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Channel Islander Wins Show Champion at New Forest

Looking back through our records it is nearly 12 months since a Poland won the highest accolade at a show, so well done to recent Poland convert Jamie Laffoley-Edwards from Guernsey for winning at The New Forest Show on July 28th, with his White-crested Black Female.

As one of the other top breeders commented after hearing the news, "I'm going to need to sharpen my game"

The full results are here.

Avian Influenza - Case in Lancashire, July 2015

A case of H7N7 avian flu has now been confirmed near Preston, Lancashire. A temporary control zone imposed on Friday at the affected farm has now been replaced by a 10 kilometre surveillance zone and an inner 3 kilometre protection zone.

Within these zones a range of controls is in place to prevent the spread of disease. These include restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure. 

There are also restrictions on bird gatherings (fairs, shows, exhibitions) and the release of game birds. The restrictions are set out in detail in Avian influenza declaration 13 July 2015 (PDF, 1.07MB, 14 pages) and are summarised in the movement controls and licences section below. The humane culling of all birds at the farm is continuing.

Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health from this strain is very low. The Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for consumers.

Cornish Judges Award Consecutive Accolades to Lee Pedley's Polands

It was a very productive couple of days for Lee Pedley as one of his Andrew Ball-bred White-crested Black Females won Best Bantam Soft Feather Light at Liskeard on July 11th, and then went on to repeat the feat at Stithians on Monday 13th.

It takes hours of dedication and skill to constantly turn out birds that catch the judges' eyes and it can now surely only be a matter of time before he goes one better and comes home with a Best In Show Trophy.

Well done Lee!  Full results are here! 

Perfect Polands Feature in July's Practical Poultry

As well as being on the front cover of the new edition, there is also a six-page buyers guide with plenty of hints and tips on what to look for when acquiring and subsequently keeping Polands.

If you have come here as a result of reading that article, then "Welcome Aboard".  As well as the public pages on this site, there is also a Members Only Section containing a Breeders' Directory and other useful articles.  We hope you like what you see and that it tempts you into becoming a member.

Membership costs from just £8 per annum and runs for a full 12 months from the date of joining.  You can join by clicking on the Featured Products list on the left hand side of the page.  We also have a very limited stock of Poland Club badges that are also available to members and non-members alike.

Finally why not take a look at our our Facebook Group which currently has over 450 members and features many lovely photos and stories about our Poland flocks.

Large Chamois Female is "Head" and Shoulders Above The Competition at Royal Norfolk

Congratulations go to breeder and long-term Poland Club member Beverley Head for winning Best Large Soft Feather Light at The Royal Norfolk Show on July 1st with a Chamois Female, pictured here.

A lovely shot, I'm sure you'll agree, taken by our Secretary, Clare Beebe.

Perhaps it's a sign that the laced birds are starting to catching judges' eyes again, as both here and at Cheshire Show recently, Chamois have been placed ahead of White-crested Blacks.

Make a Diary Date for Bakewell!

Bakewell Show is the country's largest tented agricultural show and features a PCGB Championship Show on Thursday August 6th.  The organisers kindly lay on 4 Poland Classes (WCB, AOC and Frizzle-feathered) so it gives a rare chance outside the majors for "like" to compete against "like".  There's prize money down to 3rd place in every class as well as the coveted PCGB embossed cards on offer for those on Championship Row.  

Closing date for entries is Friday July 10th 2015, which can be made online or by post, and schedules are available to download from here.  For any further information contact Clare Beebe, our Club Secretary, who is on the organising committee for the Poultry and Pigeon Section.

Fantastic Fullertons Win Reserve Champion at Armagh!

The Fullerton Family won Best Poland, Best Bantam Soft Feather Light and Reserve Show Champion on June 13th 2016 at Armagh Agricultural Show, surpassing the same bird's achievements recently at Balmoral.  Well done everybody and thank you to Joshua Kittle for granting permission to use the photo.

Full results are on the Show Results page

James Weatherup Triumphs at Lurgan

Committee Member, James Weatherup from Northern Ireland has kindly sent in the results for Lurgan Show, which is held annually on the first Saturday of June, and is, by all accounts, a great day out. 

Well done James with your winning Best Poland and Reserve Best SFL in what, I'm told were relatively large classes.  Our Irish members do a great job of getting our breed out there to shows, and they are always presented to an excellent standard. Well done!

The full results are here

More Poland Prizes for Pedley's Poultry at Royal Cornwall

Committee Member, Lee Pedley, has done well over the last 6 months in the South West showing the bird that won Best Poland at the National for Nicole Ball.

On June 4th, at The Royal Cornwall Show, as well as winning Best Poland the lovely WCB female went on to win Best Bantam Soft Feather Light, earning a place on Championship Row and a third coveted PCGB embossed card.

