Above: Lockmeadow Hall, soon after doors opened to the public at the 2019 Cage & Aviary Birds Christmas Sale & Show. The new Covid-19 venue regulations would have limited this year’s event to just 50 people in the hall. ‘There’s no way we could make it work,’ says C&AB’s Rob Innes


THE 2020 Cage & Aviary Birds Christmas Sale & Show has been cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions at the venue.

The event was to have taken place on November 29. A date has already been confirmed for the event next year: Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Lockmeadow Hall, home to Maidstone’s market and other events including the C&AB sale & show, has had a change of management this year. Following this, C&AB sought confirmation of its booking. In their response, the hall management enclosed the new Covid-19 venue regulations.

C&AB editor Rob Innes said: “The rules limit entry to the hall to 50 people at a time. That, unfortunately, scuppers us. There’s no way we could make it work.”

Event manager Jon Ashby explained: “We were ready to conduct our own risk assessment, impose distancing and tighten biosecurity. Sadly, however, it’s obvious that the 50-people cap wouldn’t even admit all the stallholders and show staff.

“There is only one option: write off this year and then come back bigger and better in 2021.”

Mr Innes described himself as “feeling absolutely gutted. I am so sorry for the many fanciers in the South East whose only hope of a show this year has now been snuffed out. We were especially looking forward to welcoming first-time participation in the show sections from the Border, Gloster and colour canary fancies.”

Alan Scott, vice-chairman of the Sussex & Kent Border FCC, said: “What a shame, but it’s not really unexpected. Upwards and onwards now for 2021.”

Mr Ashby added: “The British Colour Canary Club has already confirmed entry for 2021, too. There’s a great appetite for this event, so let’s look forward to a fantastic day next November.”

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