South Hampshire Christmas Social & Draw
||Well its that time of the year again and, if you
can remember back to this time last year, the social and draw was cancelled due to the
snow and we had the draw at Januarys meeting.
drifted in to be ready for a 7.30 start on the skittles competition after getting
themselves a drink from the bar.
I was given the honour of going first, with a score of 4 (not one of
my greats). After a complete round, with a young lady leading on 12 points, we stopped to
have the meal which we had all pre-booked and I must say was excellent (some forgot what
they ordered, which is the norm).
|After the meal we had round two of the skittles, played
with some hilarious moments to say the least.
We then had a fund raising event of throwing coins up the skittle
alley to see who could leave their coin closest to the Champagne.
Our congratulations to the winners of the evening:
- Best Skittles Score with 22 Points: Wally Sheppard
- Nearest the Champagne bottle: Malcolm Freemantle (with Pams
Our thanks go to Peter Merritt and all his family for arranging the
evening and his grandson for picking up and replacing the skittles etc.
After the Christmas draw was completed I (President) thanked
everyone for coming and the staff for the quality food and service they provided. I
apologised to the staff regarding Steve Baileys spotted dick (those there will
understand) and I also mentioned about the superb program for next year and that we need
to support the club when we have top speakers. With that said I wished everyone a
good breeding season and a merry Christmas and on that note we finished the evening and
wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire Judging
Competition - November 2011
Tony Cash, our Joint Secretary, opened the meeting and welcomed all
there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Richard Hall, Bill Farr, Les & Doreen
Stanley, John Mullen and Steve Bailey.
With the birds benched and ready (any Normal Cock or Hen), he then
handed over to our judge for the evening, Nigel Darley, who is a member and had travelled
down from Tadley.
Whilst the judging was being carried out we were updated on the
members show awards and talked in depth regarding the proposed new guidelines that judges
have to adhere to in 2013.
This was a very lively debate on all aspects of the guide lines, as
we had two panel judges in the meeting. They gave their views regarding this, what
they were seeing up and down the country and the various opinions voiced within the hobby.
After the judging was complete all present were given judging slips
and asked to judge cocks 1 7 rundown and hens 1 4 and award best bird
overall. Then they were assessed / scored on points to who was closest to our judges
First - Mick Freeborn
Our congratulations to the main winners of the evening:
· Best Bird Green Cock Class
· Best Cock Green Cock Class
· Best Hen Cin Grey Class B1
Winner / closest to
It was good to see that our Beginners are
getting an eye for a good bird!
Nigel then asked for questions and comments on his judging.
After the raffle Tony thanked Nigel for adjudicating and all of the
members for bringing their birds. He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a
safe journey home.
South Hampshire Members Show - October 2011
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened
the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from Mick Freeborn, Andrew
McKendrick and Geoff Biddlecombe.
With all the birds benched and ready, he then
handed over to our judge for the evening, Ron Payne, who had travelled down from Swindon
with his good lady.
Whilst judging Ron
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 Ron 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.
Our congratulations to the main winners of the
Best in Show & Best Young Bird in Show
Our thanks to Malcolm Freemantle, our show
manager for the evening, who did a great job assisted by David Rice!
Note: Peter Merritt took to the
floor to announce that Kevin Burnett had sold all of his birds (hes bought them) and
he was now keeping canaries & finches for a change. He said he would still carry
on as our patronage secretary for our open show and we all wished him well with his new
After the raffle Bill, our Chairman, thanked Ron
for adjudicating and not accepting any expenses and all of the members for
bringing their birds. He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey
Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there (10 only). Apologies were
read out from John Mullen, Neil Johnson, Trevor Tanner, Ray Nicholls and John Horstead.
then handed over to Tony Cash to read out the minutes of the last meeting, which all
accepted as a true description of events, and he gave a reminder that next months
meeting was our members show with Ron Payne as our judge.
We were handed a copy of the open
show accounts, which was impressive as we only made a loss of £16.34. If other revenue that was generated by the show had
been factored in we would have shown a profit.
We also talked about the success of
the Southern Classics bird auction and thought it would be a good idea to introduce this
at our next open show in August 2012 to bring in additional revenue.
The evening was dedicated to problems
with our birds and the way forward, ie: feather, size and the shape / deportment of the
Malcolm Freemantle brought along a
bird for general discussion on and asked us all to identify the variety etc. None of us
were completely sure but it turned out to be a heavily marked Grey Wing Sky Blue cock.
