A short update for our Southern Counties Beagle Club members and Facebook friends:
With the anticipated gradual easing of the lockdown the Club’s committee considered it was time to update its members on our proposals for a show this year. Under ordinary circumstances we would be running our open show back to back with Southern Counties CA Championship Show at the end of May/beginning of June and we are doing our best to stage the show with the minimum disruption to what might be a packed calendar of shows if all goes to plan. There is still a great deal of uncertainty around show arrangements even with the publication the government’s Covid roadmap. It was announced by the government that from May 17 most mixing rules will be lifted outdoors and large outdoor sports venues will be allowed to have 10,000 spectators.
Currently Southern Counties has said, “Like many other shows and organisations, we are doing our best to stage the show in the current climate…given the extenuating circumstances. Plan A is to continue with the show on the original dates, albeit in Covid safe conditions; Newbury showground is being used as a testing centre but it is a very large area and there is plenty of room. There are other options if that is not possible, so Plan B is being carefully considered with other possible dates and venues.” This leaves the door open for us to have our show with Southern Counties.
Bournemouth CA is believed to be planning their show later this year but as we all know any change in the pandemic circulating in the community could bring all preparations to a halt. Some General Championship shows, including the Welsh KC, have already cancelled their shows.
We are hopeful that this year we can find a date to hold our open show either back to back with one of the outdoor championship shows or at a location that will be close enough to the Championship Show venue to prove attractive to exhibitors.
As mentioned by Ann Phillips in her ‘Our Dogs’ breed notes a couple of weeks ago, breed clubs are all struggling financially because of the extended break in dog showing. As SCBC is a relatively new club and has not had the opportunity to build up a healthy bank balance we would appreciate it if any member who usually pays a subscription to the club could support us by paying their membership. This can be done by either sending a cheque payable to “Southern Counties Beagle Club” to Jessie Bell, SCBC Membership Secretary, 38 Holly Grove, Fareham, PO16 7UP or by BACS payment, DD or Standing order to 60-01-13 Acct number 44134118 ref: membership. Our membership rates are £4 Junior, £8 single and £12 Family. Many thanks.
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