Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club (CSPC)


Avian Flu: Mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds were lifted on Monday 2 May 2022. However, the lifting of the housing measures does not apply to areas in protection zones.



CSPC Shows: for 2022 and early 2023:

We hold several Colchester and Suffolk Poultry Club poultry shows each year.

CSPC Shows are usually held at Norton Village Hall IP3 3LE, but always check latest infomation:


NB: No live poultry in exhibitions at Agricultural Shows for 2022


Saturday 9th July 2022 Tendring 100 Show

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Avian Influenza concerns, we are again
unable to have birds at the Tendring Show. Nevertheless we are putting on
an Egg Show to bring members together! We hope to see a good number of you

Please get those entries in soon! Don't forget you can also order extra
passes for family and friends to attend the Tendring Show. Don't forget to
include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive your passes!

If you have any questions, please email our show sec.

Show Schedule

Egg Show Entry Form



Sunday July 24th 2022 Egg Show, Box Show and AGM (Norton)

Sunday 9th October 2022 CSPC Autumn Young Stock Show (Norton)

Sunday 21st August 2022 Young Stock and Open Show (Norton)

Jan 2023 Next CSPC Winter Show (Norton)

Feb 2023 CSPC Regional Spring Show (Norton)





In a 'normal' year, the club will be in our usual Poultry Tent at the Agricultural Shows listed below.

Please visit websites for further information:

Dates given for 2022 - PLEASE CHECK information nearer the time:

The South Suffolk Show Sunday 8th May 2022

The Hadleigh Show Saturday 21st May 2022 (CSPC not attending 2022)

Essex Young Farmers Sunday 22nd May 2022 (CSPC not attending 2022)

The Suffolk Show Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June 2022.

Tendring 100 Show Saturday 9th July 2022.



If you are looking for stock or hatching eggs please:

Contact one of our advertisers in 'The Hen Pen' or put a request on the NEW (members only) CSPC club Facebook Page

or the open club Facebook page.




Bird flu is most likely to be a problem in migration season, spring and autumn. We need to stay vigilant.
Public Health England (PHE) advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

For more information please visit the DEFRA website.

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.


Our constitution.

Social Media

See our social media pages for the latest CSPC club updates.

We have a new Facebook Group, open to all:

Follow us on Facebook


and a CSPC members only Facebook Group:

Follow us on Facebook

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 and Suffolk 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!

CPSC Shows

We usually hold several competitive poultry shows each year.

Shows normally held on Sundays at Norton Village Hall IP3 3LE

PLEASE CHECK information nearer the time:


Next Winter Show Jan 2023

Regional Spring Show February 2023.

AGM and Egg Show Sunday April 10th 2022. POSTPONED.

Autumn Young Stock Show Sunday 9th October, 2022


We usually attend the following agricultural shows:

Dates given for 2022 - PLEASE CHECK information nearer the time:

The South Suffolk Show Sunday 8th May 2022

Essex Young Farmers Sunday tbc May 2022

The Hadleigh Show Saturday 21st May 2022

The Suffolk Show Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June 2022.

Tendring 100 Show Saturday 9th July 2022.



Members who have joined in 2020 will have mmbership extended to the end of 2021. New cards with the new club logo will be issued next time you renew. To join, please complete the membership form and post or e-mail it to the address on the form:

Membership/ Renewal Form 2022 (PDF Version)


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

Hatching egg form




NEW CSPC Members ONLY closed group Facebook Group

Follow us on Facebook

To join the facebook page, E-mail us.




All welcome to browse open club Facebook page..

Follow us on Facebook




Hen Pen

The Hen Pen is the magazine of Colchester Poultry Club.


It is emailed or 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.


Display at The Suffolk Show 2018



At County Shows