Doing this reminded me of a test I
did years ago under the L&SC BS judging scheme at Coulsdon village hall for my
subsidiary judges certificate under the guidance of Ron Pearce.
This led on to the question of open
shows and the new guide lines laid down by the BS and the implication of them and how we
will be affected as breeders and exhibitors, as a lot of us have birds with major faults.
The future rules will make us keep
our show team and stock birds as two separate types of birds in our studs. I think it
would be good to introduce a new class at open shows for the birds that dont conform
to the new regulations i.e.; flecked & long flights etc.
still be worth thinking about not having a meeting in September 2012 as most members are
busy or on their holidays? (Because its so early in the month its the August
our Chairman then thanked all members and closed the meeting and all were wished a safe
August 2011 - Maurice Roberts
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there (15 only). Apologies were read out from John Mullen and John Horstead.
He then handed over to Tony Cash to read out the minutes of the last meeting, which
all accepted as a true description of events, and a letter I received from Gerald Binks
with a donation of £50 to the club show fund (many thanks GB). I then introduced our
speaker for the evening, Maurice Roberts from Cornwall.
||Maurice gave a bit of background about himself and said
that, as a youngster, he applied for the police force but put on his medical questionnaire
that he had a bad back so was consequentially turned down. He met Geoff Attwood, who was
in the fire service and suggested that he apply for that instead, which he did with no
mention of his bad back! He has been there ever since and has built up a very responsible
and rewarding career, which he loves.
went on to say that when he started out he knew very little about birds and, even after 40
years, he is still learning. He said he was very fortunate to be involved with Geoff
Attwood and Mrs Moss in his early days and was often called upon to drive her to shows.
Listening to and talking to them both gave him great insight into keeping birds.
Maurice then asked the beginners in the audience for items to be
discussed and the subjects that people put forward were French moult, going light and
basic genetics, which were discussed throughout the evening.
Maurice went on to talk about his birds, especially the pied that he
had won with at the Truro show (which benched over 900 birds and is the second largest
show in the country now), beating some of the top names. He talked about foundation stock
and the fact that people do not need to pay a fortune for birds when they can get the
brothers and sisters of a good bloodline to produce quality birds. He cited a case of Hale
and Davis from Wales, who won the BS Club Show with a sky blue that had been bred from
lesser birds but all related to those of Jo Mannes.
Maurices favoured variety is the Light Green,
as nature provided it and a good one is the best sight you will ever see.
He said he has a variety of different mixtures of
soft food and said not to be frightened to give the birds a change, i.e. carrot, beetroot,
buckwheat and mung beans, mixed in with egg food (Witte Molen). Maurice said he prefers to
use Versa Laga plain seeds and grit in preference to others and mixes all the seeds by
hand (saves on VAT), but on retirement will buy and use electric cement mixer to do all
the hard work.
He uses traditional wooden breeding units (Pat
Bowles) but with plastic nest boxes with wooden concaves and not wire cages like he used
to use. When he eventually retires he will revamp his birdroom completely to make it
easier and less stressful to maintain and build a new concrete block store room which will
allow his bird room to be a lot more user friendly then now.
Italian Miniature Budgerigar
Maurice has judged bird shows all
around the world and is a life member of all area societies, which is a rarity. In a few
weeks time he will be going to Italy to judge, where the show will also have a class for
miniature Budgies; hes not judging those but will be intrigued to see them.
Maurice ended the evening by talking about diseases
and the fact that he believes French moult is a virus, which can be eradicated with good
disinfectation of the bird room by using a fogging machine with F10 and by individually
dipping each bird in a solution of Vircon S and repeating it six weeks later.
This was originally done by a breeder in Ireland who
had suffered from French moult for five years and has not had any sign of it since.
The evening ended with a questions and answers
session, which all enjoyed.
