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A funeral service was being held today, Thursday, December 31, for a keen supporter of Stalham Farmers' Club, Cecil Callow, at St Margaret's Church, Witton, at 11am. Over many years, he was a frequent winner in club competitions including the milling wheat trophy in 2003 and again in 2005 as well as the Cantley Cup for best overall beet crop in 1998 and 2002. Mr Callow, who died aged 83, was the club's chairman in 1982, and also enjoyed success with barley samples over the years too. Donations to St Margaret's Church.

Entry added: 31 Dec 2015
Charity's thanks to Stalham Farmers' Club. A donation of £500 to the RABI's emergency fund following the flooding in Cumbria will help "the charity's work assisting farming families." Again, thank you for your continued support, Paul Burrows, chief executive, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
See the Letter of thanks in the Newletters section on the left.
Entry added: 30 Dec 2015
Two loyal supporters of Stalham Farmers’ Club, Gavin Paterson and his sister Marion Ritchie, were remembered by members and guests at the latest meeting.
Mr Paterson, who was 85, was a long-standing member and his sister, Marion, was the widow of former club president, David Ritchie.
Luke Paterson, chairman, asked members to stand in their memory following their deaths last week.Gavin's obituary can be found under the meet the club section.

Entry added: 11 Dec 2015
Intrepid tour operator in yak drama - Specialist tour operator Rob Ferguson survived a high-altitude encounter with four yaks on a rope ladder in Nepal. And he was rescued from an 80ft deep crevasse in Nepal but most of his holiday adventures have been much more mundane. See the latest meeting report for details of his fascinating holiday enterprise.
Entry added: 10 Dec 2015
Flood appeal help -
One of the country’s oldest farmers’ clubs, Stalham, has donated £500 to help an industry appeal for flood victims.
Members and guests of Stalham Farmers’ Club were urged by chairman Luke Paterson to help fellow farmers in Cumbria and Lancashire by dipping into their pockets.
About 40 members attended the latest meeting at the Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall, in the club's 175th anniversary year.
Farming’s charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, has already received many requests for help, said Norfolk’s county secretary Sally Mitchell. She welcomed the prompt action and the donation by the Stalham club.
“We’ve got staff on the ground who are able to help and so any donations to the flood appeal will obviously be much appreciated,” she added.
Earlier specialist tour operator and farmer’s son, Rob Ferguson, of Happisburgh, who also arranges holidays to Africa and also Nepal, had talked to members about his business.
Holt & District Farmers’ Club also had a collection for those hit by the Cumbrian floods. A total of £465 was raised for the Addington fund, which can provide fodder and other help for the farming and rural community.
Entry added: 10 Dec 2015
Exotic holiday and sunshine destinations at the Norfolk Mead on Wednesday, December 9.
Our guest speaker and award-winning tour operator Rob Ferguson will be giving a photographic show of some more unusual potential holiday destinations. Bring a guest and enjoy the illustrated talk on Wednesday, December 9, starting at 7.30pm.
He is about to publish his first book on Nepal. He runs www.realafrica.co.uk
Supper - And if you would like to join the supper beforehand, please let the secretary know by Sunday evening, please. Supper will be served at 6.15pm prompt.
As I have to let the hotel know the final number for supper at 10am on Monday, it is not possible to cater for late bookings.
Supper - Individual Steak and Ale Pie, mustard mash, seasonal vegetables and chocolate torte, fruit compote, pistachio ice cream. £20, includes a welcome drink.
Parking – It would be greatly appreciated by the hotel if members could park in the overflow car park. And, final, final call for wheat/ barley samples – please. Bring them to the Norfolk Mead.
Entry added: 01 Dec 2015
Rare invitation - An opportunity to tour one of the most remarkable natural areas of Norfolk - about 20,000 acres of the Stanford military training area - has been offered to club members and guests on Thursday, July 14, 2016. This tour is one of only nine to take place next summer because of the high level of active training activity and members will be escorted by executive officer, Col Tony Powell, who is responsible for the training area.
The club will hire a coach for the three-hour visit, which will start at 5.30pm at West Tofts, near Thetford. Make a note in your diary for this special invitation and further details will be announced in the new year.
The training area was established in 1942 when tenant farmers and villagers had to leave the land,their homes and churches after the military took over this large area of Breckland.
Entry added: 25 Nov 2015
Celebrate British Food and Farming Year in 2016. LEAF's chief executive Caroline Drummond urges members to get behind Defra's latest initiative in what will also be the charity's silver jubilee.
And a new gavel is presented to the club in memory of the late president, David Ritchie, and members remember the "Father of the Club," Dr Ronnie Gibbs.
Full report in the meetings' section.
Entry added: 16 Nov 2015
Two Norfolk young farmers will be in London on Saturday (14 November) to help demonstrate the high-tech side of agriculture during the Lord Mayor’s Parade. A Stalham member, Emily Page and Jack Papworth, both members of North Walsham Young Farmers' Club, are joining the NFU, the Worshipful Company of Farmers and agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere to highlight the role that science and technology plays.
The star of the show will be John Deere’s brand new 4-track 9RX tractor. Alongside will be an immaculately restored John Deere model 4020 tractor, manufactured and registered in 1966, towing a trailer with graphics depicting a vibrant and futuristic industry that embraces different technology such as robotic milking, GPS, solar energy and electronic identification of livestock. More than 500,000 people will be lining the route of the three-mile procession through the City of London and it will also be shown live on television.
Entry added: 15 Nov 2015
Top potato award - For the first time in the 46-year history of the club’s potato cup, every member entered a different variety.
And the award went to a first-time entrant, William Sands, of HBS Farms, of Happisburgh, with a crop of Desiree. As he said afterwards having won the barley cup last year, also for the first time, it takes the pressure off!
It was one of the biggest areas to be judged by Denis Walsh, of Greenvale AP, and five points split the top four entries.
The runner-up was another crop, also grown close to the coast, by Robert Cook, of North End Farm, Sea Palling, of another relatively new crisping variety, Opal.
Another crisper, Royale, was the choice crop for LF Papworth, of Felmingham, with a field near Coltishall, and took third place.
The defending potato champion Robin Baines entered a field of trickle-irrigated Challenger and the president, William Donald, had a crop of Russet Burbank at Crostwick. Other varieties included Lady Claire by John Lockhart, of Nova Scotia Farms, Nicholas Deane with Markies, and Thomas Love with Estima.
The potato competition was first won in 1969 by I. Paterson and in 1970, the late Rob Alston presented the Potato Cup to the club.

Big entry for whole crop beet - A total of more than 550 acres was judged in the latest whole crop beet competition.
It was won by Robert Cook, of Cooks of Ingham, and the runner-up was Alison Ritchie, of DL Ritchie, of Hall Farm, Ludham. John Tallowin, and his son, James, of Willow Farm, Hickling, were third.
The competition was again judged by Ken Matthews.
Results of the best two-acre are expected to be announced at the club’s next meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at the Norfolk Mead.
Entry added: 13 Nov 2015
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