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BS & AREA SOCIETY 2018 RINGS – Letter from A C Hughes ltd












Further update – the ring makers (A C Hughes Ltd) are making progress with the outstanding ring orders. Today (Thursday 25 January, 2018) they are making the rings that were processed by the BS on 10 January, 2018.
If you have an outstanding order and require an update on the expected delivery then please contact the BS Administrator on 01828 633030 who will assist with your enquiry.
Once again many thanks to the members affected for your understanding and patience on this matter.






Further update – the ring makers (A C Hughes Ltd) are still working their way through the backlog of orders. Today (Wednesday 17 January, 2018) they are making the rings that were processed by the BS on 08 & 11 December, 2017.
A reminder that there is no delay with the Plastic ring maker and orders can be made for plastic rings via the BS website, on the normal order form and post to the BS Office or by phoning the BS Office on 01828 633030 (from Tuesday 23 January onwards).
Once again many thanks to the members concerned for your patience and understanding.





There is still a considerable backlog of orders to be made and posted by the metal ring makers A C Hughes. Today (Friday 12 January, 2018) they are dealing with orders processed by the Society on 30 November, 2017.

If members are desperate for rings an alternative would be to order Plastic rings. These rings are perfectly acceptable on the show bench and there is no backlog with the plastic ring maker (Roxan ID) the turnaround is usually 2 to 3 days.

These can be ordered via the BS website or by using a ring order form and send this to the BS Office. Alternatively, in the circumstances, the Office will take orders over the phone on 01828 633030 and if there is no one to answer the phone please leave your details (BS ring number, card payment details and number of rings required).

The Society thanks the members involved for their patience and understanding of this unfortunate situation which is beyond the Society’s control.





The Society is providing a further update for those members who are still waiting for their 2018 ring order. The ring maker A C Hughes has accepted that this unfortunate situation is entirely down to them.

They have promised that all orders which were processed by the Society by the deadline date of 22 November, 2017 will be posted either today (Thursday 04 January, 2018) or tomorrow (Friday 05 January).

These will be sent by first class post and members should receive them by early next week at the latest.

The Society thanks members for their patience during this frustrating time.




BS RINGS – 2018

The Budgerigar Society apologises to those members who are still waiting for their supply of 2018 rings. All ring orders received by the Society up to and including the deadline date of 22 November, 2017 were processed and forwarded to the ring makers by that date.

The Society is now dealing with three separate ring makers for the supply of members rings, namely A C Hughes who supply the metal rings, Roxan I D who supply the plastic rings and Avian ID suppliers of the smaller plastic rings for Colour Budgerigars.

The Colour Budgerigar rings have not been a problem and we thank Avian ID for their efforts.

It would appear that the Plastic rings supplied by Roxan I D were not placed into the postal system until 27 December despite the Society Administrator being advised on 3 separate occasions that they were all dispatched on the agreed date of 22 December, 2017.

The Society has today (Friday 29 December, 2017) been advised by A C Hughes that some of the metal rings ordered by 22 November have not been dispatched. Again this was not communicated to the Society Administrator. All orders keyed up to 19 November and 75% of those keyed on 20 November have been posted, however those keyed after that date up to 22 November (some 142 orders) will not be posted until 04 January, 2018.

The Society is extremely sorry for this situation which has occurred and which is beyond its’ control. The General Council will obviously discuss this serious matter at their next meeting.




Members who wish to join the Budgerigar Society Judges Training Scheme in 2018 should apply before 31st January, 2018.

This Scheme is for members who have completed 9 years membership of the Society, of which three continuous years must immediately precede the application; have completed three full show seasons at Intermediate status; be over 21 years of age and be a current breeder and exhibitor of budgies at BS Championship Patronage shows.

Those interested should apply in writing to the BS Administrator (6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP) enclosing a fee of £27.50 which covers registration over the 2 year training scheme.





