Hello!

Welcome to DCBMC 2017!

Bit of a change of scenery this year – we’re moving to Exeter. We’ve loved being at The Duke of Cornwall the past two years, but they were fully booked for this Summer, and we realised that the point of being the Devon & Cornwall Beard & Moustache Championships is that we can be anywhere in Devon and Cornwall…

The Corn Exchange is a much bigger venue to fill, so spread the word, bring your friends, and help us fill it with tons of hairy fellas ready for a day of fun and fundraising. Oh yes, and beer!

It’s more of a team effort this year – Mr & Mrs DCBMC have been officially joined by South West Beard Club to pull this together and make it all happen on the day. We’d like to give a particular shout-out to Terry Short, Becky Jones, Brendan Johnson, Pete Moisan, Sadie Moisan, Graham Miles, John Huteson and, of course, our official DCBMC minions from day one, Nik Bathe and Colin Bathe. Cheers chaps!

Keep an eye out here for announcements as plans develop. We’ll tell you all about our lovely sponsors, our totally upstanding and non-bribeable judges, and all the other shenanigans we have planned.

But you know it’s going to be another awesome day, so just get going and click to buy tickets now – go on!

Our glorious winners!

Moustache Natural
1 – Russell Bristow
2 – Andy Wakefield
3 – Ryan Pike

Moustache Styled
1 – Allan Robinson
2 – James Dyer
3 – Mark Salisbury

Business Class
1 – Gareth Haywood
2 – Matthew Swain
3 – Adam Spear

Partial Beard
1 – Michael Wallage
2 – Chris Price
3 – John Huteson

Full Beard Natural under 8″
1 – Terry Short
2 – Jonathan Betts
3 – Robert Tait
(won the rock, paper, scissors playoff against Liam Hamilton)

Full Beard Styled under 8″
1 – Philip Bloor
2 – Marcus Rowe
3 – Colin Wells

Full Beard Natural over 8″
1 – Pete Moisan
2 – Dan Heath
3 – Colin McCardle

Full Beard styled over 8″
1 – Ryan Courts
2 – Simon Gower
3 – Kris Paver

Freestyle
1 – Brendan Johnson
2 – Paul Goad
3 – Nik Brookson

Ladies Handmade
1 – Alice Jelley
2 – Nik Bathe
3 – Denise Palmer

Children’s Handmade
Winner – Freya Muncaster

Best Colour
1 – Prassy Venketesh
2 – John Huteson
3 – Simon Gower

Best Styled
1 – Pete Moisan
2 – Lee Pitt
3 – Philip Bloor

Best Presented
1 – Brendan Johnson
2 – Michael Wallage
3 – David Dade

Best in Show
Prassy Venketesh

Well done everyone – come back and defend your titles next year!

Timings

Here’s our best approximation of how the day will pan out.

12.00pm – Doors open, competitor registration starts
2.00pm – On-stage shenanigans start
2.15pm – Moustache Natural, Full Beard Natural under 8″, Full Beard Natural over 8″
3.00pm – Business Class, Partial Beard, Freestyle
4.00pm – Moustache Styled, Full Beard Styled under 8″, Full Beard Styled over 8″
5.00pm – Adult Handmade, Child Handmade
5.20pm – DCBMC Lite voting ends, raffle drawn
5.40pm – DCBMC Lite winners announced
6.00pm – Presentations and prizes – ooh!
7.30pm – Windjammer
8.30pm – Betty Boom Boom burlesque
8.50pm – Beard of Destiny
9.50pm – Betty Boom Boom burlesque
10.10pm – Ohio
11.40pm – Bedtime!

Note: approximation

Sponsor: Pitchers

Pitchers Pitchers opened recently, and the team are working hard to offer something different from the bar that occupied the site before.

Here’s Matthew Conway, the impressively-bearded General Manager, in his own words:

Pitchers is a city centre bar/restaurant/nightclub with internal decorations and interior fittings that were all sourced and made by local companies and our staff.

