|January - AGM||March - Pete Smith||April - Judging Comp.|
|May - YSS||June - Quiz||July - Barbeque||September - Tony Cash|
|October - Members Show||November - Christmas Draw|
Christmas Draw 2014
Our chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, opened the meeting and welcomed everybody. Apologies were received from John Mullen, Martin Terry, Colin Ives and George Wilson.
Everyone was advised of the forthcoming AGM and told that they had been emailed the paper work etc. Copies of the 2014 AGM minutes will be available at the AGM in January for those without Emails.
With that Chris handed over to me to explain the format for the evening, which was that we would start with the Christmas draw and break half way through for the food that Graham Cornwall, our President, had provided.
With 66 prizes to award I summoned the help of Mike Balls daughter Alex to draw the prize numbers, while I and many others drew the names, which I had a bit of fun with to liven up the proceedings:
All 39 of us there enjoyed the buffet very much, so many thanks to Graham and Sandra for all their hard work in providing such a lovely spread!
Many thanks also to everyone that made it such a great evening.
I look forward to seeing you all on Friday 30th 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 its your chance to have a say and make a difference and perhaps take on one of the many duties required to run this club!
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Members Show 2014
The Members Show was well supported this year with 94 birds benched! Apologies were received from Alex Whitman, Andrew McKendrick, and Jim Lawrie. It was good to have Brian Duncombe working well with our judge, Steve Cox, with Paul Gover & John Clarke assisting! 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 Paul Gover & John Clarke. Once Steve 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 Steve Cox for giving a full explanation on various faults on the birds and also for spending some time on a grey long tail explaining what judges are looking for etc.
We had a full ploughmans lunch before the judging of the major awards, which generated lots of conversation on winning birds.
The major awards were made as follows, with the remainder on the attached sheet:
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.
Many thanks to our Chairperson Chris Angus Smith for providing all the refreshments and working in the kitchen etc., and thanks also to Jacky Fox for helping! Although Jacky has no birds now she still intends to be an active member at some meetings!
September with Tony Cash
The meeting / BBQ started at 7.40 pm and our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, welcomed all there (22). Apologies were received from Jeff Plummer, Paul Gover, Geoff Dell, Jon Ashby, Alan & Gwen Joyce, Andrew McKendrick, Dee Boscoe, John Mullen, Pam & Malcolm Freemantle and Alex Whitman. (11).
Tables and chairs were set up outside, next to the barbecues where John Gorrell and Nigel Darley were cooking mouth watering pieces of chicken, sausages and burgers (not to forget the fried onions)! Chris Angus-Smith provided a tomato, lettuce and cucumber salad to complement the meals and everyone sat down together for a lovely social evening.
The raffle raised £31.00 and the Christmas draw takings were £67.00, ready for the November Grand Draw!
Once again, we all showed our appreciation to Chris for her organising / buying the food etc (£94.42) John and Nigel for bringing their BBQ units and cooking the food and Brian Mansell for logistics!
The evening then concluded after the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.
June - Quiz Evening
The meeting started at 8.05pm and our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith, welcomed all there (21). Apologies were received from Andrew McKendrick, Jacky Fox, Dee Boscoe, John Mullen, Geoff Dell, Jeff Plummer, Brian & Pat Smart, Harry & Sue Wadley, Mark Edwards and Pam & Malcolm Freemantle. (13).
We welcomed a new member, Martin Terry from Fareham
Meanwhile, Jim Lawrie, our judge for the evening, started judging the birds - Blue series (9) - after explaining how he was going to judge them and that he would make some allowance because of condition, as some of the birds seemed to be in-between moults.
After the quiz, which was great fun with everyone a winner, Jim took to the floor to explain his order and what features he was actually looking for in the birds. He said he now understood why some judges were made to look foolish at shows, as there was a Grey cock he put last but now he would put it 2nd/3rd as it was showing itself.
Our thanks to Graham for stepping in with his quiz as Gary Hale was unable to come.
Thanks also to all who brought birds along and to Ron Pearce for helping out with the washing up!
Our congratulations, to the main winner of the evening, our new member Martin Terry.
The raffle raised £35 & the Christmas draw takings were £56, ready for the November Grand Draw!
May - Young stock Show
Our congratulations to the main winners of the evening:
Thanks to all (30) of those that helped with the setting up and removal of the trestles, plus other jobs, which makes life a lot easier.
Four members paid up on the night, with the raffle raising £47 & the Christmas draw taking in £56, ready for the November Grand Draw!
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.
April - Judging Competition
The meeting was called to order at 8pm and everyone (17 poor attendance) was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.
Apologies were received from Delia Smith, Derek Ham, Pam Freemantle, Andy Poole, Mark Edwards, and John Mullen.
With the birds benched and ready, she then handed over to me to explain the format for the evenings judging exercise, which we were going to do backwards for a change. Everyone would judge the birds 1st 6th places, keeping their slips on them, then Chris Angus-Smith would judge the birds 1st - 6th just before the break.
