Above: Chairman and show manager of the Swindon All Gloster Canary Club, Kevin McCarthy (left) with president Mike Palmer, who has generously sponsored the purchase of the new club rosettes.
A NEW GLOSTER canary club has re-formed in Swindon with the aim of promoting the breed and putting the area “back on the map”.
The Swindon All Gloster Fancy Canary Club was once a popular club, but it closed several years ago due to a lack of interest and an ageing committee.
Last year, original members Brian Skeffington and Kevin McCarthy made plans to resurrect it – and in March 2019 the Swindon All Gloster Canary Club (SAGCC) officially re-formed.
The SAGCC has a new committee, which includes Mike Palmer as president, Mr McCarthy as chairman and show manager, and Mr Skeffington as secretary and treasurer, as well as also co-show secretary with Fred Allan. Graham Worrallo and Shaun Gardiner make up the rest of the committee, while Georgina Webb has taken on the role of chief fundraiser.
Mr Palmer said: “I am very happy to do all I can to help revive the club and help make it one of the best s h o w s around.”
T h e club’s first annual specialist all- Gloster open show will be held on October 12, 2019 at Watchfield village hall, just six miles east of Swindon. Judges engaged are Ray Popham and Colin Bowyer.
Club member Steve Pritchard of Cavcott Glosters said: “The new club has already received amazing support and encouragement from o t h e r s within the fancy.”
At the open show, the committee will present each exhibitor with a commemorative mug and two-tier rosettes will be awarded to first, second and third placed birds in every class.
Mr Skeffington said: “My hope is that we can get a good entry for the show to make this a show not only to win but to also enjoy.”
A Facebook page has been set up to act as an information point for club news – to join, search for “Swindon All Gloster Canary Club” on Facebook.
New members are invited to join and can do so by contacting the secretary, Brian Skeffington on 01793 877 507, 07771 637 646 or email: brian.skeffington@outlook. com or post: 37 Rochford Close, Grange Park, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 6AB.
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