FUW COUNTY NEWS

AGNLESEY

Creu Grŵp Agriscôp Gogledd Orllewin Cymru

Ynghyd â Siroedd Meirionnydd a Chaernarfon mae cangen UAC Ynys Môn wedi creu grŵp Agrisgop drwy Cyswllt Ffermio er mwyn rhannu syniadau a cheisio datblygu’r Undeb yn y Siroedd.

Dyma lun o’r criw yn ystod y cyfarfod cyntaf a gynhaliwyd ym Metws y Coed yn ddiweddar. Byddwn yn eich diweddaru ar weithgareddau’r grŵp yn fuan!

 

BRECON & RADNOR

Hustings evening

On Monday July 15, the Brecon and Radnor branch organised a hustings in the Greyhound Hotel, Builth Wells, for the recent by-election in the constituency following the re-call petition.

The candidates were Chris Davies (Welsh Conservatives and current MP), Jane Dodds (Welsh Lib Dems), Tomos Davies (Welsh Labour), Liz Davies (UKIP), Des Parkinson (The Brexit Party) and Lady Lily the Pink (Monster Raving Loony Party). The event was chaired by Brian Bowen, FUW Mid Wales Vice President.

The candidates were given five minutes to introduce themselves and outline their policies, before being asked some set questions by the Chair before the debate was thrown open to the floor and questions from the public.

The lively and informative debate covered topics such as future funding for the farming industry, mental health, mobile and broadband coverage. The event was well attended with about 75 members of the public,

covering both rural communities and local towns.
The event finished with a light-hearted question from a supporter of

the Monster Raving Loony Party asking all candidates which farm animal they would like to be.

Brecon and Radnor FUW would like to thank all the candidates for attending, to everyone for their questions and to the Greyhound Hotel for allowing us to hold the event at such short notice.

 

100 Club winners

Congratulations to our 100 Club winners D John, H Harries, R Edwards, E Roderick, P Phillips, G Phillips and D Powell – you should have all received your cheques by now.

If you would like to join our 100 Club for £10 a year with a chance to win the first prize of £50, please contact the office for a form. We hold two draws a year, March and September.

CAERNARFON

Dyddiad i’w gofio / Date for your diary

Rydym yn trefnu ymweliad fferm gyda Liz Saville-Roberts AS yn Ystumcegid Isaf, Cricieth ar ddydd Gwener Medi 13, croeso i bawb.

 

Diwrnod bendigedig yn Sioe Llanrwst

Dyma’r tîm a oedd yn barod iawn i roi croeso i bawb yn Sioe Llanrwst yn ddiweddar.

Cafwyd diwrnod gwych ar ddyddiad gwahanol i’r arfer oherwydd presenoldeb yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol ym mis Awst.

Ond o ganlyniad i gael diwrnod llwyddiannus tu hwnt, gyda niferoedd yr anifeiliaid yn cystadlu wedi cynyddu yn sylweddol, mae Pwyllgor y Sioe yn ystyried newid i benwythnos olaf mis Mehefin yn barhaol.

Cafwyd tywydd bendigedig gyda chystadlu brwd a chroeso, paned a chacen gwerth chweil ar stondin yr Undeb yno.

This was the team who welcomed everyone at Llanrwst Show recently. It was a great day held on a different date to the usual because of the National Eisteddfod in August. But due to the success of the day, with the numbers of animal exhibitors increasing significantly, the Show Committee is considering permanently changing the date to the last weekend of June. We had some wonderful weather, fierce competition and a warm welcome, cup of tea and lovely cake on the Union’s stand.

 

CARMARTHEN

Angela raises money for President’s charities

Carmarthen FUWIS Senior Account Handler Angela Williams braved the hot weather to complete Sospan 10k run on June 29 and Porthcawl 10k run on July 7 to raise money for FUW President’s charities Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and the Farming Community Network (FCN) – well done Angela!

