West Shires Alpaca Group would like to thank everyone who attended the Midlands Championship Halter Show yesterday.
Thank you to all the exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and the supporting cast of ‘non-judging judges’ in the audience! 😁
A huge thanks goes to Liz Barlow and Shirley Bettinson for their excellent judging, working their way calmly and professionally through over 120 alpacas and keeping up their good humour, despite being kicked hard several times, throughout what was a long day.
We hope you enjoyed your day, and look forward to doing it all again next year!
PS. Don’t forget West Shires will be ‘back in action’ next June for the Royal Three Counties Show, why not enter!
Thank you to everyone that joined us at Abberley Alpacas on Saturday (19th October) and a special thanks to Jay, Hilary and Ginnie for sharing their knowledge and experience for a very informative and valuable Alpaca Husbandry session. We hope everyone took away something useful from this afternoon.
See you next at the Midlands Championship on the 9th November…..if anyone is available on the Friday 8th and would like to help we do still need some manpower for setup, all offers gratefully received!
The inaugural West Shires Alpaca Group craft show was held at the Royal Three Counties Show. We wanted to showcase alpaca fibre, giving the public the full picture starting with the animals in the halter show, then the shorn fleeces in the fleece show, how the best fibre can be used as demonstrated by members of the Worcestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers who were spinning and weaving and finally a display of the huge variety of items that can be made with alpaca fibre in the craft show.
We were very pleased with the 50 entries we received in the four categories and our judges had a tough time deciding on the winners of each class and the best entry in each category. The public showed a lot of interest and admiration of the display of craft show entries and the demonstrations by the guild members, many being inspired to start a new craft and make use of alpaca fibre.
Our congratulations go to all the entrants, the results are here but special congratulations go to the winners of each category:
We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all entrants at the 2019 Royal Three Counties Alpaca Fleece, Halter and Craft show – we had a terrific show this year with a record entry.
Whilst the weather was variable, the energy and enthusiasm inside the tent was fantastic. Thank you to the judges Rob Bettinson and Jo Bridge for their sterling efforts, and for their hard work and stamina – it was no small task! 😊. Last but definitely not least we also need to thank our small army of volunteers who worked tirelessly in the run up to and during the show.
Well done everyone, and don’t forget West Shires Alpaca Group will be back with the Midland Halter Show in November this year!🦙😎🦙
Following the craft show judging on Sunday 9th June we’re having a BBQ for members – an opportunity to chat ‘alpaca’ and to see the results of the craft show. Food will be ready from 5pm. Hope to see you there !
We had a great day yesterday at The Mill at Clivewood, kindly hosted by Caroline and Ian Oakes. We were shown around their newly established mill that’s dedicated to processing alpaca fibre and saw all the machinery and processes involved in taking raw fleece and turning it into finished yarn. Caroline also showed us around her weaving studio showing us her many looms and the different pieces of work she has in progress.
It was a very well attended event with around twenty members present. Our sincere thanks go to Caroline and Ian for inviting us into their home and putting on a lovely event (and feeding us so well too!) that was both informative and social.
DON’T FORGET – the next event is the Royal Three Counties Show at the Malvern Showground 14th-16th June. VOLUNTEERS WELCOMED to help set up and run the show. If interested please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.