Lee has his own breeding program of White-crested Black Polands, but always makes sure to credit the original breeder if he is showing a bird bred by someone else.  However, this does not diminish Lee's achievements, as, as many of us know, getting a Poland "show-ready" is no mean feat, especially one that has a standard dictating a "snow-white" crest. 

Thanks to Jed Dwight for the use of the photo and, as usual, the full results are here

Nicole's Winning Bird

Stafford Success for Nicole Ball!

Congratulations to Nicole Ball for winning Best Bantam Soft Feather Light at Stafford County Show on May 27th 2015 with this WCB Male pictured on the left.  Nicole also won Best Juvenile with her Bantam WCB Female.

Polands on Championship Row will hopefully become a regular sight during the Summer Show Season.

Here's a link to a short video of all the successful birds that day! 

Thank you Jane Eardley.

Well done everyone!

It's a Right Royal Victory for The Fullertons as Their Winning Poland Makes Top Row at Balmoral

The Summer Agricultural Show season got off to a flyer for Polands with Caroline Fullerton winning Best Soft Feather Light Bantam at The Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral Park on May 13th 2015 with her WCB Female.  Well done to The Fullerton Family on this achievement and thank you to Joshua Kittle, whose photo is used with his kind permission. Full results are here

The aim of this website is to promote the breed as well as offering help and support to breeders and keepers of Polands.

On the site you will find valuable reference material relating to Polands. The site is in its infancy so please bear with us whilst we add many more articles over the coming months.

You need to be a member of the Poland Club to gain full access to the website which is not viewable unless a member - member only pages include:

  • Members only forum - for free help and advice. The forum is a place to visit if you have any questions regarding your birds - however simple the question may be please don't be shy just ask - we have lots of active committee members on here and we will help in any way that we can.
  • Access to photo gallery - the good the bad and the ugly... As well as some photos of some great birds we show you what to avoid in the breeding pen.
  • Members reference area - articles written by club members on welfare of Polands.
  • Members Newsletters- Features, articles, news and updates from the Poland Club - in 2014, as in 2013, we are hoping to produce 4 newsletters, and a Year Book (which will be available to those who are members on 31/10/14)
  • Members Workshops - gain valuable hands on experience with workshops held by repected breeders/judges.

Membership is only £8 year for single and £12 year for family which offers fantastic value. To cover the extra postage costs, Republic of Ireland membership is just £12, and it is only £18 for the Rest of The World.  This can be paid online through our Poland Club Shop.  

Don't be shy come and say hi in the Forum - introduce yourself and we will do our best to help you.

Wishing you all the very best of success in keeping Polands - whether it is for exhibition or fun - our aim is to cater for everyone's needs.

See you in the forum.

The Poland Club Committee.


Yates & Jones Take The Honours at Oswestry!

It was "all about the boys" in The Poland Class at The Oswestry Spring Show on May 2nd 2015,

Experienced exhibitors, but new to Polands, Yates & Jones won Best Poland with a Bantam WCB Male, while Oswestry-regular Alison Jones came 2nd with a Chamois Male.

After the Spring Break from showing, as we enter the Summer Agricultural Show circuit lets hope to see many more Polands out there as beautifully presented as this one.  Well done Alison, Ewan and Alison!

As usual full results are here.

Veteran Jimmy Hope Wins Best Poland at Peebles - With Brian Millar Close Behind

Only Our President, Brian Anderton, has been showing Polands longer than Jimmy Hope, who first won at The Poland Club Show back in 1968 - 47 years ago!.

At Peebles, Jimmy's WCB Bantam Female won Best Poland in a class of 5, while Brian Millar triumphed in the Male and Trio Classes.

It was, by all accounts, an excellent, well-organised show, and one that perhaps those Northern Exhibitors, who didn't show at Reading, might consider supporting next year. 

Full results are here 

T&J Buck Win Best Poland at Reading in an Increased Field Over Recent Years

The two-day Championship Show at Reading, with 4 Poland classes, saw 11 entries which is very encouraging, and so it was fitting that the winner of the largest class of 8 WC birds, T&J Buck went on to win Best Poland and a place on Championship Row.

Entrants had travelled from as far away as East Anglia and Derbyshire, as well as The Home Counties, going to prove that this show, being held at Newbury Leisure Centre for the 25th Year, really is The Bantam Classic.

All the weekend's results are here

Pedley's Poland Makes It To Champions Row and Wins PCGB Bronze Star

Great result for our breed on February 15th at Devon Fanciers' Exhibition Society's Show in Dawlish where Lee Pedley won Champion Bantam Soft Feather Light with this WCB Female bred by Andrew Ball! 

Well done guys!

Full results are here!

What a Lovely Display of Polands on Valentine's Day!

Coinciding as it did with the bi-monthly Pure Breed Auction, along with Peter Watkinson's Stock Reduction Auction, there were many visitors able to take a look at the three different White-crested varieties that entered the M/F Bantam Poland Class in The North of England Championship Show on February 14th 2015.

