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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.   






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





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.


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 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.  




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





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 then search for DEFRA.




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..




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)




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




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




Eddie Geary

It is with extreme sadness that The Budgerigar Society advises the death of Eddie Geary of Doncaster a former Chairman and President who passed away on Friday 19th August, 2016.
Eddie served on the BS General Council for many years and was Chairman from 1994 to 1998. He served as President in 1987-8 and was instrumental in the formation of the BS Judges Training Scheme of which he was Co-ordinator for some years.
Eddie deservedly received the BS Silver Bird for meritorious service to the Budgerigar Fancy in 1993 and was an Honorary Life Member of the BS.
He dedicated much of his life to budgies and the Budgerigar Society and was a leading member of his Area Society the Yorkshire BS. He was a well respected judge and judged all over the UK and in many parts around the globe.
He was well known for his stud of quality Normals and his Light Greens won at many shows throughout the country.
Our thoughts are with his wife Joyce and family and to his many friends in the Budgie fancy throughout the UK and overseas.

Funeral details are as follows;

Monday 5th September.
St Michaels church at 11:45. – Sheep Bridge Lane, Doncaster, DN11 0EZ
Rose Hill crematorium at 12:40. – Cantley Land , Doncaster, DN46NE

Following the crematorium –
Toby Carvery(punches) Bawtry rd.

It is the families wish that instead of flowers, a donation be made to the Stroke Unit at Doncaster Royal infirmary (a collection plate will be at the service)




donaldThe Society is extremely sad to advise that Donald McCallum of Kilmarnock died earlier today. Donald had been unwell in recent months but still made the huge effort to travel to last year’s BS Club Show where he was presented with a Long Service Award for his services on the BS General Council from 1992 to 2015.

Donald joined the BS in 1980 and became a Main Panel Judge in 2001 and judged all over the UK. He served on the BS GC for 23 years during which time he was a BS delegate for the Scottish Budgerigar Society. He was a hard working member of many BS committees during his time on Council.  He served the SBS as President, Chairman and was Treasurer for many years.

The Society extends its deepest sympathy to his wife Sandra, son Ross and family and his many friends in the hobby at this extremely sad time.  Details of the funeral arrangements will be advised shortly.

FUNERAL – TUESDAY 23 AUGUST AT 11AM in St Andrews & St Marnocks Church, St Marnocks Street (next to Police Station), Kilmarnock, KA1 1DZ.

Followed by Cremation at 12 noon in Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Kilmarnock/Irvine by-pass (A71), Dreghorn, Irvine, KA11 4EF.




Allan Fairgrieve

It is with sadness that the Society has been informed that, following a heart attack, one of our Sponsors, Allan Fairgrieve has died.
Allan was a member of the Budgerigar Society and joined in 2006 and lived in the Scottish Borders.
His company Cage & Avian Solutions have sponsored the BS Show Cage Labels since 2014. Cage & Avian Solutions are a well-respected company who manufacture a range of products including Air Vacs, Seed Hoppers, Feeding Stations and Platforms which are currently utilised in hundreds of birdrooms in the UK and Overseas.
Allan was an enthusiast supporter of the Budgerigar Society and his trade stand was a regular feature at the BS Club Show. He will be missed by many in the hobby. Our thoughts are with his family at this extremely sad time.




Bio-Security – 9/6/16


Further to the advice given in the May/June 2016 issue of “The Budgerigar” (page 15) the Society has been informed that Societies holding a Bird Gathering/Show must notify DEFRA/Animal Plant Health Agency.

This should be done via email to the email address below. This address deals with all the bird gatherings held throughout the UK.

The information required is the Date of the Show; Place; Contact Name, Address & Phone Number; type and approx. number of birds at show.

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:- and 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.




Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 23rd April 2016 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:

• Improved plastic rings were received by members who have re-ordered with better quality and improved legibility due to the increased font size and sharpness of print.
• Website Shop has been updated with photos of products and the sub-committee are now looking at improvements on the front page.
• It was agreed to accept the recommendation from the Budget Sub-group to keep the subscription rates for 2017 the same as for 2016.
• It was agreed to increase the ring cost to 47p per ring as from 2017 due to the manufacturer’s 8% increase due to the National Living Wage and Raw Materials increase.
• The society to further investigate the usage of PayPal as means of payment for subscription and goods.
• Incentives will be offered to the top 10 Country Wide Agents based on total sales.
• The Club Show Committee agreed for the Exhibition Budgerigar Forum to be the sole Main Sponsor after sponsoring the Club Show with £1000. Further sponsorship from current sponsors is sought.
• Phil Reaney will be the speaker at the Club Show Saturday seminar and Dr. Bob Travnicek will be the Sunday seminar speaker.
• Recommendations from the Supreme Champion Status sub-group to look at show status and creating a Premier Champion Status was discussed fully. The sub-group to investigate further before submitting to the membership as a discussion document.
• The Area Society sub-group gave their findings as a power point presentation and after fine tuning the presentation will be issued to every councillor to use around the country and to get feedback from the area societies and its members.
• It was agreed to organise a Spring Event in 2018 in late April and to book the same hotel in Stoke on Trent for the 2020 Convention in early June.
• The B.S. is sourcing a agents from the existing Show Cage Manufacturers and one company to act as the distributors for the plastic show cages when imported from Portugal.
• Various proposed rule changes for members to vote on in 2017 following a review of the existing rules.
• The G.C. will put forward a rule change re-CC’s to be awarded even when only one bird and/or one exhibitor competing for the CC.
• The society to consult with DEFRA re-Bio-security regulation.
• Current membership stood at 2117.
• The post mortem part of the VDS has been streamlined to carry out investigation within 3 days.
• A statement to be issued in The Budgerigar re-Abuse of Judges.
• Pet Breeders Project launched as a special project and to receive 2 booklets per year and the take up of this special project will be monitored by the GC.
• The Council elected Alec Woan to be the recipient of the Silver Bird.

Dates of Next Meetings

GC Meetings – Saturday 12th November 2016
Saturday 18th February 2017
Saturday 22nd April 2017
AGM -Sunday 23rd April 2017


THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY AGM NEWS              by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Publicity Officer


The Budgerigar Society held its Annual General Meeting in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire on 24th April. The Chairman, Maurice Roberts, presented his annual report to the members highlighting the achievements of the Society during the past year including the 90th Anniversary Convention and thanking all the hard working officers and sub-committees for their diligent work in promoting the society. He also thanked all the sponsors of the Society including Country Wide Seed who are the Society’s Main Sponsor, Exhibition Budgerigar Forum (EBF) who are the Society’s Club Show Main Sponsor this year, BirdPro who have come on board this year sponsoring the society’s rosettes as well as the Birdcare Company and Cage & Avian Solutions who sponsor the cage labels throughout the shows.

The chairman also referred to the great success of the Club Show with both the increased entry and the quality of birds benched and thanked the show committee for staging such a wonderful show which is the envy of the world. He also thanked David Boyd for his sponsorship to the show last year. The chairman also mentioned the fact that the Society gave a choice this year to the membership to obtain either the traditional rings from A. C. Hughes or the plastic rings from Roxan in Scotland.

The audited accounts, showing a good financial position, were approved unanimously by members present. Eric Peake was inaugurated as the new President of the Society while Ken Whiting moved up to the position of President Elect. The members present unanimously voted Peter Hutchinson as the new Vice President. The General Council, at their meeting the day before, elected Alec Woan for the Society’s prestigious award, the Silver Bird, for his meritorious service to the Budgerigar Fancy and the new president Eric Peake presented him with the Silver Bird trophy.

The following members were awarded life membership having reached 40 years continuous membership of the society; Ian Gordon, Peter Hansell, WH Hodgkinson, Ian Instone, Linda Jukes, Terry Jukes, Ron Payne, Alex Patterson, Tom Luke, Clive Wakeman & Derek Whaites.

The members present also voted unanimously to accept the General Council’s recommendation to award Dr. John Baker and Rod & Sue Clarke an Honorary Life Membership for meritorious services to the Society. The members also accepted the General Council recommendation that there will be no increase in subscriptions for 2017. Osbornes Tax and Advisory Ltd were re-appointed as the Society’s auditors.

The next AGM will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 in the Northampton area.

After lunch, the Society’s open meeting commenced with power point presentations from Grant Findlay on Judging Procedure, Maurice Roberts on Consistency in Judging including Directives and Major Faults, Richard Miller on Long Flights/Long Tails, Trevor Terheege on Pairs & Teams and Ghalib Al-Nasser on Faults in Budgerigars. There was a selection of many live birds provided including two classes of the Colour Budgerigar which were discussed and judged by Ghalib Al-Nasser & Maurice Roberts; Pairs & Teams; birds displaying Long Tails and a few other rarer varieties. The afternoon ended with a Question & Answer session during which many topics of interest were discussed. It was a good day enjoyed by those who were present.


