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Public speaking success for young farmers club

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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A YOUNG farmers club based at a school near Rocester finished a creditable third place in a public speaking competition – just a month after it was formed.

Abbotsholme Young Farmers Club (YFC) won third place in the county public speaking competition.

Abbotsholme YFC pupils took part in three competitions – junior public speaking, 16 and under speaking, and the intermediate brain trust.

In the latter two competitions, Abbotsholme pupils picked up commendations for their performances, and in the brain trust it fielded the youngest team and came only a point off gaining third place.

In the junior section, Toby Hall, aged 12, spoke for six minutes in the 16 and under competition on Toby Jugs.

Toby, along with 15-year-old Joanna Walker and 12-year-old Rachel Ekstein, went on to gain first place in the public speaking competition, in which they had to read a passage from War Horse.

It was their introduction and outline of how War Horse came to be written that impressed the judges.

Toby said of the junior section win and the experience: “I was really nervous but I enjoyed doing the speech very much.”

Christina Liddle, head of estate education at Abbotsholme, added that the school was extremely proud of the club’s achievements.

She said: “I am really proud of them all for having a go in a competition that they have never seen or been to before.

“They were a real credit to Abbotsholme and did an excellent job.”

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