International Gloster Breeders Association

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National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster Breeders Association

Affiliated to

International-Ornithological-Association
National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster
Breeders Association

2023 Portnockie CBS 40 Years

2023 Portnockie CBS 40 Years

In 1983 Portknockie CBS arose from the ashes of the now defunct Banff and MacDuff CBS, the first show being held in the Cullen Bay Hotel in 1983. Since then we have only changed venue twice, three if you count another one in the Cullen Bay Hotel due to a double booking by Moray Council in the Cullen Town Hall. If the show was still held in the Cullen Town Hall I think the stairs would have killed off most of todays fanciers.

Preperations for this years show started a day earlier on the Thursday, as our transport manager George Dawson was involved with setting up the Christmas Kracker in Buckie town centre, an annual event for the festive season in Buckie. With George and Brian Shepherd transporting the staging to the Bowling and Tennis Club in Cullen on Thursday we all got the night off on Friday. 

Fanciers were travelling a great distance again this year, Robbie Wright getting his miles in again doing the 700 mile round trip with his sidekick Dave Hobart from Carlisle who went from Carlisle to Middlesbrough to pick up Robbie and then headed up to Cullen, and doing the same on the way home, thats friendship for you. 

At 0800 on Saturday morning we met at the hall to get the staging up. We had a couple pairs of extra hands this year with Brian’s son Kevin home on leave from working offshore and new fancier Donnie Balliey from King Edward near Banff getting stuck in, the extra hands made light work of the staging. With that done we got the doors locked and headed home to get our birds caged up and be back at the hall for 1800. 

As we arrived back at the show hall it was no surprise to see a campervan in pole position in the car park. Donnie Bain, his wife Sandra and Jack Russell Gem were settling in nicely having arrived from Wick some 160 miles to the North. 

 

Jason Miller and Susan Munroe arrived from Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh 

Followed by Colin Stewart and Elaine Martin from Netherburn Larkhall, near Glasgow. All were despatched to the Cullen Bay Hotel after getting their birds benched and settled.

 
 

Derek Ironside and family made their way up from Arbroath staying at the Premier Inn at Elgin would arrive on Sunday morning.

George Dunne and his wife Lisa arrived and after getting their birds benched left for the Victoria Hotel in Portknockie. The kettle was boiling and we realised there were no biscuits. Brian’s daughter Valerie dashed to the local Co-op and returned with a fine selection of cakes and biscuits. Thank you Valerie. Graeme Sutherland arrived from Thurso which is 20 miles farther north than Donnie Bain. As it turned out Graeme was not the most northernly fancier at the show, Donnie Borwick travelled down from the Orkney Islands doing a round trip by ferry and road of 430 miles. Donnie came down on Thursday and stayed with his son in Inverness.

 
 

Jim McGuire made the trip from Ayrshire to judge the British Mules/Hybrids and the Norwich, travelling up with Sam McColl from the same area who would judge the Borders and Fifes. 

At 20:00 the birds were checked and the lights were switched off and the doors locked. On the way home I paid a visit to the Cullen Bay Hotel to check our guests were ok, need not have worried all were very comfortable and well looked after by the staff at the hotel. I made my good nights and made my way home 30 miles west along the Moray Firth Coast.

With the dreaded alarm clock going off at 04:30 I made my way down to the Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club to be met by the smell of Bacon which meant Lewis was already there. It wouldn’t be long before the rest of the fanciers got here so no better time to grab a couple of Bacon butties and a cup of tea before the rush. Lewis would be in charge of catering this year as our normal catering manager Bunty who is now 94 years old would not be there. Portknockie CBS would like to thank Bunty for her loyal service over the many years she has been looking after us. Take care Bunty. In the weeks leading up to the show we were toying with the idea of moving the show to the McBoyle Hall Portknockie due to the rising costs of the Bowling Club but with the large increase in entries this year the hall in Portknockie would be a bit of a tight squeeze, so it was decided to stay here for another year.  Another bonus from the increased entry this year was in the Novice Fife entry with Lacey Henderson taking on her granddads birds. Her grandad Sandy Henderson sadly passed away just after last years show, hopefully next year Lacey might be able to visit the show herself. Portknockie CBS are delighted with the increased entry this year with 452 birds entered which is up by just over 100 on last years entry.:

There was a large increase in the Budgerigar section and with an increase in the Gloster and Fife sections it made for  a good show. As the judges were arriving there was a flock of Redwings and Fieldfares having a breakfast of Rowan Berries in the trees in the car park. It must be a popular feeding spot as a few years ago the trees were full of Waxwings. 

After greeting the judges who again gave  glowing reports of the Cullen Bay Hotel they were presented with their Cullen Skink and after the official photo shoot was taken they were introduced to their stewards and off they went. We never have any problem getting stewards in fact there is a waiting list to steward at Portknockie CBS, no sooner were they finished their duties they were booking their place for the following year.

