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2022 Portnockie CBS

Portnockie CBS report

With the threat of Bird Flu, APHA on speed dial and many shows cancelled it was with great relief that on Sunday 20th November we forged ahead with our show.

As with last year the staging was transported from storage in Portknockie to the Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club. After last years fiasco with reversing the trailer Lewis was taking no chances, so the staging was transported in a big van on Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning at 0900 we met at the Bowling Club after a bit of panic when our local stores were out of stock of Cullen Skink but after a look around further afield I managed to get the last 4 in stock.

As with last year first thing was to check the hall floor for nicks and chips as we got hit with a bill the previous year, all being well we had the staging up in 45 minutes. All agreed to meet back at the hall for 1800 to greet fanciers who had arranged to arrive before 20:00.  Donnie Bain arrived from Wick first in his camper van accompanied by his wife Sandra and Jack Russell Gem closely followed by Border and Fife judge Dave Green and his wife Sandra from Glenrothes Fife.

Gloster judge Robbie Wright had to cancel due to a hospital appointment, so British judge Austin Middlemiss agreed to do the Glosters. After a 6 hour journey Austin and his wife Muriel headed straight for the Cullen Bay Hotel for Cullen Skink and a portion of Strictly Come Dancing. Austin and Muriel were making a weekend of it this year staying an extra night and taking in the sights of the Scottish riviera.

First time visitors and Novice Gloster exhibitors Colin Stewart and Elaine Martin arrived from Hamilton South Lanarkshire and after getting their birds benched, left to join the judges in the Cullen Bay Hotel. At 2015 Derek Ironside his wife Mairi and son Noah arrived from Arbroath and were soon despatched to the Premier Inn in Elgin for a well earned rest. At last it was time to put out the lights do a quick check of the birds and head for home for what will be a short sleep.

On a very mild morning for November we met at the show hall at 0600 and everyone knew their roles, Brian Shepherd got the paper work started, Lewis Shepherd had the most important duty getting the bacon rolls on the go, Brian Williamson did a sweep of the exhibits to check their well being and Sandy Hay got the trophies on display. Before the exhibitors arrived it was time to feed ourselves as there would be little time to eat later so we got stuck into the bacon rolls and square sausage.

Fanciers started to arrive and with late entries and wrong classed birds to be changed Brian was kept busy, but seasoned campaigner that he is, it was plain sailing. With a steady stream of fanciers arriving Lewis was kept busy with breakfast for the masses, thank goodness we remembered the Ketchup and Brown sauce.

At 0800 Bunty arrived on her mobility scooter to take over in the kitchen closely followed by her daughter Carol, so Lewis was given his P45 from kitchen duties and was now free to get on with selling the raffles. There was no sign of Donnie Bain so someone was despatched to his campervan in the car park to give him a shout and tell him the bacon rolls were on the go, it didn’t take Donnie long to get to the kitchen.

With time moving on the judges arrived suitably refreshed by the Cullen Bay Hotel, stewards were allocated, this was quickly done due to the many volunteers keen to help which is greatly appreciated. With the judges allocated their judging stations it was agreed to pause for snacks at 1030. With perfect timing Colin Leask from Dunfermline Fife arrived, closely followed by our seed supplier Ardenlea Feather and Fur from Rothiemay Aberdeenshire.

Before judging started the judges were presented with their Cullen Skink which we hope they will enjoy when they get home. With no judges flying from Aberdeen this year security at Aberdeen Airport will have to get there own Cullen Skink. After a delay of three years Ian Allison was reunited with his two tubs of Cullen Skink when Brian, Lewis and myself were at the North of England Gloster Club show. Debt paid in full Ian.

At 0900 judging of the 305 exhibits got underway, slightly down on last year but with Avian Flu hanging around we can live with that entry. Again the Gloster section was the largest closely followed by the Fifes, so Austin Middlemiss had to get a wiggle on as he was doing the British and Norwich, as well as standing in for Robbie Wright in the Gloster section. Ably assisted by senior steward Brian Bremner from Alness this was no problem for Austin.

Dave Green got the Fife and Borders started assisted by another seasoned campaigner Jim Mitchell from Kingsbarns in the Kingdom of Fife who was taking an unnerving interest in the Fifes, I think there might be one or two Fifes finding their way in amongst the Redpolls in Jim’s shed. Local veteran Jim Duguid had the Foreign, Zebras, Budgies and AOVs to do, being a very experienced breeder and judge this would present no problems for Jim, ably assisted by our sweeper keeper Brian Williamson.

