Above: the show merger was decided after the Southern Border FCC and Wessex Border Club felt that both were drawing from the same pool of members, not only exhibitors but any people willing to take on roles which are vital to run the shows. Pictured is the 2018 Wessex Border Club’s best-in-show winner, an unflighted heavily variegated yellow hen benched by Bob Turner


WESSEX BORDER CLUB has announced a merger with a second Border canary specialist show in the South.

Southern Border FCC and Wessex Border Club are to pool their resources to host a joint show this year. Initially the venture will be between the two clubs, but officials say they would consider a larger merger of other Border shows in the South.

Ian Perrier, secretary and treasurer of the Wessex club, said: “At the AGM on January 19 it was agreed that we will merge two Border specialist shows in order to maximise admin skills etc, and to attempt to keep the Border hobby alive in the South.

“Both clubs are not alone in respect of falling numbers of entries and declining membership and it makes sense to pool resources and talents to try to inject new life into the fantastic hobby of Border canaries.”

The annual show date will remain the current date used by the Wessex club – third Saturday of October; this year’s show will be held on October 17. A venue is yet to be announced. Additional details are to be confirmed at the inaugural meeting of both Border clubs on February 15 (see info box below).

The merger will create a members’ show. However, non-member exhibitors may show but will not be eligible for members’ specials/prizes.

“It is our intention to strive to make this new show something special,” Mr Perrier continued. “We will be looking at new initiatives in areas such as prizes, information relating to nearby activities for visiting fanciers etc and seriously looking at how we encourage and support current and hopefully new novices.”

A draft constitution has been prepared. For a copy, please contact officials (see telephone numbers below).

Bob Hodges, show secretary of the Southern Border FCC, said: “Both clubs are financially stable but finding members prepared to take on roles is becoming more difficult. Therefore, it makes sense to invest into a new joint show venture and come together to put on what will hopefully become a well-attended all-Border show.”


THE inaugural meeting of Border clubs in the South will be held at 10am on February 15 at the Royal British Legion Hall in Cadnam, Hants SO40 2NA. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle. For details, please contact Bob Hodges (01622 676 335) or Ian Perrier (01983 761 779).

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