Mike Eckley, Court-LLacca Flock, was recently able to acquire this unique historical piece of Clun Forest Sheep Breeders Society memorabilia dating back 90 years. It is a medal given in 1932 at the 8th Annual Society Show & Sale to the winner of the ‘Founders Cup’.
The Society was founded in 1925 by various breeders and one of these and the original secretary was Mr. H.J.Marsh of Bedstone, Bucknell, Shropshire. The Bedstone flock was one of the most famous flock in the 1920’s & 30’s winning many prizes until it was sold up in 1936. In 1930, Mr Marsh gave the ‘Founders Cup’ to encourage the entry of females at the Annual Show & Sale at Craven Arms each September. The Cup was a Challenge Cup and was won outright in the mid 1930’s but there is no picture of it and it’s believed (having contacted the family) to have been sold off probably for melting down as it likely to have been solid silver.
It was only by chance that Mike came across this medal online and was able to buy what he believes to be the oldest surviving prize given at the society sale. This medal is dated 1932 and is also solid silver and it will now be preserved. Mike has attached a picture of the medal and an extract from the 1930 Show & Sale when the Founders Cup was first presented for you interest
Where will this fabulous breed take us next!