January - AGM February - Open Forum March - Roger Carr April - Ian Standley
May - Young Stock Show June - Andrew Luke July - Ron Pearce & Marcel Buhler September - Dr Rob Marshall
October - Members Show November - Social Evening

November - President's Social Evening & Bring & Buy

Our chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, opened the meeting and welcomed everybody.  Apologies were received from John Mullen, Ron Pearce and Tony Neale.

Everyone was advised of the forthcoming AGM and told that they had been emailed the paper work etc., although hard copies of 2013 AGM minutes were available for those without an email address. AGM Minutes


With that, John Gorrell, our President, said that after the first session of the auction he hoped everyone would enjoy the food he had provided as his President’s buffet. (We certainly did)!



Malcolm Freemantle then acted as our auctioneer for the evening with his normal laid back style, although it was a hard sell night and if Jacky Fox hadn’t brought all her birdie stuff it would have been a poor show!


We raised, with your help, a total of £270.70 on the evening: £180.50 from the Bring & Buy, a donation of £10 from George Wilson, a donation of £30.00 from Mike & Sara Ball (who couldn’t make it as Mike’s Dad had a fall), £1.20 from refreshments and £49 raffle. Well done to everyone there.  The proceeds this year are down on last year, but it all helps to keep the club going in the right direction for 2014. (Food was for paid by the club, £95.07)


Everyone there seemed to enjoy the evening and many thanks go to Malcolm for his auctioneering, with all items sold!

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 24th January at 7.45pm for our AGM. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.

 We need you all to support the AGM, as it’s your chance to have a say and make a difference and perhaps take on one of the many duties required to run this club!

 (Any nominations for any committee position need to be returned to Tony Cash prior to the AGM).

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Members Show - October

The Members Show was poorly supported this year with only half of the normal entry! Apologies were received from Clive Mayers and it was nice to have Brian Scott attend with our judge, Roy Powell. So ‘thank you’ to all who took the time to bring birds to the show; it was good to see you all and with everybody helping it made it a very enjoyable day for all.

After being booked in, the birds were placed on the staging by all of our helpers under the guidance of our show manager, Brian Duncombe, who was assisted by John Gorrell (our President).  Once Roy had started judging he gave a very clear running evaluation, explaining the reasons for his choices, sometimes judging from right to left and then from left to right to make it more interesting!

That aside, the best bird won on the day. We thank Roy Powell & his secretary Brian Scott who did the paper work!

We had a full ploughman’s lunch after the judging of the major awards was completed, which generated lots of interest.

All in all we had a very good day, with everyone helping at some stage, for which I would like to thank you all again.

Thanks to our Chairperson Chris Angus Smith for providing all refreshments and working in the kitchen with Jacky Fox.

The major awards were made as follows:








Jim Lawrie


Dorset Special  Rosette



Dell & Plummer





Jim Lawrie





Dee Boscoe





Jim Lawrie





Dell & Plummer


Dorset Rosette




Dell & Plummer






Dell & Plummer





Jim Lawrie


Dorset Rosette




Jim Lawrie






Jim Lawrie





David Rice


Dorset Rosette




David Rice











Paul Gover






Sue Warrington






Paul Gover







Dorset Rosette













Sue Warrington





Sue Warrington








Champion Any Age

Beginner Young Bird

Best Young Bird

Best Red Eye

NORTHDOWNS BS    September 11th - Dr Rob Marshall

The meeting was called to order at 7.30pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.  Apologies were received from Alistair Cameron, Paul Gover and Andrew McKendrick.

Chris then handed over to Gerald Binks to introduce our guest speaker from Australia, Dr Rob Marshall and to chair / facilitate the meeting with the help of Terry Tuxford working on the projector.

We had breeders there from top champions like the Al-Nasser's, Mick Freeborn and Roy Aplin (BS President) to beginners like Dereck Ham and Dee Boscoe. Also there was Roger Stone and his sons from Riversway Plastics, who sell Rob’s books in the UK.

