The society had a similar numbers to last year entry for its area championship show at the end of October with a total entry of 508 of which 411 were benched from 42 exhibitors. The judges on this occasion were a team from Wales; Dominic Avo, Bob Francis, Dave Game & Gary Hale.
Sandra & James Gillan repeated their success for the third consecutive year by winning best any age and best in show with the quality skyblue cock while Connor Hickman repeated his success from last year by winning best young bird in show with a cinnamon grey cock. Gren & Pat Norris won the any age opposite sex award with a double factor spangle white hen while Gavin Carter won the best young bird opposite sex with a quality dominant pied cinnamon violet hen.
The champion section was very strong as always with 23 exhibitors (3 more than last year) and toping the any age section was a powerful spangle cinnamon grey cock belongs to Gren & Pat Norris who also occupied third position with their opposite sex hen. Separating the two was Geoff Murrell’s yellowface skyblue cock. Connor Hickman’s cinnamon grey cock headed the young bird section followed by Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser spangle grey cock in second place. Dave Leadbetter was third best with a grey cock.
Only 4 exhibitors competed in the intermediate section and the Gillan’s mother & son partnership headed the any age section with their best in show skyblue cock and were second & third best with a cobalt and dominant pied cinnamon grey green cocks. Peter & Sandra Stevens won the young bird section with a cinnamon skyblue cock and were second best with a dominant pied cobalt cock. The Gillan partnership had a grey cock in third place.
There were 5 exhibitors in the novice section and Nigel Carman’s skyblue cock came on top in the any age section while Mark Bannister followed in second place with a grey green cock and a spangle light green cock in third place. Mark Bannister was the clear winner in the young bird section winning the first three places with an albino cock, spangle cinnamon light green hen and a grey green cock.
The beginner section had 8 exhibitors and Gary Simpson headed the any age section with a light green cock. John McKenna was second with an opaline light green cock while B & S Wright were third with a light green hen. Graham Paine dominated the young bird section winning the first three places with a spangle light green, dominant pied cinnamon grey green and cinnamon light green cocks.
Two exhibitors entered birds in the junior section but only one benched the birds and Tiffany Newson won all the awards. In the any age section she won with a lutino, light green & spangle skyblue cocks while in the young bird section she won with spangle cobalt and dominant pied light green cocks and lutino hen.
Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser won the pair class with spangle light greens followed by their cinnamon greys in second place.
Only one team of 2 pairs of lutinos was benched by the Al-Nasser’s.
Ghalib & Janice won best colour budgerigar with a cobalt cock while Cyril, David & Jini Sharpe won the any other colour class with a spangle cock.
Any age best of colour awards: G. Murrells, light green, grey green, opaline green, yellowface; C. Hickman, dark factor green, grey; S & J Gillan, skyblue, dominant pied; G. Carter, dark factor blue, spangle green; P. Henson, opaline blue; D. Tutty, cinnamon green; D. Leadbetter, cinnamon blue; C. Thorne, opaline cinnamon, clearbody; G & P Norris, lutino, albino, spangle blue, double factor spangle, recessive pied; B. Taylor, yellow-wing; M. Lewis, whitewing; G & J Al-Nasser, crest, rare variety; Terheege & Roby, any other colour.
Young bird best of colour awards: G. Carter, light green, dark factor green, opaline green, dominant pied, yellowface; P & S Stevens, skyblue, opaline blue; C. Potter, dark factor blue; G. Simpson, grey green, lutino; D. Leadbetter, grey; D. Tutty, cinnamon green, opaline cinnamon; C. Hickman, cinnamon blue; M. Bannister, albino; M. Lewis, yellow-wing, whitewing; Widdowson & Wilson, crest, double factor spangle; G. Paine, spangle green; G & J Al-Nasser, spangle blue; G & P Norris, recessive pied; S & R Clarke, rare variety; C. Thorne, clearbody; Terheege & Roby, any other colour.
The Society held its successful Specialist & Rare Variety Show incorporating the Young Stock Show in June with an entry of 162 in the specialist & rare show of which 133 were benched and 56 in the young stock show from 23 exhibitors. The judges were Alister Easdon and Adrian Terheege (specialist and rare) and Emma Roby (young stock). At the show Bev Hutt, the outgoing president passed on the society’s chain of office to the new president Jethmalani (Jini) Sharpe who was unable to attend the AGM in February.
Challenge certificates winners: Lutino, Spangle Blue, DF Spangle and Recessive Pied, G and P Norris; Albino, J W Mitchell; Yellow-wing, M Lewis; Whitewing, Crest, Dominant Pied and Coloured Budgerigar, G and J Al-Nasser; Spangle Green and Team, S. Roberts; Yellow face, C Hickman; Rare Variety, S and R Clarke; Clearbody and Any Other Colour, D A Turner
In the young stock show Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser won the best young bird in Show with a cobalt cock while Bev and Laura Hutt won the best adult in show with a skyblue cock.
The Al-Nasser’s headed the champion young bird section with their cobalt cock and they also won second and third best with a goldenface grey hen and cinnamon grey cock. Bev and Laura won the champion any age award with their skyblue cock.
Unfortunately there were no intermediate or beginner exhibitors but John Le Marquand headed the novice young bird with an opaline dark green hen followed by his yellowface opaline grey hen in second place while Mick Lewis was third with a whitewing cobalt cock.
Millie Roberts won both junior sections with a young grey green cock and an adult grey green hen.