Well its that time of the year again and, if
you can remember back to this time last year, the social and Xmas raffle at Wellow was a
great success and this year it has excelled again with a turnout of 38 members / guests!
With everyone there with a drink in hand we
started with the first round of skittles before the meal, which was being served at ,
with Jim Lawrie leading at the half way stage on 15.
After the meal we had the second round of
skittles, played with some hilarious moments to say the least, and with Steve Cox coming
from nowhere to win the event and a bottle of sparkling wine!
We then had a fund raising event of throwing coins
up the skittle alley to see who could leave their coin closest to the bottle of drink.
Our congratulations to the winners of the evening:
· Best Skittles Score with 25
Points: Steve Cox
· Nearest the Whiskey bottle: Mark
Our thanks go to Peter Merritt and all his family
for arranging the evening and his grandsons for picking up and replacing the skittles etc.
After the Christmas draw was completed Bill Farr
our Chairman thanked everyone for coming and the staff for the quality food and service
He also mentioned about the superb program for
next year and that we need to support the club when we have top speakers, as the club is
slowly but surely growing in support. With that said he 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.
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Horstead (sold birds & given up
hobby), John Mullen, David Rice and John Burton.
With the birds benched and ready, he then handed
over to Tony Cash to explain the format for the evenings judging exercise; that Mick
Freeborn would judge the birds 1st - 4th and give me his judging slip, then after the club
business and other matters we needed to discuss, everyone would then judge the birds 1
4 places but keep their slips on them till after the break. 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!
After the break when everyone had judged the
birds, Tony Cash took to the floor in front of the birds / members and asked various
people to come and join him, one at a time, with their judging slips. He then placed the
birds into their order of 1 -4. Having done that Tony then asked the member why he
had judged /chosen that particular order and any pairings he would make from the birds in
front of him. This went on for the complete second part of evening, with most coming up
and explaining their reasons etc.
After finishing with the members Tony asked Mick
Freeborn to come up and position his order to the slip he given him earlier and explain
his selection, which was very interesting to us all! I must say that most had
the top 4 birds in some order or other, which goes to prove they are all getting an eye
for a good bird. Well done to you all and thanks again to those who brought birds along!
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Horstead, and John Burton.
With all the birds benched and ready he then
handed over to our judge for the evening, John Gorrell, who had travelled down from Bracknell
with his own chief steward Chris Mitchell. Whilst the main judging was being carried out
we dealt with club business and general matters regarding the upkeep of our birds.
Tony Cash put on his London & Southern
Counties BS hat and mentioned the November L&SC BS inter-club competition and Jim
Lawries comment that the November meeting could be used as a selection evening for
the following Sundays Show at Smallfield. After lots of lively discussion it was
time for a tea break.
Part two was a general open discussion about our
birds, with the problems we face every day! Jim Lawrie brought his BIS award from Swindon
so I could show you all the type of trophy that could be done for you; all agreed it would
be well worth having! I will approach Michael Dobbs & Partner from Gloucester to see
if I can arrange it.
As the main award judging went on John had members
in the background watching the best in show being selected. He asked for questions and
comments regarding his judging.
Our congratulations to the main winners of the
Best in Show / Best Champion
Cin Grey cock
Best Young Bird in Show / Best Novice
Cin Grey cock
Best Opp Sex in Show
Dark Green hen
Best in Show & Best YB
Our thanks also to Neil
Cawley, who helped our Judge and who did a great job working along side John!
After awarding the winners with their plaques we
held the raffle and then Bill, our Chairman, thanked John & Chris 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 home.
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there (23). Apologies were read out from Mark Edwards, Neil Cawley, John
Mullen, John Burton and John Horstead.
Bill then handed over to Tony Cash to read out
the minutes of the last meeting, which was the Mick Freeborn show bird preparation
evening. There were no comments and the minutes were taken as a true account of the
The Colour Competition was any 2013 rung bird, which
was judged during the first part of the evening by Jim Lawrie. We then talked about the
committee meeting on 27th August regarding our Open Show and the procedures that the
committee has recommended for 2014 to make the show run a lot smoother, some of the
improvements will be to have the show office in one of the classrooms as 3 years ago
away from show hall! (Benched 623)
Bio-security to be manned by 2 permanent members at all
times with a mandate on allowing only one breeder and his birds through at a time. (This
is where we had booking in problems) which come back to bite you later in show! There will
be joint Show Managers on the floor at all times next year which will help the show run
more efficiently, also there will be two colour stewards instead of one.
With Kevin Burnett rejoining us as Patronage secretary
in office with Malcolm Freemantle assisting makes a much more efficient team with a system
of getting all rosettes out on cages quicker!
