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THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Guy Marriott has enjoyed big wins at the Northamptonshire and District Poultry Show.

Guy, a pupil at Abbotsholme School, won two firsts, a second and a third prize with his four entries in the junior competition, and was also voted the Best Junior. “I thought I had a chance with this bird,” says Guy, the proud owner of 28 bantams (pictured here with his prize winner, a Rhode Island Red).

“She”s quite a stunner with her brightly coloured feathers. The day before the show I spent about four hours preparing all four birds, soaping, rinsing and blow-drying their feathers.

“They don”t like the blow-dryer much but they get used to it if you can handle them calmly and gently enough. I put them in clean straw overnight and then it was show time. I was really pleased with how well they did, and it was great to win the Best Junior medal as well.”

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Hampshire FWC members had a leisurely lunch recently at the Rose and Crown in Faringdon before visiting Jane Austen”s house at Chawton. “It was fascinating to read some of this great author”s letters and learn more about her family connections,” says Pat Owens, pictured second from right with Sue Silvester, Judith Orme Bannister and Ann Waltho.
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