Historical Discovery for the NCA
The Management Committee of the National Association for Aviculture succeeded in holding its latest meeting on 12th November at Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield, in spite of severe hold-ups on the M1 due to multiple accidents on the northbound lane between junctions 20 and 21. Several members, including chairman Dennis Webster, were delayed by the motorway chaos but in their absence, Andrew Triolo, vice chairman, got the meeting underway.
Ghalib Al-Nasser of the Budgerigar Society and Dennis Webster of the Foreign Bird Federation were able to inform the meeting that the staff of Cage & Aviary Birds had searched their archives and found the original reports of the foundation of the National Council for Aviculture.
The inaugural meeting of the NCA was held in the
The Treasurer, George Booth, presented a written statement of the Council's current finances and progress made on the adoption of new signatories to the various accounts held. The agreed signatories are the Chairman, the Treasurer and the Secretary. Thanks were due to Charles Woolley of the Canary Council who, as a former signatory, had proved invaluable in completing arrangements with the banks involved.
The Secretary, Dave Whittaker was pleased to report that the insurance policy available to all affiliated clubs will remain at the same cost as last year. Clubs affiliated to the parent bodies (British Bird Council, Budgerigar Society, Canary Council and Foreign Bird Federation) receive free NCA membership and can secure insurance cover through their parent body at an annual cost of only £45. This covers all their club's meetings and shows and liability caused by the negligence of their officers. CBSs affiliated to the NCA through an annual subscription of £20 can secure the same insurance cover for £40. For the average club this can represent a saving of up to two hundred pounds.
The Secretary alerted the committee to the plight of one or two affiliated CBSs who found themselves no longer viable and sought advice on how to distribute unspent club funds when the club was officially defunct. This situation depends entirely on the club's own rules. Should there be no provision made in the rules then all paid-up members should be called to a meeting to discuss the issue and its solution. The NCA has been the beneficiary of such situations in the past.
Andrew Triolo and Barry Mills reported that the first stage of the work of the Bird Welfare Strategy Committee was complete and the document it had prepared had been sent to the England Implementation Group for approval before distribution to all relevant bodies, including the NCA, for consideration and comment. One of the consequences of any agreed Strategy for Bird Welfare will be a revision of the NCA's various Bird Keeping pamphlets and welfare sheets will begin in the new year.
The NCA was represented at the successful Stafford Show in October with a stand staffed by Canary Council members Charles Woolley, Andrew Triolo and Barry Mills. A newly designed display for the NCA will be purchased for Stafford Spring Show and other similar events.
The Secretary was delighted to report that the "Exhibitor of the Year" competition has been well received by affiliated clubs and a steady flow of nominations are coming into the office. Results will be known at the end of the show season and presentations made to the eventual winners in each of the British bird, budgerigar, canary and foreign bird sections.
The National Council for Aviculture looks forward to 2009 to consolidate and build upon on its 2008 successes. The four parent bodies (British Bird Council, Budgerigar Society, Canary Council and Foreign Bird Federation) have worked in close collaboration through some challenging times and have maintained good progress under the chairmanship of Dennis Webster.
The package of benefits to affiliated CBSs and members of the parent bodies now includes a very attractive insurance deal which can save clubs hundreds of pounds. Winners of The Exhibitor of the Year Competition will be announced early in the new year and the new NCA website (www.nca.uk.net) is developing well into a source of information about the NCA and its activities promoting bird keeping.
A major success which will impact on the hobby for years ahead is the NCA's on-going collaborative effort with the Parrot Society and other major bird-keeping organisations which have established a draft Bird Welfare Strategy which in its final form will underpin, if not determine, the promised secondary legislation to the Animal Welfare Act which will govern our hobby. The consultation document is now public and the NCA will be making its recommendations in February, 2009.
Thereafter the NCA will make its contribution to the production and publication of the final strategy document and its subsequent welfare guidelines for all bird species managed in captivity.It will also maintain active working relationships with the other major national bird-keeping organisations because a united approach is far more effective than fragmented efforts.
The NCA is also planning a new marketing initiative to promote our hobby to the general public and encourage more people to take up bird keeping as a satisfying and exciting leisure activity that adds to the quality of life of its participants.
The NCA Management Committee wishes all Cage & Aviary readers a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your birds!
"We know what the future will be if we do not change"
The NCA Management Committee held its third meeting of 2008 at Markfield, Leicestershire on 13th August which was attended by representatives of the British Bird Council, the Budgerigar Society, the Canary Council and the Foreign Bird Federation.