Bill our Chairman then thanked Maurice and all
members and closed the meeting and all were wished a safe journey home (or to the Chippy)
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting
and welcomed all there (19). Apologies were read out from Geoff Biddlecombe and John
Horstead. He then handed over to me to read out the minutes of the last meeting,
which all accepted as a true description of events. Another well done to Richard for
I then went on to speak regarding the last
committee meeting held on the 6th June at Tony Smiths and went through each item to
confirm that all items discussed were being implemented.
a) Staging to be collected by Peter &
Steve and to be at the hall by aprox 4pm. Steve to get a larger van and additional labour
to help out. (Thanks).YES
b) Peter Merritt to bring photo copier. YES
c) Phillipa to sort out trophies similar to
last year and also the presidents chain of office. Yes
Lunch vouchers to be given out to exhibitors
that have paid for them with their entry fee as they enter their birds at the show hall.
d) Entry drop off area and Bio security
moved further down the corridor towards the canteen. Yes
e) Show manager to nominate chief stewards
and instruct on their duties. Yes
(Tc to print copies of BS ruling) Will
f) Birds will not be taken out of cages in
main hall to check ring numbers; they must be taken to secure room. Show Manager to
g) Section rosettes to be sorted into trays
by Kevin and given to chief stewards to put on cages, which will avoid the usual delay in
getting them on cages. Yes
h) All CC`s and order of merit certificates
will be put into the wooden holders on top of cages. Steve Bailey to make additional ones
if required. Yes (6 by Steve).
i) The 4 major show winners will be on
separate staging Yes
j) Raffle prizes required. Sorted
4: Any Other Business:
Peter Merritt is collecting monies for the
adverts in schedule at £10 for full page and £5 for half page
Colours of rosettes were discussed with
various ideas but no decision being made to change it at moment. (RED & WHITE)?
We then discussed the costs of setting up
the South Hampshire web site with a domain name, which was £120 for setting up including
the domain name and then £70 for subsequent years to maintain and update. Mick Freeborn
said there were enough members in the hall to take a vote, which was unanimous, so it is
under way as the treasurer gave me the cheque made out to Terry Tuxford so we could
We then had the raffle and the evening
concluded with questions and various comments on the preparation of the show birds.
I was given a message that Gerald Binks has
many young birds for sale (at costs between £40 and £80 each) after obtaining the
Havenhand stud. Please group together and contact him to make arrangements to visit if
Bill then thanked all members and
closed the meeting and all were wished a safe journey home.
Hampshire June 2011
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting
and welcomed all there (16) including a new member John Mullen from Portsmouth and then
introduced our Judge and speaker for the evening Roger Carr.
Because it was a young stock show the
classes were grouped together cock and hen to simplify the judging and Roger
said that condition was not paramount, as it was a members young bird show.
Whilst judging Rorer 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 Roger 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 after.
Bill then thanked Roger for his constructive
talk while judging the birds explaining the new rules and how they apply to the birds in
front of him, having said that the best bird won on the evening which was owned by Richard
Hall, so well done Richard! We then had the raffle and the evening then concluded and all
were wished a safe journey home.
Nice to have new a new member join us, which
proves our drive to expand the membership is starting to work?
HAMPSHIRE YOUNG STOCK SHOW JUNE 2011
|BEST BUDGERIGAR IN SHOW
|BEST CHAMPION YOUNG BIRD
||Dark Green Hen
|BEST INTERMEDIATE YOUNG BIRD
||Green Green Cock
|BEST NOVICE YOUNG
||Green Green Cock
|BEST BEGINNER YOUNG BIRD
16 Members (1 New) and 31
Hampshire BS - April
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting
and welcomed all there (14) and then handed over to the Secretary to update the meeting
with the latest news and events. Apologies were received from John Horstead, Mick
Freeborn, and Peter Merritt.
First I gave an explanation on the change of
officers from those elected at the AGM, in that Tony Smith stepped down at the committee
meeting and Bill Farr took over the Chairmans position with Steve Bailey coming on
as Vice Chairman. Tony Smith is staying on as Show Manager for this years show with
Pippa doing the show secretarys job for 2011 only. Peter Merritt indicated he
would be prepared to take on that position next year.
I explained the reasons why Fred Wright was
unable to turn up and thanked Malcolm Freemantle for stepping in to do a talk in part one
of the evening on clearwings and the way he is trying to improve the wing markings and
bring back good body contrast in colour with cleaner wing markings.
Part two of the evening, after the raffle
was drawn, was a bird quiz which all enjoyed.
As there are some members without email
addresses I will bring along hard copies to meetings in the future of news letter and/or
any changes to our programme.
Bill then thanked Malcolm for his talk etc.,
and the evening then concluded and all were wished a safe journey home.
Nice to see Bryon Shaw and his better
half again back at the meetings.