General News

BS Judges Meeting

All Judges on the BS Main and Subsidiary Panels are invited to attend the BS Judges Meeting to be held on Saturday 26th April, 2014 at Bugbrooke Sports & Community Centre, Camp Close, Bugbrooke, Northhampton, NN7 3RW, commencing at 10:30am.  Attendance is £5, including a buffet Lunch.  Bacon rolls will be available to purchace on arrival.  If you wish to attend you should send £5 together with your name and address to the BS administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP before 18th April, 2014.  Please note that only those who book by 18th April, 2014 will be allowed to attend

Notice of the Budgerigar Society Annual General Meeting

 All current Budgerigar Society members are invited to attend the AGM on Sunday 27th April, 2014, at The Budgerigar Society, Spring Gardens, Northhampton, NN1 1DR, commencing at 11:00am.  Carparking at the BS office is very limited, however there are several carparks in close proximity to the office.  For further details please contact the BS office prior to the AGM on 01828 633030.  Following the AGM there will be an open meeting, restricted to the first 45 members who book, to listen to a presentation on Long Flights / Tails by Richard Miller, Harry Hockaday and Phil Reaney.  This will be followed by a question and answer session.  It is aimed to commence the meeting at around 1pm and finish no later than 4pm.  Please contact the society administrator on 01828 633030 to book your place by 18th April 2014 

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February 2014 – GC Meeting Summary

 A meeting of the General Council (GC) of the Budgerigar Society was held on 22 February 2014 with the following decisions being ratified:

 The renewed sponsorship deal with Countrywide Seed was gratefully accepted and thanks recorded for the tremendous support offered so far by the company A full press release will follow in due course on this news.;

The overhaul of the homepage of the BS website and members intranet proceed together with the commissioning of work to establish content for the promotional section of the new format;

A review of the current Judges Training Scheme be conducted by Ghalib Al-Nasser taking note of suggestions/proposals received and will be discussed by the GC later this year;The GC reviewed the Judges Panel and made the following additions and deletions; Requests to retire from the Main Judges Panel & to be added to the Retired Judges Panel: Geoffrey Murrells, Ron Mears, Alister Easdon, Edward Rattray, Eric Evill, Bob Whattam;

Request to retire from the Main Judges Panel: Ian Gordon;

Removal from Main & Retired Judges Panels (deceased): Bob Quigley, Frank Punchard, Brian Starkie;

Additions to Main Judges Panel from Subsidiary Judges Panel following successfully passing the BS judges final test in 2013: Scott Ainley, Gavin Carter, Richard Miller, Peter Smith, Dave Sturzaker; 

Applications to join BS Subsidiary Panel: Gina Adams, John Spencer;

Application to rejoin BS Subsidiary Panel: Sam Wildes;

A commitment to review the show classification/patronage on an annual basis with time set aside for the GC to fully debate all issues in this regard taking into account statistical data prepared by the Patronage Administrator, Michael Chapman at the end of each respective show season;

The proposal for the concept of “Pairs” being added to the exhibition side of the hobby continues to proceed through the proper channels at DEFRA/Natural England. Once confirmation of compliance is received, the GC will debate whether/how this addition to the classification could be implemented in 2015 at the same time as the annual review is discussed;

Mat Ackers was congratulated on his sterling work done via the new Promotion Administrator role. This has included tasks such as the attendance with his team at events across the country on behalf of the BS promoting the hobby and securing new members as well as work the development of the BS website, Facebook & Twitter pages. Mat has also secured new sponsorship deals for the Society;

New sponsorship proposals with The Birdcare Company and Avian Solutions were gratefully accepted;

Following a proposal brought forward by the WBO to all member countries, the GC were happy  that the “Budgerigar of Colour” (miniature) be recognised by the WBO with full debate and consultation by the GC to follow at a later date as to how the Society may wish to introduce this type of budgerigar to the Show Classification;

The postage surcharge implemented on all overseas members be reconvened into 3 categories taking account of UK, EU and Other countries. As regards the latter 2 categories, these charges will be based upon the cost over and above postage costs to UK residences with effect from 2015;

The subject of the introduction of plastic rings was discussed and this is an on-going matter and the possibility will be discussed with our current ring makers A C Hughes;

Numerous bookings for the Society’s Convention in 2015 have already been received and to ensure a room contact the Society Administrator asap”.

