As part of the review of show structure I am trialling a BEST CAT OF THE YEAR & BEST PREFIX OF THE YEAR competition. Results will be announced and presentations made at the Gala Dinner to be held after the Suffolk & Norfolk show in May 2015.
In order to do this I need to make use of the show results published on the GCCF website. 1 point is awarded for best adult, kitten and neuter in each section with 3 for Best of Variety and 5 for Overall Best in Show pedigree. 1 point for Best Pedigree Pet and Best Non-Pedigree Pet with 3 points for Overall Best HHP. Double points will be awarded for Supreme show wins.
To enable me to do this I would appreciate show managers or whoever reports the result for the GCCF website providing full BIS results not just Best of Variety to make the competition fair to everyone. It would also reduce the time it takes me to transfer results to my spread sheet if the breed number and sex of the winners was included when reporting the BIS results.
Your co-operation in making this work would be appreciated.
Make your views known via the GCCF Show Review Group Facebook page
At the board meeting held yesterday the directors confirmed the following as members of the Review Group: Peter Collin, Anne Gregory, John Hansson, Catherine Kaye, Heather McCrea and Saffron Rabey.
With myself as chairman this gives a group that is representative of each section of the fancy, exhibitors, breeders, judges, show managers, the different regions of the UK and have experience of judging or exhibiting with other registration bodies.
The group will meet on Tuesday 23rd September and aim to bring to the October Council ideas for consideration not only by delegates but also the clubs and wider members of the fancy.
If you have any ideas for change that have not already been sent to me I would be very pleased to receive them. Equally I would like to hear about want you do not want changed.
Remember this is your cat fancy and it should reflect what you want but we can only achieve that if you participate in this review and tell us what you want.
Suggestions can be sent to me at email@example.com or any of the other members of the review group before 23rd September.
The June meeting of Council agreed to set up a group to review the structure of shows and for the group to bring forward proposals to the February 2015 meeting of Council.
At the board meeting held yesterday I was appointed chairman of the review group and it was agreed that the group would have six other members. Two will be directors with the other four drawn from a cross section of interests within the fancy. Ideally two of the group will be show managers, two judges and two exhibitors with at least one member having experience of showing at shows organised by other registering bodies.
The final composition of the group will be decided at the next meeting of the board on 9th September. In the meantime if you are interested in joining the group you are invited to contact me giving an indication of the experience that you would bring to the review and outlining any ideas you have for change. The chairman has given me the list of those who spoke to him after the council meeting offering their services but it would help if those people could contact me with an outline of their experience in terms of judging, managing shows, exhibiting with GCCF and other bodies and also the breeds that they represent through breeding and showing.
If you have ideas for how the GCCF show structure should change but do not wish to be considered for membership of the group you are more than welcome to send me those ideas. All will be considered – now is the time to think outside the box to change the show scene for the better.
If you are selected for membership of the group you will be expected to attend at least two meetings in London, for which expenses will be paid, the rest of the work will be done as far as is possible by email. Dates for meetings will be for negotiation by the group when appointed bearing in mind the limited time scale set by Council. I am aiming to have an initial report for Council in October with final recommendations going to the board in time for the February Council agenda.
Expressions of interest or simply ideas for change should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
30 July 2014
'Team Agria' will be cycling 500+ miles over 3 days (and numerous mountains!)
to help raise money for the excellent causes of 'Dogs for the Disabled'
and 'Macmillan Cancer Support'.
Please encourage and support their efforts by sponsoring them at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Agria_2014
They deserve it at the very least for the sore bottoms they will no doubt return with!
Holly has decided to accept a position with another organisation. She will be leaving us on 10 September. The GCCF thank her for her work during her time with us and wish her well in her career. This has left us with a staffing issue in September due to long booked annual leave. We will be operating with one registrar for some time during September. Whilst the remaining staff will be assisting where possible we ask for your patience and to ease things we will be only available on the telephone from 10am until 4pm temporarily during September, starting on Monday 08 September 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we are planning changes to avoid a repeat in future.
