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Special 175th anniversary open committee

Programme of visits and anniversary party planned.

Meeting at the White Horse, Neatishead, on Wednesday, July 8.

Present – Luke Paterson, chairman; Jonathan Deane, vice-chairman, Christopher Deane, Tim Papworth, Alison Ritchie and Michael Pollitt, secretary/ treasurer.

Apologies were received from the president, William Donald; Ken Leggett, John Purling, Sally Stanton.

A special planning meeting to mark the 175th anniversary was held. At the previous evening’s farm walk, the chairman had repeated the invitation for any members to attend the informal committee.

To mark club’s formation in December 1841, it was suggested that a series of events could be held straddling the formal anniversary in December 2016.

In addition to the regular programme of winter meetings, already in place until the March 2016 dinner, the secretary reported as follows

1 Stanford battle area tour – A provisional booking has been made for a later afternoon visit for a maximum 50 in either June or July 2016 – starting at West Tofts.

A firm date could not be agreed until October 2015 when military requirements were known.

After discussion, it was suggested that a coach could run from Stalham to incorporate a visit to a nearby farm before the Stanta tour.

2 Pasta Foods, Longwater, opposite the Norfolk showground. Dates flexible.

A possible October 2016 early evening tour date was suggested.

3 Invitation by RNAA president, Robert Carter, to visit Letheringsett Old Hall to see the gardens and hear about the farming business in spring 2016. A date to be agreed.

4 Summer party – Jonathan Deane outlined a possible summer gathering next year – probably drinks and canapés – following an invitation by long-standing member, Peter Boardman at How Hill. This was unanimously supported.

JD agreed to head a small working group to make arrangements and also secure sponsorship. He hoped to confirm a date soon for what could be a charity fund-raising event.

5 It was also agreed that the December 2016 meeting would include elements to mark the actual 175th anniversary.

Further discussion followed and Tim Papworth said that the club could look to support an event to encourage teachers to learn more about the food and farming industry. He also suggested that the club should consider producing a polo-style shirt, which might appeal to more members.

175th members’ survey. The secretary suggested inviting members to complete a 2016 return of the farming business – cropping plans etc – to be “sealed” for opening in 25 years – 2041, the club’s 200th anniversary. This was also supported.

There was further support for other social activities including a cruise on the Broads in 2017, and also a possible trip to Kettle Foods.

It was also agreed to plan a revival of the inter-club clay shoot or even an internal informal clay shoot for Stalham members.

There was also backing for a possible tractor run/ vintage car/ machinery in 2017.

In terms of the forthcoming programme for 2015/16, it was hoped to fix as many dates as possible. Discussions would be held with Holt Farmers’ about holding the annual inter-club bowls match away from the half-term holiday in late February if possible.

Any member, who has other ideas or would like to help, should contact the secretary, chairman or vice chairman.