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Manchester & District Cat Club
Our next Social Event will be the Barbecue at the home of Peter and Jean Leigh on Sunday, 6 August at 2pm.

A variety of good food and drink will be available at small cost. There will, of course, be our usual super raffle. All proceeds to our neutering fund.

Please come along, all welcome. Ring Peter for directions on 0161-793 7503. Any other enquiries, ring Maureen on 0161-211 9809.
Maureen O’Dowd, Social Convenor


The Chocolate Pointed Siamese Cat Club

A Garden Party is to be held this summer on Sunday, 13 August at 1pm, at Heathlands, Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0JZ.

Cost £7 per head, and the first glass of wine is free. Please bring friends and family and a little something for the raffle.

RSVP to Pennie Bennison at the above address or telephone 0208 398 2878 or email at heathlands siamese@hotmail.com
Pennie Bennison, Hon Secretary


Longhaired Cream & Blue-Cream Cat Association

“Incorporating Chocolate & Lilac”

GCCF DELEGATES - In line with many specialist breed clubs, our Association has failed to achieve sufficient Members to qualify for a Delegate.

You will all appreciate, I am sure, how difficult it is for the smaller clubs to reach and retain the minimum 100 Members required.

We wish to seek a change to the GCCF Constitution, whereby specialist breed clubs only require 50 Members in order to gain Delegate Status.

We would, however, stand a better chance of getting a change to the constitution if we were united in our proposal, and we are therefore seeking the support of other clubs.

If you are prepared to support this proposal, please contact the Secretary, Mrs J. Colin, 98 Dargets Road, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent ME5 8BP.

If you want a voice at Council, then please support our club in achieving this goal.
J. Colin (Mrs), Secretary


Bucks, Oxon & Berks Cat Society

Due to personal circumstances, Mrs Linda Clark has found it necessary to stand down as Hon Secretary of the Society, so would Members please note that Mrs Marcia Owen has taken over as Acting Hon Secretary.

Any club mattery should be addressed to Marcia Owen at 43 Grymsdyke, Prestwood, Gt Missenden, Bucks HP16 0LP. Tel. 01494 864973 (evenings). Email goldlay@gmail.com
Marcia Owen, Acting Hon Secretary


The Seal & Blue Point Birman Cat Club

Once again Jill and Stephen Bunce will be holding the Club’s Garden Party at their lovely home in Barford St Michael, Oxford. The theme is Wines and Food of the World. The party is being held on Sunday, 13 August.

We hope to see as many Members as possible there. Tickets can be bought in advance for £7 from Carol Pike, 24 Shaftesbury Close, Harmans Water, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 9PX. Tel. 01344 424418. If you require further information, call Carol or Club Secretary, Celia on 023 80 411254.
Tickets can also be purchased on the day, or will also be available at the Club’s show on 29 July at the Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Glos.
Celia Langford, Secretary


Herts & Middlesex Cat Club

The AGM of the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Cat Club was held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Euston Road, London.

Reports by the Officers were promising and indicated that the Club is now thriving. The 2005 show had been successful and membership was growing.

Following the retirement of Mrs Richards, Mr Marc Henrie was elected unanimously as President. Vacancies on the Committee were filled as follows: Mrs Kim Hill and Mrs Sue Walters (formerly co-opted) became full Members, along with Mrs Valerie Waters. Mrs Joy Crowther was co-opted.
The Club Newsletter is to be resurrected under the new name “The Litter Box”, edited and produced by Mrs Hill. Mrs Waters is forming a Club website at www.hertsandmiddxcc.co.uk, where this year’s show schedule will be available. Contributions for both Newsletter and Website would be very welcome. This year’s show will be at Luton again, on 2 September, with entries closing on 7 August.
Betty Newbury, Hon Secretary


North West Cat Club

There is room for 24 double pens only at our forthcoming show, we cannot fit any more in. These can be booked via myself or Jenny Maddrell, both telephone numbers are on the schedule. We will keep the booking for 10 days until we receive your entry, if we do not receive the entry, we will release the pre-booked pen for someone else. The availability is on a first come first served basis. We have already received bookings and entries for several double pens. Last year we sent back more than 20 entries! Get yours in now.

