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Report on 2024 Canary Council Annual General Meeting

The Canary Council held its 2024 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 6th April at the Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9PS. Representatives from the Fife Fancy Federation, Fife Fancy Council, The Colour Canary Breeders’ Association , the Norwich and Yorkshire Canary sections, the Irish Fancy and the Kernow (Rare) Club attended.   Officers elected were:

President – Maurice O’Connor (Irish Fancy)

Chairman – Barry Mills (Yorkshire Fancy)

Vice Chairman – Henry Cooper Fife Fancy Council)

Treasurer - Adam Raine (Fife Fancy Council)

Secretary – Barry McGuire (Fife Fancy Federation)

National Exhibition Judges Adjudication – Adam Raine

NCA Delegates:

Saviour Camilleri (Norwich), Keith Ferry (Norwich) Adam Roper (Yorkshire).

Charlie Gardiner (FFF) was elected Secretary at last year’s AGM but for health reasons was unable to attend this year and asked to withdraw from the position. His successor, Barry McGuire, also from the FFF, was unanimously elected.

In his report Chairman Barry Mills referred to the Canary Council’s and NCA’s responses to the DEFRA consultation in 2023 on Bird Keeper Registration which had broadly sought no requirement for keepers of non-poultry birds to be registered. The subsequent regulations/guidelines published by DEFRA caused considerable confusion, concern and complaint in the hobby not least because they differed in detail across the three UK nations of Scotland, Wales and England, Northern Ireland having its own registration system installed for a decade or more.  The full report is available with minutes of this meeting at www.canarycouncil.co.uk .

The current situation can be summarised thus:

On March 19, 2024 DEFRA released a summary response  that registration is not yet required by law. From September 1, 2024 registration will be compulsory for all birds except psittacines and passerines (i.e. budgies, canaries, etc) kept in a dedicated ‘bird house’ without any access to the outside area. Also, under the updated General Licence of February 2024 ‘The licensee of any fair, market, show or exhibition must provide biosecurity advice in advance of such an event to all participants that must include’ amongst other conditions ‘a recommendation that the keeper of any birds attending a gathering should be registered with the APHA on the GB Poultry Register’. Not compulsory, therefore.

The requirement for a vet to be present throughout a show appears to have been modified to a’ bird expert’ being present with a vet on call.

Further clarification will be made in legislation which is yet to be approved by Parliament.

Bird keeper registration is due to come into effect on September 1, 2024 and relevant bird keepers expected to comply by October 1, 2024.

Treasurer, Adam Raine, presented a positive balance sheet of which  the prime source of income  is membership subscriptions supplemented by ring sales. Retiring Ring Secretary, Chris Smith, reported a decline in demand for rings since most fanciers were buying from their own clubs. It was therefore agreed to cease the sale of rings for the moment. We currently have 11 contributing sections. Three clubs – The Border Convention, British Colour Canary and Hoso Alliance no longer affiliate. Current funds stand at a little over £700.

There followed a discussion of how the Canary Council should approach the challenging future facing the whole hobby. It was agreed to prepare for a Zoom meeting in the next few weeks for a thorough examination of Canary Council objectives and plans for future development.

One of the Canary Council’s main contributions to the Fancy is its support for the National Exhibition in partnership with the Parrot Society and the NCA who provide £600 of prize money and trophies. In spite of the ongoing effects of Covid the 2023 National was a considerable success. A number of issues concerning security and timings were discussed and the National Exhibition Co-ordinator will shortly consult on these with all participating clubs. One measure that was agreed at the AGM was the nomination by each participating club of a named steward to bring forward for BiS judging their Best Bird, Best White Ground exhibit and Best Junior AND to return them to their sections on completion of judging.

The Canary Council website has been funded for a further year and delegates asked to supply a photo and report of their latest club show to the Chairman for inclusion on the website. This facility is underused and needs development.

The World Show in January was held in Spain without UK exhibitors due to the post-Brexit regulations. The meeting noted that, although UK exhibitors were unlikely to be able to participate, the 2025 World Show would be in Portugal and then in Belgium in 2026.

