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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.


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]
Stalham wins supreme barley trophy: For the first time in years, Stalham has clinched the supreme inter-club barley competition. The two best samples, as selected by Bob King, of the Crisp Malting Group, from Stalham and Holt & District Farmers’ Club, were judged. The supreme champion sample was the spring barley, Laureate, grown in 2019 by a former club chairman George Gay, of Mautby Farms. The reserve championship went to the competition’s multiple former winner, William Mack, of Hempstead Hall, near Holt, with the spring barley variety, Propino. He had won his club’s malting barley trophy for the past three years. The result should have been announced at Stalham’s annual dinner in late March but it was postponed because of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. [04/09/20]
Rooster triumph for club’s president: In the potato cup, there was success for the president, Thomas Love, and his son William, of Walcott Farms. They wrested the Potato Cup from two-time winner, Tim Papworth, of LF Papworth, of Felmingham. Both had grown the same variety, Rooster, in 2019. The judge, Denis Walsh, awarded second prize to Robin Baines for his crop of Innovator. [04/09/20]
Stalham 2019 crop competitions: Barley inter-club champion - Supreme - Mautby Farms (Laureate). Reserve, William Mack, of Holt & District Farmers’ Club (Propino). Judge, Bob King, Crisp Malting Group. Potatoes -1 Walcott Farms (Rooster); 2 Robin Baines & Co (Innovator); 3 LF Papworth (Rooster). Judge, Denis Walsh. Sugar beet Cantley Cup, best overall 2019/20 crop - 1 R Ellis & Son, Hickling; 2 Kevin Starkings, Coltishall; 3 Andrew Withers, Edingthorpe. Whole crop - 1 GA Tallowin & Co; 2 LF Papworth; 3 CN Beck & Sons. Judge, Ken Matthews. Best two-acre - 1 HBS Farms; 2 Hirst Farms; 3 Walcott Farms. Judge, Sarah Bebb. Cereals Wheat - 1 HBS Farms- (Spotlight); 2 Mautby Farms - (Graham); 3 Milligen McLeod - (Siskin). Barley - 1 Mautby Farms (Laureate); 2 Milligen McLeod (Maris Otter); 3 AJ Key (Laureate). [04/09/20]

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Sat 16 January 2021