The concept of a badge being awarded to all Honorary Life Members of the Society be taken forward with a decision on detail being decided upon at a later date.

Arrangements were discussed as regards the Judges Meeting scheduled to take place on 26 April 2014. BS Panel Judges should apply to the BS office in advance confirming their attendance so that numbers can be finalised and pay the £5 to the Society Administrator for the buffet at the time of booking. The issue of Long Flight/Long Tail birds will be presented upon by speakers and then discussed at this meeting. There will also be an open meeting after the AGM on 27 April whereby the presentations will be re-run and further discussion welcomed.

In addition, it was announced at the meeting that Ghalib Al-Nasser had been bestowed with The Gould Award 2014 by the WBO in recognition of his “Meritorious Services to the World of Budgerigars”. A full press release will follow in due course on this news. 

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BS Praises new sponsorship deals

The Budgerigar Society has announced the renewed of its main sponsorship deal with Country Wide Seed. This means that the seed supplier will continue to support the organisation allowing for continued investment in the hobby.

Society Administrator, Grant Findlay negotiated the key points of the new deal and commented on the announcement: “This is fantastic news for the Society and the hobby as a whole. I am confident that the commitment Country Wide has pledged to our organisation will be reciprocated by our members who will continue to use their produce as the staple diet of the exhibition budgerigar”. 

The total sponsorship deal, worth £2800, will provide Vouchers for 2 bags of Society Blend 20kg Seed to the following BS Patronage Shows: Area Society; Gold; Silver and the National. 

They will provide Voucher for 1 bag of Society Blend 20kg Seed to the following BS Patronage Shows: Bronze; National Specialist & Rare Variety; Area Society Specialist & Rare Variety.

They will also provide Vouchers for 5 bags of Society Blend 20kg Seed to the BS World Show at Doncaster. 

Country Wide will supply the vouchers which will be sent with the patronage packs along with the Rosettes, CC’s etc.  For the 2014 show season Clubs will be able to decide what they wish the vouchers to be competed for as long as this is printed in their Show Schedule. The Vouchers can be redeemed at any of the Country Wide stockists (of which there are around 300 nationwide), BS Agents or at events such as Newark, Stafford or the BS Club Show. The Society Blend which is currently exclusive to BS members will be introduced to all their stockists who will give the BS extra publicity and of course ensure that the vouchers can be redeemed at these outlets.

Country Wide will continue to be the sole sponsor for the BREEDER OF THE YEAR AWARDS, valued at £500 – 5 awards @ £100 each, which will be presented each year at the Club Show. 

In addition, the Society has announced new sponsorship deals with The Bird Care Company and Cage & Avian Solutions. Both endorsements have been secured as a result of the new strategy of outward promotion by the Society with Mat Ackers seeking out potential supporters of the hobby.

 As well as upfront significant cash support for the Society, The Bird Care Company will deploy a number of additional measures to raise funds. These include the bird nutritionists forming of a breeder retailer service whereby members of the Society can sell products on behalf of the company with commission being paid to the BS.

 Meanwhile, Cage and Avian Solutions are to be the Cage Label sponsor for 2014. The manufacturer of aviary products including the increasingly popular “Air Vac” will now have their logo displayed on all cage labels issued by the Society during the 2014 season.

Publicity Officer for the Society, Richard Miller commented: “The support of these 3 superb businesses is testament to the work being done by the Society under the new structure. These businesses are household names in the fancy and their support shows both faith in our organisation and the prospect of growth within our ranks”

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Press release: WBO Gould Award

The Budgerigar Society are delighted to announce that following a recent meeting of the WBO, the Gould Award 2014 has been bestowed upon the current Vice Chairman of the Society, Ghalib Al-Nasser. 

This international honour is awarded by the WBO each year as recognition of “Meritorious Services to the World of Budgerigars”. Previous winners in recent years have been the likes of Jo Mannes (2012) and Warren Wilson of Australia (2013). 

The General Council received a nomination for Ghalib to be put forward for the award and this was passed to the WBO following a meeting of the GC last year. Ghalib becomes the first winner of the prestigious award from the UK. 

Maurice Roberts commended Ghalib for being given this honour: “This is a tremendous achievement for both Ghalib and the Budgerigar Society and goes some way to recognising the remarkable contribution he has made to the hobby across the globe”. 

