Above: while the fire caused great loss for Mr Carr’s brother and the club’s staging, thankfully no one was hurt and there was no loss of livestock on the farm Photo: Aylesbury On-Call firefighters Facebook page
OFFICIALS OF A Buckinghamshire cage bird society (CBS) were dismayed to discover that the barn where their show staging was stored has been razed to the ground.
Farm premises in Kimblewick set alight on July 12 and the blaze then quickly engulfed hay storage units, farm machinery, trees and a nearby field, as well as a barn containing show staging belonging to Princes Risborough & Aylesbury CBS.
Club secretary, treasurer and show manager Roger Carr explained: “My brother kindly allowed the club to store its staging, which is about 60 years old, in one of his barns. We had enough staging to bench 1,000 birds and that was much more than we needed. But now the whole lot has gone.
“The timber turned to ash and the metal is all twisted and buckled.”
The fire started in an area where hay and straw were being stored, with hot agricultural machinery nearby.
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service station commander Paul Casey explained: “We believe that heat, combined with the dry hay, caused the fire and the recent dry weather conditions and wind exacerbated it.”
In the short term, the club hopes to borrow staging from nearby South Bucks Canary Breeders Association (CBA), but the problem lies with transporting the heavy equipment. The club’s next show is in less than a month – a members’ young stock show on September 1.
Mick Stone, show secretary for Princes Risborough & Aylesbury CBS and also an official of both High Wycombe and South Bucks CBA, said: “At present, Princes Risborough is seeking help in any way from clubs or members.
“We are planning to hold our young stock show, even if it’s on tables. I’m sure members and exhibitors will understand. Our members are a very dedicated group and will pull out the stops to make it work.”
Another option could be to build new staging, similar to the lightweight equipment that belongs to South Bucks CBA, “but that revolves around cost”, said Mr Stone, who has offered to make the staging for the club.
● If you can help in any way, with suggestions, your time or a donation, please contact Roger Carr on 01844 213 600.
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