By Ghalib Al-Nasser, Club Show Committee Chairman

It is not long now to the big event when The Budgerigar Society will be holding the Show of Shows on the weekend of 30th September / 1st October 2017 at the The Dome, Doncaster, DN4 7PD. Since the move to the current show date the show has gone from strength to strength with an increase in entry of 13% in 2015 from 2014 entry and a further increase of 6% last year. The Show Committee is hoping for a further increase in both entries and number of exhibitors from 174 last year. All members of the Society have received their schedules with the July / August issue of The Budgerigar. The classification and entry form can also be downloaded from the Society’s website The closing date for entries is Tuesday 19th September but it would help if you got your entries in early to Ronnie Simpson our Show Secretary.

The show will open to the public from 2.45pm until 6.30pm on Saturday and 9.00am until 3.30pm on Sunday; judging commences at 9.45am on Saturday. Admission to the show is £6 on Saturday and £7 on Sunday. Catalogues cost £4 (£6 by post). To save queuing on both days members are encouraged to pre-purchase their entry wrist bands from the Society Administrator Grant Findlay (£6 Saturday and £7 Sunday).

This year’s show will be judged by Roy Aplin, Andy Brown, Geoff Corser, Harry Hockaday, Richard Miller, Geoff Moore, Allan Michael, Ron Pearce, Doug Pringle, Phil Reaney, John Rogers, Geoff Tuplin and our overseas guest judge from Germany, Frank Nietgen. Our president Ken Whiting, who is not a judge, has nominated Geoff Moore to be his judge for the major specials.


Part of the show’s attraction is the successful Saturday morning seminar. Apart from the listening to a quality speaker, members attending can also view the judging of the major awards. The seminar commences at 9.45 a.m. This year the seminar organiser, Ron Pearce, has engaged Dr. Florian Böck as the guest speaker.

Florian is a successful breeder and exhibitor from Augsburg, Germany. He has won many major awards at top shows in his country over the past few years. His presentation will be on how to build a successful stud in Europe and promises to be very informative and interesting. Tickets are £10.00 each, which covers light refreshments and Saturday entry to the show. Members are encouraged to purchase these tickets in advance from the Society Administrator.

Incentives for Exhibitors

Last year’s new incentive of unique teaspoons proved to be popular with those exhibitors who received them and so this is being repeated again this year for all exhibitors who bench 8 cages or more (excluding sales). The spoons depict the colour of the ring and the year of issue (blue for 2017) and are only available at the Club Show; they will soon become collectors’ items.

Also, benching 15 cages or more (excluding sales) qualifies the exhibitor to a £7.50 voucher, which can be spent on any BS product or go towards their subscription; they will also get free entry to the show on Sunday. This package is worth £14.50.


Country Wide Seed is the Society’s major sponsor together with other fanciers including Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser, Dave Hislop, Ronnie Pearce and Ronnie Simpson who provide financial sponsorship. Garden Feathers are sponsoring the show with the cage labels. A new sponsor to the Club Show this year is Moor Pets of Bodmin who have kindly sponsored the entry wristbands.

We are also very grateful to our member William H. Martin for sponsoring the show again as he did last year with the sum of £100. This amount will be distributed equally between the 5 sections with £20 towards the most benched birds (not sales birds) in each section.

Auction of Promises

One of the highlights of the show weekend is the Auction of Promises which takes place on Sunday at 12.30 p.m. The task falls upon Geoff Capes and Michael Miller to auction a wide variety of excellent birds from top UK studs, birdroom items and many other fantastic donations.  Over recent years many exceptional birds have been offered for auction and other items such as works of art and a budgerigar inspired car number plate.

The Club Show Committee is extremely grateful to the fanciers who have donated birds and items for the Auction of Promises – birds from Joseph Alix (France), Wayne Bloxham, Geoff Capes, John Pierre Debray (France), Bertram Duprey (France), Bill & Malcolm Hough, the Leedham Family, Ady Lovack (includes show cage), Richard and Michael Miller and Sam and Nigel Wildes. Other items donated are a Roy Aplin Original Pencil Sketch (to be signed by all the judges), a Budgerigar Society historic car badge, Guillaume Froger (France) (25kg Box French Red Millet Sprays), DTV Plastic Products Package, BS Standard Show Cage from David Rafis, SAM1 Bird Products package, a SupaPets Supablend Airtight Seed Bin, Allan and Nikki Michael have donated a Boxed Bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne and David Turner with £50 donation. There is still time to donate a bird, items or financial support. Members wishing to do so should contact the Society Administrator on 01828 633030.

