RYEDALE AQUARIST SOCIETY 'FUN DAY' 2012
Text and photographs by David
Presentation photographs by Christine Webb
photograph by Paul Barrow
On Sunday 13th May, 2012 the Ryedale A.S. held
a 'Fun Day' in the beautiful setting of the Whistler Hall at Pickering Memorial
A total of 44 members and friends came along to spend the full day
at the event while a good number (more than we realised on the day) of Pickering
residents, 'dropped in' to see the fish on display and to see what was going on.
basis of 'Fun Day' is that the people present have an enjoyable day and get to
'chat' with friends old and new. This certainly happened so the event ran in a
very pleasant atmosphere.
Day' is a great chance for people to get together and have a good 'chat'
guest speakers for the day were Mrs. Christine and Mr. Kevin Webb (who was the
very first person to speak at a Ryedale meeting way back in 1985), who presented
two talks on their 2009 visit to Singapore. Christine and Kevin told us, first,
about the amazing Aquarama Exhibition (which takes place bi-annually) and then,
after lunch, took us on a tour of aquarium fish breeding farms and retail establishments.
The audience were left, through the lovely Powerpoint presentation , in no doubt
about just how beautiful this island is and how important the aquarium fish industry
is to the economy of Singapore.
A.S. Chairman Mr. Henry Hallsworth (far right) welcomes Kevin and Christine.
prepares to give the first talk
Judge for the day was Y.A.A.S. 'A' Class Mr. Edward Cheetham. This was a special
day for Edward as his first Ryedale judging assignment completed a remarkable
achievement of having judged for every Society that has been Y.A.A.S. affiliated
over the years.
with fellow YAAS Judge Mr. Mick Price.
am thrilled to be able to report that we had a total of 60 fish and 4 'eggshibits'
entered in the 10 Open Mini-Show classes with friends from DJAY, STAMPS, Ferrybridge
Aquatics Show Team, Bradford A.D.A.S., Catfish Study Group and our own members
bringing along a super range of fish that included Hara longissima, Notropsis
chrosomus, Betta 'species' Palangka, Rhinogobius specie, Sewellia 'species' spotted
and Hyphessobrycon heliacus.
In a 'verbal poll'
this beautiful cichlid was the 'people's favourite'
John Douthwaite and fellow STAMPS members did a great Show Secretarial job.
for fun we awarded a small trophy for the Society gaining the most points on the
day and this was based on 4 for a 1st place card, 2 for a 2nd and 1 for a 3rd.
In a closely contested afternoon the trophy went home with Mr. Dave Kirk, who
was representing the DJAY Show Team.
delighted Dave Kirk receives the Society trophy from Ryedale A.S. Secretary David
Here is Mr. Paul Barrow's
winning 'eggshibit'. A wonderful 'cut away' Goldfish. To make the 'eggshibit'
you had to build a fish around an egg.
receives his prize
was the 'eggshibit' runner-up with this colourful hybrid Featherfin Synodontis.
receives her prize.
Frank Tolomeo receives show prizes.
member Bede Kerrigan receives show prizes.
receives show prizes.
member Bernard Teale receives show prizes.
we felt that time would not allow for an auction, a Sales Table, well marshalled
by Mr. Frank Tolomeo, was held instead. The people present brought along an excellent
selection of 'aquatic stuff' to sell with fish species that included Red Endlers,
L010a, Corydoras metae, various Guppy strains and a huge Gold sucking loach.
looks after a busy sales table
Marshall's 'Fun quiz' was based around 24 varied questions the answers to which
each led to a place. Well done to Mrs. Pauline Barker who had the winning score
of 17 from 24 correct answers.
All I am going to say
about the 'pot luck lunch' is that we had a huge variety of savoury and sweet
items covering several tables. Needless to say everyone present had a feast!
The Aquarium Gazette stand was
well received and the posters displayed, added a splash of colour, while CD discs
of the latest Issues were on sale.
Thank you to all who came along
for the day, to Christine & Kevin, to Edward, to people for bringing fish
to the show, to those bringing sales table items, to Aquarium Gazette and most
of all for your wonderful company.
We will leave the final words to Mr.
Kenneth Carr, who sent this message via e-mail:
'I really enjoyed myself at
the Fish Club 'Fun Day'. Well done to all at Ryedale A.S. Putting on a day like
this must take so much work to do. Pickering Memorial Hall was a great venue choice.
I liked the slides in the two talks and the presentations were good to watch.
All the food that was laid on was wonderful. That you have friends willing to
travel from West Yorkshire, Durham, Thirsk, Gateshead, South Shields area, Scunthorpe,
Humberside and South Yorkshire shows how well thought of the Pickering-based group
is. I enjoyed talking with everyone present'.