We had sunshine, rain and wind for the first ever Fun Day! Back in early 2016 we were approached by Ryan Davies to see if we could help to re-establish the Clun Forest Sheep back in its native homeland. With an increasing number of new members to the Society we thought it ideal to introduce it as an event to encourage novice breeders and exhibitors to come along and have a go. It was a good turnout, from both exhibitors trying their hand at showing and also from society members turning up from near and far to support the event. Indeed, we welcomed friends from Berkshire, Brecon and Surrey.
To say many of the sheep had never been on a halter before, they were remarkably well-behaved! So, well done to the sheep and their handlers and a big thank you to Clive Meredith for judging. We hope we provided them with an appreciation of what to look for in a Clun, making sure they check for correct teeth and feet, tips for preparing their sheep and guide to etiquette in the show ring. Roy Reynolds was to be found going around the pens, trimming shears in hand, showing how it’s done and what a difference a little tweaking to the head and neck makes! They left, suitably armed with Mike Eckley's tips for preparing and showing their sheep, together with an official Clun Forest Sheep badge, rosettes and prize money donated by Brian and Ann Davies. We look forward to seeing these upcoming exhibitors in the show ring next year.
A raffle raised £166 (shared with Clun Memorial Hall) with some fantastic prizes being donated and I’m sure the winners of the reclining garden seats, single malt scotch and local beers, went home particularly pleased. Clun sheep merchandise was available to buy, but we’re now down to the last three Society ties and so we’re asking for your designs to be submitted for the next batch of ties.
We had a superb cookery demonstration from the renowned local chef Milly Rees using Clun lamb provided by our secretary, Sue. The samples disappeared so fast that some of us didn’t even get to taste them! Milly provided printed recipe sheets but her recipes are available to download from her website www.millysmenus.com/ You really will think of using lamb in a completely different way.
Sheltering from the downpours, we had an opportunity to look through the displays of flock books going back to the inception of the Society, catalogues from the Craven Arms sales of yesteryear and an awful lot of reminiscing over old photographs.
It was unanimously agreed that we had a good time, but most of all we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the day in whatever capacity. There has been such a positive response that we feel encouraged to repeat it next year so, if you have any thoughts as to the type of thing you would like to see included please do get in touch.
Location: Clun Memorial Hall, Guilden Down, SY7 8NY
The event will be open to the public from 11.00 am onwards. For those bringing sheep, if you aim to arrive around 9.00 am it will allow sufficient time to unload the animals and get them settled. If you’re arriving with your stock the day before that’s not a problem. Just let us know and we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Classes are Stock Ram (any age); Ewe (any age); Lamb (either sex) and are to be shown untrimmed. There are no limits on the number of sheep you may bring but if you could let us know approximately how many it would be helpful when planning the pens.
Judging takes place at 12.00 noon and ideally will be conducted in the show ring. There will be plenty of support to help make the process as stress-free as possible. However, it will still be possible for your sheep to be judged in the pens if necessary.
You might wish to take advantage of the trimming demonstration and go home with a show prepped animal that you can then take to a local show later in August or indeed the sale in early September! Roy Reynolds, our President will be showing how it’s done.
Congratulations to Torz Brown and her "Windybottom Flock' on their recent export of 12 Clun ewe lambs to Ian Poole. Ian put an advert on our 'Stock Wanted Page' and Torz saw it and made it happen. Recently Roger Williams of the Pen-y-Wern Flock has sent 4 rams to the Emerald Isle. There have been several other enquiries from Ireland and one of our newest members is Louise Skelly and her Shanaghan Flock. So if you have an unregistered Flock in Ireland then get in touch and get registered and we can add you to the map
It is with great pleasure that the CFSBS wishes former Secretary, Sandra Williams, the very best of luck in her marriage to Owain Edwards. The couple married in Wolverton earlier this month and the wedding breakfast included leg and shoulder of lamb from a homegrown Clun hoggett and it was delicious!
Sandra was instrumental in modernising the society during her time as secretary from 2011 to 2015 and is still a very active member selling females from her Shropshire home
Invitation to Clun Forest Sheep Breeders Society AGM
and Awards Presentation
We warmly invite you to attend our AGM and Lunch
Saturday 21 November 2015
Temeside Inn Country Pub and Restaurant
Little Hereford, Nr Ludlow
Arrival 2.30 pm for 3.00 pm
AGM to be followed by Lunch and Presentations
Salmon Fishcakes with Lemon Mayonnaise
Blade of Beef with Tomato Fondue Sauce
Herefordshire Topside with Roast Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables Pan Fried Salmon with Pea Puree and Potato Croquette
Chicken Coq au Vin with Roast Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding with Custard Lemon Posset with Shortbread Biscuit
Cheese & Biscuits
Coffee/Tea to follow
The cost of the meal is £16.50 per person for either Starter & Main or Main & Dessert.
Please send your name, contact details, number of guests and your preferences along with a cheque to Steph Thackery by Wednesday 11 November 2015.
Please make cheques (made payable to: CFSBS Ltd) :
Steph Thackery, Hayton House, Lower Hayton, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2AQ
Where will this fabulous breed take us next!