Rob started with a power point presentation on Eucalyptus trees, which the budgies love to, chew on, and explained which type to grow and how to harvest it etc.

Rob then drew a feather on the sketch board, placing lots of dots down the centre of the quill, and asked if anyone knew what they were.  He explained that they were quill mite and that they were detrimental to the heath of a bird, as they eat the protein out of the bird, which lowers it fertility. The bird would need to be treated by spraying or bathed in the correct solution of ivermectin at 5mls to 1 litre and again three weeks later alternatively a   shallow bowl in flight so they bath  themselves. (Note: over dosing will result in death of bird)

The other mite to watch for was the feather mite, which eats away at the skin of the bird and lowers its energy levels! (So much to write about)

He said that modern day exhibition budgerigars were more difficult to breed and needed special attention. The fancier should see improvements in breeding results when the principles of the breeding habits of wild budgerigars were applied to the (somewhat difficult) exhibition budgerigar. The following facts should increase the chance of breeding success and reduce the likelihood of breeding failure. He explained some of the problems and suggested a variety of changes we could try to improve our breeding season.

Fertility problems (albeit not in every breeding pair) must be expected when budgerigars are paired at the wrong biological time of the year, irrespective of the presence of artificial lighting or temperature control.

Fertility problems (albeit not in every breeding pair) must be expected when budgerigars are paired at the wrong biological time of the year, irrespective of the presence of artificial lighting or temperature control.

Poor breeding results must also be expected ccommencing breeding in the dark days of approaching winter ,when the natural light during the day has lost it’s intensity, will result in poor fertility and unsuccessful breeding results in the Northern Hemisphere. Strong natural light which is still present in late September to Mid October (in UK) is a time when aviaries come into condition and when a serious commencement of a breeding season should be considered.

Breeding condition is a prerequisite for successful breeding. The best results are seen when the breeding condition of each sex is synchronous. Informed breeding management systems introduce the pairs to mimic the wild bird situation. Poor results should be expected when the hen in "breeding condition" is not introduced to the cock or nest on time.

The availability of food and water is required for wild budgerigars to breed. Most often it is the autumn rain pattern of central Australia that creates the best conditions for wild budgerigars to breed. Wild budgerigars also breed in spring when good autumn rain saturates the water table. With the onset of warmer weather, the soil moisture produces a flush of summer grasses. It is the biological clock of ancient birds that stimulates breeding at this time. The increasing day length activates the biological clock and initiates breeding behavior in most bird species. With the increasing day length that follows the shortest day of the year (June 23rd in Southern Hemisphere; December 21st in Northern Hemisphere) the sex organs of cock birds are stimulated. As long as the weather is not too cold, they will come into "breeding condition" within 4 weeks. Hens do not respond as quickly to the increasing day length. They require a day length of at least 10 hours, and closer to 12 hours, to attain "breeding condition". This apparent asynchrony is beneficial to the breeding outcome, by protecting the energy reserves of the hen. She must preserve her energy for egg production.

When in breeding condition, her nesting and egg laying response will not be completed unless she receives appropriate courtship activities from a cock bird that also has to be in breeding condition. Warmer weather may also stimulate hen birds into breeding condition. Although budgerigars respond to increasing day length as a remnant of the ancient birds' biological clock, it is not an important stimulus to breeding in the wild and should not be expected to provide the same breeding stimulus as the completion of the natural summer moult.

Australian breeders provide their birds with direct sunlight, as it is such an integral part to breeding success. Direct sunlight should be utilised wherever possible. Enclosed bird rooms are used for convenience and for when direct sunlight is impractical. They offer advantages and challenges for the budgerigar breeder. Day lengths between 10 and 14 hours are used to stimulate breeding activity. Enclosed bird rooms are also used in Australia, but are far more common in other parts of the world. Without the benefit of natural daylight hours, breeding expectations must be lower for environmentally controlled indoor bird rooms. The temperature, humidity and day length controls found in indoor bird rooms do, however, provide breeding budgerigars with significant advantages compared to budgerigars in naturally lit aviaries.

