Above: Key monthly dates for the City of Bath Bird Breeders Society’s 2019 agenda are clearly highlighted on the modern-design calendars

THE CITY OF Bath Bird Breeders Society (City of Bath BBS) turns 90 next year and to commemorate its special anniversary, limited edition one-off calendars will be gifted to supporters.

Organised by secretary Dave Guppy, the calendars have been paid for with club funds to thank not only the members, but judges and exhibitors who have backed the club over the years.

Each month is individually represented by a small different-coloured card, which highlight meeting and show dates significant to members. Officials say this is a novel way to view the club’s 2019 calendar of events.

Mr Guppy, from Bath, Somerset, explained: “This is something a bit different that every member can enjoy. It is hoped the calendars will be used in fanciers’ birdrooms to document key dates from the club’s 2019 agenda. They can be suspended or used as a coaster.”

Judges at the club’s recent open show, on October 27, were also presented with a 90th calendar.

The history of the club dates back to March 25, 1929,  where a meeting was held at the Talbot Hotel to discuss the formation of a cage bird society, which was documented as “well attended”.

That was the start of the Bath & District CBS, having been proposed by a Mr Humphries and seconded by a Mr Barnet. This club later became what it is known as today and can boast having the original minutes from that very first meeting. 

Two months after the club’s formation, talk of an open show was mooted following a committee meeting. The committee recommended a 40-mile radius show and “to adopt the Cheltenham schedule” as they thought running an open show was “too much for the first year as it needed £30 to make it a success.”

If you are interested in viewing the club’s early meeting minutes, or to order a 90th anniversary calendar, contact Dave Guppy on 07504 993 853. Please note there is a limited number of the calendars available.


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