The National Council for Aviculture had had great difficulty this year in securing PLI insurance for its members. It eventually succeeded but at a considerably increased premium which it would subsidise this year but would need to increase its charge to members next year. The final amount to be decided at the NCA AGM  following this meeting.

The Sustainable Users Network (SUN) does much useful work with CITES (The convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) on behalf of UK animal keepers in dealings with the EU and Brussels. The NCA makes an annual contribution to its work and the Chairman would be asking for that contribution to be  increased at the NCA AGM after this meeting.

The date of the next AGM was set for 5th April 2025 at 10.30am at the Fieldhead Hotel.

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Canary Council 2024 AGM Chairman’s Report

Communication has been a difficulty this year. Following last AGM we established a joint email group of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Ring Secretary including all four in all email communication. Unfortunately, all such emails were going into the Secretary’s junk mail and we had no response from him until last Wednesday when he discovered my latest email and made an enquiry about the AGM. Unfortunately, he has since fallen ill and is unable to travel. He sent his apologies yesterday and we send our good wishes for his recovery today.

I am grateful to Adam, our Treasurer, for stepping in as we approached the AGM and contacting all our members with details and the agenda.

Looking back over the year it falls into 4 main areas for me:

1.  Another successful National Exhibition …. More of that later.

2.  The DEFRA Consultation on Bird Keeper Registration 

As you will have seen in the 6th and 13th March 2024 issues of C&AB confusion reigns over the new guidelines. Clearly the objections to bird keeper registration raised by the NCA and CC through written submission in the consultation process and by many other responders been rejected in order to establish a databank of ALL birdkeepers (of poultry and all captive birds of cage & Aviary types) through which to pass information regarding Avian Flu' and preventative measures during outbreaks, mainly for the protection of the national poultry flock and also for human health. 

3.  Proposed Regulations

Regulations have been published on the DEFRA website with no formal announcement nor notification to all those who responded to the consultation. Formal parliamentary approval for the regulations was planned for the end of February but has been delayed to some future date, as  yet unknown. There are different guidelines for each UK nation and people will need to consult on-line the relevant documents for Scotland, Wales and England. Northern Ireland already has an established bird registration system.

In England a stud of up to 49 birds (of any kind) is subject to voluntary registration and one of 50 birds or over to compulsory registration. Many breeders will of course, have less than 50 before the breeding season and over fifty afterwards until they dispose of surplus stock. Apparently, such changes in numbers beyond 50 must be reported to APHA so, in practice, registration becomes necessary for those breeders too. The February 2024 version of the General Licence for England states: “The licensee of any fair, market, show or exhibition must provide biosecurity advice in advance of such an event” including “a recommendation that the keeper of any birds attending a gathering should be registered with the APHA”. I have since been in touch with APHA to clarify whether “as a bird keeper with a “closed bird room without access to the outdoors” and therefore, according to latest information, not obliged to register, would I nevertheless have to register if I attended a bird gathering without poultry.  They couldn’t answer and said they would get back to me.

In England all bird gatherings require a "bird expert" to be present to check on health of birds with a vet on call if needed.

In Scotland and Wales guidelines are stricter in that ALL bird breeders must register whether with 50 birds or not and all attendees at a bird gathering to buy, sell or show birds must be registered. All bird gatherings require a vet to be present.

Clearly the general direction of movement is towards registration of all bird breeders eventually.

4.  Reaction

The NCA and CC have made our views known through the consultation and been largely ignored. We have no direct Government contact beyond official DEFRA and APHA channels of communication.  But we do have a representative, Jim Collins, on the CITES talks and access to shared information of several interested and concerned bird organisations being co-ordinated originally by Rob Innes, editor of Cage and Aviary Birds magazine. Jim Collins, our CITES representative, has tasked his colleague Charles Thompson of REPTA to liaise with other companion animal sectors to make representations to Government and MPs prior to the forthcoming General Election.