As with all judges and stewards they like their food and on the stroke of 1030 it was into the dining room for bacon rolls and square sausage with lashings of Ketchup and Brown sauce. The judges seemed to be taking their time in coming back but eventually they started to filter back to their tasks and soon they got up a head of steam and started to get the specials sorted out with the best in each section going up for best in show.

As in previous years best in sections went up on the staging for judging for best in show and left to settle while everyone had lunch. Bunty and her daughter Carol did us proud again with Tattie Soup, Steak Pie, Peas, Potatoes followed by Apple Pie, Eves Pudding and lashings of Custard. What would we do without Bunty.

After lunch it was time for the judges to choose their best in show and after much discussion the Border shown by Brian Bremner just made it over the line with 23 points and in joint second was the Fife shown by Sandy Henderson and the Gloster shown by Lewis Shepherd with 21 points. Other results as follows:-

Best in show and Best Border Brian Bremner from Alness Ross-Shire with an Unflighted Clear Cock which judge Dave Green admired very much being very steady and an excellent show bird. Second Best Border also went to Brian Bremner this time with an Unflighted Varigated Yellow Cock.

In the Fife Section Sandy Henderson from Invergordon Ross-Shire had best Fife with a Green Varigated Yellow Hen which came a close second to the Border. Derek Ironside from Arbroath came second with a Green Self Yellow Hen, Derek also had third best with a Clear Yellow Hen. In the Novice section Roy Allan from Huntly Aberdeenshire  had Best Novice with a Green Self Buff Cock, Roy also took second and third with a Green Self Yellow Hen and a Clear White Hen respectively.

In the Gloster Section Lewis Shepherd from Keith had Best Champion and Best Gloster with a Flighted TPD Consort Hen which on the day showed itself well. Second Best Gloster was a Flighted TPD Corona Hen shown by Sandy Hay from Alves. Lewis Shepherd also had third Best with a Flighted White Corona Hen.

 

In the Novice Section Colin Stewart from Hamilton South Lanarkshire had best with an Unflighted Buff Dark Crest Corona Cock, Colin also had second best with a Flighted Blue Corona Cock.

 

In the British section Alistair Junor from North Kessock Inverness had Best British with a nice Lesser Redpoll Cock which was of nice colour and very steady. Alex Kidd from Kingsbarns Fife was second with a lovely Greenfinch Hen.

 

Best AOV was Ian Cook from Irvine Ayrshire with a Dutch Frill, this bird was the son of the Best in Show at the show in 2021.

 

William Gow from Fraserburgh had best Zebras with a pair of Penquins. Best Budgie went to Scott Porter from Strichen Aberdeenshire.

 

Best Junior canary went to Noah Ironside from Arbroath with a flighted Gloster canary.

 

 

 

Thank you to:-

Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club for the use of their hall, to Bunty Gardiner now 93 years for the sterling work in the kitchen and her daughter Carol. Lewis Shepherd for the steak pies, potatoes, bacon and square sausage all were well used.

To all the stewards Jim Mitchell, Brian Bremner, Brian Williamson, Mark Rodgers, and Tony McDonald, all did sterling work on the day.

To the judges Austin Middlemiss from Bedlington Northumberland who agreed to judge the Glosters at short notice as well as the British, Dave Green from Glenrothes Fife and Jim Duguid from MacDuff Aberdeenshire. As with our sister club the North of Scotland Gloster Club we are truly blessed with the most generous of judges.

Over the two shows none of the judges would accept expenses, considering where we are and the distances judges have to travel we don’t see them as judges but true friends.

To the winners at the show who handed back their prize money, thank you. To Andrew Armitage BSc BVM&S MRCVS from Earlston, Lothian and Borders, for his advice and guidance on Bird Flu precautions. To George Dawson who sent some of his employees to help with the staging. Wull and Linda Cowan from Dalbeattie Ayrshire who come up every year and help with the running of the show.

Ardenlea Feather and Fur for the donation of two bags of seed for the raffle and to the many donations for the general raffle which combined, generated £300. Colin Leask from Avian Pigeon Poultry Specifics for his attendance at the show, it is always good to see Colin at this time of year. The continued support from J E Haith in the form of seed vouchers and rosettes.

Next years Portknockie CBS show will be in the same venue, Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club on Sunday 19th November 2023, and The North of Scotland Gloster Club show will be on Sunday 22nd October 2023 in the McBoyle Hall Portknockie.

We look forward to seeing you all again then. Portknockie CBS and The North of Scotland Gloster Club would like to wish all it’s friends a good and productive breeding season.

