Young farmers in the South West have once again proved themselves to be a benevolent bunch, after holding a series of charitable events.
Wiveliscombe Young Farmers Club held a charity 'ploughathon' in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at Chilcombe Park Farm near Wiveliscombe, by kind permission of Robert Herrod.
The event raised an astonishing £1,260 as well as being an agricultural showcase for good traditional farming.
The Wellington and Taunton clubs celebrated their 20th anniversary by holding a dinner and dance at Somerset County Cricket Club, attended by 230 people.
Guests were regaled by David Mitchell, from Mitchell Chartered Accountants, who spoke about the history of the two clubs, and how they merged 20 years ago.
There was an auction of promises with auctioneer Jack Mitchell, which raised over £2,500 on the night.
All proceeds from the auction are going to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Club secretary Nicola Palfrey organised this dinner while in training for the London Marathon, which she managed to complete in under six hours.
The club kindly donated the proceeds from their Christmas carol singing to Nicola's charity which was St Johns Ambulance, which helped total over £3,000 to this good cause.
Yeovil YFC have enjoyed their social evening and provided the much-anticipated entertainment.
Polden Hills, Ilminster and Crewkerne clubs all had Easter Bingo’s, and many members also attended the annual national convention in Torquay.
The Wedmore club put on a wonderful display of stock showmanship at their recent annual show, held at the George Hotel at Wedmore.
A total of 14 beef stock and dairy classes, kindly sponsored by Wyke Farms, as well as a lamb and pig show, ensure farming and agriculture is at the heart of this club, and the judges commented on the extremely high quality of stock on display this year.
Non-farming members were also entertained, as a plethora of handicrafts were on display such as artwork, wood and metal work, crafts and home baking that the members competed in.
County officer Wayne Pople has received a community award from Sedgemoor council, which is given to those who go above and beyond to help out in their local communities.
Wayne was nominated by the council in recognition of his work with Polden Hills and Somerset young farmers, and the council were delighted to award this to a young person in the community.
At club level, Wayne has been chairman and was for four years the secretary, which led to chairing Sedgemoor Group, becoming the Rally vice chairman as well as being heavily involved with the county marquee at the Royal Bath and West Show for the past five years.
Warne was one of just 18 people who were recognised by the council as being exceptional.