Remembering the Past

Gerald Binks

Recording and recalling the history behind the hobby today is really important, as it is so easy to forget our “roots” of many of the things we take for granted. When the very first Budgerigar World Show was help in Sandown Park in 1983, I had only been in the hobby for 4 years and not only did I exhibit at the event but was also a part of the back-office team.

 

At the time “Budgerigar World” was led by Directors John Blance and Gerald Binks who in six months, without previous Show Management Experience, showed how a true National Show should be organised and staged.

 

Mick Mapston

Dick Boorman, who with the late Mick Mapston, led the team of workers at this and the subsequent event, which at the time were deemed to be the Best Shows ever staged in the Country, and arguably the World. As the Mick Mapston used to say so frequently, “Nobody can ever take that Show away from us. It has never been surpassed.”

That first Show at Sandown Park Racecourse benched 4,500 birds with a top prize of £1100 and was won by Barry Wild.

Dick Boorman recently contacted Gerald and this is what he had to say:

 

Good Afternoon Gerald,

Dick Boorman

From time to time I seek to maintain some interest in the hobby and this afternoon casually looking through my search on the Internet, I was quite devastated to learn a little about the circumstances that seem to have beset BW.

May I please express my sympathy with you over what I understand to now be the demise of the magazine as it was.

I still value very much indeed the opportunity that you gave me along with Denis and our dear friend Mick to organise the shows at Sandown Park. They were as I note you have mention, the new standard by which all future shows of any standing should be based. I still have the video and photographs.

It is now many years since I last visited a show but I have quite regularly tried to keep some contact with the hobby via the BS website and of course your site.

I do not however accept, that your tremendous efforts over many years have not had some influence over the hobby. There have probably been many circumstances where people have faced a situation and upon reflection, given some thought to what you did or might have done.

As I understand things, you are now going to reserve your time to the breeding of your birds and in that respect I truly wish you well. I will from time to time continue to look at your website and hopefully see some brilliant examples of your skill as a breeder of Budgerigars.

My only bird is the model (Blue Spangle) that Ray Turner made for me many years ago and it remains on display in our lounge. It is a constant reminder to me of my 43 years in the hobby – I started at about 11 years of age – which I value very highly to this day.

Although a few health problems limit some of my activities now, I still enjoy to see anything that flies which includes the Sunderland Flying Boat with which I have very long standing family connections – only one flying now and that is in Florida.

I do have both editions of “The Challenge” which are to hand in my office and I glance through them from time to time and there are many copies of BW in my loft so some of them may become “collectors” items in the future.

Anyway Gerald, I am most sincerely saddened to learn about BW but I do hope that the action that you have taken and with the continuing involvement of Terry, that the hobby will continue to benefit from the outstanding contribution that you have made over so many years.

Best Wishes and Kindest Regards

Dick B

PS. I have a website – www.bowlscoachingnews.com – been involved with bowls for some 25 years or so.

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Terry Tuxford About the Author:

Terry Tuxford first began breeding budgerigars in 1979 and joined the BS in 1980. He was elevated to Champion in 1985 when he went into partnership with Brian Poole. This partnership is probably one of the longest existing partnerships in the UK hobby today having lasted some 27 years so far and is still going strong. Terry and Brian are also partnered by Yvonne Tuxford who joined the BS in 1990.


Terry demonstrated his penmanship early in his budgerigar career and wrote in the second edition of Budgerigar World. Little did he realise then that in just over 8 year’s time he would become editor following a 20 month apprenticeship with founding editor, Gerald Binks. Terry went on to edit a total of 245 editions up to May 2011.


In 1993 Terry took his Budgerigar Society Judges final examination and was awarded Subsidiary Judge of the Year and has gone on to judge the Budgerigar Society World Show on three occasions as well as many top shows at home and abroad. He is also an accomplished speaker and has been a guest at societies throughout the UK as well as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and many other European countries.

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