We pride ourselves on coming up with new and innovating ideas, be it things coming out of our kitchen, sourcing a new craft ale, the biggest and best new music, or hidden emerging talent. We strive to be the trendsetter, and don’t want to be another commercial chain.

Here at Pitchers we like to cater for all members of the public – from families, with our children’s section, to sports enthusiasts, with our live sport, table tennis, pool and football tables. There’s something for music lovers, food fanatics, and plenty for alcohol drinkers with cocktails for the ladies or craft beers and pitchers for the lads. We really do aim to tick all the boxes!

Our Friday night get-together is at Pitchers from 7pm. Come along and help us support this new venture for the city, and thank them for their generous support of #DCBMC2016!

Sponsor: The Blind Pig

The Blind PigThe Blind Pig barbershop and salon is run by husband-and-wife team Louis and Dani Holland.

Louis is the original inspiration behind the Devon & Cornwall Beard & Moustache Championships. Mr DCBMC was getting his beard tidied up in preparation for the British Beard & Moustache Championships in 2014, and Louis said “that sounds like brilliant fun, we should do one in Plymouth” – so we did!

Tucked away down the side of Jury’s Inn on Moon Street, at the edge of the city centre, the barbershop stocks top grooming brands Reuzel, Suavecito, Layrite, Pinaud Clubman, and more. Louis offers the full range of barbering services, from contours, slicks and flat tops to 60s mod styles, plus beard and moustache shaping and grooming, and wet shaves.

Dani is responsible for Mrs DCBMC’s ‘My Little Pony’ look, and also colours and styles the mermaid locks of Mariner Jack model Jess. An award-winning Master Colourist, she offers Elumen, Kerasilk Keratin blow-dries, balayage, and the full range of traditional and modern cutting and styling techniques.

They’re also two of the nicest people you could hope to meet. If you’re in or near Plymouth, we highly recommend you check them out.

More categories – for everyone!

There’s nine categories at DCBMC 2016 – but we said this year would be bigger and better… so how we about add three more categories to the day, and they’re all for everyone!

You may have heard about, or even attended, one of our DCBMC Lite events. They have a different format to the big summer show – there’s only three categories and everyone is entered into all of them. We like the idea that big beards and neat moustaches compete against each other, so we’re adding the DCBMC Lite categories to DCBMC 2016 too.

And the judges are a bit different for DCBMC Lite, too – everyone gets to vote for their favourites!

All competitors (including ‘handmade’) are automatically eligible for these additional categories:

Best Colour
This category is not limited to natural colours, and the definition of ‘best’ is up to you. A strong red beard, smooth silver whiskers, a neat blond goatee – whatever you like best, vote for it here.

Best Styled
Some people like an extravagantly styled moustache, while others are partial to a well-groomed beard. You might prefer neat and professional-looking facial hair, or love beards that look like an octopus, or Tower Bridge. Go for whatever style floats your boat.

Best Presented
We’re not saying that ‘dressing up’ is compulsory, but some competitors put a lot of effort into their outfits and we want to salute that. So, who’s gone the extra mile to present himself for public judging – the pirate with the plaited beard, the chap with the handlebar moustache in a three-piece suit, or the gentleman with the forked beard dressed as Satan himself? You decide.

Plus, whoever gets the most votes across all three categories will win Best in Show, just like at Crufts!

Anyone attending the event can vote – fellow competitors, partners, friends, bar staff, newspaper reporters…

To vote for your favourites in the DCBMC Lite categories, just write their competitor numbers on a voting form and post it in the box at the DCBMC merchandise stand, with a £1 charity donation.

All the competitors will be wearing their unique numbers all day, and you can vote at any time until the on-stage categories have finished.

If you’ve got any questions on the day, ask Mrs & Mrs DCBMC or find a DCBMC minion with a red lanyard.

