South Hampshire December
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 37 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 8pm,
with Barbara Davis & Andrew McKendrick as joint leaders on 13 at the half way stage.
After the meal we had part one of the Christmas
draw followed by the second round of skittles. This was played with some hilarious moments
to say the least, with Andrew McKendrick winning on 27 points and his good lady Chris
coming second with 24 points to win a bottle each! Congratulations to the McKendrick
We then had part 2 of the draw until the
conclusion of the evening, when Bill Farr, our Chairman, thanked Peter Merritt and his
family for all the hard work they had put in to make the evening a success and thanked his
grandson for picking up and replacing the skittles etc.
After Bill Farr our Chairman had finished our
President, Mick Freeborn, thanked everyone for coming and the staff for the quality food
and service they provided. He said what a good atmosphere there was in our club these
days, which would stand us in good stead for the future.
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.
South Hampshire November
Bill Farr welcomed all there (29) for our fun
judging / keeping competition which started at 7.50pm.
Apologies were received from Neil Cawley, Mark
Edwards and John Burton (3).
With all the birds benched and ready, Bill mentioned about the London &
Southern Counties BS Inter Club competition held last Sunday afternoon and read out the
results in which our club came 2nd with 31 points, only beaten by Hastings BS on 36
points. Bill thanked all the members that supported it by entering their birds as part of
the team of 12 classes!
He then handed over to me to say a few words about our last meeting, which
was the Members Show with our judge, Colin Callaway, who did a grand job.
With that Tony Cash explained the format for the evening, with the paperwork
I had printed off to be filled in by the members; they had to assume it was their stud of
birds and select 3 birds they would keep and 1 that would be sold. They were asked
to keep the paper work on them until part 2 of the evening!
After lots of lively discussion and sharing ideas it was time for a tea
break. Once the break was over I asked Mick Freeborn to take part 2, in which he asked
various members to come up with their selection and give their reasons for keeping /
selling one bird, which was very entertaining.
As the evening was drawing to a close it was evident that 100% of the members
chose the same bird to sell. (That bird was sold at the meeting).
Mick then went on to say which birds he would pair together and the reasons
why, which was very interesting, especially with a few comments from the floor as well! It
was an enjoyable evening with most members participating, which is what club meetings are
After that we had the raffle and then Bill, our Chairman, thanked all the
members for bringing their birds.
He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
Hampshire October 2014 - Members Show
Bill Farr welcomed all there (29) for our
Members Show, which started at 7.55pm. Apologies were received from Dereck Ham, Steve Cox
and John Burton (3).
With all the
birds benched and ready he then handed over to our judge for the evening, Colin Callaway.
main judging was being carried out we dealt with club business and general matters
regarding the Open show in 2015 and the details / decisions / recommendations made at the
committee meeting held on the 10th September 2014.
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!
As the main
award judging went on Colin had members in the background watching the best in show being
selected. He asked for questions and comments regarding his judging.
congratulations to the main winners of the evening:
Best in Show: Jim Lawrie Cin Grey Green cock 9-1
Best Young Bird in Show: Jim Lawrie Cobalt cock 103-2
Best Opp Sex in Show: Martin Terry Grey Green Hen 6-2
Best Opp Sex YB in Show: Martin Terry Opl Cobalt Hen 108-1
Best Champion: Jim Lawrie Cin Grey Green cock 9-1
Best Champion YB: Jim Lawrie Cobalt cock 103-2
Best Intermediate N/A
Best Novice AA: Peter Merritt Grey cock 205-2
Best Novice YB: Peter Merritt Dom Pied cock 317-1
Best Beginner AA: Shaun / Dee Boscoe Cobalt Spangle Hen 216-1
Best Beginner Young Bird: Grey cock 305-2 Mick Small
also to Neil Cawley, who helped our Judge and who did a great job working along side
announcing the winners we held the raffle and then Bill, our Chairman thanked Colin for
adjudicating and not accepting any expenses and all of the members for
bringing their birds.
closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
Hampshire Meeting September 2014 - Barbeque
Bill Farr welcomed all
there (21) for the unshowable bird evening, which started at 7.55pm.