Sandy Hay

 

2022 Portnockie CBS

Portnockie CBS report

With the threat of Bird Flu, APHA on speed dial and many shows cancelled it was with great relief that on Sunday 20th November we forged ahead with our show.

As with last year the staging was transported from storage in Portknockie to the Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club. After last years fiasco with reversing the trailer Lewis was taking no chances, so the staging was transported in a big van on Friday afternoon.

Saturday morning at 0900 we met at the Bowling Club after a bit of panic when our local stores were out of stock of Cullen Skink but after a look around further afield I managed to get the last 4 in stock.

As with last year first thing was to check the hall floor for nicks and chips as we got hit with a bill the previous year, all being well we had the staging up in 45 minutes. All agreed to meet back at the hall for 1800 to greet fanciers who had arranged to arrive before 20:00.  Donnie Bain arrived from Wick first in his camper van accompanied by his wife Sandra and Jack Russell Gem closely followed by Border and Fife judge Dave Green and his wife Sandra from Glenrothes Fife.

Gloster judge Robbie Wright had to cancel due to a hospital appointment, so British judge Austin Middlemiss agreed to do the Glosters. After a 6 hour journey Austin and his wife Muriel headed straight for the Cullen Bay Hotel for Cullen Skink and a portion of Strictly Come Dancing. Austin and Muriel were making a weekend of it this year staying an extra night and taking in the sights of the Scottish riviera.

First time visitors and Novice Gloster exhibitors Colin Stewart and Elaine Martin arrived from Hamilton South Lanarkshire and after getting their birds benched, left to join the judges in the Cullen Bay Hotel. At 2015 Derek Ironside his wife Mairi and son Noah arrived from Arbroath and were soon despatched to the Premier Inn in Elgin for a well earned rest. At last it was time to put out the lights do a quick check of the birds and head for home for what will be a short sleep.

On a very mild morning for November we met at the show hall at 0600 and everyone knew their roles, Brian Shepherd got the paper work started, Lewis Shepherd had the most important duty getting the bacon rolls on the go, Brian Williamson did a sweep of the exhibits to check their well being and Sandy Hay got the trophies on display. Before the exhibitors arrived it was time to feed ourselves as there would be little time to eat later so we got stuck into the bacon rolls and square sausage.

Fanciers started to arrive and with late entries and wrong classed birds to be changed Brian was kept busy, but seasoned campaigner that he is, it was plain sailing. With a steady stream of fanciers arriving Lewis was kept busy with breakfast for the masses, thank goodness we remembered the Ketchup and Brown sauce.

At 0800 Bunty arrived on her mobility scooter to take over in the kitchen closely followed by her daughter Carol, so Lewis was given his P45 from kitchen duties and was now free to get on with selling the raffles. There was no sign of Donnie Bain so someone was despatched to his campervan in the car park to give him a shout and tell him the bacon rolls were on the go, it didn’t take Donnie long to get to the kitchen.

With time moving on the judges arrived suitably refreshed by the Cullen Bay Hotel, stewards were allocated, this was quickly done due to the many volunteers keen to help which is greatly appreciated. With the judges allocated their judging stations it was agreed to pause for snacks at 1030. With perfect timing Colin Leask from Dunfermline Fife arrived, closely followed by our seed supplier Ardenlea Feather and Fur from Rothiemay Aberdeenshire.

Before judging started the judges were presented with their Cullen Skink which we hope they will enjoy when they get home. With no judges flying from Aberdeen this year security at Aberdeen Airport will have to get there own Cullen Skink. After a delay of three years Ian Allison was reunited with his two tubs of Cullen Skink when Brian, Lewis and myself were at the North of England Gloster Club show. Debt paid in full Ian.

At 0900 judging of the 305 exhibits got underway, slightly down on last year but with Avian Flu hanging around we can live with that entry. Again the Gloster section was the largest closely followed by the Fifes, so Austin Middlemiss had to get a wiggle on as he was doing the British and Norwich, as well as standing in for Robbie Wright in the Gloster section. Ably assisted by senior steward Brian Bremner from Alness this was no problem for Austin.

Dave Green got the Fife and Borders started assisted by another seasoned campaigner Jim Mitchell from Kingsbarns in the Kingdom of Fife who was taking an unnerving interest in the Fifes, I think there might be one or two Fifes finding their way in amongst the Redpolls in Jim’s shed. Local veteran Jim Duguid had the Foreign, Zebras, Budgies and AOVs to do, being a very experienced breeder and judge this would present no problems for Jim, ably assisted by our sweeper keeper Brian Williamson.

