UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition 2015

S.O.F.A. member France Bauduin won ‘best domestic animal’ for this fabulous drawing in the 2nd UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Congratulations France, very well deserved!
The show is on until the 14th of October.


2nd UK Coloured Pencil Society’s Regional Exhibition
The Station, Station Yard,
North Yorkshire,
DL10 4LD

On from the 3rd to 14th October 2015

Autumn Art Fair in Teddington

S.O.F.A. member Barbara Thaxter is exhibiting paintings, including her cat paintings in the Autumn Art Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. The show is on Saturday 17th October & 18th October.

Pink Fluffy Throw Barbara ThaxterAutumn Art Fair
Ferry Rd, Teddington,
TW11 9NN

Saturday 17th October & 18th October
10.AM – 5PM

2015 AGM and The Stephanie Kay Manchipp Award

The Society’s AGM was held on the 19th of September at the Union Jack Club on collection day.

At the AGM the officers gave their reports and Jacqueline Gaylard talked through the process of  Associates becoming Full Members asking members to contact her if they need any help. We had another successful show this year with over 60 paintings sold.


Once the business of the AGM was concluded Kay presented this year’s Stephanie Kay Manchipp Memorial Award. The award is presented in honour of Stephanie Manchipp, who was passionate about encouraging new members to become full members of the society. In her memory, the society will award a prize each year for the most outstanding work by a new member.

Kim Thompson Leopard Portrait

S.O.F.A. is very pleased to announce that the fourth Stephanie Kay Manchipp Memorial Award for new members goes to Kim Thompson whose wonderful acrylic paintings of big cats are beautiful. She was presented with a certificate, designed by Ben Manchipp, and a cheque for £100 by our Chairman Kay Young.


Congratulations Kim!

International Cat Care Awards 2015

This year’s International Cat Care annual celebration was held at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London on Sept. 11, 2015.

Every year ICC presents the ‘Easy to Give’ award, created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats and don’t damage the relationship between you and your cat.

Easy to Give winners this year are

  • Prinovox from Virbac – a new spot-on treatment for fleas, mites, worms,
  • Loxicom from Norbrook  – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, a solution in a syringe which can be squirted into the cats mouth,
  • and two awards for products from Ceva Animal Health – for Vectra Felis – another flea treatment and for Zodon, an oral antibiotic that can be  squirted into the cats mouth.

These companies will be granted the use of the Easy to Give logo on advertising to the veterinary world. These bring the total number of Easy to Give awards presented, since their inception in 2005, to 35.

flamingoInternational Cat Care CEO, Claire Bessant, said: ‘It is so important that cats receive treatments prescribed for them, whether it is for preventive care or to treat a problem. If a drug is too difficult to get into the cat, owners often fail to complete the course, leaving the cat inadequately treated – as we worry about antibiotic resistance, this is particularly important beyond the individual animal too. Struggling with a cat to medicate can put a tension into the owner/cat relationship at a time when owners feel they want to be more supportive rather than seen as something to fear. This year we asked those trying the products if the act of medication had a negative effect on their relationship with their cat, as many people find that in the struggle to medicate, often the cat becomes fearful or aggressive towards them which owners also find very distressing. This kind of innovation by pharmaceutical companies is essential to feline health.’

Easy to Give Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Alison Henry, Ceva; Bradley Viner, iCatCare Vice President; Nicola Barclay, Ceva; Rachel Crowe, Norbrook; Simon Bolton, Virbac.

Easy to Give Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Alison Henry, Ceva; Bradley Viner, iCatCare Vice President; Nicola Barclay, Ceva; Rachel Crowe, Norbrook; Simon Bolton, Virbac.

The Cat Friendly Awards recognise other products which have made a real difference to cat wellbeing and welfare. This year the winners are…

  • The SoftE Smart Collar, a comfortable, cleanable and lightweight wide collar for those times when you have to stop a cat licking a wound.
  • The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder opens in response to the cat’s microchip or collar tag.
  • The Cat Carrier Tree allows cat baskets to be placed off the ground in waiting rooms, helping cats to feel less stressed.

On display were the winners of  ‘The Beauty of Cats’ photography competition. The photographs feature cats from across the world, including cats from Canada, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Poland and the UK.

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A photograph of a Hong Kong street cat, affectionately known as ‘Shy’, taken by Hon Wa Yip, wins first place in the  ‘The Beauty of Cats’ photography competition.

The 12 winning photographs feature in the iCatCare Calendar for 2016 – with Shy on the cover as the overall winner.


For more information on the awards, have a look at the charity’s website, or if you are interested in buying the terrific calendar or cards see

The top 100 images are available to view on the charity’s Facebook page.

We have always enjoyed our association with ICC and the excellent work they do to improve the lives of our cats.

James Lewis picks a Winner for Pollyanna!

The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2015 Prize draw has been drawn by celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis. The lucky winner, Sue Allen of Stafford has won a painting of a Tiger.


James is without doubt one of the most recognised faces in the international antiques world. He is regularly seen as an expert on BBC shows including The Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. However James is also a great animal lover – who originally considered training to be a vet! Along with Pollyanna he acts as a patron of the Born Free Foundation. Pollyanna was delighted that James was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds and campaigns for conservation and animal welfare in the UK and worldwide. Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Summer exhibition the Foundation has raised £8000.00 which will be used to fund the retraining of Chinese workers from bear bile farms to become certified animal carers in a new sanctuary for animals which have been rescued from this cruel trade. Find out more about the work of the Foundation at

A panorama of the London S.O.F.A. Show

A panorama of the London S.O.F.A. show, just for fun.

The S.O.F.A London Show

The 2015 Society show is on now at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in Waterloo, London until the 18th of September. Your S.O.F.A. slaves have been hard at work taking photos of the show and here they are!

We tried to get everyone but as usual there are areas of the gallery, like the windows, that are tough to photograph, so I hope you’ll forgive any lapses. But the photos should give you an idea of what it’s like to walk around the show.

See them as a slide show





Exhibition Photos

Slide Shows
See the photos of each exhibition as a slide show. Click the links below and sit back and watch the show. These will be quite large photos and may take a while to load.

SOFA London 2015
SOFA London 2014
SOFA London 2013
SOFA London 2012
SOFA London 2011
SOFA London 2010
SOFA London 2009
SOFA London 2008



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