Apologies were received
from John Mullen, Mark Edwards, Martin Terry, Peter Church, Brian Bailey, Wally Sheppard,
Ray Nichols and John Burton (8).
Before we got into the
birdie bit we talked about the success of the Open Show and the work that was put in by
many members! We made a profit of over £200 pounds on the event, after giving free entry
and rewards to exhibitors for benching their birds.
The bird auction raised
£640, which, along with a good profit on the food sales (we had a sponsor for the bacon),
helped to balance the books. It was hard work on the day, but with 763 benched it proved
to be worth it. (Next year who knows?)
We then started the
evenings events, with me asking for a volunteer to give an appraisal of the birds
benched. Needless to say there was a rush to do this (!) and after a while Steve Cox
was pushed / talked into it by Mick Freeborn. Rather then talk only on the faults of the
birds he started by picking some of the birds he would use in the breeding pen, giving his
reasons why. This was very entertaining and useful and Steve said it was paramount
to keep good records to keep track of the faults in your stud.
two he continued along the same lines, with various comments on the different faults on
the birds if they were shown at an Open show.
I had a bird covered up
for most of the evening, which was attracting some attention from some of the members.
I gave it to Steve to put up on the staging (it was an old model of the ideal
budgie) so that members could see the deportment / style compared to the real birds there!
Steve carried on
describing the faults against the model, with many comments from the floor, so we had a
very interesting evening. Thanks to those that brought birds along and to Steve Cox for
The raffle raised
£28.00 and the Christmas draw takings were £60.00, ready for the December Christmas
The meeting finished at
approx 9.58pm with the raffle and all were wished a safe journey home.
Hampshire Meeting August 2014 - Barbeque
Bill Farr welcomed all there (32) at the BBQ at Peter Merritts
house, which started from 7pm. Apologies were received from Neil Cawley and John
Tables, chairs and gazeboes were set up outside in the garden as
Peter cooked mouth watering sausages and burgers (the chicken had already been cooked).
Peter and Chris provided various dishes to go with the meals, including coleslaw,
rice, potato salad and a mixed salad of tomatoes, lettuce, etc. The desert was equally
mouth watering! Everyone sat down together for a lovely social evening (including
the free drinks) all out of club funds, as we are trying to give back something to the
The raffle raised £48.00 and the Christmas draw takings were
£76.00, ready for the December Christmas Draw.
Mick Freeborn, our President, said thanks to Chris & Peter for
all their work in cooking / preparing the food and well done to all members that attended
the evening - it was great!
Once again, we all showed our appreciation to Chris & Peter!
The BBQ finished at approx 9.50pm with the raffle and all were
wished all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire Meeting July
Steve Bailey, our Vice Chairman, opened the
meeting and welcomed all there (23). Apologies
were read out from Bill Farr, Neil Cawley, Chris & Kerrie Bellows and John Burton.
Steve then handed over to Tony Cash to give a brief of last months meeting,
which was the Clifton Wixon evening, and to remind everyone that next month was the BBQ at
Peter Merritts on 1st August and names were required for the food etc (Partners
The July meeting was a judging
competition with any Blue Series birds (18). Whilst we were going through the club
business Paul Gover was judging the birds without marking the cages. He then gave me his
judging order, which I kept until after all the members had filled in their judging order
Cash 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 Paul
then placed the birds in the order of 1 -6 that Paul 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.
went on for the complete second part of the evening, with most people coming up and
explaining their reasons etc.
say that most had the top 4 birds in some order or other, which goes to prove that you are
all getting an eye for a good bird.
