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THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY

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)

 

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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)
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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.

 

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THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY

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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The Society is sad to report that Margaret Bowman, the wife of former BS President Charlie Bowman, passed away on Friday 17th February, 2017.

While Margaret was never a member of the Budgerigar Society she was a great support to Charlie in his hobby over many years and none more so than when he was BS President from April 2014 to April 2015.

Margaret was also a leading light in many clubs in the Northern BS area and in particular Gateshead BS and Newcastle BS and their joint show. She was a regular supporter of the Northern BS meetings and NBS show and was particularly keen to attract and support new members to the hobby. Margaret and Charlie were regular supporters of many shows in the North of England and Scotland over many years and Margaret took great delight whenever Charlie won.

Charlie and Margaret were inseparable during almost 62 years of married life. Margaret was well respected throughout the hobby and had a wonderful sense of humour and will be greatly missed by all in the North East and further afield. The Budgerigar Society sends its sincere condolences to Charlie, son Colin and all Margaret’s family and many friends in the hobby at this very sad time.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday 28th February, 2017 at 1pm in Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Road South, Gateshead, NE9 6DT. This will be followed by a reception at Ravensdene Lodge Hotel, 55 Consett Road, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0AN.   

 

 

 

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SOUTH WEST LANCS BS will be holding a Beginners Day on Sunday June 11th 2017 at Padgate Community Centre, Station Road, Padgate, Warrington. WA2 0QS

We held a beginners day in June 2013 and we had 59 beginners in attendance and almost 200 budgerigars benched on the day.

This year 2017, we are repeating the event with the same format as 2013 with champion speakers, we are also especially pleased that the current Budgerigar Society President Mr Eric Peake will be giving a lecture. Alan and Gina Adams have agreed to judge the birds.

It is a full days experience with lectures whilst the birds are being judged. After lunch, we have group seminars with five or six beginners being led by a champion, so that they can feel relaxed and ask their queries to be answered without discomfort and embarrassment.

The final session is a panel of speakers and judges to answer questions.

Our wish is that each beginner will go home fully enlightened about our wonderful hobby with all their queries answered.

This year, we are hoping to give every beginner a ‘goody bag’ who takes part to take home with products they can start using.

We are offering FREE stand space to all companies that supply items for our “goody bag” to display their products and advise beginners on their use to help keep their birds healthy.

We would like to invite all exhibitors from champion to junior to come along and enjoy the day but only beginners can enter their birds for the show.

Kind Regards

Eric Gibbons

Secretary.

 

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The Society is sad to advise that Ivor Densley from Bath has died on Friday 10 February, 2017. Ivor was aged 91 and had been a member of the Society for 58 years since 1959.
Ivor was an Honorary Life Member of the Society and was a well- respected judge and retired from the Main BS Judges Panel in 2003.  The Society offers its sincere condolences to his son Alan and other members of his family and friends at this extremely sad time.
The funeral will be held on Thursday 9th March, 2017 at 10.00 am in Haycombe Crematorium, Whiteway Road, Bath, BA2 2RQ.
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The January/February edition of “The Budgerigar” magazine has been sent to all members who have paid their 2017 subscription. Members who have not yet paid are reminded that they can renew up to 30th April, 2017 otherwise they will lose the right to continuous membership and if re-joining after this date then payment of the Joining Fee would have to be made.

Renewals can be done either via the Society website www.budgerigarsociety.com or by completing the renewal form which was sent to all members in the September and November issues of “The Budgerigar” and then post to the Society Administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP.  

 

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It is with sadness that the Budgerigar Society advises the death of Mrs Margaret Dark of Bristol at the age of 83. Margaret had been a member of the BS for 49 years since 1967 and was an Honorary Life Member.  

Margaret and her husband Peter were well known for the quality of their stud. She was also a well-known and respected judge and gave up judging in 2011 when she joined the Retired Judges Panel.

The Society sends its condolences to Peter and the family and Margaret’s many friends in the fancy at this extremely sad time

Margaret’s funeral will take place at;

Canford Cemetery and Crematorium, Canford Lane, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3PQ at 3.30pm. on Tue 17th January

 

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NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT AGAINST AVIAN FLU

The Budgerigar Society supports DEFRA in the introduction of enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds helping protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. This applies to the whole of ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & WALES and will remain in place for 30 days (until 6 January, 2017).

Keepers of captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe (including Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine & Russia). No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds.

We have had numerous enquiries about whether bird shows and gatherings are restricted in anyway. The advice from DEFRA is that Bird Fairs, Markets, Shows and other gatherings have not been banned or restricted under the Prevention zones currently in force. However there is an ongoing need for good biosecurity.

 

Members are requested to respect the enhanced biosecurity arrangements during the 30 day period.

Further information on this matter can be obtained from the DEFRA website via www.gov.uk then search for DEFRA.

 

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Barbara Moizer

The Society has been informed of the extremely sad news that Barbara died this morning in her 92nd year. Barbara joined the BS in 1972 and was a former Editor of the BS magazine, a former member of the General Council in the 1980’s & early 1990’s and winner of the Society Silver Bird in 1985.
She, along with her late husband Stan, organised the very successful BS Convention in 1990 at Scarborough.
Barbara and Stan were also authors of the book “Budgerigars – A Complete Guide” which the BS gives to all new members.
The Society sends its condolences to the family and friends at this very sad time.

 

The Society has been advised that the funeral for Barbara Moizer will take place on Wednesday 14th December, 2016 at 11.30am in the Church of St Michael, 2 School Lane, Seavington St Michael, Somerset, TA19 0QD..

