The Billingsgate Gossip
3rd September 2012
The 60th British Fish Craft Championships®
Yesterday's 2012 British Fish Craft Championships® marked a milestone in the history of the National Federation of Fishmongers. Celebrating our 80th Anniversary this year and now Celebrating 60 years of the British Fish Craft Championships®!
There was an unprecedented turn out this year, with record numbers of competitors, competing to win one of the many competitions taking place, and many competing to take the ultimate title of British Fish Craft Champion 2012®
The standard of skills on display were outstanding and after over 30 rounds of competitions just 19 points separated the top three competitors.
Gopal Nandy, of M & J Seafood, took this year's title with a well deserved victory - scoring 1709 points overall and winning awards in many of the individual competitions along the way.
Gopal was presented with the Ernest Cox shield by NFF President Mr Gary Hooper and, presented with and engraved bowl by Mr Duncan Lucas representing Young's Seafood.
The whole day went like clockwork, all the hard work put in by the floor crew and the supporting team helping make this Fish Craft Championships the best yet!
The National federation of Fishmongers would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible, and everyone involved with the event for making this an unforgettable weekend.
Full results, photos and information are now available on the British Fish Craft Championships® page with all photographs arriving on the gallery page over the next few weeks.
30th July 2012
The Federation Marks its 80th Year
The Federation held its 80th Anniversary Luncheon at Fishmongers' Hall, London on Monday 25th June.
President Gary Hooper along with his wife Caroline, Vice President, Jonathan Adams and his partner Emma Enos, welcomed Federation members and guests to a Champagne reception sponsored by the London Fish and Poultry Retailers' Association.
Diners savoured a four course luncheon produced by award-winning Executive Chef, Stephen Pini. Martyn Boyers CEO, Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises spoke about the valuable work carried out by the Federation for its members and in particular the British Fish Craft Championships that he had been fortunate to have been a part of over many years. He spoke of the need to embrace and work alongside supermarkets as they continued to improve their ability to offer the consumer quality fish products and service. In his opinion, The Federation would long continue to have a future in promoting the skills of the industry and offering high quality service to a niche market and he proposed a toast to the Federation on behalf of the guests.
The President responded with a warm welcome to guests from the industry adding that the Federation had been founded in 1932 by Barrington Hooper, a man of great character and initiative. There had always been strong links with the trade press, especially the Fish Trades Gazette. Indeed some of the founding members included an editor and journalist from that publication.
The primary object for the established Association had been to promote commerce, particularly in relation to wet fish, shellfish, poultry, game and the very important rabbit trades and bring together interested parties. The business of the Association continued to be managed by an elected Council, members giving their time freely for the benefit of the membership.
Many Past Presidents were to be congratulated on their investment of time and the numerous Conferences and social events that they had presided over. The first Secretary had been an honorary position, Mr H E Mullis, followed by the inimitable Denys Bradfield MBE and in more recent years Peter Carney and Helen Leftwich. Area and local Associations were also formed with responsibilities for their own funds and regional activities. Alas, only one such branch association continues to flourish today, the London Fish and Poultry Retailers Association.
Over the years, the Federation has had representation on many committees with many links and dialogue forged with other trade and industry bodies. In fact several members of the Federation have served terms of office on the Seafish Board, formerly the White Fish Authority. Namely Sandy Bannerman, John Adams MBE and Ken Watmough. There have been all manner of legislative issues to deal with, not least the impacts of metrication, waste disposal, fishing quotas, hygiene, fish labelling etc.
Craftsmanship competitions have played an important role in promoting fishmongering skills to the public and in acknowledging the many talented fishmongers. These were the brain child of several hard working members who have been responsible for running these competitions over the years and instrumental in developing it to where it is today.
The Federation will be celebrating its own Jubilee this year, 60 years of the British Fish Craft Championships which play such an important role in nurturing raw talent and marketing fish to the consumer. Photographic archive material had been on display during the reception and copies had been provided for guests. The President asked members of the Federation to join him in a toast to the continued good work of the Association and to the guests. Alun Tandy Esq., responded on behalf of the guests speaking of his work for the Macmillan Cancer Relief to which the Federation had so generously donated over recent years and as a result of its fish sales at the British Fish Craft Championships.
One of the Luncheon guests was Jane Ryder OBE, Deputy Chair of Seafish. Jane's OBE was awarded in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours, for her services to Art and Business. Jane was the first Chief Executive of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) establishing the new regulatory regime for charities in Scotland. She began her career in law and was a partner with specialist maritime solicitors Boyd Jameson WS, also serving as an elected Council member of the Law Society of Scotland. She was then the Chief Executive of the Scottish Museums Council before her appointment to OSCR She is currently a Public Interest member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Chair of Arts and Business Scotland. She is Board member of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) a ministerial appointment. Jane along with seven non-executive members were appointed to the Seafish Board on 1st April 2012. The non-executive board members are: Clare Dodgson, Peter Hajipieris, Philip Huggon, Michael Kaiser, Michael Park, Stephen Parry and James Wilson. John Whitehead continues as Chair.
Guests of the Federation were presented with commemerative souvenirs after the lunch, these included a Natrional Federation of fishmongers USB Stick containing a film highlighting the changes seen over the federation's 80 years, highlights of the video can be viewed below.
80th Anniversary Film
18th July 2012
The 2012 British Fish Craft Championships™ brochure is ready to download. Book your place early to ensure that you don't miss out on your chance to become this year's British Fish Craft Champion™
Please click below to download brochure or form...
2012 British Fish Craft Championship™ Brochure
2012 British Fish Craft Championship™ Entry form
25th May 2012
A personal message from NFF President Mr Gary Hooper
I would like to formally invite you to attend The 80th Anniversary of the National Federation of Fishmongers Luncheon at Fishmongers Hall. This is a fantastic opportunity to dine at this prestigeous venue, built in 1834, whilst relatively new, the Fishmongers Company Livery Halls have occupied the site since 1434.
The luncheon includes a tour of the hall which contains many works of art and treasures, including the dagger which killed Watt Tyler, the leader of the peasants revolt in 1381, at the hands of Sir William Walworth, then Prime Warden of the Company and also Lord Mayor of London!
Open to all NFF Members, please click here to download the menu and ticket form or contact head office for further details.
Tickets Cost £85.00 inclusive of wines
I look forward to seeing you soon
24th May 2012
The National Federation of Fishmongers is proud to support Fish Friday, which this year is being championed by Monty Hall, the 'Fisherman's Apprentice'.........
As the 'Fisherman's Apprentice' I came face to face with the everyday trials, tribulations and dangers of being a commercial fisherman. Up and down the country offshore as well as inshore fishermen are often struggling to make a living whilst putting their lives at risk. Fishing remains by far and away the UK's most dangerous occupation.
There's one national charity that provides a safety net for fishermen and their families. The Fishermen's Mission is there 24/7 providing emergency and welfare support in over 80 ports and harbours for the injured and shipwrecked, bereaved and vulnerable families and men unable to cope with the hardship and debt that more often than not go hand in hand with 'the fishing'. The Mission is pledged to fight the hardship and despair that stalks out fishing communities but they can't do it without our help. The charity receives no government funding and depends upon voluntary donations to continue its vital work. I'm proud to support the Mission and hope you will too.
I'm encouraging everyone to get behind the Mission's national fundraising day, Fish Friday, 22nd June. It's an opportunity to 'do something fishy', have fun and raise much needed funds for this great cause. Simply go to www.fishermensmission.org.uk/fishfriday for loads of ideas on how you can get involved and support our fishermen, their families and a way of life that's fast disappearing.
Please click here to see how you can help
21st May 2012
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