The Directorate General for Health and Consumers
of the European Commission has commissioned a study on the welfare of
dogs and cats involved in commercial practices, in order to determine
the extent to which the EU should take specific measures in line with
the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality whilst ensuring the
proper functioning of the internal market and import/export. In the
light of the recent Cat Welfare Bill and on-going discussions on cat
welfare within the EU Parliament, GCCF breeders may well wish to comment.
Please see link http://sancodogandcat.izs.it/limesurvey/w/p/index.html
which will take you to the site if you want to participate. The deadline
for responses is 20th September 2014.
Please download the update from the Chairman
The GCCF is adopting FIFe's (Federation Internationale Feline) EMS (Easy Mind System) and plans to cease using the GCCF breed numbering system sometime in the latter part of 2015. Differences between GCCF and FIFe have required changes to FIFe EMS resulting in GEMS (GCCF EMS). The two systems are very similar and it is likely that eventually GEMS will be one of several compatible "flavours" of EMS.
The following general principles are used throughout GEMS:
03 ("Bicolour") is the default code for breeds with white spotting, that is, where there is a colour "& White" (including Tortie and white) except for Norwegian Forest Cats where the default amount of white is 09.
09 ("with White") usage in GEMS is "any other amount of white" (i.e. not 01 to 05).
All tabby cats that are also pointed or "high white" (01 or 02) use tabby code 21
Eye colour must be included in a cat's GEMS code for:
All white and "high white" cats, except for pointed high white cats where Siamese eye colour (67) is assumed.
Any cats where eye colour determines show class (e.g. Chinchilla vs Cameo)
Most GCCF breed numbers have now been translated to GEMS (GCCF EMS) codes. However work is continuing on various aspects of GEMS so the documentation published by the GCCF is periodically updated. The following links may prove helpful:
EMS (FIFe's web site).
The 2014 Summer Edition of News & Views is available now. Please pick up a copy FREE from a GCCF licensed show or POST FREE from the office, just telephone, email or post your request to us.
Update on the Cat Welfare Bill
I promised to keep you informed of any further developments. During the past week I have discussed the Bill and its contents with Steve Dean, Chair of the Canine & Feline Sector Group and have agreed that this topic will be a key agenda item for the next meeting in October. We decided that our aim would be for the CFSG to provide the vehicle for discussion and comment which should impact on the shape and content of the Bill should it proceed further.
I have also contacted Cats Protection and had a telephone conversation with CP’s Chief Executive, Peter Hepburn. Our discussion was very cordial and positive, as we have a common interest in the welfare of cats, and he believes the Bill is about establishing a principle and is intended to target irresponsible breeders and “kitten farmers”. Peter is keen that GCCF works closely with CP and other interested charities to develop any potential regulation that will ensure improved welfare for cats without adversely affecting the ability of responsible cat breeders to enjoy their hobby to the full.
We have agreed to consult further in the coming weeks and months and to use the CFSG to facilitate productive discussion and co-operative working.
There is no certainty that the Bill will become law, however, if it does progress to Second Reading and beyond, GCCF is now in a position to contribute directly to influencing and amending its content and provisions.
A private members Bill on the Welfare of Cats was presented to the House of Lords on 24th July for its first reading, the GCCF was not consulted about this beforehand, but we are now aware of the bill and are reviewing its content and monitoring progress and, in particular, whether it is granted a second reading. We are discussing the matter within the Board and will be seeking to feed in views and comments as and when appropriate.
I am a member of the Canine & Feline Sector Group which was established to advise the Animal Welfare Board and DEFRA on issues concerning dogs and cats. I have asked the chair of the group to place this matter on the agenda for discussion at the next meeting.
As a private members bill at first reading there is a considerable way to go before this could become law, if it ever does so, GCCF will have time to formulate its response to the proposals in the bill and to make its views known.
I will keep you informed of developments.
DEFRA is concerned about the rise in false documentation for animals being moved from country to country. The documentation itself may be amended slightly in the future to try to prevent fraud and animal tracking. DEFRA are looking at this with the border authorities. The legitimate moving of animals should be unaffected. When we have more information we will post further notices.
16 May 2014
The GCCF Gala Dinner will this year see the inaugural GCCF awards ceremony taking place onSaturday 17th May at the Cambridge Belfry. The awards are designed to honour outstanding individuals and clubs for all the work that they put in to our hobby. The ceremony has been kindly sponsored by R & L Pet Products.
