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Budgerigar Society AGM

The Budgerigar Society 2024 Annual General Meeting

Incorporating A Novice & Junior Members Show and Member’s Sales Day.

At Bugbrooke Community Centre, Northampton, NN7 3RW on 21st April 2024.

On-line Budgerigar Raffle– launches on 1st March 2024

The Draw will take place at the AGM.

If you would like to donate a bird, please contact the organiser Adrian Terheege – 07984 430053

More details to come on both BS Facebook and Website

Summarised report – Thursday, January 11th 2024

Summarised report of the Minutes of the BS General Council meeting held on Thursday, January 11th 2024 at 7.15pm via Zoom.

Chairman’s Welcome – The Chairman began the meeting by wishing the attendees a Happy New Year and hoping everyone was enjoying a good start to their breeding season.

Apologies for Absence –Janice Al-Nasser due to illness.

Minutes of previous meeting held on 09 November 2023 – The minutes were approved by a majority with one non-attendee abstaining.

Matters arising from the previous minutes

Richard Miller had written to the GC with various comments on the autonomy of the Club Show Committee (CSC).

It was acknowledged that the CSC structure has changed significantly over the years and now would be a good time to revisit their Terms Of Reference. It was agreed that these would be reviewed, considering both GC and CSC responsibilities and submitted to the GC for final approval.

This was agreed by a majority with 1 abstention.

Patronage – The Patronage Administrator had a number of recommendations for the 2024 show season.

Classification – It was unanimously agreed that Classification remains the same for season 2024 and the number of CC’s.

Colour Budgerigars (CB) – It was unanimously agreed that Clubs get the choice of putting on 20 classes for CBs with 10 CCs or selecting the mandatory 4 classes with one CC. This is apart from the Club Show and the National Specialist & Rare Show which will get 20 CCs (10 A/A & 10 Y/B). Additionally, to offer a Best CB in show certificate with points value and year-end Achievement Awards for the highest number of CB BIS wins over the whole show season, for the first, second and third placed BIS winners. If there is a tie, the outcome to be decided by the greatest number of benched entries at the shows.

Exhibition Budgerigar Achievement Awards – It was also unanimously agreed that future achievement awards would be based on the first, second and third placed BIS winners rather than a predetermined number of wins. If there is a tie, the outcome to be decided by the greatest number of benched entries at the shows.

Patronage – It was unanimously agreed that the GC give a further year’s grace and keep the shows at the same level as 2023 unless they qualify for promotion, are celebrating an anniversary year or request demotion.

Colour Ribbons – The Patronage Secretary advised that most of the colour ribbons for blue spot winners at Silver and Bronze Patronage shows were being returned and recommended these ribbons be withdrawn saving the Society £700.

This was unanimously agreed after the current stock is used up.

Judges Show Forms – The Patronage Secretary expressed ongoing concern on the number of returns from shows whereby the judge had not completed the details correctly, which can result in the ring sequence number and date being misinterpreted.

It was agreed that the Patronage Secretary would write to any judge who continually made these errors, to advise them of the correct format as shown in the Judges Handbook.

Dave Cottrell – Hogoroma A letter was received asking for clarification of if we can recognise the variety and where they are to be shown? The GC were advised that these were recognised by the BS in 2018 and it was agreed at the time that they are to be shown in the Any Other Colour classes.

Date of Next Meeting – Thursday 1st February 2024.

BS World Show Hotel Bookings

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
Room rates are as follows.
Single room £87
Double room £107.
Including Free parking.
Including Free WiFi.
Including Free Breakfast.
400 metres from The Dome and BS Budgerigar Show.

The BS Link below, click on or copy and paste in your search bar to book your own rooms.,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Alternatively, you can call the Hotel or Email and quote budgie show.

Tel: 01302 986888 option 0. Or Email:

Any problems please contact BS Social Secretary, Adrian Richards on mobile 07946529456.

