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17 Nov 2020

Please see attached List of Results, provided by CIVICA.


Vice Chair voting figures          Board voting figures          Finance voting figures          Investigations voting figures


14 Oct 2020

Please click on THIS LINK for a list of the nominees for GCCF Officer and Committee roles in the 2020 Elections


12 Oct 2020



30 Sep 2020


Nominations for the below six polls are now open until 12 October 2020. Eligibility to nominate/be nominated is summarised below:


Eligible for Nomination

Able to nominate


All Delegates

All Delegates


All Delegates

All Delegates


All Delegates

All Delegates


All Delegates

All Delegates



Eligible to stand


Anyone bound by GCCF rules (is registered with GCCF and/or has shown with GCCF)


Anyone bound by GCCF rules (is registered with GCCF and/or has shown with GCCF)

Delegates can make nominations via a link that will be emailed to you today by

Investigations committee and disciplinary committee will be available for self-nomination via www.cesvotes.com/catfancy2020.

Anyone bound by GCCF rules (e.g. registered with GCCF and/or has shown with GCCF) is eligible to self-nominate.

PLEASE NOTE: A separate submission should be submitted for each poll (e.g. chair, vice chair).

If you have any issues or questions, please contact CES customer services via email (support@cesvotes.com) or phone (020 8889 9203).




20 Sep 2020

The 2020 GCCF elections are being run by CIVICA, formerly known as Electoral Reform Services (ERS). CIVICA are the UK’s leading provider of election services, with over 100 years’ experience of administering elections, ballots and consultation processes.

Following the agreement of the resolution to enable a ‘virtual’ vote this year, the GCCF Board have liaised with CIVICA to plan the election, and we are pleased to be able to confirm the details.

The election process has been scheduled to take place between 30 September and 18 November 2020. Key stages of the process are outlined in the GCCF 2020 ELECTIONS – KEY DATES document. By starting on 30 September 2020, we can enable dispensation clubs (if approved) to fully participate including nominating (as agreed by the majority of the GCCF Board).

KEY DATES                                              FAQs

The Board and CIVICA have produced a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document GCCF 2020 ELECTIONS - FAQs which should cover any key questions you may have about the election process.

CIVICA will be in touch with all delegates on 30 September with details of how to nominate and vote. A link for self-nomination for Investigations and Disciplinary Committee elections will be published on the GCCF website on 30 September.

GCCF Board of Directors      18.09.2020


24 Apr 2020

Members of the Cat Fancy will be pleased to know that the Board of Directors has held its first video conference Board meeting, using Zoom.  The Board would normally meet around 6 times a year, usually at the offices of the Kennel Club in London.  However, due to the current lockdown, the Board decided to use Zoom, to discuss matters including finance and budget adjustments; changes to the 2020 Business Plan and progress of club returns.  There was also an update on items being published to the Covid-19 page of the website, in order to keep everyone up-to-date and ensure GCCF is giving appropriate advice in line with other animal organisations.  The next meeting is scheduled for 22nd May.


14 Apr 2020

Please check on the General Notices page of the website for the full content of the GCCF Chairman's letter to clubs, and advice from the GCCF Solicitor.


19 Mar 2020

Dear All 


As most will be aware a number of GCCF shows have recently been cancelled, due to the ongoing issue of COVID-19.  It has been decided, after due consideration, that the GCCF Supreme Cat Show 2020 should be cancelled.  Whilst we are very much aware that the scheduled date is not till October, it was decided the responsible thing to do was to cancel, before investing large sums of money into an event which could ultimately be cancelled at a later date.  This will, as far as we possibly can, ensure the safety of our staff, exhibitors and public alike.  


It is unfortunate that we have had to take such drastic measures but we must be aware of the impact this could have on everyone, and act responsibly in accordance with Government legislation, also be aware that the circumstances are constantly changing. 


Due to the control measures in place in regard to COVID-19, unfortunately we have also had to take the decision to close the office from 4.30 pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.  This decision has not been taken lightly.  We have put things in place to provide a reduced service but this may change if staff members become ill.


Phone calls and voicemails to the office will not be monitored, so we ask you to send your query in by email to:  info@gccfcats.org  where our staff members working from home will be able to help you.


If you are waiting on registration cards, these will be sent as soon as possible.  We have reduced our printing & posting, so it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive registration cards.  If you need to send us something that is urgent, then please send this by email and not by post.


And please remember that you can register kittens, and complete transfers via the online services on our website, rather than posting in the paper forms.


We thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time and, again, if there is anything that we can help with, please send us an email.


The Board and Staff of GCCF hope you all remain safe and well.


John H Hansson 

(GCCF Chair)



17 Mar 2020


Following the announcement by the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer last night that all people should avoid social gatherings, the Board of Directors has concluded that all cat shows and club meetings must now be cancelled, to ensure we comply with any Health and Safety measures that may be imposed. It may be possible to hold your club meeting electronically .

We wish to assure Show Managers that we will do everything possible to ensure support for any shows which may be cancelled due the Covid-19 outbreak, show managers are advised to ensure, as far as possible, they minimise their costs. Relevant clubs have been contacted, and the question of support for those that have incurred costs will be discussed by the Finance Committee in a teleconference tomorrow. Anyone with an urgent enquiry should contact the GCCF Office so that it can be passed on to someone best placed to help.

There will be no June Council Meeting so delegates should not book any advance travel tickets. Board discussions will be by teleconference and email.

GCCF will do what it can to assist clubs but at this juncture it is too complex to state to what extent.

You are all strongly advised to follow any Government or Local Authority guidance in an effort to control as far as possible further spread of this Virus.

May all stay safe and well

John H Hansson and Board Members.

GCCF statement on Covid-19

15 Mar 2020

We are monitoring the situation closely especially the instructions on public events from the government, Public Health England and the chief medical officer.


To date public events- which include cat shows- are not being asked to cancel. But some national and local events have voluntarily cancelled.


Without national advice the cancellation of a cat show currently still remains the decision of that club and show manager. 


But any club cannot make the decision whether you as an individual should attend or not as that depends on your individual age and risks of complications in contracting Covid 19. We all have to make our own decisions and we would encourage all of you to do that. This is likely to continue for some months and we need to protect ourselves.


We hope if shows go ahead that the show teams will look at ways to minimise risk. We have seen already shows with shorter show days with reduced access to public and encouragement of the increased cleanliness measures we are all being advised to do.


Unfortunately it also looks like there is no provision for an insurance claim under the GCCF insurance if a show cancels due to COVID 19.


The board has you all at the forefront of our minds and want you all to stay well. We will publish new guidance weekly and sooner if things change.