Our contribution will be to say that through our organised clubs we have approximately 1K British Bird and Foreign Bird members, 2K Budgerigar members and 2K Canary members unhappy with the situation. According to the UK Pet Food Association’s 2024 survey indoor birds are the third largest pet group in the UK involving 3% of households and with 1.5million birds. The fourth largest group of pets are Domestic Fowl owned by 1.6% of households with 1.3m birds.  That’s an awful lot of voters many of whom are currently concerned about the Government’s handling of this situation. We hope this joint action will cause DEFRA to rethink.

If we are unsuccessful again: The registration process in England requires application for a County Parish Holding number (familiar to farmers and keepers of other livestock but new to most bird keepers) with which to then proceed to application for bird keeper registration. All can be done on-line or via telephone if necessary. Details are on the DEFRA website.

The situation remains unclear and still raises concerns for bird keepers.  Advice is keep reading Cage Birds for updates.

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Report of Canary Council 2023  AGM      Heralding Major Changes

The Canary Council Annual General Meeting took place on 1st April 2023 commencing at 1030 am at The Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9PS.

Apologies were received from Andy Early, Malcolm Neale - Hoso Alliance, Kevin and Ann McCallum – OVCA, Saviour Camilleri – Norwich, Tony Horton – LCA.

Present were:  Barry Mills, Adam Roper - Yorkshire CC

Adam Raine, Henry Cooper - Fife Council

Charlie Gardiner, Paul Gillott - Fife Federation

Dave Allen -- Blue Lizard Club

Keith Ferry – Norwich

Maurice O’Connor - Irish Fancy

Chris Smith - Kernow (Rare) Club

Minutes of the AGM held on 10th April 2022 were accepted as true record and there were no matters arising not already on the agenda.

President Maurice O’Connor welcomed everyone especially new faces. The gradual passing of Covid has brought the hobby closer to normality but the cost-of-living crisis and threat from avian influenza present new challenges.

Chairman Barry Mills welcomed everyone and pointed to the issues of avian influenza and the Government’s consultation document which we need to address today. Our support of the NCA and the National Exhibition remain high priorities. The NCA’s generous offer of free affiliation and PLI cover in 2023 for those who affiliated in 2022 will help many clubs financially this year. Meanwhile the Canary Council needs to maintain its profile through better use of its website.

Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Smith, gave his final report in this role after more than 20 years in office. His services to the NCA are even more impressive: 43 years a member, 10 years as Chairman and 2 years as President. Health concerns oblige Chris to step back from some of his many commitments across the fancy but he will remain National Exhibition Co-ordinator for 2023 with some help. Adam Raine (Fife Canary Council) offered to help with organising the judges for final awards at the National and Barry Mills volunteered to procure the National trophies for the canary section and distribute rosettes.

Wearing his Treasurer’s hat, Chris presented the balance sheet for the previous financial year. Income and expenditure each year is around £1000 and funds lie currently at just under £800. We now have 14 member groups although not all of these are up to date with subscriptions. As our main source of income this clearly affects our financial position. The ring scheme brings in about £200. We have sufficient rosettes for a year or two. The balance sheet was agreed and the meeting thanked Chris for all his work over the years. His will be a hard act to follow.

Officers elected for 2023 were as follows:

President:  Maurice O’Connor

Chairman: Barry Mills

Vice Chairman:  Dave Allen

Treasurer: Adam Raine

Secretary:  Charlie Gardiner

Ring Secretary: Chris Smith

NCA Delegates:  Saviour Camilleri, Keith Ferry, Adam Roper, Charlie Gardiner

NE Judges Adjudication:  Adam Raine

A long and serious debate followed an item of correspondence from the Fife Fancy Federation expressing concern over the presence of three different models for the Fife fancy, one from the FFF, one from the FCC and another from COM. It was eventually accepted  that one model would be preferable but  how to achieve this was problematical. A suggestion to consult all Fife exhibitors was not acceptable to some. The canary Council offered to mediate in any future separate discussions to resolve the issue and it was thought that some progress was made in bringing the two sides together for further discussion.

The Chairman took it as a positive step forward that Chris’s post was now being shared by the Chairmen of the FFF and FCC whose co-operation will be essential for the future of the Canary Council and Fife fancy.

One area where the Canary Council needs to raise its profile is the website which has been neglected over the pandemic. The Chairman urged all present to make use of the website to promote their own sections with photos, reports, and any other positive material.