"Natural selection" guidelines in nature, the strongest budgerigars select the best nest sites and are first to breed. Similarly, the most vital exhibition budgerigars are the first to come into "breeding condition" and are the best breeders. Fanciers must select wisely and follow nature's doctrine of "survival of the fittest". Freedom from disease also plays a major role in the breeding performance of the exhibition budgerigar and health programmes should be implemented prior to breeding for studs with poor breeding records. It has never been easy to breed champions, because they are few and far between, even from studs with the very best European stock. Success at breeding champion livestock has always been (and continues to be) a "numbers and chance" game. The more offspring bred from proven pairs, the better the chance of producing a champion. Consequently, the aim must be to improve the breeding success of each pair.   Budgerigar fanciers are wise to take note of this fundamental tenet and take advantage of the extraordinary breeding capabilities of the budgerigar.

Selecting for vitality, above all else, is the best and quickest way to succeed at breeding and exhibition. This is due to the fact that vitality is intimately related to fertility. The theory of selecting for vitality sounds straightforward. However, it is complicated in practice by the fact that the most successful exhibition budgerigars have in many cases been, and continue to be, infertile or poor breeders. The current lack of fertility in the best quality exhibition budgerigars has occurred, in part, to poor selection by budgerigar fanciers in the past (vitality and fertility are both strongly heritable characteristics). The genetic link between poor vitality/fertility and the desirable features of the standard, namely large body size and long feathers, add to the difficulties of breeding champions from champions.

“Fertility" guidelines - Many, but not all of the best quality exhibition budgerigars have fertility problems. In an effort to recover the lost vitality of the champion bird in future generations, the most practical solution would be to use the family gene pool of lesser quality, but more vital brothers or sisters of the champions. There is a far greater chance of producing future champions from the lesser birds purely due to increased numbers of offspring produced. A champion produced from this "lesser" pairing is much more likely to be vital and fertile. They can then be used to start a sturdy and productive family more in line with the old Australian families.

Rob said his advice was to breed at the right time of year and then reassess the breeding results. If infertility persisted, "cleanse" the stud with a prescribed disease treatment programme. If fertility was good but the babies developed poorly, look more closely at the feeding system being used. By following these simple rules, breeding success was guaranteed in all pairs except those with a genetic weakness.

Rob went on to give lots more advice on all aspects of the Budgerigar and its general heath & wellbeing, with lots of general discussion from the floor which was good! 

He said the other problems were with the water we use and said to make a note of the change if we boiled our water for a week to see if we noticed any difference!

With that we all thanked Rob in the usual way for the professional and very informative evening! (Running out of time 10.30) His presentation could have gone on all-night for me!

Roy Aplin then took the floor as the BS President to say a few words (Roy had done a special sketch, which we all signed for Dr Rob Marshall as a momento of his visit).

Roy presented the sketch to Rob and went on to say that this was the type of meeting / speaker that the BS should have at their conventions, as Rob was the best avian vet speaker on Budgerigars he had ever heard.

Gerald Binks then spoke and said that at the beginning of the meeting, when he was introducing Rob, he had said that Rob was arguably the best avian vet in the world, but he would now like to correct that statement, because he was the best (this received a very loud round of applause).

NORTHDOWNS BS  July 28th (Ron Pearce & Marcel Buhler)

The meeting was called to order at   8.00pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.  Apologies were received from Alex Whitman, Mike Ball, Delia Smith and Andrew McKendrick.

Tony Cash talked about general club news and also the September 11th meeting, which is on a Wednesday to suite Dr Rob Marshall, starting at 7.30 with Gerald Binks chairing the meeting.

Chris then welcomed Ron Pearce, our speaker for the evening, with his partner Marcel Buhler!

With all  the birds benched (pairs only), Ron started by giving a brief of the format for the evening and by asking everyone to pair up their best 3 pairs and also 2 of their lesser pairs, assuming that they were the only birds in their stud.  He gave everyone 35 minutes to do so, after which he would comment on the various pairings that had been chosen and ask the reasons for that particular pairing.  After this he would give his opinion on people’s selections.

