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South Hampshire December 2015
Well it’s December fun night again, 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 42 members / guests! (Apologies were received from John Burton, Kevin Burnett and Clive Mayers).
With everyone there with a drink in hand we started with the first round of skittles before the meal, which was being served at 8.15pm.
After the meal we had part one of the Christmas draw (77 Prizes) followed by the second round of skittles. This was played with some hilarious moments to say the least, with Andrew McKendrick the main winner with 23 points & Barbara Watts with 20 points winning the ladies prize.
We then had part 2 of the draw until the conclusion of the evening, when Mick Freeborn, our President thanked Peter Merritt and his family for all the hard work they had put in to make the evening a success, especially Pete’s grandsons for picking up and replacing the skittles etc. He also 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 thanks to Tony Cash for all his efforts promoting the club. 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 2015
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there (34). Apologies were read out from Ray Nichols, Gwen French, John Burton and Mark Edwards. We also welcomed 2 new guests / members, Heidi Patient & Jane Cooper.
With all the 10 birds benched and ready for the fun Judging, 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 again with 43 points, only beaten by Hastings BS on 46 points. Bill thanked all the members that supported it by entering their birds as part of the team of 12 classes!
Bill then said that John Burton had donated £55 to club funds from his seed sales, which was thanked by all!
He then handed over to Tony Cash to say a few words about our last meeting, which was the Members Show with our judge, Roy Powell, who did a good job.
With that I 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 between the members it was time for a tea break. Once the break was over I asked Dee Boscoe to take Part 2, in which she asked various members to come up with their selection and give their reasons for keeping / selling one bird, which was very entertaining as most members had a go.
As the evening was drawing to a close it was evident that most members chose the same bird to sell, with the same 3 chosen to keep out of 4 birds.
Dee then went on to say which birds she 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 all about.
After the raffle Bill, our Chairman, thanked all of the members for bringing their birds. He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire September 2015
Bill Farr welcomed all there (29) at the BBQ at Peter Merritt’s house, which started from 6.30pm.
Apologies were received from Mark Edwards and John Burton.
Tables, chairs & gazeboes were set up in the garden with extra lighting, as the evenings close-in a lot earlier now.
Peter & Chris were well prepared / organised this year, with pre-cooked food brought out to finish off on the Barbie including mouth watering sausages, burgers and chicken.
Peter & 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 members!
The raffle and Christmas Draw were put on hold at this event! (We will get you all next time)
Mick Freeborn, our President, said thanks to Chris & Peter for all their work in cooking / preparing the food and thank you to all members that attended the evening - it was great!
The BBQ finished at approx 8.45pm, with members starting to drift off and all were wished a safe journey home.
South Hampshire August 2015
Tony Cash opened the meeting as Bill Farr, our Chairman was on holiday and welcomed all there (26) for our pre-show meeting, which started at 8.15pm. We also welcomed David Cummings as a new paid up member!
Apologies were received from Mark Edwards, John Burton, Brian Bailey, Bill Farr, Pam Freemantle and Andy Thorpe.
With all the unshowable competition birds benched (12) and ready for discussion later on, we started on how we were going to run / organise the Open Show.
After lots of lively discussion re procedures regarding the Open Show & team duties it was time for a tea break with more discussions in various groups.
The main items that we discussed to be in place for the show were:
We looked at the birds during the break. As there were some birds with bad faults there to talk about, we got Mick Freeborn, backed with Steve Cox, as panel judges to talk about the faults and how the long flights/tails are affecting the judges at open shows.
Mick said it was taking a lot longer to get the judging done as, when a long tail /flight bird was suspected, the judge took the bird to other judges for confirmation before disqualifying it. Even then some birds were still winning a “CC”, which was not sending out the correct message to breeders that show.
We talked about why some top breeders / judges are still showing them and hoping to win when they should know they won’t after all the publicity and photos on the BS web site / magazine!
After that we had the raffle and then I thanked the members for bringing their birds and closed the meeting, wishing everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire July 2015
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there (27) for Paul Tiller’s Power Point presentation, which started at 8.15pm.
