Press Release 5th February, 2014
The next Management
Committee meeting of the NCA will take place at the Charnwood Arms Hotel, Coalville at
10.30am on Wednesday, 12th February, 2014. Representatives of the Canary Council,
Budgerigar Society, British Bird Council and Foreign Bird Federation will be in attendance
under the chairmanship of Chris Smith.
The main item of business
will be preparation for the Annual General Meeting to be held at the same venue on
Saturday, 5th April. According to the rules of the NCA (see www.nca.uk.net) the purposes of the AGM are:
(i) To receive and approve the balance sheet and profit and loss
accounts for the previous year
(ii) To receive a written report on the NCAs year from the
Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
(iii) The inauguration of the President.
(iv) To elect the President-elect.
(v) To appoint Honorary Life Vice Presidents.
(vi) To receive the names of the management committee.
(vii) To elect the Auditors.
(viii) To determine the rates of subscription.
(ix) To consider any matter referred to the AGM by the management
(x) To consider any resolution submitted to the secretary prior to
the 1st December in the
year of the meeting by the Management Committee, a Parent
Organisation or two or more
Affiliated Cage Bird Societies. Such resolutions to be
circulated to the membership by 7th
January in the year of the meeting. Amendments to the resolutions
will be accepted
provided they are submitted in accordance with the first sentence
of rule 14(x) and are
received prior to 31st January in the year of the meeting.
(xi) A Quorum at the AGM shall be a minimum of ten members present
Other items will include
consideration of the report from the Sustainable Users Network and Animal Health and
Veterinary Laboratories Agency at DEFRA held on 6th December, 2013, and
representation at future SUN meetings and subsequent costs. This is a vital
element in our communication with and influence over DEFRA and the Governments
developing policies regarding animal welfare in general and bird keeping in particular.
CBSs and other affiliated
societies are encouraged to recommend fellow fanciers for NCA awards for services rendered
to aviculture. NCA service badges are available for loyal and active club members who have
served 15 (Bronze), 20 (Silver) or 25 (Gold) years in any capacity within the club. For
aviculturists of outstanding achievement The Roll of Honour may be appropriate and for
deceased members worthy of posthumous recognition of their achievements The
Hall of Fame could be considered. See the NCA website for details of how to apply
See also our advantageous
Public Liability Insurance Scheme which offers your society £5m of cover at a very
reasonable premium. Every club needs PLI for its shows. Without it you risk heavy
financial claims against you in the event of accidents or injuries and most
local authorities will not hire out premises unless you have £5m of PLI. Similarly, you
may at some point need legal advice on matters relating to bird keeping and the NCA can
put you in touch with experts in the field.
All affiliated clubs
receive 4 rosettes annually for their shows.
New publications available
from the NCA and Canary Council now include Welcome To Bird Keeping;
Care of Canaries; Canary Breeding Register (suitable for
most species); The Definitive Guide to Yorkshire Canaries;
Breeders Guide to Yorkshire Canaries UK and Ireland.
Barry Mills, Publicity