The Poultry Club Council considers that Judges' Workshops play an important part in the training of aspiring judges and in providing a refresher to existing judges.
Each year different breeds are highlighted and the workshops give judges an opportunity to learn more about these breeds and to exchange judging experiences as well as seeking advice from senior judges. Judges are encouraged to attend a Judges' Workshop once every three years.
Judges' Workshops are usually held on the Sunday of the National Show in late November each year at Stoneleigh and usually commence at 11.00am. The workshop is open to judges and Poultry Club members interested in becoming a judge.
Four breeds/sections are been picked to study and PCGB members are advised which these breeds are beforehand. Experienced judges will give a brief overview of the breed or section to the Workshop before the group divides into the various sections and adjourns to the Show Hall to look at the birds in more detail.
The programme will be as follows:
11.00 - Welcome
Talk on "What the Poultry Club expects from its judges"
11.10 - Introduction to the breeds/sections to be studied
Groups divide and move to the Show Hall to study the birds
12.10 - Return to meeting room for Question and Answer session
12.15 - End of workshop
There are usually 40 places on the Workshop and, in order to secure a place, members are requested to apply as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All applicants will receive written/email confirmation as to whether or not they have been awarded a place. Applicants are asked to state on the form when was the date of their last judging test and the number of shows judged in that year. Non-judges who are interested in taking a judging test may attend.
The application form should be filled in and sent to the Secretary by 10th November 2016.