A request from the Irish Fancy club show for financial sponsorship could not be met given our own modest funds at present. However, we would provide rosettes for their show.

The Parrot Society is minded to hold no National Exhibition preparatory meeting this year given that the procedures are well-known now and the formula works well.

The COM-UK president and secretary visited the World Show in Naples on behalf of British fanciers though the number of exhibitors was down. Current discussions with DEFRA suggest it will be 2025 before legislation is changed to permit UK birds to attend without the need for quarantine. The 2024 World Show will be held in Telavera de la Raine, Spain in January. Open to the public from 26th to 28th January.

On the DEFRA consultation regarding bird keeper registration we had a useful insight from Charlie Gardiner of Northern Ireland where a scheme has been in operation for ten years or so. He reckoned it worked quite easily with every bird keeper issued with a “flock number” which you had to quote when entering birds for exhibition. Presumably this was to allow contact to be made by DAERA  (Northern Ireland DEFRA equivalent) in the event of an avian flu outbreak at or immediately after the show. This has not occurred yet.  Charlie was not aware of premises being inspected.

In discussion the consensus was that compulsory registration of all bird keepers seemed excessive when the risk of avian influenza from and to our birds is very low given that they are mostly “domestically housed” in dedicated bird rooms where biosecurity is employed. Passage between home and shows is in closed boxes and biosecurity is employed. There were concerns regarding inspection, by whom and at whose cost? Using the register to contact all bird keepers via text in the event of an avian influenza outbreak could equally well be done via social media, news broadcasts, websites or the new public alarm system being trialled in late April via everyone’s mobile. The greatest concern was that such an imposition would deter a lot of fanciers, particularly the older ones, from keeping birds.

CITES/SUN meetings continue with DEFRA via Microsoft Teams though they still concentrate on CITES legislation. The NCA currently contributes £300 to support  the SUN group.

Under AOB it was reported that some shows and venues were being abused via social media which is not acceptable and action would be taken against those individuals.

The date of the next AGM would be 6th April 2024 at 10.30am. Venue to be confirmed.

Barry Mills

20th April 2023.

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The Joint Response of the CC and NCA Committees to the DEFRA Consultation on the Registration of Bird Keepers.

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The Canary Council for Great Britain and Northern Ireland - AGM


          AGM  Agenda

          Sunday 15th April  2018  at 1030 am

            At The Charnwood Arms, Coalville, Leicestershire.


1     Chairmans welcome – the Chairman welcomed delegates to the AGM and thanked them all for making the journey and for their time given up for the meeting. He was pleased at the turnout for the AGM and as there was a number of new faces around the table he asked members to introduce themselves.



            Yorkshire CC – Barry Mills and Terry Salt

            Frill Club – Simon Tamman

            British Colour Canary Club – Ivan Chapman and Peter Finn

            Border Convention – Colin Egner and R Thorley

            Irish Fancy – Maurice O’Connor

            Blue Lizard CC – David Allen

            Lizard CA – John Martin

            OVCA – Brian Hogg

            Norwich – Keith Ferrry

            Kernow Old and Rare EC – Chris Smith


Kevin McCallum -  OVCA

Malcolm Neale  - Hoso BA

Saviour Camilleri - Norwich

2     Minutes of AGM -  7th May 2017

Accepted as a true record

Proposed B Hogg

Seconded D Allen

3     Matters Arising – none.

4     President’s Report

The President indicated it would be a short report, he thanked the committee for all the work they undertook and wished everyone a good breeding season.

5     Chairmans Report

The Chairman thanked all the delegates for attending, there is obviously renewed interest in the Canary Council. He thanked the secretary for all the work he undertakes for the Council and the NCA. The last year has seen us grappling with a number of issues, not least the imposing legislation from Government which could present difficulties for breeders. He praised the work we undertake for the National Exhibition in running the judging for best canary and best in show and for the recognition for fanciers with the Canary Council awards. Generally he felt the hobby was under attack and facing decline with some clubs falling by the wayside, we need to rally together to support those that remain.

