Above: Outgoing president Bev Hutt hands over the chain of office to Dave Paine. Mrs Hutt said: ‘Dave is a grassroots fancier; he is always available and hands on’


THE NEW president of the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) has accepted his chain of office on the same day he was surprised with a Roll of Honour nomination.

Dave Paine from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was inaugurated as the 2018 NCA president at its AGM on April 7. Unknown to Mr Paine, he had also been nominated for an additional honour by the Foreign Bird Federation (FBF), and was told at the AGM that he had been voted onto the Roll of Honour.

NCA publicity officer Barry Mills explained: “The officers at the FBF had formally nominated Mr Paine to be entered on to the Roll of Honour for his outstanding service to aviculture.

“For more than 60 years Dave has been a loyal member of Gainsborough CBS, holding most of the club’s official posts at some time, and also a staunch supporter of other Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire clubs, and a leading officer of the Zebra Finch Society and the FBF.”

Mr Paine also serves on the management committee of the NCA and, in recent years, has been a member of the COM-UK committee.

Annually, the NCA receives nominations for the prestigious honours list to celebrate the achievements of living aviculturists at every level of the hobby who have contributed greatly to the fancy. All nominations are submitted to the NCA’s awards panel who consider applications.

Mr Paine said: “Being told I’d been voted on to the Roll of Honour and to receive the president’s chain of office was a double whammy. The nomination was a total surprise –  it’s amazing when you think of the real stalwarts of the hobby who are already on that list.”

Mr Paine’s name has been entered on the Roll of Honour list on the NCA website, along with other unanimously approved fanciers Robert Read and Ron Palfreyman. Mr Read, a Border canary exhibitor and judge, is president of Irvine CBS and has been in the hobby for 60-plus years. Mr Palfreyman was nominated by West Wales Border FCC, following his birdkeeping involvement spanning more than 80 years.

View the full Roll of Honour list at: www.nca.uk.net

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