News & Events

News Update August 2019

The club has a new Secretary and Show Secretary –  Sharon Watson has taken on these two key officer posts on the AFPC committee.  Sharon can be contacted on 01273 858568. Her email is ashdownforest.pc@gmail.com. .  Sharon lives and works at Middle Farm and has been involved with poultry for many years, along with her husband Ken.

Sharon and Ken kindly hosted the club’s summer outing in July, which was a very interesting early evening  tractor-trailer tour around some of the 600 acres of Middle Farm, part of the Firle Estate, with running commentary by our hosts.  This was followed by a delicious buffet and chats around the tables outside in the warm evening sunlight. It was much enjoyed by the members.

Rachel Butcher’s photos of the Box Show in May can now be seen on the Gallery page of the website, in a subsidiary folder.  They are very clear and give an excellent idea of the atmosphere of the evening.

Upcoming Events:

September Bi-monthly Meeting:  Talk on Poultry Ailments and Diseases, with advice on treatment – Chairman Aubrey Holt to talk.  Goward Hall as usual, 8pm, Tuesday 17th  September – raffle, egg competition, refreshments.  This is an open meeting, all welcome – bring a friend.

Autumn Voucher Show, Sunday 17th November 

We are very pleased to see the return of the Pekin Regional show; also the show will include the Sussex Breed Club Regional show, as well as many other specials.  Judges will be Lee Grant, Joshua Kittle, Robin Ramus and Craig Ramus.  The schedules will be out by mid-September and available to download from this website.  The show will be organised jointly by Sharon Watson and Celia Edmonds  this first time, but all enquiries must be made to Sharon Watson, Show Secretary.

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May update – Coming Events

Box Show. Tuesday 21st May  8pm at The Goward Hall, Cade Street

Ian Sissons will judge this Box Show following a traditional knockout format, best of 3 birds until we are down to the final 3.  Prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd, also an extended Egg competition with classes of Plates of 6, Plates of 3, Single Egg, Waterfowl Egg and Best Decorated Egg.  Raffle and refreshments as usual; entry fee 50p per bird; members of the public are welcome to watch.

July Meeting

Tuesday 16th July at 7pm – A Tractor-trailer tour of Middle Farm hosted by Ken and Sharon Watson, weather dependant, with free refreshments. Th is event is open to paid up members only.  If you would like to come please contact Celia on 07787 638904 or email the club, as we need to know the numbers – children are welcome.

Anne Hudson   Club President   8th January 1934 – 13th March 2019

We are very sad to announce the death of club President Anne Hudson in March.  Anne was a stalwart member of the club, rarely missing any club event in over 20 years.  She held the offices of Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman until 2012, when she became President.  Anne was particularly keen on exhibiting eggs – winning the Wessex Egg Show – and organising educational events for children at Ardingly.  She made a stunning display which was taken to many shows, which had eggs of every size from tiny pigeon eggs up to enormous ostrich eggs.  She will be much missed.

 

NEXT 2 EVENTS

Tuesday 19th March at The Goward Hall, Cade Street  TN21 9BU

Talk on Eggs and Incubation by Aubrey Holt     Aubrey will show various types of egg and advise on what to look for when deciding to try hatching, showing or eating.                                Start time 8pm with a break for refreshments, raffle and the Bi-Monthly Egg competition – plates of 1 and 3 eggs.

May bi-Monthly meeting – Tuesday 21st May  8pm at The Goward Hall

Box Show, Judge Ian Sissons, Championship Judge at the National Poultry Show, 2018.         Open to the public but entry into the Box Show for members only – come and see one of the country’s top judges assessing a range of different chickens, bantams and ducks.

 

 

 

February Update. 2019

The AGM was held on 5th February and the Committee for 2019 is:

Chairman – Aubrey Holt,  Vice-Chairman – Frank Hobden,  Treasurer – Celia Edmonds.    Committee members:  Jim Butcher, Rachel Butcher, Bob Dean, Willie Edmonds,  Christine Hobden,  Ken Watson,  Sharon Watson.  The various tasks of secretary will be shared by the committee for the time being while an acting secretary learns the procedures.  Celia will organise the Autumn Show.

Two changes to the Constitution to rules 9 and 16 were passed unanimously. After refreshments, the members were treated to a very funny and informative talk by Sarah Farnes, about her new dairy business, The Real Sussex Ice Cream Company, with samples of some of the flavours.  Fantastic.

Dates for your Diary:

Bi-Monthly meetings will be on the third Tuesdays of alternate months as usual – 19th March,  21st May,  16th July,  17th September and 19th November.  All meetings will be at the Goward Hall at 8pm, unless otherwise stated.

The Autumn Show will be held on Sunday 17th November, with the Sussex Breed Club Regional Show and the Pekin Club Regional Show again.  We will be applying for as many specials as we can have from the various Breed Club secretaries, and with our brilliant kitchen team, it promises to be another wonderful event.  More details to follow.