South Midlands Budgerigar Society

SOUTH MIDLANDS BS Area Open Show 2016

Best in Show and Best Any Age: S & J Gillan; Best Young Bird in Show, Best Champion YB and Best Opp Sex YB: C Hickman; Best Opp Sex AA: D. Turner; Best Intermediate Young Bird: S & B Squires; Best Novice Young Bird: G. Wincombe; Best Beginner Young Bird: G. Paine; Best Junior Young Bird: Zoe Johnson; CC Winners Light Green AA and YB M Jarrold;  Dark or Olive Green AA C Hickman, YB M Jarrold; SkyBlue  AA P & S Stevens; YB C Hickman; Cobalt, Mauve or Violet   AA S & J Gillan, YB A Haynes; Grey Green AA G Murrells; YB S & R Clarke; Grey AA D Leadbetter, YB C Hickman; Opaline Green AA S Roberts, YB G Paine; Opaline Blue AA D Turner, YB AR & TR Terheege; Cinnamon Green AA C Hickman, YB S & J Gillan; Cinnamon Blue AA M Freeborn, YB C Hickman; Opaline Cinnamon AA C Hickman, YB A Haynes;  Lutino AA G & P Norris, YB G Wincombe; Albino AA and YB G & J Al-Nasser; Yellow-wing AA M Lewis, YB D & L Rafis;  White-wing AA M Lewis, YB G & J Al-Nasser; Crest or Tuft AA C, D & S Sharpe, YB G & J Al-Nasser; SF Spangle Green AA S & B Squires, YB D Leadbetter; SF Spangle Blue AA S & B Squires, YB G & P Norris; DF Spangle AA S & J Gillan, YB G & P Norris; Dominant Pied AA S & J Gillan, YB G. Paine; Recessive Pied AA N & K Johnson, YB G & P Norris; Yellow Face AA G & J Al-Nasser, YB G Murrells; Rare Variety AA C, D & S Sharpe, YB S & R Clarke; Clearbody AA D Turner, YB C Thorne; Any Other Colour AA D Turner, YB AR & TR Terheege; Pair G & J Al-Nasser; Team S Roberts; Colour Budgerigar G & J Al-Nasser

Specialist & Rare variety show 2016

The Society held its Specialist & Rare Variety Show incorporating the Members Young Stock Show on 19th June at its new venue in Waterbeach and it was a great success. Gren & Pat Norris judged the show and had an entry of 170 in the specialist & rare show with 153 benched from 20 exhibitors which were up from last year and an entry of 50 in the young stock show with 44 benched from 12 exhibitors.

Heading the lutino section was a feathery hen belongs to Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser. This was followed by a young hen benched by Gary Wincomb from the novice section who also occupied third position with an adult hen.

The albino section was won by Jim Mitchell with a good coloured cock. Gary Wincomb occupied the next two placing with a cock & hen. Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser won the young bird award with a cock.

Brian Taylor headed the yellow-wing colour group with a dark green cock followed by a light green cock from the novice Mick Lewis. Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser young light green cock was in third place.

Mick Lewis won the whitewing group with a skyblue cock followed by a violet cock of Cy Thorne in second place. Ghalib & Janice were third with a young cobalt hen.

A nice circular opaline skyblue cock benched by Ghalib & Janice headed the crested section who also won second position with a young circular opaline skyblue cock. Cyril, David & Jini Sharpe from the novice section occupied third position with a half circular yellowface skyblue cock.

Colin Potter, society chairman, had a field day in winning all the 3 spangle challenge certificates. He won the spangle green certificate with a young opaline cinnamon light green hen.  Simon Roberts was second with a spangle grey green cock which was followed by Cy Thorne’ spangle grey green cock in third place.

Colin Potter won the spangle blue certificate with an opaline violet cock which was followed by his young opaline grey hen. Colin’s skyblue was third.  

Colin had his third win in the spangle section by winning the double factor spangle section with a young white cock and was second and third with an adult yellow cock and a young white hen. 

Jim Mitchell won the dominant pied colour group with a grey green cock followed by Richard Vallis cinnamon light green hen in second place. 

Jim also won the recessive pied group with a dark green cock. Mick Lewis from the novice section occupied 2nd & 3rd placing with dark green & cobalt cocks and also best young bird with a dark green cock. 

A quality goldenface cobalt hen headed the yellowface group for Connor Hickman while John Le Marquand from the novice section was second with a yellowface grey cock. Richard Vallis was third with a young yellowface opaline skyblue hen. 

Sue & Rod Clarke won the rare variety group with a slate hen while the novice partnership of Cyril, David & Jini Sharpe was second & third with a slate hen and rainbow cock. Rod & Sue won the rare young bird with a slate cock. Best Anthracite, David & Linda Rafis; German fallow, Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser; Saddleback, Cyril, David & Jini Sharpe.

Jim Mitchell won the clearbody group with a Texas clearbody cobalt cock while Rod & Sue Clarke were second with an Easley clearbody cobalt cock. Cy Thorne benched a young Texas clearbody yellowface grey in third place. 

Jim Mitchell won his 5th colour group when his lacewing opaline yellow hen won the any other colour group. Jim also occupied 2nd place with an opaline white blue cock. The novice Sharpe partnership was third with a white grey cock. Rod & Sue Clarke won the young bird with a mauve cock. Best greywing, Cyril, David & Jini Sharpe. 

