2016 Club Officials
Mr Peter Barlow
Mr Philip Weaver
Little Manor Farm
Club Report 2012
2012 unfortunately was not the best for the Midland Club, with the Club Show having to be cancelled due to the weather, and both our Chairman, Dave Chambers, and our Secretary, Jo Chambers, suffering ill-health.
At the end of June, on one of the few mainly dry days, we all went north to visit John and Linda Mellin’s Hull House flock. We were fortunate enough to dodge the showers to see the ewes and well-grown lambs in the paddock; a large group of weaned ram and ewe lambs were a pleasure to see. We all took a great deal of time choosing the one we would like to sneak into the boot and bring home. For the cattle-minded amongst us it was of great interest to see the Mellins relatively new venture, the Longhorns. We tried, without a great deal of success, to identify the Texel breeders in their mixed –up photo quiz; congratulations go to Anne-Marie Payne (Mymswood) for recognising more than anyone else. The Mellin family made us feel very welcome and fed us all wonderfully – all in all a very good day.
At the end of July we visited the winners of last year’s flock competition, John and Barbara Leadbeater’s Blackbird flock. We looked round both the sheep and their new home; the sheep are a great credit to them and I’m sure we will continue to see their name in show results in the coming years. The house has been miraculously transformed from the old barn and been very well thought out . Anne-Marie Payne recognised the most sheep breeds to win the quiz – this is becoming a habit. Another enjoyable event.
Several of our members have had a good year at the shows in 2012. Robin and Mandy Kellett (Parkhill) took both the Championship with a shearling ram and the Reserve Championship with a shearling ewe not only at Derby but also at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, The East of England and Rutland Shows. Henry and Tina Ashley( Lincs) took the Championship at Norfolk Show with a shearling ram and John and Barbara Leadbeater were Champion with a shearling ewe at Bucks County Show.
As mentioned, unfortunately the terrible weather forced the cancellation of our Show as the ground was too wet to get on.
In 2012 we tried a new venue, Thame, for our Club Ram Sale and it was quite successful with most vendors of shearling rams going home happy. The ram lambs were not wanted, however, and most went home unsold.
Unfortunately, our flock competition, which was due to take place in the autumn, was cancelled.
Our AGM was held in November at Abthorpe Village Hall and, following the resignation of our Chairman and Secretary, a new team was elected with Barbara Smith (Slapton ) Chairman, John Leadbeater (Blackbird) Vice-Chairman, Barbara Leadbeater Secretary and Duncan Burton Treasurer.We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and Jo Chambers (Twelve Oaks) for their time spent on club matters and in particular being instrumental in rejuvenating the club show.
We were challenged to a return skittles match by the Northants Stockmans Club at Abthorpe pub in December and we won!
Unfortunately, due to a clash with in-lamb sales and its closeness to Christmas not enough members were able to attend the Christmas meal and reluctantly it had to be cancelled.
Hopefully 2013 will be a better year all round.
Barbara Smith Chairman
John Leadbeater Vice-Chairman