 

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Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 12th November 2016 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:

  • A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the recent losses of Past President & Chairman Eddie Geary, Former Councillors Donald McCallum & Derek Dobson and Society Sponsor Allan Fairgrieve, together with other members who had passed away since our last meeting.
  • It was agreed to update the current Society’s Presidential Chain with a further 22 links to ensure that every Past President and further Presidents till 2025 will have their name on a link and then seek a new chain for the start of the next centenary in the history of the Society.
  • Appraisals were made for the success of the Club Show with a further increase in entry of 6% and further 11 exhibitors from last year (13%) since the move to the earlier date of week 39. This year’s winners were very popular with the crowd and received a standing ovation when called to receive their awards. Fanciers from 12 countries were present at the show. All results were added to the website soon after.
  • Premier Champion Sub-Group met again and submitted their findings and together with further alternative suggestions, it was agreed to allocate a longer session at the next meeting for discussion following which a full document will be submitted to members to vote on in the 2018 Rule Change Year.
  • It was agreed, with the Northern BS participation, to hold a Spring Event at the Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner, Darlington, over the weekend of 28/29 April, 2018.
  • It was agreed to hold a 2020 Convention at the same venue as the 2015 Convention; Moat House Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent. A Convention Sub-Committee will be elected in 2018 when the new Council is formed.
  • A new power point presentation was completed by Richard Miller and sent to all councillors to allow them to take to all area society meetings to present at meetings showing the Society’s activities and to get feedback from the area societies and its members..
  • The Council was appraised of the latest news regarding the plastic show cage and unfortunately the Portuguese manufacturer was unable to deliver the first order. All registered show cage manufacturers, including BJS of Worcester, were approached to make the plastic cage and submit to the Society’s inspector for approval. To date only W. R. Major of Barnstaple has supplied a sample cage and this was approved. Orders are being taken by W. Major and will be supplied to fanciers as from 1st February 2017, the start of the new show season.
  • Two possible Rule Changes concerning age with regards to the admittance to the Subsidiary Judges Panel at a minimum age of 21 and membership of the society from the minimum age of 8 were considered by the Society’s solicitor. His advice was that under the Equality Act we can justify our current rules so it was agreed that these current rules remain.
  • It was agreed to include an Equal Opportunities Rule within our current rules to be submitted to members to vote on. It was also agreed to look deeper into legislation to come forward with a Junior Members Safeguarding Policy when juniors are left unaccompanied by responsible adults at events.
  • The Society Administrator reported that the complete upstairs of the Society’s Office at Northampton is now rented to our current tenants at an increased income.
  • Samples of 2017 dark blue plastic rings with white laser printing were circulated and approved.
  • The method of PayPal payment was further explored and it was agreed that there is no need to provide this option of payment as the current payment channels are sufficient and this system is not free, neither is it fraud free and the account can be frozen if there is a payment dispute.
  • The Council gave full support to the Promotional Administrator’s work in promoting the Society at the events that he attends on behalf of the Society.
  • It was agreed that the Website Sub-Group should look further into improving the current website home page by creating two sections; one for members containing most of the current website files and one for newcomers as an introduction to the hobby with educational videos and information.
  • The current Patronage Administrator Bev Hutt explained that she did not have the IT skills that the post required and will retire from the post at the end of the year. Ronnie Simpson was elected to the post as from January 2017.
  • Correspondence received from M. Chase re-website, magazine, Club Show and other subjects; all were noted with thanks. From S. Burger re-App for budgie breeders and was agreed that members of the Council should trial that first before committing to it. From S. Holland re-new crested mutation “Hagoromo” that is now being bred by a member in this country. It was agreed that, as it is a Non-Standardised variety, it should be exhibited in the last colour group “Any Other Colour” until more information is obtained about the variety and until it meets the criteria of new mutations to be recognised. From T. Terheege re-Club Show. From Budgerigar Exhibitors’ Forum requesting to be included as a link on the Society’s website which was declined.
  • Future sponsorship and titles will be discussed as and when sponsorship is on offer.
  • It was agreed to discuss at length at the next Council meeting status definitions and progression from one status to another and to put them in simple terms for all to understand.

 

Dates of Next Meetings

GC Meetings – Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February 2017

                        Saturday 22nd April 2017                   

AGM – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Sunday 10th September 2017

February 2018 (date to be confirmed)

Friday 27th April 2018 (Scotch Corner)

Sunday 29th April 2018 (AGM – Scotch Corner)

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Sad News
We have just been informed of the death of Roy Stringer. Roy was aged 83 and had been a member of the BS since 1970, some 46 years. He was a great supporter of the Society and will be best remembered for his column in “Cage & Aviary Birds” and of course his writing skills especially with the “All About Books” on the various varieties of budgies. His humour came to the fore with his cartoons which were published in his joke/cartoon book.
He was also a regular exhibitor and advanced the Recessive Pied variety over the years.
Roy was resident in a care home in latter years and our condolences are sent to his family and friends at this extremely sad time.
We will advise of the funeral details when we receive them

 

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BS WEBSITE – the BS website was compromised a few months ago and the content of the site had been injected with spam links. These links were not malicious or pornographic in nature, instead they were linked to pharmaceutical sellers.

The problem has been investigated and fixed, with all the spam links deleted, and measures have been put in place to ensure that this does not happen again.

Google have been informed and the process to remove the notice “this site may be hacked” can take several weeks.

We can reassure members and visitors that the website is totally safe to use



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