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Fund Raising and Events Report

I am very pleased to be part of a club that both look out for each other and work together so well. We have new members joining in and becoming invaluable instantly but we always look for more people to join in, so, if you fancy coming along to something just let us know.

We start our activity for the year with the Spring Fling, an event at the Norwich show ground, aimed at educating children through fun. We take milkers and kids to this event for the public to see and discuss. Zoe sets up the educational side of things as well as organising the event.

Fundraising this year has been quite successful so far this year.

Goat husbandry course: This was held in conjunction with the Norfolk Smallholder Training Group in April and well over a dozen of us enjoyed an informative session, lunch and practical experience. I must thank Sally, Frances and Mary for bringing knowledge and sharing their experiences.

Stody Family Fun Day: This was one of the events held during the Stody Open Gardens. The owners kindly allowed us to fundraise in front of the main house which is such a beautiful place to be. Several members took part in our mini fete. Particular favourites included splat the rat, bowling, throwing, trying your luck, finding the lost kid, tombola and the sock game. We have even more planned for next year, having already been invited to attend by Kate, the owner. This is such a lovely venue. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way.

Two weeks later we were back at Stody again, however this was in the tea tent! This was our first year providing teas and we all had a great time. Thanks Richard and Zoe for sorting this to make it all successful.

Still to come: Jumble sale, this year it’s being held on 12th October in Sculthorpe village hall from 11am to 1pm. Please pass on any jumble, raffle prizes, tombola etc to any committee member from now until then. Please note the date in your diaries.

We will be at the Harfest event held on the lawn of Norwich Cathedral on 5th October. A free to enter event organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) to celebrate the countryside and locally produced products. Pop this event in the diary too.

Hazel Francis


At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9th Feb, we held a minute's silence as a mark of respect and remembrance for those members of the goat club who are no longer with us, having passed away in 2018.

They are, Jayne Parsey (Tarry), Keith Parker, Danny Cunnington and Gilly Duffield. May they all rest in peace.

The photo below is of the trophies won by Gilly's goats at shows in 2018. They were awarded to her and her goats at the AGM.

In Memory



Much-loved Wayland Show to move to a new date for 2020

The Wayland Agricultural Show has been a much-loved fixture on the local agricultural calendar since it was first set up over a century ago, attracting loyal visitors and exhibitors from across the region.

The Show committee and directors have confirmed that the Wayland Show will be moving to the early May Bank Holiday weekend in 2020 to replace the traditional August Show. The Show will take place on Sunday May 3rd 2020.There will be no show taking place in 2019 as the organisers focus on plans for the launch of the Spring 2020 Show.

Plans are already underway to ensure that the new, family-orientated Spring Wayland Show in 2020 will reflect the heritage of the region and the countryside of the 21st century, and provide visitors old and new with a truly rural show experience.

New and exciting interactive events and competitions will offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to enjoy hands-on experiences. Whether that means the chance to sit in a shiny new combine harvester, or a close-up experience with a Suffolk horse, or the chance to ‘have a go’ at livestock judging, there will be something available to ensure a memorable day for everyone.

At the heart of the new Spring Show will be all that is best from the region: quality livestock, unique craftsmanship, local musicians, and local foods and produce.

The Wayland Show intends to celebrate all that is good in the region and will be working with the local community, organisations and groups to combine skills and talents to ensure that the 2020 Show is indeed a regional celebration, proud of its heritage yet looking to the future.

Wayland Show President Kevin Bowes said: “The 146th Wayland Show in 2020 will build on the success of previous shows, but there will be new and exciting interactive events and competitions. We are keen to promote local participation to truly reflect the diverse cultural heritage of our local area.”
Mr Bowes added: “We are grateful to the many loyal sponsors who have supported the Wayland Show over the years and we look forward to welcoming them back to the new 2020 Show. We have raised funds and donated to numerous local charities in the past and we hope to continue to do so.”

Opportunities exist for volunteers to join the committee in a variety of rewarding roles. Anyone wishing to learn more about how to get involved with the exciting re-launch should contact Claire Bowes,

January 9th 2019

Milk recording letter - please read

Click HERE for Milk Recording letter from BGS.

Goat Husbandry Course 22 May 2018

This was a joint Norfolk Smallholder Training Group and Norwich and District Goat Club event and was held at Hazel Francis’ home. Hazel led the day, with Frances, Karen and me helping with tea making and scone, cake and biscuit distribution. (Thank you Hazel’s mum who provided the delicious cheese scones!) The group of attendees were all would-be goat keepers, with a range of background experiences in smallholding and/or goat keeping. Callum’s husbandry notes were used as structure to help take us through all the basic information - goat breeds, housing, feeding, health and general care etc, but everyone’s questions and the resulting discussions took us well into more detailed information sharing.

We covered the good bits and the ‘horrid’ bits like, problems requiring vet visits and of course when needed, the dreaded trip to the abattoir. Hazel also gave us a demonstration on how to trim goat feet and Frances was given the job of checking and replacing the salt licks!

