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Over the years the Stalham has invited a series of leading speakers in the agricultural industry to address members. Although meetings were suspended from around 1916 to 1919 and again in the Second World War, the club’s long-term success has been helped by the loyalty of succeeding generations of members and officers.

There have only been eight presidents since the club was formed in December 1841 and some 15 secretaries during the same period.

In 2014 – it stands at 10 presidents and 16 secretaries.

NEWS

Blooming marvellous. Brunstead Blooms was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Farming today programme as part of the week’s focus on the home-grown flower sector. Louisa Butcher launched her business growing a range of flowers on almost half an acre as part of a diversification plan for the family’s arable farm, which is run by her husband William Sands, the club’s former chairman. Louisa told presenter Anna Hill that all her flowers are grown without pesticides or crop protection products and she also runs a series of workshops and a pick your own flower enterprise too. Members, who visited her flower garden at last year’s chairman’s farm, were mightily impressed by her enthusiasm. To hear the full interview, go to Sounds and BBC Radio 4, Farming Today, Friday, May 24 at about 5.50am. [24/05/24]
MONDAY, JULY 8 FARM WALK: - A joint farm walk with East Norfolk branch of the National Farmers' Union will be held by invitation of Tony and Emily Bambridge at Park Farm, Moorgate, Blickling NR11 6PU on Monday, July 8. starting promply at 6pm. This is a two-hour walk through part of Blickling Park, passing along a stretch of the River Bure and water meadows, taking in the herd of Lincoln Red cattle and the Haflingers as well as some of the arable cropping on the higher ground. To simplify arrangements, Tony will be pleased to lead members of Stalham Farmers' Club and the NFU on a walking tour - so sensible footwear/ clothing will be required. There is no provision for vehicles, it is strictly on foot only. Please arrive in good time for prompt departure at 6pm. There will be stops along the route with presentations including the following topics * A member of the National Trust team will talk about plans for re-planting and re-shaping the park and forestry. * Emily will talk about the Haflingers * Members of Blickling Fishing Club will outline river management and wild brown trout * Tony will talk about his Lincoln Red cattle. On return to Park Farm, a hog roast supper will be served with drinks - provided by Stalham Farmers' Club and the East Norfolk NFU branch. Numbers will be limited - so early application is advised. In addition, as parking is tight, please consider joining forces with neighbours/ friends to share transport. As numbers will be limited, there may be a waiting list. The organisers ask that members do not just turn up as they will be disappointed. Applications, please, preferably by email. They will be acknowledged - if you don't get confirmation in the following days, it may not have been received! Applications to - Michael Pollitt, secretary, Stalham Farmers' Club - michaelbpollitt@btinternet.com or telephone 01603 486997 or to NFU, North Walsham, office - email - northwalsham@nfumutual.co.uk or telephone 01692 402929 [22/05/24]
Annual dinner picture gallery Photographer Simon Finlay captured the magic of the latest annual dinner with more than 150 shots - and some candid images too. Flick through the slide show - go to Photo Gallery (left) and find Club Dinner 2024. [19/03/24]
Superb annual dinner:- A move to the Lodge, Salhouse, for the club’s annual dinner and presentation of prizes was a spectacular success. When retiring chairman William Sands thanked the team, there was loud applause from the company of 115 members and guests. The guest speaker Mark Nicholas, of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Agricultural Association, presented the awards and Mr Sands handed over the chairman’s gavel to his successor Jonathan Pye. It was also announced that Stalham’s John McLeod had won the inter-club supreme malting barley award with a sample of Maris Otter. Full story, see the Minutes and Reports on the left. [18/03/24]
February’s five inches of rainfall – Sunshine, wind and yet more rain on Friday, March 1. Rainfall recorder and Stalham Farmers’ Club member Alistair Wright logged almost three times more rainfall at Church Farm, Stalham, than the 32-year average for February. As a recorder for the Norfolk Rainfall Organisation, a total of 124.6mm (or almost five inches) fell during the 29 days of February. Average rainfall in February, 32-year average - 46.76mm and the 10-year average - 45.9mm. His late father, Nigel, started recording in 1971 and according to his records, the previous wettest February months were – 2010, 92.63mm; 1990, 77.8mm and 1977, 73.91mm. It does seem that the long-term trend is for heavier rainfall in the winter months. [01/03/24]


 
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Thu 13 June 2024

Next Event

Monday 08 July 2024
Summer Farm Walk with East Norfolk NFU
Park Farm, Blickling, NR11 6PU
Times: 6pm Sharp
A joint farm walk with East Norfolk branch of the National Farmers' Union will be held by invitation of Tony and Emily Bambridge at Park Farm, Moorgate, Blickling NR11 6PU on Monday, July 8. starting promply at 6pm.