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In the Spring 2018 issue of PFK, reader Spencer Lucas requested details of goldfish shows. and exhibitions. Beyond the shows suggested by PFK editor Nathan Hill, every Federation open show – and many local clubs – have a goldfish class, often divided into common and fancy varieties. Contact the Federation of British Aquarist Societies for more information at www.fbas.co.uk.
In the north of England are the two open shows organised by the Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies – visit www. yorkshireaquaristsociety.co.uk.
The exclusive goldfish shows are by the four UK goldfish societies: Bristol Aquarist Society (BAS), Northern Goldfish & Pondkeepers Society (NGPS), Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers (AMGK) and the North East Goldfish Society (NEGS).
Each society has an open show and auction of members’ bred goldfish, with all four combining to hold the nationwide National Fancy Goldfish open show.
The only other goldfish club is the Goldfish Society of Great Britain (GSGB), who decided not to join the nationwide group.
The dates and venues of the societies’ 2018 shows are:
AMGK Saturday 30 June at West Orchard Church Hall, Coventry CV36 6FP.
NEGS Sunday 15 July at Redby Community Centre, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR6 9QU.
BAS Sunday 2nd September at Hengrove Community Centre, Hengrove, Bristol BS14 9NX.
NGPS Saturday 15th September at St Matthews Hall, Stretford, Manchester M32 9AJ,
GSGB Saturday 29 September at St Paul’s Church Hall, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8BS.
The National Fancy Goldfish open show is on Saturday 6 October at Wyken Community Centre, Coventry CV2 5PY.
Goldfish keepers can read all about the fish on the websites of the five clubs. The NGPS, for example, has newsletters online at www.northerngoldfish society.com. Better still – why not come and join us!
Good fishkeeping, David Ford, via email
Dates/venues correct when PFK went to press; check with societies before setting off.
Goldfish – a bigger scene than you might think!