Stalham Farmers’ Club celebrates 175th anniversary

Stalham Farmers Club 175th anniversary. Picture: Blanc Creative/Lee Blanchflower

Stalham Farmers Club 175th anniversary. Picture: Blanc Creative/Lee Blanchflower - Credit: Blanc Creative/Lee Blanchflower

A Broadland garden gem was the setting for a summer party to mark the 175th anniversary of the country's oldest surviving farming club.

About 300 members and guests of Stalham Farmers' Club were invited by long-standing member Peter Boardman for a summer drinks party at How Hill Farm, near Ludham, and for a tour of his garden in the heart of Broadland.

The event also raised more than £5,000 for charity as auctioneer Simon Evans sold lots to raise funds for four local good causes.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb boosted the fund-raising initiative by a total of £1,800.

He had offered to invite constituents to join him for tea on the terrace at the House of Commons, which made £600. But, two other under-bidders were so keen that he extended the invitation twice to raise a total of £1,800.

Former club secretary Nigel Wright thanked the organising team, led by chairman Jonathan Deane and his committee, who were also raising funds for organisations including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C, mental health charity YANA (You Are Not Alone) and Thornage Hall.