6     Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

The secretary reported that we have some quite contentious issues to discuss today, in particular the licensing scheme which comes into force on 5th Oct 2018, it will have great affect upon parrot and hawk/falcon breeders but may also affect commercial canary breeders.

 It remains my intention to stand down as secretary in April 2020, so we have 2 years to seek a replacement. I would be willing to continue with the ring scheme after that date.

 We have an application for membership from the British Colour Canary Club which I am sure we will approve later on in the agenda.

 The Parrot Society would welcome our views on the proposed 2 day National Exhibition which we can discuss in detail later.

 There is a meeting with DEFRA on the 15th May in London to discuss animal and plant import/export controls post Brexit which I will attend.

 The NCA/Canary Council ringing scheme has taken off with 1930 closed id coded rings sold to date, generating a surplus of £201.88 for the canary council. It was suggested that we get the supplier to send out rings direct to the breeder, something to be looked into.

 100 rosettes have been ordered, which should last for about three years and I would like to thank Brian Hogg for arranging the trophies for the National Exhibition, for which Brian and I donate the cost.

 The balance sheet was sent out with the agenda and I now present the accounts to calendar year end showing a balance of £662.64. Three canary sections remain one year in arrears so the balance would be much healthier when all sections are up todate. The ringing scheme will grow a surplus as more breeders use it, but we need your help to publicise it more. Happy to take any questions on the balance sheet.

Balance Sheet accepted, proposed   T Salt, seconded, B Hogg.            

7     Election of Officers - Web Editor.

The web site is updated but poorly used by the canary sections present. We need a dedicated person to use the web site more on everyone’s behalf. Brian Hogg volunteered to set up a CC email address so that all canary sections could send information to put on the website as detailed later in the minutes.

8     Correspondence - British Colour Canary Club application for membership – approved unaminously.          

– Birds First – an invitation to join this organisation has been received. Promoting birds through bird watching and bird keeping , it is proposed to hold an International Birds Day on 27th April , would we care to participate. With little evidence of any activity on its website todate it was suggested we hold off joining for now. Proposed we review next year by S Tamman and seconded B Mills, all agreed.                               

9     National Exhibition - PS email for a  2 day National Exhibition

Following last year’s National Exhibition I was approached by three canary clubs suggesting a possible two day event in the future. I have tabled the proposal I put to the Parrot Society which has gone out to all clubs participating with a view to take a decision at the PS meeting in May 2018.

Staging would be erected Friday PM or early Saturday morning, judging Saturday afternoon and the Exhibition open Sunday morning to all sales attendees and exhibitors.

There was concerns from the smaller canary sections with regard to additional costs for clubs and exhibitors, extra stewards required, already difficult to get sufficient for a one day show. The larger canary sections saw opportunities to socialise more and attract new members, this is the biggest show we have in this country.  

Upon a vote it was 4 in favour and 5 against a two day show , with one abstention.

10  NCA/Canary Council Ring Scheme.

The NCA has agreed to allow us to use their intials (NCA) so as not to clash with the Colour Canary breeders (CC).

To date 1930 NCA id coded rings have been supplied to 30 breeders of canaries (and two for parrotlets).The secretary will amend the ring order form and send it out to all delegates in OCT for your members, also put on the website at that time ready for next year. The ring colour for 2019 is BLACK

 11 CC Web Page  

The secretary suggested clubs may want to advertise on the CC website with a link to their own website,  things such as:-

Show dates, venues and links to schedules

Show results and photos of winners

Links to each canary section own web site

Other events.

12 COM UK matters – World Show – a great success with over 32,000 exhibits beautifully presented and in an excellent venue. UK team comprised of 205 exhibits from 34 exhibitors, but achieved 5 gold , 10 silver and 5 bronze medals.

            - COM review of canary standards

-       Lizard – still awaiting confirmation that only the scorecard has changed. A lot of unnecessary anquish has been caused by mis-information.

-       Yorkshire -awaiting proposals from COM though indications are again only the scorecard will change.YCC have written to COMUK with formal objection.

-       Lancashire – representations have been made from Lancashire Canary Club and OVCA with regard to proposed classes for variegated exhibits.

