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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.


Crop competitions – grain, sugar beet and potatoes. Congratulations to the latest winner of the Cantley Cup – awarded for the highest overall yield by a grower. Alan Beck, of Brunstead, and his son, Geoff, have won the 2020 Cantley Cup, for the first time. C N Beck & Sons, of Brunstead Hall, near Stalham, won the whole crop competition in 2017. The runner-up was Milligen McLeod, of East Ruston, and in third place, Andrew Alston, of Catfield. Apologies for the delay in reporting the results. The Club would like to thank Sarah Bebb, of British Sugar, for her help with the competition. Barley & wheat samples, please. As combines prepare to roll across the county in earnest, entries for the two grain competitions will be welcome. There’s no charge to enter samples, which can be delivered to the club chairman, Chris Borrett, of grain merchants, Adams & Howling, or brought to future club events. Members may recall that for the first time in the history of the inter-club malting barley competition, there was a tie in 2020. A sample grown by Edward de Feyter, of C H Callow and partners, of East Ruston, was a joint winner with his father Graham, of Edingthorpe, who won the Holt title. In 2019, Stalham won the supreme title with a sample grown by George Gay, of Mautby Farms. Sugar beet entries It is planned to judge the two sugar beet competitions in late September and in October. There’s no entry fee. Entries, please, to the secretary for the whole crop by September 10. The field map/ location should show the size and also details of the gate/access point too. Entries must be at least 15 acres. Entries may be emailed – michaelbpollitt@btinternet.com It is planned to hold the best two-acre competition this year – apologies that it did not take place in 2020. Again, a map showing the best area of the field would be appreciated by September 10. Potato Cup Entries are invited for the Potato Cup, which was won last year by the club’s president, Thomas Love. Please send entries by Friday, August 5, please. Again, a field map/ location and size of crop are needed. Also, please indicate variety and expected use. Email entries to michaelbpollitt@btinternet.com Future programme activities It is hoped to resume club activities in the coming weeks and months and even possibly some indoor meetings. At this stage, nothing is planned but any suggestions will be much appreciated. Please contact the secretary, Michael Pollitt (01603 486997) or the chairman, Chris Borrett, with your thoughts. [19/07/21]
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]

Today's Date:
Wed 04 August 2021