Roger Carr, the new President of the NCA
Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, NCA Secretary
The National Council for Aviculture held its Annual General
Meeting on 6th April at the Charnwood Arms Hotel in Coalville, Leicestershire, followed
shortly afterwards by the Management Committee meeting.
Both the Chairman, Chris Smith, and Secretary/Treasurer, Ghalib
Al-Nasser, gave comprehensive written reports after welcoming those who attended. The
highlights of those reports were:
Members of the NCA
Management Committee were thanked for their support, particularly the Secretary for all
the administrative tasks undertaken. Thanks were recorded to the out-going President Barry
Mills and Roger Carr was welcomed as the new President for 2013.
The NCA exhibition stand
has been used extensively to promote birdkeeping in the UK, attending three County shows,
two Stafford events, and also the successful London Pet Fair at Earls Court.
Links with DEFRA have
been maintained through meetings of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) and Sustainable Users
Network (SUN). In support of the British Bird Fancy a meeting has been arranged by the NCA
with John Randall MP to see if he can assist in resolving certain problems with DEFRA and
Evidence has been given
to the Law Commission relating to the proposed review of the Wildlife and Countryside Act
(1981), and meetings will be held with the Companion Animal Sector Council in connection
with secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act (2006).
The necessity of finding
an NCA CBS Liaison Officer through advertising if necessary.
The accounts are in a
healthy state and the balance sheet was approved.
Three meetings of the
NCA Management Committee were held in 2012, with all four Parent Bodies participating.
COM-UK entered a larger
team for the World Show in January in Hasselt, Belgium with 170 exhibits from 34
exhibitors, and won 4 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals. The total entry at this show
was 23,587, with 2,692 exhibitors from 21 countries. Thanks were recorded to Gary Mann and
Richard Lumley for their excellent work as COM-UK Team conveyers. Both Ghalib Al-Nasser
and Brian Hogg were applauded for their medal successes with 3 gold & 1silver between
them. The 2014 World Show will be held in Bari, Italy.
A letter, agenda and
balance sheet had been sent to all 63 NCA Life Members, and to all affiliated societies
before the AGM.
The Public Liability
Insurance scheme continues to be successful. To date 41 CBSs have affiliated, and 73
clubs bought NCA Insurance.
A number of Societies
have taken advantage during the year since the last AGM of the NCA Long Service gold,
silver & bronze lapel badges namely The Aviculture Society, Crewe & District CBS,
National Bengalese Fanciers Association, Southend & District B&FBS and the Zebra
Finch Society. Both Jim Addison and Don Hunter were added to the NCA Roll of Honour with
Fred Rix added to the Hall of Fame.
Roger Carr from the Budgerigar Society was inaugurated as the new
President and Dennis Webster, nominated by the Foreign Bird Federation, was elected as the
President Elect. Barry Mills was appointed to the list of Honorary Life Vice Presidents to
join Denis Glasby Brian Hughes, Dennis Norton and Charles Woolley.
The new NCA
President Roger Carr with the outgoing President Barry Mills at the AGM
The Secretary informed the meeting that the following
representatives from the parent bodies will form the Management Committee; British Bird
Council ~ Robb Brown, Bob Partridge, Craig & Julie Walker; Budgerigar Society ~ Ghalib
Al-Nasser, Gordon Grist, Maurice Roberts, Bob Francis; Canary Council ~ David Allen, Brian
Hogg, Barry Mills, Gary Mann, Terry Salt; Foreign Bird Federation ~ Peter Collins, Dave
Paine, Dennis Webster.
The Management Committee held their meeting soon after the AGM and
confirmed Chris Smith as the Chairman (elected for 3 years in 2011) and Dennis Webster as
Vice Chairman & Minutes Secretary. Other officers elected were Ghalib Al-Nasser as the
Secretary, Treasurer and Website Controller. Barry Mills was elected as the new Publicity
Officer and the Awards Committee was elected as Robb Brown, Gordon Grist, Brian Hogg &
Dave Paine. The important position of CBS Liaison Officer is still vacant and anyone who
is interested in this post is asked to contact the secretary.
The Management Committee approved two new members to be added to
the NCA Roll of Honour, namely Chris Smith & Ghalib Al-Nasser, for outstanding
services to both the Canary & Budgerigar fancy and for their contribution to the NCA
and the formation of COM-UK. Both Gainsborough CBS and the Zebra Finch Society had sent
letters nominating members for the NCA Long Service Badges which were approved. They were
Brian Rudling, Ian Whiston & Ken Markham (Gold), Brent Humphries & Ian Slack
Janice Al-Nasser (centre) President of
Southend & District B&FBS
presenting the NCA Long Service Gold badges to Vic & Doreen Springett
for their outstanding contribution to the society spanning some 50 odd years.
The NCA will have a presence at the London Pet Fair on 11th/12th
May with a display of different birds in an aviary. The NCA will work closely with the BBC
to review the Wildlife and Countryside Act following DEFRAs recent announcement.
An NCA power point presentation is now available to be used at evening meetings of
cage bird clubs.
Cage Bird Societies are encouraged to affiliate to the NCA
(affiliation fee is £20) and will in return get 4 NCA rosettes for the Best British Bird,
Budgerigar, Canary & Foreign Bird at their shows. They will also have access to
nominations for NCA Awards as well as advice on who to contact for legal assistance. The
fee for Public Liability Insurance is £50 and for those societies who wish to both
affiliate and apply for the insurance cover will have a £5 reduction making a total cost
Clubs wishing to affiliate to the NCA should visit our website (www.nca.uk.net) for the form, or contact the Secretary
Ghalib Al-Nasser at Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW (Tel: 01787 282332
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org).