We discussed many more items regarding show such as
award surrounds & CC holders not being placed on winning birds etc.
After that we auction off the seed winnower and show
cage that were donated. The rest of the evening was spent discussing about our birds /
shows / breeding etc.
The winner of the evenings competition was Andrew
McKendrick and Jim Lawrie explained his reasons for placing the birds in order, saying
that if he had to take one home it would be the flecked grey hen with good directional
feathering!! Well done and thanks to all who brought along birds on the evening!
Bill thanked all and then closed the meeting, wishing
all a safe journey home. The meeting finished at 9.55pm.
Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there (21).Apologies were read out from Dee Selby, Mick Small,
Chris & Kerrie Bellows, John Burton and John Horstead.
Bill then handed over to Tony Cash
to read out the minutes of the last meeting, which was the Nigel Darley evening.There were no comments and the minutes were taken as a true
account of the meeting. I mentioned that Trevor Tanner wasnt a member any more and
that the club brought the raffle prizes for tonight.With
that John Mullen said he would do August in future. (Thanks John)
Also John Burton has
given us a bag of mixed millets for the Open Show raffle. (Thanks John)
Competition was Any Spangle or AOC Series birds, which was judged during the first part of
the evening by Neil Cawley, with our
new beginners watching and listening to Neils comments.
then introduced the evenings speaker, our own Mick Freeborn talking on show
with explaining the basis of his way of preparing his birds for a show (he seems to have
been good at it in the past) from spraying to dipping tails ,washing flights, head
cleaning and plucking the birds up to 2 days before the show! He had on the table the
various ingredients he uses for this procedure and most members noted them and made useful
comments! Mick also mentioned about the cleanliness of show cages, because as a Panel
Judge he sees and smells some unhygienic cages at shows which is detrimental to us all!
break Mick carried on with a demonstration of de-spotting a bird, ready to show.He had brought along a heavily spotted sky cock
bird for this and, as he started, we asked the beginners who hadnt seen this before
to come up to the front to watch!
talked about the Open Show and the support we needed to make it a success on the day, with
lots of hands shooting up it means we should be OK! We need to be there at on Saturday to erect the staging and
birds will be entered from . On
Sunday morning please be there for booking in from .
The winner of the
evenings competition was David Rice (now a Novice at shows!) with a Sky Spangle cock! Well done and thanks to all who brought along birds
on the evening!
thanked Mick for his talk / presentation and then closed the meeting, wishing all a safe
journey home. The meeting finished at
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there (21), including Nigel Darley our speaker for the evening.
Apologies were read out from Jim Lawrie, Steve Bailey, David Rice, John Burton and John
Horstead and we welcomed Eric Marsh, Paul Walker & Sandy Lloyd as new members/ guests.
Bill then handed over to Tony Cash to read out the minutes of the last
meeting, which was the Pete Smith from Swindon evening. There were no comments and
the minutes were taken as a true account of the meeting. Tony mentioned the September 6th
meeting again as this was now on as per the program, with sales / general evening,
etc. There will be more information later.
Bill Farr then introduced the evenings speaker,
Nigel Darley from Tadley. Nigel started by giving a full brief of his history in the
keeping of birds in general, starting off with foreign birds & budgies and about being
a member of the Basingstoke CBS in the 60s. He went through the highs & lows of
his early years and how he got involved in the running of various bird clubs.
After the break Nigel carried on with details of the feeding and supplements
that he uses today and also what he used in the past. He had brought with him several
items that he uses and he gave a comprehensive analysis of their contents and the
benefits that the birds gained from them, which generated lots of discussion
about these and others vitamins etc that some of the audience use as well!
The Colour Competition was Any Blue Series birds, which
Tony Cash judged during the first part of the evening.
winner of the evenings competition was Mick Small with a super sky Barhead hen! Well
done and thanks to all who brought along birds on the evening!
Bill thanked Nigel for his talk / presentation and for not taking
any expenses and then closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there
(20), including Pete Smith our speaker for the evening. Apologies were read out from
Jim Lawrie, Dee Selby, John Burton and John Horstead.
With the Colour Competition /Green Series birds benched, which John
Mullen was to judge during the first part of evening, Bill then handed over to me to read
out the minutes of the last meeting, which was the Young Stock show judged by Neil
Johnson. There were no comments and the minutes were taken as a true account of the
meeting. I mentioned that the September 6th meeting was now back on as per the program,
with a sales evening, etc.
Bill Farr then introduced the evenings speaker, Pete Smith
from Swindon. Pete started by giving a brief of his history in the keeping of birds
in general, starting off with foreign birds and being a member of the Cirencester CBS.