Well done to Stephen Hodge on his victory!  

Full results are here.

Holy Higginsons! - High Peak Victory for Young Abbie 

Abbie Higginson had a great day at High Peak Poultry Show Bakewell on Feb 7th 2015 - winning Best Young Handler - with "Fluffy", her Chamois Poland Bantam Hen, Best Bantam Egg Contents- with Fluffy`s egg- and Best Decorated Egg- which was designed as a tribute to Valentine's Day! - but Abbie admits it looks like a riot in a feather factory!

Well done! In the words of the song "I believe that children are our future"

The full results are here!

Jean Wall Claims Best Poland at The Irish National

Jean swept the board in the bantam class winning 1-2-3, with her petite Gold-Laced Pullet, Simone,  triumphing over FiFi, Jean's Silver-laced hen, who I hear was none too pleased to be beaten by another of Jean's birds!

The full results are here

Pedley's Poultry Picks Up Poland Prize at Pool Poultry Club

All the way from Redruth in Cornwall, news reaches us of Lee Pedley's First Place in the well-supported AOV Bantam Soft Feather Light Class, on Jan 24th 2015, with his lovely WCB Female, which, as the only Poland entered, duly won the Club Rosette for Best Poland, and so earns Lee another Point towards the Exhibitor of the Year Trophy.

Well done Lee!  As always, if you send in your show results from the Poland Classes we will publish them on the Show Results page.

Hodge and Weatherup Let The Birds Do The Talking at Scottish National

After months of good-humoured banter about who would triumph at The Scottish National, Steve Hodge came out on top with a White-Crested Black Bantam Female winning The van Hoesen Trophy for Best Poland.  

James Weatherup won Reserve with his Female Chamois Bantam and David Fullerton's Large Male WCB was adjudged by Colin Clark as Best Opposite Size.

Pictured here is our Club Secretary, Clare Beebe, presenting Steve with his trophy.

Full Results are here and there are plenty of photos on the FB Group too

Club Members Win Classes at Welsh National and Ballymena Championship Show

Well done to Lee Pedley for winning Best Poland at The Welsh National with a WCB female (top right) and to The O'Connors for coming 2nd with a Chamois Female (Dolly, bottom left).

At The Ballymena Championship Show, which is a Poland Club Regional Show, James Weatherup won Best Poland with a Self-White Female.  He won 1st in all 4 Poland classes he entered including with the Chamois Female (bottom right).

Well done everyone. Results from The Welsh are here 

Are You All Set for The Scottish National?

With a total entry of just under 4000, The Scottish National Poultry Show is all set to live up to its name of "The Friendliest Show".

Staged over 2 days  on Jan 17/18 2015 at The Lanark Agricultural Centre, The Poland Club has been awarded Regional Show status and has laid on 13 different breed-specific classes (see article below for details).

Colin Clark has kindly agreed to act as our Judge, and as well as selecting the class winners will also award 8 Specials including Best Large, Best Bantam, Best WC, Best Self, Best Laced and Best Juvenile along with Reserve Best Poland and Best Poland, who will also be the inaugural recipient of The Van Hoesen Trophy.


For more details and updates join The Scottish National Poultry Show Facebook Group.  See you there!

New Poland Club Member Tom Buck Wins Best Poland at Syston Christmas Show

Syston Fanciers Society held their Annual Winter Show in a small youth club near Leicester, and even with snow laying thick on the ground and treacherous driving conditions, nearly 300 entries were penned from as far afield as Preston and Norfolk.

In an entry of 5 Poland Bantams, Judge Stephen Hodge awarded the Red Card to Tom Buck who was showing this breed for the first time.  Well done Tom, who earns a point towards the newly-created Exhibitor of the Year Trophy.

Full results are here.

2014 Federation Championship Show - Preliminary Results

A full write up will follow in due course but we just wanted to put the preliminary results up here as quickly as possible. Well done to Nicole Ball for winning Best Poland with a Bantam WC Black Pullet, to David Pownall for Reserve Best Poland with a Self White Bantam Female and to S & G Hodge for Best Opposite Size with a WCB Female and Best Opposite Sex with a Bantam WCB Male.

Results are here 

It's Time to Get Your Entries In for The Scottish National 2015

The 2015 SCOTTISH NATIONAL POULTRY SHOW is on 17/18th January and is also a Poland Club Regional Show. 

The Overall Best Poland will be the inaugural winner of The Van Hoesen Trophy. Rosettes will be awarded to all class winners and well as the following Specials (which are tartan-themed): Best In Show, Reserve Best In Show, Best Large, Best Bantam, Best White-Crested, Best Self-Coloured, Best Laced, best Frizzled and Best Juvenile.

There are also AOV Trio Classes in both LF and Bantam. Long-time Poultry breeder and exhibitor Panel A Judge Colin Clark has kindly accepted our request to officiate on the day.