The Fanciers Raffle

The Fanciers Raffle, organised by Ian Ainley, has been very successful in the past three years and once again, Ian has sourced another two fantastic prizes. The top prize is a quality cock bird donated by Alex and Dave Woan, who won best in show at last year’s Club Show and a quality hen donated by Geoff Tuplin, who won the best opposite sex award. This makes the prize a sought after pair of outcrosses.

The second prize consists of a Fanciers Aviary Hamper including items donated by Aviary Hygiene, The Birdcare Company, The Budgerigar Society, The Exhibition Budgerigar Forum, Just Supplements, Ian, Julie and Scott Ainley and Geoff and Julia Tuplin. Tickets will be £2 and sold by Julie and Julia throughout the weekend. The draw will take place after the Trophy Presentation. Please support this important fund raiser.

Society Raffle

There is a new format to this year’s BS Raffle. Ticket books were sent to all paid up members of the Society with the last issue of The Budgerigar and rather than the usual cash prizes the first prize has been kindly donated by BS member Alan Moreton. This is a three night stay at Tidal Waters Holiday Apartment in Looe, Cornwall. This beautiful ground floor apartment comes fully furnished and comprises of 1 double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a sofa bed for maximum occupancy of 6 people. Upon arrival the winner will find fresh cream teas for all the guests as well as some basic essentials such as tea, coffee, milk, eggs and bread, all free of charge. The location is within short reach of the town centre and the beach. The apartment is available from November 2017 to March 2018. The other two prizes are a £75 Marks and Spencer voucher and a £50 Tesco voucher.

More tickets can be obtained from the Society Administrator, Grant Findlay (01828 633030) or during the weekend of the show from Rod and Sue Clarke and their team of helpers.

Bird Sales Tables and Sales Birds Section

The Bird Sales Tables are for any members or clubs who wish to sell surplus birds. The area provided is in The Dome entrance and separate from the Club Show Sales Birds. Space is limited and will be allocated prior to the show on a first come, first served basis. Sales birds cannot be brought into The Dome until Saturday afternoon. Anyone interested should contact the Society Administrator on 01828 633030.

The Sales Birds are one of the highlights of the show and is open on Saturday from 2.45pm until 5.30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9.30am until 3.00 p.m. There will be many quality birds available from well-known exhibition budgerigar breeders and the conditions of sale dictate that all birds must be the property of the seller for at least 28 days and close rung with official BS rings. Sellers are encouraged to use the second cage label supplied to add further information about the birds they are selling.

Classification and Layout

The Club Show Committee has decided to increase the classification by a further two classes to 74 per section to keep continuity so that all odd numbers are for cocks and even numbers for hens. The two extra classes are in the Crest and Recessive Pied varieties.

The Show Committee has decided to stage the birds differently so all the any age sections will be on the left hand side of the B.S. Stand and all the young bird sections on the right hand side. This will make things easier for both stewards and visitors for both staging and viewing.

Gala Dinner

What is the best thing to do on the Saturday evening? – Attend the Gala Dinner at the Holiday Inn, of course. The atmosphere will be brilliant, with members celebrating the winners, the Judges receiving their mementoes and our President Ken Whiting and the MC Pete Hutchinson promising to be on good form. Added to this we have entertainment by singer/comedian Chris Britten.

The cost of the Gala Dinner is £25, which includes a 3-course meal and the entertainment. Tickets are available from Pete Hutchinson (125 Moss Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7XE). The booking form is on the back cover of the Club Show Schedule. Please enclose a sae and make cheques payable to The Budgerigar Society.


For all greywing enthusiasts there is a financial reward. For the third year Dr. Bob Travnicek, our American friend, who comes regularly to the Club Show, has donated the sum of £200 for the greywing variety. This is a great incentive for all greywing breeders and this donation is to be divided equally between the exhibitor who benches the highest number of greywings (excluding sales and shared in the event of a tie) and to the Best Greywing in Show.

