© Huddersfield & District Fanciers Society
Duck-Pond Designs 2016
Fanciers Society Huddersfield & District
Huddersfield   show   has   been   in   existence since   the   Second   World   War   and   probably before   that   I’m   sure.   I   remember   going   to   a show    in    the    Boys    club    before    I    was married;   that’s   now   a   building   used   by   the University,     but     I     remember nothing   more   than   some   of   the old   men,   characters   and   true fanciers around at the time. In   more   recent   times   I   came back     into     the     fancy     about 1987,   after   the   kids   had   grown   up   and   my husband     no     longer     played     cricket     on Saturdays.      When      I      started      showing Chocolate   Dutch   as   one   of   my   breeds   it brought    me    into    contact    with    Harry    and Mary   Brown   of   Dutch   and   English   fame. Also    Ken    Beaumont    and    his    wife    Beryl who    showed    Black    &    Tans    successfully, and   Ken   Blagborough,   all   of   whom   had   a long   history   with   Huddersfield   Fanciers.   At that    time    the    club    held    well    attended evening   shows,   kept   going   from   sales   of cups   of   tea   and   cakes,   as   well   as   shows   in Fartown Village Hall. Not    far    from    Huddersfield    was    Mirfield show,     another     small     local     show     run monthly    by    Donald    Becket    in    a    leased terraced      house.      The      building      was condemned   and   Mirfield   show   closed   and this    released    Donald    to    take    over    as Secretary   at   Huddersfield   in   January   1993. The   shows   were   held   at   Newsome   Scout Hall   which   served   us   well   for   many   years. You   may   find   it   interesting   that   the   cost   of the    BRC    support    for    his    first    couple    of shows    was    £12.80    and    £10.40.    Shows were    held    October    through    to    May,    with some    exceptions    in    the    90’s    when    the December   show   was   dropped   due   to   poor support. The   problem   with   this   hall   was   the pens   had   to   be   stored   in   the   loft.   So   before each    show    someone    had    to    climb    the ladder    and    work    in    a    confined    space pulling    out    pens    and    boards    which    then
had    to    be    handed    down    to    the    waiting hands   below.   Even   harder   was   passing   all the   pens   etc.   up   to   the   loft   to   be   stored   after the show. We   did   hold   a   few   box   shows   at   the   latter end     and     although     entries     were     small because    expenses    were small,    with    just    a    Fur    & Feather   advert   to   pay,   we made    a    profit.        After    a combination      of      people getting   older   and   feeling the    lifting    of    heavy    pens    becoming    too much,   and   a   significant   rise   in   the   rent   we went   looking   for   new   premises   in   2002.   (In 2003    the    BRC    support    was    £28.20    and £25.50   for   the   same   2   shows   as   10   years earlier.) It   didn’t   suit   everyone   when   we   moved   to the   other   side   of   Huddersfield   and   they   had to    find    their    way    to    Sowood    Community Centre,   our   present   venue.   Most   managed to   find   us   eventually   although   it   took   some people   three   attempts   before   they   got   there without a hitch. After    sterling    service    to    the    club    and    the Fancy,   Donald   died   in   February   2007.   I   kept the   club   ticking   over   for   the   next   year   until   a new   Secretary   was   found.   There   was   quite a   bit   of   leverage   put   on   Howard   Thacker   to take   the   job   on   because   no   one   wanted   the club to disappear. We’ve   moved   on   with   some   new   committee, some   new   enthusiasm   and   ideas.   We   have basically   kept   the   same   structure   and   show dates   though.   Modernisation was     brought     in     because Howard   is   a   busy   chap   and he   decided   he   needed   to   use the   iShow   computer   software to   help   him   and   as   we   didn’t want   to   put   him   off   when   we had    just    got    him,    we    voted    him    the    go ahead.   I   think   Howard   would   be   the   first   to admit   the   first   year   was   quite   hard   as   he
had   been   out   of   the   Fancy   for   quite   a   few years   and   so   he   had   a   lot   of   quick   learning   to do.    He    found    iShow    invaluable    and    has worked   with   its   inventor   Nigel   to   continually add    improvements.    Using    iShow    makes    it easy    to    host    Stock    shows    and    we    have attracted     and     retained     more     and     more support.   These   days   this   is   almost   essential to   have   Stock   shows   to   survive   with   all   the show   expenses   having   doubled   in   price   in the last 8 years. This     year     the     committee     became     the Huddersfield    team    with    clothing    and    logos especially    as    we    have    spread    into    being more   widely   seen   having   taken   an   interest   in running    four    summer    agricultural    shows    in our    time    away    from    Sowood.    These    are Honley, Todmorden, Halifax and Mirfield. To   keep   everyone   posted   of   closing   dates   to all   the   shows   we   collected   members   mobile phone   numbers   and   now   no   one   can   say they     forgot     about     entry     dates     because Howard   sends   out   a   reminder   text   to   their phone.   Another   bit   of   helpful   technology   to try   and   maximize   entries.   At   the   December show       Howard       pioneered       the       latest improvement   in   iShow   which   he   thinks   will revolutionise     rabbit     shows     and     almost eliminate   the   need   for   writing   out   cards   by hand. We   have   spent   on   new   pens   and   new   boards and    constantly    try    to    keep    a    good    quality show   which   people   enjoy   visiting.   Howard’s wife   Maggie   also   does   a   sterling   job   of   keep everyone    supplied    with    bacon    sandwiches and warming dinners. I    hope    you    might    come and visit us in the future.
