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Eight grand! A total of £8,000 was given to four good causes at Stalham’s 175th anniversary meeting. Jonathan Deane, chairman, invited four senior members – Nigel Wright, James Paterson, Ken Leggett, John Tallowin to present the cheques - to. Alison Ritchie, trustee of the YANA Project, Sir William Cubitt, chairman of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, David Moar of the Big C Appeal, and Michael Pollitt, trustee of Thornage Hall. Mr Deane said that the 175th summer drinks party at How Hill Farm, held by permission of the late Peter Boardman, had been a tremendous event – and he thanked everyone for their efforts – from sponsors to the organising committee.
Entry added: 16 Dec 2016
Photo caption - Charity boost to mark Stalham Farmers' Club's 175th anniversary as total donations of £8,000 were split between from left, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Sir William Cubitt, chairman, Thornage Hall, represented by Michael Pollitt, the YANA (You Are Not Alone) Project, trustee Alison Ritchie, and the Big C Appeal, founder David Moar, and club chairman, Jonathan Deane and guest speaker, Ch Insp Lou Provart, of Norfolk Constabulary
Entry added: 16 Dec 2016
Cubitt beats Love in root contest. Looking back over the club’s records had produced some fascinating items of news. And for example, said the chairman, Jonathan Deane, who announced the results of the 1917 root competition. In the class for best two acres of Swedes, Mr W P Cubitt, of Bacton, won with an estimated 41.33 tons per acre – and in second place, a Mr J Love, of Walcott with 35.75 tons. And there was much laughter from the assembled members. But in the interests of fair play, Mr Love won the best whole root crop with 30.8 tons – just a fraction of a ton more than Mr WP Cubitt and Capt Jickling. Mr Deane added that the records also showed that members were growing mustard as a green manure and to prevent wireworm in 1915 and rolling Swedes, at least twice,” to control the diamond-backed moth in 1917.
See “Early Years” on the left-hand side.
Entry added: 16 Dec 2016
Reports from a century ago. In 1914, there was a record attendance at the club's February meeting. And in 1915, a solution to the diamond-backed moth problem was proposed by one member - rolling young plants, at least twice. And farmers were urged for patriotic and pecuniary reasons to grow as much wheat as possible. See "Early Years" section, on the left. Also other reports from 1917 too.
Entry added: 12 Dec 2016
A night for celebration. Stalham Farmers' Club will mark its 175th at Wednesday's meeting with a specially-themed meal. The team at the Norfolk Mead has designed a menu in the style of 1841 which might have served to the young Queen Victoria. Please support the chairman, Jonathan Deane, who will welcome all members and especially former club chairmen, with a welcome drink at 6pm. Supper will be served about 6.20pm and costs £20. Please let the secretary know if you'd like to attend - or telephone 01603 486997 by 10am on Monday, December 12 at the very latest. Seven bookings have already been received. And if you've got an 1841 penny, bring it along!
Entry added: 07 Dec 2016
A new strategy for rural policing for Norfolk will be outlined by Ch Insp David Buckley at Wednesday's meeting, which starts at 7.30pm. No doubt, the issues for law and order in the countryside were equally important when the club was actually established on December 17, 1841. All will be most welcome and proceeds from the 175th anniversary summer drinks party will be presented beforehand at the Norfolk Mead, Coltishall NR12 7DN.
Entry added: 07 Dec 2016
Club writes to Minister of Agriculture-
When root judging took two days and Stalham urged the Minister of Agriculture to allow the military to work on the land in an emergency. Four judges spent almost three days from October 17, 1916 judging the root competitions - looking at 27 mangold crops and 20 fields of swedes. And the secretary was instructed to write to Whitehall warning that a shortage of skilled labour was preventing farmers from producing more food for the nation. Could some of the "large number of military in the neighbourhood" be released to help farmers in an emergency? the club suggested.
Read the Early Years section on the left to get the full report.
Entry added: 06 Dec 2016
An early Christmas present.
Make sure sure of your copy by placing an immediate order- ahead of publication next month. A definitive history of Norfolk agriculture between 1914 and 1984 is being re-printed. Written by retired grain merchant, Alec Douet, who wrote a 360,000 word thesis for his doctorate, this is a fascinating summary of the major developments in Norfolk's food and farming industries. The 280-page book, Breaking New Ground, has been out of print since 2012 and although it does have some photographs, it is a detailed narrative and follows farming's fortunes from the onset of the great depression in the 1880s through the decades. If you like to order a copy, cost £25, contact the secretary - email Michael Pollitt on or telephone 01603 486997. As it is about to go to the printers, speedy application is advised because only about 120 copies are likely to be produced.
Entry added: 23 Nov 2016
Book your tickets NOW -
Place your bets. Well if you'd like to join the dog racing party at Yarmouth Stadium on Friday, December 9, please let Rob Norman or the secretary know as soon as possible please. The "de luxe" Christmas party package, £37 per head, includes plenty of food, drink etc. It starts at 7.30pm. The club has booked a limited number of tickets and paid the deposit, so if you like to join the evening, please, reply asap. Cheques or electronic transfer to the club's bank equally acceptable - contact the secretary for details on 01603 486997.
Entry added: 18 Nov 2016
Challenge to farmers - Farmers could play a major role in developing a new "greener" environmental strategy for the Broads, members were told at the opening meeting of the 175th season of Stalham Farmers' Club. John Packman, chief executive of the Broads Authority, told about 30 members that a solution to the 1980s Halvergate conflict had been developed in Norfolk. This pilot scheme, the 1985 Broads Grazing Marshes Scheme, had evolved into the ESAs (environmentally sensitive area) model - later adopted across Britain and then taken up in Europe. As Britain faced the challenge of developing new environmental support arrangements following the vote to leave the EU, he urged farmers and landowners to take up the challenge of securing funding to benefit the industry, landscape and wildlife. For report of opening November meeting - see minutes and reports (left)

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