BS Show Patronage 2024

BS Show Patronage 2024

The Budgerigar Society General Council has agreed to provide one more year of grace, and patronage levels will remain the same as in 2023. The exceptions to this will be societies requesting a lower level, those who have qualified for promotion, Gold Shows that were nominated by the Area Society (these will be renominated) and anniversary shows.

Patronage applications for 2024 should be received by the Patronage Administrator by the end of February 2024. Application forms are available on the BS website for download under Showing and then Show Official’s Information.


Summarised Report of the BS General Council meeting held on Thursday 9th November 2023

Summarised Report of the BS General Council meeting held on Thursday 9th November 2023 at 7.15pm via Zoom.

Chairman’s Welcome – The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and said that he hoped everyone was having a successful start to the breeding season. He said, we have an extensive agenda and hoped with everyone’s cooperation we can get through it in the allocated time.

Apologies For Absence – Richard Miller sent apologies as he was on holiday.

Minutes Of Previous Meeting – The minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2023 – were unanimously approved.

Matters Arising from Previous Minutes – The Chairman advised that one item remains outstanding on the Spring Gardens property.

The rental of the downstairs portion of the Spring Gardens property in Northampton continues to be reviewed after the initial property agent did not wish to be involved. It was agreed on a vote of 12 for and 1 abstention that the Society look to engage another property agent who is willing to market the property on behalf of the Society.

Club Show 2023

Club Show Director’s Thanks – These will be published in the November edition of the Budgerigar.

J Willis Thanks – A super letter from Julie Willis the overseas judge from USA has ben received who had expressed how she had enjoyed her time at the show. This will also be published in the November edition of the Budgerigar.

Club Show Committee meeting 02 November 2023 –The Club Show Director gave the following verbal report.

The CS held their first meeting since the show, this took the form of a reflections and improvements meeting.

The unanimous feeling was that Rob Hughes had done a great job adding a totally different dimension with the pre and post-show publicity. The other addition to the Committee Pat Fielding was also congratulated on her first show. Everything went smoothly with the new timing of judging on the Saturday. The Auction had been a great success financially and thanks go to Adrian Richards for his efforts in this regard.

The Show Committee have come up with a number of suggested improvements that are being considered and the Committee welcome further suggestions on how the show can be improved. These should be sent to the Society Administrator by mid-February in time for their next meeting in March 2024.

There was a water leak in the show office on Saturday night which resulted in a damaged printer which delayed printing the result sheets etc on Sunday morning.

The Club Show Committee reported £1,830 in sponsorship promises for the show to remain at the Dome.

World Budgerigar Organisation – The WBO have accepted a colour standard for the Blackface and Blackwing varieties.

These were discussed by a specialised WBO sub group and then at the WBO meeting in August, various parts of the standards were fine-tuned and the final standards agreed.

After discussion it was unanimously agreed that the BS adopt these standards.

Additional information:

  • These varieties to be shown in the AOC classes. The GC will review this at the end of the 2024 Show Season to see if there is numerical evidence for them to be shown in their own class.
  • The standards are for both exhibition and colour budgerigars.

Rings posting date 2023 – The Chairman advised the 2024 rings are due to be posted on Thursday 30 November this year.

It was reported that both the BS Administrator and the ring manufacturer had been made aware that Royal Mail were facing a national recruitment problem, and that mail is being delayed. It was therefore proposed to post the rings early on the 16th November, this being the maximum length of delay being reported.

This was unanimously agreed, together with a press release being issued on the 16th November on Facebook and the BS Website.

Patronage Update – The Patronage Administrator advised that he was still waiting for some returns, however, we have had 85 shows of which 8 received the enhanced Colour Budgerigar patronage.

He advised that the Best in Show Gold Trophy winner for 2024 would be John Scammell with 6 Best in Show wins, while 3 exhibitors tied for Silver with 4 wins, namely A & G Adams, G Bowley and the White Rose Stud and winning Bronze with 3 wins was Jeff Burns.

Our rosette supplier will keep prices at the current levels for 2024.