To say the response has been good would be an understatement with over 180 email and postal nominations coming in. It has been wonderful to see the large number of nominations for so many different clubs, shows and people. To give you an idea in the Most Popular Show category there were 33 Shows nominated from small breed shows right up to major All-Breed Championship Shows, Most Popular Judge had 28 different judges nominated and again from judges in a single section right up to individuals who judge in many sections. The Club Rescue Awards just shows the amount of hard work that they put in and there were 18 separate Rescues nominated.
There is however a change to the Outstanding Contribution Award in light of the very sad news that our President Christina Dugdale had passed away, this award with now be called The Christina Dugdale Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cat Fancy in light of the huge role that Christina played in the GCCF over many years, I am sure you will all agree that this is a fitting way to celebrate a wonderful lady who herself was in the Top 3 for this category, in light of this the category will now have just the other 2 Nominations for this year.
Now comes the all-important voting stage where the Top in each category can be voted on, originally we had thought it would be between the Top 3 in each Category however there are some that have ended up with a Top 5 due to the nominations. Voting will open on 19th March until 2nd April and you can vote for your Top in each category by either posting to the office or email email@example.com. Here are the Top in each category:
Most Popular Show
Herts and Wessex
Jersey Cat Club
Maidstone and Medway
Yorkshire County Cat Club
Most Popular Show Management Team
John and Elaine Robinson and Lisa Talboys
Most Popular Judge
Most Popular Steward
Most Popular Club
British Shorthair Cat Club
Jersey Cat Club
The Maine Coon Cat Club
Best Club Rescue
Bengal Rescue/Kate Ekanger
The Birman Rescue
The Christina Dugdale Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cat Fancy
We really hope you can join us for a fun filled night to celebrate the very best of the GCCF
Withdrawal of Asian Variant Proposal
Following discussions at the meeting of the Board of Directors on 18 February 2014 the above item has been withdrawn from the agenda of the meeting of Council on 26 February 2014.
20 February 2014
Breeder Scheme Members – March 1/4.
Annual Subscriptions Now Due for Renewal.
Annual Subscription - £20.00
Payable each year, for your main breed.
Includes link to your website and one kitten list entry.
Additional Breed Listings - £5.00
Includes link to your website and one kitten list entry.
The GCCF Strategic Plan & Business Plan 2014 is here for information and comment. The Plan will be presented to the February Council meeting for ratification.
The new telephone system equipment has been fitted at the office.
This has call routing included to reduce lost time for the customers trying to get the person they wish to speak to.
After a general greeting that notes that "calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes" you will have the following options:
Press 1 for a Registrar
Press 2 for the Shows Team
And up until 2pm
Press 3 for the cash office
Or hold the line to speak to any member of staff
If you press 1 there is a further choice of which registrar to speak to as follows:
Press 1 for any Registrar
Press 2 for the Shorthair Registrar
Press 3 for the Longhair Registrar
And after 2pm
Press 4 for the Siamese and Burmese Registrar
The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy is very pleased to offer for sale the latest edition of “The Domestic Cat”. .Anne Gregory, Steve Crow and Hilary Dean researched and collaborated to contribute a chapter on Cat Shows. A brief guide to the book can be found here.
Change to date for use of GEMS in show paperwork
At the Board of Directors Meeting on 08 October 2013 discussions revealed that the direct translation of the GCCF breed numbers to GEMS had resulted in some inconsistencies that needed to be resolved.
With that in mind and comments received from Show Managers it was agreed to postpone the previously indicated date to change shows over to GEMS. This will therefore not take place on 01 January 2014. The Board will review the situation and issue a new date for changeover in due course. Some background to this will be available at the Council Meeting on 23 October.
Any comments or advice the Show Mangers would like to offer on the subject should be emailed to the office by reply to this email and this will be forwarded to the Board as background for the future decision on a new date.
Note: Apologies for the recent email to show managers and secretaries with this information that showed 01 January 2013 which should have been 01 January 2014.