CEREDIGION

Cyfarfod blynyddol

Ar nos Fawrth Gorffennaf 9 cynhaliwyd Cyfarfod Blynyddol y Sir yn y Moody Cow, Llwyncelyn. Cafwyd noson ddiddorol iawn yng nghwmni ein siaradwraig wadd Emma Picton- Jones, o DPJ Foundation. Diolch iddi hi am ei phresenoldeb. Etholwyd Morys Ioan yn Gadeirydd y Sir am y ddwy flynedd nesaf.

On Tuesday July 9 the County’s AGM was held at the Moody Cow, Llwyncelyn. We had a very interesting evening with our guest speaker Emma Picton-Jones, from the DPJ Foundation. Thanks to her for her presence. Morys Ioan was elected as County Chairman for the next two years.

Sioe Llanbed Show

Ar ddydd Sadwrn Gorffennaf 6 mynychwyd Sioe Llanbed lle cafwyd diwrnod prysur iawn yn croesawu aelodau i’r stondin.

 

DENBIGH & FLINT

Sioe Llanrwst Show

O’r chwith, Uwch Weithredwr Yswiriant FUWIS Dafydd Jones, Swyddog Gweithredol UAC Sir Dinbych a Fflint Mari Jones, Janet Finch Saunders AS a’i chynorthwyydd personol Mostyn Jones ar stondin yr Undeb yn Sioe Llanrwst.

From left, FUWIS Senior Account Executive Dafydd Jones, FUW Denbigh and Flint County Executive Officer

Mari Jones, Janet Finch Saunders AM and her personal assistant Mostyn Jones on the FUW stand at Llanrwst Show.

Denbigh and Flint county exec meetings

We had a very informative presentation from Lowri Evans, British Wool Board, at both the Denbigh and Flint County Exec meetings last month. She explained a bit about the way they are now marketing the wool and how China is a quick growing market for our wool, many thanks to her for joining us.

Health and Safety event

We are organising a Health and Safety Event at Plas Bedw, Pentrecelyn on September 6 from 10am – 1pm. Cattle handling, ATV and First Aid demonstrations. Please contact Ruthin office for further details and also to RSVP due to catering requirements.

DPJ Charity social event

A DPJ Charity social event is being organised at Plas Bedw, Pentrecelyn on September 14 at 7.30pm – entertainment and food. Tickets £15 per person. Please contact the Ruthin Office for further details and to purchase tickets for the evening.

GLAMORGAN

Cymru Country Crime Stoppers programme

A new campaign to cut country crime across Glamorgan has been launched to put an end to opportunist thieves stealing valuable agricultural equipment and tools.

The FUW Glamorgan county team have already been in talks with South Wales Police Commissioner Alun Michael over the increasing number of thefts and vandalism in the region.

Working with South Wales Police,* FUW County Executive Officer Rachel Saunders and members of the union’s county executive are putting in place new measures to identify and prevent rural crime.

“There are increasing numbers of incidents where valuable machinery has been taken, and it has proven to be impossible to retrieve it,” said Rachel.

“Now, by building closer links between our members and the
police, we aim to turn this round and make would-be thieves think again about targeting South Wales.”

First step in the campaign is to build links across the region’s farming community, making landowners – whether they are members or not – aware that there is support out there.

“The problem we have identified is that many farmers just don’t report random crime, for one reason or another. Our message is that everyone in the countryside needs to  report even the most trivial offence to the police, and get a crime number,” said Rachel.

“Then we ask that they should call us on 01446 774838 or email: glamorgan@fuw.org.uk, or call in to the county office, so that we can keep a centralised record of all the crimes that have been committed, then we can get a clear idea of what the current situation is,” she said.

The aim is to evaluate just what the crime levels are, the most vulnerable targets and which areas across the South Wales force are primary targets for thieves, so that police resources can be best used.

“With this empirical evidence we shall be able to report back to the Police Commissioner at further meetings, and working together, find new ways of making South Wales a ‘no-go’ for criminals,” said Rachel. “The message is simple – working together and integrated co-operation means we shall be able to make a difference,” she added.