The Management Committee opened up
the debate on the future of our hobby, particularly the exhibition side, and how it must
adapt if it is to develop and flourish at a time of increasing pressures. Chairman, Dennis
Webster, summed up the reality of the situation thus: "We are on the edge at present
and we can all see what the future will be if we do not c
This process is likely to accelerate
as show halls, travel and accommodation costs rise alarmingly and numbers of exhibitors
and entries decline. One way to avoid this is through co-operation between clubs on a
local, regional or even national level
as illustrated by the All Variety Canary Show at
Progress reports were heard on the NCA's current initiatives. Firstly, the contribution of the NCA to the work of the English Implementation Group which is preparing a strategy document for the future welfare of British bird keeping. The document should be ready for consultation by the end of the year and the various bird-keeping organisations involved are busy preparing welfare guidance sheets for all bird species kept in a managed environment.
The NCA has set up a sub-committee to review and update its large stock of information pamphlets on all aspects of bird keeping relevant to its membership. These will be made available on the NCA website later this year and will also be distributed in hard copy from the NCA stand at major shows. Many of these information sheets will supplement the welfare strategy document being compiled by the EIG.
The NCA insurance scheme for
affiliated clubs, which has proved very popular since its introduction in January, has now
been extended to allow first time applicants to the scheme to take up part-year insurance
cover for half the normal premium once their current insurance policy runs out. The NCA
scheme runs from January to December each year, offers two million pounds of public
liability cover for all a club's meetings and shows and cover also for liabilities
incurred through the negligence of its officers. Further details from NCA Secretary,
A new awards scheme for
NCA-affiliated CBS's was confirmed which would provide four rosettes per club for Best
Exhibitor in each section of their annual show i.e. Best British, Best Budgerigar, Best
Canary, and Best Foreign bird (NB:Foreign includes Zebras and Bengalese). Results to be
sent to the NCA office and the overall winner
of the most rosettes in each section over the show season to be invited to the NCA
Welfare of Birdkeeping is NCA's Main Priority
At its Management Committee meeting held on 25th June in Markfield the NCA reaffirmed its commitment to the welfare of cage & aviary birds and the promotion of responsible birdkeeping.
Chairman, Dennis Webster, presented a wide range of illustrated welfare sheets and booklets relating to all kinds of cage & aviary birds, which had been drafted some years ago by the officers of SPA. The Management Committee undertook to review and update these in the near future for publication on the NCA website and for distribution at its stand at major events. Hard copy would also be available to affiliated clubs. A booklet entitled "Welcome to Bird Keeping" was most relevant to members of the public considering aviculture as a hobby and would be given priority for publication.
Andrew Triolo, Vice Chairman, and Barry Mills, Publicity Officer, reported on the positive progress being made by the committee producing a "Health and Welfare Strategy for Birds" which will be submitted eventually to the English Implementation Group as part of the secondary legislation to the Animal Welfare Act. Both NCA officers will be attending the last of a series of meetings in Coventry on 2nd July at which a draft consultation document will be completed and published in the next month or so by the Bird Strategy Committee to which the NCA as a whole would be asked to respond. Other organisations working alongside the NCA and the Parrot Society on the Bird Strategy Committee are the British Waterfowl Association, The Hawk Board, The National Pigeon Association, The Poultry Club of Great Britain and The Pheasant Association.
"Communication with existing and potential bird keepers is the key to the future health of aviculture and the well-being of our birds", Dennis Webster explained. "This means contributing to policies affecting aviculture at national level, providing quality information to our members and responding to the needs of the hobby through our affiliated clubs and parent bodies".
In response to a request from Grantham CBS raised by Steve Nesbitt at the NCA's recent AGM it was agreed to improve communications with affiliated cage bird societies by ensuring that within two weeks of all Management Committee meetings and general meetings reports would be sent to Cage & Aviary Birds magazine for publication, and placed on the NCA website and hard copy sent to the secretaries of all affiliated clubs and the four parent bodies.
