Norfolk County Farm Business competition – 1979 to 2016.

  • 1979 Winners – Class 1 (over 600 acres): 1 LF Papworth; 2 JH Neil & Son. Class 2: 1 Oxnead Farms; 2 Duffield Hautbois Farms. Special awards – Over 1,000 acres, LF Papworth; under 250 acres, MF Alexander.
  • 1980 winners – Class 1 (over 1,000 acres): 1 LF Papworth; 2 KE Gill Farms. Class 2 (under 1,000 acres: 1 Oxnead Farms; 2 Erpingham Lodge Farms. Class 3 (under 500 acres): 1 Duffield Hautbois Farms; 2 MF Alexander. Special, MF Alexander.
  • 1981 – Championship: KE Gill Farms; reserve, LF Papworth. Class 1: East Anglian Real Property, South Repps; 2 Ralph Harrison & Co. Class 2: 1 Harold Jones Farms; 2 Coke & McDougall. Class 3: 1 PO & M Almey; 2 Mr A Thomas. Special, Mr R Buxton.
  • 1982 – Championship: H Jones Farms; reserve, PO & M Almey. Class 1: LF Papworth; 2 EF Harrold; Class 2: 1 Crane & Sons Farms; 2 Oxnead Farms. Class 3: 1 Booton Farms; 2 Dr and Mrs CE Briscoe.
  • 1983 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, Oxnead Farms. Class 1: Maj A Gurney; 2 E & EJ Andrews. Class 2: 1 Erpingham Lodge Farms; 2 Walcott Farms. Class 3: 1 G & GL Clarke; 2 Duffield Hautbois Farms. Special, G & GL Clarke.
  • 1984 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, Walcott Farms. Class 1: 1 EF Harrold; 2 NE Salmon. Class 2: 1 H Jones Farms; 2 ER Spratt. Class 3: 1 Banham Farming Co; 2 Booton Farms. Special, Alexander & Buxton.
  • 1985 – Championship: H Jones Farms, reserve, LF Papworth. Class 1: Park Farm (Wormegay); 2 Maj AR Gurney. Class 2: 1 Crane & Sons Farms; 2 Erpingham Lodge Farms. Class 3: 1 Hall Farm Suffield; 2 Banham Farming Co.
  • 1986 – Championship: Crane & Sons Farms; reserve, Maj AR Gurney. Class 1: 1 KE Gill Farms; 2 Stratton Streless Estates. Class 2: 1 Oxnead Farms; 2 DM Cook. Class 3: 1 Morley & Boult; 2 MJ Hammond. Special, RG Aves & partners.
  • 1987 – Championship: Morley & Boult; reserve, Crane & Sons Farms. Class 1: Sir John White; 2 EF Harrold. Class 2: 1 Erpingham Lodge Farms; 2 Walcott Farms. Class 3: 1 Banham Farming Co; 2 PN Rout. Special, D Mitchell & Sons.
  • 1988 – Championship: EF Harrold; reserve, Crane & Sons. Class 1: 1 LF Papworth; 2 Maj AR Gurney. Class 2: 1 PR Wales; 2 J Mitchell & partners. Class 3: 1 Fowell Brothers; 2 Alexander & Buxton. Special, Alexander & Buxton.
  • 1989 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, J Mitchell & partners. Class 1: 1 KE Gill Farms; 2 Stratton Streless Estates. Class 2: 1 Walcott Farms; 2 ER Spratt. Class 3: 1 J & D Papworth; 2 CF Harrold.
  • 1990 – Championship: K E Gill Farms; reserve, LF Papworth. Class 1: 1 Heygate Farms; 2 T Long & Co. Class 2: 1 CE Carey; 2 Heath Farms. Class 3: 1 GA Tallowin & Co; 2 HW Aldous & Sons. Special, HW Aldous & Sons.
  • 1991 – Championship: Heygate Farms; reserve, KE Gill Farms and HW Aldous & Sons. Class 1: 1 Sir John White; 2 Hugh Crane Farms; Class 2: 1 Oxnead Farms; 2 Norfolk College of Agriculture. Class 3: 1 Fowell Brothers; 2 GW Gapp & Sons. Special, Tony Bambridge.