His first ever show was at Gloucester, where he bought some budgies from the sales
class, which was the start of him keeping budgies 20 years ago.
Like many breeders he has moved about and built a few different
aviarys/sheds/lofts up to his new present one which is 20` X 10` with 24 all wire
breeding units (having tried all sorts of units etc and found these worked well for him).
All the time he was speaking from the top table his laptop was on the side with
rolling photos of winning birds that he had taken, 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 meticulous records was that if a pair had
clear eggs on the first round then it was 85% certain to have clear again in 2nd round.
After the break Pete was asked to comment on the Green Series birds
brought along by members and what he thought of the members judging skills. He said
that John had made a good job of it and he would have picked the same 1 -3 order.
This then brought up a few interesting comments from various members. There were lots of
positive and interesting observations, so well done to all the winners.
As we all know, Pete is in his 3rd year training to be a BS Panel judge, so good
luck with that and we look forward to seeing him at the Open Shows at Dorset, Gloucester
and the Welsh BS this year.
The winner of the evenings competition was Peter Merritt -
well done and thanks to all who brought along birds on the evening!
The meeting finished at . Bill thanked Pete for his
presentation and for not taking any expenses and then closed the meeting, wishing all a
safe journey home.
Judge for the evening. Apologies were read
out from Nigel Darley, Bryon Shaw, John Burton and John Horstead.
With the birds benched Neil started his judging,
with David Rice acting as steward for the evening, whilst we dealt with club business.
Bill then handed over to me to read out the
minutes of the last meeting, which was the Pairs competition with Andrew McKendrick
judging. There were no comments and the minutes were taken as a true account of the
I gave a brief of the format for the evening,
which was asking Neil to choose Best Young Bird overall and Best Opposite Sex, as well as
section winners. I also mentioned that our web site now has a members profile section and
if members send me their pictures and a brief of themselves I will add them in along with
the first profile, which was Neil Cawleys!
Neil had finished his judging by the break, so
after that and the raffle he gave a detailed assessment of the birds. He had put a Grey
Green Cock up as Best Bird, saying it had some growing to do to become a super budgie!
Neil then started to give comments regarding the
quality of the birds benched and the faults and good features that were in front of him.
He also gave the reason why he had chosen the Sky as Best Opposite Sex.
With each bird commented on, along with comments
from various members, he then took questions from the floor. There were lots of
positive and interesting comments, so well done to all the winners.
The winners on the evening were:
Young Bird: Mick Freeborn with a Grey Green Cock (Best Champion)
Best Opp. Sex Young Bird: Mick Small
with a Sky Hen (Best Beginner)
Best Intermediate Bird: Jim Lawrie with
a Spangle Cock
Best Novice Young Bird: Neil Cawley with
a Grey Green Hen
Best Beginner Bird: Mick Small with a
Best Barhead: Jim Lawrie
Well done to all who brought birds on the evening!
The meeting finished at 9.40. Bill thanked
all members and closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there.
Apologies were read out from Peter Merritt, Steve Bailey, Ray Nichols, John Horstead and
With the birds benched we elected Andrew McKendrick to
do the judging, whilst we dealt with club business. Bill then handed over to Tony
Cash to read out the minutes of the last meeting, which was the AGM, together with the
minutes of the committee meeting held just after the AGM. There were no comments and
the minutes were taken as true accounts of the meetings.
Tony gave a brief of the format for the evening, which
was asking everyone to pair up the birds as if they were the only birds in their stud and
then comparing them to Andrewss pairings. They also had to mark up the best three
pairs and then Nigel Darley allocated points to the various pairings to see who came out
After 30 minutes we had finished judging the pairings,
so we stopped for a tea break and general chat while Nigel did the marking. I was also
taking adverts for our open show schedule on 11th August, which will be F.O.C. on all
entries, with monetary rewards for benching 12 Cages and also for 20 Cages.
We then asked Andrew to give us his comments regarding
the quality of the birds benched and the faults and good features that were in front of
him. He also said why he had chosen his pairings. In trying to balance the
good features and faults out, he gave his ideas for improving the birds, bearing in mind
that he didnt know the background / pedigree of them.
We had breeders there from top champions like Mick Freeborn to beginners like
David Rice and Dee Selby, so it was nice to see the interaction between them all.
The main winners on the evening were:
Malcolm Freemantle: 24 Points
David Rice: 14 Points
Well done to all of the above on having a good eye for pairing up
and thanks for bringing your birds.
Bill Farr our chairman then closed the meeting and wished all a safe
Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out
from John Mullen, Chris & Kerrie
Bellows and John Burton.
South Hampshire Minutes of AGM
This was read out as
above to all members and there were no comments.