Once the pairings had been done to what was thought to be the best pairings to breed from, we stopped for a tea break and general chat.

Ron then started to give various comments regarding the quality of the birds benched and the faults and good features that were in front of him.

With that out of the way Ron selected various breeders with their sheets and asked them to come up and explain the pairings they had chosen.

We had breeders from top champions like Gerald Binks to beginners like Dee Selby.  Ron gave advice to each individual on their pairings and sometimes suggested another bird as an alternative to help breed better youngsters, in his opinion, or to balance the faults in the pair. 

A general discussion on various birds continued, with Ron giving explanations on his view of pairings and why, assuming that this was his stud and all he had to work with! There were all sorts of birds there, from buffs to yellow feathered and flecked with dilutes and spangles. 

Ron went on to talk in general about the modern birds of today and asked if we were going too far with the quest to cover the face with feather.

He mentioned that, whilst on a visit to Daniel Lutoft, that he was taking a step back on the amount of feathering around the face. That is not to say that some feathering around the face is desirable and makes the bird look neat and not beaky. 

He said the other problem with trying to increase the feather was the tailless wonders and also the long flight type bird and others with extreme long tails! He admitted he had the odd super bird in his stud but had decided not to use them as it would only spread that factor into the rest of his stud - a balance had to be maintained in the pairings of the buff feature for the stud to survive.

Ron talked about miniature budgies, saying that they were a completely different type of bird compared to our normal budgies as we know them.

With that we all (27) thanked Ron & Marcel in the usual way for the professional commentary and the advice / banter given to us all and for not taking any expenses on the night. We then had the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.  (Bio security was maintained). 

NORTHDOWNS BS     June 28th (Andrew Luke)

The meeting was called to order at 8.00pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.  Apologies were received from Gerald Binks, Pam & Malcolm Freemantle, Clive Mayers, John Mullen, Andrew McKendrick, Dereck Ham, Jacky Fox, Geoff Dell and Jeff Plummer.

Chris then welcomed Terry Smith back to our meeting, who, after a year of treatment since his accident, is able to speak and remember almost all about his birds and us breeders! Although still in a wheel chair and learning to walk again, it means he’s back! Our thanks to his son for bring him to the meeting.

Before the introduction of our speaker I said a few words regarding the Wednesday September 11th meeting with Dr Rob Marshall, which will be starting at 7.30.  We will also be opening the shutters to enlarge the hall to cater for the additional breeders who may attend.

Chris then introduced our speaker for the evening, Andrew Luke, who started with a brief of the evening’s presentation: 

·          The bloodlines that our birds are based on

·          The varieties we keep

·          Our birdroom and management

·          Feeding

·          Our birds from 2001-2008

·          The Molkentin stud (setup plus birds)

·          Our birds 2008 - 2013

Andrew said he and his dad, Tom, were helped to get back into the hobby in 1991 by Ken and Derrick Whaites, with some good birds which started them on the road to their current successes.

In 2005 they had a new brick built bird room with 44 breeding units up and running; the bird room measuring 30ft x 18ft with a flat roof. He said the four windows and door are all double glazed, as are the two roof lights, which allow plenty of natural light into the bird room.

The ceiling and walls are covered in white plastic coated ply wood and the floor is tiled, so all of this is very easy to clean. The two large inside flights measuring 13.5ft x 7ft are separated by a corridor leading to the door. The flights are constructed of stainless steel and green melamine panels. The stainless steel panels help prevent feather damage caused by the usual climbing up wire mesh, they also make viewing the birds easier.

A box in a box type nest box is used and all are identical. The inner box is replaced between rounds for hygiene reasons, preventing the build up of bacteria and fungi.  They are experimenting with 10 Mannes plastic type boxes at moment to see if they like them before buying the rest, but as of now, they have not noticed any difference in the breeding results.

Andrew said that the preparation area is complete with a sink and work top and hot and cold water.  They now use normal tap water and not purified (as in the past) in the drinkers, as the condition / quality of the water has improved dramatically. 