For full details on entering, see the Scottish National FB Group highlighted above, but do not delay as there may be a limit set on number of entries due to space restrictions.
See you there!

Poland Breeders' Workshop - The Federation - December 20th - What Do You Want To Learn About? 

As previously announced, The Club has arranged a Workshop on the Saturday afternoon following on from Paul Lutkin's Judging Summary. Grant Brereton, Editor of Fancy Fowl, will be there along with Andrew Ball and, hopefully, Clare Beebe.

What would you like to know more about?  Which aspects of breeding are you struggling with and would like to learn more about?  Is it your laced birds? Or Frizzle-feathered ones that you would like to refine? Do you have separate pullet-breeding and cock-breeding lines?  Do you wish to learn more about "Complementary Breeding" or ask Andrew about the specific techniques he uses to improve his "family of birds"?

The presenters would like to know in advance what it is that you are particularly keen to find out more about.  That way, they can be prepared, and the answers will be more thorough and hopefully more people will benefit from the session.

Please contact us via email here with the topics you would like to be covered and even specific questions, to help make it an even more enjoyable and productive afternoon.

James Weatherup Earns Back to Back Victories, with First Place at Ballymena Poultry Club on December 13th 2014.

There seems to be no stopping James Weatherup at the local shows in Northern Ireland this season.

James won Best Poland with the bird pictured at the above show.  Well done James.

As usual Full Results are here.

Remember if you take part in any shows to send the results in.  For every "Best Poland" you earn 1 point towards the Exhibitors Trophy. 

James Weatherup Wins Best Poland at East Antrim Bantam Association Show.

James has kindly sent in the results for the East Antrim Bantam Association Show on December 6th 2014 where he won Best Poland with a White-Crested Black Female.

Well done James and to all the exhibitors.

Full results are here 

Team Hodge Fly The Poland Flag in Wales!

Serial Breeders and Exhibitors Steve and Graham Hodge had a good day at The Welsh Winter Fair at Llanelwedd on December 2nd 2014 winning Overall Best Trio with Bantam White-Crested Black Polands as well as Supreme Show Champion with a Call Duck.  Well done again! 

Full Poland results are here. And thanks to Richmor Poultry for allowing us to use his photo.

Hodge and Pownall Battle for Top Spot at Ribble Valley Championship Show

Numbers generally were disappointing at Clitheroe on Saturday November 29th 2014 but the quality of entries was encouragingly high. 
Once again the fraternal team of S & G Hodge had two Polands placed on Championship Row, winning Best Soft Feather Light in both Bantam and Large Fowl with WCB pullets.
David Pownall won the AOC Poland class with a stunning Self White Female and also went on to win Supreme Show Champion with a White Wyandotte.
Well done everyone!  Full results are here and from Stalybridge Show which took place the following day.

David Fullerton Triumphs at Ballymena

Ballymenas first show of the 2015/15 season was an excellent affair with 24 entries in the Poland classes.  The birds were popularly acclaimed to be of a great standard of quality and with rarely seen colours such as creole (non-standard) and white crested cuckoo on display it was refreshing to see such varied examples of the breed. David Fullerton won BEST Poland with a very nice white crested black cockerel triumphing over the females, a rare occurrence, I'm sure you'll agree.

Results, as usual, are on the Show Results page

James Weatherup's WCB Female won its class of 8 entries, with him also gaining 2nd place too, Gerry Logue finishing 3rd.

James also won the Self-coloured female class of 5 with a Self-white, beating two self-blacks from Gerry into 2nd and 3rd place.

Ballymena hosts a number of shows over the season and it would be nice if people from the mainland ventured over to show in the same way as our Irish members come over to all the big shows in the UK.

Northern Irish Poland Fanciers 

James Weatherup very kindly sent this photo in showing himself on the left, David Fullerton on the right, and their "mentor" and lifelong Poland  breeder, Gerry Logue, in the middle

All 3 are members of the Poland Club and actively support breeding and showing Polands in Northern Ireland, where most shows will have multiple Poland classes and entries often number in the 30's.

They have numerous victories between them over the years.

In fact, it is probably fair to say that along with our other members from both Northern Ireleand and The Republic of Ireland the breed is very well supported and going from strength to strength across The Irish Sea and we look forward to continued competition at The Major Shows where they always bring a healthy entry. 

Exhibitor of The Year Trophy Takes a Bow

After being agreed upon at the 2013 AGM, The Club has bought a small trophy to help the visibility of the breed and to reward those who may not always be able to compete for the top honours at the larger shows.

Every time a member wins Best Poland at a show other than The Club Show and Regional Shows, and sends the results in to be printed in the newsletter they earn 1 point.  The person at the end of the year with the most points wins the trophy which will then be presented at The AGM.  The year runs from November 1st - October 31st.

