Norfolk County Farm Business Competition 2017

2017 Competition Entries and Judging Times

Download the 2017 Farm Comp Timetable 2017


2016 Competition Results

And Broadland farmer James Chapman, of Chapman Farms, of Rollesby, near Great Yarmouth, will now welcome the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association on Wednesday, July 13.

The tour of the family’s award-winning farm starts at 6.30pm, and council members and partners are invited to meet at Clarke’s Farm, Staithe Road, Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 4PT.

The cups and trophies in the 37th annual competition will be presented by the president, Simon Evans, after the tour and hog roast.

Please let the association’s secretary, Christopher Self, (01263 733881) know if you plan to attend to assist with the catering.

Mr Chapman, who was reserve champion last year, qualified for the championship class in 2014 by winning the larger farm category.

His family business was champion in 2002 and again in 2005 as SW Chapman & partners.

The Norfolk County Farm Business Competition was first held in 1979 and originally proposed by the association’s president Foster Harrison. There were then three classes including the largest farm of more than 600 acres and a special award for more than 1,000 acres. Another for the best farm under 250 acres was won by Malcolm Alexander.

This year’s reserve supreme champion was Heygates Farms, of Snailspit Farm, near Swaffham, run by William Gribbon, who was the 2015 champion.

Ironically, Mr Chapman’s latest success now ties the “supreme score” at exactly three apiece – and of course, both automatically qualify for the 2017 competition.

In the larger farms’ category, the Morley Agricultural Foundation’s business was the winner – another success for farm manager David Jones and the reserve went to the Keith Farm Partnership at West Barsham, near Fakenham, and manager Stuart Laws.

In the other category, Richard Hirst, of Ormesby, near Great Yarmouth, was the winner and Fowell Brothers, of Hill Farm, Itteringham, near Aylsham, was runner-up.

The Stuart Chapman award for diversification, has been awarded to Roger Combe, of Bayfield Farms Ltd., Bayfield Hall, Holt. The Jubilee Cup for best livestock enterprise was won by the South Pickenham’s estate and manager Nigel Padwick.


Criteria for entrants:

60% of the farmed land must be within the County of Norfolk.
The holding can be arable, livestock or a mixture of the two.
A holding currently farmed under contract is also eligible.

The Sponsors of this competition are: 

Brown & Co

Brown & Co


Frontier Agriculture

Anglia Farmers

Anglia Farmers


Bunn Fertiliser Limited


Farm Business Competition Results 2016

Championship Class:

Champion – Chapman Farms Ltd, Rollesby (James Chapman) and Leonard Papworth Trophy for Best Farm Manager/Foreman

The Farm Walk took place on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 6.30pm, at Clarkes Farm, Staithe Road, Martham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 4PT click here for write up

Reserve Champion – Heygate Farms Swaffham Ltd, Swaffham, (William Gribbon)

Livestock (Jubilee Cup) – South Pickenham Estate Company, South Pickenham (Nick Padwick)

Judges: Jim Cruickshank, Inverurie and Dave Green, Turiff


Class One:

Winner – Morley Farms Ltd, Morley (David Jones)

Runner-up – Keith Farm Partnership, West Barsham (Stuart Laws)

Judges: Mark Wells, Risby and Helen Clarke, Reasby


Class Two:

Winner – Hirst Farms Ltd, Ormesby (Richard Hirst)

Runner-up – Fowell Bros, Itteringham (James Fowell)

Diversification (Stuart Chapman Bowl) – Bayfield Farms Ltd, Bayfield (Roger Combe)

Best Norfolk County Council Farm Cup not awarded for 2016

Judges: Rick Buckle, Hull and Simon Hinchliff, Slade Hooton

Presentations of the top awards.

Champion farm business award was presented to James Chapman, of Chapman Farms, of Hill Farm, Rollesby, by the president, Simon Evans.

Mr Chapman thanked his team, Jim Bailey, John Hudson, and Sam Playford. His wife, Donna, and her sister, Tina, were also thanked as well as other members of the farm’s team. And prompted by Robert Mitchell, chairman of the farm’s competition, Mr Chapman thanked his mother Janet too!

The Leonard Papworth Trophy for the winning farm manager was presented to Jim Bailey, who stressed that it really recognised the team’s effort. “There’s no I in team,” he added.

The reserve supreme championship was presented to William Gribbon, of Heygates Farms, of Snailspit Farm, Swaffham. It prompted Mr Mitchell to comment, to much laughter, that “some really tasty potatoes like Maris Peeer” always go down well at a farm walk.”

Morley Agricultural Foundation’s farm manager, David Jones, was presented with the class one award.

The runner-up in class one was Stuart Laws, of the Keith Farm partnership, of West Barsham, Fakenham.

Richard Hirst, of Hirst Farms, was presented with the class two award. And the runner-up was Fowell Brothers and the president presented the trophy to Jimmy Fowell and his cousin, Robert Fowell and his young son, Bertie.

The awards for best livestock enterprise – to Nigel Padwick, of the South Pickenham estate, Swaffham, and the Stuart Chapman for diversification, won by Robin Combe, of Bayfield Farms, were not formally presented.


John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017

Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.