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The Norwich and District Goat Club was established in 1949 to bring together goat keepers with goats of all kinds, to share ideas, to buy and sell equipment and stock, and to acquire or dispense knowledge and expertise. If you are new to goat keeping or you are thinking of keeping goats, and need advice, the club is here to help. - New members are always welcome. If you are an established goat keeper, the club is still there to support you by connecting you with like-minded people. Throughout the year we organise and/or attend shows, socials and special events which promote goat keeping and the use of goat products. With our goats we are often invited to attend public events such as Christingle and Harfest at Norwich Anglican Cathedral, Spring Fling at the Royal Norfolk Show Grounds, school educational visits etc.

In addition, we produce a quarterly newsletter, and throughout the year we send regular information emails to members. Our website offers a free advertising service for members and publishes useful information including a diary page of club and other activities, training courses, items for sale or wanted, news of events and activities that have taken place involving our goats, links with other goat keepers and/or goat keeping businesses and a little bit about the history of the club.

Whatever your interest is in goats and goat keeping, The Norwich and District Goat Club has something for you.

If you would like to join the club, please download a membership form via the link below and follow instructions for making payment and returning the form to the membership secretary.

If you are renewing your membership, (due on 1st January every year) then no new form is needed each year but if you open up the link below, the form will give you details of how to make payment by cheque or BACS.

Click here for membership form.

From the Chair February 2022

I am really pleased to be writing a report for the newsletter once again as Chairperson of The Norwich and District Goat Club. Having previously held the role of chair a couple of years ago, I am excited to do so again. The entire committee hope to continue to provide you all with a club to be proud of.

The members of The Norwich and District Goat Club are quite a mix of people and what binds us together is our love of goats. Our purposes for keeping goats are as varied as we are, and the club needs to appeal to all. With that in mind the committee have been putting together a programme of events and activities that will hopefully offer something of interest to everyone!

So far we have managed to pack in a lot of dates for your diaries in 2022. However by no means is this a completed list, so please keep an eye on the newsletter and your emails as we continue to organise and agree to participate in as many goat and club related activities as we can.

At the time of writing, the timetable looks something like this: Goat Husbandry training in April, Fundraising Fun Day at Stody Lodge in May, Gressenhall Open Farm Sunday early in June, an education stand at The Royal Norfolk Show at the end of June, a Male and Young stock show in July, ‘back to back’ Dairy and Club shows at The Aylsham Show in August, an exhibition of goats at The Wayland Show in September, Harfest in October and our Christmas social in December. (For details of these events please check the ‘Dates for your Diaries’ at the end of the newsletter)

And if that wasn’t enough, in between all of this, the club has agreed to provide (model) goats for art classes as part of the Holt festival AND we have started the planning for next year’s shows with a date for a spring show 2023 already in the diary, AND planning for next year’s goat club calendar!

Additionally we are always looking for more opportunities to promote goats and goat keeping, as well as ideas about training and education that we can organise for club members. You don’t need to be on the committee to organise or attend an event on the club’s behalf. This is your club to participate in and get involved with in any way you wish.

If the NDGC is to remain interesting and informative for such a diverse group of people, we do need, and indeed we welcome, suggestions from all members of the club. You can get involved by offering general help such as stewarding at events, or even by providing a venue. We won’t know what you want from the club if you don’t tell us!

Finally I would like to say thank you to those who attended the AGM, It was great to see so many familiar faces and get to know lots of our newer members a little better. Also many thanks to those that helped on the day, in particular Tim Riseborough (the vet) who gave a very interesting and informative talk on “Preparing for Kidding and Kidding Goats” and also to Hazel Francis for stepping in to open and chair the of the majority of the meeting.

I hope to see more of you all in 2022

Richard




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