Update from our AGM 2015

24 April 2015

After many miles the British Lop Society Council and plenty of members again convened at the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh for the 2015 AGM.

In his opening statement, our Chairman reported that we had enjoyed a stable year as a society and achieved respectably strong levels of new members and pig registrations. The Council has definitely stabilised and after such a strong show season for the British Lops in 2014, winning many supreme champion titles, outlined plans for more proactive 2015/16, with the Society and Council working together for the common good and aspirations of the breed.

As part of our increased proactivity, you can expect to see an enhanced media presence and brand awareness, increased focus on particular breeders plus more communication with our members and promotion on their behalf. We are also working on merchandise material, including meat marketing labels and clothing ranges, to raise awareness of our "Love A Lop" campaign and the Society as a whole. More will revealed shortly but if you are interested in items like this please let us know so we can ensure correct volumes of supply.

Much thanks was given to various members of the Council and Society, not least to Nick Elcombe for his work on the constitution, Emma Collings in her new role as secretary, Mary Dobedoe for excellent work controlling the books and to Steve and Liz Bateman for their work with Cyrus Todiwala.

On that note we are hugely privileged to announce that Cyrus was proposed as our new society patron unopposed and elected by unanimous decision. Cyrus has been a long time supporter of the British Lop and has used it avidly in his restaurants around London as well as on various cookery TV programme appearances. There were no changes in your elected officers this year.

One of the other big items on the agenda was Kim Arden's fantastic work with Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, a working farm and visitor attraction in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Sacrewell Farm have kindly come on board as sponsors of the prestigious British Lop ‘Lop of the Year’ competition. As a society we will be promoting Sacrewell at all competition heats across the country and at the final in Melton Mowbray in September. We felt it right that Sacrewell sponsorship money should head directly to those that commit so much on our show circuit, promoting and showcasing the breed. We have therefore decided to enhance prize monies for the final as follows:

  • Champion                            £200
  • Reserve Champion              £100
  • Male Champion                     £50
  • Female Champion                 £50
  • Reverve Male Champion       £25
  • Reserve female Champion    £25

We would like to thank Sacrewell Farm for their involvement and hope we can build on this partnership in the future.