Apologies were received from Derek Ham, Peter Merritt, John Burton, Paul Gover, David Cummings, Andy Thorpe, Chris & Kerrie Bellows, Steve Cox, Steve Bailey, Mick Freeborn, Neil Johnson and Gwen French. (13) Although Mick FreeBo came and did the Christmas draw before leaving to go to Leicester ready to Judge their show in the morning!
With all the green series competition birds benched (18) and ready, I asked John Mullen to be the Judge tonight (assisted by David Rice) whilst we dealt with club business regarding the next meeting & show schedule, which was handed out to all present.
With that Paul Tiller was set up and ready to go! (Almost an IT expert) He started with a history of himself from boy to retirement, which included his working background and the amount of years he spent living and working abroad.
Below are the main bullet points of the presentation which we discussed in full:
• I grew up in Liverpool, where we had a garden shed that could be used to keep budgies
• At about 13 I started keeping budgies
• I turned it into a profitable business
• I cycled to Wigan to buy my first significant bird for £5
• Then girls, exams and university came along and I gave up
• Fear of retiring and not enough to do made me rethink
• I remembered fondly my time keeping birds as a teenager
• I Moved house to have a bigger garden
• I visited lots of aviaries, including those of Ghalib Al- Nasser/ Gerald Binks/Ron Pearce and various others
• I decided exactly where in the garden to build and found a shed I liked.
• I needed planning permission, but was told it was no problem
• I purchased my first birds from Mick Mapston from Leatherhead , about 50 in all
• That got me started. I would advise newcomers not to spend a lot at first, to learn with what you have
• Try to find a buddy who can help and advise
• In my case having Richard Tessier, David Harmer and Ghalib Al- Nasser around was extremely useful. Later I got to know Fred Wright who is also a source of great knowledge.
• I joined Croydon BS club and L&SC BS area society and went to the shows, always willing to help and thus to learn.
• I still enjoy stewarding and chatting to the judges, watching them judge and trying to learn myself
• Last year I visited Jac Cuyten again and bought 4 birds; so far it does not look good as 2 have died and the other pair has given me 2 clear rounds. However, before the cock died he did fill one egg so I do have one chick from my investment so far.
• I also brought in 2 nice Sky blues from Steve Bailey, with some success.
• I have to say that I have an excess of Cinnamons in my stud as well as lots of yellow/golden faces. It all goes back to the Cuyten birds which came in 2010.
• I am now only interested in bringing in normal outcrosses, but it is hard to make the change.
• I rejoined the hobby full of ambition. Gradually that has reduced and I am happy to just make progress.
• Generally I show about 5 or 6 times, which is about the average apparently
• I really like to go to the BS show in Doncaster; I think it is a great event and fun to be around so many dedicated Budgie people. I always show if I can. Even when I was in hospital in 2012, I persuaded John Isles and David Harmer to take 4 birds for me
• Usually I select about 10 to 15 birds after the breeding season, to be my show team. I continuously find other better birds and juggle around the team, but hold them in a 3 cage flight in the hope they do not get into fights and lose key things like tails and flights
• I am not really very good at show preparation, and only slowly improving. It is key and I need to improve at despoting particularly
• Every nook and cranny was filled with Red Mite, it got into the perch holders and around the plastic nest boxes.
• I found the only way was to stop breeding and clean up every corner of the bird room.
• Currently I have painted everything with a product called Mil Ban from Germany, recommended by Tony Cash.
• Then I treated all the birds with Ivemectin.
• Maybe I have solved the problem, but frankly without disassembling the whole building (which is wood), I live in fear that it will return.
My thoughts on the hobby:
• First, it is a hobby so we should enjoy it.
• Mainly older people in it, so a worry for the long term
• It is up to us to make it good and look for positives (glass half full)
• I think it is a friendly hobby, but there seems to be a lot of “politics”. I just try to stay away from that.
• I think the show system is very good in general and there is encouragement for all.
After that we had the raffle and then Bill Farr, our Chairman, thanked Paul Tiller for an interesting evening and for not taking any expenses. He also thanked the members for bringing their birds and then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire June 2015
Steve Bailey, the Vice Chairman, opened the evening and welcomed all there (23) for our fun judging / keeping competition, which started at 7.55pm.
