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Junior award-winner Toby Lawton bids to come of age in farming contest

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 26, 2013

  • YOUNG WINNER . . . .Toby Lawton with his junior award in 2006

  • REGIONAL TITLE . . .Toby Lawton has won the West Midlands round

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ECCLESHALL Young Farmers’ chairman is hoping for victory in the YFC Member of the Year competition seven years after he scooped another national title.

Toby Lawton was just 16 when he was named National Junior Member of the Year back in 2006.

Now he is on his way to the National Senior Member of the Year competition after coming out on top in the West Midlands Area round, held in Hereford earlier this month.

Caroline Barlow, of Chase YFC, also represented Staffordshire in the senior section, while Hannah Gordon, of Leek YFC, and Eve Phillips, of Uttoxeter JNFU, took part in the junior competition.

Hannah, 16, who is her club’s treasurer, has won the area round and will go on to represent the area in the National finals on July 6 at the Staffordshire County Showground.

For this month’s competition, junior competitors had to produce a CV giving details of their activities within YFC over the previous 12 months.

An informal interview and power point presentation also took place on the day.

Senior competitors were required to complete an information sheet giving details of their experience with Young Farmers and attend an interview with the competition judges on the day.

Toby, 23, who works on the family farm in Weston Jones, near Telford, netted 122 out of a possible 140 marks.

He said: “I do strongly believe and feel that Young Farmers is one of the best youth organisations in the country.

“Not only is it a brilliant way of making friends for life but you get to meet so many new people from all over the country with the same interests.”

The national final will be held at the annual convention in Blackpool during the May Bank Holiday weekend.

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