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Council meetings 2021


Present.        D.Cairns, B.Batey, K.Batey, D.Harrison, D.Rowell, G.Clark, I.Cooper, CWright.                 

Apologies.     K.Kime, K.Featherstone, B.Close, A.Lovack, P.Watts, B.Ross, P.Redford.

Previous minutes.                                                                                                                               This meeting was held to resume business after the pandemic. 

Due to the time lapse it was agreed that the minutes of the March Council meeting 2020 be accepted as a true record. This was agreed.                                                                                                   There was no formal agenda, simply a meeting to discuss issues/activities to take the Society forward.  

B.Batey, in the absence of P.Watts, opened the business and stated that there would be changes, since some fanciers had expressed their wish not to remain, or attend, meetings.                                P.Watts had sent in his apologies, and had also expressed his wish to resign as Chairman.

After discussion, it was agreed that this would be addressed at the nominations meeting in January 2022.

SHOW CAGES.                                                                                                                                               Plastic show cages had now been approved by the B.S.                                                                   It was obvious that fanciers would eventually change to the plastic show cages.                After discussion, it was agreed to accept the offer made by Phil Reaney to supply plastic show cages.                                                                                                                                                         12 cages would be purchased at £45 each, with one additional free cage to the Society.

N.B.S. COUNCIL.                                                                                                                                                     It was suggested that we allow the local societies to send any number of representitives to the N.B.S. Council meetings, possibly until the next A.G.M.                                                      After discussion it was agreed that each local society had representation and no changes would be made.

MONTHLY N.B.S. OPEN MEETINGS.                                                                                                                    It was agreed that we should restart these meetings with the first one being arranged for the 1st August, 2021.                                                                                                                            As it is uncertain how many members may attend, no speaker would be invited, with discussions taking place possibly from a panel of attending members.                                       All members/non members are invited to attend.

Gayle has agreed to bake a cake to make everyone welcome.

PRESIDENTSHIP.                                                                                                                                                It was reported that the President Elect, John Lund, had been unwell.                                   After discussion, it was agreed that, if possible, John be invited to take over as President from the August meeting, and serve for a term until the A.G.M. 2023.

This was agreed.

OPEN SHOW.                                                                                                                                                              It was agreed that we hold an Open Show on weekending 18/19th September 2021.             It was intended to ask the members attending the August meeting for their views and whether their was any interest or enthusiasm to hold a show.                                                   This would be held as a normal Area Open Show format.

WEB-SITE.                                                                                                                                                                    It was suggested that we offer Bruce Ross some assistance in mamaging the web-site.     Gayle Clark offerred to help and we would also ask for volunteers at the next Open meeing.

FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                         In discussion, there was general concern that  Facebook was not representitive of the needs of the Society.                                                                                                                                  Again, Kyle Kime would be offerred help to manage this.                                                                         Once improved it would be necessary to revisit what changes needed to be considered.                               Gayle again offerred to assist as she is a regular user of facebbook.

AUCTION - OCTOBER.                                                                                                                                                      At the August meeting, members were to be asked whether we should hold an Auction in October.                                                                                                                                                                    The October/November meeting/s may not now be the best time due to the B.S. ring issue date change.

LOUD SPEAKER/P.A. SYSTEM.                                                                                                                                         It was confirmed that the P.A. system had been given to the Bowburn Community Centre.                    It would be available for our use as required.

B.S. DISCIPLINARY PANEL.                                                                                                                        Members may be aware that the B.S. were changing how disciplinary panels would be formed, and had asked the N.B.S. for the names of 2 representitives.                                         D.Rowell and D.Cairns had volunteered for this.

B.S./ AREA SOCIETY JOINT MEMBERSHIP.                                                                                                       This is an issue which is being considered by the B.S.                                                                                   Ater discussion it was agreed that until there was further information, we were not able to offer any opinion.  


    Flex. Account.      7724.29.

    Cash.                         28.63.

    Total.                  £7752.92  

As there has been a considerable time lapse in holding Council meeings, it was agreed that the finance/balance sheet, as circulated for 2020, be accepted.

This was agreed.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A.O.B.                                                                                                                                                                    The N.B.S. had been approached to support the Cage and Aviary raffle.                                                The approach had been made via facebook.                                                                                After discussion it was agreed not to take part and that a formal approach to the Society must be made for any future requests.


Monday 16th August, 2021.


B.Batey opened the meeting in the absence of P.Watts.

Present.        D.Cairns, B.Batey, P.Redford, K.Batey, D.Harrison, D.Rowell, I.Cooper.                

Apologies.     G.Clark, K.Kime, B.Close,  C.Wright, P.Watts, K.Allison. 

Previous minutes.                                                                                                                                       Minutes from the July 2021 Council meeing had been circulated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    These were accepted as a true record.

Matters arising not covered by the Agenda. 

There were no matters arising                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


  1.  B.S. – re receipt of Area Allocation money. £143.

Finance/Secretaries Report.

    Flex. Account.      7867.29.

    Cash.                          94.40.

    Total.                  £7961.69.                                                                                                                                                                                                         After discussion the Accounts were accepted. 

New Members.

    No new members.

Speakers for 2020.

No speakers as such had been arranged due to the present circumstances.

R.Graham was to be approached to attend the September 2021 meeting.


Social Secretary Report.

 To be discussed at later date. 


Show Secretaries Report/Patronage Sec. report. 

Discussion took place on the forthcoming 2021 Open Show.