Apologies were received from Gwen French, John Burton, Bill Farr, Paul Gover, Andy Thorpe, Ray Nichols, Mark Edwards, Rick Watts and John Mullen. (9)
We also welcomed another new member - David Cummings - who is coming back into the hobby after being out of it for 50 years!
With all the birds benched (21) and ready, we dealt with club business regarding the show schedule & the last meeting which was the Members Show with our judge, Andy Thorpe, who did a grand job.
With that I 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 2 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 put up his selection and explained why he had chosen them in detail. He then asked various members to come up with their selection and give their reasons for keeping / selling birds, which was very entertaining.
As the evening was drawing to a close it was evident that 99% of the members chose the same birds to keep & sell.
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 all about.
After that we had the raffle and then Steve Bailey, our Vice Chairman, thanked all the members for bringing their birds.
He then closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
South Hampshire May 2015
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Derrick Ham, David Rice and John Mullen. (30 Members Attended with 55 Birds)
We also welcomed 3 new members’ tonight; Ricky Watts, Clive Mayers and Janet Halborsen.
With the birds benched, Andy Thorpe started judging at 8.15. Peter Merritt acted as chief steward (with Neil Cawley helping in the background), whilst we dealt with club business and used our new sound system as a test for later.
Bill then handed over to me to give a brief of the format for the evening, which was asking Andy to choose Best Young Bird overall, Best Opposite Sex and Best Barhead, as well as section winners.
I also mentioned that our web site still had a member’s profile section and if members sent me their pictures and a brief of themselves I would add them on to the web site as well.
I read out the minutes of the last meeting when we had held a Pairs competition, with Mick Freeborn judging 4/5 pairs. There were no comments and the minutes were taken as a true account of the meeting. We then went on to watch as Andy did his judging, with odd comments from the floor.
Andy had almost finished his judging by the break, so after refreshments he selected the main winners of the night. He gave a detailed assessment of the birds he had chosen, with a Cin Grey Cock up as Best Bird, saying it had some growing to do to become a super budgie!
Andy 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 Grey Dominate Pied hen 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:
Well done to Andy 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.
South Hampshire April 2015
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Rick Watts, Mark Edwards and John Mullen. (31 Members Attended).
With the birds benched we elected Mick Freeborn to do the judging as pairs you would put together to overcome any problems in the birds and to achieve the type of young you would like, whilst we dealt with club business. Bill then handed over to me 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.
John Burton sent in a message offering to donate a £1 a bag from his seed purchases over the year, which will equate to approx £240.00 a year into club funds and we thank him for his generous offer / contribution.
Peter Merritt had printed several copies of the club rules (booklet form) for members to take home with them.
I then gave a brief of the format for the evening, which was asking everyone to pair up 4 pairs of 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 Micks pairings.(You can pair more)
After 25 minutes Mick 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 Mick 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. Mick explained why he had chosen his pairings. By trying to balance both the good features and the faults 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 Malcolm Freemantle to beginners like Mick Small, who is still building up his stud, so it was nice to see the interaction between them all.
The winners on the evening were the 31 members who attended the meeting (two guests tonight, so welcome to Annie & Janet).
Well done to all of the above on having a good eye for pairing up and thanks for bringing your birds (12 pairs benched).We then had a raffle and Bill thanked all members and closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 8th May (2nd Friday in Month), when we have our Young Stock Show with Andy Thorpe our Judge for the evening. Please ring me if you cannot make it and I will offer your apologies to the meeting.
South Hampshire March 2015
Bill Farr, our Chairman, opened the meeting and welcomed all there. Apologies were read out from John Burton, Rick Watts, Martin Terry, John Mullen, Pam Freemantle, Gwen French, Mark Edwards and Andrew McKendrick. (22 Members Attended). Vice Chairman Steve Bailey absent.
South Hampshire Minutes of AGM 2014:
These were read out as above to all members by Peter Merritt and there were no comments.
Minutes taken as true account of AGM 2014: (Proposed by Neil Cawley Seconded by Jim Lawrie)
The Presidents Report:
The President, Mick Freeborn, 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 Tony Cash and Peter Merritt had put in a tremendous amount of work over the year to ensure that South Hampshire BS has become one of the best clubs in the south and that there had been some great meetings with entertaining speakers. Also, thanks to everyone regarding the open show on achieving Gold Status with 763 benched birds.