Also getting his Cullen Skink was Robbie Wright from Middlesbrough who comes up just for his fix of Skink. With judging under way the seed and equipment shop opened with manager Brian Williamson doing a roaring trade and being suitably kept going with endless cups of tea and cakes by Sandy Hay. Lewis was being kept busy with the Bacon Rolls and Square Sausage Buns at the same time getting lunch on the go. Lewis reported later that he went through 6kgs of Bacon and 5kgs of square sausage along with 80 buns. Judging broke up at 1030 and all judges and stewards headed for the dining room for scooby snacks. Lewis managed to recruit a few volunteers for the kitchen in the form of Susan Munroe, Linda Cowan and Donnie Bailey which was greatly appreciated by Lewis. With judging gathering pace it was time for Brian Shepherd to earn his corn, with the results coming in and the paper work piling up it was head down for Brian. The section winners were coming in and as is normal they went up on the staging to settle for Best in Show. Lunch this year was another treat with Lewis doing it all by himself again, on the menu was Tattie Soup, Steak Pie, Peas and Potatoes. Blame Sandy Hay for the dessert, he forgot to take the Cheescake out of the freezer, sorry folks. There is now a glut of frozen cheesecake in my freezer at home, I am sure I will manage to work my way through them. Horrible job, but someone’s got to do it.

Best in show went to the Gloster Canary shown by Jason Miller on 29 points closely followed by the Song Thrush shown by that master of the British Show Cage, Mark Milligan. Mark is a magician at putting out his show cages a true artist on 28 points.

With time going on and the distance fanciers have travelled it was time for the raffle and prize giving. Again this year Robbie and Ian Wright donated a pair of birds to be raffled for club funds. The birds realised £230 for the club. Many Thanks Robbie/Ian. The seed and general raffle raised just under £300, thanks to Lewis twisting arms. (Gently).

Before prize giving there were four Life Membership to be awarded for years of Sterling service to Portknockie CBS. Wull and Linda Cowan have been serving the club for many years. Wull and Linda travel up from Dalbeattie in Ayrshire and are usually first there and last out and don’t leave until the hall is spotless. They will stay 2 nights and travel home on the Monday. Also awarded Life Membership was Brian Williamson affectionately known as our Sweeper Keeper, what else can be said about Brian that hasn’t been said before. Brian is the baby of the team at 72 and quite happy to run around picking up the pieces that the rest of us miss. Also being awarded Life Membership was Sandy Hay, we are still trying to figure out what he actually does.

Show Results as follows:

Best in Show/Best Gloster Jason Miller with an Unflighted Buff Corona Hen, Second Best Gloster was Sandy Hay with an Unflighted Buff Corona Cock and Best Opposite Head was Jason Miller with a Flighted TPD Consort Hen. Best Novice Gloster went to Colin Stewart with a Flighted Buff Corona Cock, Second Best went to Colin again with an Unflighted Buff Corona Cock.

, Colin also had Best Opposite Head with a Flighted TPD Consort Cock. In the British section Mark Milligan had Best British with a lovely Thrush this bird was also Best Colour Variant. Mark also had Best Hardbill with a lovely steady Greenfinch. Second Best British was a Mealie Redpoll Cock shown by Alex Kidd. Best Champion Mule/Hybrid was a Dark Siskin Mule Cock shown by John McConnachie. Best Border was an Unflighted Variegated Buff Cock shown by Brian Bremner the same fancier had Second Best with a Heavy Variegated Buff Cock. In the Fife Fancy section Best Fife went to Derek Ironside with a Green Variegated Yellow Cock, Derek also had Second Best with a Green Heavy Variegated Yellow Hen, Third Best went to Brian Bremner with a Green Variegated Yellow Hen. In the Novice Fife section Lacey Henderson had Best with a Green Variegated Buff Hen, Second Best was Roy Allen with a Green Heavy Variegated  Yellow Cock. Best Budgerigar went to John Ross with a Normal Cinnamon Cock, Best Novice Budgerigar went to Paul Thompson with a Blue Series Cock. Best Junior Budgerigar went to Lewis McIntosh. Best Foreign and Best Champion was Jim Bremner with a Lovebird, Second Best/Best Novice went to William Gow with a Pair of pied Zebra Finches.

Thank you to:

Wull and Linda Cowan for their usual hard work over the weekend, Donnie Bailey for his help in putting up the staging and getting his hands in the sink, Elaine Martin for going above and beyond in the kitchen, Dave Hobart for waiving his expenses as did Jim Duguid, Jim Mcguire and Sam McColl for making the long journey from Ayrshire, George Dawson our transport manager for taking care of the staging and repairing our garage doors where we store our staging after a storm took the doors off free of charge, thank you George. Kevin Shepherd for his assistance in getting the staging up, Valerie Nicol for getting the cakes in on Saturday night, Ian Dawson for the help in tidying the show hall on Sunday night, Jason Miller, Scott Porter and Lewis Shepherd for their bottles of spirits, Robbie and Ian Wright for donating a pair of Gloster Canaries which brought in £230. The biggest thanks of all goes to you, the exhibitors, without you travelling here we would not have this great show which we are all so proud of. Next years show is on Sunday 17th November 2024 in The Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club. Portknockie CBS would like to wish you all a good and productive breeding season and look forward to seeing you at our monthly sales in the McBoyle Hall Portknockie.

Best Wishes –  Sandy Hay

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