The Rare Variety & Colour B.S. held its Annual Members’ Show, Seminar and A.G.M. in Loddington, Northants and it was well supported by members and guests.

There were 51 birds for Bob Allen, the society’s outgoing president, to judge from 10 exhibitors, which was slightly lower than last year. The best in show went to a nice and well-presented Slate hen bred by Sue & Rod Clarke. The young bird award went to Dave & Linda Rafis’ Texas Clearbody Grey cock while Cy Thorne benched a Texas Clearbody Opaline Light Green hen to win the best barhead award. Other best of variety awards went to Aubrey Punter for Lacewing; Dave Turner for Greywing; Sheila Cook for English, German Fallow & Saddleback; Chris Hawkins for Easley Clearbody; Cy Thorne for Texas Clearbody & Sue & Rod Clarke for Slate.

After lunch Bob Allen was the guest speaker and he spoke, with the aid of a visual presentation, about his early days in the hobby. He started with a small aviary and progressed to using up half his garage, which he split with a partition down the centre. His breeding cages are situated on the sides and he provides each cage with two seed pots, one for plain canary and the other for mixed millets. His nest boxes are fitted inside the cage by sliding runners which are fitted from the top front along the roof of the cage with a perch on the nest box front aligned with the back to give a good fit.

Bob spoke about his beginnings with slates and how the progress was slow so he decided to dispose of the visual cocks and use normal skyblue cocks to slate hens and this enabled him to produce better slates.

He also brought, for the audience to see, his famous blue/yellow half-sider cock, which won two challenge certificates for him last year as a baby. This bird was produced from an olive cock and a yellow hen. He has paired this baby back to his mother and produced yellow chicks. He intends to pair the cock back to a daughter next year and to keep pairing to yellows to see if any normals are produced. Bob believes that lacewings benefit from the addition of the grey factor into them.

Bob believes that the use of opaline and cinnamon can spoil the markings of a variety; as for example a spangle opaline cinnamon etc. He firmly believes that this is not the way forward with a specialist variety.

At the AGM the society chairman, Ghalib Al-Nasser, congratulated all the winners, thanked members for bringing birds and highlighted the fact that now more members have got the Anthracite variety and are breeding with them, thanks to Judy Mitchell who bred many over the past 18 months. Bob Allen, the outgoing president, presented the 2008 winners Sue & Rod Clarke with their Silver (Any Age) Sovereign Salver. Mick Anzara won the Gold (Young Bird) Sovereign Salver

Gren Norris was inaugurated as the new president and Janice Al-Nasser was elected to the post of president elect. Other officers remained the same and were re-elected as follows: Ghalib Al-Nasser, chairman & publicity officer; Rod Clarke, vice chairman & joint patronage secretary with wife Sue; Bob Allen, membership secretary & editor; Janice Al-Nasser, treasurer; Cy Thorne, trophy steward. Sheila Cook, Pat Norris and David Rafis, committee members. Both Philip Dye and Marstin & Emma Nee retired from the committee and were thanked for their past services. The post of secretary was kept vacant and all correspondence will need to be sent to the chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser (‘Evenstar’, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7JW. Tel: 01787 282332, email: al-nasser@cbb4u.co.uk). The society has its own website (www.rarebudgerigars.co.uk) to view.

Gren Norris, the new President of the RV&CBS,
with the outgoing President Bob Allen

It was decided by the committee that the next Annual Members Show/Seminar/AGM will be held on 23rd May 2010 (week 20) and it will be staged again at Loddington, Kettering, Northants.


Birds Benched: 51                  No. of Exhibitors: 10               Judge: Bob Allen


Exhibitor & Description of Exhibit

Best Rare in Show

Sue & Rod Clarke              Slate hen

Best Young Bird

Dave & Linda Rafis            Texas Clearbody Grey cock

Best Barhead

Cy Thorne                  Texas Clearbody Opal Lt Green hen

Most Points in Show

Cy Thorne

Most Points Champ./Int.

Cy Thorne

Most Points Novice/Beg.

Tony & Jeremy Rivers

Bob Allen, President of the RV&CBS, with Sue & Rod Clarke

who won Best Rare in Show at the recent Annual Members Show

Winners at the RV&CBS with Bob Allen, the president

Variety Best Any Age Best Young Bird




D. Turner *



A. Punter *

C. Thorne

English Fallow

S. Cook *


German Fallow

S. Cook *


Easley Clearbody

C. Hawkins *


Texas Clearbody

C. Thorne *

D & L Rafis


S. & R. Clarke *



S. Cook *


*  indicates Best of each variety overall