D Cottrell – Gold Patronage 2024 – The Chair advised that Dave Cottrell had written in with his views suggesting that the GC be lenient when we look at the benched figures for patronage shows and in particular Gold shows.

It was agreed to leave this issue until the end of the Show season as agreed at the Bomber Command meeting, when Council will be asked to consider all things patronage.

R Elrofi – Young Person Initiative –Rayhan Elrofi has come up with lots of ideas and shows great enthusiasm and this needs to be encouraged.

The Chairman suggested that as this is such a huge subject and Rayhan wishes to start this January, perhaps a sub group in which Rayhan is invited to join would be a great start to this long term project.

After discussion it was agreed on a vote of 12 for and 1 abstention to form a sub group of 5, which will include Rayhan Elrofi.

General Council Election 2024 – The Chairman advised that all current 14 members of the GC will be standing for election in 2024 together with a further 3 members.

Close of Meeting – The Chairman expressed his thanks for everyone’s co-operation in getting through tonight’s business and looked forward to the next meeting.

The Meeting closed at 21:37pm.

2024 Ring Delays

To all BS Members,
As you will be aware there are national issues regarding the Royal Mail and their current staffing levels. This has impacted upon the majority of the country with many delays, including a reduction in postal delivery days to residential customers. This initially prompted the GC’s  decision to instruct the ring manufacturer to post ring orders two weeks early.
However, if you have still not received your rings having placed such an order prior to the cut of date of the 13 October 2023, by the end of play on Tuesday the 12th December 2023, please call the office on 01828 633030 during office hours 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Members please, in order that this can be done with maximum efficiency and expediency only call the office.
Under no circumstances should members contact the ring manufacturer, as he will be busy manufacturing orders being resent by the BS Office. The Bird Ring Company has been advised to redirect all calls of this nature to the office.
Jason M Julien
Society Administrator

BS Club Show 2024 Hotel Booking

BS Club Show 2024 Hotel Booking

How to book The Budgerigar Society HQ Hotel for our Club Show Event, Week 38,

 Friday 20th September & Saturday 21st September 2024

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, DN2 6BB

Group Name: Budgie Show

Arrival Date: Friday 20th September 2024

Departure Date: Sunday 22nd September 2024

Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Please share this link with anyone who needs to book Budgie Show rates. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the BS, HQ Hotel.

Please see the below booking link – it will default to a single room for both nights, for a double you would click on edit stay and amend the number of guests to 2.

Please contact, the BS Social Secretary with any problems on booking this hotel for the Club Show Event in September 2024.

Your HiltonLink (long version) is immediately below.,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Alternatively, you can call the Hotel or Email and quote budgie show.

Tel: 01302 986888 option 0. Or Email:

The Hotel is no more than 400 metres to the Dome leisure complex, Budgerigar show and 1.5 miles to the Wheatly Golf club for the BS Dinner Dance which makes the Hotel central for the Club Show Event weekend.

Cost for the weekend is as follows.

£87 per night single occupancy includes Breakfast, Wi-Fi & Free Car parking for the Friday & Saturday night.

£107 per night Double occupancy includes Breakfast, Wi-Fi & Free Car parking for the Friday & Saturday night.

Please book your Hotel accommodation directly with the Hotel and as soon as possible to confirm your room for our Budgerigar Society Club show 2024 weekend.

85 rooms have been booked with the Hotel at the above Budgerigar Society rate

And once they have all gone, you will have to book directly with the Hotel at their current rate at the time, if available.

PRESS RELEASE – Budgerigar Society Ring Orders Being Posted Early

PRESS RELEASE – Budgerigar Society Ring Orders Being Posted Early

It is being widely reported that due to staff shortages Royal Mail is delivering post less than once a week in some towns and cities across Britain.

Hospital appointment letters, birthday cards, parcels and important bills have all gone missing in delays caused by a staffing crisis.

In one city, households say they’re receiving mail as infrequently as just once a fortnight.