  • 1992 – Championship: Sir John White; reserve, Heygate Farms. Class 1: 1 LF Papworth; 2 JF Temple & Son; Class 2: 1 CE Carey; 2 LF Papworth, Bedingham. Class 3: 1 J & D Papworth; 2 R Waddingham. Special, J & D Papworth.
  • 1993 Championship: Sir John White; reserve, Heygate Farms. Class 1: 1 Wroxham Home Farms; 2 H Jones Farms. Class 2: 1 ER Spratt; 2 J Mitchell & partners. Class 3: 1 P Lilwall; 2 Fowell Brothers. Special, JH & PE Nicholson.
  • 1994 – Championship: ER Spratt; reserve, Wroxham Home Farms. Class 1 (over 1,200 acres): 1 JF Temple & Sons; 2 Worstead Farms. Class 2: 1 Crane & Sons; 2 EW Filby & Sons. Class 3 (under 600 acres) 1 JH & PE Nicholson; 2 J & D Papworth.
  • 1995 – Championship: Crane & Sons Farms; reserve ER Spratt. Class 1: 1 Heygate Farms; 2 Claxton Manor Farms. Class 2: 1 NE Salmon; 2 Oxnead Farms. Class 3: 1 Fowell Brothers; 2 HW Aldous & Sons. Special, HW Aldous.
  • 1996 – Championship: NE Salmon; reserve, ER Spratt. Class 1: 1 Stratton Streless Estates; 2 Worstead Farms. Class 2: 1 JF Mitchell & partners; 2 Intwood Farms. Class 3: 1 WG Watts; 2 RN Harrison & Co. Special, Mr A Mitchell.
  • 1997 – Championship: ER Spratt; reserve, RN Harrison. Class 1: 1 JF Temple & Son; 2 Heygate Farms. Class 2: 1 Erpingham Lodge Farms; 2 CE Carey. Class 3: 1 HW Aldous & Sons; 2 Fowell Brothers. Special, HW Aldous.
  • 1998 – Championship: JF Temple & Son; reserve, Heygate Farms. Class 1: 1 Sir John White; 2 Claxton Manor Farms. Class 2: 1 NE Salmon; 2 Billockby Farms. Class 3: 1 Andy Boesen; 2 Bruce Seaman. Special, HW Aldous.
  • 1999 – Championship: Salle Farms; reserve, ER Spratt. Class 1 champion, Mr A Boesen. Class 1: 1 Hirst Farms; 2 Bowes of Watton. Class 2: 1 J & J Salter; 2 Whitwell Hall Farms; Class 3: 1 Dudwick Farms; 2 WG Watt. Special, WG Watt.
  • 2000 – Championship: Salle Farms Co; reserve, J & J Salter. Class 1: 1 NE Salmon; 2 JF Temple. Class 2: 1 JF Mitchell & partners; 2 Thurgarton Farms. Class 3: 1 Fowell Brothers; 2 SW Chapman & partners. Special, Fowell Brothers.
  • 2001 – No competition, foot & mouth epidemic.
  • 2002 – Championship: SW Chapman & partners; reserve, Fowell Brothers. Class 1: LF Papworth; 2 Charles Wharton. Class 2: 1 SE Gurney & partners; 2 RN Harrison & Co.
  • 2003 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, RN Harrison & Co. Class 1: NE Salmon; 2 Heygate Farms. Class 2: 1 Dudwick Farms; 2 CE Carey. Conservation: 1 Richard Waddingham; 2 SW Chapman & partners and Mark Birkbeck.
  • 2004 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, NE Salmon. Class 1: EG Harrison & Co; 2 Stratton Streless Estates. Class 2: 1 SW Chapman & partners; 2 Stangroom Brothers. Class 3: 1 M & R Webster; 2 Fowell Brothers. Conservation: 1 Mr A W Alston; 2 SW Chapman & partners.
  • 2005 – Championship: SW Chapman & partners; reserve, Fowell Brothers. Class 1: Heygate Farms Swaffham; 2 Charles Wharton. Class 2: 1 Whitwell Hall Farm; 2 W J F Ross; Class 3: 1 JF Mitchell & partners; 2 SE Gurney & partners.