Hazel’s goats were most interested in meeting us all ……. even one of the billy goats who managed to escape to find out what all the commotion was about, and to join in the fun! The goats and the kids were of course a delight and everyone was, I’m sure like me, figuring out a way to sneak one of the little ones into the boot of my car to take home. (NO I didn’t….and no one else did either, but it was a jolly tempting idea!!!!)

So in all, it was a lovely day with fun, laughter and learning in the sun! Thank you Hazel and thank you everyone (including all you lovely goats!)


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Norwich and District Goat Club AGM 10th February 2018

Show Co-ordinators Report

Last year was a busier than usual show year, with 2 new shows on our calendar. For the first time we ran back to back male shows at Gressenhall, and goats were again part of the Wayland Show, after a long break.

Running 2 Male shows on one day was quite a challenge, but despite the weather we had a good day and everyone was very positive, if a little tired! The Wayland was a lovely day, and although numbers were small we were very well looked after, had a wonderful marquee for the goats and had the largest number of children in the Young Handlers class we’ve ever seen (most of them related to Hazel and Tim!!). The Club Show was blessed with good weather and gave us an opportunity to celebrate Jean’s birthday.

Sadly, last year saw the last Stody Show but enormous thanks must go to Richard for all the time and effort he has put in to the preparation for the show, in what is the busiest period of the year for him workwise.

The Dairy shows were both very relaxed affairs and exhibitors and judges alike gave us some positive feedback. Looking forward we need to find ways of attracting more entries, particularly for the Spring Show. We have put a lot of thought in to the dates for this year, to make sure we don’t clash with other shows in the area. Hopefully, this will help both our club and others to attract healthy numbers of entries for this year. The dates are now all confirmed as well as most of the judges. All Show Schedules for shows where Judges are confirmed are available today and if anyone is able to help distribute schedules to anyone outside the club, please let me know.

Spring Dairy28th AprilNorfolk ShowgroundMr Richard Wood
Heytesbury Dairy Show29th AprilNorfolk ShowgroundMrs Vicky Hardy
Male & Youngstock22nd July amGressenhallMr Tim Baker
Male & Youngstock 222nd July pmGressenhallTBC
Wayland5th AugustWatton ShowgroundTBC
Club Show12th AugustGressenhallMr Gerry Pitcher
Aylsham27th AugustBlickling ParkMr Teigh O’Neill
September Dairy15th SeptemberNorfolk ShowgroundMr David Brace
Breckland Dairy16th SeptemberNorfolk ShowgroundMr Terry Hanna

Finally, I’d just like to thank everyone who helps with the organisation, setting up and running of the shows. Particular thanks to Callum, who is taking on the Show Secretary role at the Spring and Club Shows, Richard, who deals with the September Shows, Toby, Hazel and everyone who turns up before each show to set up and stays behind after everyone else has gone to make sure it’s all tidied up. Without you we wouldn’t be able to run as many shows as we do, and I really appreciate all the support you give me over the year.


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Norwich & District Goat Club - Education Officer’s Report

By Zoë Mitchell

This is now my second year as the goat club’s education officer.

This task I have continued to embrace with enthusiasm as education is one of my many passions.
By doing this we, as a club, have brought the clubs image up to date and enthuse ones interest in goat keeping. We now have enough resources to allow two events to be stocked up at any one time. We continue to update the posters, display boards & leaflets to help new goat keepers.

The RNAA insists that all their managed events/shows with livestock have educational displays incorporated into ones stand.

Children just love to touch & feel everything i.e. goat skin, children’s books & toys.
We have designed a funny picture board & a photo booth. We even sometimes borrow Roland & Dreda’s artificial wooden milking nanny.

Adults too seem to be fascinated by the fact that a goat can give us so much; not just cuddles & milk, but also cheese, cream, yoghurt, ice cream, meat, leather, wool, soap, hand cream.
Its an added bonus when we have goats available to handle, cuddle, groom & feed.

We have now very successfully built up our overall image. Apart from our own club events & shows we are being invited to other events all over East Anglia with our education displays & goats ie. Norfolk’s smallholder’s club, Stody Open days, Gressenhall farming events, Harfest, Spring Fling, country fairs & fetes, lambing weekends, Wayland show, Aylsham Show, Green build.

Other like minded organizations are inviting us to host courses & give goat keeping talks.
Other goat clubs throughout the UK have been picking our brains too to help them enhance their image.
We have an amazing network of club members whose knowledge is phenomenal & is the icing on the cake at all events where the general public are concerned as they are always very inquisitive about goats.

Our members really enjoy sharing their knowledge & funny tales. They are also always on hand to help each other in times of need.

Thank you to all of you for supporting me in my role within the club.


Polo shirt Club mug

We are now able to offer polo shirts and mugs with the Norwich and District Goat Club logo to all club members. Please go to the SALES page where you will find the order form for the polo shirts and details of how to order the mugs.

Further information will be added as it becomes available.