Postal workers say delivery rounds have been axed and letters are piled up at sorting offices, as they are told to prioritise the more lucrative tracked and signed for deliveries.

They have branded the situation ‘diabolical’ and say they are facing an ‘angry backlash’ on the doorstep.


In view of this, the General Council have made the unprecedented decision to instruct our ring manufacturer to post the 2024 rings on 16th November 2023.

In these exceptional circumstances, the new date has been brought forward from the official date set in our rules of 30 November.

In the event of your rings not arriving, please do not contact the Office until after 30th November.

Post release note:

This week it was reported that the Royal Mail has been fined £5.6m for failing to meet its first and second class delivery targets in what the regulator has called a “wake-up call” for the postal service.

Summarised report the BS General Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th October 2023

Summarised report the BS General Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th October 2023 commencing at 7.15pm via Zoom.

Chairman’s Welcome – The Chairman welcomed everyone, saying since our last meeting the Society has enjoyed a successful Club Show and he thanked all involved in the event.

Apologies for Absence –Richard Miller had sent his apologies, due to work commitments.

Potential Change to Judging Procedure at Double CC Shows.

A suggestion from Neil Johnson re the judging procedure at Double CC shows. Neil suggests that instead of the separate Any Age and Young Bird CC judging that the judging is combined, and the spots allocated accordingly from within the joint CC. He also adds that if a single young bird (or adult for that matter) wins then they should be awarded the CC despite there being no competition in the young bird section for that colour.

After discussion the proposal failed – 2 in Favour, 1 Abstention and 10 Against.

The Chairman advised that Jason should write to Neil Johnson to explain the Councils thinking on why they had not supported his proposal.

Potential Increase to Judges Fee – A proposal had also been received from Wayne Greening and Gavin Carter regarding the payments to judges, they had asked for the rule be amended and have an increase in the fee.

The Chair advised, Jason should write to both members to make them aware that this is not a rule but just guidance. Having asked previously on this matter Mr Carter, and also Mr Wayne are to be informed once again that terms between judges and clubs is a private matter. However, the GC has made an increase to the Judges fee from £10 to £20 earlier in the year commencing from the 2024 Show Season which has been published in The Budgerigar magazine.

As many clubs invite judges well in advance of their show (in some cases one or two years in advance) Clubs are encouraged and recommended to put the terms they have offered a judge in writing so there are no surprises when the judge makes an expense claim at the show.

Open Show Patronage Conditions – Pairs

It was agreed to replace the name Pairs with the name “Team of Two” to allow an entry for the Team of Two class to consist of either two cocks or two hens or a cock and a hen.

Club Show venue sub group update

The Manager at the Dome has been contacted to get a quote for 2024 and beyond however he is unable and unwilling to do this in the current economic climate. He has however advised that if the BS was registered as a charity, we would be able to hire the venue for £2k less over the weekend. We are currently looking into how and if we can get charitable status.

Since the show in September, we have had a very kind offer of Sponsorship towards the show remaining at the Dome from the McGovern family for £1k. There are also other offers of sponsorship which will be announced when firmed up.

The Club Show Chairman said, “Taking all this into consideration I am of the strong opinion that we should attempt to stay at the Dome and to make this recommendation to the General Council and Club Show Committee in time for their forthcoming meetings.”

“This would also give us the opportunity to firm up the hotel room bookings as the hotel we currently use is also used by the Game Fair which is on the same weekend.”

It was agreed to book the Dome for 2024 Show.

Main Panel Judge retirement – Geoff Corser has advised that he wishes to retire from the Main Panel and be added to the Retired Judges List. A letter of thanks will be sent to Geoff to acknowledge his long service as a Main panel judge.

Date of next GC meetings – Thursday, 9 November 2023 & Thursday, 14 December 2023.

The Chair thanked everyone for their time and closed the meeting at 21:19hrs

2024 Rings

Ring orders must be received by 14th October 2023 to guarantee rings are posted on 30 November. Orders must be placed online or via post – no phone orders will be accepted.

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