So it can be a local Summer Agricultural Show or a prestigious one like Reading, they all count.  All we need are the results from the Poland Classes.  Even if you are the only entrant, your victory still qualifies, as part of the aim of the trophy is to increase the profile of the breed and the more people who see our lovely Polands the better I'm sure you will agree.

Send your results in here  so they can be put on the website and to Simone Lomax so she can put them in the Newsletter.

The results and winner from 2013/14 will be announced at the AGM at The Federation.

If you have any other questions just ask.

Good luck and happy showing.

The National Poultry Show Results 2014

Nicole Ball wins Champion Poland with a White-crested Black Female Pullet (below), while Steve and Graham Hodge get onto Championship Row with Overall Best Trio.

Well done everyone!

The full results can be found here and there are photos of lots of the birds here

Best Poland - Nicole Ball - White-Crested Black Female

Poland Club Members Get The Chance To Compete for a Host of Trophies at The National

At the 2013 Poland Club Regional Show, Paul Lutkin won the following trophies:- Th Sugden Cup for Champion Poland (LF WCB Female), The Ball & Sons Shield for Reserve Champion Poland (Bantam Self-White Female), The N Drake Cup for Best Bantam, The Steve Lane Cup for Best Large (kindly donated last year by Steve Lane) and the Corinthian Stone Trophy for Best White Crested (kindly donated last year by Kathy Nuttall).
Well done Paul!
These trophies will be hotly-contested again next weekend at The National along with the following :- The Dr Mee Cup for Best Frizzle-feathered (kindly donated last year by Viv Mee), The Melling Trophy for Best Gold-Laced, The O.M. Harding Trophy for Best Chamois (kindly donated last year by Alison Jones), The Nelson Salver for Best Laced Frizzled Poland (kindly donated last year by Bev Nelson and Family), The Richardson Cup for Best Silver-Laced (kindly donated last year by Amelia Richardson) and The Clare Beebe Perpetual Shield for Best Trio (kindly donated last year by Clare Beebe).
Good luck to everyone!
Further opportunities for Trophy Sponsorship in 2015 exist for categories such as Best Opposite Sex to Show Champion, Best Self-coloured Poland, Best Laced Poland, and a Points Trophy. Prices range from £25-£100. It could be your chance to have a trophy named after yourself, your company or a loved one and support the Poland Club and The Breed. For further details just email polandclubgb@gmail.com

Encouraging Poland Entry at The National Bodes Well for New Telford Venue

Early indications are that there are 64 entries in the Poland Classes, with at least 12 of these being Chamois Female Bantams.

The National is also a Poland Club Regional Show with many rosettes and trophies up for grabs.  The Club has a stand next to the Poland Pens where you can chat to other members, join The Poland Club, renew your membership or buy merchandise which this year includes enamel badges and rare Poland books.

Full details about visiting the show can be found here.  If you've not been to one of the large poultry shows before, it's certainly worth a visit.  With over 6000 birds on display as well as many trade stands, it represents a great day out for all the family and is just a stone's throw from Telford Town Centre, so those who don't share our love of poultry can find plenty to keep them occupied.

See you there!

James Weatherup Sweeps The Board at Dromure

There were some great Poland examples on display at Dromore Poultry Show on Saturday November 8th which saw experienced exhibitor James Weatherup take the honours again for both Best Poland and Best Soft Feather 2014 bred and Reserve Soft Feather Light Breed Champion.  Well done James!

Full results

James Weatherup Gears Up for a Busy Winter Season with Victory in Ballynure on Nov 1st

Ballynure Show saw a big entry of Polands seeing as it's our first show of the Winter season and people's birds aren't all ready yet. The birds were turned out well in 7 colours (including some non-standard) being shown and some in Large Fowl.

Well done to James Weatherup on getting Best Poland with a lovely white crested black bantam female with her also winning Best Soft Feather bantam and overall Champion Soft Feather. A cracking result, I'm sure you'll agree!

Limited Edition Poland Club Badges Available - Hurry Now While Stocks Last!

Have you bought a limited edition Poland Club badge yet? 

These lovely enamel pin badges depicting one of Paul Lutkin's Champion birds are available for just £4.50 plus p&p from the Poland Club Online Shop 
So get yours now before it's too late!

We will shortly be ordering the next run of badges.  Which colour would you like it to be? Let us know via The Poland Club Facebook Group

Record Entry at Southport Sees Judge Clare Beebe Spoilt for Choice

The biggest entry in recent years saw 20 entries in the 3 Poland Classes at the November PCGB Championship Show at Southport.

With excellent quality birds on display, some would say this was a warm-up for the National Championships in a fortnight's time.  

Steve Hodge's Self-White Pullet won Best Poland.

Full results here

Poland Club Breeders' List Updated.