     13     Canary Breed standards

-draft booklet in preparation , ST needs description of standard ,pictorial model and photo of each breed to complete.

    14    NCA Report

It was agreed to forward NCA minutes to all CC delegates following NCA meetings.

-  Insurance -162 affiliated societies with PL insurance to the value of £5million. Uptake partly due to the Midland insurance scheme folding.

                      - Facebook page  - still to be done.

                     -  Defra update - none           

         - CITES / SUN meetings from now on will only relate to CITIES issues with other sub group meetings being held on other issues such as Brexit controls, British Birds, etc.

- Animal Activities Licensing - probably not as bad as first thought, trading standards officers in two London Boroughs have confirmed that their local authorities are only interested in the commercial traders not hobbyists. We do need to be vigilant though.

    15   AOB    - none

    16      Date of next meeting - CC AGM 7th April 2019 at Charnwood Arms.

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The Canary Council Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday 7th May, 2017 at the Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield, Leicesteshire with Brian Hogg (OVCA) in the chair.

The chairman welcomed delegates Keith Ferry and Saviour Camilleri (Norwich), David Allen (Blue Lizard Club), Chris Smith (Kernow Rare and Old Club), Simon Tamman (Frill Club), Barry Mills and Terry Salt (Yorkshire Canary Club) and extended warm thanks to Chris Smith for his hard work in his capacity as secretary and treasurer. He described 2016/17 as a very testing time for the Canary Council and COM-UK.

It was a great disappointment that three major sections of the canary fancy (the Glosters, the Fifes and the Coloured Canaries) have not renewed their membership apparently “seeing no benefit” in affiliating. This, he felt, was short-sighted bearing in mind the changing circumstances of our hobby nationally and internationally because of Brexit and other challenges heading our way (e.g. the possible registration of all bird keepers) and also the very modest affiliation fee required to support the Canary Council in its role as the representative of the canary fancy through the NCA and COM-UK in discussions with DEFRA, COM or Natural England.

An example of the need for our various canary sections to work together was illustrated this year by COM who, without proper consultation, changed the standard of the Lizard Canary for COM shows and proposed amendments to the Yorkshire Canary model by 2018. The review of other standards of UK canary breeds is expected. This has to be resisted via COM-UK or we will lose control of our own breed standards.

More positively the chairman was pleased to report the continued success of the National Exhibition at Stafford and the Canary Council’s collaborative work with the Parrot Society in organising the largest all variety show in the UK and providing a range of trophies for the event.

The chairman acknowledged there has been justified criticism of the outdated state of the Canary Council website which he had attempted to rectify - regrettably without success. This and the development of other means of communication with the fancy must be a target for the year ahead.

Having served as chairman for a number of years Brian had decided to stand down in order to devote his energies to the National Exhibition and the work of COM-UK.

Secretary, Chris Smith, thanked the chairman on behalf of the whole council for his years of service.

The election of officers for 2017/18 then took place as follows:

President             Maurice O’Connor   (Irish Fancy)

Chairman             Barry Mills   (Yorkshires)

Vice Chairman    Brian Hogg  (OVCA)

Sec/Treasurer     Chris Smith  (Kernow Rare and Old Club)

Web editor          Chris Smith/Barry Mills

Publicity Officer  Barry Mills

In accepting the chairmanship Barry Mills expressed his belief that the Canary Council has a vital role to play in defending and supporting the canary fancy and all its breeds at national and international level. The Canary Council was originally set up by the NCA to look after the interests of the canary fancy and is now an integral part of the NCA structure, being one of the four parent bodies. Government departments will only deal with national bodies not separate and various canary groups.

The challenge is to convince others of its importance, to communicate better and regularly with the fancy and seek its essential support. The outgoing chairman kindly offered to sponsor the revised website. Other fund-raising activities are planned.

In his own report the secretary confirmed the need for the Canary Council to update its communications and increase its fund-raising activities. Updating the website is a priority and a regular ‘electronic newsletter’ to members will be issued commencing with the business of this meeting. It was the responsibility of section representatives to make sure this information is reported back to their members.

