Colchester Poultry Club

Autumn Youngstock & Open Show
Saturday 29th October 2016

To be held at The Venture Centre ,Bromley Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex. CO11 2JE

The Show Schedule, & entry form are now available, closing date for entries is Saturday 22nd October.
See you there!

About the Club

The club's aim is to promote and encourage poultry keeping as a worthwhile hobby, for the enjoyment of the whole family.


Our goals are to increase peoples awareness of the benefits of keeping poultry, to encourage new poultry keepers of all ages, and to offer support and information to new and established poultry keepers alike.


Many breeds of poultry are on the decline, once they are gone we will lose a large part of our agricultural heritage. It is estimated that five breeds a year are lost. East Anglia has three breeds associated with its counties. The Norfolk Grey (originally called the 'Black Maria') which is making a steady come back. The Ixworth of Suffolk which is not doing so well and the Golden Essex, which is now extinct and can never be brought back. Small backyard breeders are the backbone of keeping breeds of non commercial poultry going for the future. Through our shows, exhibitions and education we try to encourage people to keep poultry in their own garden. Like many clubs, the Colchester Poultry Club is run by (busy!) volunteers. We aim to provide encouragement to those wanting to take up this worthwhile hobby.


Becoming a member entitles you to discounts on feed, accessories, and medicines at supporting stockist's in East Anglia. There are discounts on Show Entry fees plus a free magazine produced approximately twice a year.

Exhibitions at Agricultural Shows












We attend the following agricultural shows:



The Tendring 100 Show
Sat 9th July 2106

The South Suffolk Show
Sunday May 14th 2017

The Hadleigh Show
Sat tba May 2017

The Suffolk Show
Usually Weds & Thurs end of May Bank Holiday week
Dates tbc for 2017

Want to keep chickens ?

Come and talk to us at one of the shows we hold or attend, have a look at the attractive breeds on show and ask what might be suitable for your circumstances. Ask for a copy of our 'Poultry Facts' compilation of useful information and you are welcome to join the Colchester Poultry Club.


Keen to show your best birds and not sure how to get started? Come along and look at what happens at a show, chat to the exhibitors, and read the articles on showing listed below. We look forward to you joining us!

CPC Shows

We hold four competitive poultry shows each year, three of which are held at The Venture Centre, Little Bromley. Links to the latest show shedules are given below. Show results are published on our Facebook page and in the 'Hen Pen'.



The Summer Show at the Tendring 100 Show
Saturday 9th July 2016
Show Schedule
Entry Form


The Autumn Show at the Venture Centre
Saturday 29th October 2016
Show Schedule tba
Entry Form tba


The Spring Show at the Venture Centre
Date tba February/March 2017
Show Schedule tba
Entry Form tba


The Egg Show / Box Show / Ko Show / AGM
at the Venture Centre

Date tba April 2017
Show Schedule tba
Entry Form tba


To join or renew, please complete the membership form and post or e-mail it to the address on the form:

Membership/ Renewal Form 2016


Members can bring pure breed hatching eggs for sale at our shows:

Hatching egg form 2016


Members can join our closed group Facebook page

Follow us on Facebook

To join the facebook page, E-mail us.

Our constitution.


Hen Pen

The Hen Pen is the magazine of Colchester Poultry Club.


It is posted to all members of the Club along with the schedules and entry forms of forthcoming shows. It contains news and pictures from our shows, information on chickens, articles written by members about themselves and their birds, health matters and adverts.


A selection of articles from past magazines can be accessed by clicking on the articles listed below