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Please return your trophies
It would be much appreciated if the trophy winners could return the silverware at the next meeting for the engraving to be carried out ahead of the club's annual dinner on Wednesday, March 15th.

Entry added: 26 Jan 2017
The next meeting of the Stalham Farmers Club is on Wednesday 8th February
The speaker is Dr Matt Clark, head of technology development at the Earlham Institute on Norwich Research Park. Matt will be talking about the latest practical research from a £15m programme. The meeting starts at 7.30pm at Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall NR12 7DN
As usual there is a supper beforehand which to date have been of a very high standard. If you’ve not come to a supper yet you should! The cost is only £20 a head and includes a welcome drink at the bar. On the menu this month is ........

Pan roasted chicken and saffron potatoes
Butter chocolate mousse
Followed by more chocolate
The welcome drink starts at 6pm
Entry added: 26 Jan 2017
Top role for member. Club member John Purling has been elected as vice-president of Aylsham Agricultural Show Association. A former chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association between 1994 and 2012, he will follow the new president, Aylsham businessman John Wootten. At the association's annual meeting, retiring president Simon Evans thanked Christopher Self for his extraordinary service of 40 years as secretary and also for Ann's 27 years as assistant secretary. They were unanimously elected life vice presidents. A total of £31,500 was distributed to 36 local good causes and charities including £500 to Mundesley Coastwatch and £500 to North Walsham YFC. The association reported a surplus of almost £71,000 in its 70th year after losses of almost £31,000 in the past two years through bad weather.
Entry added: 18 Jan 2017
Stalham's Looking Good at 175. A full-page feature in the latest NFU's latest edition of the British Farmer & Grower charts the club's history. Have a look at the February edition, which should be arriving shortly, and turn to page 98. It also includes a photograph of club members making their first foreign visit to Germany in 1971.
Entry added: 17 Jan 2017
Three charities have written letters of thanks for the donations presented at the club's 175th anniversary meeting last month. The YANA Project, the Big C and Thornage Hall were each given £2,000 - the proceeds of the summer drinks party. A letter from Sir William Cubitt, chairman of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, was posted on the website last month. See News Letters and Notes, left.
Entry added: 17 Jan 2017
Candlelight welcome for "golden" meeting. Gold prospector Vince Thurkettle, of Great Hockham, enthralled his audience including members of two young farmers' clubs at the opening meeting of 2017. He had become fascinated by panning for gold - becoming world champion in 2007 - and later found Britain's biggest gold nugget - weighing more than three ounces. Candles were used to light the Norfolk's Mead's garden room when there was a brief loss of electricity but power was later restored and an excellent meal was later served.
Details - Minutes and reports.
Entry added: 12 Jan 2017
Happy New Year - Stalham Farmers' Club starts 2017 on Wednesday, January 11 (7.30pm) with a real "gold digger" from the heart of Breckland.

We also welcome members of two young farmers' clubs, North Walsham and Acle, as our guests to supper at the Norfolk Mead, Coltishall.

Please come along and support the chairman, Jonathan Deane, at supper, and enjoy a welcome drink from 6pm.
Please let the secretary know if you would like to join the supper, which cost £20 including a welcome drink, by 10am on MONDAY, January 9 at the very latest. Telephone Michael Pollitt (01603 486997) or email -

Woodsman Vince Thurkettle, author of the best-selling "the wood fire handbook" will talk about his other enthusiasm - finding gold. Last summer, it was announced that Vince found a 3oz nugget - the largest hunk of gold ever found in Britain.
He started his career with the Forestry Commission - and then decided on a major change of lifestyle - and wrote a best-seller, which has sold especially well in France and Scandinavia as well as Britain. He will talk about his passion for gold and panning.
Entry added: 04 Jan 2017
Back to the club records - and in 1878, members unanimously agreed that "long muck" was best for root crops. The chairman, Mr R Cooke gave an extra 4s (20p) for the next year's turnip prize. The judges recommended that the mangel class should be split and prizes awarded for long and also globe mangels. Also see 1879 too - a new chairman elected.
See "Earlier Years"
Entry added: 22 Dec 2016
Wonderful donation. Thank you from the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Sir William Cubitt, chairman, who is also a club member, wrote and thanked Jonathan Deane for the £2,000 donation, presented at the 175th anniversary meeting earlier this month. See News,Letters and Notes Tab.
Entry added: 22 Dec 2016
It was exactly 175 years ago today, Saturday, December 17, 1841 that Stalham Farmers' Club was established. And to mark the occasion, the secretary, Michael Pollitt, compiled a summary. This can be seen in the 175th anniversary section.
Entry added: 18 Dec 2016
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