News & Events

NEXT EVENT:

Autumn 40th Anniversary Show

Sunday 18th November, The Goward Hall, Cade Street TN21 9BU

Entries close Saturday 10th November.

Schedules are out now for the Autumn Voucher Show.  Due to the latest Avian Flu/Newcastle disease scare, there is an extra form to fill in and bring to the shows. All birds will be inspected before they are allowed into the hall, for any signs of illness.  This should not take long, and so far fanciers have been very patient about the short wait.

The rules about boxes are included – basically exhibitors must bring birds in boxes or crates with solid sides and floors, so that no shavings etc can fall out. The full Bio Security rules are included with each schedule. All these documents are available to download from the website.  Fanciers are asked to keep them selves informed about the latest rules and situation, and to comply with any restrictions.

The Autumn Show is being generously sponsored by Farmgate – they have given cash vouchers for all the Section winners and Juveniles; and many other gifts.

We will be celebrating the club’s 40th Birthday with a special display about the history of the club, and a Birthday Cake !!

Due to the dates being so close together, the November Meeting will be a week later than usual – Tuesday 27th November at 8pm, our Xmas Jolly.  Come and join us!

Next 2 Events

Saturday. 4th August 2-5pm  – Club Visit to Simon & Christine Fuller at Edenbridge.  A chance to spend a lovely afternoon among 7 acres of the Fullers’ smallholding, with pigmy goats, tiny pigs, sheep, fruit orchards, and lots of beautiful pure breed Chickens and Bantams.    Places still available;  no charge, and a cream tea courtesy of Simon too.  Call 07787638504 if you would like  to be included.  The summer visits are a perk for members, but you can join on the day or renew if your sub is out of date.

Tuesday 18th September – next Bi-Monthly Meeting at the Goward Hall, Cade Street TN21 9BU        Paul Lovatt-Smith will be talking about the Small Farm Training Group and their work in advising and helping people who want to take up smallholding. Open meeting; visitors welcome; raffle, Egg competition and refreshments as usual.

AUTUMN SHOW SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER – schedules will go out by September 7th.  Entries close 11th November.  Includes the Sussex Breed Club Regional show and many other specials.  Judges:  Dave Copas, Caroline Hadley and Neil Weller.

New Committee

The new Committee elected at the AGM on 20th March is as follows:

Chairman  Aubrey Holt, 07703666943.  Secretary. Celia Edmonds, 07787638504.                                  Acting Treasurer:  Anne Hudson.  Committee Members:  Willie Edmonds,  Bob Dean,  Simon Frizzell,  Rachel Butchers,  Christine Hobden,  co-opted: Jim Butchers,  Frank Hobden

THE AUTUMN SHOW IS BACK!       

The Autumn Voucher Show will be held on Sunday 18th November at The Goward Hall, Cade Street.  TN21 9BU. including the Sussex Breed Club Regional show and many other breed club specials.  Schedules out early September, from the Secretary as above

Club Events 2018:

May Bi-Monthly meeting  Tuesday 15th May at The Howard Hall, 8pm.  “Best Bird Night” – bring your favourite chicken, bantam or duck and show it off to the other members.  Raffle, Refreshments and Egg competition, as usual.  Come and enjoy the company of fellow enthusiasts.

July – no meeting due to the Members outing – Saturday 4th August, details in the next newsletter

September Bi-Monthly meeting – Tuesday 18th September, topic & speaker tbc, possible a talk and demonstration on Show Preparation, in advance of the winter shows

Promotion:  Several Promotion events are being planned, with a display and live birds at various venues around the County, to increase awareness of the club and get new members involved.   Details in the newsletter soon. 

AGM  Tuesday 20th March

The 2018 AGM will be held at The Goward Hall, Cade Street TN21 9BU at 8pm.  All current members who are eligible to attend and vote have been sent the Spring Newsletter, agenda and voting form.  Membership renewals of 2017 paid-up members will be taken at the meeting but no new members will be accepted, or renewals from old members from prior to 2017.

This rule is made to protect the interests of currently active members and supporters, in view of the current situation.

