ANNUAL DINNER AND PRIZE PRESENTATION
G Preece and son Clayton 1st Open Perpignan International
John Chipperfield and son 1st Open Pau International
Mark Gilbert 1st Open Barcelona and 1st Open Marseille with Elaine Reid
Carol and John
Charlie Simmons 1st Open Agen International
Brian and Anthony Williams 1st Open Guernsey 2 YB's with secreary Carol
and president John Tyerman
D Grant 1st Open Guernsey 1 OH's
Dudley Holmes 1st Open Le Mans
Sue Gore of Howard and Gore 1st Open Guernsey1 YB's
Dave and Vince Padfield winners of Jim Emerton Trophy Longest Flying
Bird in race time from Barcelona
John and David Staddon 1st Open Carentan
John Fretwell winner of 1st Open Guernsey 2 OH's
L J Fry and Phil Hodinott 1st Open Alencon
N and P Coleman 1st Open Tours
Jan Deacon and daughter Carol on Jans left and friend Chris who flew in from the USA to attend the presentation
dinner and prize
presentation of one of the UK’s most prestigious racing
place at the Queen’s Hotel & Spa in Bournemouth on
weekend of 9th
of February. No doubt due to the success of earlier
presentation evenings and “word having got round”
year’s event was sold
out months ago. The venue has a 150 seat capacity and some unlucky
unable to attend and enjoy the festivities as they were too late
orders for tickets. As a result of this great popularity we may have to
for an alternative venue with a greater seating capacity for next year,
especially in view of the fact that applications from prospective new
are arriving daily.
down to Bournemouth
in the company of
Ray and Marie Strawbridge
and after an uneventful 2 ½ hour journey pulled up outside
Throughout the afternoon and evening revellers continued to arrive at
Queens from all over England
The atmosphere once again was that of a large family gathering and
I’m sure the
hotel’s management were pleased with the enthusiastic and
going on in the bar. My wife Judy and I ate in the hotel’s
restaurant on the
Friday night and enjoyed a lovely three course meal for just
per head. The
meal on the Saturday night was of a similar high standard and everyone
to was full of praise for the standard of the dinner.
There was a
called for the Saturday morning and then it was just a case of watching
rugby before getting ready for the night’s festivities to
began by welcoming all the members and families. John kept his speech
to the point, emphasising the fact that the club is moving forward in
bounds with an expanding membership, a very healthy bank balance and new transporters
for use for the first time in 2013. He thanked all those who work so
behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the club and Russell
and Carol Francis came in for special praise in this respect. Jan and
Deacon were also given a rousing round of applause for all their
work for the club including organising the presentation weekend.
course meal the presentation of the prizes for the 2012 season was
underway and although it was a little protracted, appropriate
given to the race winners and those who had won the major trophies.
Listed here are
race and trophy winners:-
NATIONAL TROPHY WINNERS.
Long Trophy for Winner
of the First OB race –
& David Staddon 1st
Trophy for winner
of second OB
Steve & Lee
Trophy winner of
L J Fry Alencon
Memorial Trophy L
J Fry 1st
Trophy for winner
N & P Coleman 1st
Barry Corbin Trophy
for winner of longest National race[1st
N & P
Wills Trophy for winner of YB race-
YB National Guernsey1.
Memorial Cup for
Young Bird into Berkshire
Trophy for winner
Dudley Holmes 1st
Le Mans .
Trophy D Grant
Trophy – B
Williams & son 1st
Guernsey 2 YB’s.
Trophy – John
Guernsey 2 OH’s.
Brooks Trophy & BICC Rose Bowl –
International and 2 Bird
Open Agen International – C Simmons.
Hunt & Son Cup & Mr & Mrs
Bunney Cup 1st
Open Barcelona International and 1st
in Centre section Barcelona
– Mark Gilbert.
Frans Van Den
Heuval Cup 2
Bird Average Barcelona
– Ray Hammond.
Flying Bird in race time Barcelona
– Padfield Family.
BICC Cup Agen [Tarbes]
Memorial Cup, Highest
Position in an International race – D Abbott.
Highest Position by a Hen in an International race – R
Memorial Cup, 2 Bird Ave
– R Pearmain &
K Brakes Cup 1st
centre section Agen / Tarbes -
F Roberts Trophy
Open Marseille – Mark Gilbert.
BICC Cup 2 Bird
Marseille – F Knowles & son.
F A Branner
Trophy & K
Couch Trophy 1st
Open Perpignan – G Preece & son.
A & T Deacon
Trophy 2 Bird Ave Perpignan
– Mark Gilbert.
S G Biss Points
Highest Points in all International Races – Mark Gilbert.
Europa Trophy, Best Ave
International Races – Mark Gilbert.
Europa Cup ,
Best Ave Pau
& Perpignan Internationals – G Preece & son.
& R Wills Cup, Best
– G Preece & son.
Best Ave Pau
& Barcelona Internationals – Mark Gilbert.
Wrights cup Best
& Agen/Tarbes – John Chipperfield.
As can be seen
above list one name in particular is repeated with monotonous
of the Winkfield Wizard Mark Gilbert. Mark had yet another truly
season at National and International level and must now rank alongside
finest fanciers in Europe.
good to see
Mark’s father Geoff at the dinner accompanying his son.
enjoyed an outstandingly successful season was that of Geoff and
Cooper who topped the west section on no less than five occasions.
contingent also did well with Dave and Vince Padfield winning the Jim
trophy for furthest flying bird in race time from Barcelona
and the Ystradgynlais
of Bryan and Anthony Williams winning their second BICC race in the
seasons with 1st
Open Guernsey2 YB’s.
array of trophies that are open for
competition within the club are really outstanding as the accompanying
photograph will clearly demonstrate.
2013 season will see Irish fanciers able
to compete for these magnificent trophies for the first time as the
has now been extended to include all of Ireland.
All we need now is
some intrepid fanciers to join us from across the border in Scotland
will have a truly united association of Nations.
the presentation the night’s dancing
got underway and everyone seemed to be having a great time despite the
sauna conditions within the hall. My thanks
to my son
in law Tim Burt for taking the photographs that accompany this report.
a personal note, it was good to meet up
with so many fanciers who I had previously only spoken to over the
contacted via e mail. All too soon it was time to make our way back to Wales
spent in great company roll on next year!