The new campaign will start rolling out at the local county shows across the region, with promotional material and advice on how to protect your property and possessions from theft.

*South Wales Police rural crime team. Representative (Superintendent) at the All Wales Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs Board. Mark Goulding also attends.

Walter Rowlands Memorial Award

We launched the Walter Rowlands Memorial Award at the Vale Show which took place on August 8 – this is a grant awarded to an agricultural student commencing studies in September 2019.

We ask for a short application with (i) personal details and information about background, (ii) what you are studying and (iii) what you would like to do in the future – to be e-mailed to glamorgan@fuw.org.uk

The deadline is August 31 2019. Our County Executive Committee will be choosing a winner and we will be presenting the £200 grant at an evening meeting in Autumn 2019.

 

GWENT

Gwent stockman shines at the English National

Aled Groucott from Hafodyrynys in Gwent enjoyed terrific success at the recent English National show in Malvern.

Aled and his partner Holly Jones, won the overall Supreme Championship with their Beltex Yearling Ewe “Swffryd Diamante ET”.

They also won the any other breed Championship with a Balwen yearling ewe, and were Badger Champions with another yearling ewe.

Aled is the son of FUW members Martin and Anne Groucott, Swffryd Farm, Hafodyrynys. The Groucott family have a long association with the Gwent Branch of the FUW, with Martin and his brother Gary being lifelong members, while their father Haydn was one of the founder members of the Union in Gwent, or Monmouthshire as it was then called.

MEIRIONNYDD

Ymweliadau fferm

Cafwyd ymweliadau fferm lwyddiannus iawn o amgylch ardal Llanfrothen ar Orffennaf 12. Rydym yn ddiolchgar iawn i Lewis a Rhys Williams, Garreghylldrem, Dafydd a Tomos Jones, Glan y Wern a Glyn Griffiths, Tŷ Mawr am y croeso cynnes.

Braf oedd cael gweld yr aelodau wrth eu gwaith, a chafwyd amlinelliad gan bob un am gefndir y fferm, eu system amaethu, mentrau arallgyfeirio ynghyd a’r busnesau lleol sydd yn gysylltiedig ac wedi elwa o amaethu. Roedd yn gyfle gwych i weld cyfraniad amaeth i’r economi a’r gyflogaeth sydd cael eu creu yn y gymdeithas wledig.

Rydym yn ddiolchgar iawn i Glyn Roberts, Llywydd yr Undeb am roi ei amser i ddod i Feirionnydd ac i Liz Saville Roberts AS am ei chefnogaeth.

A series of successful farm visits were held in the Llanfrothen area on July 12. We are very grateful to Lewis and Rhys Williams, Garreghylldrem, Dafydd and Tomos Jones, Glan y Wern and Glyn Griffiths, Tŷ Mawr for the warm welcome.

It was a pleasure to see the members in their work environment, and each of them gave an outline of the farm’s background, their farming system, diversification initiatives as well as the local businesses involved and who benefit from farming. It was a great opportunity to see agriculture’s contribution to the economy and the employment created in the rural community. We are very grateful to Glyn Roberts, FUW President for his presence and Liz Saville Roberts MP for her support.

 

MONTGOMERYSHIRE

Meeting with Russell George AM

County Executive Officer Emyr Wyn Davies with Montgomeryshire AM Russell George.

Emyr Wyn Davies, County Executive Officer, had a very productive meeting with Russell George AM discussing #FarmingMatters. Nitrate Vulnerable Zones, the FUW’s campaign on preventing dog attacks, Rewilding, Brexit and Mental Health in Agriculture were among the issues discussed.

Eisteddfod Talaith a Chadair Powys Dyffryn Banw 2019

County Chairman Mr Bryn Francis and County Executive Officer Mr Emyr Wyn Davies attended the presentation of the Eisteddfod Talaith a Chadair Powys Dyffryn Banw 2019 Chair at Llanerfyl on Friday July 5 2019.

