A new Venture in South Africa

There is a new venture starting in South Africa, a wool farm for Angora Rabbits. They are small at the moment with only three bucks but are looking to find some does this year so that they can really get going. 

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Wool at Junction 13. Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, right next to the M6 motorway, Junction 13 on 18thand 19thMay 2019

Woolfest, Friday 28thand Sat 29thJune 2019. Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ

Fibre East.27th/28thJuly 2019. Redbone Upper School and Community College, Flitwick Road, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU.

British Wool Show, Friday 10thand Saturday 11thAugust 2019. York Auction Centre, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5GF

National Angora Stock Show to be held on Sunday 12thMay 2019, at the usual venue: Wyken Community Centre, Westmorland Road, off Belgrave Road, Wyken, Coventry,CV2 5PY.

  • Judge Mr Alan Cargo.
  • The AGM will be held at 1pm lunchtime at this stock show on 12thMay.
  • All proposals to be sent to myself or Lesley Hordon.
  • My contact details are angora.bunnies@btopenworld.com.Tel 01233 732194.
  • Address: 19, Farm Road, Hamstreet,  Ashford, Kent. TN26 2JA.
  • Lesley Hordon’s contact details are : 37 Harrowby Road, Leeds,West Yorks. LS16HX
  • e mail: skyrackangoras@hotmail.co.uk, tel : 01132 304400.
  • The next dates and stock show venues/judges will then be decided at the AGM so please put in your proposals and preferences.
  • Remember the venue is to be within 70 mile radius of Coventry.
  • The club stand should also be at the following Fibre Festivals, dependant on being accepted by the festival organisers.
  • You are welcome to join us for a chat and to do some crafts at the club stand.
  • Volunteers to help man the stand are also needed. Please let Lesley know if you can help.
Ru, the Best Angora going to Foxwood Stud and winner of Best Overall St Ledger stakes

Bradford small livestock show held 20/21 January at Doncaster racecourse

Although there were six adults and one U/5 rabbit were entered only two adults and one U/5 were at the show.

Due to the gap between entering and the show date, it is not always possible to predict what a rabbit might do in that time, some chew, some get stained through excess wetting, and if you feel your rabbit is not up to scratch you dont take it.

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The National Angora Club Products Competition

There was a very good entry this year, with two beginners producing excellent work.

Hat and scarf from Alison Redding
Angora Shawl from Chantel Tanchel

There were a wide variety of scarves, gloves, skeins, flowers and toys.

Lovely work from members on the Angora Club stand.
Sally May’s wheelspun Angora single ply won best yarn.

The Judge, Anne Gibson, found it very difficult to choose between this finely spun Angora chemise from Mary Tomlin and the beaded shawl from Lesley Hordon.

Beautifully spun and knitted, Mary Tomlin’s Angora Chemise.
A beaded Angora shawl. From Cheyenne, a 5 year old Smoke Angora. 75% Angora, 25% slate dyed mulberry silk, with a little onyx Angelina. Spindle spun. Pattern Voodoo, by Boo Knits.

The beaded shawl by Lesley Hordon was judged Best in Show.

The felted beaded scarf on the right was made by Rebekah Staples. The bowl on display is also a sample of her felting work. The scarf was 73 % angora, 25% merino tops, 2% silk tops on chiffon fabric. It was decorated with seed beads and buttons. Rebekah also produced the best spindle spun yarn.

The next Products Show is at the London Show in October 2019. This is held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Please see the Club yearbook for the schedule for entries. All members can enter. If you cannot spin or knit, you can still enter your clipped Angora wool. Free spindle spinning lessons will be available at the Club Stand at the London, and also at the craft shows throughout the summer.

The breed standard of the national club.

Body Coat

  • Clipped down to a maximum of one inch, pure colour, fine texture, even and dense all over
  • A coat of 1 – 2 inches is permissible in the case of coloured Angoras
  • 15 points

Furnishings

  • Head, feet, legs, face, ears and tail
  • 15 points

Head

  • Broad, short skull, broad flat nose, large eyes of correct colour, dense crest, long fringe, thickly wooled along line of jaw
  • 10 points

Ears

  • Erect, short, tapered, well wooled, fringed and tufted
  • 10 points

Body

  • Short coupled, back arched, chest deep, broad and prominent, powerful shoulders and loins a good size
  • 25 points

Legs and Feet

  • Straight, good but not coarse boned, heavily wooled with short nails
  • 10 points

Condition

  • Firm flesh, clean well nourished and well groomed
  • 10 points

Carriage

  • Alert and upstanding, masculine in appearance in the case of a buck
  • 5 points

Total Points 100

Weight

  • Ideally not to be more than 7½lbs.

Serious Faults

  • Narrow wedge head, low head or ear carriage, plain long ears, no furnishings, bad condition

Subscriptions are now due for 2019. New members are £7, existing renewals, juniors and seniors are £5. Anyone is welcome to join the National Angora Club who is interested in angora rabbits.

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