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Top potato- A special feature on potatoes will be broadcast on BBC2 on Tuesday, February 26 at 8pm. And Tony Bambridge, former Norfolk NFU chairman who handed over the gavel last week after two years in office to club member Nick Deane, features on the BBC2 programme, Inside the Factory. It is about potatoes, and more particularly making Potato Waffles! The 60-minute programme follows the potato from field to factory at Lowestoft, where about 1 million Waffles are made by Birds Eye each day. And the former county NFU chairman even digs up a potato for the camera - much to apparent amazement of the film crew!
Entry added: 25 Feb 2019
Double success again. Congratulations to the "raiders" from Holt & District Farmers' Club for retaining both trophies in the annual bowls and 10-pin competition at Rossi's, North Walsham. Peter Perry-Warnes, who won the 10-pin highest score, brought the trophy and was later re-presented with it. The runner-up was Stalham's John Lockhart. In the bowls, Holt scored 76 points to Stalham's 36 but in the triples, one rink was a 14-14 tie, and another lost by 18 to 7 but in the pairs, David Hitcham and Matt Skinner were clear winners. Henry Alston, Stalham's chairman, thanked the team at Rossi's including manager Chris Carr and Bruce Rossi for a splendid evening of keen competition, much fun and an excellent supper.
Entry added: 23 Feb 2019
Long-term success story - A 45-year relationship with farmers and growers was outlined by Peter Garbutt, of McDonalds. Spending £1bn annually with 23,000 farmers in the UK and Ireland, it sourced 48,000 tonnes of beef and 280,000 tonnes of potatoes each year. And demand for chicken was increasingly rapidly, he told members at the club's 177th annual meeting. It was an impressive presentation from the son of a Yorkshire dairy farmer. Full report.
Entry added: 18 Feb 2019
Dinner tickets - Applications for tickets for the club's annual dinner and presentation of prizes and trophies on Wednesday, March 20 at The Boathouse, Ormesby, can be made to the secretary. Already a number of members have booked their place and a photographer will be on hand to capture the highlights too.
Entry added: 18 Feb 2019
Rob McLean obituary - International sheep dog handler, life-long Norwich City fan and a former commercial director of Norfolk's leading animal feed specialist has died aged 87. From his home at Swafield, near North Walsham, he represented his country in trials and staged a display at the 2004 Royal Norfolk Show in front of the Prince of Wales. Full obituary, see the Past club Members Tab on the left of your screen.
Entry added: 13 Feb 2019
Bowling & 10-pin players needed. The annual match against Holt Farmers' Club takes place at Rossi's, North Walsham, on Friday, February 22. We need to field a total of 36 players - 18 for bowls and 18 for 10-pin. As many members and guests will remember from last year, the range of skills on both sides ensured a fun evening. It starts at 4pm for 4.30pm - and is followed by a three-course meal. The evening costs £25. To help the secretary, please email michaelbpollitt@btinternet.com or telephone 01603 486997 or book your place at the club's monthly meeting.
Entry added: 09 Feb 2019
Dinner invitations. Our annual dinner and prize presentation with guest speaker, the Dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges takes place on Wednesday, March 20 at The Boathouse, Ormesby, NR29 3LP, 7pm for 7.30pm. Early application would be appreciated and already two members have booked tables. As the former president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, she has reinforced the close links with the farming industry since coming to Norwich in June 2014. Tickets for the three-course meal cost £40. Please let the secretary know if you'd like to attend or bring a guest. Payment in advance to Stalham Farmers' Club, please, to the secretary, Michael Pollitt, 60 Chamberlin Road, Norwich NR3 3LY or telephone 01603 486997. Electronic payment may also be made to the club's bank but include a reference and inform the secretary.
Entry added: 09 Feb 2019
Congratulations - Top beet grower Robert Cook was presented with the Cantley Cup at the January meeting of Stalham Farmers' Club.There is a picture of Robert with Sarah Bebb on the club members page and in the minutes and reports section. It was standing room only as the chairman, Henry Alston, who was the previous winner in 2016, gave the trophy to Mr Cook, of North End Farm, Sea Palling, for the best overall performance in last season's beet campaign by a club member. As he noted because of the delay in the presentation, he would only have the cup, first awarded in 1928, for two months until the annual dinner on March 20. Mr Cook last won the trophy in 2012.
A full report of Sophie Bambridge's impressive presentation to about 70 members and guests, will follow.
Entry added: 18 Jan 2019
Promote your own industry. The great success story of Britain's food producers must be heard loud and clear, a 70-strong meeting of Stalham Farmers' Club was told. Sophie Bambridge, of B & C Farming, said that farmers and growers should take every opportunity to promote their own industry. Speaking to the theme, "Meeting tomorrow's challenges . . . . today," she told her audience including more than a dozen members of North Walsham YFC, that there were great opportunities to feed a growing domestic market. But, the industry must make its voice heard and be prepared to use social media to get over positive messages.
(See full report in club reports).
Entry added: 17 Jan 2019
YFC thanks - A 13-strong group of members from North Walsham Young Farmers' Club were invited to the January meeting and joined the chairman Henry Alston as our guests to supper. A total of 32 members and guests enjoyed a hearty meal at Vera's Coffee Shop, Wayford Nursery. Sarah Norman, club leader, responded on behalf of the 70-strong gathering and in particular thanked the host inviting members to supper.
Entry added: 17 Jan 2019
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