Association of Specialist Budgerigar Societies
Incorporating the CBC, RV&CBS, SBBA & VBC
Founded 1st January 2018
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The new Association badge is available from Ghalib Al-Nasser at a cost of £4


Association Of Specialist Budgerigar Societies - News June 2018
Report by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Chairman

The new Association (ASBS), incorporating the Crested BC, Rare Variety & Colour BS, Spangled BBA and Variegated BC has issued its first publication, The Specialist Review, to all its paid up members in early May which also contained the newly designed Membership Certificate nicely written by Janice Al-Nasser with her italic handwriting. New members can send their subscription without delay to Ian Brickwood (60 Booth Lane South, Westone, Northampton NN3 3EP). The annual fee, due on 1st January each year, is £12 single, £9 pensioner/disabled/junior, £18 same address partnership and £22 different address partnership. The ASBS also offer the life membership fee of 20 times the single membership fee. The membership form can be downloaded from the societyís website www.specialistbudgerigars.co.uk

The society held its inaugural AGM on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Bugbrooke Sports and Community Centre to coincide with the Specialist Societies Combined Event. The AGM was well attended with 33 members who approved the 2017 balance sheets and AGM minutes of the four societies (CBC, RV&CBS, SBBA & VBC). The past presidents Janice Al-Nasser (CBC & VBC), David Rafis (RV&CBS) and Arnold Stevens (SBBA) were presented with their past president badges and the new Constitution was approved. Both membership and finances of the association are very healthy, which will enable the society to progress.

The new Association president, Arnold Stevens, made the following presentations to last yearís winners:

Crest Most Any Age and Young Bird wins to Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser

Rare Most Any Age wins to Cyril, David and Jini Sharpe

Rare Most Young Bird wins jointly to Mick Anzara and John Cosby

Spangle Most Young Bird wins to the partnership of Mick Widdowson and Brian Wilson


Arnold Stevens presenting the Crested awards to Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser


David and Jini Sharpe with President Arnold Stevens


Mick Anzara and John Cosby joint winners of the
2017 Rare Young Bird Shield with President Arnold Stevens

The new Management Committee was elected for a 2 year term as follows:

President
President Elect
Life Vice Presidents


Chairman
Vice-Chairman
General Secretary
Membership Secretary
Treasurer
Patronage Secretaries
Editor
Publicity Officer
Trophy Steward
Committee
Arnold Stevens
Gren & Pat Norris
Bob Allen, Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser, Martin Bagnall, Mick Baker, Rod & Sue Clarke, Sheila Cook, Grant Findlay, Stuart Forbes, Richard Risebrow, Dr. Margaret Young
Ghalib Al-Nasser
Bob Allen
Ghalib Al-Nasser
Ian Brickwood
Janice Al-Nasser
Rod and Sue Clarke
John Cosby
Ghalib Al-Nasser
Jim Mitchell
Chris Hawkins, David Rafis, David Sharpe, Shaun Smith, Cy Thorne

After the AGM the President Arnold Stevens and Chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser performed the cutting of the celebration cake with the societyís logo and all who attended the show enjoyed a piece of the cake.


The Celebration Cake with Ghalib Al-Nasser (Chairman) and Arnold Stevens (President) cutting the ASBS cake

For all other information other than subscriptions and patronage please contact the chairman/Secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser at ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com or telephone 01787 282332 or 07886 257833.


SPECIALIST SOCIETIES COMBINED EVENT 2018 (Feb 18)
Report by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Event Organiser

In its fifth year, this successful event organised by the specialist societies and now by the new Association of Specialist Budgerigar Societies (ASBS) which incorporates the former Crested BC, Rare Variety & Colour BS, Spangled BBA & Variegated BC plus the Lutino & Albino BS. The combined Annual Members Shows and AGMs will be held on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Bugbrooke Sports & Community Centre, Camp Close, Bugbrooke, Northampton NN7 3RW (the same venue of the National Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show). The Classification will be the same as last year and includes classes for the Barrhead, Pair, Teams as well as Colour Budgerigar.

Steve Cox, Neil Johnson and Andy Thorpe (all specialist breeders of the above varieties) have been invited to judge and they will form a panel to discuss various subjects and varieties in the afternoon.

Each society will provide its own specials as they would for their individual shows. The entry fee to be 30p per cage including sales with 15% commission taken on sales; entries to be for current paid up members of the above specialist societies only. As the show is an Annual Members Show, exhibitors can only enter birds in the classes they are members, i.e. a member of the Lutino & Albino BS can only enter birds in the lutino and albino classes and the same applies to members of the ASBS. Admission to the event is free.

Mini schedules will be sent out to all current paid up members of the two specialist societies during April/May and entries can be sent by post, phone or email in advance to the show secretary Rod Clarke but cannot be accepted on the day. Cage labels will be supplied on arrival at the show when payment by either cash or cheque needs to be made.