Judges. - D.Rowell, D.Cairns, confirmed.

A reply/confirmation was awaited from N.Phillips.

J.Rogers had been approached to be a reserve judge.

There would be no sales classes.

A trophy would be awarded for B.I.S.

Rosettes to be awarded for Best A/A and Best Y/B  in each section, incl Junior.

Country wide vouchers to be allocated to Best A/A and Best Y/B in show.

Show rules to be published on web-site, with reference to noted in schedule.

D.Harrison, Patronage Secretary, will need assistance on the day of the show.

D.Harrison confirmed the position re number of rosettes in hand.

I.Cooper- confirmed that he had notified Defra of the Open Show.

Year Book 2020.

B.Batey asked members of Council to consider producing a Year Book for 2022.

A volunteer was therefore needed to compile the Year Book and associated work.

At the September meeting a request would be made for a volunteer.

October Auction.

Birds and associated equipment only.

Max 2 birds per cage. (Pairs - not 2 single birds)

Maximum of 6 lots of birds per member.

10% Commision would be taken.

There needed to be a record kept of sellers/purchasers of birds to satisfy DEFRA rules.

Publicity Report.

An update was given on publicity as previously noted in the July 2021 minutes.

Facebook Report. 

An update was given on Facebook, as per the notes from the July 2021 Council meeting.


B.Batey - asking if a reminder could be sent to Council members, notifying them of forthcoming Council meetings.

D.Harrison - asking that updated info be available for start times of meetings etc.

K.Batey - asking if there could be updated info on e-mail contact details for members.

NEXT MEET MONDAY, November 22nd 2021. at 7.00pm.




(Compiled by D.Harrison.)

Present.       K.Batey, D.Harrison, B.Batey, I.Cooper, G.Clark,                 





Cash.              415.38

Bank.             7867.29.

Total.            £8698.05. ?????£8282.67

£150 paid to Community Centre for hall.

Show hall booked for Area Show Sunday 18th September 2022.

Specialist and Rare Show date Sunday 3rd July 2022

D.Harrison to contact P.Watts to see if any judges have been approached for the 2022 shows.

2021 Area Show.

A total of 322 birds were benched by 25 exhibitors.

However it was disappointing the number of people who came to helpout.

It was agreed that for 2022 we need better planning and organisation regarding catering, paperwork, number of judges and booking in/out of birds.

We need to discuss how to make the show more efficient and how to improve Communications with the membership.




                 N.B.S. COUNCIL MEETING 15th NOVEMBER 2021.

Present.        D.Cairns, K.Batey, D.Harrison, P.Redford, I.Cooper,                 

Apologies.     K.Kime, P.Watts, B.Ross, G.Clark, B.Batey, D.Rowell.

Previous minutes.  

Minutes of a Council meeting held on the 20th September 2021, were circulated.

Matters Arising.   

D.Cairns asked why all Council members were not notified of this meeting, as he was not.

This was probably why there was such a poor attendance at that meeting.

D.Cairns stated that the decision to change the show date, whilst unavoidable,would restrict the opportunity for the N.B.S. members who show their birds in Scotland, as the date would now clash with a Scottish show. (Forth Valley). 

D.Cairns offered his apologies for not being able to attend the N.B.S. show 2022 as he would be judging at Forth Valley.


From the B.S. asking for names of members who would stand as mentors within the fancy.                                                                     

OPEN-SHOW-2022                                                                                                                                                             It was agreed that we hold an Open Show on week no. 37, September 2022.

After discussion the following names were suggested for judges.

G.Tuplin, P.Reaney, K.Brockwell, plus one local judge on standby.

Comments were made about the overrun of judging for the 2021 Open Show.

D.Cairns advised, that as he been judging, this overrun was due in part to the late start in judging, 10.30.

D.Cairns suggested that the start time should be no later than 9.30, but there were also other problems experienced at the 2021 show in organisation, which caused delays.

Better arrangements needed to be put in place.

SP and RARE SHOW 2022.                                                      After discussion it was agreed to ask D.Herring and D.Rowell to judge this show.                    


A volunteer was still needed to update/monitor the web-site.

FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                         In discussion, there was general concern that Facebook was not representitive of the needs of the Society.                                                                                                                                  Again, Kyle Kime would be offerred help to manage this.                                                                         Once improved it would be necessary to revisit what changes needed to be considered.                               Gayle again offerred to assist as she is a regular user of facebbook.

                                                                                                                                                           B.S. DISCIPLINARY PANEL.                                                                                                                        Members may be aware that the B.S. were changing how disciplinary panels would be formed, and had asked the N.B.S. for the names of 2 representitives.                                         D.Rowell and D.Cairns had volunteered for this.


    Flex. Account.      8195.29.

    Cash.              183.14.

    Total.            £8378.43. 


K.Batey advised that J.Newall was to be asked to attend the December 2021 meeting. 


OPEN DAY 2022.

It was agreed that the Open Day would be held on one of the regular Sunday meeting dates.

Two speakers would be invited for a whole day event.


After discussion it was agreed to wait until the Council meeting after the January 2022 nominations meeting, to make any Council decisions on the following;

Subscription rates. (these would apply from 2023.)

Notices of motion.

H.L.M. membership.

Golden Bird award.

President Elect.

Clarification of Partnership qualification/wording.

40 years service award.

Awards for A.G.M.

                                                                                                                                                               NEXT COUNCIL MEETING.




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