The FUW Montgomeryshire branch sponsored the Chair along with Cymdeithas Hanes Dyffryn Banw, Capel yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg – Birmingham, personal contribution from Emyr and Evelyn Davies, and Eluned Mai Porter.

The Eisteddfod Chair was made by local designer Carwyn Owen of Rhiwfelen, Foel.

 

Informative presentation

A very informative and thought provoking presentation was provided by Mr Brian Rees, Farming Connect Mentor and Health and Safety Specialist at our recent county executive meeting.

Mr Rees informed members of the common risks on farm, which can lead to fatal accidents and discussed preventative measures. He also discussed relevant health and safety legislation affecting the agricultural sector.

The County would like to sincerely thank Mr Rees for his attendance and expert knowledge on Farm Safety.

PEMBROKESHIRE

Agricultural Waste Exemptions

Many of you will have agricultural waste exemptions which will need to be renewed during the next three months.

As everyone will have a different expiry date we recommend that you dig out your copy now to establish when they are due to be renewed so that you have plenty of time to take the appropriate action. If you need any assistance when it comes to renewing you exemptions please get in touch.

 

An Evening With The Welsh Whisperer – tickets on sale

Tickets are now available for our Evening With The Welsh Whisperer, which will be held on Friday October 11 2019, in aid of two amazing local charities, The DPJ Foundation and Farms For City Children in St David’s.

The evening will be held at Maenclochog Community Hall and will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 each and include a two course meal, but please note that they must be purchased in advance

To book your ticket or to find out more please contact the county office on 01437 762913 or e-mail pembrokeshire@fuw.org.uk

 

Pembrokeshire County Show

We extend an invitation to you and your family to visit our stand, B13, by the Grand Arena, at this year’s County Show running between 13 and 15 August.

We have a busy three days of activities planned for the show, including a new children’s area where there will be an opportunity to enter our colouring competition to win Puddle’s the Pig’s cuddly cousin.

FUW Insurance Services will also be holding a prize draw so don’t forget to enter to be in with a chance of winning a £50 high street voucher.

We have provided below a timetable of what will be happening each day, but don’t forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page, ‘FUW Pembrokeshire’ for further updates.

Tuesday August 13

• 10.30am – 11.30am & 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Members of staff from Trading Standards Consumer Safeguarding Team will be with us to offer advice and assistance on how to spot scams and protect yourself from them.

• 10.30am – 2pm – Members of staff from the Department of Work and Pensions will be with us to provide advice and guidance linked to mental health support, retention of staff and recruitment.

• 11am – 3pm – Members of staff from KeBek Ltd, will be on hand to offer practical nutrient management advice, including clean and dirty water separation and slurry storage and information on changes to water abstraction licensing.

• 2pm – 3.30pm – Jeremy Turner from Mid & West Wales Fire Service, will be on hand to offer farm fire safety and safe burning advice and to explain what assistance the fire service can provide to farmers.

Wednesday August 14

• 10 – 3pm – Philip Meade, of Davis Meade Property Consultants, one of the Union’s land agents, will be with us to provide advice on a variety of issues ranging from rent reviews to telephone mast contracts.

• 10am – 1pm – Emma Taylor, from Building Resilience in Catchments (BRICs), will be with us to provide information on their research project into reducing the level of nutrients entering the Milford Haven Waterway through improving water, nutrient and habitat management on farms.

• 10.30am – 11.30am & 2.30pm – 3.30pm – Members of staff from Trading Standards Consumer Safeguarding Team.
• 10.30am – 2pm – Members of staff from the Department of Work and Pensions.

• 11am – 3pm – Members of staff from KeBek Ltd.
• 2.00pm to 3.30pm – Jeremy Turner from Mid & West Wales Fire Service.

Thursday August 15

• 10.30am – 2pm – Members of staff from the Department of Work and Pensions.
• 11am – 3pm – Members of staff from KeBek Ltd.

• 2pm – 3.30pm – Jeremy Turner from Mid & West Wales Fire Service

We look forward to seeing you.

 

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