I took to the floor in front of the birds / members and asked various people to come and join me; we started with Malcolm Freemantle with his order compared to Chriss.
I then placed the birds in the order of 1 -6 that Chris had judged. Having done that Malcolm explained his order and why he had judged /chosen his particular order from the birds in front of him, giving his reasons (with good detail) regarding the birds deportment / style etc.
This went on for the complete second part of the evening, with most people coming up and explaining their reasons etc.
I must say that most had the top 4 birds in some order or other, which goes to prove that they are all getting an eye for a good bird. We went on to also talk in a general open discussion about the upkeep of our birds and the breeding of them at this time of year!
Well done to you all and thanks again to those who brought birds along! (Brian Duncombe for the pair of Miniatures)
The evening then concluded with the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.
March - Pete Smith
The meeting was called to order at 7.58 pm and everyone (24) was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.
Apologies were received from Andrew McKendrick, Dee Boscoe, Mark Edwards, Paul Gover, John Gorrell, Ron Payne, Jeff Plummer, Geoff Dell and John Mullen.
Chris then introduced the evenings speaker, Pete Smith from Swindon, who was accompanied by Fred Eatwell.
After setting up the computer and projector, Pete started his presentation by giving a brief of his history in the keeping of birds in general, starting off with foreign birds / finches and being a member of the Cirencester CBS.
His said his first ever show was at Gloucester 20 years ago, where he bought some budgies from the sales class, which was the start of him keeping budgies.
Like many breeders he has moved about and built a few different aviaries/sheds/lofts up to his new present one which is 20` X 10` with 24 all-wire breeding units built up off the ground because of the wild life around where he lives (having tried all sorts of units etc and found these worked well for him). He was giving a full commentary all the time about the slide he was on, which was of interest to many!
Pete talked about his breeding results over the years and the different stock he had brought in from various breeders/bloodlines to try and breed the winning bird!
One thing which showed up from his presentation was the way he had gone from old / keyhole type birds to the new buffalo look with directional feathering on the face. He also keeps what he calls pretty ones as well, dilutes and recessives!
After the break Pete carried on showing the birds he had bred and improved on from last year, which he was pleased with.
There were lots of positive and interesting observations as well as a few funnies on the slides, which amused us all.
As we all know, Pete passed his Judging test at Doncaster to be a full BS Panel judge, so good luck with that and we look forward to seeing him at many Open Shows on his own later this year.
Once again, we all showed our appreciation to our speaker for a very entertaining and informative evening.
February - Steve Cox & Mick Freeborn
A.G.M. January 2014
The meeting was called to order at 7.55 pm and everyone was welcomed by our Chairperson, Chris Angus-Smith.
Apologies were received from Gerald Binks, Alex Whitman, John Mullen, Andrew McKendrick, John Bishop, Harry & Sue Wadley, Jacky Fox, Mick Freeborn, Steve Cox, Will Bien, Dee Boscoe, Malcolm & Pam Freemantle, Mike & Sara Ball, Delia Smith, Tony Neale and Brian & Pat Smart. (20) thank you to the 15 that managed to make it so we could have an AGM!
Northdowns Minutes of AGM 2013
These had been sent to all members before the meeting and hard copies were given out at the November meeting! Barbara Davis read out the 2013 minutes and there were no matters arising.
(Minutes then taken as a true account of AGM 2013: Proposed by Graham Cornwall Seconded by Brian Mansell)
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 2014 and the 2015 programme almost complete. She also said that if anyone wanted to step in as Chairperson she would step down, as she has been doing it for some time now!
General and Membership Secretarys report:
I started by thanking the committee for all their work during the year, which had contributed to the success of the club. I said that the club had picked up 4 new members during the year and now had 59 members (which included life, partners and other free memberships), although we had also lost a couple as well; Jacky Fox & Julie & Richard Hutchings. All of the meetings had been well attended during the year and I hoped this would continue during 2014 and beyond. We now have only 6 members without Emails!
I confirmed that the hall was booked for the year 2014 (and 2015 provisionally) on the last Friday of each month. Although the BS show has moved back to November and is still in November for 2014 - after that who knows? BS show in Sept again in 2015?
Also, the October meeting, being the Members show, which was poorly supported last year because of clashes with other local clubs will be held on Saturday 11th th October in 2014 from 9.30am to 3.30pm and 17th October in 2015!
Sad news regarding the Bucks & Berks BA closing down, also South Essex BS closed down 23-1-14 (yesterday)
First committee meeting on Feb 28th is at 6.45pm before the main meeting starts. Agenda to follow
Election of Officers:
Graham Cornwall, as President, took over the chair for the election of Chairperson. (Click here for elected officers).
Thank you for all of your support. The AGM finished at 9.10 and we then had the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home!
I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 28th February, when we are having an Open Evening at 7.45pm. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.