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Suffolk & Norfolk
Another busy weekend of showing saw a good crowd down at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, near to Cambridge. By the way, that’s nearly 200 miles from Manchester for all of you who think I don’t travel south of Stoke on Trent!

Thanks to Linda, Grace and the team for a warm welcome, and I enjoyed dinner on the Friday talking to Sheila Hamilton and Bruce and Gillian Bennett from the Nor’East of Scotland Club.

Linda told me that the entry would have been a little better, but so many entries came in after the closing date… why do people in the cat game leave entries so much to the last minute?
Of course the Bedford show had taken place recently at the same venue, so there could have been a knock-on effect.

Too many shows came the cry… again, an often heard comment from show management around the country.

Sorry to see no raffle at the show… not as sorry as the exhibitor who won £100 cash last year! Apparently there was no-one to run it... shortage of Committee Members?
A common complaint I hear at shows nowadays.


Did anyone notice the nice green carpet on the floor at the venue? Yes, it’s direct from this years Crufts! I often wondered where all those used acres of green sward went after the show.



Show Secretaries watch out
The admin. team at Our Cats are excelling themselves and we are currently sending out the judges envelopes and information to show secretaries for shows in October and November. Fairly soon with the exception of the Supreme and the National, we will complete the whole of 2006.

Please note in your envelopes, there are special offers to Clubs for pages in the Our Cats Annual 2007. We feel that not enough clubs take advantage of the special deals that could get your club and its members a lovely page in the Annual which is seen all year round.

We of course need your support and it would make for a bigger and better Annual. Check out the details in your secretary packs posted from the office, or book a page with me at the shows!



Merseyside

Next up for me is Merseyside and the delights of the Epic Centre, near Birkenhead. That must be a local show for Judge Margaret Walkden from the Wirral, who last weekend judged at the Suffolk and Norfolk and went home, then came back to the Midland Show on the Sunday. Dedicated or what?

Same goes for the boys and girls from MF Penning who did both shows in a double whammy for the weekend… that must clock up the overtime for the team Andy!

At Merseyside they celebrated their Ruby Show in 2004 and they are already flagging up their Golden Anniversary in 2014… even I hope to be retired by then!

Anyway, for now I’ll look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday.



Schedules

Many thanks to those Secretaries who brought schedules to the stand at Suffolk and Norfolk… we like to have these to help entries for YOUR show.

Vince Hogan, Editor in Chief


Mr & Mrs Nall are pictured with ‘Teddy’ after winning BIS at the Manchester & District Cat Show. ‘Teddy’ is a bit of a devil at home; Mr & Mrs Nall have had to fit special bolts on all the cupboard doors to stop him from opening them!


Chester passes away


Supreme UK & Imperial Grand Premier Dairymaine Chestaton, winner of the Supreme only last November 2005, has sadly passed away very suddenly at home. He was just under three years of age. Our thoughts are with his owner Jane Hayes.

Photo by Marc Henrie a.s.c.


ON THE ROAD

Come and visit the Our Cats stand at the forthcoming shows:

MERSEYSIDE
Epic Leisure Centre, Ellesmere Port - 3rd June 2006

LINCOLNSHIRE
Lincolnshire Exhibition Centre Showground - 8th July 2006

GWYNEDD
Deeside Leisure Centre - 15th July 2006

Free gifts with Subscriptions and renewals, plus great deals on the ever-popular Our Cats Goody Bag!

We also carry a range of books and DVDs plus the Cat Show Planner and back issues for those missing reports.

WINNERS ADVERTS accepted on the stand


Robert Fox (Photographer)
OUR CATS and Hills Official Photographer at GCCF Shows, also Official Photographer of Champion & Grand Champion Winners at shows for Royal Canin, will be attending the following:

27/05/06 - BREED 32, Bracknell, Berkshire.
03/06/06 - MERSEYSIDE CC, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
17/06/06 - CELTIC LONGHAIR & SEMI LONGHAIR CS, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
08/07/06 - LINCOLNSHIRE CC, Grange de Lings, Lincoln.
15/07/06 - EAST SUSSEX CC, Angel Lane, Tonbridge.
05/08/06 - EASTERN COUNTIES CS, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
19/08/06 - THREE COUNTIES CC, Southampton.
26/08/06 - WEST OF ENGLAND & SOUTH WALES CS, Thornbury, Bristol.
02/09/06 - HERTS & MIDDX CC, Luton.
09/09/06 - WYVERN CC, Kings Heath, Birmingham.
23/09/06 - SOUTH WESTERN COUNTIES CC, Torquay, Devon.
21/10/06 - KENTISH CS, Maidstone, Kent.


official GCCF news

STUD BOOK UPDATE
I am in the process of getting the stud book from 1 June 1995 to 31 May 2000 published, and it will be available at the Supreme. Prices to follow.

GCCF OFFICE RELOCATION
The GCCF Office will be relocating to the address below at the beginning of June -
5 King’s Castle Business Park, The Drove, Bridgwater TA6 4AG
The week of the 5 June 2006, the computers will be closed down for the conversion to the new system and the move, therefore any paperwork received in this week will be delayed in processing, please bear with us.

The telephones will be converted as of 8 June 2006, we hope to have availability of the telephone as of 12 June 2006, again, please bear with us while the exchange is being made. The numbers will remain the same.

Miss J. Beeson, GCCF Office Manager


Corrections & Apologies

The photo credit of the Front Cover Cat (OUR CATS, 19 May, Issue 1090) was accidentally missed off the advertisement. The photograph was taken by Alan Robinson. Our Cats apologises for the error.

In the list of GCCF Prefixes For Approval in OUR CATS, 19 May, one of the Prefixes was spelt incorrectly. Burnthaites should have been BURNTHWAITES. Our Cats apologises for this error.

An error was made in Isabella Bangs’ report on the Surrey & Sussex CA Show (OUR CATS, 19 May, Issue 1090). In the SH Exotic Self Adult Class, 2nd place was Rogers’ Moromou Venus. She is 9 months & 1 week old and NOT 1 year & 10 months old as stated in the report.