As anticipated, there has been the usual enthusiastic response from all our regular contributors to the invitation to take part in these annual competitions held during our exhibition week at Poynton. Thanks to all you hard-pressed competition secretaries for collating your club entries and submitting them by the deadline in the required format (with only the odd minor exception!). With all the recognised top clubs participating, the standard of images is sky-high. The numbers involved are on a par with previous years for these competitions so there is a real challenge for our judges and a real treat in store for our audiences. Will there be a change at the top this year? At this stage, every club is in with a good chance. Do your best to be there to lend your club every support on the night. At the very least, you are sure to enjoy the atmosphere and the meeting of old friends in the convivial surroundings of Poynton’s refurbished Civic Hall.
The entry requirements for these two inter-club competitions have now been e-mailed (5th Feb) to all on our contact list.
The deadline for entries has been set at 5th March which we hope gives adequate time for hard-working competition secretaries and selectors to finalise their club’s strongest entries. Please contact us a.s.a.p. if you are unaware of your club having received this information or if you are considering entering for the first time. All are very welcome to take part.
We again anticipate a good crowd of supporters from all participating clubs on both competition nights. As a reminder, the dates for your diaries are Wednesday 16th March (Prints) and Thursday 17th March (DPIs). The car park and main hall at the Civic Centre can comfortably accommodate all comers but we recommend you arrive as soon after 7.00pm as possible. This will give you time to peruse the NCPS exhibition of DPIs and prints surrounding the hall, and to reserve the best seats.
The modest entrance fee of £4.00 payable at the door on the night includes refreshments and a full-time comprehensive print-out of results. It also helps defray the escalating costs of staging these events. Please check earlier blogs for further information and check out any later ones for more updates.
These two major inter-club competitions will take place, as usual, during ANNUAL EXHIBITION week at the Civic Hall in Poynton.
Wednesday, 16th March is the date for the PRINT COMPETITION and the PDI KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION takes place on the following evening, Thursday, 17th March.
Judging for both events commences at 8.00pm prompt, but doors are open from 7.00pm for viewing North Cheshire’s exhibition displayed around the main hall. Early arrivals are able to reserve the best seats, but there is ample accommodation for over 200 people and a large free on-site car park.
The judges for 2016 are Peter Gennard and Richard Speirs, both recognised as very experienced and highly respected judges who are sure to keep us well entertained with their assessments on the Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Trophies will be awarded on the night to representatives of the winning clubs and a full print-out of all the scores will be available for collection as the evening concludes – at approx 10.00pm.
We anticipate a really strong entry from in excess of 20 top clubs for both competitions and look forward to welcoming a strong contingent of supporters from all participating clubs to Poynton’s recently refurbished Civic Centre in March. Refreshments will be available during the intervals, at which time our famous raffles will be drawn.
Full entry requirements will be e-mailed to all our listed club contacts early in February with a deadline for entries set for the end of that month.