The GCCF has launched a new range of colourful certified pedigrees available in A4 and A3 formats in paper or laminated form. These can be ordered online for breeders who are already signed up to the online services or by post or telephone from the office. Click here for details.
It has been brought to the attention of the GCCF that some regular breeders are extremely concerned that they are ending up with large quantities of 4 week Free insurance booklets. The GCCF appreciates this is frustrating for some Breeders and not environmentally friendly. The GCCF are working with Agria to develop alternative means for sign up of the 4 week free insurance but this will take some weeks to put into place. In the meantime we would ask you to put any excess booklets into your paper recycling. We would also like to note that there is no direct cost to the GCCF for the booklets production or posting. The practicalities of the working relationship with Agria are still at an early stage and therefore your cooperation while the insurance services are refined is most appreciated.
Judges can directly authorise any person to use their particular Judge Report wherever they choose. What cannot be permitted is the taking of material from the GCCF website and used elsewhere by a 3rd party.
This is because the report is copyright to the judge who wrote it. The GCCF website is copyright to the GCCF. Judges through acceptance of an engagement accept the GCCF may make use of the reports as they see fit within the remit of the GCCF sphere of operations.
These are the general rules around their use stemming from common law and the GCCF rules and guidelines in various forms.
If there is a particular situation you are concerned about please email the office.
It has been asked by a few clubs, if they need to have their rule approved by the GCCF before going to their members. This is not the case. In order to clarify the situation we would note the following: The Board will be reviewing the rules of clubs to ensure they don’t spot anything that might give a club a problem. Having said that the Board has a significant workload this year and I cannot confirm when this might be. A Club’s rules are their responsibility. This is not an approval process before Club acceptance. The Board is not able to meet such deadlines anyway. After review at some point, there will be a letter or email saying either “we reviewed your rules and would comment as follows:” or “We have reviewed your rules and have no comments to make.” The Clubs should therefore proceed as normal just now and present any changes to your members and send them along to us after that and we will review them in due course.
Please find the mid-year review of the 2013 Business Plan here
Unfortunately we are receiving a significant number of envelopes with incorrect postage. In such cases we pay a premium to the Royal Mail to still receive them and charge this back to the sender. It does also mean the Royal Mail delay delivery until payment is made. Whilst we send payment by return to the Royal Mail it can delay the packages for up to a week. We therefore ask customers to ensure they have used the correct postage for their benefit in ensuring a swift processing of their application.
Judges should not accept invitations to judge the same Breed, Grand, Imperial, Olympian Intermediate or Assessment classes too frequently, or in similar catchment areas, as that can impact on show entries and is unfair to show managers and exhibitors.This is particularly important in more remote regions such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Isles and South West England.
Household Pet Judges
A large number of Household Pet/Pedigree Pet exhibitors have formed a group on Facebook - Non- Pedigree & Pedigree Pet Cat Group. The main concern is the non publishing of reports by judges in that section. Their aim is to address that problem by initiating a list of these judges and circulating it to Show Managers. They realise that judges in this section do not normally receive expenses etc, but feel that it is an honour to be invited to judge and therefore if this is an issue with judges, those judges should decline the invitation.
Judges listed will only be those judges who are regularly invited to judge within this section.
Any issues or questions please email the admins.
Please note that from the 28th October 2012 teenaged candidates at the Advanced Level of the GCCF YES! Programme can become Junior Members of the Guild of GCCF Judges & Stewards. They will not have a vote at meetings but can join the GCCF Stewarding Scheme and can steward for judges at shows. Young people under the age of 16 who are not at the Advanced Level of the YES! programme ARE NOT ABLE TO STEWARD (but can second steward) AS THEY WILL NOT BE INSURED. All qualified YES! candidates will be wearing the appropriate badge to identify them.
All information regarding the New Stewarding Programme is posted on the Judges’ Guild website at http://gccfjudgesguild.org.uk/. There is also full information posted on the GCCF website at www.gccfcats.org/judging.html and this information can be printed off for all BAC representatives.