All Images by Mick Freakley

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Bev Hutt, the outgoing President at her final speech as President at the AGM


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Eric Peake, the new President, with Bev Hutt, the outgoing President


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Ken Whiting, President Elect, with Eric Peake, new President


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Eric Peake presenting Alec Woan with the Silver Bird


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Speakers at the Open Day (l to r) Richard Miller, Ghalib Al-Nasser (Vice Chairman), Maurice Roberts (Chairman), Grant Findlay (Society Administrator), Trevor Terheege


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Peter Hutchinson, new Vice President




Budgerigar Society News – April 2016                        by Ghalib Al-Nasser, B.S. Publicity Officer


The Society will be holding its AGM on Sunday 24th April in a new venue rather than in its usual offices in Northampton. The AGM, for current paid up members only, will commence at 11.00 hrs in Bugbrooke Sports & Community Centre, Camp Close, Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire NN7 3RW. The venue is situated only few miles away from junctions 15A & 16 of the M1 and has plenty of car parking facilities and is used by both the Northamptonshire BS and the Specialist & Rare Variety Show for their annual shows.


At the AGM Eric Peake will be inaugurated as the new President of the Society and Ken Whiting will move up to the position of President Elect. A new Vice President will be elected by the members at the AGM; as well as announcing the winner of the Society’s prestigious Silver Bird award those members who HAVE reached 40 years of continuous membership will be confirmed and added to the Life Membership List.


After the AGM and lunch break there will be an Open Meeting for all judges and members commencing at 13.00 hrs. There will be a presentation by the Society Administrator Grant Findlay on Judging Procedure. Maurice Roberts, Society Chairman, will give a presentation on Consistency in Judging including Directives and Major Faults. Finally Ghalib Al-Nasser, Society Vice-Chairman, will give a presentation on Faults in Budgerigars. The afternoon will close with a Question & Answer Session.


A selection of the lesser varieties, Colour Budgerigars, Longtails, Pairs & Teams will be displayed for viewing and discussion. This is an opportunity not to be missed by all members regardless whether they are established fanciers and judges or newcomers to the hobby.


Those who wish to reserve a buffet lunch at 12.00 noon will need to book in advance and by 15th April the latest and pay the £5 fee through the BS Administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH11 8BP



Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 20th February 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 3 Past BS Presidents: George Booth, Dennis Brown & Ray Brown and a past Councillor, Clifton Wixon.

• Terry Sadler & Sam Wildes were admitted to the Main Judges Panel while Alan Melvin & Kirk Morrison were admitted to the Subsidiary Judges Panel. Harry Hockaday has rejoined the Main Judges Panel from the Retired Panel. It was agreed that Alister Easdon can re-join the Main Judges Panel in 2017 if he satisfies the criteria of showing at two shows during 2016.

• Bob Allen & Brian Illingworth retired from the Main Judges Panel while Alistair Macaulay, Bill Searle & Ray Steele joined the Retired Judges Panel.

• The B.S. Show Cage Inspector reported that, despite very minor discrepancies between the new approved plastic show cage and the current B.S. wooden show cage, if the cages were to be used in a show they would go unnoticed. More details will be obtained on the logistics of obtaining these cages from the manufacturer.

• Delivery of plastic rings was on time as were the metal rings. A very few members highlighted some concerns with the plastic rings including their rigidity, font size, distinction of flat and legibility. Members were thanked for their valuable feedback and the manufacturer has improved on these aspects and are still working on making the flat edge more pronounced.

• The Judges Meeting to be held on Sunday 24th April at Bugbrooke will be open to all members. The AGM to commence at 11.00 hrs followed by lunch, which must be booked in advance, then three presentations commencing at 13.00 hrs. Speakers are Grant Findlay on Judging Procedure, Maurice Roberts on Consistency in Judging including Directives & Major Faults, and Ghalib Al-Nasser on Faults in Budgerigars. There will be a selection of lesser varieties, colour budgerigars, longtails, pairs & teams on display for viewing & discussion.

• With the recognition of the Colour Budgerigar it was agreed to add 2 classes for them in all championship shows within the main mandatory classification. The variety to receive a challenge certificate worth nil points and the benched entry to count towards the total entry just as the Pairs & Teams.

• A presentation to be made to Dr. John Baker for his long services to the Society with the VDS and his name to be recommended to the AGM for Honorary Life Membership.

• A Rules Sub-Committee to meet to look at the Society rules and see where revision is necessary.

• A few teething problems were experienced by some members with the new VDS run by the University of Edinburgh. The Society Administrator will communicate with Kevin Eatwell who is heading up the Service in an attempt to make the service easier & quicker for members to use.

• Natural History Museum have requested specimens of deceased quality budgerigars to add to their collection in the Museum. Members are requested to assist the Museum with this project.

• The Promotional Administrator was congratulated on his efforts in securing a sponsorship deal with Bird Pro to sponsor rosettes to all patronage shows including the Club Show over the next two years. Country Wide, Birdcare Co, Cage & Avian Solutions are to continue with their sponsorship to the Society. Negotiations are still ongoing with the EBF re-sponsorship.

• Membership stood at 2,429 at the end of 2015 which was a slight decrease of 88 on the previous year. Over 30 members were reported as deceased in 2015

• Website sub-committee gave their recommendations to upgrade the website which was approved and will commence work on it.

• The Area Society sub-committee met to look at ways to improve a closer working relationship with the area societies. It was agreed to produce a power point presentation to include a brief history of the BS, how the GC is made up and to encourage members to nominate themselves to the GC, what the BS does and can do for the area societies, highlighting the various areas where area society input like nominations for judges to the Club Show, BS Silver Bird, President, Show Administrator of the Year etc. All council members to receive a copy and for them to spread the message to the Area Societies and their members.

• Some Area Societies have already responded re-holding a mini spring event in either 2017 or 2018 with a social evening on Saturday and AGM on the Sunday or a Convention in 2020. Deadline for replies is the end of March.

• Correspondence received, discussed and updates given from Mrs. B. Hutt (BS President’s Chain of Office), J. Attwood (Longtails & abuse of judges on facebook. A statement to appear in The Budgerigar deploring such behaviour), N. Beevers (Judge’s Fee), T. Terheege (various topics), R. Simpson (Supreme Champion Status, a sub-committee was formed to investigate the merit of this concept) & from various societies re-patronage.

• A letter received from Gren Norris thanking the B.S. for nominating him for the WBO Gould Award which he won.

Dates of Next Meetings

GC Meetings – Saturday 23rd April 2016

AGM -Sunday 24th April 2016 at Bugbrooke

Saturday 12th November 2016

Saturday 18th February 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

AGM -Sunday 23rd April 2017




Budgerigar Society – the January/February edition of “The Budgerigar” magazine has been sent to all members who have paid their 2016 subscription. Members who have not yet paid are reminded that they can renew up to 30th April, 2016 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 or by post to the Society Administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP.  





by Ghalib Al-Nasser, B.S. Publicity Officer


The Society extends its best wishes to all members for a wonderful Christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year together with a successful breeding season. At the same time the Society fully sympathises with any member affected by the recent dreadful flood situation in North West England, Scottish Borders and South West Scotland.


The Society reminds all clubs & societies that the closing date for BS Open Show Patronage Applications for the 2016 Show Season is 28 February 2016. These should be sent to the new Patronage Administrator, Beverley Hutt, 21 Coronation Close, Waterbeach, Cambs. CB5 9NP. Tel: 01223 515670. Those clubs who has already sent their forms to Michael Chapman will automatically be forwarded to Bev Hutt.

The annual subscriptions are now due and need to be sent to the Society Administrator Grant Findlay at 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH11 8BP. Tel: 01828 633030. The rates are £27.50 single, £41.25 related partnership (same address), £22.00 senior member & disabled, £17.90 junior (aged 8-16 years). This can be done via the renewal form which was sent to all members with the September and November issues of “The Budgerigar” or via the BS Website The website also offers many products for sale and this is an ideal time of year to purchase Nest Box Cards, Pedigree Cards, Breeding Register, Pen Torch and F10 disinfectant among many other relevant items.


Nominations for Judges to judge the 2017 BS Club Show should be with the Society Administrator by 29th February 2016. The nomination should be for Judges who have been on the BS Main Judges Panel for a minimum number of 3 years and have judged a minimum of 3 BS Championship shows prior to nomination. Nominations should be sent, in writing, to The Society Administrator, Grant Findlay.

Judges selected to judge the club show this year on 1st & 2nd October 2016 are Geoff Capes, Mick Freeborn, Pete Hutchinson, Neil Johnson, Keith Leedham, Bob McCabe, Tom McCrindle, Eric Peake (President), Norma Phillips, Tony Pope, Pierre Swart (South Africa), Andy Thorpe and Roy Townsend.


All ring orders received at the Society Office by 12 noon on 20 November 2015 will be posted on Tuesday 22nd December 2015. Please allow until at least the 4th January 2016 before contacting the BS Office to progress the delivery of your order. All queries relating to the despatch of rings must be through the BS Office and not the ring makers.


All BS Judges are reminded to send their Annual Return to the Society Administrator by the end of January 2016. Failure to do so will result in an automatic removal from the Judges Panel for the year. Annual Judges Return forms were sent to all judges early December with a stamped addressed envelope provided.