A two tiered trolley cage made from stainless steel has been made to house youngsters prior to going into the main flights and adults after coming out of the breeding cages. On one side wall there are 12 training cages with front opening doors and when they have aviary visits they fill them up with some of their potential show team, which helps to steady them with breeders moving around. 

They also have lots of storage built in, which allows them to buy their seed in bulk and is very cost beneficial. They keep the bird room at 70% humidity by using electrical gadgets such as a De-humidifier and a Germ-o-kill air cleaner (UV Light). The bird room also includes 6ft x 6ft fluorescent lights with daylight bulbs wired up to a dimmer/time clock system, night lights and 4ft x 5ft tubular heaters wired to a thermostat set at a minimum of 10c. There is an extractor fan on one wall, as well as a ceiling mounted cooker hood to remove air from the bird room, so that the bird room is a healthy environment to be in.

In the feeding they use a lot of vegetables, which they saw and subsequently ‘learnt from’ when they were at the ‘Molkentin’ set up to bring in their outcrosses.  It has proved to be very beneficial to their birds.  They also put Eucalyptus branches in the flights as well as swings to occupy the birds and keep them active.

Their soft food is a mixture of sprouted seeds, breedmax, dried mixed herbs, garlic powder, porridge oats, vitamin e powder, Kellogg’s frosties , groats, badmintons horse cereal, bio vit, clop, thrive, just silva, fertivit, probizyme, top s and magic together, which works very well for them.

The same basic seed mix is given to every cage all year round; this is 1 part mixed millet, two parts white millet, two parts plain canary and one part tonic seed. The three seed types are mixed together and then grated organic vegetables are added and mixed in. A mixture of at least five of the following is given daily:  carrots + leaves, broccoli + stalk, beetroot + leaves, chicory, chard, parsley, sweet corn, celery, spinach, peppers red/green/yellow, pakchoey, parsnip, fennel, cauliflower (white only), brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage (green/red), cucumber, peas (tinned in water or fresh), courgette, radish, kale, turnips, green beans and chinese bean sprouts. The vegetable content is around 20% of the mixture. Variety is very important to gain the most goodness for the birds. A cup of sprouted seed is added to the seed/veg mix daily, together with a mixture of sunflower seed, oats, safflower, paddy rice, melon seed, chick peas, mung beans, yellow peas, green peas and two cups of sprouted oats.

The presentation showed birds from the early days of winning in 2001 up to the current day young of 2013, with complete commentary regarding how they progressed with using various outcrosses from some very top names. 

Many thanks to Andrew for giving us a very professional and interesting power point presentation, with lots of useful commentary which was enjoyed by all (28) and for not wanting any expenses for the evening. 

The evening then concluded with the raffle, after which all were wished a safe journey home.

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 26th July, when Ron Pearce is our Judge / Speaker for our Pairing Up competition. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting

NORTHDOWNS BS    May 31st 2013 (Young Stock Show)

The meeting started at 8.05pm and our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, welcomed all there with apologies received from Dereck Ham and John Mullen.

Neil Johnson, our judge for the evening, started judging the birds at 8.25pm, after explaining how he was going to judge them and that he would make some allowance because of condition, as some of the birds this year seemed to be in-between moults.


Because it was a young stock show the classes were grouped together ‘cock and hen’ to simplify the judging and Neil said that condition was not paramount, as it was a members young bird show. Also, reclassification would happen if required, as no one would be wrong classed. (It did)

Whilst judging Neil explained what features he was actually looking for in the birds and said that when there were two very similar birds it was difficult to place them first and second, as you needed to take into account all of their features / faults. He also stressed that birds entered deserved the time to allow them to perch.

As the judging went on Neil kept up a running commentary and ensured that everyone could see what he was doing. He asked for questions and comments as he was judging and also when he had finished.

After the break I announced the winners of the evening and presented the trophy to Jim Lawrie for Best Young Bird. Neil then started to explain about the birds and the faults and the reasons why they were placed where they were on the benches.

Our thanks to Brian Duncombe, our show manager, who did a great job again and thanks to Jacky Fox for helping in the kitchen with Chris!