Secretary, Dave Whitaker, confirmed that schedules of the NCA's new £2m public liability insurance scheme available for affiliated CBSs and specialist clubs affiliated to any of the parent bodies had been sent out to all clubs who had signed up for the scheme. Other applications would be welcome from would-be NCA affiliates upon receipt of the annual subscription (£20) and insurance premium (£40). The insurance covers each club's shows and meetings and protection against liabilities caused through the negligence of officers. Specialist clubs should continue to apply through their parent body i.e. The Canary Council, The British Bird Council, The Foreign Bird Federation and the Budgerigar Society. Membership of any of these conveys automatic representation on the NCA without further subscriptions. The insurance premium for such clubs is £45.
All affiliated clubs are also to be offered the facility to have their own websites linked to the NCA website or to have significant dates and events for their club advertised on the NCA website. A CBS Liaison link is to be set up at the NCA office with its own email address: (currently email@example.com). All affiliated CBSs are eligible for NCA rosettes and all NCA competitions and awards, details of which are on the NCA website (www.nca.uk.net). Further enquiries regarding any aspect of NCA membership can be made to the Secretary at this email address or by writing to him at the NCA office, Davies House, Spring Gardens, Northampton NN1 1DR.
Treasurer, George Booth, reported on a healthy financial situation and informed the Management Committee of the maturity in the near future of one of its investment accounts. He is seeking advice on the safest method of re-investing the matured sum and will report back to the next meeting. After a presentation from Andrew Triolo on the need to commence a proper marketing strategy to project the NCA to a wider potential bird keeping population, it was agreed to set up an initial budget of £2500 and to delegate the Secretary and Vice Chairman to seek new marketing resources for use at major events.
After several months of research and legal advice regarding the best status for the NCA, it was agreed that the best option was that of an "Unincorporated Association". Our current insurance scheme provides liability cover for the officers of the organisation and our constitution is commensurate with that required for this status.
Having supplied every member present with reams of printed material for review and revision by the date of the next meeting, the Chairman thanked everyone for their contributions, set the date of the next management meeting for 13th August at Markfield and closed proceedings at 4pm.
The 2008 Annual General Meeting of the National Council For Aviculture was held on Saturday, 26th April at The Charnwood Arms Hotel near Coalville, Leicestershire.
The retiring Chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, opened the meeting by welcoming representatives of affiliated societies and delegates from the four parent bodies (The British Bird Council, The Budgerigar Society, The Canary Council and the Foreign Bird Federation).
He presented a written report of his
past year in office, the main achievements of the NCA in that time and his good wishes to
all NCA members for continued success in the future. The Vice Chairman, Andrew Triolo,
then took over the chair and conducted the remainder of the
A written report and financial statement from the Treasurer, George Booth, showed the Council to be in a sound financial position. The meeting was, therefore, content to accept the Management Committee's recommendation to leave subscriptions at their current level (£200 per annum for the four parent organisations and £20 per annum for affiliated Cage Bird Societies) for a further year. Specialist clubs affiliated to any of the parent bodies are automatically represented on the NCA without further subscription.
A particular financial benefit to member societies this year was the NCA insurance scheme which provides at a very competitive premium £2m public liability insurance for each club's annual shows and meetings, including cover for costs which may be incurred due to the negligence of officers. Specialist societies belonging to the four parent bodies can secure the same deal through the relevant parent body at a cost of £45. Cage Bird Societies wishing to take advantage of this insurance cover can do so upon payment of £20 annual subscription and £40 insurance premium to the Secretary, Dave Whittaker, Davies House, Spring Gardens, Northampton NN1 1DR.
The Secretary, Dave Whittaker, also presented a comprehensive written report of the NCA's activities over the past year. These included the addition of Terms of Reference to the new constitution detailing the responsibilities of NCA officers; the establishment of a new website (www.nca.uk.net); publication of a Revised Code of Conduct for Bird Keepers; the introduction of the Public Liability Insurance Scheme; contributions of funding, personnel and input to the work of CAWC and the England Implementation Group forming a Strategy Document for Bird Keepers following the passing of the Animal Welfare Act; the appointment of Brian Stockdale MRCVS as Honorary Veterinary and Scientific Consultant; a package of services to members; representations made to DEFRA regarding an alternative policy to instant blanket bans at the outbreak of avian flu' or other similar disease in the UK affecting avian and human health and welfare.
The Council was pleased to re-elect
as its President Dennis Norton, Canary Council delegate and well-known Border Canary
breeder, exhibitor and judge. Dennis's wife Bea also attended the
In recognition of his steadfast
contribution to the work of the Council over several years of challenge and change
retiring Chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, former
The Annual General meeting also
received the names of the members of the Management Committee for 2008/9: From the
The auditor appointed for the year ahead was Grant Findlay, Bank Manager and Member of the Budgerigar Society.