Ghalib first joined the Budgerigar Society in 1971 having moved to the UK from Iraq in 1962. He serves as a General Council member, Vice Chairman and holds 28 offices in 13 budgerigar organisations in this country and abroad. Commenting on receiving the award Ghalib said: “I am humble and honoured to be recognised by my fellow councillors in the initial nomination and by the world organisation for the award. I am thankful to all for this award“.

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The Society extends its sympathy to anyone affected by the recent extremely bad weather which is being experienced in many parts of the uk.

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Feb 2014 Security Warning Exhibition Bird Thefts 

During the last two years there has been an ever developing series of small bird species thefts where thieves are targeting the breeders of quality exhibition Budgerigars, Canaries and Finches. In recent months and weeks the pattern continues with over 40 separate burglaries comprising of hundreds of birds valued at many thousands of pounds. 

The perpetrators are targeting Counties and areas in turn, mainly in the Midlands and the South. They are getting clean away as there is generally a lack of security or they are by-passing any alarms they come across. They are researching the premises and come equipped to transport the birds away. They are most selective and know the best stock to steal. The most recent thefts have been in Milton Keynes, Southampton, Woking, Margate and Tonbridge Well. 

Please bring this on-going series of thefts to our members to be particularly vigilant at this time and report any suspicious incidents to John Hayward National Theft Register, Tel: 01869 325699 Email: jh@ntr.supanet.com Feb 2014

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News Update Jan 2014

It has been brought to our attention that different shades of the Green 2014 rings are being supplied to BS & Area Society members by our official Ring Makers, A C Hughes. The ring makers have advised that this has been caused by the Green dye used in the production of the rings having to be diluted and then processed involving many variables such as temperature, concentration of dye etc etc. With the base colour of Light Green it is extremely difficult to achieve a colour consistency of the darker colours and therefore each batch of rings will differ slightly.


Members, Exhibitors and Judges are asked to bear with this situation regarding 2014 rings.

Grant Findlay
Society Administrator

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News Update Jan 2014

The January/February 2014 Club Show special edition of ”The Budgerigar” has been sent to all paid up members of the Budgerigar Society. Those members who have still to join for 2014 can still do so online: The Budgerigar Society – Welcome to the wonderful world of Budgerigars  or by sending the renewal subscription form to the Society Administrator at 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP.

Rings ordered for 2014 have all now been dispatched to all members and if any member has not received their order please contact the Society Administrator on 01828 633030.

All BS Judges should send their Annual Return to the Administrator by the end of January, 2014.

Patronage Applications for BS Patronage during the 2014 show season should be made to the Patronage Administrator, 5 Mole Drove, Gedney Hill, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 0PB not later than 28th February, 2014.

Important dates in the BS Calendar this year include the Annual Judges Meeting in Northampton on Saturday 26th April, the AGM on Sunday 27th April and the BS Club Show on 15th & 16th November at The Dome, Doncaster.

In 2015 the BS celebrates its 90th Anniversary by holding a Convention in Stoke-on-Trent on 5th to 7th June, 2015. Further details on all events can be obtained from the Society Administrator. 

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The society’s thoughts & feelings are with our loyal member Mick Freeborn following his devastating theft of his whole exhibition stud of budgerigars. We ask all members to keep their eyes & ears open to try to catch the perpetrators of this criminal act (Mick’s Ring Number is FREB0).

We would also encourage all members to review their bird room security following this tragic act.

 

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 Security Report – Budgerigar Theft – Southampton

Overnight 13/14 October 2013 thieves targeted a private bird house at Southampton, Hants and stole 400 top quality exhibition Budgerigars together valued at £60,000-00. This was a planned theft and well executed by a team of thieves. The collection has been developed over very many years consisting of birds of all colours. The birds have aluminium rings with the inscription ‘FREBO’ thereon. This is not an isolated incident and may be connected to other such burglaries in the Hampshire area and elsewhere. We appeal for any information as to the whereabouts of the birds and any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves. All breeders should be particularly vigilant at this time.

John Hayward National Theft Register Tel: 01869 325699 Email: jh@ntr.supanet.com

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Security Warning – Small Bird Species Thefts

 Once again I must bring to notice the ever on-going and developing series of burglaries where whole collections of Budgerigars, Canaries and Finches are being stolen. These thefts are occurring all over the Country especially in Southern Counties. In recent times we have collated upwards of forty break-ins involving in excess of a thousand birds valued at many thousands of pounds.