After the conclusion of business, we will have the results of the 2017 Bi-monthly Egg Competitions and presentation of the Club trophy.  Refreshments will be free, and we will have our usual  raffle.  Please feel free to post your small ads of items for sale, including stock etc, on the Club Noticeboard.  

We are hoping to have a pleasant friendly meeting with plenty of suggestions and volunteers to take the club forward.  Posted 6/3/18

LATEST NEWS

AFTER GETTING THE DVD SOONER THAN EXPECTED, WE WILL BE SHOWING THE NEW ZEALAND FILM OF ‘PECKING ORDER’ AT THE NOVEMBER BI-MONTHLY MEETING ON 21st NOVEMBER. THE FILM FOLLOWS SEVERAL LOCAL POULTRY CLUBS IN NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND,  IN THE MONTHS UP TO THEIR NATIONAL POULTRY SHOW. WE SEE HOW DIFFERENT FANCIERS KEEP AND BREED THEIR BIRDS, AND HOW THEIR NATIONAL SHOW PROCEDURES DIFFER FROM OURS.  IT IS A FUNNY AND AFFECTIONATE PORTRAIT OF OUR FRIENDS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.  THE SHOWING WILL BE INSTEAD OF THE QUIZ PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED.  ALL WELCOME; BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY.  XMAS TREATS & RAFFLE AS USUAL.

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NEXT EVENT

THE NEXT EVENT IS THE NOVEMBER MEMBERS BI-MONTHLY MEETING.  This is on TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER AT 8pm AT THE GOWARD HALL,  CADE STREET  TN21 9BU.

This will be the club’s last event this year, and traditionally we like to make it a festive occasion.  Willie Edmonds has kindly offered to run a QUIZ on poultry and horticultural themes.   Willie is a lifelong allotment man, with many prize-winning vegetables in the local village shows.  He is also keen on flowers and fruit, and he oversees the kitchen garden in the National Trust property of Monks House.

Please make a big effort to come on the 21st and support your club, especially if you are an    East Sussex member.  The meetings have had many excellent speakers in the last 2 years, but it is disheartening for a speaker to drive some distance to find a small audience.

What with the shows being cancelled this year, if the meetings are not well supported, the club will be in real danger of folding.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO A FUN EVENING ON 21ST NOVEMBER, AND WISH ALL MEMBERS A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR 2018.

Seramas for Sale

Club member Peter Green is having to give up his much-loved Seramas, having lost the use of the field and shed where he keeps his birds.  The birds are all young, hatched within the last 2 years. Peter has 3 boys and 7 girls to sell.  Tel 01825 873226.   (28 October 2017)

Update

The Egg Show has been cancelled due to low entries.

The news was posted on the club Facebook page, and Members were notified by email, although not by letter.   We send sincere apologies to any member who did not get notified after the closing date, and we hope nobody was inconvenienced.  Sorry for any delay in sending out this news, but the editor has been away.

It was disappointing to  have to cancel an event but there simply was not sufficient response, maybe the timing was wrong.  NB. There will not be a Bi-monthly meeting in September as the Egg show was intended to be in lieu a meeting.

                                                               NEWS July-August 2017

Our next event will be the Egg Show on Sunday 3rd September, to be judged by Mr Ian Sissons.  This will be at the Goward Hall in Cade Street TN21 9BU, as usual.  It is open to the public from 11am to 3pm.  There will be a sale of Hatching Eggs, all pure breeds being sold by club members.  There will also be sales tables of garden plants and poultry sundries, delicious refreshments and a raffle.  Schedules and entry forms can be downloaded from this website, or available from Mrs Barbara Earley on 07770795759 or email bearley123@sky.com.  The closing date for entries is 27th August.  Any help is warmly welcomed, we need people to help with setting out the tables from 8am and help with the raffle etc would be much appreciated.                 If you have any queries about this event or other club matters, please contact the Club Secretary at ashdownforest.pc@gmail.com.  ** We look forward to seeing you on 3rd September **

Latest News May 19th  2017

Publicity:  The Club will  be ON DISPLAY at STAVERTON NURSERY BN8 6PU on the A22 at HALLAND, East Sussex. on Saturday 3 June from 11 – 3  to publicise the club on its home turf..  We will have some live chickens for children to handle, thanks to the Defra ban being lifted; a colourful display board with pictures of different Breeds, plus lots of information about starting with chickens etc   We will be outside the front of this excellent Nursery as you arrive, so you can’t miss us.  Big thanks to the management of this excellent Nurseries for hosting us.