Judge Changes - Mrs Hoyle will judge Class 182, Norwegian Forest Neuter. Mrs Hartman will judge Classes 93, 94, 95 and 96, Tabby Persian Neuters. Mrs Gregory will judge Class 736, AC Oriental Assessment Kitten. Mr Morris will judge the Oriental Bi Coloured Assessment Class (missed out of catalogue use Class No. 999) and Mrs Gamble will judge Class 749, Oriental Assessment Neuter.
Lesley Muffitt, Show Manager


Chinchilla, Silver Tabby & Smoke Cat Society

Here are the scores so far for the Winners 2006 Competition. Please keep me posted of your show wins as soon after the show as possible in writing or by phone so I can keep the scores as up to date as possible. You can join the competition at any time but I cannot accept back-dated scores at the end of the year.

ADULT Pts
GR CH DREAMPAWZ SUMMERTIME 98
GR CH VILLIERS ANNA MARIE 96
CH TAMOSAH CALICO 60
GR CH VILLIERS MARIGOLD 48
GR CH CUSHKA PEARLS OFPARIS 40
CH YANKIDOODLE SILVER FERRARI 25
CH OCCLESTONE CARA MIA 25
VILLIERS WHATA POPPET 20
GR CH CUSHKA SERENO 20
CH TAMOSAH CHELSEY 15
CH CUSHKA MAXIMUS 8
TAMOSAH BRAVEHEART 8
CH HOWZAT ICE EDITION 5
CH VILLIERS MONTY CRISTO 3

KITTENS
TAMOSAH DARTAGNAN 53
YANKIDOODLE TIGER LILLY 18
OWLETTS BITTERSWEET 17
VILLIERS WHATA POPPET 5
TAMOSAH DIXIE CHICK 3
VILLIERS ICE FAIRY 2
NEUTERS
GR CH & GR PR OWLETTS PENNIES FROM
HEAVEN 80
GR PR CASHEL HEADBOY 65
Sue Danks


Sphynx Breeders Association
The AGM of the Sphynx Breeders Association will be held on Monday, 28 August at Heritage House, Halstead Road, Eight Ash Green, Colchester, Essex CO6 3QH, commencing at 7.30pm.
Anyone wishing to stand for the Committee should contact the Secretary on Tel. 01621 815769 or email woozles@dial.pipex.com Subscriptions will become due on 1 January 2007.
Barry Newcombe, Hon Secretary


Eastern Counties Cat Society

Mr D. and Mrs B. Leigh are unfortunately unable to travel to Kings Lynn to judge at our show on 5 August. Counter signatures may be needed. Judge changes are as listed:
Mrs L. Stevenson - Classes 6, 35, 134 and 135; Mrs P. Rogers - Classes 103, 175, 914 and 1290; Mr M. Pearman - Classes 924, 925, 1282 and 1299; Mrs J. Clare - Classes 943 and 964; Mrs P. Perkins - Classes 960, 961 and 1172; Mrs C. De Martino - Class 1128; Mr H. Meekings - Classes 1278 and 1284; Mrs V. Anderson - Class 1129; Mrs J. Green - Class 1156; Mrs J. Reed - Classes 1258 and 1264; Mrs S. Lorton-Hobbs - Class 1260; Mrs D. Brown - Class 1292.
Audrey Newsome, Show Manager


Caledonian LH Cat Club

Would Members old and hopefully new please note, the subscriptions were due for renewal on 1 June 2006.

Single £3.50; Joint £5; Junior £1. There is a £1 joining fee for new or lapsed Members. All subscriptions to be sent to Mrs J. Hepburn, “Chattan”, 26 Main Street, Cardenden, Fife KY5 0NA.
Ruth L. Thomson, Secretary


Cheshire Area Cat Club

Schedules will be sent to Members and last year’s exhibitors for our show on 11 November 2006.
Schedules can be obtained mid-August from Mrs Dorothy Hughes, Asst Show Manager, 14 Park Avenue, Hawarden, Deeside, Flintshire CH5 3HZ. Tel. 01244 536314. All requests must be accompanied by a stamped and addressed A5 envelope.
Maureen Holmes, Hon Secretary


BAC NEWS

Persian Tortie, Tortie & White and Bi-colour BAC
The next meeting of the BAC will take place at 10.30am on Sunday, 1 October 2006 at the Moto Services Travelodge, Green Lane (Junction 10, M42) Tamworth, Staffs B77 5PS.

