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THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE CAT FANCY
Meeting of the Disciplinary Committee was held
on Thursday 18 September 2014
at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4AL


COMPLAINTS FOR CONSIDERATION:

 

Ms S Coate, the GCCF Solicitor advised the meeting that as the complaints IC/018/14 and IC/ 018a/14 were linked, the Investigation Committee would call witnesses for the complaint against Mrs Walkden and their evidence would stand for the complaint against Mrs Whiteley unless Mrs Whiteley appeared at the hearing when the witnesses would have to be examined again.

 

IC/18/14 - Mrs M Walkden

The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against Mrs M Walkden as follows:

 

That the Defendant is in breach of Article 12(1)(a) and/or 12(1)(b) (paragraph 1) and/or 12(1)(d) of the GCCF Bye-Laws in that :-

 

On 7th December, 2013 she was judging at the National Cat Club show, and her Steward was Ms. M. Whiteley

and

 

1. Whilst removing a British Black Silver Tabby neuter female, from her pen her Steward pulled the cat by her front shoulders, with no support to her back. She was very scared, and her right back leg caught and pulled on the pen door. As a result of the Steward's handling of her, the cat has had numerous visits to the vet and has had to undergo three operations to try to repair the tendons damaged when she was removed from her pen. The Defendant failed to supervise her Steward while she was handling the cat. She did not make the care, comfort, health and safety of the cat her priority, as laid down in the Code of Conduct for GCCF Judges.


By these actions the Defendant acted in a way that was, or may have been, discreditable and/or prejudicial to the welfare of the cat and/or the interests of cat owners and/or the exhibiting of cats and/or the interests of the GCCF.

and / or

 

2. Whilst handling two British Black Silver Tabby neuter males, her Steward was seen to manhandle them forwards out of their pens, put them on the trolley with only their front halves in contact and their rear halves and legs dangling, causing them considerable distress. Another GCCF Judge was forced to intervene. The Defendant failed to supervise her Steward while she was handling the two cats. She did not make the care, comfort, health and safety of the two cats her priority, as laid down in the Code of Conduct for GCCF Judges.

 

By these actions the Defendant acted in a way that was, or may have been, discreditable and/or prejudicial to the welfare of the two cats and/or the interests of cat owners and/or the exhibiting of cats and/or the interests of the GCCF.

 

Mrs Walkden did not attend the hearing nor was she represented.

 

Mrs Walkden admitted the complaint and submitted evidence to be considered by the Disciplinary Committee.

 

The Investigation Committee called two witnesses.

 

The Disciplinary Committee found the complaint proved by Mrs Walkden's own admission and ordered that she be censured and warned.

 

The Committee made no order as to a fine.

 

The Committee made no direction as to costs.

 

IC/18a/14 - Mrs M Whiteley

 

The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against Mrs M Whiteley as follows:

 

That the Defendant is in breach of Article 12(1)(a) and/or 12(1)(b) (paragraph 1) and/or 12(1)(d) of the GCCF Bye-Laws in that :-

 

On 7th December, 2013 at the National Cat Club show she was a steward for the GCCF Judge, Mrs M Walkden

and

 

1. Whilst removing a British Black Silver Tabby neuter female, from her pen she pulled the cat by her front shoulders, with no support to her back. She was very scared, and her right back leg caught and pulled on the pen door. As a result of the Defendant's handling of her, the cat has had numerous visits to the vet and has had to undergo three operations to try to repair the tendons damaged when she was removed from her pen.


By this action the Defendant acted in a way that was, or may have been, discreditable and/or prejudicial to the welfare of the cat and/or the interests of cat owners and/or the exhibiting of cats and/or the interests of the GCCF.

and / or

 

2. Whilst handling two British Black Silver Tabby neuter males, she was seen to manhandle them forwards out of their pens, put them on the trolley with only their front halves in contact and their rear halves and legs dangling, causing them considerable distress. Another GCCF Judge was forced to intervene.


By these actions the Defendant acted in a way that was, or may have been, discreditable and/or prejudicial to the welfare of the two cats and/or the interests of cat owners and/or the exhibiting of cats and/or the interests of the GCCF.

 

Mrs Whiteley did not attend the hearing nor was she represented.

 

Mrs Whiteley denied the complaint.

 

The Disciplinary Committee found the complaint proved and ordered that Mrs Whiteley be censured and warned.

 

The Disciplinary Committee made no order as to a fine.

 

The Disciplinary Committee made no direction as to costs.

 

The Disciplinary Committee made the following observation:

 

The Disciplinary Committee strongly recommends that Mrs Whiteley does not steward again until she has undertaken appropriate training. Attention is drawn to items 16 & 17 of the GCCF Guidance Notes on Stewarding.

BIRMAN BAC

 

The Birman BAC has a new Secretary. Can all judges and show managers please note that the new Secretary of the BAC is:

 

Miss Candice Prowting
19 Barlows Road
Tadley
Hampshire
RG26 3NA

 

birmanbac@gmail.com

BLUE PERSIAN CAT SOCIETY

 
The AGM of the Blue Persian Cat Society was held on Saturday 14 June 2014.


The following officers were elected or confirmed in post:


President Eric Wickham-Ruffle, Vice-Presidents Eileen Fryer and Pam Taylor, Chairman Eileen Fryer, Secretary Keith Scruton, Treasurer Grace Wylde.


Out of respect for Christina Dugdale it was agreed to defer the election of a vice-president to replace her until the next AGM.
 
It will be club policy to send out AGM paperwork by email in future years to save the cost of printing and postage unless the secretary has been notified  in writing at least four weeks in advance of the meeting that the member wishes to receive a hard copy.
 
