The Budgerigar Society Convention 2010

The Budgerigar Society will be celebrating its 85th Anniversary by holding the 9th Convention, at the same venue as the last one, the Royal Clifton Hotel in the seaside resort of Southport from 11th – 13th June. As with previous Conventions there is a packed programme for fanciers to enjoy.

The Budgerigar Society President, Dave Herring, will open the Convention at 2.00 pm on Friday, to be followed by two lectures in the afternoon; Jeff Attwood & Mick Freakley “Down Memory Lane”, and Brian Sweeting “The Life of Brian – Make ‘em Breed”. The evening promises to be a fun night with an Inter Society / Group Quiz.

World champions Richard & Michael Miller will kick off the Saturday sessions with “From Junior Exhibitor to Champion Partnership”, to be followed by the vet Kevin Eatwell on “Infectious Diseases”. The afternoon session will be presented by the International Partnership of Ron Pearce & Marcel Buhler on “The Development of the Modern Show Budgerigar”. After that fanciers can watch the judging for Best in Show and view the birds. The evening will be the highlight of the Convention with the Convention Gala Dinner. After Dinner Speaker, Eric Peake will no doubt entertain everyone with his usual wit and humour.

On Sunday morning officials of the Specialist Societies Ghalib Al-Nasser, Lyn Bancroft and Ian Fielding will be talking about “The Specialist Varieties” to be followed by the successful partnership of Chris Huxley & Alan Marchant “Pairing for Success”. The Closing Ceremony and presentations will be in the afternoon.

As always, the Convention will include a show for owner bred birds only with Challenge Certificates for the 19 colours pre-graded 7 points each. Judges engaged are all past Presidents of the society over the past 5 years; Janice Al-Nasser, Geoff Capes, Dave Cottrell and Bob Francis. Entries for the show should be sent to the Show Secretary, Pat Fielding, 16 Pilkington Road, Southport, PR8 6PD All entries to the show and lectures are free of charge!

The Budgerigar Society’s Convention is an event not to be missed and a great opportunity to catch up with fellow fanciers, both nationally and internationally; so if you are free that weekend then come along and celebrate with other members The Budgerigar Society’s 85th Anniversary. I look forward to seeing you there!

For further information go to www.budgerigarsociety.com

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About the Author: Janice Al-Nasser, a retired school headteacher, kept budgerigars since the mid 1970s but became a series breeder and joined the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 1983. She is, with her husband Ghalib, heavily involved in the administration side of the hobby holding numerous key positions in many national and specialist societies including the Budgerigar Society General Council where she was the President in 2007. She has judged in 20 countries all over the world and has lectured at the B.S. Convention, American Grand National and the Australian National.

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