reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Chairman

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 42 birds for Gren Norris, the society’s outgoing president, to judge from 7 exhibitors, which was slightly lower than last year. The best in show went to a nice and well-presented Lacewing Opaline Yellow cock bred by Bob Allen. The young bird award went to Cy Thorne’s Texas Clearbody Opaline Skyblue hen while his Texas Clearbody Grey Green cock won the best barhead award. Other best of variety awards went to Mick Anzara for Rainbow; Dave Turner for Greywing; Bob Allen for Lacewing; Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser for English Fallow, Slate & Saddleback; Sue & Rod Clarke for Easley Clearbody; David & Linda Rafis for Texas Clearbody.

Winners at the RV&CBS Members Day with Gren Norris, the judge and outgoing president

After lunch Gren Norris was the guest speaker and he spoke about their system of improving the specialist & rare varieties. Gren said that there are two types of fanciers; the competitive type and those who like to keep various mutations for colour and interest. When newcomers join a club the established fanciers always try to steer them to the main stream varieties but he stated that you should stick to whatever attracted you and try to improve them.

Although the main varieties are generally higher quality than the specialist and rare varieties one can use the good line of normals to improve the specialist varieties. Gren referred to their way when they bring in a good outcross cock they pair it to a normal hen as she cannot be split for opaline or cinnamon. They try to breed as many from that pair as possible and keep only the best progeny.

They found it difficult to increase the size of spots and depth of mask in the Easley Clearbody and found the grey factor gives the Texas Clearbody nice and even body colour. On the fallows (both English & German) Gren advised members to outcross them to good quality clean headed normals; then the following year to pair two splits together and also visual to split to produce quality Fallows. On the lacewings, Gren said that many use the Lutinos but not often of quality. He referred to Reinhard Molkentin of South Africa who improved his lutinos by using the Spangle Dark Greens to improve the colour of the lutinos. Their partnership also dabbled with the Slate variety for a short period. He told the members that you need to develop family characteristics to pass on to produce a family line.

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 the Anthracite variety and are now breeding with them. The members agreed to add the variety to their list and classes will be provided for them at the next Annual Members Show. Gren Norris, the outgoing president, presented the 2009 winners Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser with their Silver (Any Age) Sovereign Salver and Cy Thorne with the Gold (Young Bird) Sovereign Salver.

Janice Al-Nasser, the new president, with
outgoing president Gren Norris at the AGM

Janice Al-Nasser was inaugurated as president for the next three years under the new rules and Cy Thorne was elected to the post of president elect. Other officers remained the same and were re-elected as follows: Ghalib Al-Nasser, chairman, acting secretary & 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, Gren & Pat Norris and David Rafis, committee members. All correspondence to be sent to the chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser (‘Evenstar’, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW. Tel: 01787 282332, email: al-nasser@cbb4u.co.uk). The society has its own website (www.rarebudgerigars.co.uk) to view.

It was decided by the members that the next Annual Members Show/Seminar/AGM will be held on 22nd May 2011 (week 20) and will again be staged at Loddington, Kettering, Northants.


Birds Benched:  42                            No. of Exhibitors:          7                                     Judge: Gren Norris


Exhibitor Description

Best in Show (A/A)

Bob Allen

Lacewing Opaline Yellow cock

Best Young Bird

Cy Thorne

Texas Clearbody Opaline Skyblue hen

Best Barhead

Cy Thorne

Texas Clearbody Grey Green cock

Bob Allen who won BIS and Cy Thorne
who won Best Young Bird together with Gren Norris

Variety Best Any Age Best Young Bird

Mick Anzara *

Mick Anzara


David Turner *



Bob Allen *


German Fallow



English Fallow

Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser *


Texas Clearbody

David & Linda Rafis *

Cy Thorne

Easley Clearbody

Sue & Rod Clarke *



Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser *



Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser *


 * indicates Best overall of each variety

Most Points in Show

Mick Anzara

Most Points Champ /Int.

Mick Anzara

Most Points Novice / Beg.

David Turner