Midlands Rat Club

Meet the Committee


Mike Bailey

Membership Secretary

I'm Mike, the Membership Secretary. Me and my wife, Lynn, were introduced to rats as pets by our son in 2006, we joined the MRC in 2007 after attending a show. We started breeding rats in 2010 under the name Serenity. We have had 4 children, our son and 3 girls - all grown up. I am retired now, my last job was with British Coal as a systems analyst/ programmer. I enjoy most sports especially Football - watching not playing, unfortunately.



Annette Rand

Secretary

Hiya, I'm Annette, the Club Secretary. I've been a member of the MRC since we picked up three rats for our children at a show in 2001, and I've recently re-joined the committee after a break. I've been running my Rattycorner website since 2003 and breeding rats under the name 'Brandywine' since 2008. The rats take up most of my time, and running the MRC website and my own sites uses up almost all of the rest of it. Occasionally the family gets a look in.



Graham Mobbs

Chairman

I’m Graham, chairman and a founder member of the MRC. My wife Sandra and I started keeping rats in 1997 and have been active in rat fancy ever since. For various reasons, I have not kept rats for a few years now but I remain passionate about rats and their welfare and I continue to work tirelessly for the promotion of rats as pets and exhibition animals.

The pathology of rats also holds a deep interest to me and I have written numerous health articles for the club magazine, Rat-A-2-E.

I am a NFRS championship judge and, together with my wife Sandra, we own Tennyson Stud (NFRS registered) where one day we hope once again to renew our love affair with the British blue and British blue agouti and our obsession for breeding for health and temperament.

The MRC has always held the promotion of rats as pets and show animals at its heart and over the years we have built a reputation for friendly and welcoming shows. We have, as a matter of principle, aimed to encourage and educate as well as provide a fun social environment for all our members. As chairman, I see my task as ensuring these and all our principles are maintained and enhanced throughout all aspects of our club and its activities.



Claire Roberts

Shop and Stall Co-ordinator

I'm Claire, the Shop and Stall Co-Ordinator. I've kept rats since 2000 and have been a member of the Midlands Rat Club since 2007. I started breeding in 2011 under the name 'Black Lupin'. I'm aiming to breed Black and Russians (In Dumbo and occasionally in Rex). I also enjoy reading and I'm a big Harry Potter fan (Hence the name of my Rattery)



Sandra Mobbs

Treasurer

Hi, I’m Sandra Mobbs, treasurer of the MRC and editor of the club’s magazine, Rat-A-2-E. I was one of the founding members of the club and held the position of treasurer on the committee from 2001 to 2007. I took a break from committee life for five years and then returned as treasurer in 2013. We don’t currently have any rats as we are in the process of moving house but we used to breed as Tennyson Stud, mainly British blue and British blue agouti.

I am a National Fancy Rat Society championship judge and have judged in Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as at MRC shows and for other regional rat clubs and the National Fancy Rat Society at various shows throughout the UK.

For my day job I am a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst. My interests outside of rats include watching football, reading (my favourite authors are Wilkie Collins and Terry Pratchett), fine wines and trying to improve my French.



Lesley Mackness

Publicity Officer

Hello – I’m Lesley. I first discovered fancy rats when at school and kept some during my teenage years. They are complex and interesting creatures, who make excellent show animals as well as wonderful and intelligent pets. The more you understand your pets, the better you are able to care for their various needs, and with a return to rat keeping in 1999 and the twin aims of adding to my own knowledge and finding other like-minded people, an internet search in 2002 led me to the Midlands Rat Club early the following year. It wasn’t long before I graduated from helping put chairs away after a show to standing for a committee position in 2003. The rest, as they say, is history, and although I had a break from the committee for two years, seeming unable to stay away, I returned in 2013.

The Club prides itself on its friendly atmosphere at shows and aims to be welcoming to all rat-lovers: those who are just wondering if rats are the pet for them, those who are taking their first tentative steps on the road to keeping fancy rats and those who’ve been keeping and breeding rats for what seems like forever. When you come to one of the MRC shows, please come and say hello.



Lynn Bailey

Fun Events Organiser