Forfar Junior Agricultural Club was recently named Club of the Year by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Club (SAYFC).
The award recognises the club’s contribution to the local community as well as its wealth of activities and the support it offers its members.
Established in 1943, the club covers Inverarity, Tealing, Glamis, Kirriemuir and the glens, Letham and Carmyllie.
Commenting on their win, and spokeswoman for the committee put its success down to its willingness to work with other groups and the scope of its activities programme; this includes car treasure hunts, visits to local companies, farm walks, stockjudging and talks from professionals.
It also welcomes members from the wider community.
She said: “We hold a number of joint meetings with other clubs which allows us to share ideas and socialise with other young people. It also allows us to share some of the organisation and in doing so means we can offer more to our members. As a result we have a strong club engagement and this is supported by a very efficient committee. “SAYFC is for anyone who wants to join a fun, social group that is for those between 14 and 30 years old. We have members who are teachers, accountants, leasing consultants and graphic designers some of who don¹t have any interest in farming but want to join a young rural cop accp;aommunity.
“We are going from strength to strength and being able to give money to local charities each year is really important to us as it supports our local community. We hold fundraising events which includes our popular annual dung sale in November and more recently a sponsored bike ride round Glen Clova.”
Anyone wishing to join the club can do so via the SAYFC website (www.sayfc.org) and completing the ‘join us’ form which will be forwarded to the club.
It also has a facebook page, Forfar JAC, where news and events are added or club secretary Hannah Muir can be contacted on 07745 614202 for more details.