Newton St Cyres Young Farmers Tug of War Club calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund.
Haldon Tug of War Club have been shortlisted in Tesco's Bags of Help scheme in the two Crediton stores across January and February 2018
Tug of War Club calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund
Haldon Tug of War Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant with smaller grants of £2,000 and £1,000 given to the second and third place respectively.
Haldon Tug of War Club is one of the groups on the shortlist. The club started in 2011 and train in Kingsteignton and compete in the England Outdoor Tug of War Association league. The club are fundraising for kit, training and travel costs for the 2018 season which involves competitions across the country, with the aim to compete in the 2018 TWIF World Outdoor Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.
Emma Davie, caption of the ladies team said; ‘We are really grateful to Tesco for giving us the opportunity to raise funds for the team. We train really hard throughout the season, and after a successful year for both the men’s and ladies team, we hope to improve our style, technique and fitness for the 2018 season. The money will help to cover costs of entry fees and equipment which is self-funded by the team.’
The ladies team celebrated a triumph at the British and Irish Championships in Scotland earlier this year where they won Gold in the 560kg open and closed competition, and Silver at the European Championships which were held in Southport.
The men’s team won the Far Western Area Friday night league and also the Far Western Area Championships in the 600kg, 640kg, 680kg and 720kg categories.
The Club was also recognised in the recent Teignbridge Sports and Community Awards where they collected third place in the Sports Team of the Year category, and Georgina Davie collected first place in the contribution to PR and Media in Sports and the Community.
Voting for the bags of help scheme is open in the two Tesco stores in Crediton throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop, and the Haldon Tug of War team would really appreciate your help.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
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On 18th April the club held an Easter Bingo with a raffle, at Thorverton Village Hall raising £229.50 for Devon Freewheelers. Members were inspired to raise money for this fantastic charity after volunteer, Kevin Balding, gave a really interesting talk at our meeting on 28th March.
Devon Freewheelers consist of a team of 37 volunteer Emergency Vehicle Drivers who provide an out of hours service, supporting the NHS, by transporting blood, medication, samples and donor breast milk around Devon and beyond.
Members have recently returned from the National AGM at Torquay where a great time was had by all. Newton St Cyres was awarded the title ‘Club of Convention’ meaning that members got the chance to meet some of the Radio 1 team including Scott Mills, Chris Stark and Matt Edmondson.
For more information about joining the club, contact Georgina on 07801273424.
Haldon Group Tug of War team would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to our Bingo Fundraiser at The Waie Inn. on Thursday 28th July! The team raised £666 which will go towards their England Tug of War kit, tracksuits and blazers. The ladies team would like to say a big thanks to Morrisons in Crediton for donating the chicken dinners, Quicke's Farm Shop for the cheese hamper, Mole Avon Trading Ltd for the BBQ, Hazel Evely for being the super bingo caller, and all the individuals who donated prizes on the night. On Saturday 13th August the ladies team will be representing England at the British & Irish Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Wales. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Haldon YFC Tug Of War and The Tug of War Association - England pages on Facebook.
Haldon Ladies are representing England, at the British and Irish Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Llandrindod Wells, Wales on Saturday 13th August.
Georgia Woodman, Georgina Davie, Alice Palfrey, NFYFC Chairman Chris Manley, Jess Palfrey and Emma Davie jumping for joy as they rope in £666 from their bingo fundraiser.
Haldon Group from the Devon Young Farmers Federation competed in the National Outdoor Tug of War Championships which took place at Macclesfield Rugby Club in Cheshire on Saturday 18th June.
Tug of war teams from all over England took part in the event which was held by the Tug of War Association with Macclesfield Rugby Club, with a total of 18 clubs taking part throughout the day.
The Haldon Ladies team took home bronze medals in the 500kg and 540kg weight categories, an excellent result for their National debut.
Emma Davie, captain of the team said ‘It was a great experience to compete in a competition at a very high level, pulling against teams who have represented England in previous years. We learnt a lot from watching other teams pull, and we hope this will help us improve our technique and skills in the future.’
Haldon Ladies also recently won the Devon Young Farmers county finals of Tug of War, therefore will compete in the South West Area finals on Sunday 26th June at Kingston Maurward in Dorchester.
Halden Group Honours in National Dance Competition Finals
Blackpool hosted the National Young Farmers ballroom dancing competition finals in May, which saw eight teams from across England and Wales compete.
Haldon Group of Young Farmers representing Devon were delighted to walk away with a well-deserved third place, in the finals which saw stiff competition from other teams. Clun Valley YFC from Shropshire and Hermon YFC from Pembrokeshire came first and second respectively.
Each team had to perform a dance that included two elements of Latin and two from ballroom, with music and costumes reflecting the theme ‘Tomorrow’s World’.
Haldon Young Farmers was a mixed team from Cheriton & Tedburn, Bow, Newton St Cyres and Kenn Valley and included Dan Grist, Alice Giles, Matt Hurell, Katie Grist, Georgina Davie, Zoe Burrow, Ben Rowe, Bryony Berry, Laura Girst and Ed Quicke.
The team worked on the performance over the last few months, with weekly practises to improve technique and timing.
Youngest member of the dance group, 16 year old Zoe Burrow, choreographed the dance after watching YouTube videos to get the basic steps.
“Zoe did an amazing job choreographing us, bearing in mind we hadn’t danced ballroom before, she taught us the basic steps and then we worked hard to develop lifts and more advanced moves.” Said Georgina Davie.
The National Finals were judged by Carol May and Lewis Danson from the Carol May Dance Academy who said that the standard was very high, making it a difficult decision for them to make.
The Haldon Group dance team would like to thank all the young farmers who supported them at the finals, and to family and friends who travelled to Blackpool for the day to watch the performance.
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