As with all judges and stewards they like their food and on the stroke of 1030 it was into the dining room for bacon rolls and square sausage with lashings of Ketchup and Brown sauce. The judges seemed to be taking their time in coming back but eventually they started to filter back to their tasks and soon they got up a head of steam and started to get the specials sorted out with the best in each section going up for best in show.

As in previous years best in sections went up on the staging for judging for best in show and left to settle while everyone had lunch. Bunty and her daughter Carol did us proud again with Tattie Soup, Steak Pie, Peas, Potatoes followed by Apple Pie, Eves Pudding and lashings of Custard. What would we do without Bunty.

After lunch it was time for the judges to choose their best in show and after much discussion the Border shown by Brian Bremner just made it over the line with 23 points and in joint second was the Fife shown by Sandy Henderson and the Gloster shown by Lewis Shepherd with 21 points. Other results as follows:-

Best in show and Best Border Brian Bremner from Alness Ross-Shire with an Unflighted Clear Cock which judge Dave Green admired very much being very steady and an excellent show bird. Second Best Border also went to Brian Bremner this time with an Unflighted Varigated Yellow Cock.

In the Fife Section Sandy Henderson from Invergordon Ross-Shire had best Fife with a Green Varigated Yellow Hen which came a close second to the Border. Derek Ironside from Arbroath came second with a Green Self Yellow Hen, Derek also had third best with a Clear Yellow Hen. In the Novice section Roy Allan from Huntly Aberdeenshire  had Best Novice with a Green Self Buff Cock, Roy also took second and third with a Green Self Yellow Hen and a Clear White Hen respectively.

In the Gloster Section Lewis Shepherd from Keith had Best Champion and Best Gloster with a Flighted TPD Consort Hen which on the day showed itself well. Second Best Gloster was a Flighted TPD Corona Hen shown by Sandy Hay from Alves. Lewis Shepherd also had third Best with a Flighted White Corona Hen.

 

In the Novice Section Colin Stewart from Hamilton South Lanarkshire had best with an Unflighted Buff Dark Crest Corona Cock, Colin also had second best with a Flighted Blue Corona Cock.

 

In the British section Alistair Junor from North Kessock Inverness had Best British with a nice Lesser Redpoll Cock which was of nice colour and very steady. Alex Kidd from Kingsbarns Fife was second with a lovely Greenfinch Hen.

 

Best AOV was Ian Cook from Irvine Ayrshire with a Dutch Frill, this bird was the son of the Best in Show at the show in 2021.

 

William Gow from Fraserburgh had best Zebras with a pair of Penquins. Best Budgie went to Scott Porter from Strichen Aberdeenshire.

 

Best Junior canary went to Noah Ironside from Arbroath with a flighted Gloster canary.

 

 

 

Thank you to:-

Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club for the use of their hall, to Bunty Gardiner now 93 years for the sterling work in the kitchen and her daughter Carol. Lewis Shepherd for the steak pies, potatoes, bacon and square sausage all were well used.

To all the stewards Jim Mitchell, Brian Bremner, Brian Williamson, Mark Rodgers, and Tony McDonald, all did sterling work on the day.

To the judges Austin Middlemiss from Bedlington Northumberland who agreed to judge the Glosters at short notice as well as the British, Dave Green from Glenrothes Fife and Jim Duguid from MacDuff Aberdeenshire. As with our sister club the North of Scotland Gloster Club we are truly blessed with the most generous of judges.

Over the two shows none of the judges would accept expenses, considering where we are and the distances judges have to travel we don’t see them as judges but true friends.

To the winners at the show who handed back their prize money, thank you. To Andrew Armitage BSc BVM&S MRCVS from Earlston, Lothian and Borders, for his advice and guidance on Bird Flu precautions. To George Dawson who sent some of his employees to help with the staging. Wull and Linda Cowan from Dalbeattie Ayrshire who come up every year and help with the running of the show.

Ardenlea Feather and Fur for the donation of two bags of seed for the raffle and to the many donations for the general raffle which combined, generated £300. Colin Leask from Avian Pigeon Poultry Specifics for his attendance at the show, it is always good to see Colin at this time of year. The continued support from J E Haith in the form of seed vouchers and rosettes.

Next years Portknockie CBS show will be in the same venue, Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club on Sunday 19th November 2023, and The North of Scotland Gloster Club show will be on Sunday 22nd October 2023 in the McBoyle Hall Portknockie.

We look forward to seeing you all again then. Portknockie CBS and The North of Scotland Gloster Club would like to wish all it’s friends a good and productive breeding season.

Sandy Hay

 

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