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Lancashire success
My personal apologies to Chris Titterington and the hard-working team at the Lancs!

Every year this popular championship show up in Wigan suffers for being on the same weekend as Crufts dog show. Not only do I go to Crufts, but so do lots of other stalwarts of the cat show circuit, including Bob from Iams, Christine Mellor with the lovely T- shirts and of course OUR CATS.

Mind you, we do take plenty of OC papers and annuals to the show to ensure that the cat flag is kept flying...and you would be amazed at how many cat people actually come to the Our Dogs stand to say hello... thanks to you all. One well known Committee Member of the North West even posed for a photo... you’ll have to wait for that one Lesley!

Back to the Lancs which proved to be a busy and enjoyable show with a good gate, and Chris has promised to send in a report from the Show Manager’s perspective. Malcolm Beasley had another busy day in his capacity as Hall Manager for the second year, as well as supplying the penning.

Good gates
Talking of attendances at shows, it is a theme in which I have an interest as I really feel the fancy at large needs to be pro- active in bringing in people to shows...as spectators, potential exhibitors, sources of income for the club and the stands etc. Crufts and the world of dogs does a great job... 143,000 visitors in four days.

Now cat shows will never get to that level of course, but why each committee doesn’t have a PR Officer I’ll never know.

Your show should be promoted in all the local pet shops, vet surgeries, on local radio and other media etc. In this world of bad news, a cat show in the area must come as a bit of light relief and it’s a great family day out. Invite the editor of the local paper to judge the Household Pet Section or offer tickets as prizes on the local radio station.

You’ll end up with a bigger gate, more money for the club coffers and happier trade stands!
Judges’ reports - a few thoughts on this important subject

As you will now have seen, OUR CATS has a new section entitled e-mail reports. This section was started in response to the ever growing number of judges reports submitted by email, as the old methods take a back seat. We can still take reports written by hand, or faxed or posted, but inevitably the e-mailed ones will take priority as they are much easier for us to manipulate here at Our Cats HQ. Our new editorial assistant Rob Dean books them in and they virtually go straight to page.

Over the next few issues, we are also having a complete clear- up and catch-up of any reports left from 2005, so it may seem as if we are out of kilter. This will remedy itself over a short period of time and we would ask judges and exhibitors to be patient....but in the meantime revel in the joy of being able to read some of the reports within a month of the show taking place...

Footnote to judges who have a computer but do not use their email... why not? It’s not that hard and you may surprise yourself if you learn a new skill!

Memo to ALL judges... please remember to put your name, the show and the date and the breed you judged at the top of the report.

I know that sounds simple, but you would be amazed at the ones who forget this vital information!

Many thanks to all the judges for their continued perseverance in writing the reports, which can be quite an arduous task if you have had a full complement at a show.
Vince Hogan - Editor in Chief Our Cats

WHILST judging at the Lancashire CC Show in Wigan, I dropped a Chocolate Tabby Point Siamese brooch. Although not of great monetary value, it is of sentimental value.
If found, please could you give me a call on 01992 307915. Many thanks.
Steve Morris, GCCF Judge

In the Southern Counties Cat Club Show Feature in 24 February issue of OUR CATS (No. 1084) it was stated that Mrs E. Percival’s HUGNHOLD SUMMER BREEZE was Best of Variety Semi Longhair.

This was incorrect. Summer Breeze was in fact the Best Semi Longhair Kitten.

The Overall BOV Semi Longhair was Mrs Nicky Goulter’s Auburn Odd-Eyed Turkish Van Female, CH MANDELA’S BARZANI. OUR CATS apologises for this error and for any embarrassment caused.

In the Ragdoll Cat Club Show Feature (OUR CATS, 10 March, p17) a picture was printed with an incorrect caption.

The picture of Valleycat Harlaquin was in fact Jeanette Fitzpatrick’s kitten EMERISLE EMILIO BANDITO (pictured here) who won his Open Class was awarded BOB, he was 1st in all his six Side Classes and finally went on to win BIS. OUR CATS apologies for any embarrassment caused.

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:

25/03/06 - CAMBRIDGESHIRE CC, Leisure Village, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6PB.

01/04/06 - KERNOW CC, Torbay Leisure Centre, Penwell Way, Paignton, Devon TQ4 5JR.

08/04/06 - ESSEX CC, Towerlands Centre, Panfield Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 5BJ.

29/04/06 - BEDFORD & DISTRICT CC, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Kings Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2NN.

13/05/06 - NOR‘EAST OF SCOTLAND CC, Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland DD1 3BB.

20/05/06 - SUFFOLK & NORFOLK CC, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Kings Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2NN

21/05/06 - MIDLAND COUNTIES CC, Aldersley Leisure Complex, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV6 9NW.

17/06/06 - CELTIC LONGHAIR & SEMI LONGHAIR CS, The Leisure Centre, Crossways Green, Welsh Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 5LX.
15/07/06 - EAST SUSSEX CC, Angel Leisure Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge TN9 1SF.

Celtic Longhair & Semi-Longhair Cat Society’s 21st Birthday Show

Our 21st Championship Show is being held on Saturday, 17 June 2006, at its popular venue of Chepstow just inside the Welsh border.

This breed specific show for Persians and Semi-Longhairs will be celebrating its 21st Birthday this year with a party theme. In addition we will be holding 21st Birthday Classes with special prizes for the winning Adult, Kitten, and Neuter in both sections.

The National Cat Club in association with Crystal Clear Litter Pearls will be running classes for the first time at the Show. The winning Persian or Semi-Longhair and the winning Non-Pedigree from the self and non-self classes receive a cash prize and a voucher for Crystal Clear Litter Pearls, as well as qualifying for the Grand Final which is held at the National Cat Club Show at Olympia in December.

The Club prides itself on holding Best in Show across the table for both Pedigree and Non-Pedigree exhibits that have been nominated by the Judges.

The show is held in the historic market town of Chepstow at the Leisure Centre, which is easily accessible from both the M4 and M5, has plenty of free parking and caters for the disabled. The town centre and its shops are within walking distance of the show venue and are accessed through the restored town gate, but be warned there is a hill to climb on the way back!

Schedules will be available at the end of March from the Show Manager: Mrs Kath Barnett, Ambleside, Aberthin, Cowbridge CF71 7HB.

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope (size C5).
ENTRIES CLOSE 23rd MAY 2006 (or when Hall capacity is reached)

So come along and help us celebrate our Birthday with a slice of cake and a great day out! The Show Committee looks forward to seeing you.