Barry Mills Honoured by the NCA
Reported by Gh
At the recent meeting of The National Council for Aviculture the management committee considered a nomination from the Canary Council for its past chairman and also past NCA Publicity Officer Barry Mills, to be considered for inclusion onto the NCA Roll of Honour; this met with unanimous approval. The NCA extends its warmest congratulations to Barry for achieving this honour.
The management committee was also informed that DEFRA has
removed its current 28 day rule, whereby overseas exhibitors were required to have their
birds staying at a holding within the country before a show. This decision came about from
a meeting held between DEFRA and the Sustainable Users Network (
Many amendments to the Constitution including new
Disciplinary & Appeal Rules with tiered and individual ring membership and Terms of
Reference for officers were considered and approved. These will be sent to all Life
Members and affiliated societies in the New Year to be voted on at the
The NCA continues to run a very comprehensive Public Liability Insurance for clubs; covering all affiliated societies activities throughout the year including shows. More information about this scheme can be obtained from the NCA Office, Davies House, Spring Gardens, Northampton NN1 1DR.
The NCA has managed to gather a small team of birds, at short notice, to take to the COM World Show in Tours, France, and for the first time ever budgerigars from Great Britain will be present at this prestigious show.
The NCA is planning two further management committee meetings
in January and February prior to the
The CONFEDERATION ORNITHOLOGIQUE MONDIALE (C.O.M.) will
be holding its 59th Annual World
The National Council for Aviculture (NCA) has affiliated to C.O.M. for this year and all fanciers who are members of societies affiliated to the NCA through their parent bodies (Budgerigar Society, Canary Council, Foreign Bird Federation) will be entitled to exhibit at the World Show next January to be held in Tours, France, providing their birds are rung with a closed coded ring of the actual exhibitor purchased through their societies. The World Show operates on a two-year owner bred young birds; so only 2009 and 2010 owner bred closed rung birds can be accepted at the show but with the exception of sections A, B, C, D & E who only accept current year 2010 rung birds.
The event takes
places in the town of TOURS, situated in the
heart of Touraine, the Loire and the Cher and surrounded by gardens and castles
(Villandry, Chenonceau, Loches, Tours, Azey le Rideau, Chinon, Amboise ...), famous
vineyards (Vouvray, Mont Louis, Chinon ...), TOURS, Gallo-Roman, birthplace of the
The show takes
place from departure of the British team on Friday 21st January; judging will
be in progress between 24th-26th and the show will be open to the
public between 28th-30th January. C.O.M. shows are judged on the
points system and there will be the well sought after gold, silver & bronze medals for each class.
Do not worry about taking your birds yourself as there will be conveyors from G.B. who
will be taking the G.B. Team to and from the show. Entries have to be in by 30th November and must be sent to the
NCA Office (
Birds are well looked after while away at the show; watered and fed daily. Publicity for this event has always been well covered in Cage & Aviary Birds
For each colour class there is also a team class of 4 birds. You can enter up to 5 birds maximum in any one class but as many classes as you like and for the teams you can enter as many teams of 4 birds as you wish.
For further information and entry form/classification contact the NCA Secretary Dave Whittaker (01604 624549).
NCAs Farewell to Barry Mills - August 2010
Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, NCA Publicity Officer
- August 2010
National Council for Aviculture held its management committee meeting on
The Chairman reported his sadness at the recent resignation of Barry Mills from the NCA executive, following his resignation as the Canary Council chairman and, therefore, their representative on the NCA. Barry was praised for the sterling work he did on behalf of the Canary Council, as well as the NCA in his capacity as Minutes Secretary and Publicity Officer keeping the hobby well informed with NCA activities.
Due to this vacuum Barry left behind, members of the executive volunteered to the following posts:
Minutes Secretary Chris Smith
Publicity Officer Ghalib Al-Nasser
CBS Liaison Officer Ghalib Al-Nasser
EIG Representative Gordon Grist
Awards Committee Dave Paine, Terry Salt, Dennis Webster & Dave Whittaker
A newly designed certificate for the Roll of Honour was presented at the meeting and various amendments were discussed and agreed for the final version to be printed.
The treasurer, Dave Whittaker, reported on a healthy bank balance and that the insurance scheme was doing very well with many societies supporting the scheme. All affiliated CBS clubs receive 4 rosettes, one for each section, for their annual open shows.
Members of the management committee had the opportunity to study the minutes of the meeting held on 14th August between representatives of the NCA and IOA to discuss the formation of the Federation representing both parties as COM-GB. A sample of a constitution sent by COM was presented at that meeting after minor adjustments for the IOA to consider. The IOA informed the meeting that they will have to ballot their members on whether to join the Federation or not and, depending on the results, a future meeting will be convened.
fanciers who are members of societies affiliated to the NCA through their parent bodies
(Budgerigar Society, Canary Council, Foreign Bird Federation) will be entitled to exhibit
at the World Show next January to be held in
took place regarding the current DEFRA 28 day rule whereby overseas exhibitors have to
have their birds stay at a holding within the country for 28 days prior to the show. This,
of course, deters exhibitors from mainland
management committee is to convene another meeting on 27th September to discuss the
Constitution with the view to having amendments put forward to the next
will be present and showing their newly designed stand at the forthcoming
The National Council for
Aviculture held its annual general meeting on
Chairman, Dennis Webster (
The British Bird Council has suspended affiliation to the NCA for the moment for practical reasons but the Chairman hoped they will return at the first opportunity as one of the four parent bodies. NCA Secretary, Dave Whittaker was able to report that affiliations from clubs were up and participants in the public liability scheme had also increased. This was confirmed in a written report from the outgoing Treasurer, George Booth, who noted that the additional expenditure in this past year did exceed income but represented an investment in the hobby and that the NCAs financial situation remains very sound. In common with most clubs and organisations George lamented the low interest payments on savings and investment accounts. In spite of this the meeting agreed to hold subscriptions at their current level for a further year (i.e. £20 for affiliated CBSs and £200 for parent bodies).
recently deceased Foreign Bird enthusiasts Ian Hinze and George Coe were entered into the
NCA Hall of Fame, while Don and Irene Bargett have been entered into the Roll of Honour
for services to aviculture. At the
Hewson, spokesman for the
" The Foreign Bird Federation is delighted
that the NCA has decided to recognise Reuben's many years of dedicated work on the
In response to proposals
made by affiliated clubs and decisions made at last years
Dennis Norton agreed to
serve as President for one more year and Life Member, Denis Glasby, was adopted as
President elect for 2011. In the management meeting following the
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