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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.


Stalham Farmers News: - As the days lengthen and spring temperatures start to rise, a summer programme for Stalham Farmers’ Club is being planned. First, an early evening walking tour of an award-winning north Norfolk farm is planned for Tuesday, July 6. Although attendance may be limited and details cannot be confirmed at this stage because of Covid-19, please make a note in your diary. It is also hoped to arrange the annual clay pigeon shoot against Holt & District Farmers’ Club, probably again in early July. [08/04/21]
Family affair: - In what has been an extraordinary year and for the first time, the inter-club award for the supreme sample of malting barley was shared between Stalham and Holt Clubs. Stalham’s chairman, Chris Borrett, explained that Edward De Feyter, of C H Callow, of East Ruston, won the barley championship with a sample of Flagon. His father, Graham, of Edingthorpe, entered a similar Flagon sample from Holt – so there was no contest between father and son and the club honours are even. [08/04/21]
Crop competitions: - As the longest beet campaign in British Sugar’s history nears completion, it is also hoped to report the results of the Cantley Cup for best overall performance by a member after the factory slices out on or after Monday, April 12. As one of the club’s longest-serving judges has announced his retirement, it is fitting to announce the results of the club’s whole-crop beet competition. Ken Matthews, who joined Stalham Farmers’ Club in 1967 and has been the mainstay of beet judging for the past 54 years, has decided to stand down. A combination, he says of old age and the challenging of walking through hundreds of acres of beet, has forced his reluctant retirement. The club sends best wishes for his retirement. Despite the various Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns, it was possible to judge crops across a large spread of east Norfolk including one 110-acre (44ha) field and another 70-acre (28ha) block in early October. It was not possible because of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions to judge the best two-acre beet competition. My apologies. Whole crop beet cup The winner cup – Robert Cook, of Boundary Farm, Ingham. The runner-up was Milligen McLeod, of East Ruston, and in third place, LF Papworth, of Felmingham with a field at Goulders Farm. Two points split the top three crops. Potato Cup Another long-standing judge, Denis Walsh, ran his experienced eye over a fascinating selection of crops. The winner was the club’s president, Thomas Love, with a crop of Innovator, grown by Brumstead Church and entered by his son William. The runner-up was a field of Desiree grown by William Sands, also at Brumstead, and in third place, another crop of Innovator, grown for Lamb Weston by Robin Baines at Church Farm, Tunstead. The grain competition was also judged. Barley 1. C H Callow, Edward De Feyter, East Ruston (Flagon) 2. Milligen McLeod, East Ruston (Choice) 3. Andrew Alston, Catfield (Laureate) Wheat 1. Milligen McLeod 2. LF Papworth 3. B R Ellis & Son, Hickling. [08/04/21]
Congratulations - One of Stalham’s veteran members celebrated his 90th birthday in typical fashion – walking. Ken Leggett, who is a former chairman, had his 90th birthday on Saturday, January 20 – and has just completed his 50th “park run” at Catton Park. His son, Peter, joined him for the three-mile walk on Sunday, February 21. While official parkruns have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have said that participants can still log their times. The Old Catton and Sprowston West councillor was described by his family as "pretty fit" having played tennis twice a week for 60 years, and enjoyed long distance walks, including six treks in the Himalayas. Mr Leggett, MBE, who helped to secure grant funding to restore Catton Park, said: "I did it in an hour and 10 minutes which for me is quite good.” His son Peter was walking ahead of his father as he completed his goal. "He's been doing it since park runs began. He has always been a pretty fit chap, he added. Mr Leggett, who was chairman in 2000, gave an illustrated talk to members about his walking tour of Nepal, which included some fantastic shots of Everest. [21/02/21]
President highlights sugar beet crisis Hundreds of acres of sugar beet across Norfolk have not been lifted, said leading east Norfolk farmer and club president Thomas Love. Speaking to Anna Hill on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Farming Today, he had 60 ha or 150 acres of beet to lift in his part of coastal east Norfolk. There were hundreds of acres of beet still in the ground, he said. In a masterly understatement, Mr Love said that growers were in a “bit of a muddle” because of the wet weather, snow and ice. He suggested that it could take up to a mo nth for the ground to dry and for beet to be lifted. British Sugar’s Cantley factory was open while all the others had sliced out. Given the volume of the crop to be harvested, he hoped that British Sugar might consider keeping Cantley open beyond March 12. With rising world demand for sugar and higher global prices, it would make sense to process as much of crop as possible, he said. To hear the full interview, BBC Sounds, Farming Today, 5.45am, Wednesday, February 17. [17/02/21]

Today's Date:
Wed 14 April 2021