SBBA – News Feb 2012

Having had a successful club show last October, the Spangled Budgerigar Breeders’ Association (SBBA) is now turning its attention to this year’s Silver Jubilee celebration, where it is hoped to celebrate the occasion with a dinner on Saturday 30th June in the Northampton area – to coincide with the Specialist & Rare Variety Show.

The next Spangle Day and AGM will be held on Sunday 22nd April at the Loddington Village Hall, High Street, near Kettering, Northants NN14 1LE. The morning session will be allocated to a guest speaker. Birds will be accepted between 10.00 and 10.30 am and will be judged by the President Bob Allen. All members, fanciers and guests are welcome. The afternoon session will be allocated to the AGM commencing at 2.30 pm.

The spangles fared well at the Association’s 2011 club show, which was held in conjunction with the Budgerigar Society Club Show, when two of the major awards were won by spangles. This was the Best Young Bird in Show (where Geoff Bowley won the award with a superb Spangle Light Green cock) and it was another spangle hen of the same colour that won the Best Opposite Sex in Show for Geoff & Anne Moore.

The total entry of 214 was slightly higher than in the previous year, with Philip Dye judging the Spangle Greens and Terry Tuxford judging the Spangle Blues. Our congratulations are extended to all our members who did well with their spangles at this prestigious show.

SBBA President Bob Allen with Anne & Geoff MooreThe honour of staging the Best Spangle in Show and Best Spangle Blue by a member went to Geoff & Anne Moore, who benched a nice Spangle Grey cock to win the young bird challenge certificate. The Best Spangle Green in Show went to Jerry Donovan with a Spangle Light Green cock. The Best Double Factor Spangle in Show went to Brian Wilson with a Yellow cock.

Once again winning members were treated to some wonderfully designed certificates. The Best Spangle in Show and four major winners also received special certificates enclosed in glass frames, which added a further special touch to the awards. Our special thanks are extended to John Cosby for producing those wonderful certificates.

John Cosby, as always, manned our stand throughout the weekend and we extend our thanks to him as well as to Rod and Sue Clarke for dealing with our patronage and trophies, assisted by Cy Thorne; and to all other committee members for their assistance.

Members are reminded that subscriptions are now due as from 1st January and should be sent to the Membership Secretary John Cosby at (“Shambles”, 7 Oakwood Lane, Moston, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 3PR). The new rates are: single £8; partnership (same address) £12; partnership (different addresses) sum of total members; juniors, registered disabled & OAP £5. The society also offers a life membership at 20 times the current subscription.

The Association has its own website, which can be visited at www.spanglebudgerigars.co.uk. For all other information other than subscriptions & patronage please contact the chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser.

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About the Author: Ghalib Al-Nasser kept budgerigars as a young boy in his native country Iraq, but after completing his engineering studies in England he started again and joined the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 1971. He is heavily involved in the administration (management & shows) of many local, national and specialist societies as well as being the secretary of the World Budgerigar Organisation (WBO). He has judged in not less than 30 countries in the 6 continents and has lectured in many countries all over the world. He was made President of the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 2001.

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