Those fanciers who are aspired to join the Judges Training Scheme should send their application by 31st January to the Society Administrator. The conditions of joining have been amended from those that appeared in the 2013 Rule Book. They need to be a member for a minimum of 9 years, have completed 3 years as an intermediate exhibitor and pay a further single membership fee.


The society is organising an open Judges Meeting to coincide with the society’s AGM to be held on 24th April 2016 at Bugbrooke Community Centre, Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire NN7 3RW (off the A5). The AGM will commence at 10.30am followed by a buffet lunch then the Judges meeting which is planned to start approximately at 1.00 pm after lunch and end at approximately 4.00pm.


The meeting is open to all members and consisting of a presentation by Ghalib Al-Nasser on Faults in Budgerigars, Maurice Roberts on Consistency in Judging including Directives and Major Faults and Grant Findlay on Judging Procedure. There will be live birds present to aid the presentations which will include lesser varieties, colour budgerigars, long tails, pairs and teams which will be there for viewing and discussion.


There will be a charge for the buffet of £5 which needs to be booked in advance with the Society Administrator by 14th April.



2016 RINGS – Members are reminded that the closing date of 20 November, 2015 to order 2016 rings, which will be posted on 22 December, 2015, is fast approaching. Orders via the post should reach the BS Office by 20 November, 2015 and orders via the BS Website should be received by 11.00am on the 20th. 

Orders can be made either by post using the form which was in the Sept/Oct issue of “The Budgerigar” (another form will be sent with the Nov/Dec issue due to be posted this week) or via the BS website, details above.

Grant Findlay

Society Administrator






Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 17th October 2015 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:

• Positive feedback about the 2015 Convention was received. The Society agreed to stage another Convention in 2020 to celebrate the 95th Anniversary and to invite all the area societies to submit venues/hotels for such an event.
• Invitations to be extended to all the area societies to hold a mini spring event in either 2017 or 2018 with a social evening on Saturday and AGM on the Sunday.
• Positive feedback about the Club Show with an increase in entry by 13% with a total entry of 2148 from 164 exhibitors benching a total of 1660. Good international atmosphere with fanciers from 12 countries present stretching between Australia, America & South Africa.
• Sales classes to be extended to non-owner bred birds as well, as long as they are the bona fide property of the exhibitor for a minimum of 28 days prior to the show as per Show Rule 1 (c).
• Samples of three plastic show cages were placed before the Council to decide; one is within the current specifications and two which involved rule changes to accommodate the differences. It was agreed to accept the one with the current specifications.
• A new document approved with regard to Guidelines/Best Practice to be adopted for Subsidiary Judges joining the Judges Training Scheme.
• A Judges Meeting to be staged at Bugbrooke on 24th April 2016 after the AGM with topics to include Faults in Budgerigars, Consistency in Judging including Directives and Major Faults and Judging Procedure. Lesser variety birds to be on display as well to act as an education for all judges.
• Mat Ackers, with Ben Mason’s assistance, gave a power point presentation about his Promotional Administrator role and activities throughout the year.
• The Pet Breeders Membership project to be discussed further in the future.
• Michael Chapman, Patronage Administrator, announced his retirement from the role, with effect from the end of this year, due to work and personal commitments. He was thanked by all for the sterling work that he has done in the past few years by bringing professionalism to the post. Beverley Hutt was appointed to the role to commence as from 1st January 2016.
• The Society to send nominations to the WBO for their consideration for the Gould Award, next WBO chairman and the name for the Colour Budgerigar. The Society also endorsed the new document from the WBO re-Guidelines and Pictorial Ideal for the Colour Budgerigar.
• The Society to continue with providing the Veterinary Diagnostic Scheme (VDS) service to their members through Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies based in Edinburgh commencing on 1st January 2016. The fee of joining the service is still the same at £10. Dr. John Baker who is retiring from this service at the end of the year was thanked for his long and valuable service over so many years.
• Correspondence received and discussed from Mrs. B. Hutt (BS President’s Chain of Office), T. Lewis (2-year owner-bred classes), T. Terheege (various topics), S. Holland (Rules) & R. Simpson (Supreme Champion Status).

Date of Next Meetings

GC Meetings -Saturday20th February 2016
Saturday 23rd April 2016
AGM -Sunday 24th April 2016 at Bugbrooke





The Budgerigar Society Club Show Committee are delighted to announce that the entry for the 2015 Show being held at the Dome, Doncaster, DN4 7PD on 26/27 September has increased by over 13%. This welcome increase may reflect the change of date from mid November to the new late September date. This year’s entry is 2,112 which is an increase of 245 on last year’s show and the first time since 2011 that the entry has topped the 2,000 mark. 

Highlights include over 900 Champion and almost 300 Beginner birds entered. The Sales section consists of 294 birds entered and for the first time ever the show will have Colour Budgies (Miniatures) and there are 45 entered. All this together with 9 Pairs and 12 Teams and the Foreign Finch Show consisting of Seedeaters, Australian Finches and Zebra Finches makes for a weekend not to be missed.

The Show opens on the Saturday from 2.30 to 6.30pm and on Sunday from 9am to 4pm.





The Society is delighted to announce that DEFRA have lifted the restrictions which were in place following the case of Avian Flu in the Preston area last month. We thank all members in the affected area for their co-operation and patience in the circumstances.





There was an omission in the Club Show Schedule sent to all members with the last issue of “The Budgerigar”. In the allocation of Judges, Normal Cinnamon Green was omitted in error and is being judged by Don Rowell. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this omission.





Bird Flu Outbreak

We have been informed that an outbreak of H7N7 Bird Flu has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Goosnargh, Preston, Lancashire. A six-mile surveillance zone and three-mile protection zone have been put in place around the farm to stop the “highly pathogenic” case from spreading.  In order to assist DEFRA we would urge all keepers of Budgerigars including members of the Budgerigar Society living within these zones to respect the DEFRA guidelines and NOT move any of their birds. This means that any affected member will therefore be unable to exhibit their birds at any show until the restrictions are lifted.  Further,  if a show venue is within the 6 mile radius of the outbreak then the show will unable to be held until the restrictions are lifted.   For any clarification please contact the Society Administrator on 01828 633030.





The attached Guidelines and accompanying photographs will be in the July/Aug issue of “The Budgerigar” which will be sent to members in July, 2015.

All Members, Exhibitors and Judges should note that the Guidelines, which are the same that were in place for the 2014 show season, are effective from the commencement of the 2015 Show Season.  


The Budgerigar Society



Further to the interim Guidelines that appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of The Budgerigar only one member wrote about the subject. The B.S. General Council are implementing the official Guidelines as listed below which will come into operation from the 2015 show season onwards. 

LENGTH – The ideal length is minimum 216mm (eight and a half inches) from the crown of the head to the tip of the tail. However, the budgerigar is essentially a bird of balance and style and this should always be taken into consideration. 

LONGFLIGHTS – a bird carrying long-flighted characteristics with flights extending beyond the rump feathers. These flights may be crossed or hanging below the cushion of the tail/rump. These birds must be treated as Longflights and MUST be disqualified. (DIRECTIVE) 

The ideal length of the wing should be 45% of the ideal length of the budgerigar measured from the wing butt to the tip of the longest primary flight. The wing must contain seven visible primary flight feathers fully grown and carried just above the cushion of the tail and not crossed

LONGTAILS – a bird with an excessive length of one or both of the two primary tail feathers taking account of the overall length of the budgerigar. It is important to consider size, shape, balance and deportment of the whole bird when looking at the tail and not just looking at the tail in isolation and measuring the tail from the perch to floor of the show cage. These birds are also to be treated as Longflights and MUST be disqualified. (DIRECTIVE) 

TAIL – To be straight and tight with two primary tail feathers. The ideal tail represents approximately 35% of the bird’s overall length from tip of wings to tip of tail and no matter how long the bird is, the tail should remain in that proportion. 

Note: For example, if a bird is 8 and half (216mm) to 9 and half (241mm) inches long, the visual tail length should be 2 and seven eights of an inch (73mm) to 3 and three eighth (86mm) inches. Anything significantly longer than this is to be assessed as potentially being Longflight. The tail should follow the backline of the bird at 30 degrees from the vertical when measured through the eye to the tip of the tail.

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Skyblue with a long tail and Grey Green with normal tail length














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Where any doubt exists with regard to potential Longflights/Longtails then disqualification should only be carried out by the Judge following consultation with fellow judges. It is not acceptable to just place the bird second or last in the class or to ignore it. 


It has been reported that some exhibitors may have been benching birds with tails that have been cut, trimmed or even burned to reduce the length. Please note that current BS rules do not allow for the trimming of wings, tails or other parts of the bird apart from the spots. Also it is an offence to prepare a bird so as to alter its natural appearance apart from trimming the spots. 

It is important to remind members that if a bird(s) of any exhibitor who is suspected of committing any offence under the existing show rules, the bird may be impounded by any show official of the show promoting society for such time as it may be necessary to establish by tests or otherwise whether an offence has been committed. Photographic evidence taken of the bird at the show in front of witnesses can, in certain circumstances, be sufficient. 

