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14 May 2020

Statement from the Governing Body of the British Rabbit Council May 2020

The Governing Body is monitoring very closely COVID -19 & the effects around the world from this deadly disease. We are following the advice & future predictions from our government & what this could indeed mean for the fancy & shows going forward.

We are aware of the fact that a large percentage of our fancy is in the vulnerable category & their safety is paramount. Shows cannot go ahead until the government review policies on social gatherings, which MAY be loosened in July with the possibility of small gatherings being allowed.

We are cancelling all shows for July & a review will be undertaken at the beginning of June for August.

There have been a lot of calls for the GB to cancel shows for the year & as many to allow shows when safe. I have had many telephone calls about show supports going forward. The GB has discussed this at great length & these are the guidelines for clubs. We hope you find these guidelines clear & concise.

  1. As long as social distancing is being implemented by the government it will not be safe or viable for clubs to hold shows.
  2. Before anyone submits show support, they should check with their venue to confirm if they are allowing rentals, if so, what are their guidelines & if the club is confident, they can follow these guidelines.
  3. The committee should all be in agreement that the show can be held safely. Individual clubs know their membership & if they will get support & you do not have to hold a show because of peer pressure. Judges should also be contacted to confirm their willingness to attend. Stock show similarly does not have to attend a show because it was agreed earlier in the year & their committee & members should be consulted & all in agreement to it taking place.

The office will remain closed with the staff furloughed until the 3rd of July. We appreciate that show supports are to be submitted 3 months prior to a show & any club who wishes to do so should send them in the interim to me at:

lillopstud@icloud.com or D Laidlow, Braefoot, Spotsmains, Smailholm. Kelso. TD57RT.

The same applies to anyone wanting to cancel shows. Anyone wishing to discuss prior to submission may contact me on 07962175845. Ring orders are still also to come to me.

The GB has decided that the AGM in July is not achievable & as such will have to be cancelled for this year. We are aware of the rules of the society but COVID-19 is ruling everything at the moment. The next issue of Fur & Feather will have all the information regarding finances etc which would have been in the AGM booklet.

We must congratulate those doing online shows & various other activities through their club pages which is keeping the fancy interested & occupied.

Now more than ever we need to all stick together & support each other & our fancy.

We hope you all stay safe.

The Governing Body is in regular contact & we hope this information helps all our secretaries & exhibitors in these uncertain times.

Denise Laidlow
Chair British Rabbit Council Governing Body



25 March 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE BRITISH RABBIT COUNCIL GOVERNING BODY.

OFFICE CLOSURE & PURCHASE OF RINGS.

Good afternoon,

The Governing Body of the BRITISH RABBIT COUNCIL took the decision, following the Prime Minister instruction on 23.03.2020, to close the office with immediate effect. The reasons behind this were we are a non-essential industry. We also must take into consideration the health & welfare of our office staff.

We appreciate this is a very worrying time for everyone but we must all stick together to get through this terrible time.

I can confirm that I will hopefully from Friday, be able to distribute rings to all fanciers. These rings can only be ordered by email: lillopstud@icloud.com or phone 07962175845. The information required will be a stud or name the rings are to be registered in the size & quantity. Payment will be needed either by PayPal to info@thebrc.org or bank transfer, details will be given following your order. PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT ON FACEBOOK.

We would appreciate if you could send no postal communication at present to the office. The BRC email is not being monitored so any urgent correspondence should be directed to me.

AS I WORK IN AN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRY I WILL BE WORKING FROM HOME & MY OFFICE SO I MAY NOT REPLY IMMEDIATELY. I WILL BE POSTING RINGS WHEN I AM IN MY WORKPLACE AS DRIVING 3 MILES TO THE POST OFFICE IS NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL. THIS WILL BE PROBABLY TWICE A WEEK.

We will give you regular updates going forward.

Stay safe.

Kind Regards,

Denise Laidlow
Chair BRC Governing Body


23 March 2020

It is with the Deepest regret that following the Prime Ministers announcement to reduce social contact due to the ongoing pandemic, The British Rabbit Council has had no option but to close the Office at Purefoy House in Newark with immediate effect.

The priority To protect our employees is paramount in the current Climate and limit the risk to their health by asking them to come to work

We shall review the situation on a regular basis and advise you accordingly.

We hope you can understand our approach we would ask for your continued support of our decision.

We must stay safe.

Please take care of yourselves during these worrying times.

D Laidlow
Chair to The British Rabbit Council
Email: lillopstud@icloud.com


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