Pairs, Teams and Colour Budgerigars

This section creates interest among fanciers and although small in entry still has its own appeal. Each group has its own challenge certificate, which carries no points. Certainly the Colour Budgerigars, smaller versions of the exhibition budgerigar, are popular among newcomers to the hobby.

Visitor Experience – Where History is Made

Since the introduction of the banners showing Club Show Best in Show winners since 2005 and Society Club Show Greats; fanciers who are no longer with us, this has always been a talking point when fanciers reminisce with one another and share memories of these past legends and make comparisons between previous Best in Show winners. This year there will be an additional great who passed away in 2016 and a Best in Show banner added to the collection. The great is Eddie Geary, former Society president and chairman and past chairman of the Show Committee. The BIS banner to be added will be last year’s winner, the spangle green cock of Alex and Dave Woan.

Foreign Finch Show

The Foreign Bird Show has been an integral part of the Club Show for several years and once again the Foreign Finch Alliance is running the show with judges Dave Wanless (Australian finches and seedeaters) and Nick Hall (zebra finches). For further information please contact Gary Wincomb or Lisa Barnsdale (01522 546692).

Trade Stands

This part of the show is where fanciers can take advantage of the huge range of goods available to them. We say goodbye to Fred Wright who organised the Trade Stands for several years and thank him for his services and welcome Shaun Smith, our new Trade Stand Coordinator. Shaun can be contacted on 07971 474862 or email

Our major sponsor, Country Wide Seed will be at the show with its stand in the main hall and a large vehicle at the main door from which they will sell seed etc. Anyone wishing to pre-order should contact Steve Jones at Country Wide (01275 463496) prior to the show.

For any further information please contact the Show Manager, Dave Hislop by email on or Grant Findlay at the BS Office at 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Perthshire, PH11 8BP on 01828 633030.

Please come to the show, meet old friends and make new ones. See some super birds and most of all have fun.





New Sponsor – Moor Pets

The Budgerigar Society is delighted to announce that Moor Pets of Bodmin have kindly sponsored the entry Wristbands for the forthcoming BS Club Show. The wristband will read “sponsored by 01208 75900”.

We are pleased to welcome BS Member and Proprietor of Moor Pets, Mike Berry, as a Sponsor and we look forward to working with him on future projects.



BS RAFFLE – enclosed with the July/August issue of “The Budgerigar” will be one book of Club Show Raffle tickets. The Club Show Committee are extremely grateful to BS member Alan Moreton who has donated the first prize of a 3 night stay at Tidal Waters Holiday Apartment in Looe, Cornwall.

This beautiful ground floor apartment comes fully furnished. It comprises of 1 double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a sofa bed for a maximum occupancy of 6 people. There is an outside patio area that overlooks the beautiful river.

Upon arrival the winner will find fresh cream teas for all guests  as well as some basic essentials such as tea, coffee, milk, eggs and bread, all free of charge.

The location is within a 5 minute walking distance of the town centre and 10 minutes from the beach and 15 minutes from the railway station. The apartment is available from November 2017 to March, 2018 subject to availability and not valid over public holidays.

Alan has also offered a 10% discount for bookings by BS members throughout the year and can be contacted on 01503 262096 or 07967 410048.

Further prizes on offer are a Marks & Spencer £75 Gift Voucher and a Tesco £50 Gift Voucher.

If members wish further books of raffle tickets these can be obtained from the Society Administrator on 01828 633030 and tickets will be on sale over the Club Show weekend.




Notice To All Budgerigar Society Members

Members are reminded that only BS Standard Show Cages may be accepted on the show bench at shows held under BS Rules – both patronage and non-patronage.

There has been a recent incident at a Young Stock Show, held under BS rules, of a European standard show cage being used, with a BS logo attached. This was correctly disqualified by the judge.

An example of the BS cage on the left and the European cage on the right which has thinner sides and top.







The doors of both cages with the BS cage on the left and the European cage on the right showing the different door hinges and pull.