There were no pairs entered and Simon Roberts won the team class with two pairs of spangle grey greens which was followed in second place by Colin Potter with a team of 3 pairs of double factor spangle whites and the Al-Nasser’s were third with a team of 3 pairs of albinos.

In the young stock show Colin Potter won the best young bird in Show with a dark green cock while the new partnership and president of the society Bev & Laura Hutt won the best adult in show and champion adult with a grey green cock.

Colin Potter headed the champion young bird section followed by Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser in second place with a cobalt cock and Connor Hickman in third place with a cinnamon grey hen. 

Richard Vallis headed the novice any age with a cinnamon skyblue cock while Nigel Carman won the young bird section with an opaline skyblue cock.  John Le Marquand was second with a light green cock and Richard Vallis was third with a cinnamon grey green hen.

Millie Roberts showing for the first time as a junior won both sections with an adult yellowface grey cock and a young yellowface grey hen.

 Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 20th February 2016 at the Budgerigar Society Office with the following decisions being ratified:

A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the recent losses of 3 Past BS Presidents: George Booth, Dennis Brown & Ray Brown and a past Councillor, Clifton Wixon.
Terry Sadler & Sam Wildes were admitted to the Main Judges Panel while Alan Melvin & Kirk Morrison were admitted to the Subsidiary Judges Panel. Harry Hockaday has rejoined the Main Judges Panel from the Retired Panel. It was agreed that Alister Easdon can re-join the Main Judges Panel in 2017 if he satisfies the criteria of showing at two shows during 2016.
Bob Allen & Brian Illingworth retired from the Main Judges Panel while Alistair Macaulay, Bill Searle & Ray Steele joined the Retired Judges Panel.
The B.S. Show Cage Inspector reported that, despite very minor discrepancies between the new approved plastic show cage and the current B.S. wooden show cage, if the cages were to be used in a show they would go unnoticed. More details will be obtained on the logistics of obtaining these cages from the manufacturer.
Delivery of plastic rings was on time as were the metal rings. A very few members highlighted some concerns with the plastic rings including their rigidity, font size, distinction of flat and legibility. Members were thanked for their valuable feedback and the manufacturer has improved on these aspects and are still working on making the flat edge more pronounced.
The Judges Meeting to be held on Sunday 24th April at Bugbrooke will be open to all members. The AGM to commence at 11.00 hrs followed by lunch, which must be booked in advance, then three presentations commencing at 13.00 hrs. Speakers are Grant Findlay on Judging Procedure, Maurice Roberts on Consistency in Judging including Directives & Major Faults, and Ghalib Al-Nasser on Faults in Budgerigars. There will be a selection of lesser varieties, colour budgerigars, longtails, pairs & teams on display for viewing & discussion.
With the recognition of the Colour Budgerigar it was agreed to add 2 classes for them in all championship shows within the main mandatory classification. The variety to receive a challenge certificate worth nil points and the benched entry to count towards the total entry just as the Pairs & Teams.
A presentation to be made to Dr. John Baker for his long services to the Society with the VDS and his name to be recommended to the AGM for Honorary Life Membership.
A Rules Sub-Committee to meet to look at the Society rules and see where revision is necessary.
A few teething problems were experienced by some members with the new VDS run by the University of Edinburgh. The Society Administrator will communicate with Kevin Eatwell who is heading up the Service in an attempt to make the service easier & quicker for members to use.
Natural History Museum have requested specimens of deceased quality budgerigars to add to their collection in the Museum. Members are requested to assist the Museum with this project.
The Promotional Administrator was congratulated on his efforts in securing a sponsorship deal with Bird Pro to sponsor rosettes to all patronage shows including the Club Show over the next two years. Country Wide, Birdcare Co, Cage & Avian Solutions are to continue with their sponsorship to the Society. Negotiations are still ongoing with the EBF re-sponsorship.
Membership stood at 2,429 at the end of 2015 which was a slight decrease of 88 on the previous year. Over 30 members were reported as deceased in 2015
Website sub-committee gave their recommendations to upgrade the website which was approved and will commence work on it.
The Area Society sub-committee met to look at ways to improve a closer working relationship with the area societies. It was agreed to produce a power point presentation to include a brief history of the BS, how the GC is made up and to encourage members to nominate themselves to the GC, what the BS does and can do for the area societies, highlighting the various areas where area society input like nominations for judges to the Club Show, BS Silver Bird, President, Show Administrator of the Year etc. All council members to receive a copy and for them to spread the message to the Area Societies and their members. 
Some  Area Societies have already responded re-holding a mini spring event in either 2017 or 2018 with a social evening on Saturday and AGM on the Sunday or a Convention in 2020. Deadline for replies is the end of March.
Correspondence received, discussed and updates given from Mrs. B. Hutt (BS President’s Chain of Office), J. Attwood (Longtails & abuse of judges on facebook. A statement to appear in The Budgerigar deploring such behaviour), N. Beevers (Judge’s Fee), T. Terheege (various topics), R. Simpson (Supreme Champion Status, a sub-committee was formed to investigate the merit of this concept) & from various societies re-patronage.
A letter received from Gren Norris thanking the B.S. for nominating him for the WBO Gould Award which he won.