In the Management Committee meeting
which was held immediately after the
Chairman: Dennis Webster (
Vice Chairman: Andrew Triolo (CC)
Secretary: Dave Whittaker (BS)
Treasurer: George Booth (BS)
Further appointments made were:
Awards Panel: Barry Mills (CC), Dave
Whittaker (BS), Bernard Williams (
Minutes Secretary & Publicity Officer: Barry Mills.
Website Controller: Ghalib Al-Nasser (BS)
Targets set for the year ahead include a review of marketing and presentation; improvements in communication with members; expansion of website services; completion of consultation Strategy Document for Bird Keepers; appointment of CBS Liaison Officer; development of a Welfare and Conservation programme.
The next Management Committee meeting
will be held at on
John Scott awarded NCA Diploma.
John Scott, former President of the Canary Council and founder member of the Canary Council and Lizard Canary Association, has been awarded the National Council for Aviculture's Diploma for services to aviculture over a lifetime of bird keeping.
John has been a leading canary fancier for over sixty years, specialising mainly in Lizard canaries, the oldest of the canary breeds, and has a national and international reputation as an expert in canary breeding, management, exhibition and judging. Until recently he was the canary specialist advising Cage & Aviary Bird readers for many years.
In addition to the diploma, John's name will also be entered on the NCA's Roll of Honour which can be seen on the NCA website : www.nca.uk.net
Jim Bannon, Honorary Secretary & Treasurer of the Yorkshire Canary Club, is delighted to have saved his club over £100 this year thanks to the new NCA insurance scheme.
Jim explains: "The
Barry Mills, Canary Council Chairman, is keen that as many specialist canary clubs as possible are aware of the new scheme and take advantage of it. He commented: "This insurance scheme provides £2m of public liability cover for all meetings and shows held by the club during the year. Amongst other benefits it even provides cover in the unlikely event of claims that may arise from the negligence of the club's officers in running the club's affairs. The reason it is so comparatively cheap is that the NCA with its large membership has been able to negotiate favourable terms with the insurance company".
Dave Whittaker, NCA
Secretary, wants all CBS and non-specialist or independent bird clubs to know that the
scheme is also open to them if they are affiliated to the NCA directly. "Their annual
NCA subscription is £20 and they can secure the insurance cover at the special price of
£40. So for £60 they get NCA membership benefits and insurance cover for less than they
have probably paid for insurance alone up till now. It represents a very good deal".
Further details and application forms from: NCA
Secretary, Davies House,
Management Committee Meeting February 2008
The fifth meeting of the Management Committee of the NCA was held on
The Committee was pleased to welcome to the meeting well known veterinary surgeon Brian Stockdale BVM&S MRCVS, a professional avicultural specialist and a practising bird keeper, who has kindly agreed to act as Honorary Veterinary and Scientific Consultant to the NCA.
"Brian has vast professional experience of aviculture, bird health and welfare, in particular bird nutrition," explains NCA Chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick. "We are delighted to have his expert knowledge at our disposal. His expertise will be invaluable in our discussions with DEFRA concerning avian flu' and the development of policies for its control. We shall also be taking advice from Brian on all matters technical and scientific affecting bird welfare and conservation".
Vice Chairman, Andrew Triolo, referred to his recent meeting with Colchester MP Bob Russell, reported in C&AB last week. Mr. Russell is representing the bird keepers' case for a modified policy on bird movements during avian flu' outbreaks so that blanket bans are no longer applied.
Andrew has also been in touch with north-eastern MP David Taylor, who is similarly sympathetic to bird clubs who have been badly affected by the blanket ban. "These two excellent constituency MPs will fight our corner in parliament, we hope, alongside John Randall MP, a bird keeper himself, who has formed a parliamentary group concerning itself with avicultural issues.
Secretary, Dave Whittaker, was able to inform the Management Committee that the new third party public liability insurance scheme launched two weeks ago has already attracted dozens of applications from affiliated clubs and from new clubs wishing to benefit from the scheme.
The National Council for Aviculture's Annual General Meeting will take place
NCA Supports Campaign for a change in DEFRA policy
At a meeting of its Management Committee on Thursday, 20th December at Markfield, the NCA agreed to step up its campaign to persuade DEFRA to alter its current policy on blanket bird show bans when an outbreak of avian flu is suspected.
