Above: one outcome of the BS GC meeting on April 27 was the removal of the beginner status section. Competition now applies in four statuses: junior, novice, intermediate and champion


THE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) is to remove the beginner exhibition status due to a lack of competition.

The new rule change was voted in at a BS General Council (GC) meeting last month – 337 members voted for the change and 163 voted against.

The required two-thirds majority figure was 333, so the rule was passed and will be effective from the 2019 show season.

BS vice-chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser explained: “As from next year, the BS shall be in line with other sections of our budgie hobby around the world, who also do not have a beginner section.

“Most importantly, the BS will be in line with other branches of the hobby in this country that either have only one adult section, such as the foreign fancy, or two adult sections (novice and champion) in the British and canary sections.”

The GC had recommended that members supported the proposal to remove the beginner status in the March/April issue of its magazine, The Budgerigar.

The rationale read: There are too many status sections on the show bench. The membership numbers have reduced steadily over the years and competition in this and the other status has reduced. The beginner status is where most members who don’t stay in the hobby come from and to remove this status would have the least impact and in the future newcomers to the hobby will simply start in the novice section, unless they are a junior.

Current beginners will automatically move to novice in 2019, and the number of years a novice can serve in this section has been extended from a minimum of three years to four.

Grant Findlay, the society’s administrator added: “The vote was tight with the result very narrow and only passing by four votes, but I think the vast majority of members will accept that this was put to the membership by the GC and was supported by over two thirds of those who voted.”

A full summarised report of the GC meeting of the BS will appear in Club News in the June 6 issue.

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