Huddersfield Show: Past & Present by Maureen Hoyle “ “ we have attracted and retained more and more support “ “ the club ... kept going from sales of cups of tea and cakes
© Huddersfield & District Fanciers Society
Duck-Pond Designs
Fanciers Society Huddersfield & District
Huddersfield show has been in existence since the Second World War and probably before that I’m sure. I remember going to a show in the Boys club before I was married; that’s now a building used by the University, but I remember nothing more than some of the old men, characters and true fanciers around at the time.  In more recent times I came back into the fancy about 1987, after the kids had grown up and my husband no longer played cricket on Saturdays. When I started showing Chocolate Dutch as one of my breeds it brought me into contact with Harry and Mary Brown of Dutch and English fame. Also Ken Beaumont and his wife Beryl who showed Black & Tans successfully, and Ken Blagborough, all of whom had a long history with Huddersfield Fanciers. At that time the club held well attended evening shows, kept going from sales of cups of tea and cakes, as well as shows in Fartown Village Hall.   Not far from Huddersfield was Mirfield show, another small local show run monthly by Donald Becket in a leased terraced house. The building was condemned and Mirfield show closed and this released Donald to take over as Secretary at Huddersfield in January 1993. The shows were held at Newsome Scout Hall which served us well for many years. You may find it interesting that the cost of the BRC support for his first couple of shows was £12.80 and £10.40. Shows were held October through to May, with some exceptions in the 90’s when the December show was dropped due to poor support. The problem with this hall was the pens had to be stored in the loft. So before each show someone had to climb the ladder and work in a confined space pulling out pens and boards which then had to be handed down to the waiting hands below. Even harder was passing all the pens etc. up to the loft to be stored after the show.  We did hold a few box shows at the latter end and although entries were small because expenses were small, with just a Fur & Feather advert to pay, we made a profit.  After a combination of people getting older and feeling the lifting of heavy pens becoming too much, and a significant rise in the rent we went looking for new premises in 2002. (In 2003 the BRC support was £28.20 and £25.50 for the same 2 shows as 10 years earlier.)   It didn’t suit everyone when we moved to the other side of Huddersfield and they had to find their way to Sowood Community Centre, our present venue. Most managed to find us eventually although it took some people three attempts before they got there without a hitch.   After sterling service to the club and the Fancy, Donald died in February 2007. I kept the club ticking over for the next year until a new Secretary was found. There was quite a bit of leverage put on Howard Thacker to take the job on because no one wanted the club to disappear.  We’ve moved on with some new committee, some new enthusiasm and ideas. We have basically kept the same structure and show dates though. Modernisation was brought in because Howard is a busy chap and he decided he needed to use the iShow computer software to help him and as we didn’t want to put him off when we had just got him, we voted him the go ahead. I think Howard would be the first to admit the first year was quite hard as he had been out of the Fancy for quite a few years and so he had a lot of quick learning to do. He found iShow invaluable and has worked with its inventor Nigel to continually add improvements. Using iShow makes it easy to host Stock shows and we have attracted and retained more and more support. These days this is almost essential to have Stock shows to survive with all the show expenses having doubled in price in the last 8 years.  This year the committee became the Huddersfield team with clothing and logos especially as we have spread into being more widely seen having taken an interest in running four summer agricultural shows in our time away from Sowood. These are Honley, Todmorden, Halifax and Mirfield.   To keep everyone posted of closing dates to all the shows we collected members mobile phone numbers and now no one can say they forgot about entry dates because Howard sends out a reminder text to their phone. Another bit of helpful technology to try and maximize entries. At the December show Howard pioneered the latest improvement in iShow which he thinks will revolutionise rabbit shows and almost eliminate the need for writing out cards by hand.   We have spent on new pens and new boards and constantly try to keep a good quality show which people enjoy visiting. Howard’s wife Maggie also does a sterling job of keep everyone supplied with bacon sandwiches and warming dinners.   I hope you might come and visit us in the future. Huddersfield Show: Past & Present by Maureen Hoyle “ “ we have attracted and retained more and more support “ “ the club ... kept going from sales of cups of tea and cakes