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reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Show Organiser

In celebrating its 25th Silver Jubilee Show the Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show sadly had a fall of 26% in entry caused by a drop in the number of exhibitors because of the clash with Silverstone Formula One Racing nearby which unfortunately put a few exhibitors off. However, the clash and diversion around the area did not affect those who turned up with their birds from the West Country both ways. The show had a total entry of 480 of which 333 birds were benched from 38 exhibitors.

As always, the show committee extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to the following sponsors; Brown & Hutt (50% cost of all the open rosettes for the show); to Geoff Capes (cost of all the ceramic awards to the judges and Best of Colours), Mick Anzara, Jan Hill, Grant Findlay & Nick Flavell, Dave Guppy and Dave & Linda Rafis for their financial sponsorship. Warren Wilson & BRASEA donated major rosettes for all the BOC winners and other colour awards. The show also received sponsorship in the form of products from The Birdcare Company, Johnson & Jeff Ltd, Johnson’s Veterinary Products Ltd and Murphy & Son Ltd. Donated birds for the raffle came from Bob Allan, Gren & Pat Norris, Bob McCabe, Cy Thorne and Malcolm & Pam Freemantle. All members of the show committee also sponsored the show with raffle prices.

Our Guest of Honour this year to present the 45 trophies was Bob Allen, the Spangled BBA President. Next year's show will be staged on 28th & 29th June 2014 (week 26) at the same venue in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire.


There was a drop in the crested entry from 60 to 36 for Bev Hutt to judge. The adult C.C. and eventually the Best Crest in Show went to Robert Brokenshire with a Circular Cobalt cock of good size and condition sporting a good strong crest. Mick Widdowson occupied second place with a Circular Opaline Light Green cock of good size and shape and staged in good condition but not as powerful as the winner. Mick Anzara was third with a Tufted Opaline Grey cock displaying a good strong tuft. Robert Brokenshire’s Tufted Cobalt hen was best any age opposite sex.

Robert Brokenshire who won Best Crest in Show

Ghalib & Janice won the young bird section with a good length and steady Circular Spangle Cobalt cock staged in good condition and were third with a Circular Spangle Opaline Grey hen of good condition. Keith Mitchell was second with a Tufted Cobalt hen staged in good condition followed by Ghalib & Janice’s crested Spangle Opaline Grey hen.

Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser who won Best Crest young Bird

Pos.     Any Age                      Young Bird

1.          R. Brockenshire             G & J Al-Nasser

2.          M. Widdowson            K. Mitchell *

3.          M. Anzara                     G & J Al-Nasser

4.          R. Brokenshire            M. Anzara

5.          G & J Al-Nasser          R. Brokenshire

6.          K. Mitchell *                M. Anzara

7.          F, S & K Eatwell          K. Mitchell *

* non CBC member

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