Keith Scruton
Hon Secretary BPCS
43 Crayford Way, Dartford, DA1 4JY
email: keithws@outlook.com

 

Added June 2014

BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT CLUB

 

The British Shorthair Cat Club have added a special side class in honour of Heather Anderson-Carter and in legacy of her prefix the Fraochcait Memorial Class, we would welcome all Heathers friends to  enter and those who would like to donate gifts to winners or sponsorship for the class are more than welcome to do so.

 

BSH Cat Club Committee

THE EXOTIC CAT SOCIETY

 

Please note that I have taken on the role of Membership Secretary for the Society with immediate effect and can be contacted as follows:

Address:  49 Thirlmere Drive Stowmarket Suffolk IP14 1SF
Tel:      01449 675034
e-mail:   janed55@talktalk.net

Peter Calver
Membership Secretary - Exotic Cat Society

PERRI HUTCHISON

 

Please note that I will be getting married on the 14th February 2014 and my new name will be Perri Mansaray.

 

Perri Hutchison

LANGFORD VETERINARY SERVICES
RAGDOLL HCM QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Questionnaire for Ragdoll breeders who have had their cats genetically tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)

We are collaborating with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London on a project to follow up Ragdoll cats that have been genetically tested for the HCM mutation. This information will help Ragdoll breeders and owners, as well as vets, to understand what the result of the genetic test means, both for breeding and for risk of developing heart disease. The only way we can do this is with your help. If you are able to complete a short questionnaire, we will be extremely grateful because this information will help Ragdoll cats that have the genetic mutation and may suffer from HCM in the future.

 

How can you help?

If you have had a Ragdoll cat genetically tested for the HCM mutation (R820W) and would like to take part in the survey please use this link.

 


If you would like more information about the survey please email ragdollstudy@gmail.com

 

Thank you in anticipation of your help

FELINE CORONAVIRUS (FCoV) RESEARCH

 

 

Please visit Langford Veterinary Services for more information.

 

Our study requires tissue samples collected from cats that have died from any cause or disease, and at any age; we are not specifically recruiting FIP cases.

 

Many thanks again for your help with this research. We hope that it will benefit many cats in the future through its findings.

HERTS & MIDDLESEX CAT CLUB

 

Calling all members!

The Herts and Middlesex committee are pleased to announce some changes to their website.

We have introduced a new members section, where you can:

- nominate your cat to be featured as "cat of the moment" on the site
- read all about the latest news from the club
- read interesting articles and stories provided by members of the club
- provide details of any kittens that you have available onto our kitten list
- provide details of any cats that you know of that are in need of re-homing
- email the club with any articles of interest that you'd like to share with other members

We look forward to hearing from you! Please tell the club webmaster what you think of our new web pages by emailing Janet Williams at janet.p.williams@icloud.com.

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Cat Club - here's the link to our website: www.hertsandmiddxcc.co.uk

Added May 2014

JUDGE REPORTS

 

Following the Webmaster's house home, please note that hard copy Judge Reports should be sent to:

 

Mrs M Owen

The Old Manse

96a Kingsway

Wellingborough

Northants. NN8 2PD

PAT KIDD
OGIGMC Alfred

 

OGIGMC Alfred   Lost his brave battle against Lung Cancer on Friday 8th August.

 

Alfred has been poorly for 5 months and I have been astounded at the number of people who have been asking after him and also the number of people who have been telephoning, emailing and coming up to me at shows.

 

He has been shown, as you may well be aware, over the last 16 years and has the most phenominal show success record.  He bacame, as you know, the UKs rirst Olympian Gold Hoousehold Pet in 2012 as well as scores of best in show awards.

 

RIP Alfred

jwkidd@krestacats.wanadoo.co.uk

 

Added 8th August 2014

MRS JEAN MURCHISON

 

I thank all my friends and clubs for the beautiful cards sent to me on the loss of my husband Ian – each was special and gave much comfort to me at this very sad time.


All I shall keep together with his photo and other personal items in a very special place – your thoughts and kindness are so very much appreciated.

 

Jean Murchison – Fistra Siamese – July 2014

MRS PAT PERKINS

 

I am moving house and expect the internet to be offline around the 14th/15th July. My email will remain the same but my new address is:

 

41 Crownlee
Penwortham,
Preston
Lancs

PR1 0PA

 

Tel: 01772 577262

 

Added July 2014

SEMI LONG HAIR CAT ASSOCIATION


The Semi-Longhair Cat Association has, with regret, voted at a Special General Meeting on 27 July 2014 to wind up the Club. They would like to thank all those who contributed to the Club over the years. Any enquires should be addressed to the Secretary via the club website http://www.cats-slhca.co.uk/

SOUTHERN COUNTIES CAT CLUB

 

Due to a technical error we have to re-draw the Sweepstake as the winner had not in fact entered the Sweepstake!    The good news is however that the Sweepstake will be re-drawn at the Club’s AGM, the date of which will be announced shortly and, obviously, this means those of you who entered will have another chance to win.

 

Please try to come along to the AGM – your views are welcome and we can always discuss them – and we do a nice lunch too! 

 

Pat Norman
Hon Secretary and Show Manager

TABBY POINT SIAMESE AND PROGRESSIVE BREEDERS CAT CLUB
 

Would all show managers who provide our club classes, please note that in future they are for all members' cats in the relevant section. (All Orientals in the Oriental Section and all Siamese in the Siamese Section.)

 

Ann Greatorex
Hon Secretary

 

Posted May 2014

YORKSHIRE COUNTY CAT CLUB

 

The Yorkshire CCC are considering running a coach from York down to the Supreme picking up at services en route.
However we can only do this if we have enough people booking seats. If you are interested please contact Lillian Eames on 07812 726061

Added August 2014