Our congratulations to the main winners of the evening:

Jim Lawrie: Best bird in show – Grey Green Spangle Cock
Colin Ives: Best Opposite Sex -  Cin Green Hen
Malcolm Freemantle:  Best champion –  Yellow Wing Dark Green Clearwing Cock
Jim Lawrie:  Best intermediate –  Grey Green Spangle Cock

Alex Whitman: Best Novice Grey Green Cock
Dee Selby: Best Beginner – Violet  Cock
Colin Ives: Best Barhead   Green Hen

I would also like to thank all (33) of those that helped with the setting up and removal of the trestles, plus other jobs, which makes life a lot easier. We had two more members pay up on the night and it was also nice to see Mick Freeborn & Steve Cox again.

Once again, we all showed our appreciation to the Judge / Speaker for a very entertaining evening and for not taking any expenses.

The evening then concluded after the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.

NORTHDOWNS BS    April  2013

The meeting started at 8.05pm and our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, welcomed all there with apologies received from Richard & Julie Hutchins, Andrew McKendrick, Clive Mayers and Alex Whitman (Terry Smith now back home).

Chris then introduced our speaker, the well-known Ian Standley and Marion his better half, from Bexhill-on-Sea.

Ian started with a short résumé of his history in the hobby and what he did, as well as being a full panel judge!   He then introduced his presentation on “Infertility in Budgerigars”, which he said he had quickly put together for this meeting and that it was his first attempt at giving a power point presentation.  Like me, he hasn’t brought a projector yet, but being in the TV business he brought along a 45” LCD TV, which did the job just as well!

Main Headings of the Presentation:

  • Bad Management: Poor feeding (soft food supplements needed), cleanliness, erratic routine, boredom. Selection of known low fertility birds, birds out of condition and stressful surroundings

  • Failure to Mate: Due to bad health, nutrition deficiencies (particularly vitamin A, D, E and calcium). Vitamin E for fertility and calcium for good eggshell production (calcium should not be given on a regular daily basis in water)

  • Lighting: Incorrect lighting and temperature, too bright/too dull (natural or artificial light), too hot/too cold or too erratic

  • Disturbances: Cats, vermin, outside lighting switching on and off

  • Perches: Loose, polished or wrong size

  • Tired Birds: After showing, lack of food and vitamins

  • Condition: Pairing birds out of condition, birds not fit and birds not ready to move into the breeding cycle due to moulting

  • Immature Parents: Underdeveloped, erratic mating

  • Time of Pairing: Pairing at the wrong time for your stud. Does your stud have a right time to pair up for maximum fertility?

  • Atmosphere in Aviary: Aviary too quiet – colony birds need noise; a radio is often on in many aviaries for this reason

  • Male Infertility: Male infertility can be caused by physical problems, but very often is caused by stress

  • Buff Feathering: Larger feathering on our birds today gets in the way of mating.   Trimming may help. Guide feathers do not do anything; it is the hens sucking action that is important to successful mating

  • Inbreeding: This can cause weak sperm and low fertility

  • Box bound Hens: Once in a box they never come out to mate

  • Internal Layers: Malfunction of the shell gland can cause internal laying of eggs – extra calcium may help

  • Drug Effects: Drugs can cause infertility i.e., Emtryl for Trichomoniasis causes temporary infertility

There were many other headings which were discussed in detail as well - too many to put in this reportt.  I just chose the above headings to give a taste of the enjoyable evening we had; each heading was given a full explanation by Ian with odd comments from the floor!

During the break Malcolm Freemantle judged the Grey series birds that members brought along - thanks to those that did!

After the break Ian continued with the last part of his talk, which was on stress etc.   Everyone joined in after that with their comments and it made for a very enjoyable part two of the evening. Ian then gave out copies of information on Basic Genetics and also this presentation

However, all good things must come to an end, as the meeting was so interesting with total interaction from all in the second part of the evening.

We all thanked Ian for a great evening’s entertainment and also Marion for bringing him and not accepting any expenses for their trouble!