Plastic Show Cage Reminder

The BS approved, new Plastic Show Cage is now acceptable on the show bench. The cage complies with all internal and external dimensions and gives a similar appearance to a wooden cage when viewed from the front.

Challenge Certificates

Members are also reminded that the recently approved rule change regarding the awarding of CC’s, is effective from this show season. The new rule allows the CC to be awarded when there are 2 birds (even from the one exhibitor) correctly benched in the colour. The previous criteria of, 2 exhibitors or 7 birds benched from one exhibitor to qualify for the CC to be awarded, has been removed with immediate effect.

For clarification the Pairs, Teams and Colour Budgerigar Challenge Certificates are given nil points, however there must also be two correctly benched cages in these classes for the CC to be awarded.

Show Cage Drinker 

Members are reminded that, from the commencement of the 2017 show season, only the pale blue mini flomatic drinker marked “The Budgerigar Society” or “Christino” purchased from the Budgerigar Society will be allowed on show cages. Therefore the white finger drawers are no longer allowed. The drinker should be positioned between the third and fourth wires from the left and rest on the middle bar on a standard show cage. The team show cage requires two drinkers, one placed as above and the other in the same position on the right hand side and resting on the middle bar.

The flomatic drinkers are available from the BS Office priced at £6.00 for 10 plus £2.30 post & packing.






Societies holding a Bird Gathering/Show are reminded that they must notify DEFRA/Animal Plant Health Agency. This should be done via email (at least 7 days before the bird gathering/show) to the email address below.

The email address has changed from last year and there is now separate email addresses for shows in England, Scotland and Wales.

The information required is the Name of the Organisation; Main Contact Name, Address, Phone Number & email address; Date of the Show; Location of the Show (address and postcode); type and approx. number of birds expected at the show, Purpose of the gathering eg. Show,Sale.

This is required so that DEFRA has this information in case of an outbreak of any illness that could affect birds (such as bird flu) in that immediate area.


Email address for ENGLAND:-



mark in the heading the words Bird Gatherings.  


This will ensure that your email is directed to the team dealing with this matter and they then advise the Local Council of the bird gathering. Your email address will be used to give approval for the event to be held.

We would remind Clubs and Societies that DEFRA have now removed the need for a “risk assessment carried out by a vet” to hold a bird gathering/show.

Clubs/Societies and Members are reminded that robust Bio-Security must be evident at all bird gatherings. The Bio-security guidelines as laid down by the Budgerigar Society must therefore be fully complied with at all shows.






Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 22nd April 2017 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:

  • The Society to instigate a 2 year membership deal for newcomers whereby they will pay for one year and have a second year free with a joining fee of £7.50.
  • It was agreed to recommend to the AGM to keep the same level of subscription rate for all levels of subscription based on the adult fee of £27.50 (no increase in 3 years).
  • It was agreed to keep the same price of rings for 2018 and the same cost of postage.
  • The amount received from Country Wide Seed from the bulk seed orders placed via the Society has shown a welcome increase from £4110 to £5355 for 2016.
  • The Veterinary Diagnostic scheme charges to increase from £10 to £20 per member/partnership as from next year. Those not paying at the time of paying subscriptions will increase from £30 to £50.
  • The allowance to the area societies to increase from £150 to £200 per annum.
  • 2017 Club Show judges on the 30th September/1st October are R. Aplin, A. Brown, G. Corser, H. Hockaday, R. Miller, G. Moore, A. Michael, F. Nietgen (Germany), R. Pearce, D. Pringle, P. Reaney, J. Rogers & G. Tuplin.
  • Two extra classes to be added in the classification for the crest and recessive pied to keep uniformity for all odd classes are for cocks and all even classes are for hens.
  • Bev Hutt elected to be the new Trophy Officer and Shaun Smith the new Trade Stand Organiser with Fred Wright to continue to act as the Show Treasurer.
  • The successful Fanciers Raffle last year will be repeated again with last year winners Alec & Dave Woan donating a cock bird and Geoff Tuplin donating a hen bird to make a pair for the first prize. Florian Böck from Germany will be the speaker at the seminar. Cash awards to be increased as well.
  • Up to £10,000 is allocated towards research for feather related problems including French Moult.
  • The Spring Event to be held on 27th – 29th April 2018 in Scotch Corner is progressing very well. Judges booked, one from each of the 4 home countries of the UK, are Sammy Adams, Robert Ellis, Brian Reese & Di Wall. Speakers booked are Richard & Michael Miller, Harry Hockaday & Dr. Marcellus Burkle (a German vet) on the Saturday and Jeff Attwood, Phil Reaney (to be confirmed) & Ghalib Al-Nasser on Sunday.
  • Website home page has been modified and the menus simplified.
  • Status definitions and the criteria to move up status were re-defined and will be put forward to the membership for discussion.
  • A Premier Champion title with set criteria was agreed upon and will be operative as from 2018.
  • 55 new members have enrolled this year so far thanks to the efforts of Mat Ackers attending events with the Society stand, our website, and from Cage & Aviary Birds after the appearance of our monthly advert. Membership at 21st April was 2,120.
  • New gas central heating to be installed to the property at Northampton.
  • New President’s Chain of Office to be purchased with 50 links added and names of past presidents starting from 2000 to be added.
  • Correspondence received and discussed from A. J. Wilson & T. Rowland re-Rules and from P. Hutchinson re-magazine..
  • 121 societies have been allocated patronage. The Exhibition Budgerigar Society (Ireland) to be awarded a special overseas rosette patronage.
  • It was agreed to give pre-grade challenge certificates with a minimum value of 3 points to gold patronage commencing from the 2018 show season. This excludes the pairs, teams & colour budgerigars who receive nil points.


At the AGM:

  • A minute’s silence was observed in respect of those members who passed away since the last AGM with particular reference to Eddie Geary (Past President & Chairman of the Society), Derek Dobson & Donald McCallum (former General Councillors), Allan Fairgrieve (Society Sponsor), Roy Stringer and most recently Mrs Margaret Bowman (wife of Past President).
  • The Society Audited Accounts were approved showing a healthy profit.
  • Ken Whiting was inaugurated as the new President of the Society.
  • Ronnie Simpson was elected the new Vice President with Peter Hutchinson moving up to the President Elect.
  • Gren Norris was awarded the Walter E. Higham Silver Bird for meritorious services to the Budgerigar Fancy.
  • 18 members were confirmed as Honorary Life Members under the 40 years continuous membership (Rule 4.d.) namely Alan Bainbridge, Dennis Bush, Stewart Beach, William Bisset, Mick Bland, John Bland, Edward Grove, Bill Hough, Malcolm Hough, Thomas Lewis, Leslie Nicholson, Ron Pearce, Colin Pontin, Gerald Rutter, Leslie Turley, Derrick Watson, Gary Wilson & Dave Woan.
  • 226 ballot papers were returned and all Resolutions 1 to 20 gained the required 2/3 majority of the vote cast to pass.
  • Subscription rates will remain the same for all levels of membership in 2018 based on the adult rate of £27.50.
  • The Society is to provide an incentive for new members paying a single year’s membership fee plus joining fee of £7.50 would get a two year membership. This new incentive is to encourage continuation of membership after joining and will commence on 01 October, 2017.


Date of Next Meetings

GC Meetings – Thursday 12th October 2017

                       Saturday17th February 2018

                        Friday 27th April 2018           

AGM            –  Sunday 29th April 2018 (Scotch Corner to coincide with the Spring Event)


Ken Whiting (new President) with Eric Peake (outgoing President)
Gren Norris receives the Silver Bird award from the new President Ken Whiting
B.S. Seniors at the AGM; Ghalib Al-Nasser (Vice Chairman), Peter Hutchinson (President Elect), Ken Whiting (President), Ronnie Simpson (Vice President) & Maurice Roberts (Chairman)


The Budgerigar Society Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 23 April, 2017 and starts at 11.00 am.
VENUE – Bugbrooke Sports & Community Centre, Camp Close, Bugbrooke, Northampton, NN7 3RW.
This venue is a few miles off junctions 15A/16 of the M1, A5 & A45). There is plenty parking at the Centre.




Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 18th February 2017 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:

  • A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the recent loss of Past President’s wife, Margaret Bowman, together with other members who had passed away since our last meeting.
  • It was agreed to further investigate the purchase of a new Society’s Presidential Chain now as the quotes obtained to add 27 links to the current chain till 2025 proved too expensive.
  • The Society has booked the Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel for its Convention 2020, this is the same venue as the 2015 Convention.
  • Investigation into a Budgie Breeding App for our members showed that it is aimed more for pet breeders and a certain fee would be needed to operate it. It was agreed not to pursue this project.
  • Annual appraisals to be conducted on the three salaried staff and for the posts to be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • The Premier Champion concept was discussed more fully with criteria agreed upon and for a full document to be put to the members in the magazine before submitting it as a proposed Rule change to vote on in the 2018 Rule Change Year, if the concept constitutes a Rule change.
  • New additions were made to both the Main & Subsidiary Judges Panels and some were removed or added to the Retired Panel.
  • It was agreed for G. Findlay, R. Millar & R. Simpson to meet with 3 members of the Northern BS to finalise the format, speakers & judges for the Spring Event at the Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner, Darlington, over the weekend of 28/29 April, 2018 with the BS AGM to be held on the Sunday at the same venue.
  • Welsh BS were the first to view the new power point presentation highlighting the B.S. structure and its activities. Councillors were encouraged to carry out these presentations at Area Societies and report back with feedback by Feb 2018.
  • 20 Rule Changes will be put forward to members, via a postal ballot, and the results will be announced at the forthcoming AGM. This is mainly a tidying up exercise to correct anomalies in the current rules.
  • Correspondence received from M. Chase re-Council election, Public Address by councillors and special Notice in a special edition of The Budgerigar. Kinani Team re-App for pet lovers (Council agreed not to proceed), from C. Greatorex re-disillusionment with the current size of the modern budgerigar which led him not to renew his membership; from Mid Essex BS re-clashing date of the September Council meeting with their show (Council agreed to change this date) and from Dr R. Travnicek requesting separate classes at championship shows for Greywings (Council agreed to review in 2019 after Dr Travnicek’s welcome Sponsorship of the Greywing section at the Club Show had ended).
  • The Society Administrator reported that membership at the end of 2016 stood at 2,243 (drop of 8% from 2015). The Society finances are sound and healthy.
  • Judges will be asked to be more vigilant with overseas rings with birds shown in young bird classes as the overseas rings, unlike BS rings, do not have the flat part with the year on it and should not be shown in Young Bird classes at BS Patronage shows.
  • Structural repairs were carried out on the BS property and a Fire Alarm system has been installed with gas central heating to be installed this year.
  • Country Wide Seed is to continue with its welcome sponsorship of the Society.
  • The website sub-group hope to explore the viability and costing of having short videos on the BS website giving a full review to newcomers of what is available from our hobby.    
  • The new Patronage Administrator, Ronnie Simpson, reported on the stock that he holds of cage labels with the old sponsors details on them. It was agreed that clubs can use these for Members Shows etc. These can be obtained from him on request. His investigation showed that 866 members exhibited during the year representing approx 40% of the membership.
  • The Patronage Administrator is streamlining the Show Patronage paperwork and hopes to reduce this for the forthcoming show season.
  • WBO – Grant Findlay was congratulated on being appointed Vice Chairman. Among the items discussed at the latest meeting were Research and the standard relating to the head description of the budgerigar. Both matters would be discussed further.
  • Council is discussing potential improvements for promotion from the various Status.
  • Avian Flu – the restriction date has been extended and members are reminded that robust bio-security must be present at all shows and bird gatherings. 


Dates of Next Meetings

GC Meetings – Saturday 22nd April 2017                  

AGM – Sunday 23rd April 2017 (Bugbrooke)

Thursday 26th October 2017

Saturday 17th February 2018

Friday 27th April 2018 (Scotch Corner)

Sunday 29th April 2018 (AGM – Scotch Corner)



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