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NATIONAL ROLE - Former club chairman Luke Paterson, who stood down in February when his year of office ended, has a new national role. Luke has just been co-opted as a member of the National Farmers' Union's crops board, which will enhance the east's voice for this key arable sector.
Entry added: 18 May 2016
FINAL CALL - A handful of places are left for the visit on Wednesday week, May 25, to Mr and Mrs Robert Carter's Letheringsett Old Hall. Tea will be served at 4.30pm for a prompt start to the walking tour, followed by supper. As the former president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Mr Carter is welcoming a total of 60 members to the Old Hall during the 175th anniversary year celebrations. If you'd like to join the tour, please let the secretary know as soon as possible. Numbers are strictly limited and must be booked. Ring Michael on 01603 486997 or
Entry added: 18 May 2016
New date for 175th anniversary summer party.Celebrations of the club’s 175th anniversary will be starting a day earlier than originally planned.The new date for the summer drinks party is now Friday, June 17 at How Hill Farm, by invitation of Peter Boardman.It has been decided to bring forward the date, partly to avoid clashes with other events, and also after discussions with sponsors and other supporters.We have a great auction planned, a free prize draw, a superb venue, a marquee, caterers and drinks - all for only £25 a ticket.We would very much appreciate if you could order and pay for your tickets as soon as possible, in order to help us with catering arrangements.
Regards and thanks
Jonathan Deane

Tickets cost £25. The party starts at 7pm with drinks and canapes. New tickets are now being printed and will be available soon.Meanwhile, if you would like tickets for members and guests, then please let the chairman, Jonathan Deane (0788191 2337) or the secretary, Michael Pollitt (01603 486997) know.Payment may be made either to the club’s bank – by June 3, please.
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Cheques may be sent - Stalham Farmers’ Club, Jonathan Deane, Manor House, Ingham, Norwich NR12 0TP.
Entry added: 26 Apr 2016
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Due to a number of clashes in the Diary with Weddings and parties the Stalham Farmers 175th Drinks and Canapes at How Hill (by knd permission of Mr Peter Boardman)has now been moved to Friday the 17th June and not the 18th.
Entry added: 26 Apr 2016
The clay pigeon shoot against Holt Farmers' Club will be held at the Norfolk Shooting School, Deighton Hills, on Thursday, June 16.Three volunteers, including Robert Stimpson, Guy Paterson and William Love, are looking to recruit a strong squad.If you'd like to take part, please let Robert know as soon as possible. His numbers - 01692 538773 or 07798 786 158.

Entry added: 26 Apr 2016
CONGRATULATIONS - Broadland farmer Louis Baugh has been commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk in the London Gazette published today. The Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson, who is the Queen's representative for the county, made the six appointments to increase the number of deputy lieutenants (DL) to more than 40. Mr Baugh, of Neatishead Hall, who was club chairman in 1997, was elected president of the Norfolk Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs in November last year. He was at a well-attended county YFC meeting at Easton to hear about the work of YANA (You Are Not Alone) with his wife, Fran, who has recently been nominated as a trustee of the Norfolk-based charity.
Entry added: 22 Apr 2016
NATIONAL NOMINATION - Fresh from her successful fund-raising trip for YANA (You Are Not Alone) to Vietnam and Cambodia, Stalham member Emily Page has nominated for the Barry Orme Shield, which is awarded by BASIS for scoring the most points in the annual examination. Emily, who works for Frontier, is the former Press officer for Norfolk Federation of YFCs and the current chairman of North Walsham YFC. The winner of the Barry Orme Shield, first presented in 2008, will be announced in September. During a brief talk about her 400km ride in March with 21 other riders, she told YFC members that she had also trained on an exercise bike at home by reading her BASIS notes. In total, with her Sahara expedition two years ago, she had raised more than £2,500 for YANA, which helps to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide practical help and counselling.
Entry added: 22 Apr 2016
Special estate visit and supper. To start the club's 175th anniversary summer celebrations, members and guests are invited on a walking tour of Mr and Mrs Robert Carter's Letheringsett estate and tea and supper on Wednesday, May 25. Tea will be served from 4.30pm. After a brief talk about the estate's history, Mr Carter will lead the visitors through this special part of the north Norfolk countryside before returning for a sit-down supper. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 60 and please note the change of date. A donation will be made by the club to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Names, please, to the secretary. Guests welcome.
Entry added: 12 Apr 2016
Farm borrowing at record levels - Farmers’ leader Minette Batters highlighted the industry’s record levels of borrowing in a two-day visit to Norfolk . She told Stalham Farmers’ Club at the start of its 175th anniversary celebrations of the “incredibly challenging times” faced by the industry.
Speaking at the club’s annual dinner, Ms Batters, deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union , told 140 members and guests at the Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall: “All commodities are really struggling. Farm borrowing is at an all-time record of £17.5 billion.”
“Farmers faced new and unprecedented challenges,” she added.
“The impact on the horticultural sector has been absolutely massive,” said Wiltshire beef farmer Ms Batters, who was re-elected for a two-year term last month.
A major concern of the impact of the National Living Wage had been raised by NFU president Meurig Raymond at a meeting with prime minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
She said that the NFU has received letter after letter from MPs “lecturing the NFU about why government needs to have a National living Wage and why we should be supportive of it.”
“We are absolutely 100pc cent supportive of the National Living Wage but our challenge, and especially for our fruit, vegetable and flower crops that are reliant on the human the hand is the fact that it was not consulted on.”
As a result these sectors faced higher initial wage costs of about 10pc and the NFU wanted practical help – for example scrapping National Insurance (payments) for seasonal workers and an end for auto enrolment for pensions.
For farming and horticulture, the national living wage was probably the “most savage transfer of cost from public to private sector in our lifetimes,” she added.
There was a big challenge too for farmers, especially in Norfolk , over the water abstraction consultation. “We are going to have less and less water. We have more and more people wanting access to our water resource,” she added.
Speaking personally on Britain ’s future in Europe , Ms Batters argued passionately to remain in the EU. “It is something that I feel strongly about. I absolutely believe in the founding principles of the EU, for World peace, for food security, for free movement of people and commerce.”
“But I still think we are safer, stronger and better off in the EU.”
A series of 30 regional meetings to consider the NFU’s special report into the implications for farming would be held, including one at Barnham Broom, near Norwich , on April 7. Then the 90-strong NFU ruling council would consider whether to stay in or leave or to remain neutral. And Norfolk would be represented by county chairman Thomas Love and county delegate Ken Proctor in that debate, she said.
“We should not under-estimate that this is the greatest challenge in our farming lifetimes,” she added.
Entry added: 19 Mar 2016
Congratulations to the winners of the club’s annual competitions presented at the Norfolk Mead Hotel by NFU deputy president, Minette Batters. The supreme award for best performance in sugar beet went to GA Tallowin, of Hickling. It is the first time that we’ve ever won the Cantley Cup,” said a clearly surprised and delighted John Tallowin. The award for best two acres of beet went to Thomas Love, of Walcott Farms; and for the first time in the competition’s history, there was a tie for second place with Nova Scotia Farms, of Caister, and Robin Baines & Co, of Hoveton. The wheat and barley cups were both won by Milligen McLeod, of East Ruston. Mr McLeod and his farm manager Stewart Marsh took the supreme inter-club barley award with a sample of Concerto. Full list in the competitions’ section.
Entry added: 17 Mar 2016
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