Congratulations to Mrs Liz Allonby on her recent appointment as the first Lady President of the Poultry Club of Great Britain.
Liz is one half of the familiar duo Ian and Liz Allonby. They are both great supporters of the fancy and help and advice any time they can.
Liz first became involved with poultry with her late husband, Michael Player. In 1983 he gave her a trio of Lavender Pekins from the late Peter Hinton, Kent. The day after their wedding they attended the Federation Show at Stafford.
Liz had her first success with a Lavender Pekin cockerel at the Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show, where he was placed third.
The standout win was Show Champion at the Reading & District Bantam Championship Show in 2000 with a Partridge Pekin Hen.
She also won the Pekin Club Millennium Cup.
The advice both Ian and Liz would give any breeder is: “To go to a show with the intention of winning but if you don’t, don’t be a bad loser. Judge’s decisions should be respected. Show a willingness to help others and put something back into the fancy.”
Their hopes for the future are to keep promoting their wonderful hobby and see it go from strength to strength and to support all newcomers, just as they were helped in their early poultry journey.
We all must remember the future of our traditional pure-bred poultry will be in the hands of the junior fanciers so we should give them help and support, say the couple.
We wish Liz an enjoyable and successful term as President even though it has got off to a difficult start with Covid-19 and now Bird Flu.
The message Ian and Liz would like to leave us with is: “Handle your birds and read the PCGB standards. Above all else be kind to one another, live in peace and harmony.”