Above: Outgoing Croydon BS publicity officer Rupert Redden with his best beginner any age cobalt cock budgerigar from the 2018 Champagne Classic of the South show. Mr Reddon said: ‘It is fair to say that receiving my first major win at my home club has been my highlight as a member of Croydon BS’

 

AFTER THREE DECADES, Croydon Budgerigar Society (BS) has called time on its history.

The demise of the club was announced to members present at an EGM on October 18 and has being blamed on a lack of support. During the past 12 months, officials say attendance at meetings declined rapidly, which often forced the club to cancel meetings and speakers.

Outgoing publicity officer Rupert Redden, from Swanley, Kent, told Cage & Aviary Birds: “We had about 15-20 members on the club’s books but the main reason for wrapping up the club was simply a lack of membership and lack of funds because of the decreasing membership. Our last show ran at a loss, so how could we continue?”

Three fanciers formed the club in January 1984 and since 2013 has run a combined show with the South Eastern Budgerigar Club, titled the Champagne Classic of the South. Annually, a bottle of champagne is donated by Croydon treasurer Paul Tiller for the most birds benched.

Mr Redden added: “The South Eastern BC is still going very strong and as far as I am aware they will continue the Champagne Classic of the South hosted at the same venue.”

No decision has been made on the club’s final assets but the staging, which belongs to the London & Southern Counties BS will remain at the Smallfield, Surrey, venue. Mr Redden said: “The closest club to Croydon BS would now be Mid Essex BS or Southend B&FBS. However, fanciers in the Croydon area itself may look to join Hasting BS or South Eastern BC. 

“After having been with the club since 2009 myself, it is extremely disappointing it had to come to this.”

Fred Wright, one of the club’s original members, said in the past Croydon BS had secured some great speakers. He added: “I went to the very first meeting and for many years there was lots of support for the club. Unfortunately the top table have been left with no alternative but to close the club down.

“There are still plenty of budgie fanciers within striking distance of Croydon so let’s hope that another group picks up the baton and runs with it, and gets another club going.”

Anyone with queries regarding Croydon BS’s closure should contact Rupert Redden on 07908 98 8 113 or email: Rupert.redden@gmail.com

 

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