eat it.  This information will be fed into a local food one stop shop web site which will be run by South Pennine Prospects who support the event through their Leader Fund.  Keighley Area Committee are also supporting the event.

 Chairman of the club’s local food working party Sophie Ogden explained why members of Worth Valley and other local Young Farmers clubs are putting on the event. “Even though most of our members are not from farming families they are passionate about educating young people about where their food comes from, especially local food.  Supporting local food networks is hugely important for the local economy, environmentally and for community cohesion and we hope that lots of people come along for a fun and enlightening day out in the countryside.”

Any clubs interested in attending the event or joining Young Farmers should log onto the club’s web site www.worthvalley.org and leave an enquiry.  

 For More information contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640432.

 

Notes for Editors

                                   

  • YFC is a nationwide youth organisation for people aged 10-26 years
  • There are 49 clubs in Yorkshire with over 1700 members
  • Clubs arrange a weekly programme of events for members including talks, visits and social activities.
  • As well as weekly meetings members can also participate in sports, drama, quizzes, public speaking, community & conservation projects
  • Membership is open to everyone, whether they have an agricultural background or not.
  • Worth Valley YFC is based in Haworth in West Yorkshire
  • The Club is open to members aged between 10 and 26 of either sex and any background

 

 

6th April 2010

Young Farmers to pass on the local food message with help of Jamie, Lamby and Beefy.

Worth Valley Member Ella Bunton gets advice on cooking local fillet steak from Soraya Overend of Jamie’s Ministry of Food with help from Lamby and Beefy.

 

Forty five members of Worth Valley Young Farmers Club are taking part in the Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food ‘Pass it on’ with their own local food slant.  The members aged between ten and twenty-six brought with them locally produced fillet steak and other local ingredients to Bradford’s Ministry of Food Head quarters on John Street, Bradford.

 Jamie Olivers Ministry of Food was originally started in Rotherham and he invited Bradford Council leader Kris Hopkins to check out the scheme on his Channel 4 TV series last year.  Councilor Hopkins brought it to Bradford where it teaches approximately 85 young people each week how to cook and pass the recipe onto family and friends.  Worth Valley YFC Club Chairman Thomas Ogden was very impressed with the set up and explained how he was pleased that the team were able to apply a local food slant to the programme as he explained.  “We are doing a big project this year entitled ‘Why local food matters’ which is supported by the South Pennines Leader Fund.  We want to show people the journey that food makes from field to fork and being able to cook and enjoy locally produced food is an important part of this.” 

Aside from members passing the technique onto their families and friends the next stage is that they will pass their new found knowledge to visitors to their Local Food and Farming Exhibition which is held at the Bronte Vintage Gathering on the 8th and 9th May and the Yorkshire Young Farmers County Show at Pateley Bridge on 6th June.

 Also in attendance were Lamby and Beefy, the Club’s local food mascots and they will be used throughout the summer to get young people interested in the local food message. 

Anyone interested in joining Worth Valley YFC should visit our website: www.worthvalley.org for further details or contact Tom Ogden, Club Chairman on 07966625363. 

Further information from Andrew Wood on Andrew.wood@suerydercare.org

     

1st Feb 2010 

YFC CLUBS SIGN UP FOR RURAL APPRENTICE AND HAVE PLANS TO WORK HARD AT THE BVG

      

Members from three local YFC clubs receive their £50 investment fund from Foresters, Front,  Daisy Hammond (Worth Valley), Centre Joe Mitchell (Lothersdale) and rear Charlotte Ormondroyd (Aire Valley).

 Local Young Farmers Clubs have signed up to a fundraising challenge akin to the BBC’s The Apprentice where they will be putting their entrepreneurial skills to the test against clubs from throughout the country to raise vital funds for healthcare charity, Sue Ryder Care.

 

The Rural Apprentice Challenge, originally inspired by the amount of fundraising that Worth Valley YFC has done of recent years for Sue Ryder Care is organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NYFC) and challenges clubs to raise hundreds of pounds for Sue Ryder Care from an initial investment of £50 provided by Foresters, an international financial services organisation.   Members from Aire Valley, Worth Valley and Silsden with Skipton  have also been involved in the promotional DVD for the competition which is being used to encourage clubs to sign up all over England and Wales.  This can be viewed at www. www.nfyfc.org.uk/ruralapprentice .

 Clubs from across the district are already planning a range of activities some of which which take place at the Bronte Vintage Gathering held at Cullingworth on 8th and 9th May.  Worth Valley YFC will again be holding their charity wrestling show and possibly a ‘Gran Prix’ whilst members of Aire Valley YFC are raising a pig which they will kill and sell as a hog roast on the Sunday of the gathering.  All clubs throughout the country will have to be on top form to beat the winners of last years pilot competition held in Yorkshire, Aire Valley YFC. 

All money raised from local Young Farmers’ Clubs fundraising efforts will go directly to support Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice which cares for over 600 people in the Bradford Keighley Airedale and the dales.

Over 50 YFC clubs from across England have expressed an interest in participation and clubs are still signing up to take part though Worth Valley and other local clubs, Aire Valley, Silsden with Skipton and  Lothersdale can now start using their entrepreneurial skills to generate funds immediately.  Andrew Wood, Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Care, said: “Skills developed whilst attending YFCs - such as teamwork, good communication and problem solving - should equip participating club members to really thrive on this challenge and accomplish great things.   We know Young Farmers raise thousands of pounds each year for charities but get little credit for it and this competition is designed to celebrate their achievements.”

The NFYFC Rural Apprentice Challenge is running from November 2009 to October 2010.  A special awards ceremony will take place at the end of the Challenge to recognise and reward the Young Farmers’ Clubs that took part.

Steve Dilworth, Foresters UK Membership Director, said: “Foresters is delighted to support the NFYFC Rural Apprentice Challenge in aid of Sue Ryder Care. Foresters is keen to support young people’s fundraising work in the community and we are looking forward to seeing some wonderful results in the coming months.”

For more information on the Rural Apprentice Challenge and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/ruralapprentice .  For more information on Sue Ryder Care visit www.suerydercare.org.    For more information on Foresters please visit www.foresters.co.uk .

  

About Sue Ryder Care (www.suerydercare.org)

·         Sue Ryder Care supports people, their families and friends affected by conditions including Cancer, Stroke, Brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease

·         Sue Ryder Care has 14 care centres across the UK and provides 4 million hours of care per year

Sue Ryder Care provides 1.4 million home visits per year to people in need

·         Sue Ryder Care is one of the largest providers of specialist palliative and end of life care in the UK

·         Sue Ryder Care provides over 100,000 days of long-term residential neurological care each year

·         There are currently 6,000 volunteers supporting the charity’s work 

 

About the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (www.nfyfc.org.uk)

 

·         The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK and heads a nationwide body of 650 Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) throughout England and Wales dedicated to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside.

·         Led by young people, for young people, YFCs provide their 23,000 members aged 10 to 26 with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local community, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life.

 

3 About Foresters, (www.foresters.co.uk)

·         Foresters is an international financial services organisation which has operated in the UK, US and Canada for 135 years. We are committed to understanding your financial needs and to offering products and membership benefits, which will assist you with your financial security and peace of mind.

·         Last year our worldwide charity work involved nearly 1 million hours of community involvement, with Foresters members and employees assisting more than 400 charities. In the UK alone we raised £1.7m for worthwhile causes. We measure our success not only by financial strength, but also by the positive impact we have on our members’ communities.

 

 

 

 

 

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