 The thieves are targeting bird-houses and aviaries to steal quality exhibition birds which is both devastating for the collections and for the owners alike. This is a most cruel and callous act against aviculture.

 On no occasion has there been sufficient security at any of the attacked premises and the thieves are getting in and getting clean away. This has got to be addressed as we need to deter and detect those responsible from descriptions and any vehicles sighted.

 We therefore recommend that all such breeders install alarms, CCTV and lighting along with security padlocks to prevent easy access to the birds.

 There have been no witnesses to any such theft and the more often they evade detection, the more this trend will continue.

Please report any suspicious incident to my office in an effort to assist the Police in their investigations.

 John Hayward National Theft Register, Tel: 01869 325699 Email: jh@ntr.supanet.com

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Our Society Administrator, Grant Findlay, is now based, for Office purposes, at the address below which will be the official Society correspondence address on-going. There is also a new telephone number, however calls will still come through to this new number if members dial the old Northampton number, at no extra cost to the caller.

Likewise mail is still being redirected by Royal Mail from the Northampton address to the new Office address and this will continue until next April. Albeit this service does delay ring orders and other correspondence by some 2 to 3 days and with this in mind the new Ring Order forms will have the new address to avoid this happening going forward. 

 Society Administrator Office Address & Phone Number:-

The Budgerigar Society, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP.

Phone:- 01828 633030.

 Maurice Roberts

BS Chairman

 Any correspondence related to Budgerigar Society Patronage &

Champion Birds should be sent to:

Mr M Chapman, BS Patronage Administrator,

5, Mole Drove, Gedney Hill,

Nr Spalding, Lincs.

PE12 0PB

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CORRECTIONS TO THE OFFICIAL RULES AND MEMBERSHIP LIST – 2013

 Page 18         FRONT RAIL that should read 70mm and not 7-mm. Also Perch Position should read 112mm apart and not 135.

Page 19         BOTTOM the measurement should read 514mm and not 515 mm the same as SIZE measurement of 514mm. 

The following members were omitted in error from the list of Honorary Life Members on Page 42.

 H2904  Mr Bryan Hindon, Swindon, Wiltshire  -   1972.

S928  Mr K C Sutton, Birmingham - 1961.

W2225 Mr W H R Willis, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset – 1959

 Page 24           Subsidiary Judges Panel – Correct phone number for Scott Ainley is 07803 302726.

Retired Judges Panel – add George Booth, Stourbridge, W. Midlands. 

Please advise the Society Administrator if there are any further errors or corrections to be made. 

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Press Release – Budgerigar Society Council Decisions October 2013

 The following points were raised and decisions made at the Council meeting on 5th October:

 President Roy Aplin & Chairman Maurice Roberts welcomed Councillors to the meeting.

  • A new Judges Nomination proforma for judging the Budgerigar Society Club Show is available from the B.S. Office for any individual member or society      wishing to nominate judges for future Club Shows.
  • An article giving background information on Country Wide Seed will be published in the next issue of The Budgerigar.
  • The Council (GC) are looking into upgrading the BS website.
  • Section judges for the Club Show will be Dave Cottrell, Gary Hale, Rick Watts & Dave Woan.
  • All new innovations for the Club Show are listed in the schedule which can be downloaded from the BS website.
  • The Budgerigar Society will celebrate its 90th Anniversary with a Convention in Stoke on Trent from 5th – 7th June 2015. Full programme of hotel, speakers & judges will be published in the January issue of The Budgerigar. It will be an international event as the WBO will be holding its annual meeting there.
  • A Judges’ Meeting has been arranged for Saturday 26th April 2014 in Northampton. Amongst the subjects to be discussed will be the Longflights/Tails.
  • Following consultation with the membership, the GC has agreed not to put forward the proposed Rule change to reduce the number of sections.
  • The GC has agreed that the previously published new classification for 2014 onwards will stand and become effective as from the 2014 show season.
  • Country  Wide seed has agreed that the allocation of bags of seed/voucher can be decided by each show promoting society with effect from 2014 show season but must be published in the schedule.
  • The GC is investigating the feasibility of plastic or other material show cages to run in conjunction with the current show cage.
  • Progress updates were given by the three Administrators.
  • Dave Hislop was appointed the 4th Society Trustee.
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Budgerigar Society Annual General Meeting

 Sunday 28th April 2013

 

Following the President’s address, the inauguration of the new President took place seeing Roy Aplin take over the coveted role. Charlie Bowman was instated as President Elect and Bev Hutt was appointed Vice President.

