Birds Benched:    50                No. of Exhibitors:             8
Judge: Janice Al-Nasser

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 and, for the first time, also incorporated the Annual Members Show of the Crested BC.

There were 50 rare birds benched for Janice Al-Nasser, the Society’s President, to judge from 8 exhibitors, which was slightly higher than last year. The best in show went to a nice and well-presented Texas Clearbody Yellowface Skyblue cock bred by Michael & Margaret Chapman. The young bird award went to the partnership of Alan Joyce & Jim Roach’s Texas Clearbody Light Green cock while Cyril & David Sharpe Partnership won the best barhead award with a Lacewing Yellow cock. Other best of variety awards went to Cyril & David Sharpe for Rainbow & Greywing; Bob Allen for Lacewing, Slate & English Fallow; Sheila Cook for German Fallow & Saddleback; David & Linda Rafis for Anthracite.

Michael & Margaret Chapman with the President/Judge Janice Al-Nasser

Special Exhibitor Description
Best in Show (A/A) Michael & Margaret Chapman Texas Clearbody Y/face Skyblue cock
Best Young Bird Joyce & Roach Texas Clearbody Light Green cock
Best Barhead C & D Sharpe Lacewing Yellow cock

Mr & Mrs Alan Joyce (Joyce & Roach) with Janice

David Sharpe of C & D Sharpe with Janice

Variety Best Any Age Best Young Bird
Rainbow C & D Sharpe * N/E
Greywing C & D Sharpe * N/E
Lacewing R. J. Allen * N/E
German Fallow Mrs. S. Cook * N/E
English Fallow R. J. Allen * N/E
Texas Clearbody M & M Chapman * Joyce & Roach
Easley Clearbody N/E M & M Chapman *
Slate R. J. Allen * N/E
Saddleback Mrs. S. Cook * N/E
Anthracite D & L Rafis * N/E

Best overall of each variety *

Best In Show

Best Young Bird

Most Points in Show C & D Sharpe
Most Points Champ /Int. Joyce & Roach
Most Points Novice / Beg. C & D Sharpe

After lunch Janice Al-Nasser was the guest speaker and, with the aid of a power point presentation, she highlighted the problems associated with moving house and especially the birds. The problem that the partnership encountered while housing the birds over winter in the garage and the death of more than 100 of their best birds due to a virus. She talked about building the new birdroom and all the new equipment from breeding cages to small flights imported from Germany that they have inside the new birdroom. She showed some of their stud cocks over the years and the birds that they have bred to build a new stud after the disaster.

At the AGM, the Society Chairman, Ghalib Al-Nasser, congratulated all the winners, thanked members for bringing birds and highlighted the fact that three of their members have gained higher status in the fancy this year; referring to Bob Allen being inaugurated President of the Spangled Budgerigar Breeders’ Association, to Maurice Roberts stepping up to President Elect of The Budgerigar Society and to Janice for being awarded The Budgerigar Society’s Silver Bird. Janice, the Society’s President, presented the 2010 winners Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser with their Silver (Any Age) Sovereign Salver and Bob Allen with the Gold (Young Bird) Sovereign Salver.

All officers remained the same at the AGM and were re-elected en-bloc as follows: Janice Al-Nasser, president; Cy Thorne, president elect; 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 also decided to increase the subscription rates as from 1st January 2012 as follows: single 8, partnership at same address 12, partnership at different addresses 16, OAP partnership 9, OAP, disabled & juniors 6. The Society still operates a life membership scheme at 20 times the annual subscription.

It was also decided to increase the patronage cost to open show promoting societies as from the 2013 show season as follows: area societies will get free patronage but there will be a charge of 2 for postage, specialist & rare variety shows 9, championship shows 6 and promotional patronage 3.

It was decided by the members that the next Annual Members Show/Seminar/AGM will be held on 20th May 2012 (week 20) and will again be staged at Loddington, Kettering, Northants.