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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.


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]
Get snapping for Stalham’s ‘Spring is Springing’ gallery: Why not take part in Stalham’s latest photographic challenge – following the great success of last year’s summer picture gallery of farming in east Norfolk. Website manager Tim Papworth would welcome your photographs, so please send your “snatch & grab” phone/ camera pictures to him. As February is set to be one of the wettest on record, he has already photographed some extraordinary scenes of erosion in fields across the county. Have you better or worse examples? And, as spring is “springing” and the days lengthen, let’s look forward to a brighter farming year. Why not share your shots of spring – anything from clumps of snowdrops to daffodils to sheep/ cattle/ horses grazing or signs of spring in the hedgerows. Almost 100 photographs taken by members were displayed in the gallery last year – can we do better? Send your snaps – of whatever quality – to tim@lfpapworth.co.uk [07/02/21]
Sugar Beet Competition Deadline: Michael needs the whole crop beet entries by close of play on Monday, October 5 - for judging on Wednesday. It would greatly assist the judge if details of the field size/ location could be submitted, with an indication of suggested field entrance. A map with OS reference/ Google/ or other identifying features would also help. Several entries have been received, so apologies for duplication. There is no entry fee for any of the competitions - and obviously, samples for the grain competitions will also be appreciated too. These may be left by permission of Neal Sands at Brunstead or delivered to the chairman, Chris Borrett. best wishes Michael Pollitt 01603 486997 [01/10/20]
Tractor tribute to Greg Anderson: A tractor tribute to one of farming’s gentlemen, Greg Anderson, took place in the back roads around east Norfolk on Sunday, September 13. Around 100 tractors and cars including a number of classic and veteran cars met at Hirsty’s Mega Maze at Hemsby before leaving on a 11-mile run through neighbouring villages in Martham, Filby and the Fleggs. Around 240 friends and members of the farming community paid tribute to Mr Anderson, aged 58, who died in a car accident at Stalham almost a month earlier. His brother-in-law Richard Hirst addressed the socially-distanced gathering in the extensive car park and spoke of the tragic loss of a true, farming, gentleman. Dozens of tractors of all colours lined up alongside a number of classic cars including a 1937 Lagonda and Tom and Abi Coller’s 1962 Ford Anglia – on its first outing for 18 years from the Pertwee & Back showroom. A massive 20-tonne breakdown lorry and a 1946 five-ton Bedford lorry, driven by Alan Beck, of Brunstead, near Stalham, and Fergus Anderson’s Ferret also joined the convoy, as well as the Happisburgh “honey cart.” Complying with Covid-19 rules, a planned hog roast and catering had been cancelled. The family later added: “We just wanted to say a very big thank you for coming on Sunday and showing such amazing support. “It was a wonderful tribute to Greg and we are sure that he would have loved the spectacle that you all had a hand in creating. “We are astounded that your contributions have helped us to raise more than £6,000 for YANA – thank you all so much for your generosity.” – Diana, James and Michael. [16/09/20]

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Mon 08 March 2021