The objective is for common sense and good sportsmanship to prevail on the show bench this and future seasons so if you think you have a Longflight/ Longtail bird then please do not exhibit it. 

*     When examining an Exhibit you MUST follow the guidelines set out in BS Show Rule 8 (Page 9) including recording the Ring Number in front of two witnesses; Bird Description & Cage Number.

**   When Photographing an Exhibit you MUST supply photographs of the bird in its Cage showing the Cage number; the bird showing its ring number and the bird showing the alleged offence.

*** When Impounding an Exhibit you MUST follow the guidelines set out in BS Show Rule 8 (Page 9)



As from the 2015 show season there will be classes for Pairs (cock and hen in one show cage) and there are CCs (nil points) for the Best Pair as well as the Best Team. However, the same qualification for awarding a CC still applies for both the Pair & Team CCs as it does for a colour. (see Rule Book 2013, page 10, Patronage Condition 22(viii)(b)). This means that you need to have either 2 exhibitors (not partners) benching correct birds (2 Teams or 2 Pairs) or 7 entries from one exhibitor (4 pairs or 2 teams to make it over 7 birds). Also the Pairs & Teams need to be of one colour and variety and in the case of the Teams they can be either all of one sex or 50% of each sex. The points allocated for both Pairs & Teams are general colour & variety 50 points and uniformity 50 points.




2015 Budgerigar Society Convention – Thank you & Show Results




Dennis Faulkner – Obituary

Dennis Faulkner






It is with great sadness that I report the death of our very dear friend Dennis Faulkner of Redhill, Surrey, in the late afternoon of Monday 11th January at the Nursing Home where he has resided for the last two years. Dennis was taken ill with pneumonia a few days before and slipped into unconsciousness, passing away peacefully at the age of 89 years.

Dennis had a long history in the World of Budgerigars joining both the Budgerigar Society and London & Southern Counties B.S. back in 1951; establishing a very successful stud of normals that led him, with his partner Tom Read, to win best any age in show with a skyblue cock at the 1985 Budgerigar Society Club Show with an entry of 6,097. His stud brought him many major awards at local shows in the London & SCBS area and far afield. Early this century he turned his attention to the lutino and albino varieties and soon his stud became a force to be reckoned with when he, in partnership with his wife Ruby, won best young bird in show at the 2004 London & SCBS area show with a lutino cock. It was about the time that he reached his 80th birthday and soon after that when he decided to give up birds while he & Ruby were living in Sompting, Sussex before moving to their current home in Redhill in 2010.

Dennis served on the London & SCBS committee on more than one occasion where, with Ruby, they held the joint subscription secretary post for many years from 1993 till 2009. Dennis was secretary for few months in 1971 but for health reasons and business pressure he had to vacate that post. He became the Society’s president in 1997. Dennis, together with Ruby, was also awarded the Society’s highest honour the Silver Star at the Society’s Golden Jubilee Year in 2001.

Dennis was also very heavily involved in his local club Surrey & Sussex BA where he was chairman for a long time during the 1970s & 80s and also became their president in the early 1990s.

He was also an avid Arsenal supporter and enjoyed watching sport generally. A great host and a real gentleman; many fanciers and friends enjoyed the wonderful hospitality Ruby and Dennis provided whilst living at Godstone, Surrey. He was also a great family man. In fact, Dennis will be greatly missed.

We extend our sincere sympathy to Ruby, his sons Craig & Stuart, his step sons Martin & Chris and all their families.

Ghalib Al-Nasser




Clifton Wixon – Obituary












After a long battle with cancer we are saddened to report the passing of Clifton Wixon on the 19th January at the age of 66 years, a very well-known and respected member of the Budgerigar Fancy. A very jovial person who was committed and generous to many societies and shows both financially and providing presentation awards to many. His love of breeding, exhibiting and judging budgerigars was evident at shows, meetings and many other events, as was his intention to be first in the queue for the sales classes/cages and also for the food depending upon the occasion.

Clifton joined the Budgerigar Society with Marion in 1978 and soon after they joined their local clubs, Yate and District Aviculture Society, Bristol B & FBS (as it was then), Swindon BS and The Western Counties B & FBS. As the partnership progressed their involvement within those societies grew as well as their love for the specialist varieties, but it was the Spangle variety that eventually made their mark in the fancy.

Clifton and Marion passed their Budgerigar Society judging tests in the early 1990’s and they became popular judges in great demand. They judged at most of the major shows in the country including twice at The Budgerigar Society Club Show. Clifton judged the Club Show on three occasions in 1997, 2004 and 2013. One of their judging highlights was to be invited to judge the South African National in 2007, another was judging a major show in Toronto, Canada in 1999.

Clifton became secretary of the Spangled Budgerigars Breeders Association in 1997 till his retirement from the post in 2009 when he became a committee member till his passing away. He and Marion were honoured with the joint presidency in 1999. Clifton’s involvement and commitment to the Western Counties B & FBS led to him becoming joint patronage secretaries, with Marion, and being honoured as joint presidents.

Clifton and Marion were founder members of The Western Premier Specialist and Rare Variety Budgerigar Show, (to give it the full title), in 1999 and had been much involved ever since. He held a number of positions within the group at various times and supported it with awards etc as the occasions arose. His humour, banter and suggestions will be sorely missed, both at the shows and at the “committee” meetings.

Over the years Clifton has been honoured with the Presidency, and in some case the Honorary Life Presidency, of Bristol BS, Swindon BS, Somerset BS, The Spangled Budgerigar Breeders Association and Yate and District Aviculture Society.

Many people say thank you for the memories, you will greatly missed. Our deepest condolences are extended to his partner Jean, daughter Marie, son Anthony and their families.

Bob Allen





It is with great sadness that we report the death of Margaret Chapman of Gedney Hill, Spalding who passed away on the evening of Wednesday 29th July. Margaret, the mother & partner of Michael, B.S. Patronage Administrator, joined the B.S. in 2005 and was the President  of the Lincolnshire & East Anglia BS in 2012.

The society extends its sincere sympathy to Michael, his brother Kevin, sister Janet and her son Jordan and all members of the family and her many friends in the fancy at this particularly sad time.

Margaret’s funeral will be on Monday 10th August at 1.00pm at the Holy Trinity Church, Hillgate Road, Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire, PE12 0NN. (Family Flowers only please). The wake will follow at the Gedney Hill Memorial Hall.





It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dennis Brown of Cambridge at the age of 87. Dennis died at 04.50 this morning (Thursday 23 July) which is also the birthday of his Daughter Beverley our current President. Dennis was the Society President in 1993 and awarded the Silver Bird for meritorious service in 2000. Dennis was an integral part of the BS Club Show Committee for many years including being Show Director for 4 years. He also served on the BS General Council and was a well respected judge for many years and retired from the Main Panel in 2010.
Dennis was a member of the Society for 44 years joining in 1971 and was delighted when his Daughter Beverley was installed as BS President in April this year. It was particularly fitting that Beverley is only the second person to become President whose father also held the role the first being Sylvia Bryan in 1992 following her father Harry being President in 1969.
The Society extends its sincere sympathy to Bev, Steve, Laura, Jonathon and his son Mark, Sally & Catherine and all the Brown family and his many friends in the fancy at this particularly sad time.
The funeral arrangements will be advised at a later date.

I have been advised that Dennis Brown’s funeral will be held on Thursday 6th August at 3.45 pm in Cambridge Crematorium, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0JJ in the West Chapel.  Only family flowers please.

Kind regards
Ghalib Al-Nasser





Sad News

We have been informed by the family that Ken Gray of Clacton-on-Sea has died. Ken was 93 years old and joined the BS in 1962 and had been a member for over 53 years and was an Honorary Life Member. He was well known for his love of the Rainbow Budgerigar and in fact, in 1990, he wrote the well respected book on Rainbows called “Rainbow Budgerigars and constituent varieties”. The thoughts of all BS members are with his family at this sad time.
Ken’s funeral will be held at Colchester Crematorium, Mersey Road, Colchester, CO2 8RU on Tuesday 28th July at 10.15 am. Following the cremation a reception will be held at Rivenhall Hotel, Rivenhall End, Whitham, CM8 3HB. The family have requested no Flowers however donations can be made on the day to The Royal Navy Patrol Service Association and/or The Royal National Lifeboat Institution or sent c/o the Funeral Directors at Titfords Funeral Service, 151 Old Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 3AU.




I have been advised that George Booth’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 16th June at 12.00 in Dudley Salvation Army Hall, North Street, Dudley, DY2 7DT, followed by a Cremation at the Gornall Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornall Wood, Dudley, DY3 2RL. Following the Cremation refreshments will be served at the Salvation Army Hall in Dudley. 

Kindest regards

Grant Findlay

Society Administrator

Obituary: George Booth – 8th February 1943 – 30th May 2015

 It is with great sadness that I report the death of our good friend George Booth on the morning of 30th May 2015 at the age of 72 years. George was admitted into hospital two weeks previously suffering from a chest infection that developed into pneumonia which subsequently proved to be fatal.

