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2021 Update

If you are reading this, I would like to wish you all a warm hello and welcome to the Norwich and District Goat Club page.

I hope this message finds you all well, and that all of you and your families are in good health and spirit in these strange times, as we begin to find our new way of living.

We have come a long way in the last year and overcome obstacles that none of us could have foreseen. Whilst we are now gradually coming out of lockdown and life begins to feel a little more normal again thanks to the vaccinations and return of shops and restaurants, 2021 will continue to be a challenge for the club and our members.

The committee have continued to work hard in the background despite an ever-difficult world of restrictions and changes to the rules that make planning almost impossible. My thanks to the members and the members of the committee for all your contributions to the website, newsletters and discussions as it has provided much light over the verd dark past 12 months.

Looking forward into the summer with a brighter outlook, we have begun to make some plans for some events – even if they are much smaller and not what we had hoped for.

Currently all the major agricultural shows within Norfolk & the wider east Anglian region that the club and our members would normally support are not running for 2021. This includes the Suffolk, the Royal Norfolk, the Aylsham & Wayland shows for the year but all of whom are hoping to be back in full force for 2022 (dates to be confirmed once finalised).

Although we are not able to raise funds ourselves this year at the Stody open gardens like we have in previous years, we have very kindly been offered the privilege of being the chosen charity to take a generous 10% of takings from the official catering on Sunday 16th May’s open garden day. Although this is not how we have previously raised funds, this year we are encouraging members that may have been visiting the garden at some point, to visit on the 16th and help support the gardens and club with buying refreshments on the day. Full details will be circulated to members by email & can be found on the events page once they are finalised. Hopefully, we will see you there.

Thank you all for your support and understanding as we try to put together events, shows and training over the next few months whilst keeping you all safe.

Best Wishes,

Callum Williams
Chair of NDGC committee

Good Morning All,

I hope this message finds you all well, and that all of you and your families are in good health and spirit in these unusual and unprecedented times. Now more than ever we will be relying on the support of our fellow goat keepers and friends in what will undoubtedly be a difficult and potentially lonely few months.

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that the committee and I have been informed and/or taken the difficult decision to suspend some of the below events. We will do our best to keep you updated with any changes as soon as we know more. Although we are not responsible as a club for some of these events they are often supported or attended by members.

· Goat Husbandry Course - Wednsday 8th April – Cancelled
· Spring Fling (RNAA) - Thursday 16th April - Cancelled
· Wayland Show - Sunday 2nd-Monday 3rd May - Cancelled
· Stody Gardens VE Day - Friday 8th May - Cancelled
· Stody Gardens Open Day (and fundraising teas) - Sunday 10th May - Teas Cancelled (Garden still open at present)
· Stody Gardens 'Family Fun Day' - Sunday 24th May - Cancelled
· Suffolk show (SAA) - Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th May - Cancelled
· Rutland Show - Saturday 30th - Sunday 31st May - Cancelled
· Open Farm Sunday – Sunday 7th June – PENDING GOV. UPDATES
· Goat Showing Course – Wednesday 10th June – Cancelled
· Essex and Suffolk Male Show – Sunday 21st June - Cancelled
· Royal Norfolk Show - Wednesday 1st July and Thursday 2nd July - Cancelled
· Tendering 100 Show – Saturday 11th July – PENDING GOV UPDATES
· NDGC Male Show – Sunday 19th July – Cancelled
· Aylsham Show – Monday 31st August - PENDING GOV UPDATES
· September Dairy Show – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September - PENDING GOV UPDATES

We would like to thank all of the showgrounds, events, organisations and individuals - including the Norfolk Showground, The Wayland Show, Gressenhall Rural Life Museum, Sally Wilman, Hazel and Tim Francis, and Stody Lodge Gardens to name but a few, that have helped us and offered us these opportunities. I would also like to thank all of the committee, members and extended families and friends who have come forward to offer their time, help, hard work and donations that are needed for planning, organising and hosting these events. Without all of you and your support we simply couldn’t do it!

We look forward to working with everyone again once it is safe to do so, and hope to be putting on a full calendar of events once again for 2021.

With all of this year’s events being lost, the committee is working in the background to try and organise some fun and alternative things that can be done online and at a safe distance for the next coming weeks. These would be for ALL of our members to be involved with, regardless of the kind of goats they have. If you have any suggestions that you may like the club to consider, please do let us know and we will look into the options for making them happen.

‘Watch this space’ for some (hopefully) brighter and happier announcements! Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation. Remember we are all only a phone call, text or email away.

Please stay safe and good luck with all of your personal goaty ‘goings on’ over the next few weeks!

Best Wishes,

Callum Williams
Chair of NDGC committee

The Norwich and District Goat Club was established in 1949 to bring together goatkeepers to swap ideas, buy and sell equipment and stock, and acquire or dispense knowledge and expertise. It continues that today.

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