Tony also mentioned that our web site was
up to date!
winning birds on the evening were:
Best Bird: Martin Terry with a Cobalt Cock
Best Opp. Sex : Martin
Terry with a Grey Hen
done and thank you to all who brought birds on the evening!
meeting finished at 9.55pm with the raffle. Steve thanked all members and closed the meeting,
wishing all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire Meeting June
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there (30), including Clifton Wixon our Speaker and his partner. Apologies
were read out from Wally Sheppard, Kevin Burnett and John Burton. We also welcomed three new members tonight: Andrew
Perks, Peter Church and Brian Bailey.
Bill then handed over to me to give a brief of the last meeting, which was
the Young Stock show, and to remind everyone that next month was a judging competition
with any Blue Series birds. I also
mentioned that our web site was up to date!
the competition birds benched (22), Steve Cox started to judge them into 3 section
winners, whilst we dealt with club business and started the evenings entertainment
Clifton started his power point
presentation with a picture of his Avairy and explained about his lighting / blinds which
were tilted, thereby making it
neighbour friendly. They also let in the sun early morning because they
were tilted upwards. This led onto the air purifiers & heating methods he used to use
(Tubular type) and what he has in there now (Oil filled Radiator), which a show cage with
sick bird can be rested on.
A radio is on when the lights are on,
which enhances the birds activity throughout the aviary. He went on to show all the additives, feeding /
medicines he uses and how & why with a soft food mix of Carrots Beetroot etc
(dehydrated type now). He uses 21 all
wire breeding units these days instead of the 36 in days gone by; each nest box has
Diatoms powder to prevent red mite and all bird have a drop of Ivermectin
before breeding starts. They have also had
other treatments beforehand.
In the water he uses
Orego-Stim Avian Complete, which is Anti Bacterial, boosts egg production, is
an immune booster and helps to keep drier droppings.
When the lights come on in the morning he
waits for 1 hour before entering the aviary so as not to disturb the birds while they are
(hopefully) mating. After they are
paired up he will sit watching for hours to see the reaction of the pairs and to ascertain
that he has paired up correctly / the birds are happy with each other. Nowadays he has a
camera set up and watches from the sofa in comfort on the laptop! When chicks are about he
tries to put 3 - 4 in each nest the same size if possible by moving from various nests.
He showed different varieties of birds
and explained what he tries to do / breed with the various types he keeps now; he said he
has also started to keep Clearwings again! This carried on until the end of his power
point, when we all showed our appreciation for his presentation.
winners on the evening were:
Best in Show: Jim Lawrie with a Cin Green Cock
Best Opp. Sex : Dee Boscoe with an Opal Cin Green Hen
Best Young Bird: Jim Lawrie with a Grey Green Cock
done to all who brought birds on the evening!
meeting finished at 10pm with the raffle. Bill thanked all members and closed the meeting,
wishing all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire Meeting May 2014
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there (24), including Malcolm Parsons our Judge for the evening (who had
travelled down with Roy Powell for company). Apologies were read out from Ray
Nichols, Steve Bailey and John Burton.
With the birds benched, Malcolm started judging
(with Steve Cox acting as chief steward), whilst we dealt with club business.
Bill then handed over to Tony Cash to give a brief
of the format for the evening, which was asking Malcolm to choose Best Young Bird overall
and Best Opposite Sex, as well as section winners and Specials.
I also mentioned that our web site still had a
members profile section and if members sent me their pictures and a brief of
themselves I would add them in along with the first profile, which was Neil Cawleys!
At the last meeting we had held a Pairs
competition with Steve Bailey judging, so I read out the minutes of the meeting.
There were no comments and the minutes were taken as a true account of the meeting. We
went on to discuss all the new maybe proposals from the BS meetings held over
last weekend, which made for a very lively debate.
Malcolm had finished his judging by the break, so
after refreshments he gave a detailed assessment of the birds he had chosen, with a Grey
Cock up as Best Bird, saying it had some growing to do to become a super budgie!
