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Young farmers pick up top competition titles

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • WINNERS: Sarah Bellew and Holly Gilbert.

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TARKA and North Devon groups of young farmers took some top honours when the county federation met for its entertainments and choirs competitions, and to choose its members of the year.

The shows were presented by six different groups at Exmouth Pavilions, members performed sketches, songs and dance routines.

Woolsery YFC's Chris Harding was named best male actor, and Laura Grist of Cheriton and Tedburn YFC, best female actor. She took part in the overall winners performance by Cheriton and Tedburn who go on to represent the South West Area competitions in Newquay on Sunday.

Meanwhile it was the Tarka Group choir who impressed the judges most and won the county competition. They will also represent Devon Federation on Sunday.

Each group put forward its favourite for the competition to find Devon YFC's junior and senior members of the year.

For the seniors that meant facing questions from county chairman Chris Berry on stage in front of the audience.

All the competitors had to make presentations before two judges off stage.

Sarah Bellew (Tarka Group YFC) was named the senior winner, with Claire Bellew (Exe Valley Group YFC) in second place, and Bryony Berry (Haldon Group YFC) in third place.

In the juniors Holly Gilbert (Haldon Group YFC) was named winner, with Jess Brayley (North Devon Group YFC) in second place and Jess McCoy (South Dartmoor Group YFC) third.

Sarah and Holly will go on to the South West Area round in Newquay to represent Devon.

Later a team comprising Becky Grist, Ross Thompson, Caroline Trude, Kirsty Reed and Mark Glanvill, from various YFCs,won the senior debating competition.

The county's young farmers will join colleagues from Wiltshire, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset in Newquay, this weekend for the annual South West Area Weekend, where they will compete in competitions including public speaking, netball, ten pin bowling and disco dancing.

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