The Budgerigar hobby has lost a great fancier who dedicated much of his time to the hobby, working for the betterment of the clubs that he enjoyed being a member of and serving in many capacities, in many clubs and at all levels; the hobby is deeply saddened with him no longer being with us.

George joined the BS in 1970 and was best known for his light greens. In 2005, the Midland Budgerigar Association (MBA) was proud of producing another BS President in George Booth, after 11 previous Presidents from them. This high honour does not come easily and is only for individuals who have spent many years dedicating their time and effort to the fancy.

He started in the hobby while working in the Lindsey Fire Brigade in Scunthorpe, moving his place of work in 1971 and then joining the Worcestershire Fire Brigade in 1972. This paved the way for his long establishment in the Midlands area and local clubs. His time in the Fire Brigade ended after 21 years, when he retired as a Leading Fireman from the Stourbridge depot in 1994.

George did not do things by halves. When becoming involved in any club he took with him something that is always needed; a talent and a flare for administration. In joining the Worcestershire BS he soon got involved in the club’s show, making it one of the best in the MBA area. He served as the Show Manager for 18 years and as was also Chairman for many years. His sheer hard work for the society culminated in him serving as President three times and also becoming an Honorary Life Member.

Progress linked to experience led George to join the MBA committee and again that flare for admin took him to a number of positions and for some years George held one, two and even three offices at the same time. Some of the positions held during those years ranged from General Secretary, Patronage Secretary, Show Secretary, Editor and Publicity Officer. Due to the huge volume of work put into the MBA, George was honoured to become their President twice in 1996 and again in 2003. He was awarded the MBA Silver Bird on three occasions; 1977 (joint), 1994 and again in 1998. In 2004 the society made him an Honorary Life Member.

As if this work for his local club and area society was not enough, George decided to put the same sort of energy into the Budgerigar Society as well when he became the MBA delegate to the BS General Council in 1993 which then saw him elected by the members through the postal ballot in 2000.

It was not long before George put himself forward to join various sub-committees on the BS bringing with him his wealth of knowledge. In 1995 he was elected to the Judges Panel and Colour Standards Committee, on which he served till 2001 when he was elected to the General Purpose and Finance Committee from 2001 to 2003. Following the re-organisation in the BS General Council and its committees in 2003, he was elected chairman of the Society Publication Committee and that same year was elected by the membership as the BS Vice President, which led him to becoming President in 2005. During these years on the BS General Council George held a number of other posts including Publicity Officer between 1997 to 2003, NCA Delegate 1997 to 1999 and again from 2007 to 2010, on the Research Committee in 1997 and the Disciplinary Panel from 1994 to 2001. In every post he gave no less than 100 percent and enjoying every minute of it. He took on the task of organising the Subsidiary Judges Training Scheme as its Co-ordinator in 1998 and only relinquished this in 2003 due to the BS re-organisation. A job that he enjoyed most was the editorship of The Budgerigar until 2012.

This endless dedication to the fancy eventually saw him being awarded with the Peter Sanderson Memorial trophy for Administrator of the Year. This was in 2004 and George being only the second recipient of the trophy. In 2008 he was elected Chairman of the BS; a post he held with much dedication until he left the General Council in 2012. Throughout his period on the BS Council since 1993 he was totally dedicated to the BS and the hobby and in recognition of this, he was awarded the Society’s prestigious Silver Bird award in 2007.

In addition to those many positions in three budgerigar societies George still found time to become a Magistrate. This was in 1994 and again, through hard work and dedication, became Deputy Chairman of the Youth Panel in 2000. He became Chairman of the Adult Court in 1998 and served as a “Mentor” and an “Appraiser”. Together with his wife Anne, George was also heavily involved with the Salvation Army.

George enjoyed tremendous success on the show bench with his light greens but he also bred spangles as well as a few yellowfaces, lacewings and greywings. He first had spangles in 1984 and eventually won the AOC Challenge Certificate in 1987 at the Worcester BS show with a spangle. Since then and in the late 1990’s he won Best Spangle at the Specialist & Rare Variety Show on two occasions.

George enjoyed judging and judged all over the country since becoming a full panel judge in 1984. He judged overseas also – in France and Norway.

George Booth came from a humble beginning to receiving the highest honour in our hobby. This was achieved through total dedication and I am sure all members will join me in passing our deepest condolences to his wife Anne, sons Carl, Gwyn, Paul, sister Hazel and all the family. He will be sadly missed.

Ghalib Al-Nasser

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It is with great happiness that we report the wedding of the B.S. Society Administrator Grant Findlay & Maggie on Friday 8th May. We extend our warm congratulations and happiness for years to come to the happy couple. Well done Grant.

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It is with sadness that we report the death of Ray Brown in the early hours of Friday morning who passed away at home peacefully. He was in his early eighties and served as a member of the B.S. General Council for many years and only retired from the Club Show Committee in late 2013 due to health reasons. He joined the B.S. in 1953 and became B.S. President in 1998 and was awarded the Silver Bird in 2001. He was a Past President and Chairman of the Yorkshire BS and holder of their Golden Bird award. Our deepest condolences are extended to his wife Myra, daughter Janet & son Alan.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 27th May at York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2QD; commencing at 13.45 hrs.

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STOLEN BUDGIE STUD – We have been advised of a theft of a complete stud of Budgerigars in the Peterhead area of Scotland. The stud belongs to Neil Holt of Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire and was stolen between Thursday evening 30 April and Friday afternoon 1 May. The stud consisted of over 70 Adults, 15 Youngsters and 25 young birds still in the nest. A reward of £2,000 has been offered for any information on this terrible theft. Please contact Veronica on 02476 365339 with details.  Images of some of the stolen birds can be seen on the BS Face Book page.






Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 25th April & the AGM held on 26th April 2015 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:


  • Maurice Roberts was re-elected Chairman & Ghalib Al-Nasser Vice Chairman.
  • Other elections were Ghalib Al-Nasser (Judges Panel Officer), Grant Findlay, Ghalib Al-Nasser, Terry Jukes & Terry Tuxford (Publicity Team), Beverley Hutt, Ghalib Al-Nasser, John Cosby (NCA Delegates) with Maurice Roberts (reserve), Grant Findlay (WBO delegate) with Maurice Roberts (reserve), Maurice Roberts, Ghalib Al-Nasser, Beverley Hutt, Michael Chapman & Richard Miller (GC Board) with Terry Jukes (reserve), Ghalib Al-Nasser, Janice Al-Nasser, John Cosby, Grant Findlay, Dave Hislop, Pete Hutchinson, Richard Miller, Pete Smith, Ken Whiting, Ron Pearce, Ian Ainley, Ronnie Simpson, Geoff Moore & John Cooke (Club Show Committee), Gren Norris (Show Cage Inspector) with Ronnie Simpson (reserve).
  • The amount received from Country Wide Seed from the bulk seed orders placed via the Society has shown a welcome increase from £2893 to £4543 for 2014.
  • The Veterinary Diagnostic scheme charges to increase from £10 to £12 per member/partnership as from next year. Those not paying at the time of paying subscriptions will increase from £30 to £35.
  • The interim document issued last year on the Guidelines for Long Flight/Long Tail has been approved after consultation with the sub-group which looked after the initial project.
  • New criteria set by the Club Show committee for new donated trophies to be no less than £120 in value and of a maximum height of 10 inches.
  • 2015 Club Show judges on the new 26th/27th September date are R. Allen, G. & J. Al-Nasser, K. Brockwell, R. Campbell, J. Cosby, Mrs. B. Hutt, J. Lees, G & P Norris, J. Punchard, A. Richards, D. Rowell, G. Warren & D. Weldon (USA).
  • The successful Fanciers Raffle last year will be repeated again with Richard & Michael Miller donating a pair of birds for the first prize. Chris Snell & Geoff Tuplin will be the speakers at the seminar.
  • Excellent sponsorship received from our major sponsor Country Wide Seed. Also from The Birdcare Company, Cage & Avian Solutions and the Exhibition Budgerigar Forum. Negotiations with two other sponsors are in progress.
  • Convention 2015 is progressing very well with huge attendance at the Saturday Gala Dinner. Quality birds for the raffle have been donated by Huxley & Marchant, Richard & Michael Miller and Paul & Nikki Stannard.
  • 76 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.
  • Ring orders last year amounted to 1743 orders for 101,890 rings.
  • Correspondence received and discussed from S. Holland & J. Handy.
  • Membership so far this year is 40 down compared with this time last year.
  • The National Council for Aviculture (NCA) awarded its Long Service Badge to the following: Gold (25 years) – Ghalib Al-Nasser, Jeff Attwood, Charlie Bowman, Ray Brown, Grant Findlay, Robert Francis, Donald McCallum, Gren Norris, Eric Peake, Dave Taylor, Ken Whiting & Alec Woan. Silver (20 years) – Janice Al-Nasser, Dave Hislop, Peter Hutchinson, Beverley Hutt & Maurice Roberts. Bronze (15 years) – Gordon Grist & Ronald Simpson.