Malcolm 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 Opal Grey Green hen as Best
Opposite Sex. (Ticked)
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:
· Best Young Bird: Jim Lawrie with
a Grey Cock (Best Champion)
· Best Opp. Sex Young Bird: Peter
Merritt with an Opal Grey Green Hen (Best Novice)
· Best Intermediate Bird: N/A
· Best Novice Young Bird: Peter
Merritt with an Opal Grey Green Hen
· Best Beginner Bird: Mick Small
with a Sky Cock
· Best Barhead: Malcolm & Pam
Freemantle (Grey Clearflight)
· Best Clearwing: Malcolm
& Pam Freemantle
· Best Spangle : Bill Farr
· Best Pied: Tony Cash
· Best Blue & Green series:
· Best AOC: Neil Cawley
Best Young Bird
Best Opposite Sex
Well done to Malcolm for his Judging and to all
who brought birds on the evening!
The meeting finished at 9.50 with the raffle. Bill
thanked all members and closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
Meeting April 2014
||Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton. With the birds benched we
elected Steve Bailey 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 also showed / passed around a copy of our latest open show
schedule on 10th August 2014, which will be F.O.C. on all entries, with monetary rewards
for benching 12 Cages and also for 20 Cages (as last year). He then 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 keep their judging slips on them until asked in part 2
to bring them up to compare with Steves pairings. After 30 minutes Steve had
finished judging the pairings, so all started to judge and we also had the tea break and
general chat at same time.
We then asked Steve to position his best 4 pairs and 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 Steve Cox to beginners
like Mark Edwards, who is still building his birdroom (no birds yet but he did alright!),
so it was nice to see the interaction between them all. The winners on the evening
were the 26 members who attended the meeting (one new member in Matt Casson, so welcome
Well done to all of the above on having a good eye for pairing up
and thanks for bringing your birds.
We then had a raffle and Bill thanked all members and closed the
meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire Meeting March 2014
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and
welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton - 27 Members Attended.
South Hampshire Minutes of AGM 2013
These were read out as above to all members by
John Mullen and there were no comments.
Minutes taken as true account of AGM 2013:
(Proposed by Neil Cawley Seconded by Paul Gover)
The Presidents Report: The
President, Pam Freemantle, started by saying a thank you to everyone connected to the club
for the work they did and apologised if she had forgotten anyone. She 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.
Chairpersons 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 that we didnt gain Gold Status for our open show with 623
entered and hoped that we would do better 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 4 new members
during the year and now had 39 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 2014 and beyond.
Treasurers report and 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
he gave a full detailed explanation of the accounts that showed an overall profit of
£360.03. (Accounts Proposed by John Mullen Seconded by Mick Small)
||Installation of New President: Pam
Freemantle then asked Mick Freeborn to come forward and receive the Chain of President for
the coming 2 years. Mick said it was an honor to be President and hoped he would make a
good job of it.
Election of Officers:
The President took over the chair for the election
of Chairperson and officers: See Officers Page for details
In AOB it was unanimous that we adopt the new
rules as sent to all members /carried: (Proposed by Tony Cash- Seconded by David Rice)
Malcolm Freemantle was made a Life Vice President
of the society for all he has done for the club and its members. Also Pam & Malcolm
Freemantle were given honorary life membership to the society.
Regarding the Open Show in August, we will be
having an auction of birds again to raise funds for the club. We will also discuss the
entry fees and incentives at the Committee meeting next week on Wednesday 12th March.
The AGM finished at 8.36pm.
|After the break Steve Cox & Tony Cash chaired the
meeting, asking various members how they were doing this year and what changes if any they
had made etc. This was very interesting as we involved most there and the interaction was
Meeting February 2014
Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out
from John Burton.
were benched and ready: (Colour competition: Any Cinnamon!)
