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August News Update

Sale of surplus Club Equipment

As a result of re-equipping the Club racing outfit, we are able to offer for sale to members a stout, folding gazebo measuring 3m. x 3m. If any Club member is interested then please get in touch with a committee member.

Sale of racing tickets.

Whilst we are grateful for your help with the sale of tickets at any of the racing shows, it should be remembered that the ‘old’ £5 notes are no longer legal tender and should be respectfully refused if offered in exchange for ‘lucky ferret tickets’. We will shortly be faced with a similar situation in respect of £1 coins but as this will come into effect after the racers have hung up their racing boots at the end of the season in October, this will be something to look out for next year.

Dates for your Diary.

The date for the 2017 Club Race and Show Day has been set and will be on Sunday 22nd October and, as before, lunch will be provided for members. The venue will again be Headley Village Hall. More details, including entry forms will be sent to members shortly. You should also note that the annual Dinner and Awards Night has been set for Saturday 18th November and again, as in past years, an element of the cost will be subsidised by the Club as a thank you for your support throughout the year. We hope to finalise the venue for this soon.

The year’s remaining race events.

Please see the main website for details of racing events still to come, we hope that you may find some old favourites or even enjoy some new ones.

Compiled by David Jones.

Mid Season News Update

Racing events.

We are now well into the racing season, the races have been fast and furious (well some of them anyway) and the Challenge Cup is still wide open. The weather has presented some problems which have caused a few changes to plan. On one occasion a particularly warm forecast demanded a cancellation and the probability of rain forced another event to be moved indoors, we have also been known to grab the last remaining vacant shade on one site.

All of this has seen a welcome swelling of Club funds which, in due course, will be made available to our selected beneficiary rescues. None of this could have been achieved without  the splendid and most welcome attendance of our regular race supporters, but we seriously need to see further assistance (see Swallowfield Show below) from our other members, particularly from anyone who has not yet tried the racing scene. It would also be good to see some more competion for the Challenge Cup. We do have spare show cages which can be loaned and so not having one of your own need not be a problem, just let us know beforehand.

Foods to avoid.

A big thank you to the North Hampshire Ferret Club who have allowed me to quote from their recently circulated list of foods NOT to be fed to ferrets. Some are well known, but having made a mistake in the past, some of the list does bare repetition:

Cooked Bones: ‘the cooking process makes bones hard and indigestible and prone to forming sharp fragments’.

Fruit and Vegetables: ‘avoid hard raw vegetables such as carrots which can form intestinal obstructions’.

Sugar Free Things Which Contain XYLITOL: ‘Anything that contains xylitol and is sugar free is toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets’. Look for it in chewable vitamins, gum or tooth paste.

Grapes: ‘also toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets, excess consumption will cause kidney failure’. As I know to my cost this item also includes the grape derivatives such as currants and sultanas.

These four are just some of the, perhaps, less obvious foods to be avoided. Please advise if you would like to see the full list of nine such items.

Swallowfield Show (27-28 August)

This delightful local show is in need of your support. Although open to the public from 09.00 any support during either day would be most welcome. Please contact Nick Walklet, Derek Harding or David Jones.

Compiled by David Jones

2016 Open Show Results

What a fantastic turnout for our 2016 Open Show last weekend and there were some truly stunning ferrets competing for those coveted class wins and ultimately the Supreme Champion title. As head steward I had the privilege of watching our hard working judges as they scrutinised and deliberated over every ferret. I really didn’t envy them their job I can tell you. So, given the outstanding quality of ferrets on show I think everyone who was placed or won a class can be justifiably proud.

Open Show 2016 - Rosettes & Trophies
Rosettes, trophies & prizes sponsored by Gilbertson & Page Ltd. Dr John – Merlin Ferret Food

Special congratulations are in order for Ziggy and his young owner Jack Brimson on winning the Supreme Champion title and to Basil and his owner Neil Brant who was Reserve Champion. Well done too to Theodore, the winner of the day’s racing, and his proud owners Sue Riley and Alan Spencer.

Finally a big thank you to everyone from HBFC who worked so hard to make the whole day such a great success.

Here is the full list of results …
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