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 Bill Bancroft (Past Chairman & President), and Ernie Sigston (Past GC Member) who passed away recently.
  • The Society Audited Accounts were approved showing a healthy profit.
  • Beverley Hutt was inaugurated as the new President in the Society’s 90th Anniversary.
  • Ken Whiting was elected the new Vice President with Eric Peake moving up to the President Elect.
  • Gerald Binks was awarded the Walter E. Higham Silver Bird for meritorious services to the Budgerigar Fancy.
  • 17 members were confirmed as Honorary Life Members under the 40 years continuous membership (Rule 4.d.) namely M. Ballard, D. Beecher, Mrs. L. Bancroft, S. Grove, J. Holden, L. Lockey, W. Miller, A. Neath, P. Randall, P. Romaine, E. Swan, R. Simpson, R. Stone, K. Whaites, B. Whattam, R. Watts & B. Poole. Mrs. J. Al-Nasser was also nominated from the GC for meritorious services to the Society and confirmed as an HLM (Rule 4.e.i.).
  • 469 ballot papers were returned and Resolutions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 gained the required 2/3 majority of the vote cast to pass while Resolutions 2 (Ring Issue Date) & 10 (Simple Majority) failed to gain the required 2/3 majority.
  • Subscription rates will increase for all levels of membership in 2016 based on the adult rate increase by 50p to £27.50. Joining fee and ring prices will remain the same.


Date of Next Meetings


GC Meetings – Saturday 17th October 2015

Saturday20th February 2016

Saturday 23rd April 2016

AGM            –  Sunday 24th April 2016



Number of ballot papers received: 469


Resolution           For            Against     Abstain     Result & % of Vote

1                            440            8                 3                 Passed       98%

2                            282            164            9                 Failed        62%

3                            409            20              11               Passed       93%

4                            431            15              5                 Passed       96%

5                            411            25              13               Passed       92%

6                            384            52              14               Passed       85%

7                            411            30              10               Passed       91%

8                            352            87              14               Passed       78%

9                            392            41              19               Passed       87%

10                          183            259            10               Failed        40%

11                          412            30              3                 Passed       93%


NOTE:  For a Resolution to be successful it requires 2/3rd’s (66.6%) of those voting to be in favour.


All the Resolutions which have passed will be implemented with immediate effect apart from Resolution 8 which will be implemented in 2016.

New President Beverley Hutt with the outgoing President Charlie Bowman












Eric Peake (President Elect), Beverley Hutt (President) & Ken Whiting (Vice President)










Gerald Binks receiving the Silver Bird from the Society President Beverley Hutt

gerald and bev













Security Warning – Bird Thefts 

We are currently experiencing a series of bird thefts in the Worcestershire area. During the last month burglaries have been committed at aviaries and bird-houses at Redditch, Droitwich and Bromsgrove and are no doubt connected. So far the thieves have stolen African Greys, Bourke’s, Pennant’s, Cockatiels, Kakarikis and Canaries. Offences are taking place in late evenings and two males are suspected working as a team. 

All such bird keepers in the Midlands are asked to be vigilant at this time and report any suspicious incidents to my office immediately. 

John Hayward National Theft Register Tel 01869 325699 Email:




CONVENTION 2015 – The Convention bookings are now closed via the BS Office. Those who have booked and still have to pay the remainder of their Deposits are requested to do this by the closing date of 31 March, 2015. Otherwise we cannot guarantee your hotel room. There are still places available for the Gala Dinner with tickets priced at £30 each. Please contact the Society Administrator on 01828 633030 if you wish to book.

The Hotel is fully booked for the Friday night, however there are still a few rooms available for the Thursday, Saturday & Sunday nights and anyone wishing to book should contact the hotel direct on 0870 2254 601.

Alternatively, for details of other hotels in the area, you can contact the local Tourist Information on 01782 236000.





By Ghalib Al-Nasser, Vice Chairman




Budgerigar Society Administrator Grant Findlay has negotiated with Steve Jones, Sales Director of Country Wide Seed to continue with its current welcome Sponsorship of the Society for a further year.


Country Wide commented on the robust promotional aspect of the BS and recognise that the Society has increased its membership numbers last year in a challenging hobby and times. They are pleased with the continued upward trend of seed sales via the Society and the number of agents over the last year.


Country Wide is therefore offering the same sponsorship deal as last year which includes the Vouchers of 2 bags for Society Blend 20kg Seed (retail cost £30) to the following BS Patronage Shows:- Area Society; Gold; Silver and the National.


They will also provide a Voucher for 1 bag of Society Blend 20kg Seed (retail cost £15) to the following BS Patronage Shows:- Bronze; National Specialist & Rare Variety; Area Society Specialist & Rare Variety.


Further they will provide Vouchers for 5 bags of Society Blend 20kg Seed (retail cost £75) to the BS World Show at Doncaster


Based on the number of Patronage Shows last year this sponsorship is worth over £2,550 to the BS Shows. There will once again be no sponsorship of the Rosette level shows.


Show promoting societies who receive these vouchers will have to declare them in their schedules as to which areas these are to be awarded.


Country Wide will provide the vouchers which will be sent out with the BS Patronage packs. The vouchers can be redeemed at any of the Country Wide stockists (around 300 nationwide). BS Agents or at events such as Newark, Stafford or the BS Club Show.





Steve was delighted with the quality of the Awards presented at the Club Show and they will continue to be the sole sponsor of these Awards. This sponsorship costs them around £500 for the 5 separate Awards.




Country Wide is happy with its presence on the BS Website as sponsors. They will also continue to receive a full page advert in the “Budgerigar” and Club Show Catalogue as well as the schedule of all the shows who are receiving the above vouchers.


Grant Findlay commented “I am sure that you will agree this is a considerable sponsorship of the Budgerigar Society that Country Wide is providing. Remember that the BS also receives £1 per bag on every order (minimum 55 bags) made via the BS Office. During 2014 this brought an additional income of £4,543 from this source compared to £2,893 in 2013 which is a substantial increase of £1,650 on the year”.




Exhibition Budgerigar Forum (EBF) has offered a lucrative £1000 sponsorship of all rosettes for B.S. patronage shows. This sponsorship will be shown on the tail and centre of each rosette. The society thanks the EBF for this generous sponsorship.




Cage & Avian Solutions sponsored the Budgerigar Society last year towards the costs of the cage labels for all patronage shows with products to the value of £600. Mat Ackers, B.S. Promotional Administrator, has negotiated the same sponsorship deal with them again for this coming show season.




The BirdCare Company are already sponsoring the Society to the extent of £1,000 which the Society is extremely grateful for. On top of this all orders made by BS members via the BirdCare link on the BS Website will attract a further commission to the Society. All members are encouraged to click on the BirdCare banner on the BS Website when ordering BirdCare products.  


The Budgerigar Society is grateful to all our sponsors and anyone who wishes to sponsor the B.S. is asked to contact Grant Findlay, Society Administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH11 8BP. Tel: 01828 633030 or visit





Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 21st February 2015 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified: 

  • The upstairs part of the office premises has sub-let to a company since January with the downstairs being retained for Council meetings.
  • Thanks were extended to Gren Norris, Donald McCullum and Gordon Grist for attending their last GC meeting as they are retiring from the GC after many years of service.
  • Plastic show cage floor covers proved to be non cost effective and will not be pursued.
  • New Society badges are now available at a cost of £3 each plus £1 postage from the Society Administrator or BS website.
  • A Pair class will be included in the mandatory classification as from the 2015 show season and to be known as – PAIR CLASS (COCK & HEN – same colour & variety) shown in a single standard BS approved show cage. To qualify for the challenge certificate there must be 2 different exhibitors or 4 pairs from one exhibitor.
  • The Gold championship patronage criteria has been lowered from 650 to 600 benched; effective from the 2015 show season.
  • The 50 mile road shortest distance between two shows still applies when a show moves on another established show date. Permission from the B.S. needs to be sought first before applying for patronage.
  • Convention (5th-7th June) booking for rooms and the Gala Dinner is going well and reached the required room allocation. For more bookings and details contact the Society Administrator asap.
  • Stoke on Trent fanciers are giving gifts to those who are staying at the Convention Hotel for the Friday & Saturday nights.
  • Two classes for the Budgerigar of Colour to be introduced at the Convention show outside the normal classification.
  • The £1,000 from the Estate of our late President Stan Moizer has been received and will be used towards the current and future Conventions.
  • Membership at the end of 2014 stood at 2,517 showing an increase of 3%.which was welcomed by the GC.
  • A new sponsorship deal with Country Wide Seed which supports all BS Patronage shows from Bronze level and above has been approved.
  • 5 new members joined the Subsidiary Judges Panel with 3 new judges being added to the Main Panel after passing their test last year (Miranda Humphreys, Peter Hickton-Collins & Graham Turner) with Graham Turner being awarded Trainee Judge of the Year. Three judges have moved to the Retired Panel and two judges have been removed from the Main Panel for failure to complete the Annual Judges Return Form.
  • A new “Suspected Rule Infringements Notification Form” will be sent out with each patronage package to all open shows that have applied for B.S. patronage.
  • Members will have the choice to order either plastic or metal closed coded rings for their 2016 rings.
  • Cage & Avian Solutions to sponsor the Society with show cage labels again. The Exhibition Budgerigar Forum to sponsor the rosettes to open show promoting societies and The Birdcare Company to sponsor the Society as well.                                                                                          .
  • Mat Ackers was congratulated on his work done as the Promotion Administrator in attending with his team events across the country on behalf of the BS, promoting the hobby and securing new members. The new 10 events that he is contracted to attend each year was approved.
  • 11 new proposals for 2015 Rule Changes have been put forward by the Society and members to be printed in the March/April issue of The Budgerigar.
  • The sub-group dealing with the Long Flights/Long Tail are studying the interim guidelines to making it the official Society policy after Council approval ready for the commencement of the 2015 show season.
  • Grant Findlay, Society Administrator, gave a comprehensive report outlining the increase in membership, ring orders, finances and sponsorships.
  • Michael Chapman, Patronage Administrator, produced a league table showing the benched figure of each championship show for each individual colour per show in 2014. The average benched entry over all shows to date throughout the UK shows a slight increase.
  • The Society to submit names of fanciers to the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) for the NCA Long Service Badge Award Scheme.
  • Correspondence received and discussed from L. Barnsdale, Dr. J. Baker & C Greatorex.


