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A celebration of the late Greg Anderson's life

A celebration of the late Greg Anderson’s life will be held on Sunday, September 13.
The family has asked friends and fellow Stalham Farmers’ Club members to join a tractor and car run in aid of YANA.
All proceeds will be donated to YANA (You Are Not Alone) – the charity promoting rural health mental support.
Greg Anderson farmed at Lessingham, near Stalham, and was a long-time member of Stalham Farmers’ Club. His tragic death at the age of 58 in a car accident on August 14 has shocked the close-knit farming community in Norfolk.
The celebration of his life will include a tractor and car run starting at Hirsty’s Family Fun Park, Hemsby NR29 4NL – meeting from 10am, and aiming to depart by 11am.
There will be a hog roast and refreshments on return, £10 per vehicle.
Numbers are limited and to assist with catering, please register, via email to by September 5.
This is all subject to current Covid-19 advice, and all taking part are asked to respect social distancing.
The EDP notice, which was published last Saturday, also states that donations to YANA can be sent to the funeral directors.
ANDERSON GREGORY LAWRENCE Tragically taken as a result of a car accident on August 14th, 2020, aged 58 years. Darling husband of Diana, dearest father of James and Michael, loving brother of Fergus and Peggy, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and wonderful friend to many. Private family funeral. Donations if desired, payable to YANA may be sent to Murrell Cork Funerals of Stalham, 32-34 High Street, Stalham, NR12 9AN.
Entry added: 28 Aug 2020
Judging of the club's longstanding competitions for the Potato Cup and also the sugar beet trophies will be taking place in the coming weeks.
It is planned to judge the potato cup in early August. Please could you submit your entry by August 3 with field location/ and a map. Also, the field size/ crop variety and likely market would greatly assist. An aerial location, ie google map or OS reference will help too.
There is no charge for entry - and it would greatly assist the judge to find the correct field if the entrance could also be identified.
Entry added: 21 Jul 2020
Sugar Beet
It is planned to judge the whole crop and then the two-acre in September/ early October. Again, details of location/ and a map will assist the judge location the correct field.
A further reminder will be sent out next month.

For further details, please contact the secretary or visit the club's website for further updates.
Entry added: 21 Jul 2020
Free strategic farm business review for older farmers-------------------------------------------

An opportunity for a free strategic farm business review is being made available to senior members of Stalham Farmers’ Club.
A Defra-funded project across the eastern counties will help “older” farmers navigate the major changes to agricultural support policies. Advisers at Brown & Co have been commissioned by Defra to carry out this practical “resilience audit,” which will involve one-to-one discussions with qualifying farmers.
The audit generally takes an hour to complete and can be carried out by telephone with “older” farmers, defined as 55 and over. While the thrust of the "audit" will revolve around changes to long-established support, it is a chance for farmers to question and consider a range of other issues
Stalham member Andrew Spinks, who is a Brown & Co adviser, has already conducted at least one interview in person.
“It is an opportunity to look at issues and topics which may help farmers steer their business through a period of radical change,” he said. The discussion could range from retirement planning and succession through to the future for the business, he added.
It generally takes about an hour – and is free, said Mr Spinks. (It is available to all farm business partners, who are aged over 55, so early application is advised).
Brown & Co will be making this “resilience audit” available to qualifying farmers across the county. In addition, it is planned to offer a similar programme for tenant farmers later in the year. Again, if a tenant might be interested in taking part, a list of names is being compiled.
If any member is interested, please contact Brown & Co’s Norwich office on Norwich 01603 629871.
Entry added: 15 Jul 2020
Driest May for half a century at Stalham..............................................................................