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 delighted that we have Gold Status for our open show in 2015 and hoped that we would do even 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. 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 2015 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 2013, there were not a lot of differences and he gave a full detailed explanation of the accounts that showed an overall loss of £177.68
(We brought 2 trolleys for the show £192.00 & Team Cages £180.00) so in real terms we made a profit of £194.32
On any comments Jim Lawrie said that giving out the accounts at the meeting didnt really give enough time to analyse them. He is correct, as they should have been sent to members at least 2 weeks prior to the AGM - Peter agreed and apologised for the oversight.
(Accounts Proposed by Jim Lawrie Seconded by David Rice)
On membership we have 41 active members paid up to date.
Installation of New President
Mick Freeborn on his 3rdyear in Office!
Election of Officers:
The President took over the chair for the election of Chairperson and officers:
Peter Merritt & Tony Cash were made Life Vice Presidents.
Proposed by Mick Freeborn; seconded by Shaun Thompson
Regarding the Open Show in August, we will be having an auction of 8 birds again to raise funds for the club. We did discuss the entry fees and incentives at the Committee meeting and we are keeping it the same. Kevin Burnett, our Patronage Secretary, asked for a new entry form which clearly states where exhibitors can put their code numbers, as it is very difficult on the day sorting who should be awarded what! During the evening we covered most of the expenses of the show on the sponsors board, with a special thanks to Dee Boscoe for going round to all and getting most covered. Thanks Dee.
Bill Farr mentioned that his partner John Burton will have in 4 weeks time his old shed 10` X 8` if any one interested to give him a ring.
South Hampshire February 2015
Bill Farr welcomed all there (31), which included our 2 guests from Cornwall, Mark Gulley & Keith Cox, who had come along with Rick Watts:
Apologies were received from Brian Shaw, Wally Sheppard, Andrew McKendrick, Geoff Butcher John Mullen and John Burton.
We had 16 birds benched for the evening, which we asked our Cornish guests to judge as and when, with the first being on the right etc: (This created lots of interest and conversation in the break)
I started my presentation on my 50 years in the hobby at 8.15pm, showing my first slide of me (with lots of hair!) in 1967 winning Best Novice at the West Surrey BS members show in Merrow Church Hall. This was with an Opaline Green cock, which I had brought in as stock from Mr and Mrs Harry Lindfield for £50 (2 weeks wages for me then). They were both BS judges who lived and worked at Pepper Harrow boarding school in Godalming.
This bird went on to win Best Beginner at L&SC BS show at Alexandra Palace the same year as Jeff Attwood won his BIS.
I carried on with various pictures from past to present, with lots of interaction from the members present. For me it was a good learning curve as well as an enjoyable experience, which I will improve on for other presentations to other clubs!
We then had a raffle and Bill thanked all members and those that had brought birds (some very nice birds there). He then closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.
South Hampshire January 2015
Bill Farr welcomed all there (32) for our evening on breeding problems, which started at 7.50pm. Apologies were received from John Mullen and John Burton.
Bill welcomed Ricky Watts to the meeting as a guest and then handed over to me to start the proceedings. First of all I mentioned that on the desk were some copies of the 2015 programme for those without emails / printers.
With that we started on problems regarding our breeding. I posed the first one about a grey hen who had raised a first round of chicks and then on her 2nd round started burying the eggs as she laid them under the sawdust around the nest box (I didnt realise till she had laid egg 3). No-one at the meeting had ever experienced this problem before, so I am still wondering what to do in the future!
After lots of different problems were discussed, with various answers from the floor, I asked if anyone would like to come up and talk about their own methods in their breeding program. We were then treated to talks from Malcolm Freemantle, Ricky Watts, Mick Freeborn and Steve Cox, which made a very enjoyable and interesting evening as these guys have so much knowledge between them. We all learnt something new tonight.
One new product mentioned, that had improved breeding results to two of the speakers, was that they had started using Solosan Bird Sanitiser & Disinfectant in their drinking waters, which made a tremendous difference in the birds fitness with the noise level doubled and full eggs everywhere!
We then had a raffle and Bill thanked all members and those that had brought birds along for open discussion among the members (some very nice birds there). He then closed the meeting, wishing all a safe journey home.