PLEASE NOTE THAT UNDER THE NEW GCCF STEWARDING SCHEME AGREED IN COUNCIL, RULES 5 AND 17 IN THE GCCF RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE GCCF JUDGE APPOINTMENT SCHEME 2009 NO LONGER APPLY. The only exception is for candidates who had progressed to the final stages of the original stewarding scheme and they were able to continue through the process to gain their GCCF Stewarding Badge as no candidate should be disadvantaged.
The BAC Rules of Procedure for the Selection of Judges 2009 now goes from Rule 16 a – dviii and then to Rules 18 and 19 which refer to the application and working through the stewarding section of the judge appointment scheme where first time applicants prepare to become a Probationer Judge of the appropriate breed.
Please note that the GCCF Guidance Notes for Stewards and the Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for GCCF Judges have been updated and are available for download from the Guild and GCCF websites.
If there are any aspects of the GCCF Stewarding or Judge Appointment Schemes that you do not understand or that you would like clarified, please contact the Secretary of the Guild for assistance via firstname.lastname@example.org – The Guild is there to guide and support all judges and stewards and is more than willing to help any BAC too as they support candidates through the scheme.
A new GCCF information leaflet has been published to help cat owners make informed decisions when choosing a cat insurance policy. The guide includes an overview of the main types of cover along with some things to consider when looking at alternative policies.
Bristol University Cat Study
Bristol University would appreciate a small amount of time as help from cat owners in the Cat Fancy. For details see here
A Kitten Guide has been produced and will be sent out to breeders by
the GCCF Office with all kitten registrations with immediate effect.
These are to be passed on to new owners as extra support and advice.
This is a trial which will be assessed by the Board and feedback from breeders and new kitten owners is welcomed.
AGREED BY COUNCIL 22ND FEBRUARY 2012
At the Council Meeting on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 the Preliminary Recognition of Shorthaired Somalis was agreed by a large majority.
The list of judges is the current list of full judges for the breed.
For the moment, exhibitors are asked to use the 63v breed number as found on their registration/transfer form when exhibiting Shorthaired Somalis until such time as the GCCF Office can implement 63L and 63S on computer.
Shorthaired Somalis can be exhibited in Assessment Classes in the Semi-Longhaired Section for AC Shorthaired Somali as soon as practical for show managers and will be making their debut at the Somali Cat Club and Semi-Longhair Cat Association’s Joint Show on Saturday 17th March 2012.
Full information on the Somali BAC, its Officers, Judges and Breeding Policy can be found at www.somalibac.co.uk
A new initiative for the GCCF - please pass on this information to your friends without computer/internet access
Coming very shortly to a show near you.....
Click on the image for more.........
Please note badges must be requested from the office giving clear details of the correct name (including spelling) to be shown on the badge.
Please also note that correction of errors made in this request may result in a charge being made for a replacement badge.
Registration Query Process Revision
Queries on registrations requiring
a judgement by the Executive Committee will in future be circulated
to the Committee shortly after the query is raised. For example; the
registering of a cat over two years old. The Executive Committee will
then consider the matter outside the formal meeting process and record
the judgement in the next meeting minutes. The change in this process
has been proposed to speed up resolving queries that arise. Please note
that the Executive Committee reserves the right to defer the matter
to the next meeting without further explanation if it feels debate in
the meeting forum is required. Please also note that when a registration
query is requested to be taken to the Executive Committee for a judgement
by the applicant, a charge will be made in advance (see GCCF price list)
to cover the costs of submitting this.
New printing/copying facilities at the GCCF office
The GCCF are pleased to announce that they have engaged SDS of Edington, Somerset as their supplier and maintainer of enhanced printing/copying/scanning facilities at the Bridgwater office. This will enable the GCCF to improve the quality and expand its range of printed materials. The scanning features will help the move to a more paperless operation in the office. This will all be done at lower cost than the previous contract. The cost to the GCCF has been further reduced by the very generous donation of £5000 towards the cost from a member of the Cat Fancy who wishes to remain anonymous. The Executive Committee wishes to publicly thank the person for their support of the GCCF as it moves forward with improving its services and hopes this will encourage others in the Cat Fancy to contribute in such a selfless way. Two of the previous GCCF Ricoh black and white photocopiers (AFICIO 1027 & 1018D) are available to any member of the cat fancy under certain terms. If you are interested please contact the office for details.