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.

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