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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.


A long-standing member Cyril Adams, of grain merchants Adams & Howling, died aged 81. He started the business at Wroxham in 1972 and it expanded over the years to become one of the country's leading specialists in malting barley. Born in Potter Heigham, he started selling animal feeds and supplies by cycling around the district from 1959 - on his then company transport - a bicycle. Full obituary - See Past Club Members on the left. [29/04/21]
Cyril Adams - A leading Norfolk agricultural merchant, Cyril Adams, died aged 81, on Thursday, April 22. He established the independent grain merchants, Adams & Howling, with Tony Howling in 1972 in rented offices at Wroxham railway station. Over the following six decades, under his leadership as chairman the business expanded, particularly specialising in handling and marketing malting barley. He was a long-standing member of Stalham Farmers' Club and also a great supporter of Holt & District Farmers' Club's competitions. Our thoughts are with his family. [23/04/21]
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]

Today's Date:
Thu 13 May 2021