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Astonishing rainfall total recorded in east Norfolk –
An astonishing rainfall record was set in October in east Norfolk as more than 11 inches was recorded.
More than twice the previous monthly rainfall total was recorded – breaking a near 50-year record.
Alistair Wright tipped out 270mm in the month at the family’s Church Farm – smashing the rainfall total for October 1974 of 125.98mm, recorded by his late father Nigel.
“We had 32mm in the first two and the deluge in the second half of the month as 238mm was recorded,” said Mr Wright, who a former chairman of Stalham Farmers’ Club. “We had several, really heavy showers that came in off the sea on a north-westerly that just sat over us and really topped the totals up,” he added.
As a recorder for Norfolk Rainfall Organisation from 1972 for almost half a century, Nigel Wright, who was a long-serving secretary to the club, noted that his wettest year was 1987 with 920.23mm (36.22 ins).
For previous Octobers, he recorded the following
1974 - 125.98mm
1987 - 109.87mm
2019 - 121.2mm
The average 30-year monthly rainfall (to 2022) was 73.18mm and the 10-year average was 68.84mm.
And given that a total of 89mm has already been recorded at Stalham in November by Mr Wright, it has been an incredibly wet autumn.
Entry added: 27 Nov 2023
SUPPER INVITATION – Wednesday, December 6. Join our speaker Anna Hill at Wroxham Barns NR12 8QU for supper. A presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today for the past 25 years and award-winning broadcaster for the On Your Farm programme., she lives in Norwich. Anna also presented the NFU’s centenary pageant at the 2019 Royal Norfolk Show.

Supper, includes a welcome first drink, costs £20. Please let the secretary know if you’d like to join the chairman, Will Sands, by Monday, December 4 (10am) at the latest. Jack Stuttle’s team served a great meal at our opening meeting, which was enjoyed by 17 members. He will be serving -
Seared pork fillet, roasted new potatoes, tender stem broccoli, carrots and a sage and onion gravy
Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Bookings, in advance to the secretary, or telephone 01603 486997. All bookings will be acknowledged. Meet at Wroxham Barns from about 6pm – supper served at 6.30pm and the meeting proper at 7.30pm. Payment may be made online if convenient - bank details below or cash on the night.
Entry added: 22 Nov 2023
CONGRATULATIONS – Our first 2024 speaker Henry Lamb has won the Young Vet of the Year Award. He’ll be talking on Wednesday, January 10 at a joint meeting with North Walsham Young Farmers' Club. A trustee of YANA (You Are Not Alone), he will be talking about avian flu and the implications for farmed poultry and wild birds. Well-travelled, Henry has also been advising poultry farmers in the United States. All welcome to the meeting at Wroxham Barns and join the chairman Will Sands for supper.
Entry added: 22 Nov 2023
New venue - An encouraging start for the club's new venue at Wroxham Barns. The supper before the meeting was first-class with very generous portions and enjoyed by the 17 members, guests and speaker Peter Crawley. A new member, Vera Gacic, an agronomist from Blofield, was welcomed.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6 when Anna Hill, of BBC Radio 4 will be speaking. If you'd like to join the supper beforehand, let the secretary know.
The meeting report is under the meeting and reports tab 2023 on the left of your screen.
Entry added: 09 Nov 2023
Autumn Farmers Update with Brown&Co Professionals
Thu 9 Nov 2023 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Aylsham Town Hall, NR11 6EL
We invite you to a farmers breakfast meeting, where after recognising challenges to farm businesses, we look at some of the solutions which might be available to you and how we can work together to make some positive next steps for your success. Experts across our Land Agency, Planning and Agri-Business Consultancy teams will be ready to take your questions.

Bacon rolls and coffee will be available.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Aylsham Town Hall, NR11 6EL

Please Book with Andrew Spinks
Entry added: 07 Nov 2023
Opening meeting and supper invitation -
Treasures under our feet - Wednesday, November 8 at Wroxham Barns NR12 8QU. Archaeologist Peter Crawley, is our guest speaker for the opening meeting. Join our chairman Will Sands for supper, served at 6.30pm. It costs £20 per head and includes a first welcome drink. Please let the secretary know if you like to join him and our speaker - by Monday, November 6 at 10am. Telephone 01603 486997 or email - With more than 20 years' experience in Norfolk, Mr Crawley will also talk about discovering the country's largest grain drying operation at Little Plumstead, started by the Romans, dating from between 80 and 150AD. The meeting will start at 7.30pm but come along for supper beforehand, meet from 6pm. Bring a guest but supper must be booked.

Grain samples - entries for the wheat and balrey competitions may be brought to the meeting. Holt's champion sample, Laureate was grown by Melton Harrold at Heacham - it will be judged against Stalham's best barley entry for the inter-club prize.
Entry added: 27 Oct 2023
Mustard briefing -
What a "mustard" start to the latest season. Almost two dozen members visited Europe's only double superfine mustard mill, the £11m investment by the farmer-owned company, Condimentum. Chief executive Dave Martin and growers' representative, David Bond, also a club member, gave a fascinating insight into this rapidly-expanding business at Colman's Close, Easton. And, in the next five years another £8m will be ploughed into the business, which produces mint and mustards for Uniilever's Colman's of Norwich brands. They are also looking to recruit new growers too. Full story - Under the minutes and Reports Tab on the left.
Entry added: 27 Oct 2023
Sugar beet competitions – Entries for the club’s two competitions are invited. The whole crop and also the best two acres will be judged by Sam Summers, of British Sugar. It would be extremely helpful if entries could be submitted to the secretary by Monday, September 16, please. Details of field location, including size and suggested access should be sent to or telephone 01603 486997. All entries will be acknowledged. Incidentally, the whole crop cup was first presented in 1928 – so, this is the 95th year.
Entry added: 10 Oct 2023
Mustard visit – Any members wishing to join the tour of Condimentum, Colman’s Close, Easton NR9 5FG on Wednesday, October 25 should let the secretary know. As places are limited, it is likely to be over-subscribed. It is planned to meet at 5.30pm for a briefing on this major investment and tour of the site. Final numbers by Monday, October 23 but don’t leave it too late. As our chairman is now a mustard grower, this visit should be of particular interest. Contact the secretary or ring – 01603 486997.
Entry added: 10 Oct 2023
Autumn programme update and annual dinner speaker. Mark Nicholas, managing director of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, will address members and present trophies and prize cards on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 (7.30pm) at Salhouse Lodge NR13 6HD. Please note that the club’s indoor meetings will be Wroxham Barns NR12 8QU, starting on Wednesday, November 8, 7.30pm
Entry added: 10 Oct 2023
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