We then introduced our guest speakers for the
night, Malcolm Parsons from Worthing & Tony Jeffrey from Newhaven. Malcolm was doing part one of the evening
with a power point presentation on, I did it my way and after the break Tony
was going to do a profile on himself regarding how he came in to Budgies !
brought along the 2007 Sky cock of the late Allen Wyness, which had won several
BISs, for comparison to the competition birds of the evening so that members could
see the changes /advancement the birds had made today.
Malcolm started his presentation Tony judged the birds ready for comments later! There
were many interesting products as part of Malcolms way of looking after his stock to
the best he could, sparing no expense. His
various medications covered all aspects of the diseases we encounter with our hobby and he
had managed to obtain most from this country with the odd few from Australia (Waga Waga). He went on to explain where & why he had
brought in various stock to improve his stud - his recent trip up to the Midlands &
North of the country was to bring in a new line to work with. (SLIDES)
then had a break for refreshments and general chat amongst ourselves, catching up with the
latest gossip / news.
stated, during the second part of the evening we asked several members to express their
views on the birds and all agreed with the positions that Tony had placed them in, with
the 2007 Sky cock of the late Allen Wyness BIS bird still in first position and David
Rices Cin Grey Green Hen coming 2nd (Tony said if it was fit it he would have placed
it in 1st position). The Skys tail was just touching the floor of the cage, would
some Judges now deem this to be a long flighted bird?
Jeffrey then carried on about how he came into the hobby after seeing a page full of
Spangles in the December 2000 Issue 220 of Budgie World and an article on Tony Cash
(embarrassed), which he passed around to the members to view. His said his other love was
show / fancy pigeons, which take up a lot of his time, as well as Janet, his partner,
having birds of prey which she flys in Horsham at a garden centre. After lots of
interesting comments & questions we had run out of time again!
(25) had a lovely evening listening to our speakers and talking about this great hobby of
ours and many thanks to all that brought birds for the meeting.
Farr then thanked our speakers, as we all did. He
then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
Meeting January 2014
Steve Bailey, the Vice Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all
there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, John Mullen, Nigel Darley, Kevin Burnett,
Pam Freemantle, Dee Boscoe, and Bill Farr.
With 14 birds benched and ready Steve mentioned about a box of
birdie things he had brought along to auction, which were from a friend of his who had
closed down his shop.
Steve then handed over to Tony Cash to explain the format for the
evening, which was talking about our breeding problems and medications in the first
session, then looking and talking about the birds that Paul Gover was going to judge
during the first part of the evening.
With 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. Jim Lawrie said he had a few birds in the flight going light, which brought up
all types of diseases and medicines to treat them. Below are some of the medicines
· Terramycin - As directed
· Doxybiotic-s - As directed
· Ronivet-s - 2Grams to 2 Litres
· Triple C - As directed
· Orego-Stim -100% Natural
· Amoxicllin - As directed
· Baytril Oral - As directed
· Ornicure Sachets - As directed
· Harkers 3 in 1 (Trichomoniasis
· Mega S (Waga Waga in
· Dac Combi Powder
(Trichomoniasis /Canker /Coccidiosis)
I had printed off
various sheets of information I had collated on birds illness & stress /
feeding, which were placed on the table for members to read and for me to email to them if
We held the auction, which raised £24, with the remaining bits
being taken by a member to the Totton CBS meeting, as mainly canary pans etc.
Neil Cawley took to the floor to explain about the Dorset BS Spring
Convention and Show to be held on the 16th March to celebrate Roy Aplin having been BS
President in 2013 (I will send this info out on a separate sheet). He also mentioned
that Dorset is having an inter-club quiz on the 24th July and that we are invited to enter
a team of 6. This is to be confirmed.
After this we asked several members to express their views on the
birds and all agreed with the positions that Paul had placed them in.
Peter Merritt then gave a demonstration on the new alarm he had
purchased for £50, complete with remote control, after which he took orders for 10 more
from members! (Thanks Peter).
We all (19) had a lovely evening talking about this great hobby of
ours and many thanks to all that brought birds for the meeting!
After the raffle Steve Bailey thanked every body. He then
closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.