Convention Booking Form 2020


Stoke on Trent 5th – 7th June 2020

By Ghalib Al-Nasser 

The Budgerigar Society is organising another super World Convention in 2020 to celebrate their 95th Anniversary. The Budgerigar Society is renowned for organising super World Conventions and this is the 11th Convention that they will be organising and looking back at the history of the society with regard to Conventions organised in 1954, 1959, 1975 (all at Harrogate), 1985 (Birmingham), 1990, 1995 (both at Scarborough), the Millennium Convention (Eastbourne), 2006, 2010 (both at Southport) and the 2015 Convention (Stoke). We must also remember that the American B.S. organised the second World Convention in 1956 in Chesterfield, Indiana

The Pottery Area 

On this occasion the Budgerigar Society is going back to its successful venue in Stoke on Trent, a city full of heritage, culture, vibrancy and passion renowned for its ceramic pottery industry and the current hot bed of the budgerigar fancy in the UK. They have booked the Best Western Moat House Hotel again for the weekend of 5th to 7th June to celebrate their 95th Anniversary. The hotel is situated in the Festival Park in Stoke on Trent incorporating Josiah Wedgewood’s former home. Stoke is within only a short drive from either junction 15 or 16 off the M6 to the A500 and then the A53 to Festival Park. It is easy reach of Manchester, Nottingham, East Midlands and Birmingham airports. Stoke can be accessed by rail to Stoke on Trent station which is 2 miles away or Etruria station which is 1 mile away from the hotel.

Special Convention Rates

The Budgerigar Society has negotiated special rates for those staying at this superb newly refurbished hotel. The rate for a single room with bed and breakfast is £72.00 per person per night. A two person (double or twin) occupancy on a B&B rate is £82.00 per room per night. Family rooms are available and there is an extra cost of £5.00 per day per child under the age of 12 years. Deposit for all rooms will be £25.00 per person with full payment required by 31st March 2020. There is also a saving scheme if you wish to spread the cost by paying as much and as often. Please contact the Society Administrator Grant Findlay to organise. A hotel booking form is included with this report for your early booking.

As with previous Conventions there will be a Gala dinner arranged for the Saturday night at a cost of £30.00 per person (a deposit of £10.00 per person is required at the time of booking).


The Speakers

The B.S. President (2020) Phil Reaney will open the Convention at 3.00 pm on Friday 5th June with lectures running throughout the duration of the Convention. The Convention will close on Sunday afternoon.

The speakers booked for the Convention have an international flavour with three well known overseas fanciers speaking, namely Marcellus Burkle (a well known vet and champion breeder and exhibitor from Germany), Christian Back (Chairman of the German Budgerigar Society DWV) and our well known successful and regular exhibitor at the B.S. Club Show Réne Heylen (from Belgium). Joining this international gathering are our own successful breeders and exhibitors and 2018 Club Show winners Frank, Carol & Joe McGovern as well as our own B.S. General Councillor and successful exhibitor Trevor Terheege.

On Sunday morning Roger Carr (Past B.S. & WBO Chairman) will chair a “Question Time” Panel consisting of two well known international speakers namely Maarten Heylen from Belgium and Carlos Ramôa from Portugal and joined by two well known U.K. fanciers namely Ady Lovack (B.S. Club Show winner) and Richard Miller (three times B.S. Club Show winner). This will be followed by the McGovern lecture.

On the Friday evening there will be a Stoke Fanciers Sales night held where quality birds from the fanciers around the Stoke area will be available for sale at fixed prices. This is a repeat venture after its success at the 2015 Convention and should be well sought after by those who attend. Viewing time will be between 5.00 – 6.00 pm and the actual sales will be conducted between 6.30 – 7.30 pm.

A Friday carvery dinner will be made available from 5.00 to 8.00 pm.


Also on the Friday evening Bev Hutt will organise a fun musical themed Quiz Night.


No Convention has been staged without an International flavour to it and on this occasion we have also invited the World Budgerigar Organisation (WBO) to stage their annual meeting on the Friday morning commencing at 10.00 am ensuring the attendance of delegates from countries around the World.


Gala Dinner

Like all these events the Gala Dinner will be on Saturday evening commencing at 7.00 for 7.30 pm and Adrian Richards will organise the evening. Adrian has already sourced a number of raffle prizes and also the entertainment for the evening. More details will be published in due course.


The Convention Show

This is an important feature of the weekend and like all previous Conventions there will be a show as well which is titled as The Budgerigar Society Convention Show incorporating the 8th WBO World Championship Show. The classification for the show will be the standard classification (50 classes) for a Gold Championship Show but with the Young Bird classes being replaced by 2019 owner bred young birds. There will be the usual classes for Pairs, Teams of 4 or 6 and Colour Budgerigars as well as Colour Budgerigar Pairs & Teams. The Budgerigar Society will grant the show their Gold patronage (1 CC per the 26 colour groups in both Any Age and 2019 Young Birds and pre-graded 3 points each).

The Show Team will consist of John Cosby with Alan & Gina Adams assisting. John will act as the show secretary and all entries to be sent to him. We are also grateful to the help in both manpower and staging supplied by South Cheshire BS and North Staffordshire BS. Birds will be accepted on Friday for those who are arriving on Friday and Saturday morning between 09.00 am – 1.00 pm with judging to commence at 2.00 pm. The show will open for viewing at 5.00 till 7.00 pm on the Saturday and from 09.00 am to 1.00 pm on the Sunday. As with previous Conventions there will be free entry per cage.

The judges booked are Phil Reaney (2020 President), Ronnie Simpson (2019 President) and David Ingoe (New Zealand).

Special awards will be given for the 5 major specials including the BIS and the Best in each Section. The rosettes will be for the major awards, BOC and Best to 7th Best in each section. The WBO will also be awarding rosettes for the colour winners. More awards will be revealed in due course.

There will also be presentations to all speakers and judges as well.


Your Convention Committee

The Convention Committee consists of Society Chairman Maurice Roberts, Vice Chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser, Society Administrator Grant Findlay, John Cosby, Bev Hutt and Trevor Terheege.


Convention Patrons

Although we are at our early stages in attracting sponsors the following have sponsored the Convention so far:

Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser      Special Section winner awards

Roy Aplin                               Original Painting

Rosettes of Quality                 All the Show Rosettes

We ask our members to come forward and be a Convention Patron by sponsoring the Convention with various items such as show awards, trophies, products or financial sponsorship then please inform Grant Findlay or Ghalib Al-Nasser with your sponsorship item so that it will be added to the list above.

All the area and specialist societies will be invited to attend with their stands as well as our Major Sponsor Country Wide and Roy Aplin.


Other Activities

Details of these will be revealed and developed nearer the time. However, there will be no coach outing on this occasion due to lack of support at the last Convention.

Again, like previous Conventions there will be a Convention badge available for sale at £3 each. Also on offer will be Convention coasters to be given free to all exhibitors and will be available for sale at £1 each.

A Quality Bird Raffle will be run throughout the weekend and a few quality birds will be sought from our top fanciers to donate.

So come along and spend a long weekend in Stoke on Trent and book your hotel early and celebrate with the Budgerigar Society their 95th Anniversary.


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