Barry Mills the new President of the NCA
Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, NCA Secretary
National Council for Aviculture held its Annual General Meeting on 31st March
at the Charnwood Arms Hotel in Coalville, Leicestershire, followed shortly afterwards by
the Management Committee meeting. The Chairman, Chris Smith, welcomed those who attended
and presented his written report, stating that he had written a letter of thanks to Dave
Whittaker, the previous secretary & treasurer. The visibility of the NCA had been
heightened by having the NCA stand at three county shows, the B.S. Woking event and two
Secretary/Treasurer, Ghalib Al-Nasser, in his report, highlighted his pleasure at the
return of the
The Secretary also informed members that the Public Liability Insurance package is still popular with 78 clubs taking up the offer and 38 cage bird societies have affiliated.
Members present unanimously approved the new Constitution to reduce the number of representatives from the 4 parent bodies from 4 to 3. Rates of subscription remained the same at Ring member £5, Cage Bird Societies £20, parent body with membership up to 500 £50, up to 1000 members £100 and over 1000 members £200.
Secretary informed the meeting that the following representatives from the parent bodies
will form the Management Committee and they are; British Bird Council ~ Robb Brown, Bob
Partridge, Craig & Julie Walker; Budgerigar Society ~ Ghalib & Janice Al-Nasser,
Gordon Grist, Alex Woan; Canary Council ~ David Allen, Brian Hogg, Gary Mann, Terry Salt;
Foreign Bird Federation ~ Peter Collins, Dave Paine, Dennis Webster. Barry Mills was
inaugurated as the new President and thanked all members for this honour. Following his
year as President, Denis Glasby was appointed Honorary Life President to join Brian
Hughes, Dennis Norton and Charles Woolley. Roger Carr was elected as President Elect.
Management Committee held their meeting soon after the
The NCA appeals to all cage bird societies, regardless of their affiliation, to send the secretary their contact details so that he can formulate a data base of all cage bird societies around the country.
The Management Committee approved two new members to be added to the NCA Roll of Honour, namely Jim Addison and Don Hunter, for outstanding services to the fancy and sadly two members; Fred Rix & Raymond Sawyer, who passed away during the year, were added to the NCA Hall of Fame. Both Crewe & District CBS and the Zebra Finch Society had sent letters nominating members for the NCA Long Service Badges which were approved. They were Jim Addison, Peter Cannan, John Davies, Peter Harrison, Herbert Lock MBE & Dave Paine (Gold) and Graham Davis & Peter Hook (Bronze).
NCA will have a presence at the London Pet Fair on 12th/13th May
with a display of different birds in an aviary. The NCA will work closely with the
Clubs wishing to affiliate to the NCA should visit our website (www.nca.uk.net) 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).
Awards Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, NCA Secretary & Publicity Officer
Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, NCA Secretary & Publicity Officer
At the last Management Meeting of the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) the Chairman, Chris Smith, presented the newly purchased Presidential Chain of Office to the President Denis Glasby.
The Budgerigar Society nominated Roger Carr for the NCA Roll of Honour for his long services to the Budgerigar Society spanning over 31 years which the NCA committee accepted unanimously. The Budgerigar Society also put forward names of many fanciers for the NCA Long Service Badges of gold (25 years), silver (20 years) and bronze (15 years). Realising the benefits from these NCA awards the Zebra Finch Society as well as Buntingford CBS put forward names of their members for such awards and all were accepted by the Management Committee. In total there were 25 NCA Long Service badges awarded. Affiliated CBS should enjoy these benefits and apply to the Secretary for the awards information for which can be found on the NCA website www.nca.uk.net.
It was also decided to increase the Public Liability Insurance cover for 2012 due to increases in premium costs. This insurance cover is very comprehensive and covers all affiliated societies activities throughout the year including shows. The limit of the indemnity is now £5,000,000 for any one claim to include all legal costs and damages. The cost of the insurance to the affiliated societies, through the parent bodies, is £50 for the years premium which includes 5% Insurance Premium Tax. For Cage Birds Societies the affiliation fee is £20 and with the insurance cover totals £65 (affiliation + insurance). Societies can download the Proforma from the NCA website.
The Secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser has also taken over the duties of the Treasurer as from 1st January and all communication including applications for insurance will now need to be sent to his home address at Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW (Tel: 01787 282332 or email at email@example.com). The NCA extends their sincere thanks to Dave Whittaker for carrying out the duties of Secretary and then Treasurer of the NCA over the past few years.
The NCA will
be putting forward a motion at the
The management committee agreed that their priorities for 2012 should be:
Increase awareness of the NCA by CBSs.
Education and conservation
Consider producing a booklet on Judges requirements and training covering the whole fancy.
The date of