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Modest surplus reported -
A successful financial year will be reported to members at the annual meeting at the Norfolk Mead on Wednesday, February 17.
A surplus of £582.84 was achieved in the financial year to December 31, 2015 against a deficit of £2,226.86 in 2014. This was possible, partly because the annual dinner made a surplus of about £500 and spending on club meetings and on the club’s website was much lower.
The club’s reserves stand at more than £2,800 in a deposit account producing £1.36 in interest. There is also a stock of more than 125 silk ties – the main reason for the deficit in 2014.
Members also made substantial donations of £900 to charities and good causes including £500 in December to the RABI’s Cumbrian flood appeal and £300 to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association towards the Spring Fling
Since the website was launched in January 2014, it has attracted increasing numbers of visitors with more than 13,000 in the first 12 months. The total now stands at almost 35,000! Thanks to our enthusiastic webmaster, Tim Papworth as more than 20,000 visitors were recorded last year.
The forging of closer links with North Walsham and also Acle Young Farmers’ Clubs was again a feature of the year with their members invited as our supper guests to the January meeting. Also a number attended the successful July farm walk around Hall Farm, Wickmere, by invitation of A Hurn & partners, where Stalham members enjoyed a hog roast supper provided by the chairman, Luke Paterson.
Other highlights included a visit to a special north Norfolk garden at Corpusty and a ghost walk in Norwich in October.
The club greatly appreciates the support of the East Norfolk branch of the NFU and in particular the secretaries, Christopher Deane, David Faulkner and James Taylor for providing drinks at the farm walk, insuring the club’s trophies and help with mailing club programmes.
Membership continued to grow by another eight. The increase in subscriptions from July 1 last year to £20pa – the first rise in 15 years – will lay the foundations for the club’s 175th celebrations over the coming months. It would greatly help the secretary and treasurer and also the membership secretary, Jason Cantrill, if members could ensure that they have adjusted their standing order to the new subscription rate from January 1, 2017.
All members are welcome to attend the annual meeting on Wednesday, starting at 7.30pm.
For further details, please contact Michael Pollitt on michaelbpollitt@btinternet.com
Entry added: 16 Feb 2016
CPD Points - Members attending the club's February meeting can qualify for 3 CPD points - two for environment and one for application practice - if they sign the BASIS register at the Norfolk Mead on Wednesday, February 17, starting at 7.30pm. The guest speaker, Prof Kevin Hiscock, who leads the Agritech Water Cluster, will be talking about the research carried out by the UEA team on Sir John White's Salle estate and also identifying other solutions and "Practical Steps to minimise pollution."
Entry added: 11 Feb 2016
MYSTERY SUB - One member has kindly paid the new increased rate of subscription, £20, on January 4 by standing order. But the only clue is the sort code and account number. By some detective work, the secretary has identified the sort code as paid from a Lloyds Bank account at North Walsham. And the account ends with "60" if that helps. It would help the records if the member could let the secretary know. And, if the old £10 rate of subscription has been paid, then please make arrangements the balance and inform the secretary/ membership secretary.
Entry added: 10 Feb 2016
Supper invitation – annual dinner applications – bowls/10-pin players needed – and spring visit to north Norfolk
1 Members and guests are invited to join the chairman Luke Paterson and speaker for the club’s supper at the Norfolk Mead on Wednesday, February 17. It costs £20 and will be served at 6.15pm – ahead of the annual meeting, starting at 7.30pm.
The menu - Prosciuttio and basil wrapped chicken breast, olive oil mash, seasonal vegetables, chive and crème fraiche veloute. Then strawberry and orange cheesecake with kumquats.
Please let the secretary know, by Sunday evening at the latest, if you would like to attend. Prof Kevin Hiscock, of the University of East Anglia, will be talking about practical steps to minimise pollution, with particular reference to the long-term research project on Sir John White’s Salle estate.
Minutes of the 2015 AGM are on the club’s website.
2 Applications, please, to attend the annual dinner and prize presentation on Wednesday, March 16 at the Norfolk Mead, starting at 7.30pm prompt. The guest speaker will be the NFU’s deputy president Minette Batters. Tickets cost £40 and there will be 14 tables of 12; numbers are limited to a maximum 170.
In the event of over-subscription, preference will be given to members; early application is invited.
Payment must be made in advance, either by cheque (Stalham Farmers’ Club) or direct to the club’s bank - Barclays 20 99 21 Account 408 27886 – on or by March 4 at the latest.