July Outing – Raystede visit. BN8 5AJ – NEW DATE 15th July – please note

Change of date – the club is having a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Raystede Animal Rescue Centre on Saturday 15th July from 11am.  Meet in the car park, tour starts at 11.30 and members must be currently paid up please.

Egg Show – NEW DATE – now Sunday 3rd  September

The Egg Show has been moved forward by a week, to 3rd September.  It will have extra classes and also several stalls including Hatching Eggs for sale, Poultry Sundries, Garden Produce etc. Schedules will go out in August, and the show will be organised by Barbara Earley who can be contacted on our Facebook page.

Update on Defra & avian flu restrictions        20th April 2017

Jed Dwight and Lee Grant have met with Defra officials but the ban on all bird gatherings – shows etc – remains in place. Despite the PCGB  trustees stressing how this will impact on the county agricultural shows this summer,  Defra says it is continuing to monitor and assess the situation regarding the threat posed by avian flu, and will not commit themselves to a date when the ban might be lifted. They did say that they do not have a plan to impose a blanket ban from 1st November this autumn, as rumours were saying. So, not all bad news then!  We will keep you posted.

 

 NEWS UPDATE. 19TH APRIL  2017

AVIAN FLU –  We hope to be able to post some very good news about the Defra ban on bird gatherings any day now.  Two members of Poultry Club of Great Britain committee are meeting with Defra officials tomorrow to discuss the situation and try to get the current ban lifted.  Then hopefully we will see poultry back again in the agricultural and county shows this summer.  Fingers crossed!

FACEBOOK – The club’s Facebook page has a new administrator – welcome to Barbara Earley, who has taken over last week.  Barbara has been having a good springcleaning session and she has tidied everything up.  Now Barbara would like your photos, news, chat, hatching successes (and failures ??) news of birds for sale or spare equipment – any news you feel like sharing – please send it to the official Ashdown Forest Poultry Club Facebook page.

COMING EVENTS

MAY BI-MONTHLY MEETING – Tuesday 16th May at the Goward Hall, Cade Street , TN21 9BU, at 8pm  Chairman Aubrey Holt will lead a presentation on Breeds and their eggs.  There will be the bi-monthly egg competition, a raffle, and the usual delicious tea and cakes.

JULY – In place of the bi-monthly meeting, we will be having a private out-of-hours visit to Raystede Animal Sanctuary,  Ringmer,  BN8 5AJ. This meeting has been arranged for AFPC members and their families, for Tuesday 18th July , 6.30 – 7.30.  We could continue afterwards in the local pub.  This visit has to be confirmed, and if we can’t have the evening visit, we will make it a weekend instead.  Please do make sure your sub for 2017 is up to date.  Full details in the next newsletter, coming soon …

SEPTEMBER – Sunday 10th September – EGG SHOW.  There will be an Egg Show in the Goward Hall Small Hall on Sunday 10th September.  Schedules out at the end of August, download from the website.  Probably we will have all the usual classes, plus an art section for the children – A Drawing of your favourite hen or pet, etc.  There will also be a sale of Hatching Eggs, a sundries sale, and  a produce stall.  Any other ideas – let us know or post it on Facebook.

Next Newsletter coming very soon – just waiting on Defra.

NEWS –  4th  February 2017

As you may know, the Spring Show due to be held on Sunday 5th March has been cancelled due to the ban on all bird gatherings from Defra until 28th February.  Thanks to several recent new outbreaks, the ban will probably be extended into March.

The committee feel unable to go ahead with so much uncertainty.

We are truly sorry to have to do this, along with all our neighbouring clubs.

We hope members and supporters will continue to keep their birds under cover and away from direct contact with any wild birds.  Also we wish you well with your hatching for 2017 and look forward to seeing you when the shows resume.

EVENTS – Next Meeting

The next club meeting will be the bi-monthly meeting and AGM on Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 8pm at The Goward Hall.

Details will be sent to all members at the end of February.