Our members tell us that one of the biggest reasons for them joining The Poland Club is that they then get access to The Club Breeders' List, as well as being able to advertise stock for sale/wanted via The Poland Club Facebook Group.

It allows those looking for stock to see the contact details of the many members who have asked to be included thereon, as well as the varieties they keep.

Several of the members operate on a commercial scale while many others breed purely for their own enjoyment.  Thus, available stock, can vary greatly over the year, and indeed, some people on the list may not have stock for sale at all, but wish to be on the list so that others can see what colours they keep, so they can then exchange tips etc with other breeders.

If you wish to be placed on the list please send an email stating what colours and sizes you have, along with your preferred phone number and email address.

Polands am Byth!

Perhaps one of our Welsh-speaking members could let us know if the title means something other than "Polands Forever".

It was a great day for Team Hodge at The Welsh Federation at Builth Wells on October 18th when their WCB Female won Best Soft Feather Light, topping off a great day for them when they had three birds on Championship Row in total!

It's a Super Weekend for Alison, Lee and The Hodges.

Club Members Alison Jones,Lee Pedley and Steve & Graham Hodge certainly had reason to celebrate on October 4th and 5th.

While Lee was winning a Special Award for his Chamois Poland Female (pictured on the right) at The Bugle and District Poultry Society Annual Show down in Cornwall, Alison not only won Best Poland at Oswestry & District PS Championship Show, but also won Best Soft Feather Bantam Trio with 3 Chamois.

And to top it off The Hodges won both Poland Classes (LF and Bantam) at The Eden Valley Championship Show.

Well done to you all!

Full results are here on the Show Results Page

Autumn Show at Southport Sees Best Poland Go To Father and Daughter Team Andrew and Nicole Ball.

With the largest Poland entry for many a year at this season-opening show, our Club Chairman and his daughter Nicole took first place with a Bantam White-Crested Black Female that was beautifully presented on the day and drew many gasps of admiration from both other exhibitors and members of the public alike.

There were 9 birds entered in total, with Simone Lomax winning Best Bantam Male with a very striking Black.  The full results can be found here 

As a curtain raiser for The National, on November 1st the Southport & Ormskirk Bantam Society hosts its Annual Championship Show, where there are expected to be nearly 1000 entries in total.  Our Club Secretary Clare Beebe will be judging that day and (subject to sufficient interest) there will be at least 4 Poland classes on the schedule - WC Male and Female, and AOC Male and Female.

So if you are a regular exhibitor or just a novice we would encourage you to come and support the breed and enter - either your Polands or other breeds.  Indeed one of our members will be travelling up from Cornwall for the weekend, so it would be great if we could get as many of us there as possible.  For a schedule phone The Show Secretary Philip Bentham on 01704 895107.

Poland 1-2-3 at Pembroke goes to The O'Connors

The Pembroke County Show on 19th August 2014 saw a clean sweep by Susan O'Connor in the Bantam Poland Class with 2 Chamois Females and a Gold-laced Frizzle Girl.  Well done everyone! Full results can be found here

Team Hodge Double Up At Mottram

Following their success at Halifax, brothers Steve and Graham Hodge notched up another Double at Mottram Show on August 17th 2014, where they won Best In Show with this WCB bantam pullet, pictured here with Steve, and also Best Large Soft Feather Light with a LF WCB pullet.

Indeed, the pair's birds occupied five of the eight places on Championship Row, the others being a Rosecomb, a Modern Game and a Call Duck.

And this follows on from winning Reserve Champion at Gargrave the day before with a LF WCB pullet.

Steve and Graham's expansion into Polands has coincided with a real surge in popularity of the breed, and good specimens will always catch the eye of judges, who often comment that it is just like "the good old days" when Polands were regularly placed on Championship Row.

A Right Royal Success for The Millars

News reaches us that Brian Millar won Best In Show with this White-Crested Blue Bantam Pullet at The Turriff Show on August 3rd 2014, out of over 300 entries.  Well done Brian!  As the show was celebrating its 150th Anniversary, Her Majesty The Queen was invited along to present some of the prizes to the winning exhibitors.  Unfortunately she did not make it as far as the poultry tent.  Now that would have been some photo for the the newsletter!

Is Amber Our Youngest Exhibitor?

On August 6th, the the same day as The Hodge Brothers were once again gracing Championship Row at Bakewell, at the other end of the country, Amber O'Connor, daughter of Club Members Justin and Susan, and only 20 months old, was winning a 3rd Place Rosette with her little Chamois Female called Dolly in the Fur and Feather Section at The Nevern Agricultural Show in Pembrokeshire.  Well done Amber and welcome to The Fancy!

SA & G Hodge won Best Soft Feather Light Bantam with a White-crested Black Female.

Double Delight at Halifax for The Hodges

Visitors to The Halifax Agricultural Show on August 9th 2014 must have thought they were seeing double when they looked at Championship Row.

