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Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Chairman

Having gone north last year the Spangled BBA held its Spangle Day, incorporating the AGM, in the Swindon area, Wiltshire this year. The Chairman, Ghalib Al-Nasser, opened the meeting by welcoming the 22 members present and thanked them for bringing their birds to the show. He made a special welcome to Bob McCabe, the judge, and Rick Watts, the speaker of the day.

Rick gave an informative talk about the spangles and how he started with them and what he likes about them. He had a number of quality photographs of Spangles of quality, both in single and double factor forms, of Paul & Nikki Stannard to show around and talked about what judges should penalise in both the single & double factor forms. He felt that spangle breeders should take more responsibility in improving the spangle markings and adhere to the Colour Standards of that variety. Rick informed the audience that exhibitors should accept the judges decisions if they put down quality birds for their poor spangle markings.

Ghalib Al-Nasser (Chairman) with Bob McCabe (Judge) and Rick Watts (Speaker) at the Spangle Day

While Rick was busy presenting his talk, Bob judged the 23 spangles present from 6 exhibitors. The Best in Show went to the novice exhibitor Colin Brickell for the second year running with a lovely Spangle Light Green cock winning the Best Spangle Single Factor, Best Green & Blue Series and Best Novice. The partnership of Cy Thorne & Belinda Finlayson won the Best Spangle Young Bird with a Double Factor Spangle Yellow cock while John Cosby won Best Spangle Opposite Sex with a Double Factor Yellow hen which also won Best Champion and Best Double Factor Spangle in Show with the same bird. Best Beginner went to Fred Pilbeam with a Light Green cock.

Colin Brickell with his Best in Show

The Alf Ormerod Memorial Trophy for the 2014 Most Spangle Young Bird wins went to Arnold Stevens from Coalville with 12 wins.

Bob McCabe (Judge) with the winners Cy Thorne, John Cosby, Colin Brickell & Fred Pilbeam

At the AGM the Chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser welcomed members to the meeting. Members wished their President Ian Clarke who was absent from the meeting a speedy recovery. All officers gave positive reports on their activities and the balance sheet looked very healthy with a surplus on the year. All officers remained the same with Ian Clarke as President, Arnold Stevens as President Elect, Ghalib Al-Nasser and Stuart Forbes Life Vice Presidents; Janice Al-Nasser, Steve Amos, Jeff Attwood, Fred Canham, Bill & Christine Heale, Rienhard Molkentin, Frank Silva, Roy Stringer & Ron Thumwood, Vice Presidents; Ghalib Al-Nasser, Chairman, Secretary & Publicity Officer; Rod Clarke, Vice Chairman & Patronage Secretary; John Cosby, Membership Secretary; Janice Al-Nasser, Treasurer; Ian Clarke, Editor; Sue Clarke, Trophy Steward; Bob Allen, Ian Brickwood, Cy Thorne and Clifton Wixon, committee members. It was decided that the next Spangle Day/AGM will be held in conjunction with the current successful Specialist Societies Combined Event in May. The society’s website ( is kept fully updated.

Subscription rates remained the same at: single £8, partnership (same address) £12, partnership (different addresses) £8 per member and OAP, disabled & junior £5. Life membership at 20 times the single membership is available.

The spring issue of the Spangle Review with a new face lift cover depicting a water colour painting by Roy Aplin of the Spangle Grey Green cock that won BIS for the late Stuart Raven at the 2000 B.S. Club Show, was posted to all paid up members in late March and those who have not received it should contact the editor Ian Clarke at (

The Chairman, in his closing remarks, gave a special THANK YOU to Clifton Wixon & his partner Jean and all their helpers for providing the day’s lunch and refreshments; to Cy Thorne, Rod Clarke & John Cosby for running the show and to Fred Eatwell and members of Swindon BS for providing the show staging; to Bob McCabe & Rick Watts for judging the show and giving the morning presentation and to the members for turning up with their birds and donated raffle prizes, and wished them a safe journey home.

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