It was the driest May for almost half a century in east Norfolk, according to veteran rainfall recorder and club member Nigel Wright.
He recorded just 9.4mm at Church Farm, Stalham, last month – and even drier than May two years ago, which had just 12.5mm of rainfall.
Mr Wright, who is a former chairman of Norfolk National Farmers’ Union and was secretary to Stalham Farmers’ Club for 25 years, has looked back on his rainfall and temperature records from January 1972.
“May has traditionally been a very dry month in east Norfolk,” he said. “It is also quite clear from my records that average rainfall does seem to be declining in the first five months of the year,” he added.
The 32-year average shows that total rainfall from January was 243.53mm – and the 10year average for the same period was 234.79mm.
Mr Wright, who is also the club's vice-president, said that the driest May in almost 50 years was in 1974 when 11.17mm was recorded – almost the beginning of the great drought of the mid-1970s. Actually in May 1976, 29.21mm of rain was recorded.
Other recent dry Mays included 1980 with 11.43mm. There was a run of dry Mays in 1989 with 14.2mm and then 11.9mm in 1990. In May 1998, 12.52mm or almost half an inch was recorded.
In terms of annual rainfall at Church Farm, the 10-year average was 657.95mm and the 32-year average 696.25mm.
Mr Wright’s recordings of temperatures indicate that annual averages had risen about 1.5 deg C from around 9.5 deg C since the early 1980s to more than 11 deg C.
Entry added: 02 Jun 2020
A sign of the times. Farming's economic importance in Norfolk is often depicted on villages signs. One of our keen cycling members, David Faulkner has photographed a number of village signs showing tractors ploughing, with ears of barley and wheat. There are now 20 on the club's website. If you like to add your village sign to our photographic library, please send your image to And given the great success of the monthly photo library in April and May with a total of 144 already posted, it is planned to carry on with a new series, June 2020. Your help as ever much appreciated.
Entry added: 26 May 2020
EDP highlights club's photogallery - The beauty of Norfolk’s spring wildlife and landscapes has been captured by keen farming photographers – illustrating how the life and work of the countryside is continuing during the lockdown. Stalham Farmers' Club compiled the colourful gallery of images after former chairman Tim Papworth launched a photographic challenge to keep club members in touch during this time of social isolation - especially those who are more elderly and vulnerable, confined to their homes.
Entry added: 01 May 2020
A dozen of the best, now actually a baker's dozen! What a great result since the "Spring 2020" scenes from across Broadland and east Norfolk was launched on the club's website more than a week ago. As many of our members, including a number of elderly and those potentially vulnerable, are isolating, webmaster Tim Papworth issued a friendly challenge. Simply take a photograph on the farm, your neighbour's or your garden and he'll add it to the countryside portfolio of images. It has been a great success and more than three dozen have been posted including from the following - John Grier, Mary Beck, David Faulkner, Nick Deane, David Bond, James Brown, Ray Andrews, Richard Hirst, Robert Hirst, Ellie Hirst, Sally Mitchell, Louis Baugh, Alistair Wright.
Please add you own contribution by sending to To view the images, click on photo gallery (on the left-hand side) and it brings up Spring 2020.
Entry added: 21 Apr 2020
A natural cycle in Broadland - Bitterns booming and cranes calling - all part and parcel of life on the Broads. In our Spring 2020 photo gallery Louis Baugh said that bitterns can be heard from the back door of Neatishead Hall - as they've been vocal for the past month or so. And a flight of 13 common cranes was seen heading towards Barton Broad, he said. Other members including Robert Hirst, who sent a photo of lambs and a ewe, and Alistair Wright have been busy with their cameras too. See photo gallery on the left, click on Spring 2020. Please sent images to webmaster Tim Papworth.
Entry added: 15 Apr 2020
Look at our photographic talent -

A sprinkling of photographs has been added to the club's website in our latest feature. If you look at the Photo Gallery tab on the left-hand side, and click on Spring 2020, you'll see almost a dozen pictures selected by members and friends of the club. And if you're confined to barracks, enjoy some of scenes taken by our talented photographers.

Of course, if you'd like to celebrate Spring 2020, then send your photographs to our webmaster Tim Papworth at He's very kindly put up some photos of potato planting at Tuttington. A family dog is also photographed enjoying the sunshine and there's superb pictures of checking the sheep on horseback - not quite Australian-style - and some oilseed rape in full flower. Thanks to all, who have submitted photographs - please keep them coming.
Entry added: 12 Apr 2020
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