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Quiz challenge - Members are invited to take part in the Norfolk Livestock Club’s 2018 autumn challenge quiz on Monday, October 29, 7pm. If any member would like to join a six-strong team in a pub-style quiz at Easton & Otley College’s sports centre, please contact the secretary ( There will be 10 rounds of questions, with a break for a light buffet supper. Entry fee, £5 per head, includes supper.
Entry added: 12 Sep 2018
Entries for whole crop beet. The competition will be judged in the first full week of September by Ken Matthews. He has judged the whole crop for a number of years. Please send entries, with a map showing the location of the field - and its size - and any landmarks to the secretary by close of play on Monday, September 3. An indication of field gate or entry point would be helpful. The field must be at least 10 acres. There is no entry fee for any of the club's competitions, including for wheat and barley samples. Some beet entries have already been submitted and acknowledged. Any queries to the secretary on 01603 486997 or email,
Entry added: 31 Aug 2018
The funeral service for William will take place at St Mary the Virgin Church, Happisburgh on Wednesday 5th September at 2.00pm. A private family committal will follow at St Margaret’s Church, Witton.
Family flowers only please but donations, if desired, for St Margaret’s Church, Witton and Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) may be given at the service or sent c/o and payable to Murrell Cork Funeral Directors, 57A Mundesley Road, North Walsham NR28 0DB
Entry added: 21 Aug 2018
Obituary - William Donald. A former club president and chairman, he died on Sunday, August 19, aged 82. A full tribute can be found in the Past Club Members section on the left.
Entry added: 21 Aug 2018
A former president of Stalham Farmers' Club, William Donald, died peacefully earlier today, Sunday, August 19. One of the youngest ever chairman to serve Norfolk National Farmers' Union, he was also a former chairman of the country's leading potato marketing co-operative, Anglian Produce. Our thoughts are with his widow and family. A full tribute will follow.
Entry added: 19 Aug 2018
Unique village sign taken - A unique hand-made village sign has been stolen from the heart of a tiny community in east Norfolk. The distinctive Brunstead sign has stood by the main road from Stalham to Walcott for about 30 years. Stalham Farmers' Club member Alan Beck, who made the metal sign with Patrick Ames, of Home Farm, Brunstead, said that it had been taken between early Friday night and early Saturday morning. July 28. “It is such a well-known feature and I can’t believe that someone would take it for its scrap value,” said Mr Beck. His family has farmed at Brunstead Hall, next to St Peter’s medieval church, since 1919. “The sign features a man sitting on a horse-drawn drag rake because it was the name of the former Brunstead village pub,” said Mr Beck, of Orchard Farm. "We’ve informed the police and if anyone saw anything and can help to track it down, we’d be really grateful,” he said.
Entry added: 30 Jul 2018
Memorable farm walk and visit - A tour of the Strumpshaw Hall estate's farming operations, steam museum, and RSPB reserve was greatly enjoyed by an 80-strong party, organised by club chairman Henry Alston. It was a joint event with East Norfolk branch of the National Farmers' Union and included a walking tour of the RSPB's Strumpshaw reserve. For many highlights included the chance to ride around the park on the museum's light railway, hearing the Art Deco cinema organ or riding on one of the world's five surviving fairground rides, the Ark, which can achieve speeds of more than 30mph! It was a memorable evening. Full story - see the photo Gallery on the left.
Entry added: 20 Jul 2018
Congratulations – A top Norfolk Farm Machinery Club trophy has been won by Geoffrey Beck, of Brumstead, near Stalham, with a design to remove tractor wheelings, in front of a subsoiler. He was presented with the Peter Bullimore Memorial Trophy by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association’s president, Ben Turner on the first day of the show on Wednesday, June 27. The late Mr Bullimore, who farmed at East Ruston , was also a long-standing member of Stalham Farmers’ Club. And Geoffey, of CN Beck & Sons, also wins £75 as well as the distinctive trophy.
Geoffrey is pictured with wife Mandy holding the Peter Bullimore Trophy. Photograph: Chris Thomas, of Normac.
Entry added: 05 Jul 2018
Prestige prize - On a glorious summer's morning, one of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association's most prestigious awards was presented to Jim Papworth. The Timothy Colman Prize was presented by the president, Ben Turner to Mr Papworth in recognition of his decades of dedication and service to agricultural and rural communities in East Anglia. The annual award, which was actually announced at the association's annual meeting in April, was formally presented on the president's lawn to Mr Papworth, who has been actively involved in the family's farming enterprises for about 60 years. See the new Club Members section on the Left!
Entry added: 30 Jun 2018
Marking Humphry Repton's bicentenary - Norfolk and Norwich was the focus of a special programme on BBC Radio 4, which was broadcast on Saturday, June 30, at 6.08am. Buried at Aylsham in 1818, Repton was the first "landscape gardener" and was known to have planned at least 23 of his 400 major projects in Norfolk. And the programme started at Catton Park, his first commission, on the northern edge of Norwich. Sadly, the presenter didn't talk to a former Stalham chairman, Ken Leggett, who was instrumental in the launch of the project to restore, maintain and enhance Catton Park, from the early years of his century. But the programme did visit Sheringham Park - his last commission - and North Repps but not Honing, where club members visited several years ago by invitation of Sir William Cubitt. And the programme can be heard on the BBC for the next 30 days.
Entry added: 30 Jun 2018
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