Sue Clarke will provide a buffet lunch at £5 per head - booked with her in advance (01536 791132) by no later than Wednesday, 16th May.

The two societies (ASBS & LABS) will have their AGMs at the event during the morning. These will be staggered to allow more members to attend. The Panel talk is scheduled for 2.00pm.

This is a unique event not to be missed by breeders of the specialist varieties or main stream varieties and will act as an educational platform for all budgerigar fanciers. For more information or mini schedule (by email) contact the Event Organiser, Ghalib Al-Nasser on 01787 282332/07886 257833 or email ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com


ASSOCIATION OF SPECIALIST BUDGERIGAR SOCIETIES (Dec 2017)
Report by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Chairman

The Association (ASBS) was launched with its new stand at the B.S. Club Show ahead of its official formation date. The ASBS, incorporating the Crested BC, Rare Variety & Colour BS, Spangled BBA and Variegated BC, will operate officially as from 1st January 2018 when all four specialist societies will cease to operate.


The new ASBS stand at the Club Show with
Ghalib Al-Nasser, Bob Allen and David Rafis

The Associationís new website (www.specialistbudgerigars.co.uk) is fully operational with sections on the new proposed Constitution and new enrolment and patronage forms. The new website also contains links to the old websites of the four merging societies. Most of the officials of the four societies are involved in the new Association with the exception of Ian and Pat Fielding who were heavily involved in the VBC for many years. The ASBS extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the tremendous work that these two fanciers have put into the VBC in a variety of offices.

Those fanciers who were either Honorary Life Members or Life Members in any of the previous four societies are automatically life members of the ASBS and are Honorary Life Vice Presidents. The annual membership fee due on 1st January is £12 single, £9 pensioner/disabled/junior, £18 same address partnership and £22 different address partnership. The ASBS also offer life membership at 20 times the single membership fee. The new membership form was sent out to all members of the four societies last September and can also be downloaded from the new website. All application forms and fees to be sent to the new membership secretary Ian Brickwood, 60 Booth Lane South, Northampton NN3 3EP.

Patronage Application

2018 patronage application forms, which can be downloaded from the website, are to be sent to the patronage secretaries Rod & Sue Clarke, 45 Northampton Road, Broughton, Kettering, Northants. NN14 1NR before 28th February 2018.

The AGM to ratify the new Constitution and elect the officers will be held on 20th May 2018 at Bugbrooke to coincide with the Specialist Societies Combined Event. All other information can be obtained from Ghalib Al-Nasser (01787 282332 or ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com).

As 2017 was the last Club Show for the four individual societies; the winners for the Crested Club by members were Paul Cheatley and Terry Alcorn who did the double by winning both best of colour awards with two super circular cobalt cocks; the young bird winner was the best overall crest in show. Daniel Norman won the award for best crest any age opposite sex. Ghalib and Janice Al-Nasser won the young bird opposite sex award.

In the Rare Variety and Colour BS section Deamonn Mullee won the best any age rare while Shaun Smith won the young bird award. In the Clearbody section it was Daniel Norman who won the any age while Colin and Lynne Dailey won the young bird award. It was Bob Allen who won the best any other colour any age, while Daniel Norman won the young bird award.

In the Spangled BBA, the partnership of Mick Widdowson and Brian Wilson won the green any age award while Daniel Norman won the opposite sex award. The best spangle green young bird was won by Mark Bannister while Ray Marston won the opposite sex award. The spangle blue award was won by Jeff Burns for best any age and young bird. Gren & Pat Norris won the any age opposite sex while J Clark won the young bird opposite sex. The double factor spangle awards were won by Jeff Burns for the any age and Widdowson and Wilson for the best young bird while Gren and Pat Norris won the any age opposite sex award.

Finally, the Variegated BC awards; the dominant pied awards went to Sandra and James Gillan for the any age while Ellis and Purdue took the young bird award. The recessive pied awards went to Ellis and Purdue for the any age and Ian and Pat Fielding for the young bird.


Rare Variety and Colour BS, Bob Allen, Best Any Other Colour Any Age by a member.

Rare Variety and Colour BS, Clearbody section Colin (in photo) and Lynne Dailey won the young bird award

Rare Variety and Colour BS, Daniel Norman, Best Young Bird

Rare Variety and Colour BS, Deamonn Mullee, Best Any Age Rare

Spangled BBA, Jeff Burns, Spangle Blue Award for Best Any Age and Young Bird

Rare Variety and Colour BS, Shaun Smith, Best Young Bird award by a member

Variegated BC, Sandra and James Gillan Any Age Dominant Pied award

Variegated BC, Ellis and Purdue took the Dominant Pied Young Bird award

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