** Summer Workshop 2012 **
The Workshop was held on Sunday 13th May and whilst this day was aimed at younger and novice members, there was a keen contingent of other members in attendance hoping to pick up a few tips and extend their knowledge.
Lee Grant came from Hertfordshire with his daughter Eva, to give a demonstration and talk to the juvenile and novice members on handling and show preparation. Lee and Eva explained what is expected of juvenile handlers at the shows and how important it is to have a knowledge of your chosen breed and explained correct handling procedure. Eva is more than qualified in this department as she won the title of Best Juvenile at the Federation of Poultry Clubs’ Show last December.
Lee then judged the birds and their handlers.
Best Juvenile going to Lucy Laister from Yalding.
Reserve to Elish Burney from Faversham.
Hugo Wells talked passionately about his Large Brahmas, explaining his breeding plans and the work involved in breeding to achieve good type with the correct colouring his birds. It is encouraging to have a young man so passionate about his poultry. He will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future !
Steve Fuller very kindly judged the eggs and went on to explain his decisions to a very keen and interested audience. It’s pleasing to see many members showing eggs, as a way of introduction to the exhibition side of the hobby.
Best Eggs went to Jackie Bishenden with an excellent Waterfowl Contents.
Following lunch the washing demonstration attracted the usual throng of onlookers waiting to see more than just a bird getting soaked ! Those members not used to this practice never fail to be amazed at how amenable the subjects are to being washed and dried.
Hard Feather Focus
Lee Grant kindly stepped in for this section and gave a good insight into the Old English Game, it’s history and standards, explaining the importance of type and style for this breed. After a few questions and some humorous anecdotes from Lee the day ended with the usual raffle and thanks to those who had given their time and helped make the Workshop a success.
The future of the Fancy lies in the hands of these young people, it is encouraging to see so many of them eager to learn, and not afraid to roll up their sleeves to help with the many and varied tasks that staging this sort of event entails.