 The Silver Bird award was accepted by Grant Findlay on behalf of Dave Whittaker who had given his apologies in advance of the meeting in view of a family celebration.

 Subscription rates remain the same for 2014 at 2013 rates

The next AGM was set for 27 April 2014.

 General Council Meeting

The following summarises the main points from the GC meeting on 27 April:

  1. BS Office – the existing telephone number for the office remains in use as well as the address and fax number. If the Society Administrator is not able to answer your call, please leave a message on the answer phone. All messages will be returned.
  2. BS Club Show – following a referral from the Club Show committee, the GC approved investment into the show in order to enhance the show experience in an attempt to increase attendees/exhibitors.
  3. BS Subscriptions – there will be a freeze on the cost of membership subscriptions for 2014. This is the first year in a long time since no increase was imposed on BS members.
  4. Rings – the price of BS rings is to increase by 1p in anticipation of increased costs of production.
  5. BS Office Letting – the BS office will be offered for rent on the open market via appointed commercial agents in the Northampton area.
  6. Appointment Costs – following the restructure of the administration roles, the remuneration to be paid under each role is confirmed as follows:
  • Society Administrator – £12,000 pa
  • Patronage Administrator – £1,500 pa
  • Promotion Administrator – £7,500 pa

 This presents significant cost savings from the previous administration and helps future proof the cash flow of the BS against increased costs and potential decline in subscription income.

 BS Website – the overhaul/replacement of the current website format is to be progressed.

  1. Vice President – Bev Hutt was put forward as nominee for the role of Vice President ahead of the AGM.
  2. Judges Meeting – a judges meeting is planned for 2014.
  3. New GC Board – the new GC Board elected by the members of the GC and tasked with the management of the GC and BS matters comprises the following: Maurice Roberts, Ghalib Al-Nasser, Richard Miller, Donald McCallum, Gren Norris, Terry Jukes and Bev Hutt. Michael Chapman will act as reserve member.
  4. B.S. National Patronage – the budgerigar show at Stafford is to be allocated the “B.S. National” status and Gold Patronage with the aim of promoting the exhibition hobby to a wider bird keeping audience.
  5. Silver Bird – Dave Whittaker is to receive the Silver Bird award.
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Don Ashby sadly passed away on 22nd May, 2013 aged 92. 

Don was a real stalwart of the fancy and a great servant to the Budgerigar Society over many decades. He served a lengthy period on Council and was Past President in 1996/7, awarded the Silver Bird in 1997, received Honorary Life Membership in 2001 and was a former Society Trustee. The main room in the BS Offices where the GC meets is named the Ashby Suite after Don generously donated funds towards the purchase of the building in 2000.

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Dave Whittaker’s Retirement

 Our Secretary/Treasurer Dave Whittaker retired from his post on 28th March after serving the society for 19 years. The reception for Dave’s retirement on 21st March at the B.S. Office went very well, although the number able to attend was disappointing, although understandable on a weekday.

 Dave was very pleased with his gifts (glass vase obtained by Terry Jukes and the holiday voucher); Grant Findlay and Ghalib Al-Nasser both made short speeches prior to the presentation which we did with Michael Chapman. Following this Janice Al-Nasser & Beverley Hutt presented Lin (Dave’s wife) with a bouquet of flowers. It was good that Stephen Hughes of A.C. Hughes (society’s Ring Maker) was able to attend as well.

We all enjoyed the buffet provided by Janice Al-Nasser.

 

Left to Right

Janice Al-Nasser, Michael Chapman, Grant Findlay, Dave Whittaker, Beverley Hutt & Ghalib Al-Nasser.

 

Left to Right

Janice Al-Nasser, Lin Whittaker, Dave Whittaker & Beverley Hutt.

 

Group photo of all those who attended.

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Promotion Administrator

The Budgerigar Society are delighted to announce the appointment of Mat Ackers as the new Promotion Administrator.

Following the creation of the new role by the General Council, the position was advertised within the fancy and attracted a high number of applicants. The selection was narrowed down so that interviews could be held at the BS offices in Northampton under the scrutiny of the Board of the GC. After much consideration by the panel, it was felt that the person most suitable for conducting marketing and promotion on behalf of the Society with reference to the job description outlined was Novice breeder and exhibitor, Mat Ackers.

