A meeting of the Pekin Bantam Club was held at the Newbury Leisure Centre on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 11 oclock.
Apologies received from David Mann.
Those present were as follows:-
Top Table: - Tom Adamson, Roger Thomas, Liz Allonby and Derick Hoyland. The meeting was chaired by our Vice Chairman Mrs Liz Allonby.
Members present were as follows:-
David Ross, Dylan Ross, Nick Smith, Eddie Starkey, Clive Stephens, Mike Hatcher,
Emma Lane, Claire Renwick, Celia Edmonds, Angela Dupont, Bob Newcombe, Anne Wincott, Hywel Page, Louise Soper, Sylvia Soper, Terry and Jackie Shrewsberry, Emily DeGray, Anne Sullivan, Ian Allonby, Peter Smith, John Soper, Simon Harvey.
The minutes of the 2018 AGM were read out to those members present and there were no matters arising from them. Proposed by Derick Hoyland and seconded by Emily DeGray.
Our Vice Chairman thanked the two judges for their part at the show and both were present. All was good no complaints from the exhibitors.
Next was the Secretarys report. It was necessary for me to explain to club members the situation that has arisen with our Pekin Website and Pay Pal account. Many years ago the website was set up by Simon Gambling and the Pay Pal account by Stefan Windle. All has been well to a certain extent. However before Christmas Pay Pal contacted me to say there had been fraudulent use of our Pay Pal Account. Naturally there hadnt been however because I had been using Stefans Pay Pal account / e-mail address they put a stop to its use. Pay Pal have frozen the account for 180 days. Now this meant club members cannot pay their subs via the website. It meant me having to set up a new Pay Pal account and e-mail address called firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly we cannot link this Pay pal account to the website because Simon Gambling has control of the passwords. Therefore I was seeking permission from club members to set up a website so Anne Sullivan and I can operate it without being in control from someone else. It was proposed by Sandy Hildreth and seconded by Simon Harvey to go ahead with the new website. Whilst talking this through Emily DeGray said we could use Pekin Bantam Club.com at a cost of £30 for 5 years.
I advised club members that I am working with Lauren Paterson for the 2019 spring newsletter. All was good. It was felt that our financial sponsors for our newsletters should receive a thank you letter and that we appreciate their continued support. The letter to be posted to Fancy Feeds and Marriages!
Next on the agenda was the Treasurers report. Tom Adamson introduced himself. The finances are in better shape after all. However we do have the 2018 autumn newsletter to pay for. Tom did say Marriages are happy to sponsor the cost of our rosettes and this would save the Club a lot of money each year. We need to establish how much we spend to Carousel Rosettes.
Arun Valley Poultry Society held a Pekin Regional show in January. I understand there were 55 Pekins and judged by Joshua Kittle his first Pekin judging appointment.
This Pekin regional will go ahead for 2020.
I was delighted to report Ashdown Forest Poultry Club is back on track and they will be resurrecting their Pekin Regional for their November show. Joshua Kittle has agreed to judge.
The aim for a Pekin Regional show is to have 60 Pekins however 40 or more is acceptable. What is unacceptable is 20 or less.
Derick is in the process of updating the judges list and it was agreed that all Secretarys of the Regional Shows should receive a judges list. Clive Stephens pointed out it is not right not to have a Pekin judge for a Pekin Regional. At the West of England (Pool Poultry Club) earlier this year we did not have a Pekin judge! That must NOT happen again, at the meeting Simon Harvey has agreed to judge the Pekin Regional Show for Pool Poultry Club for 2020.
David and Dylan Ross are going to look into the trophies and where possible purchase new ones! Club Members have donated money for this cause so it must be carried out soon.
The presentation of the trophies took place with Tom Adamson winning best Pekin with a Cuckoo Hen and reserve Best Pekin with his Black Pullet. Best opposite sex was Cuckoo Cockerel shown by Peter Smith.
No other business. Our vice chairman closed the meeting.