Press release : 10th July 2013 meeting.
All four parent bodies (Budgerigar Society, British Bird Council, Canary Council, Foreign Bird Federation) were well represented at the 10th July Management Committee meeting of the National Council for Aviculture held at Charnwood Arms Hotel, Coalville, Leicestershire.
Chairman, Chris Smith, reported on the successful NCA attendance at the London Pet Fair in May at which 1200 NCA Welcome to Bird keeping booklets and Canary Council Canary Basics leaflets were distributed to the public along with copies of the Yorkshire Canary Club flyer. Special thanks went to the CBS teams from Staines and High Wycombe who provided an aviary with a mixed collection of attractive finches and canaries much appreciated by many of the 13-14,000 attendees. The Zebra Finch Society had its own individual stand at Earls Court.
Future opportunities to raise the profile of bird keeping are planned for the Manchester and Stoneleigh Pet Fairs, Thame Show, Royal Egham and other county events. In anticipation of this a new Breeders Register has been commissioned for sale from the NCA and Canary Council stands and a new publication entitled Care of Canaries is being jointly produced by the YCC, Canary Council and NCA for distribution at home and abroad. A new printing of Welcome to Bird keeping has also been ordered.
The next COM/UK meeting is on 21st September. Dave Paine of FBF was elected as replacement representative for Brian Hogg who has had to withdraw due to business commitments. Dave will join Chris Smith and Ghalib Al-Nasser on the COM/UK committee. The secretary agreed to contact COM regarding show standards for Bengalese mutations and Zebra Finches to establish if or how far they differ from UK standards. He will report back to the next meeting.
The British Bird Fancy continues to seek clear answers from DEFRA on a number of pressing issues regarding regulations. MP John Randall is pursuing these on the NCAs behalf and Chris Smith will raise them at the Sustainable Users Network (SUN) meeting on 31st July.
NCA President, Roger Carr, was pleased to present Chairman, Chris Smith and Secretary, Ghalib Al-Nasser with certificates upon their inclusion on the Roll of Honour for outstanding services to aviculture over many years. Prominent Border canary fancier, Phil Warne, and Ray Morgan, long-serving former secretary of the Welsh Border Fancy Canary Club and current President were also entered on the Roll of Honour. Congratulations to them all.
Several long service awards nominated by Spey Valley CBS were agreed : Frank Ralph gold badge; Mike Davies, Brian Forbes, Peter Jones and John Munro bronze badges. Well done, gentlemen.
All clubs and organisations affiliated to the NCA are eligible to apply for long service awards by writing to the secretary. Full details of the various award schemes and all other matters pertaining to the NCA are published on the NCA website : www.nca.uk.net
The next NCA Management Committee meeting will be on 6th November 2013 at the same venue.
Roger Carr, the new President of the NCA
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:
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 Management Committee held their meeting soon after the
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 (Silver).
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
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 of £65.
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).