East Anglia Club report 2008


by Phillida Hurn

What a year!! I am not sure where to start, I think the best and most important thing is to thank all our Club members and the sponsors for their fantastic support over the Simmental World Congress visit to East Anglia.

The Royal Norfolk Show I believe, gave the delegates of the Simmental World Congress tour the most fantastic and possibly the best day of their trip! They watched good Simmental cattle being judged, including many other breeds and The Colman Mustard Cup interbreed teams of four, which includes a commercial animal sired by the pedigree bull, one pedigree Bull and two pedigree females, this is a very well supported class by all breeds and very generously sponsored by Colman’s of Norwich/Unilever.

We had the honour of Prince Harry in the Simmental cattle ring, which was a great opportunity for the judges, stewards and cattle handlers to meet the Prince.

Peter Rout from the Royal Norfolk Showground escorting Prince Harry in the Simmental judging ring.

If you were hungry there were lots of food and drinks to be bought around the show ground, but I think the best tent was the Simmental hospitality tent next to the cattle judging rings, with our hard working smiling members of the East Anglian Club, providing free teas and coffees all day, also beautiful homemade cakes and biscuits! The Chairman did a wonderful job washing up!! Many thanks to them all!

There were so many other attractions at the show, including horses, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and a dog show and lots of shops, as for the main ring well show jumping, Freefall parachuting by the RAF Falcons, The Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motocross team and best of all The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, I feel sure there was something for everyone!

Then when that was all over we all joined up in the Vice–President’s marquee for a delicious dinner of roast beef and while we ate the summer pudding and cream we were entertained by local farmer, Winston Harold with his Norfolk Comedy Cabaret.

Then moving on to the next day when a number of the World Congress delegates came to visit some of our Club member’s cattle on heir farms. Firstly though it was off to The National Stud at Newmarket, to see some of the finest thoroughbred race horses in the world, then on to Gunthorpe Park to see Denis Mitchell’s pedigree Simmentals, I do believe the delegates enjoyed the Pimms and cakes in the hall’s beautiful garden, as much as the cattle!!

Then on only a short journey to Wolterton Hall to visit Brian Filby’s some 400 head of Simmental cattle, there were two herds some x – bred and black Simmentals, which were greatly admired by the Canadians and Americans.

We then went half a mile to our Farm at Hall Farm, Wickmere, to see slightly fewer Simmentals!! Followed by lots more Pimms! With local fish and chips, then strawberries and cream! All kindly sponsored by Club members and local Sponsors.

By now we were all well fed and watered, so on to the coaches for a short drive to Wroxham Broads for a evening sailing, we were met there by the rest of the delegates, (who had been at meetings all day), they had all found fish and chips on the river bank!

So now on board off we sailed along the river Bure to Horning, watching all the beautiful thatched holiday houses, and boats and wild life as we went! Listening and dancing to the music and drinking nice cool beer!

Before I finish, I would like to congratulate all our members who have done extremely well at the shows this summer under very difficult restrictions due to the Blue Tongue, and having lost our local Aylsham Show last year, the Simmentals came back in force this year dominating the other breeds!

We also managed a visit this September, (which we should have had last year, but cancelled due to Foot and Mouth and Blue Tongue,) to the local Abattoir, Blakes of Costessey, Andrew and Haley Clarke gave us a very welcoming tour of the plant, explaining all about the running, cutting and grading etc of the slaughter business, we had 16 members attend and then we were all treated by Andrew and Haley at our usual meeting place The Marsham Arms for a delicious meal.

Some of our members are off to the Christmas Concert at Thursford in December, which I am sure they will all enjoy. Just another thankyou to all the Club members who gave me so much support this year, long may it last!!!!