Northampton Egg Show 2015

Northampton Egg Show 2015

The Clubs 2015 Egg Show was held at Crick Village Hall on Saturday the 25th of April. The show was kindly judged by Mrs Linda Rupniak who joined us for the evening.

The show followed what’s become our standard ‘Egg Show’ format: the visiting Judge gives a short talk explaining about how eggs are judged and provides tips on faults to look out for such as marks on shells and overweight eggs in the case of the bantam classes. An egg in these classes shouldn’t weigh more than 42.5 grams. Sadly on judging a couple of the bantam classes, eggs were found to be overweight and as such not placed.

After the talk, members are encouraged to take a judging slip and have a go at judging the eggs too, to see how they place the eggs compared to the judge. There is an award for members choice of ‘Best in Show’.

Best Eggs in Show went to 3 Olive Green Eggs entered by Mr Tim McNeight and Reserve Best in Show was awarded to 3 painted Eggs that were made to look like tulips.

There were 140 entries in the 30 classes on offer for the night.

Show Critique

Written by Judge Linda Rupniak

I was honoured to be asked to judge this show. I always enter the Northampton and District shows and to actually turn up as a judge was very special.

The show was, as always, very well run by Mark Anderson Howe who does such a wonderful job and makes everyone feel welcome and nothing is too much trouble for him. He really is a credit to the poultry world.

The hall was very spacious and comfortable and plenty of room for the entrants to display their eggs. The entry was good and the quality was exceptional with no stale eggs or badly prepared eggs.

I awarded BIS to three olive-green large fowl eggs owned by Tim NcNeight. These eggs had strong smooth shells with no pimples or ridges and were a good shape and very similar in type. Tim exceeded himself and entered lots of classes and the quality of his eggs was commended.

Reserve best in show I gave to the most wonderful creation I have seen, simple but perfect in every way.   Three decorated eggs which resembled a trio of tulips. They really did look like the real thing, painted and shaded so well and all three eggs matched perfectly. The owner Rudy Robert said “I just knocked them up this afternoon”. A very talented lady who also entered a superb painted Serama egg which won its class.

My only criticism was that a lot of the bantam eggs were over-weight, many were up to nearly 2 ounces. Exhibitors should take note that the maximum for a bantam egg is 1.5 ounces.

I had a really lovely evening and everyone took their awards in a most sportsmanlike manner.


Here are the Egg Show results for all of the 30 classes.

Class  DescriptionWinnerAwards
2003 Bantam dark brown / mottledEntries Too Big
2013 Bantam white / creamNick Trotman
2023 Bantam light brownShona Wakefield
2033 Bantam A.O.CLiam Wykes
2043 Bantam distinct coloursRudy RobertsMembers Choice
2051 Bantam dark brown / mottledNo entries
2061 Bantam white / creamM Anderson-Howe
2071 Bantam light brownNo entries
2081 Bantam A.O.CM Anderson-Howe
2093 Large dark brown or mottledTim McNeight
2103 Large white / creamTim McNeight
2113 Large light brownTim McNeight
2123 Large A.O.CTim McNeightBest in Show
2133 Large distinct coloursTim McNeight
2141 Large dark brown / mottledToddy Hamilton-Gould
2151 Large white / creamToddy Hamilton-Gould
2161 Large light brownRudy Roberts
2171 Large A.O.CM Anderson-Howe
218A.C 6 Bantam EggsAndrew Godridge
219A.C 6 Large EggsTim McNeight
2206 WaterfowlM Anderson-Howe
2213 WaterfowlLiam Wykes
2221 WaterfowlM Anderson-Howe
223Bantam contentsM Anderson-Howe
224Large contentsPeter Goodridge
225Waterfowl contentsRudy Roberts
2263 Painted or Decorated EggsRudy RobertsReserve
226ASingle Painted or Decorated EggRudy Roberts
227Adult: A5 colour print
(Single fowl )
Blanche McCartney
228Adult: A5 colour print
(any poultry subject)
Rupert Stephenson
229Juvenile under 16: A5 colour print (any poultry subject)No entries


Courtesy of Poultry Photographer Rupert Stephenson.

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Mark from Rugby in Warwickshire, Secretary of the Northampton & District Poultry Club also runs the UK Poultry Show Dates website and Facebook page. He keeps Autosexing Rhodebars, Welbars and Cream Legbars, as well as Thuringian bantams and large Silver Appleyard ducks.

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