Any matters relating to the BAC, items for the Agenda or applications should reach me by Monday, 21 August at 43 Crayford Way, Dartford, Kent DA1 4JY. Forms for prospective applicants can be obtained from me by email - tortiebac.secretary@ntlworld.com
Keith Scruton, Hon Secretary


The Somali BAC
I have been asked by the Breed Advisory Committee to advise all Judges of Somalis on the following issues:

Firstly, with regard to tail tips on Somalis, the Standard of Points states the tip of the tail should be the same colour as the ticking. There may be a problem with the Red and Cream Somalis where the tip may be pail, a situation found across all breeds with a Tabby Pattern and with many SOPs specifically mentioning this issue. The BAC would prefer the darker tail tip but asks Judges to bear in mind it will not always be found in Creams and Reds and not to penalise an otherwise good example of the breed for this.

Secondly, with regard to Probationer Judges completing assessments with Full Judges at a show, Rule 24 r (iv) of the Rules of Procedure for the Selection of Judges states, “The candidate must write a full critique of each exhibit, indicating whether or not a certificate/best of breed would be awarded, and then place them in order in a class or classes as required by the Full Judge”. Rule 24 r (v) states, “The candidate must then hand copies of the critiques to the Full Judge before discussing the exhibits, critiques and placings.

The Full Judge will then complete the Assessment Form (Form 17) and send it to the Somali BAC together with the candidate’s handwritten critiques”. Some Full Judges have allowed the candidates to type up their reports after the show and post them on to the judge concerned before the latter then sends the Assessment Form and the typewritten report to the BAC. The Somali BAC feels this is not in the spirit of Rule 24 r (v) as the handwritten critique is part of the requirement. The Assessment Form (17) also states quite clearly, “The Probationer Judge’s handwritten critiques of the cats judged for the assessment must be enclosed with this form”.

The Somali BAC is anxious to treat every candidate equally and asks that Full Judges do request the handwritten report that was completed before any discussion took place and do send it in to the BAC with the completed assessment form. The BAC will make allowance for handwriting etc. It is the content of the critique, made before any discussion took place, that is important. I will also remind all candidates of this requirement.

Finally, the Somali BAC is holding a Seminar, “Judging Somalis”, on Sunday, 11 February 2007 at Wythall Village Hall, near Birmingham in the West Midlands, starting at 11am. There will be an opportunity for candidates to complete an Assessment on the day. The cost for the Seminar will be £7.50 with no charge for those bringing cats. It is hoped to have as many different colours of Somalis as possible to give judges and candidates as much experience of type, colour and ticking.
Anne Gregory, Hon BAC Secretary


Sphynx Group
I am happy to say that the application prepared by the Sphynx Group for Preliminary Recognition of the breed was approved at the Council Meeting held on 21 June 2006.

Thanks go to the representatives who attended the meetings and put forward a workable Standard of Points and Registration Policy and list of Judges. Thanks also go to John Hansson who took the helm as Chairman and steered the Group through sometimes choppy waters. On behalf of the Group I know all would agree a special mention should go to Julia May. There are pre-BACs who may have had more enthusiastic advisors of their cats(1) but none could have had one that was fairer and, as tempted as Julia might be to put her hands round my throat and squeeze when she reads this, it has to be said that the breed owes her a debt of gratitude.

Back to business. Would representatives and interested parties please note the next meeting of the Sphynx Group will be held on 10 September at the New River Sports Centre, White Hart Lane, London N22 5QW, commencing at 10am. Any items for the Agenda should be sent marked for my attention to the following address, to arrive before 10 August 2006. Send to Hilary Dean, 37 Alfred Road, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent CT7 9NJ.
Hilary Dean