Date of Next Meetings


GC Meeting – Saturday 25 April 2015 (New Elected Council)

AGM            –  Sunday 26 April 2015




We have been advised that Country Wide have had to increase the price of Japanese Millet (13kg) from £14.50 to £16.00 with immediate effect. 




The Budgerigar Society reminds all Clubs & Societies that the closing date for BS Open Show Patronage Applications for the 2015 Show Season is 28 February 2015. These should be sent to the Patronage Administrator, Michael Chapman, Glenmore, 5 Mole Drive, Gedney Hill, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 0PB






THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) advises that all nominations for Judges to judge the 2016 BS Club Show should be with the Society Administrator by 13 February, 2015. The nomination should be for Judges who have been on the BS Main Judges Panel for a minimum number of 3 years and have judged a minimum of 3 BS Championship shows prior to nomination. Nominations should be sent, in writing, to The Society Administrator, The Budgerigar Society, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP. This year the BS Club Show moves to a new date on Week number 39 of 26 & 27 September, 2015 and those selected to Judge are:- Bob Allen, Ghalib Al-Nasser, Janice Al-Nasser, Ken Brockwell, Robert Campbell, John Cosby, Beverley Hutt, John Lees, Gren Norris, Pat Norris, John Punchard, Adrian Richards, Don Rowell, Garry Warren & Dewayne Weldon.




The Budgerigar Society (BS) is pleased to announce that the 14 members who will form the General Council (GC) for the next 3 year term, commencing 25 April 2015, are:- 

Ghalib Al-Nasser, Janice Al-Nasser, Michael Chapman, John Cosby, Grant Findlay, Bob Francis, Beverley Hutt, Terry Jukes, Richard Miller, Maurice Roberts, Ronnie Simpson, Trevor Terheege, Terry Tuxford & Dave Woan.

As the BS have only received the exact number of 14 candidates by the closing date for nominations there will be no requirement for a Ballot of members this year to elect the Council. 

The Chairman Maurice Roberts welcomed the 3 new Councillors Ronnie Simpson, Trevor Terheege and Terry Tuxford and thanked them for their commitment to the BS over the next 3 years. He also paid tribute to the 3 retiring Councillors Gordon Grist, Donald McCallum & Gren Norris who have contributed greatly to the General Council during their terms in Office. 

Gren Norris joined the GC in 1991 and Donald McCallum the year later and have served an impressive 24 and 23 year’s service respectively. He thanked them for giving so much of their time in attending GC meetings, sub committee meetings and many other related events over these years. Gren has also been the BS reserve World Budgerigar Organisation delegate in recent years as well as the official BS Show Cage inspector.

Gordon Grist joined the GC in 2010 and has served 5 years during which time he was one of the BS delegates on the National Council of Aviculture.




The Convention hotel is almost fully booked so if anyone is still to book please contact the Society Administrator as soon as possible. A reminder to those members who have paid deposits that the full balance is required to be paid by 31 March to the Society Administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP or phone 01828 633030.



The dates of future General Council meetings are listed below and if any member wishes to submit an item for discussion then please submit this in writing, to the Society Administrator, 6 Toutie Street, Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH11 8BP, at least 3 weeks prior to the meeting.

21 February 2015

25 April 2015


Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 16th October 2014 at the Budgerigar Society Offices with the following decisions being ratified: 

  • The overhaul of the homepage of the BS website is entering its final stages with a set live date early November.
  • Plastic show cage floor covers is under investigation with further samples to be sought.
  • Society new badges will be available at the club show at a cost of £3 each. A £1 postage will be charged for those ordering from the Society Administrator or BS website.
  • Full update about the club show was given with details of the seminars by Gerd Bleicher (Saturday morning) and the Junior/Beginner/Novice seminar (Sunday morning) by Alan Marchant.
  •  Fantastic incentive for exhibitors who bench 10 or more birds (excluding sales) worth £14.50.
  • The return of the Birds Sales Tables at the club show and a new feature with the Great Fancier’s raffle.
  • Two new trophies added to the Club Show list of 97 trophies; The John Alcock Memorial Trophy for Best Cobalt, Mauve or Violet Young Bird excl. Champion and the Tom & Andrew Luke Trophy for Best Pair.
  • Convention Show (5th – 7th June) to be called the WBO World Championship Show allowing the WBO delegates attending the WBO meeting and anyone from overseas to show their birds as well. Numerous bookings for the Society’s Convention in 2015 have already been received but for those who have not booked as of yet then contact the Society Administrator asap”.
  • A few clients showing interest in letting the society’s property but with no firm offer. The building needs maintenance due to roof leakage. The property to be put on market for sale as well as letting.
  • A review of the current Judges Training Scheme was agreed with proposals to be put forward to the AGM to reduce the duration from 3 years to 2.
  • Mat Ackers was congratulated on his work done via the Promotion Administrator role in attending with his team at events across the country on behalf of the BS promoting the hobby and securing new members. The current attraction at these events is the tamed spangle light green cock of Rob Hughes called “Eric”. It was agreed to provide Mat with a laptop & projector to promote the hobby at these events.
  • Following a proposal brought forward by the WBO to all member countries with regard to amendments to its Constitution, the GC were happy to support one amendment with regard to membership but not the part about the officers.
  • The subject of the introduction of plastic rings was discussed again and this is an on-going matter and if implemented it will be as from 2016.
  • New proposals for the 2015 Rule Changes have been put forward by members to reduce the 2/3 voting majority to simple majority. Also re-issuing the Annual Accounts loose leaf in the magazine to free up space in The Budgerigar.
  • There has been one letter received from a member by the closing date re-Long Flights/Long Tail regarding the interim guidelines as appeared on page 42 of the July issue of The Budgerigar. The sub group looking at this matter will decide if the interim guidelines on the subject will become the official policy of the Society prior to the commencement of the 2015 show season.
  • Michael Chapman, patronage administrator, produced a league table showing the benched figure of each championship show over the past 3 years. Encouragingly the average benched entry over all shows to date throughout the UK shows a slight increase of one bird. He further informed the council that 4 bronze championship shows had to cancel because of poor entries.
  • The role of publicity officer is being carried out by Ghalib Al-Nasser (vice chairman) & Grant Findlay (society administrator) till the new council is elected next April following Richard Miller stepping down from the role.
  • Current membership stood at 2,397 in mid October.
  • The Society will receive £1,000 from the Estate of our late President Stan Moizer. The GC will decide, once the funds have been received, how best to use this amount.
  • Correspondence received and discussed from R & C Clarke, R Carr, S Holland, E Peake, C Greatorex & D McKeown 

Date of Next Meetings 

GC Meeting – Saturday 21 February 2015

GC Meeting – Saturday 25 April 2015 (New Elected Council)

AGM            –  Sunday 26 April 2015



Country Wide Seed have made many price changes affecting the BS deal and the welcome news is that the vast majority of the Seed advertised on the back page of the “Budgerigar” magazine have seen a reduction in prices.

These are very competitive prices we have negotiated for our members and to enjoy these excellent prices then orders for a minimum 55 bags can be made via the Society Administrator on 01828 633030. If this quantity is too much to order then a minimum of 30 bags can be ordered however a further £1 per bag will be added to the prices shown on the Advert.

Country Wide Seed will have their lorry at the BS Club Show over the weekend of 15 & 16 November at the Dome, Doncaster where stock will be sold at the new prices. If you wish to pre-order any seed then please contact Steve at Country Wide on 01275 463496. 

The details of the price changes are noted below:-



Special Budgie was £15 now £14.

Society Blend was £16 now £15.

Best Budgie was £16.50 now £15.

Champion Budgie was £17 now £16.

