‘Clowne Woman Up For Youth Award
Worksop Guardian Published Date: 28 August 2009
By Jen Foster
A CLOWNE woman who breathed new life into the struggling Worksop Young Farmers Club has been nominated for a Notts Young Person of the Year award.
Vicky Brightmore, 24, who lives on Low Road, has been put forward for the competition which rewards young role models. She joined Worksop YFC in 1999 where she followed in family footsteps because her parents, who still farm in the Sheffield area, were members of the same club. “When I initially joined it was a thriving club which won a few competitions and had the only YFC tug-of-war team in the county,” said Vicky. “When I re-joined, it was in a poor state, and I realised that somebody had to take on responsibility and get things moving again.” “It was hard work but great fun reviving the club, and it was well worth it. Our first large event was a harvest supper, which was attended by more than 100 people. I was delighted with this response.” Vicky was nominated by Louise Bateman, development officer for Notts Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.
The clubs are a social organisation – members do not have to be farmers but are expected to show an interest in rural issues. Vicky went to Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in 2003 and graduated with an honours degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management in 2007. Louise said that Vicky came back to Worksop Young Farmers Club (YFC) which had little structure with no-one taking on the responsibility for running it. “She volunteered her time and took on the role of chairman,” said Louise. “In reality she ended up running the club almost single handedly for the last two years.She has prepared the programme, acted as secretary, organised social events, and attended frequent county meetings.” “She took on the reins of the club and with her enthusiasm revitalised it and gave it new impetus. By her determination she got the members pulling together.” Under Vicky’s leadership, the club grew from 18 to 35 members, including a lot of juniors who require supervision, but now that has dropped back to 25 because of people going to university.
Vicky even won the title of Miss Notts YFC last year in recognition of her commitment and involvement with the organisation. Coun Lynn Sykes, deputy cabinet member for Children and Young People in Notts County Council, said: “Vicky sets a wonderful example to the other young people in her community, and we would love more people like her to be nominated for YOPEY.”’