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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!

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