The NCA welcomes the progress reported in C&AB today with the three MPs asking questions in parliament about DEFRA's policy and its devastating effects on our hobby. Letters from the NCA and Canary Council were submitted to the MPs to support the call for a re-examination of the blanket ban policy. NCA officers also encourage all bird keepers to write to their MPs to voice their concerns and demand a rethink.
The NCA itself has made direct contact with the responsible officer in DEFRA and requested a meeting as soon as possible to discuss a way forward which will aid cage bird keepers without undermining public confidence in DEFRA's ability to protect public health. A sub-committee of four NCA officers has been formed to take our arguments and evidence to DEFRA directly.
NCA Package for Affiliated Cage Bird Societies
package of benefits to NCA affiliated cage bird societies was confirmed at the Management
Committee meeting held at Markfield today,
· Subscriptions remain at £20 per annum.
· All affiliated societies can for an additional £40 per annum purchase through the NCA a specially negotiated insurance policy with Mead Sport and Leisure offering £2m third party liability insurance for all their meetings and shows each year. Public liability insurance is essential for all clubs hiring venues for their activities. (See section D3 of the Code of Conduct).
Existing paid-up cage bird societies will be contacted with full details early in the new year. Other societies wishing further details should contact the NCA Secretary at Davies House, Spring Gardens, Northampton, NN1 1DR.
Members of the four parent bodies (Canary Council, Budgerigar Society, Foreign Bird Federation and British Bird Council) can access the same insurance policy through their own organisation.
· NCA patronage rosettes from each of the four parent bodies.
· Best Exhibitor of the Year Competition in each of the four sections (awarded at the end of the show season by each of the four parent bodies).
· NCA website advertisement for promotion of shows & meetings.
· Access to the three NCA award schemes (long-service badges; Roll of Honour & Hall of Fame)
· Reports of all NCA meetings by e-mail or post to paid-up societies on the database.
voice and a vote at the
· The right to raise any avicultural issue in writing at any time with the Management Committee and a guarantee to receive a written response within 21 days of the next Management Committee meeting.
· The NCA Code of Conduct as a framework to assist clubs in protecting themselves from external criticism and/or legal action.
· Access to specialist legal advice (costs to be met by the club/society itself).
· Representation through the NCA with DEFRA and other national bodies.
· A voice through the NCA and all four parent bodies in C&AB.
The National Council for
Aviculture Management Committee held its second meeting on
Firstly, Ghalib Al-Nasser, who was appointed Website Controller at the first meeting of the Management Committee on 26th May, confirmed that the planned new NCA website would be ready to go on line by mid-August. This will provide information about the organisation, its activities and services offered to members. Website address http://www.nca.uk.net
Chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, reported on his recent meeting with DEFRA and other companion animal societies regarding the Animal Welfare Act and its implications for hobbyists. The NCA had anticipated the call for a new look at codes of conduct for animal welfare by appointing a sub-committee at its first meeting to review and simplify the existing Code of Conduct for Bird Keepers to make it relevant to the changed circumstances occasioned by the Animal Welfare Act. A revised and more user-friendly Code of Conduct will be completed and published on the NCA website by the end of September. The new code will be reviewed annually and amended appropriately whenever legislation requires change.
The NCA is to invite Graham Thurlow of DEFRA to attend its next Management Committee meeting to discuss in detail the implications for us of the Government's animal welfare strategy and the development of the NCA's role in representing bird keepers effectively with DEFRA.
Treasurer, Glynn Woollam, submitted a written report detailing the state of the Council's various bank and building society accounts. After the complications following the death of our previous treasurer, Glynn has now established the full extent of the NCA's financial assets and procedures for managing them. The Council's financial situation is sound and we can plan future developments and activities with confidence.
The Management Committee agreed to continue the three levels of awards currently open to NCA affiliated societies i.e The Hall of Fame, The Roll of Honour and the long-service badges. Badges will now be issued free of charge to members of affiliated societies. Details of the schemes and how to apply for them are on the NCA website.
The Secretary, Dave Whittaker, reported that negotiations with a large insurance company were well advanced to secure a deal that would offer £2m public liability insurance to NCA affiliated societies for their shows and meetings at a very competitive premium. The NCA's new structure comprising all the affiliated specialist societies of our four parent bodies plus cage bird societies puts us in a stronger bargaining position when setting up such deals for the benefit of our members. An announcement on this will be made at the next meeting.
