Preview – Budgerigar Society Club Show 2010

All roads should be leading to Doncaster in the north of England for the weekend of 2nd & 3rd October 2010, when The Budgerigar Society will be celebrating their 85th Anniversary by staging their Annual Club Show at The Dome, Bawtry Road, Doncaster DN4 7PD.

It is an event not to be missed!

Guest Speaker – Brian Sweeting

Apart from the thousands of top quality birds benched for fanciers from all over the world to admire, there will be a seminar on the Saturday morning, with one of our top and successful fanciers Brian Sweeting as the guest speaker.

The seminar will kick off at 10.30 a.m.

Brian’s topic, through a power point presentation, will be “Make ’em Breed”.

Tickets are £10 each and include entry to the seminar, light refreshments plus entry to the show on Saturday only. Those who attend the seminar will be invited to watch judging of the Best in Show and other major awards.

The Judges

While Brian is busy delivering his presentation there will be 15 judges busy judging their respective colours – they are:

  • Alan Adams
  • Ghalib Al-Nasser
  • Jeff Attwood
  • Lyn Bancroft
  • Nigel Beevers
  • Dave Collier (USA)
  • Jerry Donovan
  • Dave Herring (B.S. President)
  • Colin Lamb
  • Jim McGeehan
  • Geoff Moore
  • Norma Philips
  • Tony Pope
  • Cy Thorne
  • Mick Widdowson

The section judging will be in the capable hands of the following:

  • Dominic Avo
  • Ron Payne
  • Ray Steele
  • Terry Tuxford (who will be invited next year to judge the colours)

85th Anniversary

To help celebrate the Society’s 85th Anniversary, each exhibitor benching 8 or more birds (excluding sales) will receive a suitably inscribed clock memento to mark this milestone occasion of the society.

Gala Dinner

The Saturday evening Gala Dinner will be returning to the Holiday Inn (formally the Moat House) and entertainment will be provided by Barry Cheese, a popular comedian.

Tickets at £25 each can be booked with Pete Hutchinson by sending him a SAE (stamped addressed envelope) and a cheque payable to “The Budgerigar Society” to:

  • Pete Hutchinson, 125 Moss Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7XE
  • Tel: +44 (0)1625 420269

Auction of Promises

On Sunday afternoon at 1.00 pm Geoff Capes, assisted by John Alcock, will be on the hammer with the ever popular Auction of Promises – with many quality birds promised from top leading fanciers together with many other superb items and promises.

This has been so popular over the years and it generates income towards staging the next show.

Tombola & Club Show Raffle

Throughout the weekend Norman & June Cox, helped by Jackie Fox, will want you to visit them at their great tombola stand with lots and lots of prizes to be won.

So go to them and have a go and be one of the winners!

Don’t forget also to participate in the Club Show Raffle while you are there.

Trophy Presentation

The finale will be when our President Dave Herring takes to the trophy stand to present the array of 91 trophies to their prospective winners. Will you be one of them?

There are a lot of incentives for exhibitors apart from competing at the highest level. The Jim Moffat Charitable Trust is allocating its usual £1,250 for the major winners divided as:

  • £300 for Best in Show
  • £150 for Best Any Age
  • £250 for Best Young Bird
  • £150 for Best Opposite Sex Any Age
  • £250 for Best Opposite Sex Young Bird
  • £150 for Best Junior

The Budgerigar Society will be presenting Georgian Crystal to the major winners and the Any Age section winners will each receive Georgian Crystal and £30 while £25, £20, £15 & £10 will go for 2nd – 5th Best.

The Young Bird section winners will each receive Georgian Crystal and £45 while £35, £30, £25 & £20 will go for 2nd – 5th Best.

The junior sections will get Sports Vouchers, a framed certificate and £20 for the winner and £10 & £5 for 2nd & 3rd Best.


Patronage has been received from all 10 area societies and the show is also the club show of the following:

  • Clearwing Budgerigar Breeders’ Association
  • Crested Budgerigar Club
  • Lutino & Albino Budgerigar Society
  • Rare Variety & Colour Budgerigar Society
  • Spangled Budgerigar Breeders’ Association
  • Variegated Budgerigar Club

Trade Stands

Apart from all of the above there is an array of Trade Stands at the show for fanciers to be able to stock up with all their needs before the commencement of the breeding season; of course not forgetting the large number of birds that will be in the sales section.

Birds & Opening Times

Birds will be accepted on:

  • Friday between 2.00 – 10.00 p.m.
  • Saturday between 7.00 – 9.30 a.m.

The show will be open to the public on:

  • Saturday between 3.00 – 6.30 p.m.
  • Sunday between 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Admission to the show is £6 per person and a catalogue is £4.


All members of the Budgerigar Society will have received their schedules already with the July / August issue of “The Budgerigar”.

Schedules may also be obtained from:

  • The B.S. Office, Spring Gardens, Northampton NN1 1DR
  • Tel: +44 (0)1604 624549

Schedules may also be downloaded from the Budgerigar Society’s website:

Closing Date for Entries

Closing date for entries is 21st September 2010 and these need to be sent to:

  • Ronnie Simpson, 22 Homefield Avenue, Morley, Leeds, Yorkshire LS27 0DX

For other help contact the Show Manager Dave Hislop on +44 (0)1253 855894.

Visitor Information

For our overseas fanciers getting to Doncaster is easy.

By Air

  • Local airport: “Robin Hood Airport” (only 10km away)
  • Manchester airport (approx. 90km away)
  • London airports (approx. 250km away)

By Train

  • From Manchester International Airport to Doncaster
  • From London Kings Cross station to Doncaster

By Sea

  • via the port of Hull (approx. 42km away)
  • via the port of Norwich (approx. 185km away)
  • via the port of Dover (approx. 315km away)

By Road

  • via the A1(M) motorway
  • via the M18 motorway
  • via the M1 motorway

There are a large number of accommodation facilities available in Doncaster ranging from Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses or Hotels and a full list can be obtained from the Doncaster Tourist Information Centre.

See You There

Come to this wonderful show to join in the activities throughout the weekend, meet your fellow fanciers and just enjoy the amazing atmosphere among like-minded people!


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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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  1. Andy Stone says:

    I am really looking forward to this year’s show.

    It promises to be full of wonderful birds and even more colourful people.

    It is a highly recommended weekend for all standards of budgerigar keeping!

    Andy Stone, UK

  2. I would just like to wish all the exhibitors the very best of luck for the weekend, and to all the visitors I hope you have a wonderful time at our premier show. Mick.

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