BS Chairman and President, Maurice Roberts commented: “The GC are thrilled to have found an individual with the experience and obvious capabilities that Mat has to be able to take on this role and deliver a much needed kick start to the new era of enhanced communication regarding our wonderful hobby with both existing enthusiasts and untapped potential new target groups.”

Publicity Officer for the BS, Richard Miller also stated: “What helped Mat stand out from the other candidates was his marketing experience within his current employment and his role within the evolution of the Exhibition Budgerigar Forum (“EBF”). I have every confidence that Mat will be able to deploy a team that can deliver upon the objectives to be set by the GC.”

Mat is employed as a senior technical officer in public health services and has extensive knowledge of marketing and public relations. He will officially start in his new role on 1 June in anticipation of the 2013 Show Season. Mat commented on his appointment: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity of working with the BS within the new structure. My appointment and ability to fulfill this role would not be possible without the experience gained working with the EBF”.

The BS is committed to increasing membership numbers and bringing the hobby to the attention of new audiences. In addition, the manner in which the Society keeps its current membership informed is a priority for Mat to address. The soon-to-be Society Administrator and current Vice-Chairman, Grant Findlay stated: “One comment made during the interview really showed that the demographic of the BS membership was fully appreciated. The recognition that in a world that has been overcome by the establishment of everything online, there are many of our members who do not own a computer or have access to the internet and therefore the new PA will need to be able to deliver effective communication with those individuals as well as the online generation.”

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Decisions made at the BS GC meeting 2 February 2013

1. Consultation paper to be issued for proposed changes to classification for 2014 show season

2. Approval of GC Board proposals re division of Secretary roles.

3. GC is to explore letting opportunities of BS office (not to be sold)

4. Grant Findlay to step down as Vice Chairman on commencement of role as Society Administrator.

5. New Vice Chairman appointed effective from April 2013 – Ghalib Al-Nasser

6. New pro-forma document to be introduced for judges to be proposed by societies/individuals for BS World Championship Show

7. 2015 convention to be organised by Terry & Linda Jukes and John Cosby in the vicinity of Stoke-on-Trent

8. Proposed rule change for members to decide upon for 2015 – reduction to 4 show status by removing Intermediate status.

9. New BS Stand to be commissioned by kind donation to the Society with the theme of promoting the hobby.

10. To review the BS website and investigate the possibility of BS Intranet

11. Grant Findlay and Michael Chapman – GC unanimous support for them to remain as Council members in their roles from April 2013

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BS GENERAL SECRETARY & TREASURER

The General Secretary & Treasurer, Dave Whittaker will retire from his duties after 18 years service on 28th March 2013.

The General Council wish to thank Dave for all his sterling work for the Society over these years and wish him a long, happy and relaxing retirement in the years ahead.

The General Council have examined the best way forward in anticipation of the Secretary’s retirement and elected to split the existing duties into 3 distinct roles. It is hoped that the separation of these duties will ensure that BS members receive the best service possible and that the hobby is actively promoted by all means available. The anticipated functions associated with these positions is summarised below

SOCIETY ADMINISTRATOR – conduct Membership Subscriptions, Ring Orders, all Correspondence (including email), Sale of Promotional items, Web site supervision, Rules, Meeting Minute taker & Treasurer duties.

PATRONAGE ADMINISTRATOR – Applications for Patronage, all Patronage correspondence, distribution of Patronage and receiving returns, collating & tabulating Patronage results for publication on BS Website & Magazine.

PROMOTION ADMINISTRATOR – attend key events as specified by the General Council, Promotion of the Society & Hobby, Sponsorship & Advertising, Media Liaison & Publicity, Management of Publicity Channels such as the BS website, Facebook & Twitter.

Given the immediate need to ensure the continuing functionality of the Society from the end of March, the General Council are delighted to announce that the appointment of Grant Findlay (current Vice Chairman and former Chairman) as Society Administrator following his recent early retirement from work.

The General Council are also delighted to announce that Michael Chapman (General Council member) has been appointed as Patronage Administrator in readiness for the preparations ahead of the 2013 show season.

The exciting new role of Promotional Administrator will be advertised immediately (see Advert below) and it is hoped that the new person will commence their duties on 3rd June, 2013.