Purr- fect cat show for best of breeds

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Ja­cob Granger

FELINES from all over the coun­try will be flaunt­ing their coats at Farn­bor­ough’s forth­com­ing cat show.

Ba­li­nese, Si­amese, Ori­en­tal and house­hold cats – as well as kit­tens – will be out to im­press on July 16.

Cllr Liz Corps, of Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil and also sec­re­tary of the Ba­li­nese & Si­amese Cat Club, has or­gan­ised the event.

“We like to think our show is just a friendly get- to­gether of like- minded fans of our par­tic­u­lar breeds, and that all ex­hibitors go home with more than they came with,” she said.

It is the 11th an­nual show, and vis­i­tors can win cat food and lit­ter in the spe­cial raf­fles in aid of The Hu­man­i­mal Trust, set up by Noel Fitz­patrick.

Cllr Corps will be en­ter­ing Su­per­vet her four pre­cious pets, Barti ( a two- time Ba­li­nese Best in Show), Gawain, Ianto and Eid­dwen.

“They’re com­ing up used to so they shows know where to hide,” she joked.

“I have to catch them all first and un­til they’re in pens I will not be able to re­lax.

“They’re primmed and pruned and showed be­cause it’s a hobby, but un­der­neath it all they’re much loved house­hold pets.”

The cat show takes place at the Sa­muel Cody Spe­cial­ist Sports Col­lege, in Farn­bor­ough, from 12: 30pm.

En­trance costs £ 2 for adults and £ 1 for chil­dren and se­niors on the door. RATHER than dumb­bells and tread­mills, Hamp­shire’s pen­sion­ers can now work out with shop­ping bags and tea runs.

Hamp­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice has set up a Safety Through Ex­er­cise and Ed­u­ca­tion Re­silience course in the hope that light ex­er­cise will lower the amount of falls among the county’s 375,000 over- 65s.

Rush­moor Fire Sta­tion was the first in the coun­try to of­fer the course at the be­gin­ning of June.

The free work­shop lasts two hours a week and pro­motes ba­sic daily rou­tines.

John Martin, 84, who at­tended, said: “I kept go­ing and it helped me.

“So at the end of this course we are now 12 weeks on and I feel fit­ter and health­ier, it’s re­ally good.”

Email steer@ hants­fire. gov. uk for more in­for­ma­tion or to sign up for fu­ture cour­ses.

Pete Gard­ner. AN144169

Cllr Liz Corps with Premier Pandai Barti.

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