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Southern Counties plans for new showground


At the Annual General Meeting of the Association, Chairman David Cavill announced several new initiatives for the 2003 show that is to be held this year on Friday 30th May (Gundogs and Utility), Saturday 30th May (Toys, Terriers and Hounds) and Sunday 1st June (Pastoral and Working).

He said that most exhibitors already realised that the show was to be held at Newbury Agricultural Society’s 146 acre showground adjacent to the M4/A34 interchange north of Newbury and at the centre of the conurbations of Reading, Basingstoke, Swindon and Oxford. The A34 can be congested during weekdays so exhibitors of Gundogs and Utility breeds should ensure that they leave plenty of time for the final mile or so but in 2004 the much needed road improvements to the junction will have been completed and this will make access much easier.

The Newbury showground will enable the association to provide a much better service for exhibitors. There is an excellent caravan site that will open from Tuesday 27th May at 10 am with permanent toilets, and separate car parks are being arranged for exhibitors, those that are disabled, spectators, members and officials. Tarmac roads run through the site and there is easy roadway access for trade stands.

Delighted

Entries may be made ‘on line’ through www.dog.biz The site has a personal database facility so that all exhibitors’ dogs can be listed just once and all the details picked up using a couple of mouse clicks when entries are being made. An immediate e-mail receipt is issued so there is no need for the old ‘proof of posting’ either. Credit card payments will be accepted as usual although, with the advent of entries over the internet, faxed entries will not be possible this year.

The association is delighted to be hosting the KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme on all three days. The Young Kennel Club and UK Handlers will also be present with their own activity area that will have a separate entrance and car parking facility.

‘This is an exciting challenge for the association,' he said, speaking to members during his chairman's report, 'But all those involved are committed to ensuring a smooth transition from Crawley to Newbury’. ‘Our biggest problem is likely to be stewards’, he continued. ‘Many of our loyal team from Sussex will find it too difficult to travel each day, so I do hope that exhibitors in the Newbury area will come forward to steward on those days that they are not showing.’ Chief Steward, Marjorie Cleaver, will be delighted to hear from anyone willing to steward. Her address is 75, Northease Drive, Hangleton, Hove, BN3 8PP and her telephone number is 01273-439135.