  • 2006 – Heygate Farms Swaffham; reserve, SW Chapman & partners. Livestock, JF Mitchell & partners. Class 1: 1 Salle Farms; 2 LF Papworth. Class 2: 1 Stangroom Brothers; 2 EW Filby & Sons. Class 3: 1 Dudwick Farms; 2 Nigel Bertram.
  • 2007 – Championship: Salle Farms; reserve, LF Papworth. Livestock, Filby Groveland Farm. Class 1: B &C Farming; 2 Billockby Hall Farms. Class 2: 1 The Mutimer partnership; 2 M & R Webster. Class 3: 1 C William Bennion; 2 Jim Alston. Diversification, C W Bennion.
  • 2008 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, B & C Farming. Class 1: 1 Albanwise Farms Co; 2 Heygate Farms Swaffham. Class 2: 1 SW Chapman & partners; 2 Filby Groveland Farms. Class 3: 1 Dudwick Farms; 2 JF Temple & Son. Diversification, Dudwick Farms.
  • 2009 – Championship: LF Papworth; reserve, JF Temple & Son. Class 1: Billockby Farms; 2 Charles Wharton. Class 2: AKH Boesen; 2 The Carey syndicate. Diversification, Carrick & Son. Livestock: 1 P & S Lilwall; 2, Fowell Brothers.
  • 2010 – Championship: Billockby Hall Farms; reserve, AKH Boesen. Livestock, The Carey syndicate. Class 1: Albanwise Farming Co; 2 Heygate Farms Swaffham. Class 2: 1 Place UK: 2 SW Chapman & partners. Class 3: 1 Hirst Farms; 2 AJ Alexander & Son. Diversification, Bruce Deane Partners.
  • 2011 – Championship: AJ Alexander; reserve, Place UK. Class 1: 1 Salle Farms Co; 2 LF Papworth. Class 2: 1 John McNeil Wilson; 2 JF Temple & Son. Diversification, Mr AH Charlton. Livestock, Nigel Joice. Norfolk County Council tenant farmer, JH Withers & Son.
  • 2012 ; Championship, Nigel Joice Uphouse; reserve, Salle Farms Co. Class 1: 1 Heygate Farms Swaffham; 2 Chapman Farms; Class 2: 1 JH Withers & Son; 2 Stephen Ashford. Diversification, Hirst Farms. Norfolk CC tenanted farm, JH Withers & Son.
  • 2013 – Championship: Salle Farms Co; reserve, Nigel Joice Uphouse. Class 1: 1 NE Salmon; 2 LF Papworth and EF Harrold.. Class 2: 1 Fowell Brothers; 2 AKH Boesen. Diversification, JF Temple & Son. Norfolk CC tenanted farm, JH Withers & Son.
  • 2014 – Championship, LF Papworth; reserve, EF Harrold. Class 1: 1 Chapman Farms; 2 Heygate Farms Swaffham. Class 2: 1 JH Withers & Son; 2 JF Temple & Son. Diversification, John Carrick. Norfolk CC tenant farm, JH Withers & Son.
  • 2015 – Supreme champion – Heygate Farms, Snailspit Farm, Swaffham. Leonard Papworth Memorial Bowl for manager, William Gribbon; reserve, Chapman Farms, of Hill Farm, Rollesby. Livestock, Stephen Temple, of Copys Green Farm, Wighton.
  • Class 1 – Robert Salmon, of NE Salmon; 2 South Pickenham estate. Class 2 – Cargill Farms, Gimingham; 2 Luke Paterson, Bindwell Ltd, Dilham Hall. Diversification,  Richard Hirst, of Carr Farm, Ormesby.
  • 2016 – Supreme champion, Chapman Farms Ltd., Hill Farm, Rollesby; reserve, Heygate Farms Swaffham Ltd., Snailspit Farm, Swaffham. Livestock, South Pickenham Estate Company, Swaffham. Class 1 – Morley Farms Ltd, Wymondham; 2  Keith Farm Partnership, West Barsham, Fakenham. Class 2 – Hirst Farms Ltd, Ormesby, Great Yarmouth; 2 Fowell Bros., Hill Farm, Itteringham, Norwich.Diversification, Roger Combe, of Bayfield Farms Ltd, Holt.

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.

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