Reaney Budgie Breeders Mix was £18 now £17.

VAM Budgie Breeders Mix was £20 now £19.

Germination Soak Seed was £16.20 now £15.

Naked Oats was £14.15 now £14.

White Millet was £11.45 now £11.

Beyers Dakota Pearl White Millet was £20 now £18.

Plain Canary Seed was £15.95 now £15.

Garden Wild Bird Food was £10.80 now £10.



Japanese Millet was £13 now £14.50

Gold Chip Cage & Aviary Premium Bedding was £13.50 now £14.



Lyn & her family would like to thank everyone for the many kind messages of sympathy, telephone calls & cards received following their recent bereavement. To all those who attended Bill’s funeral, thank you so much for your support.

Donations in lieu of flowers raised a total of £300 for the British Heart Foundation and Kidney Research UK.

Bless you All.  


“Country Wide Seed” are pleased to announce that the price of Chinese Millet Sprays has reduced considerably recently. The new price is now £27.00 for a 15kg box of Millet Sprays compared to £32.40 previously. The price of a 25kg box of French Red Anjou Millet Sprays has also reduced to £78.00 from £92.00.

If any Society or a group of Members wish to take advantage of the excellent competitive seed prices available (check out the Country Wide Seed Advert on the back page of the current edition of “The Budgerigar”) then please contact the Society Administrator on 01828 633030. The normal mininum order is for 55 bags/units and this includes free carriage. For those not wishing to order this size of order then 30 bags/units can be ordered subject to an extra £1 per bag to cover carriage.”


Press Release: Budgerigar Society 2014 AGM 

The Budgerigar Society held their AGM on 27th April in Northampton whereby Charlie Bowman was inaugurated as President for 2014/15. 

Retiring President, Roy Aplin passed over the chain of office and praised Charlie’s service to the hobby. Chairman, Maurice Roberts commented: 

“Charlie epitomises everything that is great about our hobby. The presidency serves as just reward for the dedication that he and his wife Margaret have committed to the fancy over countless decades.”

 Publicity officer for the Society and fellow Northern BS member, Richard Miller   praised the new President for what he has done for the Northern area and the Society as a whole:

 “There are few members who live and breathe the fancy in the way Charlie does. He serves as a constant reminder that win, lose or draw, breeding budgerigars is a hobby and should be embraced as such. His attendance at every show in the area and annual pilgrimage to the World Championship is an enviable record that if replicated by more members would ensure thriving exhibitions across the country”. 

Eric Peake was voted as President for 2016/17 term, which will coincide with his 60th year as a BS member.

The Society also announced during the course of the AGM the 2014 winners of the Silver Bird award. Rod and Sue Clarke were presented with the highest honour the society can bestow upon its membership in recognition of their meritorious service to the hobby.

Vice-Chairman, Ghalib Al-Nasser commented:

 “When you look at the roles that Rod and Sue have held and continue to hold within countless affiliated clubs and societies, you begin to realise just how much they contribute to our favourite past time. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of this honour”.

It was also announced that the cost of rings supplied to BS members will be frozen for 2015. Membership subscriptions are to rise by £1 for adults and all others increased pro-rata. Dave Hislop & Roger Carr were awarded Honorary Life Membership acknowledging their tremendous service to the Society.

A number of questions were put to the Chairman during the course of the meeting and he re-affirmed the commitment of the GC to continue as a “listening” Council.

Following the close of the AGM, Harry Hockaday, Phil Reaney and Richard Miller re-ran their presentations and debate on the issue of Longflight budgerigars, which had been the focal point of the Judges Meeting held the day prior to the AGM. 


GC Meeting 25 April 2014 – Press Release 

The General Council of the Budgerigar Society held a meeting on 25 April ahead of a weekend that hosted the Judges Meeting and AGM in the Northampton area.

A number of key decisions were made/ratified during the course of the meeting including:

  1. Pairs – the concept of exhibiting pairs will be trialled at the 2014 BS Club Show;
  2. Show Cage Floor Covers – the idea of the BS offering these for sale will be investigated further;
  3. Club Show – the proposals put forward by the Club Show committee following their recent meeting were ratified including:
  4.    The General Council have endorsed the recommendation from the Club Show Committee to move the club show date back to week 39 for three years trial commencing as from 2015. The show dates are as follows: 26/27 September 2015, 1 / 2 October 2016, 30 September/1 October 2017.
  5. section judges will be selected from the 15 appointed judges;
  6. fanciers bird sales tables be considered for the 2014 event; and
  7. Club Show Great – Arthur Dexter be unveiled as a new “Great” at this year’s show.; 
  8. BS Rings – following a suitable manufacturer of plastic rings being identified, it was agreed that a sub-group enter into discussions with the company in order for a potential future option to be debated;
  9. Ring Issue Date – following feedback received from the fancy and the move forward of the Club Show date, the GC propose to bring the Ring Issue Date forward to 1 November with effect from the 2016 breeding season. This is open to full consultation with the fancy with members invited to write to the BS office with their thoughts on this proposal before it is formally submitted by the GC in time for the 2015 ballot whereby a 2/3 majority will be required in order to change the existing date;
  10. Natural History Museum – an invitation to donate specimens of modern show budgerigars for their “Scientific Bird Skin Collection” be accepted and supplied via members of the GC;
  11. Judges Training Scheme – following an appraisal of the current duration of the scheme, the GC propose to reduce the mandatory 3 years to that of 2 years. This will require a number of rule changes, which will be proposed by the GC in the 2015 ballot. In addition, the whole scheme will be subject to a detailed review by a GC sub-committee;

Chairman, Maurice Roberts commented: 

“The results of our meeting demonstrate that the GC are committed to taking action in response to the members of the Society wanting change. In particular, the proposed alteration of the ring issue date is something that has been debated for some time now and finally, the membership will have a chance to vote on this fundamental issue”.

 Publicity Officer for the Society referred to the Club Show date reverting to Spetember:

 “The move to November was in the hope of rekindling the support of members who had campaigned for this date. However, the breeding cycle of exhibition budgerigars has changed meaning that most breeders are paired up at that time which has impacted upon our benched figure in recent years. Our pinnacle exhibition held at the end of September and a ring issue date on 1 November should provide an optimum platform for show to receive maximum support from the fancy”.


BS Judges Meeting 2014 – Press Release

The Budgerigar Society hosted a meeting for panel judges to attend with the focal point of this year’s event being the contentious issue of longflight budgerigars. The format of the day was based around 3 key speakers; Harry Hockaday, Phil Reaney and Richard Miller.

Under the BS guidelines for Judges and exhibitors A bird carrying longflight characteristics, excessive length of flights and/or tail should be disqualified”. The application of this directive has caused considerable debate in recent times due to the fact that it is difficult to establish consistency across the board given the subjective nature of judging and the lack of information as to what constitutes a longlfight. 

BS Vice-Chairman, Ghalib Al-Nasser thanked the speakers for their presentations and the manner in which they conducted the Q & A sessions during the course of the day:

 “All 3 gentleman showed that despite differing opinions on this topic, common threads could be drawn from their presentations thus creating a working platform for the Society to move forward in order to provide our members with clearer guidance on what should and should not be penalised on the show bench”.

 Phil Reaney explained the characteristics inherent in longflight budgerigars referring to the history of these birds and how they were credited with the emergence of what is now credited as the modern budgerigar. Richard Miller focused on the rules and procedures involved in the disqualification of such birds and the reporting of show offences when it is suspected that tails are cut in order to disguise this type of bird on the bench. Harry Hockaday questioned whether the bird that has emerged in recent years is what can be historically quantified as a longlight and highlighted key flaws in the current guidance. All 3 agreed that an enhanced definition of what constitutes a longflight budgerigar is required in order provide judges and exhibitors with a more workable point of reference in the hope of providing consistency and clarity.

Further presentations by Gren Norris and Ghalib Al-Nasser discussed other issues for Judges to consider such as the emergence of “Misty” budgerigars, the criteria for judging a new concept of exhibiting “Pairs” and the key points of identification for rare varieties.

BS Chairman, Maurice Roberts commented following the meeting:

“This event was a tremendous success. In particular, the manner in which the speakers on the longflight debate conducted themselves was a credit to the hobby and testament to what can be achieved when sensible, open and intelligent debate is embraced.”

As a result of the meeting, the BS has formed a working group (incorporating the 3 speakers) in order to draft a provisional consultation paper on the definition of what will be penalised under the definition of longflights ahead of the 2014 show season. This will enable panel Judges to provide feedback to the GC throughout the year so that the future position can be finalised by the start of 2015.




The Society is sad to learn of the death on Thursday 17th April, 2014 of Brian Byles of Banstead, Surrey in his 80th year. Brian was a former highly respected Editor of “Cage & Aviary Birds” magazine and had been a continuous member of the BS since 1952. He was a renown breeder of quality Normals and was an extremely popular judge and judged throughout the UK and in many overseas countries.


A private family funeral will be held.  


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. 


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”


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“.




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: Feb 2014


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


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. 


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.




 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:


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:



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



 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. 


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.



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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