Not only did the Hodges win Best Bantam Soft Feather Light with a White-crested Black Female, but they also had a Large Fowl White Crested Black Female get put up as Best Large Soft Feather Light.  I don't know if they were in adjacent cages but it must have been some spectacle!

And the reason why one of these two stunners didn't win Best in Show is that they were beaten by a Black Orpington - owned, of course, by SA & G Hodge.  Well done chaps!

Andrew Ball Fares Well in The Isle of Man

Our Chairman Andrew Ball ventures over to The Isle of Man with his family every Summer and this year they made sure to visit The Southern Area Agricultural Society who were holding their Centenary Show, where he has shown regularly in the past.

And not only did his White-crested Bantam Pullet win Reserve Best in Show, he also went and scooped the award for Best Pigeon, which is a pretty impressive double!

Thanks to Chris Parker for the lovely photograph too!

Summer Edition of The Poland Post Now Out!

Featuring the usual mix of Show Results and photos, ponderings from the Committee and some exciting news about The Federation Championships 2014, the latest edition of The Poland Post was mailed out on July 5th  and so you should all be receiving your copies this coming week.

As with all publications of this type, the Club relies on members' submissions for content and so may we urge you all to consider sending in a contribution.  As we approach 100 members there will surely be some interesting stories and experiences that you wish to share with us all about your poultry keeping.

Back issues of The Poland Post, as well as the 2013 Yearbook are also available to purchase at just £2 and £8 respectively.  Just email for details. 

Can You Help With An Important Piece of Academic Research?

A number of Breed Clubs have recently been contacted by a group of academics who are currently undertaking a research project into chickens and their development over the years.  

They are keen to hear from breeders interested in helping them acquire dead specimens which will aid  them in building a skeletal reference collection of breeds that have been in existence since before 1800 - of which Polands are one.

They have already collected carcasses of Bantam Polands from one of our members, but they have been in contact again with Clare as they are in need of Large Fowl. So if any of you can help, or know of someone who can, please email Dr Richard Thomas at The University of Leicester.

The picture above shows a Poland skull compared with the skull of a regular non-crested chicken.

Full details of the project can be found here.

Best Poland at The Cheshire County Show Goes To The Hodge Brothers

The Poultry Section at this popular agricultural show is always well-supported due to the great location and wonderful prizes on offer.

This year was no exception and SA & G Hodge won The Poland Class with a Bantam White-crested Black Male and came 2nd with a White-crested Blue Female.

Photo courtesy Dilwyn Green.

Polands Feature in June Issue of Fancy Fowl

If you haven't seen it already, the June issue of Fancy Fowl Magazine features a two page article about our Chairman Andrew Ball, and his breeding program and techniques.  

Whilst it only scratches at the surface of how Andrew goes about things it still provides a valuable insight into Poland-breeding at the highest level.  

Read, learn and enjoy!

Best Poland at Stafford County Show is Won by The Hodge Brothers

Well done to Steve and Graham Hodge for winning 1st and 2nd Place in the Poland Class at Stafford County Show on May 28th 2014.

If anyone has the full results could they email them to me. Ta. Simon 

And thank you to Alison Jones for the photo

Steve Davies Wins Best Poland at Otley Show in May

One of our members says they every time he hears them called "Polish" a little piece of him dies inside.

But leaving that to one side, congratulations to Steve Davies who won Best Poland at Otley last week.

The Show requested a Club Special from Clare, which is the certificate at the front and this can be exchanged by current paid-up Club Members for a First Place Poland Club Rosette.

And as the Club's newest member, one of these will be on its way to Steve shortly.

Well done!  It's nice to see Chamois Frizzles getting red cards!

James Weatherup Takes The Honours at Balmoral

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Show is one of the most prestigious events on the Northern Irish Calendar and James Weatherup has not only won Best Poland but also Reserve Best Soft Feather Light Bantam with his White-crested Black Female.  Well done James!

James also has a Facebook Page for his birds here

Alison Jones Wins At Oswestry

Congratulations to Alison Jones who won Best Poland at Oswestry at The Spring Show on May 3rd 2014 with her 20 week-old Chamois Pullet.

Clare Beebe, our Club Secretary and Judge on the day, commented that the bird showed lots of potential once fully mature and was certainly heading in the right direction towards the standard of bird that we are all aiming for.  Well done Alison!

Full results from the show can be found here.

Kirsten Mitchell Takes The Honours at Reading While Herbert Lusby Wins at The Irish National.

Preliminary Results can be found on the Show Results Page.  

Well done to everyone who showed at Reading and Tipperary. 

Herbert only joined The Poland Club recently and so has certainly made his mark early.

And Kirsten joined straight after the show so welcome aboard both of you,

Linda Rupniak Wins Special Award at Northampton Spring Show

Congratulations to Linda on winning a Judges' Special Award at The Northampton & District Poultry Club's Show at Blisworth on February 16th 2014, with her White-Crested Black Female.