Arrangements were confirmed for the continuation of our legal advice service and the appointment of a new NCA Veterinary Advisor.
Requests for an NCA
presence at society meetings, shows and conferences require that more members of the
Management Committee take on this role. Vice-Chairman, Andrew Triolo, is currently putting
together a presentation programme, which will support speakers who undertake these
engagements. The NCA, British Bird Council, the Canary Council and Foreign Bird Federation
will all have stands at the "Bird Show of the Year" to be held at Stafford on
14th October. The NCA will also be represented at the Budgerigar Society show in
NCA Launches New Website
Following the second meeting of the NCA's new Management Committee on 1st August, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website which can be found at this address: http://www.nca.uk.net
The site is in its early stages and will be expanded over the next few months to cover the broad range of activities in which the NCA is involved. For the present, visitors to the site are given an introduction to the NCA officers, its constitution, its three awards schemes and information about its four parent bodies: The British Bird Council, The Budgerigar Society, The Canary Council and the Foreign Bird Federation plus links to their websites.
Affiliated Societies of the four parent bodies and NCA-affiliated Cage Bird Societies can also have their own links to the new site making a cyber network covering a huge range of bird varieties and contacts for bird keepers everywhere.
NCA Website Controller Ghalib Al-Nasser, has plans for future developments on the website: "In addition to the standard information about the organisation and its member societies we are planning to publish in the near future the revised Code of Conduct for Bird Keepers on which a sub-committee is currently working, plus regular reports on NCA meetings and activities. We are putting together a package of services for our affiliated societies which will include a competitively-priced scheme offering £2m public liability insurance for club shows and meetings."
Bird keepers who are members of our parent bodies or affiliated cage birds societies are welcome to contact Ghalib regarding the website at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Annual General Meeting 2007
The National Council for Aviculture
The chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick
(British Bird Council) commenced the meeting at by welcoming the delegates and members
attending what was a landmark meeting for the NCA.. A working party has spent many days
over the past year compiling a revised constitution, which restructures the NCA to enable
more efficient and effective management of the Council's business for the benefit of its
members. Such a revision can hardly be expected to please everyone but the chairman hoped
that it would satisfy the majority and that during discussion of the constitution prior to
a vote on its acceptance or rejection members would maintain a constructive and
co-operative approach. Copies of the proposed new constitution had been circulated to the
membership in the month before the
Before the main agenda item there were a number of other tasks to be completed and reports to be made. The Chairman was pleased to be able to present to Mr.F.D. Norton, a Canary Council delegate who has served on the NCA committee since its earliest years, an inscribed medallion commemorating his status of Honorary Life Vice President of the NCA. in recognition of his many years of loyal and valued service to the organisation for the benefit of its members.
The Treasurer, Glynn Woollam (Foreign
Bird Federation), presented a summary of the NCA's financial situation, which remains
healthy. The untimely death of former President and Treasurer, Percy Jacobs, has created
some difficulties with the bank and building society in
transferring signatories for and access to the various investment and current accounts
held by the NCA. For this reason he was unable to give a full report on 2006 at this
stage. He was able to report on all monies received and paid out since he took over the
The Membership Secretary, David Paine (Zebra Finch Society), reported that to date he has received subscriptions from 80 individual members, one junior member, an additional Life Member (now 64 in total) and 79 affiliated societies. Subscriptions are due by 31st March but in practice many are received in the weeks after that date. Clearly, in this time of transition following the retirement of former Administrator, Brian Hughes, and the introduction of a new structure and management committee, the NCA's profile had suffered and people were waiting for a renewal of services and support offered to members. It is hoped that membership will increase substantially through the proposed arrangement for members to gain NCA membership through their local affiliated CBS or through one of the four parent bodies comprising the management committee i.e. The British Bird Council, The Budgerigar Society, The Canary Council and the Foreign Bird Federation. NCA funding will come from the four parent organisations and from the affiliated CBSs.
Discussion of the proposed new
constitution took up the bulk of the meeting. There were many questions on detail and
queries regarding representation on the management committee
which will be comprised of four delegates from each of the parent
organisations. It was stressed that all members will maintain the right to present ideas,
propositions, objections, questions and requests in writing to the management committee at
any time and these will be given full consideration and appropriate response. All member
organisations and existing Life Members will have the right to speak and vote at AGMs and
EGMs. In fact, any positive suggestions for improving the profile, performance and
continuing development of the NCA will be welcomed. After every management committee
In summing up the discussion prior to the vote the chairman said: "The new constitution is a first major step in the revival of the NCA. It will require regular review and elements of it will be improved or developed as time goes by but until it is adopted progress will be limited". The vote that followed achieved more than the two-thirds majority in favour required for the new constitution to be accepted and adopted.
