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Manchester success
What a great day we all had in Manchester on 6 May ...and it didn’t even rain!

Overall BIS at Manchester was Bob and Doreen Nall’s Oriental Blue.

It certainly didn’t rain on Bob and Doreen Nalls’ day, or on their Oriental Blue Merrytail Gentleman Ted who swept all before him, winning BIS at this developing show. I have attended all of the shows held at the George Carnall Leisure Centre, including the sanction shows overseen by Dorothy Tomlinson, and the show and the society seems to be going from strength to strength.

Show Manager at the Manchester & Dist Show, Margaret Walkden on the microphone.

This year the Show Manager was Margaret Walkden. Dorothy was of course recovering from a recent car accident and it was good to see her there. Meanwhile the erstwhile Margaret was in charge in that department; if you know MW, then you’ll realise she calls a spade a spade so things cracked on during the day, and she even called time at 4.15 in the afternoon.

I do feel sometimes that early closures are not fair on the trade people who have worked hard setting up and then generally have two hours downtime during judging, then a few hours in the afternoon.

The Somali Cat Club held a raffle at Manchester Show... guess who won the prize?

Spare a thought for these hard-working folk, all you show managers; trading isn’t easy these days and the band of trade standholders that do the rounds are a good bunch. If it’s possible, why not let exhibitors do a bit of shopping whilst the judging is on? This practice varies from show to show, there doesn’t seem to be a set pattern.

Well done also to Irene Clarke (and Andy!) the Hall Managers; poor Irene was in a lot of pain with her shoulder but soldiered on... the thank you letter to the trade stands was appreciated and a very nice touch.

The Somali Club had a special Name the Cat raffle at the show ...see photo... can anyone guess who won?

Well done Manchester; good entry of over 400, decent parking, great motorway access, friendly welcome. Keep up the good work.


North west and other shows
At Manchester the Our Cats stand had a busy day helping people with information about shows etc. We like it when societies bring us schedules as we are keen on doing anything to help promote the shows.

Two big north west events dropped in schedules, namely the Merseyside which takes place on 3 June at the Epic Centre and the Gwynedd on 15 July. Entries are probably too late for the Merseyside, but call Marie Rose on 01352 732 944 and you can squeeze an entry in up until 6 June for Gwynedd.

Both are well supported northern events; the Merseyside of course is on the same day as the popular Somerset Cat Show down in the West Country; let’s hope I can get down there next year otherwise I’ll be accused of northern bias! (as if).

It is nice to be asked by committees to cover their show (Scotland comes to mind and the South West in September!) but there are only so many hours in the day and I do remember when I once had a home life! We’ll do our best!

As Manchester was our closest show, even three Our Cats people dropped in for various stints... Charlotte my dynamic PA, Rob Dean the new boy in Editorial and Chris Hogan, the web team representative. Not forgetting our ex-Ed, Chris Stalker, who was there to show and do the report... well at least you had more time for that Chris!!

Vince Hogan, Editor in Chief

Mary-Rose Douglas and the N.F.C .C.

This is a joint statement by Daphne Butters, in her Capacity as Chairman, and the Committee of the Norwegian Forest Cat Club (NFCC), and Mary-Rose Douglas, a former Committee Member of that Club.

You may have heard details of a dispute that arose some time ago between the Committee of the NFCC and Mary-Rose Douglas, resulting in her removal from the Committee, other posts and the Official Breeders List.

We are pleased to tell you that this dispute has now been fully resolved to the satisfaction of both parties and Mary-Rose Douglas has been reinstated to the Committee and as a representative on the Norwegian Forest Breed Advisory Committee.

The Committee of the NFCC apologises unreservedly to Mary-Rose for its actions in its handling of the whole proceedings against her. Steps are now being taken to ensure that this cannot happen again and the Constitution is currently under review.

We hope that the NFCC can now go forward and concentrate on its many purpose and function - the promotion and welfare of the Norwegian Forest Cat.

Corrections & Apologies

IN a Northern Siamese Cat Society show report in OUR CATS (No. 1089), 5 May issue, by John Hansson, a mistake was made in the Maiden Kitten Class. It was stated that Gourley & Ward’s DAZZLING MUSKETEER was 1st in this class. This was incorrect. The correct cats name was DAZZLING BEN HUR. Our Cats apologises for this error and for any embarrassment caused.

There was an error in Mr John Hansson’s show report on the Abyssinian Cat Association. The Usual Abyssinian Neuter Female BOB was not awarded to Gr Pr Mikkar Abigail, as stated. She was unfortunately absent from the show. It was awarded to Mr & Mrs Stevenson’s CH & GR PR NORJACK IMARI. Our Cats apologises for this error and for any embarrassment caused.

OUR CATS would like to apologise to GCCF Judge Jane Tackley and exhibitors whose cats were judged by Jane, for the late publication of her reports on the National, Camcat and Coventry & Leicester shows. The lateness of publication of these reports is in no way down to Jane, it is OUR CATS error. These reports are now published in this issue.

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:

20/05/06 - SUFFOLK & NORFOLK CC, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.
21/05/06 - MIDLAND COUNTIES CC, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
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.