Brian Hogg and Chris Smith are both NCA delegates on COM-UK which should benefit the Canary Council in its defence of canary breed standards which are currently all under review by COM. Dave Allen, as Lizard Canary Association representative, thanked the Canary Council for its help with the changes proposed for the Lizard Standard. Simon Tamman, UK representative on COM’s technical committee, reported that he has requested details of Turkey’s proposed changes to the Yorkshire canary standard but no response so far. Canary sections may wish to consider registering the copyright of their standard to gain some protection. The YCC have already done this. Simon also reported that a draft booklet of all the current canary standards would be available by the end of the year with an estimate of printing costs.

Regarding the judging of the London Fancy at the World Show delegates agreed that only clear body birds should be put forward and that COM-UK should make this clear to exhibitors.

COM has announced a southern hemisphere World Show in Cuba 21st-23rd July 2017 and a northern hemisphere show in Cesena, Italy in January 2018.

The Secretary made a proposal  for the Canary Council to work with the NCA in issuing id coded closed rings to canary breeders under an adapted version of the NCA ring scheme. To avoid confusion with other canary sections the NCA has agreed we can use their initials on the rings. This will lift the profile of both NCA and CC and bring in much needed funds for the CC. This proposal was approved by the meeting and the Secretary was instructed to seek a suitable ring supplier.

A further report from the NCA included the news that its public liability insurance scheme is now being taken up by over 100 clubs and a new NCA Facebook page is to be launched. Due to the general election DEFRA has put on hold changes to legislation, including future class licence for northern bullfinch and goldfinch. CITIES has requested a country code on closed rings for CITIES species (mainly raptors and parrot like).

As a final item the CC agreed to provide trophies and rosettes again for the  National Exhibition 2017.

The date of next year’s AGM was agreed as 15th April 2018.

The chairman thanked the delegates present for their contributions to the meeting and closed proceedings at 1.15pm.

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My remit for the year as Chairman was to promote the All Canary Shows the CBS clubs and the very important National Exhibition.

Starting with the National I think we will have achieved the near perfect result the Norwich and Yorkie sections will be present at this years show in October. The Norwich section is being promoted by the Norwich Midland Plainhead Show under the guidance of Chris Mellow and Saviour Camilleri. This is the first time this section has attended the show and I wish them every success. The Yorkshire section is to be held in conjunction with the OVCA with myself and Kevin McCullam there for guidance. Paul Rayner from Staines CBS will be show secretary and we already have a promise from 3 Fanciers to show their Yorkies. You may ask why the OVCA well unfortunately no Yorkshire Specialist club would take up the banner. What would the National be without the Norwich and Yorkies I think incomplete.

I always support all my local CBS clubs and I truly believe without the CBS Clubs there would be no hobby. I would like to think we support our CBS clubs as much as we can.

There are a few all canary shows around and I am pleased to see ALL VARIETY CANARY SHOW re-emerge at Wisbech after a doubtful future, please get your members to support this event.

The South Bucks Canary show has now run for nearly 20 years and as chairman I am proud we are going from strength to strength but we do need the support of all Canary exhibitors.

I believe we should be trying to promote best practice within our judges panels. In the UK we are miles behind the rest of Europe when training judges. l am told that even the Yorkshire Canary Club has no training programme and also the Norwich. The Canary Council must try and help these great breed clubs to produce a judges training programme. We in the UK should be the leaders in everything connected to the UK breeds. After all Europe ask us as the breed Country to set the standard for their judges to adhere to. It’s a nonsense if we have no qualified judges ourselves, surely a minimum requirement for a candidate to attend training with an experienced judge for one show season. Let us start to lead the world with our expertise judging again.

I am watching finances of the C C very closely and we must find new avenues to bring in new income, and we will discuss this at the meeting as I believe we need a fundraiser.

Finally I would like to thank all of you for attending the meetings with your input as without you the C C cannot operate. Our Secretary Chris Smith has my special thanks for all his work during the year.

Please remember as delegates you should report back to you society with all meeting news. In the past some delegates have not passed this information onto their respective clubs and the officers in the clubs feel its a waste of time being involved in the Canary Council.

Brian A Hogg OMJ