And all applications, please, with names, must be made to the secretary, who will confirm bookings. Cheques to 60, Chamberlin Road, Norwich NR3 3LY.
3 Volunteers needed for bowling/ 10-pin against Holt & District Farmers’ Club on Friday, February 26, starting at 4.30pm prompt at Rossi’s, with supper afterwards. £20, inclusive of play and meal. I’ve got a dozen 10-pin players of the 18 needed and about five of 18 bowlers. Names, please, to the secretary, soon.
4 Diary date – Thursday, May 26. Mr Robert Carter, president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, has invited members to Letheringsett Old Hall for an evening farm walk and supper. Further details will be circulated; numbers are limited to about 60.
Entry added: 08 Feb 2016
Annual dinner invitations -
Applications for the annual dinner and prize presentation on Wednesday, March 16 at the Norfolk Mead should be made to the secretary as soon as possible. Tickets £40 for the three-course meal, starting at 7.30pm prompt. There will be 14 tables, each seating 12 - with a maximum of 170 places. Early application to the secretary invited and all tickets must be pre-paid with cheques to Stalham Farmers' Club or payment direct to the club's bank by March 1. Preference will be given to members in the event of over-subscription - details michaelbpollitt@btinternet.com or 01603 486997.
Entry added: 05 Feb 2016
A letter of thanks has been received from North Walsham Young Farmers Club, please vew it in the letter section of the website.
Entry added: 25 Jan 2016
Message recieved from Stephen and Catherine Temple, they will be hosting a Farmhouse Breakfast Event Sunday 24th January 2016 Copys Green Farm Wighton Wells Next the Sea NR23 1NY tel 01328 820224 9am until 12.30pm Drop-in. Cheese on Toast and Coffee. See the home of Mrs Temples Cheese Brown Swiss diary cows, and calves to see. Periodic guided walks to the anaerobic digestor. Donations in aid of Wighton Village Fundraising Committee which supports playing field, village hut, church and chapel
Entry added: 15 Jan 2016
Warm welcome to three new members. At the January meeting, John Benton was proposed by Kevin Starkings while Ryan Snowden, who has joined the East Norfolk NFU’s team, was proposed by Josh Grimmer and Andrew Spinks was also formally proposed by Emily Page. Andrew has already been with the club in spirit as it were because he proposed the vote of thanks to our speaker at the November meeting
Entry added: 14 Jan 2016
Outstanding speaker - More than a dozen members of North Walsham YFC enjoyed supper as guests of the club at the Norfolk Mead, Coltishall, at the January meeting. The evening’s speaker, Suffolk farmer and businessman, William Kendall, spoke to more than 80 members about his career as a serial entrepreneur having helped to launch the New Covent Garden Soup Company and later Green & Blacks Chocolate. Sarah Ellero also thanked Stalham Farmers’ Club for the generous hospitality and hoped that further closer links would be established over the coming years. Louis Baugh, president of Norfolk YFC and a Stalham member, said: “Judging by the numbers attending and the sincere vote of thanks to the club from the Young Farmers it is obviously appreciated and has become a valuable part of their club programme.”
See - Letter of thanks
A fuller report will appear on the club’s website.
Entry added: 14 Jan 2016
Come to supper on Wednesday, January 13 and join our young farmer guests from North Walsham and Acle YFCs.
Our speaker, William Kendall, currently in the Northern Shan region of Burma /Myanmar close to the border with China , will be speaking on the theme “Inspiring Businesses.”
All are welcome to join supper with our guests at the Norfolk Mead, Coltishall, from 6pm. Supper, £20, includes a welcome drink, and will be served at 6.15pm – Pan-seared cod, olive oil mash, kale and pea puree, followed by sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, ice cream.
Please let the secretary, Michael Pollitt, know by SUNDAY EVENING at the very latest if you’d like to join supper.
William Kendall, formerly of the chocolate brand Green & Blacks and the New Covent Garden Soup Company, runs a south Suffolk organic enterprise. He also farms with his cousin, Sir Peter Kendall, former NFU president, in Bedfordshire, and is a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, the Duke of Westminster’s family farming interests. Mr Kendall, who takes up the historic role as High Sheriff of Suffolk, is also a director of Wheatsheaf Investments, investing internationally in “future of food” businesses.
And, he’s a director of another enterprise selling more than £1bn pa of meals to leading supermarket retailers – sourcing food from the country’s farmers and growers.
The meeting will start at 7.30pm.
Entry added: 05 Jan 2016
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