The evening then concluded with the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.

NORTHDOWNS BS     March  2013

Tony Cash called the meeting to order at 8.05pm and, before handing over to the Chair to welcome the guest speaker and everyone attending the meeting, Tony spoke on club business regarding Patronage, which the club has awarded in full to Dorset & District BS, The Southern Classic and South Hampshire BS.

He also showed and asked members to sign the BS voting slip that he had produced with regard to omitting the Beginner or Intermediate section and which he will send to the BS office!

Tony then ran through the 2014 programme that he has just completed to allow the members to digest the future events and to tell others.

With Tony finished, he handed over to the Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.  Apologies were received from Richard & Julie Hutchins, Jacky Fox, Andrew McKendrick, John Mullen, Clive Mayers, Alex Whitman and Will Bien,

Chris then introduced our speaker, the well-known Roger Carr.

Roger started by saying he could talk about any thing as well as about himself.  He then started walking around the hall handing out BW magazines to all the members there (28) much to our amazement and wondering why?

Once back in his chair he explained the reason, which was that everyone had to look at the front cover bird and then the inside cover to see whose it was. He was then going around the room to ask everyone their opinion on that bird compared to the current day Budgie.  This became very interesting as some of the BW magazines went way back and what was noticeable was that really early birds had nice round spots with no sign of any ticking/flecking /grizzle.

The bird that stood out from all of the birds was the Frank Silva Spangle that had won at the club show.  It was in good feather condition and it had a degree of directional feathering, although the feather was shorter then the modern day birds.  Also, the deportment and style even now would be difficult to attain. With everyone joining in with comments it made for a very enjoyable first part of the evening.

After the break and raffle which we had early as a couple who had travelled far needed to leave a bit earlier, Roger then talked about the size of the birds today and asked if it was the frame of the bird or just feather?

This subject went on for some considerable time, which led on to the genetics of birds.  He related this to humans regarding size and weight of children not looking like their parents but relating to the grandparents’ and great grandparents’ etc.  So look and keep good records if you want to improve your stud.

We then discussed the ideal budgie and what we thought of the various proposals regarding length and deportment, as most birds wining on the show bench are big long birds.

The discussion then turned to the new BS personnel and the manning of the BS office without a full time secretary to answer calls.  Roger said he felt it was a backward step not to have a full time contactable person! So it will be very interesting to see what transpires in the near future and whether it will be efficient enough to satisfy the membership.

It seemed we could have gone on all night as the meeting was so interesting with total interaction from all, but all good things must end and we all thanked Roger for a great evening’s entertainment.

The evening then concluded and all were wished a safe journey home.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 26th April when Ian Standley from Kent will be entertaining us from 7.45pm.  Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.

NORTHDOWNS BS    February 2013

The meeting was called to order at 8.05pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.  Apologies were received from Richard & Julie Hutchins, Jacky Fox and Will Bien. We welcomed a new member tonight from the past (12years ago) in Keith Harrald who lives in Blackwater.

The evening was an open forum type meeting and as we had Steve Cox and Mick Freeborn there as members of the meeting, I asked them to sit at the top table with me to help answer the questions from the floor as sometimes its hard work on your own!

I started it off by showing what I had printed off from the BS web site and also the Photostat of the Cage & Aviary comments on the BS with various proposals etc., (although we should really wait for the BS magazine with the details and the consultation paper on removing the Intermediate section and not the Beginner, as most breeders think this is the better option).

We had lots of discussion on this, with many different ideas on the way forward! Listed below are the main bullet points from the BS web site: we discussed most of the items with both positive & negative comments, which goes to prove it’s not easy to please all!

