Above: Half the team: some of the organisers of the joint Havant & Solent Cage Bird Societies Monthly Sale, coming in 2020. L-r: Ray Piper, chairman of Havant CBS; Joe Bonnici, Solent CBS minutes secretary and show sec of South Coast Open Show; Barrie Durant, treasurer of Havant CBS


TWO HAMPSHIRE-BASED CBSES are looking towards a new venture in the New Year:  a stand-alone monthly sales event to match their joint open show.

Following the success of the South Coast Open Show, hosted annually by Havant CBS and Solent CBS, officials have sought other opportunities to increase membership in both clubs and interest in birdkeeping in general. Now the aim for 2020 is to host 12 bird and equipment sales days a year at the Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, Fareham PO16 9AD. The first Havant & Solent Cage Bird Societies Monthly Sale is on January 26; further dates appear in Club News (see page 22).

Speaking to Cage & Aviary Birds, publicity officer Paul Swatton said sales days are the next natural step forward for both progressive clubs. “Any profits generated from these sales days will be channelled into the South Coast Open Show to enhance the overall experience,” he said.

“Having a joint show has been fruitful. We had record entries in 2018 [816 entries],  so both clubs are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to not only maintain but improve this show.

“Any profit or support gained at these sales event will only continue to drive the South Coast Open Show forward.”

A number of members within both clubs have sales experience and will help to lead the joint operation. Sales days co-organiser Mike Blackman said: “There had been a very successful sales event in the area, but due to unforeseen circumstances this was closed. Approaches had been made to the clubs’ officers to support the wider birdkeeping community in the area by holding an event of their own.”

Mr Swatton added: “It is the intention of the committees of both Havant and Solent CBSes that our hobby is one that should be enjoyed by all enthusiasts and as a gesture of goodwill and support for these enthusiasts, for anyone who had recently renewed their membership for the recently closed sales event, on production of their valid membership card their membership will be honoured. Refunds however will not be offered.”

Membership to the Havant & Solent Cage Bird Societies Monthly Sale is £2 per adult or £3 per couple; entry to each sales event is £2 per person. Children under 16 accompanied by an adult go free. If you are a Havant or Solent CBS member, membership will be free.



FOR more information, check out the “Havant & Solent Cage Bird Societies Monthly Sale” Facebook page. Alternatively, visit: www.havantcbs.org, email: havantcbs@gmail.com or contact Paul Swatton (07854 286 025) or Mike Blackman (07748 884 849).

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