Under Any Other Business:
· Dennis Norton, Honorary Life Vice President, proposed a vote of thanks to all those who had contributed many hours of effort and many miles travelling to working party meetings over the past year to produce the new constitution.
· Several members present expressed the view that, now the constitution has been adopted, the NCA needs to move forward purposefully and promote aviculture to the best of its ability.
· A "webmaster" has been found to set up the new NCA website with a new domain name and with links to all the affiliated societies who have websites. This will be a major new means of communication with all our members.
· The Code of Conduct remains subject to amendment and development and written submissions to assist in this should be sent in the first instance to the chairman.
The management committee will meet at
The date of the next
The chairman thanked everyone for
their attendance and their useful contributions to what had been a long but productive
New Start for NCA Management Committee
At its first
meeting held on Saturday, 26th May in
President: Dennis Norton (Canary Council)
Honorary Vice Life Presidents: Brian Hughes (former Administrator), Dennis Norton (former Vice Chairman), Charles Woolley (former Chairman)
Chairman: Sean Fitzpatrick (British Bird Council)
Vice Chairman: Andrew Triolo (Canary Council)
Secretary: Dave Whittaker (Budgerigar Society)
Treasurer: Glynn Woollam (Foreign Bird Federation)
Other administrative functions were assigned as follows:
Minutes Secretary & Publicity: Barry Mills
Website-controller: Ghalib Al-Nasser (Budgerigar Society)
Website-Technician: Terry Tuxford
Awards Panel: Sean Fitzpatrick , Barry Mills, Dave Whittaker, Glynn Woollam.
reference for each of the above posts were
agreed and adopted for the coming year with the aim of adapting and amending them in the
light of experience and appending them to the constitution at the 2008
The Treasurer presented a written update of the NCA's financial situation. Dealings with the Alliance & Leicester and The Halifax regarding the transfer of signatories should be completed by the date of the next Management Committee's meeting in August and finances can be planned with confidence thereafter.
It was agreed that all annual subscriptions to the NCA (currently £20 for affiliated societies) be sent in future directly to the Treasurer:
All other communications should be made in writing to the Secretary :
NCA Secretary, Davies House,
A new NCA e-mail address will be published in the near future.
Emergency contact only can be made by telephone to the Chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick :01709 528258.
The Way Forward
The new constitution marks a fresh start for policies based upon our agreed objects.
The Code of Practice adopted as "a work in progress" at the time of
the first viral and avian flu outbreaks and before the arrival of the Animal Welfare Act
is now ready for radical overhaul. A sub-committee comprising one representative from each
of the parent bodies is to consult as widely as possible and report back with
recommendations to the next Management Committee in August. The aim is to produce a
revised Code that centres on bird welfare and is much more user friendly for general bird
keepers, exhibitors and show organisers. It will include a complete revision of
bio-security measures. Submissions towards a rewriting of the Code will be welcome from
any quarter. Please direct your comments, requests, suggestions, advice in writing to: Sean Fitzpatrick, NCA
Affiliated Society package: it was agreed to develop services available to our affiliated societies to include show rosettes, awards, possible standard show classifications, insurance scheme for public liability, meetings and shows, and legal advice. Other ideas also to be investigated.
An NCA Veterinary Officer to be appointed to advise on all veterinary matters.
DEFRA representation. The NCA to take pro-active role in developing contacts with DEFRA and ensuring our involvement with all government matters affecting aviculture. Representation on other public bodies also to be pursued e.g. The Companion Animals Forum.
NCA Role in the wider world of aviculture: A policy of cultivating positive relationships with other bird organisations at home and abroad for the ultimate benefit of the fancy.
Review of NCA profile and image: A new look and a new logo to be adopted and employed on the new website, all written correspondence , regular reports in Cage & Aviary Birds and to our membership directly.
Sean Fitzpatrick closed the five hour meeting by thanking everyone for their contributions
and for the amicable way in which the substantial amount business had been conducted.
Every Management Committee member left the meeting with at least three assignments to
complete by the next meeting to be held at Markfield on