Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club
At the AGM in July, The Colchester Poultry Club voted to amalgamate with the Suffolk and Essex Poultry Club. Following this the newly formed Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club had its first AGM, electing officers for the new club. Exisitng membership for either club will be valid for The Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club. New membership cards with the new club name and logo will be issued for any members joining from now onwards, and for renewing members from January 2022.
New committee left to right: Robert White vice chair; Colin Joiner, Committee member; James Firth, Show Manager; Tom Harrington,. President; Becky Smith, Committee member; Colin Sussams, Chair; Phil Fawcett, Committee member; Georgina Keam, General Secretary;Nicola Firth, Show Secretary.
We have a new Facebook Group for members only:
and a new Facebook Group, open to all:
Usual Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club Events are:
1) We hold several Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club poultry shows each year.
Next shows will be at Norton Village Hall IP3 3LE
AutumnYoung Stock Show Sunday 17th October 2021
Winter Show Sunday 9th January 2022
followed by a Regional Spring Show Sunday 20th February 2022.
AGM and Egg Show Sunday April 10th 2022.
2) In a 'normal' year, the club will be in our usual Poultry Tent at the Agricultural Shows listed below.
Please visit websites for further information:
Dates given for 2022 - more information nearer the time:
The South Suffolk Show Sunday 8th May 2022
The Hadleigh Show Saturday 21st May 2022
Essex Young Farmers Sunday 23rd May 2022
The Suffolk Show Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June 2022.
Tendring 100 Show Saturday 9th July 2022.
If you are looking for stock or hatching eggs please:
Contact one of our advertisers in 'The Hen Pen' or put a request on the NEW (members only) CSPC club Facebook Page
or the open club Facebook page.
Bird flu is most likely to be a problem in migration season, spring and autumn. We need to stay vigilant.
Public Health England (PHE) advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
For more information please visit the DEFRA website.
About the Club
The club's aim is to promote and encourage poultry keeping as a worthwhile hobby, for the enjoyment of the whole family.
Our goals are to increase peoples awareness of the benefits of keeping poultry, to encourage new poultry keepers of all ages, and to offer support and information to new and established poultry keepers alike.
Many breeds of poultry are on the decline, once they are gone we will lose a large part of our agricultural heritage. It is estimated that five breeds a year are lost. East Anglia has three breeds associated with its counties. The Norfolk Grey (originally called the 'Black Maria') which is making a steady come back. The Ixworth of Suffolk which is not doing so well and the Golden Essex, which is now extinct and can never be brought back. Small backyard breeders are the backbone of keeping breeds of non commercial poultry going for the future. Through our shows, exhibitions and education we try to encourage people to keep poultry in their own garden. Like many clubs, the Colchester Poultry Club is run by (busy!) volunteers. We aim to provide encouragement to those wanting to take up this worthwhile hobby.
Becoming a member entitles you to discounts on feed, accessories, and medicines at supporting stockist's in East Anglia. There are discounts on Show Entry fees plus a free magazine produced approximately twice a year.