Judge: Pete Moisan

Pete MoisanPete’s the tall redhead who catches everyone’s eye at beard and moustache competitions. He’s a professional hugger, and can often be found hiding behind his signature red-framed sunglasses (particularly if it’s ‘the morning after the night before’). In his own words…

Pete has been growing face fur on and off his entire adult life, and first got into the world of competitive bearding at the World Beard Championship in Brighton in 2007, after years of office teasing that he should enter. He achieved a creditable equal 4th (aka equal last, as no positions below 3rd are announced) in Natural Beard with Styled Moustache.

After shaving it all off for charity and spending a few years in the wilderness of having no proper beard, Pete came back for the British Championships in Bath in 2014, and again came equal 4th. He then won the Exeter competition and two titles at DCBMC 2015.

An Ambassador for DCBMC 2016 prize sponsor Mariner Jack, Pete will unfortunately be unable to attend this year’s British Beard & Moustache Championships due to a clash of dates. His first born is expected the same day – it was a tough call on which to attend…

On beard and moustache competitions, Pete says “they’re just like the Miss World beauty contests, only without the bitchiness, and more of the helpful styling hints. And beer.”

Supported by his long suffering wife and main stylist, Sadie (“he didn’t have a beard when we first got together, I’m sure”, she says, although she is now trying to change that story…), this is Pete’s first venture into judging. He isn’t sure what makes for the best beard yet, but when he sees/feels/tastes it, he’ll know.

Pete’s the only one of our judges to get away with a photogallery, because… well, how could we NOT publish these!13664713_10157387857990019_753468565_n
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Judge: Nik Bathe

Nik BatheNik is an invaluable DCBMC Offical Minion, and 2015 Ladies Handmade Champion. She’s also one of Mr & Mrs DCBMC’s bestest friends. In her own words…

As well as being DCBMC 2015 Handmade Champion, Nik is the proud owner of a DCBMC Lite: Truro certificate for ‘shameless self-promotion’ (when drunk). She is delighted to make her debut as a judge for this year’s DCBMC. A relative newcomer to the world of beard competitions, last year Nik manned the DCBMC merch stand, sold raffle tickets and assisted with the raffle draw, and has been roped into doing the same this year. Plus the judging. [You were SO not roped in, you bloody volunteered! Ed.]

Nik lives in Cornwall, where people pay her to do their social media, build their websites and keep them organised. When not working she drinks real ale, takes photographs, runs, walks and plays the ukulele (but never ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’).

She says “I’m really looking forward to the beards (and moustaches), the beer and the bands. It’s going to be an amazing day!”

Judge: Gina Dyer

Gina DyerIf you’re at a beard and moustache competition and you hear giggling, it’s probably Gina. With her love of vintage style frocks she’s usually the best-dressed woman in the room – so one way or another she’ll definitely catch your attention! In her own words…

I’m proud to say I was born within the sound of the Bow Bells. My family keeps growing – I have 3 grandchildren and the 4th on the way in September. My son Jason and his family are coming to DCBMC too, so we are helping to bring family together though the wonderful beard and moustache community .

I’ve had a lifetime weakness for the furry folk, particularly that face fungus that is a moustache! Since meeting Jim, I have become involved with The Handlebar Club. I’ve travelled to many competitions to cheer him along, met some fantastic friends and am learning what a wonderful community the beard and moustache world is.

It’s a pleasure and honour to be judging at DCBMC.

Judge: Becky Jones

Becky JonesBecky is responsible for the fantastic freestyle facial fuzz sported by Brendan Johnson at beard competitions across the country. In her own words…

Becky was a tad surprised 3 years ago to hear that her husband was planning to drive with his sister to Stuttgart for 2 nights to look at a load of blokes with beards.

Since their return from that escapade, she has been increasingly involved in the ‘grooming and styling’ arm of the competitive bearding community, which she likens to Crufts. Becky does the styling and a lot of the grooming – Brendan gets the attention in the Freestyle category. Thankfully there is no obedience or agility section to worry about!

Becky loves a beardy weekend and really enjoys the company of the beardy folks because it’s a fun, open, accepting and slightly eccentric bunch of people. What’s not to like?

She will be looking for a touch of panache and character in the successful show-dogs, and promises not to feel any bits of them besides the facial hair…