Decisions made at the BS GC meeting 2 February 2013

1. Consultation paper to be issued for proposed changes to classification for 2014 show season (Closing date Sept 1st 2013)

2. Approval of GC Board proposals re division of Secretary roles. 

3. GC is to explore letting opportunities of BS office (not to be sold) 

4. Grant Findlay to step down as Vice Chairman on commencement of role as Society Administrator. 

5. New Vice Chairman appointed effective from April 2013 – Ghalib Al-Nasser 

6. New pro-forma document to be introduced for judges to be proposed by societies/individuals for BS World Championship Show 

7. 2015 convention to be organised by Terry & Linda Jukes and John Cosby in the vicinity of Stoke-on-Trent 

8. Proposed rule change for members to decide upon for 2015 – reduction to 4 show status by removing Intermediate status. 

9. New BS Stand to be commissioned by kind donation to the Society with the theme of promoting the hobby. 

10. To review the BS website and investigate the possibility of BS Intranet 

11. Grant Findlay and Michael Chapman – GC unanimous support for them to remain as Council members in their roles from April 2013

We also talked in depth on the breeding problems that we are having at the moment, with the result that most are struggling with dead day old chicks and with the parents not staying in breeding condition long enough to bring off 2 rounds of chicks or feed them / wean them off properly.

With constructive advice from our panel I think most learnt something on the night, so many thanks to Steve & Mick for joining me in making it an interesting evening.

The evening then concluded after the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 29th March, when Roger Carr will be entertaining us from 7.45pm.  Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.

A.G.M.  January 2013

The meeting was called to order at 8.05pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.  Apologies were received from Jim Lawrie, Andrew McKendrick, Malcolm & Pam Freemantle, Mick Freeborn, Richard & Julie Hutchins, Jacky Fox, Dee Selby, Will Bien and John Gorrell our President. (11)

Northdowns Minutes of AGM 2012

These had been sent to all members before the meeting and hard copies were given out at the November meeting! And there was one comment from Chris Angus-Smith in that I didn’t record her thanks to myself, now rectified! (Minutes then taken as a true account of AGM 2012: Proposed by Sue Warrington – Seconded by Alex Whitman)

The President’s Report (Read out by Tony Cash)

The President, John Gorrell, was unable to attend because of family commitments, but asked me to say “a thank you” to everyone connected to the club for all the work they did.   He said that all of the committee had worked hard to make Northdowns a success, especially Chris & Tony who put in a tremendous amount of work over the year to ensure that Northdowns remained one of the best clubs in the south and that there had been some great meetings with entertaining speakers.

The Chairperson then gave her report:

Chris Angus-Smith said she had enjoyed the year very much and that having good speakers made it even better. She went on to thank her committee for all of their hard work during the year. Chris then gave a thank you to all that helped in the kitchen during the year, also to Tony for all the work he does on behalf of Northdowns. We have had good attendances at the meetings because we have good speakers; we are heading in right direction, with a full programme for 2013 and the 2014 programme almost complete.

General and Membership Secretary’s report:

Tony Cash started by thanking the committee for all their work during the year, which had contributed to the success of the club. He said the club had picked up 4 new members during the year and now had 67 members (which included life, partners and other free memberships). All of the meetings had been well attended during the year because of the quality of the program / speakers and he hoped this would continue during 2013 and beyond. He confirmed that the hall was booked for the year 2013 (and 2014 provisionally) on the last Friday of each month. Also, the October meeting, being the Members show, would be held on Saturday 26th October from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Treasurer’s report: 

Barbara Davis went through the profit and loss/balance sheet reports that had been sent/given out to members. Barbara said that, compared to 2012, the income had gone up slightly and the expenditure had also gone up, but we have all trophies, medals, rosettes paid for 2013 and still  only made a small loss after one of the most expensive speakers this year that the club has engaged.

(Accounts Proposed by David Rice – Seconded by John Mullen)

Election of Officers:

Graham Cornwall, as Vice Chairman, took over the chair for the election of Chairperson. See Officers page for those elected.

On AOB it was voted in that the President’s evening shouldn’t be a burden on cost to the incumbent and that a receipt for providing the food & drinks would be reimbursed, as the club is in a good financial state!  Proposed by David Rice – Seconded by Barbara Davis

Thank you for all of your support. The AGM finished at 8.32 and we then had a tea break ready for part 2, which was on breeding problems. This threw up all the usual problems we all have year on year.