The Officers and Committee of the RP&TPSCC would like to wish all members, supporters, and their families, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2022.

Club subscriptions are due on the 1st January, and should be sent to our Treasurer, Mrs Margaret Blanksat:

11 Marion Close

Beccles

Suffolk NR34 9UR

If you would prefer to pay by Standing Order to save having to remember each year, or you wish to pay by online banking, the clubs bank details are:

The Red Point and Tortie Point Siamese Cat Club

Sort code: 60-12-34 (NatWest Bank)

A/C No.: 37060678

Subscriptions are £5 Single or £7 Joint.

We are hoping to hold our 11th Championship show on Saturday 5th March 2022, still at the Wendover Memorial Hall. The Oriental Bicolour Group will be coming in with us this time to make it a double show, so that Pedigree Adults and Neuters, as well as Household Pets, can compete for two certificates on the day.

However as at today (17/12/21) we will be asking all exhibitor, judges, committee members, helpers and friends/visitors to produce a Covid Pass with proof of doublevaccination, plus evidence of a negative LateralFlow Test taken within 24 hours of arriving at the show, plus a mask to be worn all day. Covid regulations could well change before the show some of these requirements may be dropped, or a worse case scenario is that the show could be cancelled. Whatever changes may happen with regard to Covid (in line with Government requirements) will be published on the GCCF website as well as the club Facebook page and website. 

Schedules are now available online, and paper copies have been sent to exhibitors at our last show in 2020. They will also be available on the usual trade stands at shows taking place before the closing date, which is on 14th February. Please note that we will be unable to take any late entries after this date as we are closing as late as we can in order to allow for printing times.

GCCF are processing our entries again this year and it will be possible to make an online entry from individual GCCF Online Services Accounts – just click on the name of the cat you wish to enter and a show link should appear, in the same way as it did for online Supreme entries. Paper entries are also perfectly acceptable and should be sent to me as usual.

We will have our usual array of special prizes and sponsored items for exhibitors, as well as two lucky pen prizes (so the more cats you enter, the greater chance of winning one of them!),two raffles (one for a cash prize),and our tombolanow rebranded as the Winbola as every ticket is a winner! There will be light snacks available all day for exhibitors and visitors.

Judy Emmens

Secretary & Show Manager, RP&TPSCC

judyemmens@hotmail.com  

GCCF Board: Announcement concerning the recommencement of shows - updated 1st June 2021

GCCF shows are able to recommence from 1st August 2021 – subject to Covid restrictions at the time. Of course, clubs and show managers and their teams will have to consider what is involved. They have to take responsibility for adherence to any government or local restrictions that may remain in place, and the requirements of venues. Health factors are one consideration and club finances another.

CLUB DISCOUNT LANGFORD VETERINARY SERVICES

RPTPSCC Members get a 20% discount on genetic testing. Please e-mail our Hon. Secretary to obtain our unique club code. More about testing >>
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DNA samples wanted for Amyloidosis research

Lyons Feline and Comparative Genetics Laboratory is currently performing protein and genetic studies, including genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using DNA arrays to identify the causal DNA variant(s) for Amyloidosis both in Abyssinian/Somali and Siamese/Oriental felines. They are short of control samples from healthy older cats.

If you have an older Siamese, Oriental or Balinese (12+, though the researchers will take younger) could you please get a sample sent to Dr. Lyons? They also need more samples from the unfortunate cats who pass young, particularly the 2 and 3-year olds. There has been some confusion because they did not know that there are a lot that go at 6 or 7 from amyloidosis, as they were focused on the early onset ones. So, they need blood or tissue from Congo-red positive on pathology or liver fracture as cause of death on necropsy young cats, and blood or buccal samples from old cats that are healthy. Dr. Longeri is collecting and processing samples in Europe, Dr. Lyons in the U.S. This is collaborative work.

We COULD have a test in a year or a few is we can get enough good samples to the researchers. The full genomes that they have done have given them places to look in other samples. More info about the research project be found here http://felinegenetics.missouri.edu/feline-resea…/amyloidosis.