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24 Sep 2021

The Election results are in and you will notice that there was a tie for 5th position on the Board.

It is my intention to put the tied vote to council at the meeting on the 6th November 2021 to decide upon the outcome.

There are a number of reasons for this which are:

  • It is not long until the Council meeting.
  • Having Civica do another round would cost more money and could also result in a tie.
  • Council should decide the outcome as they would normally.
  • It can quite simply be done by a vote in zoom if that is council's wish.

Sean Farrell
GCCF Chairman


06 Sep 2021

Nominations for Board & Finance Committee can be found on the Current Council Meeting page of the website: https://www.gccfcats.org/current-council-meeting



27 Mar 2021


29 Dec 2020


This is the link to the DEFRA website for the relevant information for travel with your pet to Europe and also Northern Ireland.


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


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.


DEFRA pet travel guidance after Brexit

16 Jan 2019

DEFRA has contacted GCCF with guidance for pet/animal assistance owners intending to travel to the EU with their pet after 29th March 2019:  

"We launched our pet travel guidance for each of the scenarios we may encounter after leaving the EU, including if the UK becomes an unlisted third country.  These guidelines recommend that pet/assistance animal owners intending to travel to the EU with their pet after 29th March 2019 contact their vet at least four months before their travel date to get advice on what they may need to do to prepare.  The recommendations also address the documents and health preparation that may be required for pets to return to the UK from the EU."  


GCCF Business Achievements 2012-2017

23 Feb 2018

Read about our achievements from the 5 Year Business Plan here