(Minutes as true account
of AGM 2012:
Proposed by Mick Freeborn Seconded by David
The Presidents Report
The President, Tony
Cash, started by saying a thank you to everyone connected to the club for the work they
did and apologised if he had forgotten anyone.He
said that both Mick Freeborn and Peter Merritt had put in a tremendous amount of work over
the year to ensure that South Hampshire BS remained one of the best clubs in the
south and that there had been some great meetings with entertaining speakers.He also mentioned that the programme for this year
was looking good as well.
The Chairperson then gave his report:
Bill Farr said he had
enjoyed the year very much and that having good speakers made it even better. He went on
to thank his committee for all of their hard work during the year. He said he was a little
disappointed with the entry at our open show and hoped this would improve this year.
General Secretarys 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 3 new members during the year and now
had 35 members. All of the meetings had been reasonably well attended during the year
because of the quality of the program / speakers and he hoped this would continue during
2013 and beyond.
Treasurers reportand Membership
Peter Merritt went
through the profit and loss/balance sheet reports that had been given out to members.
Peter said that, compared to 2012, there were not a lot of differences and gave a full
detailed explanation of the accounts. (Accounts
Proposed by Tony Cash Seconded by Steve Bailey)
Election of Officers:
The President took over the chair
for the election of Chairperson and officers:
See Officers page
Installation of New President
then asked Pam Freemantle to come forward and receive the Chain of President for the
coming 2 years. Pam said it was an honor to be President and hoped she would make a good
job of it.
The AGM finished at 9.26
the Open Show in August, we are having an auction of birds again to raise funds for the
club. We also discussed many ways to increase the show benched entry. After lots of conversation it was decided to forward
this to the new committee to pursue and resolve. I had moved the Northdowns BS date in
September to the 6th, which clashes with us, to allow a top speaker in Dr Rob Marshall
from Australia to give a talk etc. Peter Merritt
is looking to get a new date for our Birdie sale evening.
Thank you for all of
your support and Bill
thanked all members and closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there
as well as Steve Hillier a new member to the club! Apologies were read out from Bryon
Shaw, John Horstead, John Burton, Wally Sheppard, Dee Selby, Chris & Kerrie Bellows
and Geoff Biddlecombe.
Bill then handed over to Tony Cash to read out the minutes of last
meeting, which was taken as a true account of events. I then went on to discuss the next
meeting, which is the AGM and go through those willing to stand again and any other
nominations for the committee. John Mullen wishes to become a member and will be
proposed at the AGM.
Our President elect was with us tonight, Pam Freemantle
and we are all delighted with her taking on the role of President! I then passed around a
copy of the 2013 Show Schedule for comments etc or for any one wanting to change their
advert or to even have any new adverts, to which Steve Cox of S&G Cox said he would
have an advert in this years Schedule! On donated birds for the auction, we now have seven
as Nigel Darley has added to the list along with Tony Cash, Mick Freeborn, Steve Cox, Bill
Farr, Steve Bailey and Peter Merritt and we thank you all as this will cover the costs of
With club business and show / AGM bits out of way we then had an
interesting evening talking about our great hobby and discussing about the Cinnamons that
were brought as the bird of the evening (many thanks to those that brought birds for the
Just before the end Neil Cawley got up to say a few words on his new
position as General Secretary of Dorset & District BS and to ask for
support for the club saying he and others will try to reciprocate etc.
After the raffle Bill Farr thanked every body. He then closed
the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all
there. We then had a minutes silence for Richard Hall. Apologies were read out from
John Horstead, John Burton, Chris & Kerrie Bellows and Geoff Biddlecombe.
19 birds benched and ready, Bill then handed over to me to explain the format for the
evening, which was talking about our breeding problems in the first session, looking at
the birds during the tea/coffee break and then discussing them in part 2 with a view to
which we would take home with us & why!
lots of discussion on day old chicks dying and various ways to eradicate this we went on
to talk about all sorts of problems, as well as feeding methods etc.
printed off various sheets of information I had collated on birds illness &
stress / feeding, which were passed around during the evening and I will email these to
all those that said yes!
I also put on my London & Southern Counties BS hat to mention
that I had drawn up a map of the UK showing where we have BS council members.This showed a lack of representatives in the
South/South East of the country!
this we asked Steve Cox, a BS panel judge, to give his views on the birds on the staging
as if it was an open show.He went on to
explain about his views on various birds, especially the cobalt Spangle of Nigel Darley
with good head feather etc: This subject took us onto the Judging at the BS club show with
lots of comments on the results and positions of certain classes. (Very political)
had a great evening talking about this great hobby of ours and many thanks to all that
brought birds for the meeting!
the raffle Bill Farr thanked every body.He
then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.