Full results are available here

Southport Spring Show Attracts Another Increased Poland Entry

There were 10 Polands on display at Holmeswood on February 15th, up from 4 last year, which once again is a very encouraging sign for the future.

Simone Lomax, entering only her 2nd Show, walked away with the honours and won Best of Breed with her Self-Black Hen.  Well done Simone!

However, there was also another notable performance from a Poland Club Member.  A certain gentleman, who wishes to remain nameless, donned an apron and did a fine job in the kitchen frying sausages and bacon and keeping up with demand all morning.  Best Sausage Barm I've had all year, Steve! 

Full Results

Poland Class at Clitheroe Sees a 600% Increase in Entries over 2013

There were 6 Polands penned at The North of England Championship Show at Clitheroe on Feb 8th 2014, compared to one sole entry last year!  With this encouraging increase, Steve Lane, a Poland Club Member, who is on the Committee there, has agreed to explore whether there can be a split Male/Female Class next year. 

It was lovely to see the experienced shower, and new Poland Club Member, Sian Elphick exhibiting one of her flock for the first time - a Female Chamois Frizzle, which, although uncarded, had lovely colouring and a nice, forward-curling crest.

One of the attractions of Clitheroe Shows is the Pure Breed Auction that takes place on the same day. There were approx 600 lots and it made for a very enjoyable few hours while judging was taking place. 2 pairs of Tolbunts were snapped up for £28 and £16.  A very nice pair of Silver-laced Bantams was sold for £40, while a pair of Self-whites raised an incredible £65!

Full results

Ulster Federation Show and The Derbyshire Championship Poultry Show

1st February 2014

Congratulations to James Weatherup in Ulster for winning Best Poland and Best Bantam Soft Feather Light with his Chamois Female.

And congratulations too to SA & G Hodge for winning Best Poland and Best Bantam Soft Feather Light at High Peak.

Full results from both shows are now available here.

Scottish National Poultry Show 2015 to Host Poland Club Regional Show

Following on from the great success enjoyed by Polands at the 2014 show (see results) and the excellent support from members travelling from far and wide, it has been decided to make this a Regional Show in 2015.

Over the coming months classes and prizes will be organised and announced meaning that hopefully this event will be even better supported next year.

The show takes place at Lanark Agricultural Centre on 17/18th January 2015 and this year had 4000 entries in total, including a sales section.

Northern Poultry Society - Championship Show - Halifax - 26th January 2014

Current Poultry Club President Andrew Wetters was the Championship Judge and is seen here inspecting SA & G Hodge's White Crested Black Bantam Female, which had been judged Best Soft Feather Light Bantam

The "scores on the doors"  can be found on the Show Results Page.

Scottish National Poultry Show 18/19 January 2014

Congratulations to SA&G Hodge for winning Best Poland (And Best Soft Feather Light Bantam) with their White Crested Black Pullet.

The full rundown can be found on the Show Results page.

There was an excellent entry of 32 penned birds from 8 different exhibitors.

Federation Championships 2013 (Regional Show)

Judge - Paul Kerfoot

Best Poland - Paul Lutkin - Large White Crested Black Female

Reserve, Best Bantam, Best Self  - Paul Lutkin - Bantam Self White Female

Best Opp Sex - Brian Millar - Bantam White Crested Black Male

Best Bantam White Crested Black Female - Nicole Ball

Best Laced - Simon Pickles - Bantam Chamois Female

Best Silver Laced - Jean Wall - Bantam Female

Best Gold Laced - Simon Pickles - Bantam Female

Best Frizzle - Brian Millar - Bantam White Crested Black

Best Laced Frizzle - Jean Wall - Bantam Silver Laced Female

Best Trio - Brian Millar - White Crested Black Frizzle

Best Non-Standard - Steve Lane - Large Tolbunt Female

Best Juvenile - Nicole Ball - Bantam White Crested Black Male

Best Novice - Simon Pickles

Thank you to everyone who entered, to our Judge, to all those who donated the new trophies, and to everyone who stopped by the stand, came to look at the birds and generally supported The Poland Club.

Congratulations also to Paul Lutkin who went on to win Best Large Soft Feather Light and was therefore placed on Champions Row.  You did the breed proud.

We had entries from two of our juvenile members - N Ball and A Higginson.  Thank you so much.

We were selling Poland Booklets, Club Yearbooks, Poland Club badges and Poland Club Christmas Fudge on the stand and are pleased to say that £106 was raised from these.  Thank you to everyone who bought these.

Another £60 came in from new and renewing members.  May we welcome Sian Elphick, Meg Jackson and Herbert Lusby to the club. 

We were also particularly pleased to be awarded 4th Place in the Breed Stand Competition out of nearly 60 entries. 

                                 Poland Club Xmas Stand Federation Championships 2013

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