history of the Cambridgeshire Cat Club (Cam Cat)
The Cambridgeshire Cat Club or Cam Cat was
formed in 1983 when a group of like-minded individuals decided to get together to form a
Cat club like Cat clubs used to be. The founding members (including; Ken & Hilary
Clarke, Kate & Barry Gibbins and John Wallet ) met at each others houses and enjoyed
the original 'Cam Cat chats'. Each member took turns to hold the meetings and supplied
Membership grew steadily and it was decided that a regular venue should be found. In 1985 the first open meeting of the club was held at the 'Golden Hind' public house. Amongst the attendees were Philip Wilde, Lillian & Les Howard, Sally Tokens and Chris & Susan Luvaglia. It was agreed to work towards GCCF affiliation
Under the chairmanship of Philip Wilde, a stalwart of the club, Cam Cat went from strength to strength. The first Camchat was published in December 1987and the decision was made to run a show.
The first Exemption show was held in March 1989 at the Maltings in Ely. Bob Champion judged an art competition and there was a free bacon butty for every exhibitor. It was a great success but it became apparent that a larger venue was going to be needed. Since that first show venues have included the Priory Centre and Longsands Community College in St Neots, St Peters School in Huntingdon and the Bushfields Sports centre in Peterborough. In 1996 the show moved to its current venue of Wood Green Animal Shelter.The death of Philip Wilde in 1991 was a shock to all those who knew him and hit the club very hard but we pulled through and, with the hard work of numerous stalwarts of the club (to mention individuals would be inappropriate).