** Autumn Show 2012 **

The Autumn Show was well supported with many new exhibitors showing with us for their first time. Our judges for the day were Caroline Hadley, Mike Hatcher and Allan Brooker. We are very grateful to them for officiating ,also thank you to Sylvia Hatcher for stewarding. It was very pleasing to see several of our local members on Championship Row ! Well done to you all and thank you to all exhibitors for supporting the club.

A huge thank to everyone that helped with setting up on Saturday and to all those that stayed behind to help with the take down after the show. There were so many of you we can’t name everyone but would like you to know how much we appreciated your help.

Results and Judge’s reports

BEST IN SHOW : J FREEMAN VORWERK MALE Best Rare

RESERVE : C POWELL CALL DUCK Best Waterfowl

Best S/F Large : H WELLS Brahma. Best Youngstock

Best S/F Bantam Heavy: V ROBERTS Barnevelder

Best S/F Bantam Light: J LAISTER Ancona

Best H/F Large : L.J PUMMELL Modern Game

Best H/F Bantam: L.J PUMMELL Old English Game

Best True Bantam : S & C FULLER Rosecomb

Best Trio : W SHACKEL Thuringian

Best Juvenile : J COOKE Orpington

Best Junior : H POWELL Call Duck

Best Eggs : D VICENTE Plate 6 Bantam

Caroline Hadley:

It was again a great pleasure to judge the true bantams and eggs at the Kent Poultry Clubs Autumn Show. My day got off to a slightly shaky start, not only did my alarm clock batteries pick that day to pack up but I got a little lost on the way to pick up Allan Brooker. Luckily things improved and we made it to the show in time to have a much needed cup of tea before the start of judging. Both the birds and the eggs were a pleasure to judge, nearly all the birds were well shown and a credit to the exhibitors who had done their best considering the time of year, many were not quite through the moult yet and  will continue to improve over the next few weeks. My best True bantam was a smart and typy Rosecomb.  The eggs section was strong and I was very impressed with the quality and standard of the exhibits. All the plates shown were of a high standard.

Mike Hatcher:

It was great to once again judge in Kent but at a venue new to me.  I can see why the Club is so keen on it as it is so near a major road with plenty of parking nearby and as we judges found good lighting to make our job easy.  A warm welcome and a cuppa and I was in for a surprise.  A book appeared from behind the counter as a gift to me.  I had not known my old friend Alan (Algy) Hatcher had produced a collection of rhymes and had them published in hardback form. Its up-to-date and amusing.

Lorna soon set Caroline, Allan and myself on our way.  My young steward, Hugo Wells, was very attentive and efficient.  Large Hard Feather was as numerous as most shows with Large Moderns and Malays, won by a very fit Modern female.  Bantam Hard Feather had quite a number of OEG plus a few Moderns and a Ko Shamo.  A nice OEG which really handled won.  From my Rare a very strong Sulmtaler male won the large and then a tidy Vorwerk male won the bantams.  In my Waterfowl there was a Pekin winning the large and from a good group of Calls plus some nice Miniature Appleyards a White Call male won.

At the end we all three agreed on the Vorwerk as Best with Reserve going to the winner of the Junior Section an Apricot Silver Call female.

A super lunch with the entertainment provided by my old friend Jack Turton then my day ended with a surprise invite to present the trophies.  It did end the day on a high for me.  From my wife Sylvia and myself thanks for being such good hosts.