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

2022 WMGA inc MGFCC Exhibition

The run up to the Third West Midland Gloster Association Exhibition was once again overshadowed by another potential disaster, the annual outbreak of Avian Influenza [AI] which was building towards a national lockdown by DEFRA/APHA regarding the movement of Cage Birds.

Remember this should have been the sixth exhibition but natural disasters meant cancellation of three previous events. Monitoring of AI rules and restriction zones determined that 2022 was looking “good to go”.

Promotion of WMGA2022 was fired up by “Harri” Harrison late September early October, and initial responses indicated that whatever the attraction for exhibitors to enter the WMGA event was, once again it would be well attended. Entries slowly built with forecasts estimating that we would reach the previous year 600 mark, which would stretch the venue capacity. In the final analysis 660 entries graced the catalogue with exhibitors entering from as far away as the Scottish borders and across from the south coast, Isle of Wight.

Entry: 32 Champions with 496 birds, 10 Novices 162 birds, 1 Junior 2 birds

This entry provided much discussion on layout, we knew that a few exhibitors and visitors needed additional aisle space to manoeuvre around, and with access to the refreshment area directly within the hall, space might be, shall we say a little tight. Regardless this was something that we would have to deal with and sort for 2023.

Daily monitoring of the AI situation gave us confidence in advising Judges Neil Burton, Paul Reay and Dave Hobart, that they should finally get to complete the engagement that started 2 years earlier.

Marking off the days with everything crossed, it finally came to Saturday night with nothing detrimental being heard from DEFRA. It was now certain we would not pull the event at the last minute.

Now our challenge was that should our exhibit numbers turn out to be benched it would test WMGA organisational capabilities. The catering and many of the stewarding personnel were new to the job so hiccups were expected in that area, the computerised admin system was tried and tested, it was just a question of being drip fed with the judge’s returns to complete award sheets ready for opening time.

On the day managers, Mark Guest and John Cronin, were advised that a reasonable number of exhibitors would not be attending due to Covid, seasonal illness and family bereavement. Whilst wishing those individuals well the final benched number was to be considerably reduced at 542 and hopefully be more manageable for the newcomer stewards and the ring rusty experienced personnel.

Neil, Paul and Dave started judging promptly at 9:00 and made good progress in sorting out their preferences to go forward as their first choice from each class to vie for the main awards.

 

The final analysis saw Alan Middlemiss being rewarded for passenger-ing Pete Bull from the Isle of Wight, taking the Best in Show, Best Champion, Best Champ Corona, and Best White with an Unflighted Fawn Corona.

Alan was challenged for Best in Show by Novice breeder Stewart McMullan [Gloucester] with his Unflighted Buff [25-75%] Corona Hen. Stewart also benched Best Novice Cinnamon and Light [0-25%] birds.

The new novice partnership of Butler and Hook [Worcester] who joined WMGA as active members mid-year were more than “made up” when realising that their flighted TPD Consort Hen was judged Best Opposite Head edging out experienced champion George Nicol.

Champion Best awards were shared around, Yellow to Craig and Jackie Biddle [Barwell], Cinnamon to the partnership of Mick Rose [Feltham] and Kevin McCarthy [Swindon], TPD Pete Bull [IOW], White Alan Middlemiss [IOW], Light Keith Baker [Aylesford], Variegated Buff J Cronin [Sutton Coldfield], Grizzle and AOC George Nicol [Bottesford].

Novice awards were marginally dominated by Stewart McMullan Best Var Buff, Cinnamon and Light, followed by Bill Willson with his IGBA Best Novice White, Mike Sysum Yellow,

Bill Butler & Wayne Hook TPD, Albert Hutton Best Grizzle, Matt Fitter AOC.

Junior Tom Fitzpatrick joined our ranks benching his prize corona, let’s hope Tom gets inspiration from his first entry on the show bench.

WMGA Award Sheet

If nothing else WMGA are an honest and self-critical group wanting to be the best it can be and to hold an event that ranks as an exhibitor must do event on the All Gloster calendar.

Post event canvassing of judges & exhibitors identified areas that WMGA standards did not reach our expectations. Exhibitors can rest assured that comments are noted, and changes will be implemented to return WMGA2023 to the high standards that exhibitors have come to expect.

Future:

  • Exhibitors: With Swansea changing their show date to later in November there will no longer be an event clash with WMGA/MGFCC. It is hoped that the change will encourage exhibitors that chose to go to Swansea rather than WMGA to come to WMGA, and of course WMGA exhibitors to attend Swansea, a win-win for both organisations. This might swell WMGA numbers toward 800 [we can but hope] and we will plan accordingly.
  • Venue: WMGA recognise that the Fairfield, Bromsgrove venue is outgrown and alternative venues, within the area, with good motorway access that can hold 800 exhibit numbers are under review.
  • Date: Sunday 5th November 2023.

Judges: In line with prior years we believe that engaging the right judges with similar objective viewpoints will bring in the exhibitors.

2023 Marnix D’Hont & Ludo Lenaers [Belgium], Mario Farrugia [Malta]

2024 = Graham Beech, Paul Brown, Keith Baker

2025 (TBA by members) Bert Munneke [Holland], Ben Mense [Holland], ANO

All the above being said, it cannot happen without your continued support, we genuinely thank you all for past engagement and support. We look forward to your name gracing our 2023 Catalogue. Rest assured that “Harri” Harrison will be contacting you with a new A4 schedule for the visually challenged, to ensure that your name graces our 2023 Catalogue.

M Fitter General Secretary contact to join us email mattfitter@blueyonder.co.uk

 

2022 WMGA inc MGFCC Exhibition

The run up to the Third West Midland Gloster Association Exhibition was once again overshadowed by another potential disaster, the annual outbreak of Avian Influenza [AI] which was building towards a national lockdown by DEFRA/APHA regarding the movement of Cage Birds.

Remember this should have been the sixth exhibition but natural disasters meant cancellation of three previous events. Monitoring of AI rules and restriction zones determined that 2022 was looking “good to go”.

Promotion of WMGA2022 was fired up by “Harri” Harrison late September early October, and initial responses indicated that whatever the attraction for exhibitors to enter the WMGA event was, once again it would be well attended. Entries slowly built with forecasts estimating that we would reach the previous year 600 mark, which would stretch the venue capacity. In the final analysis 660 entries graced the catalogue with exhibitors entering from as far away as the Scottish borders and across from the south coast, Isle of Wight.

Entry: 32 Champions with 496 birds, 10 Novices 162 birds, 1 Junior 2 birds

This entry provided much discussion on layout, we knew that a few exhibitors and visitors needed additional aisle space to manoeuvre around, and with access to the refreshment area directly within the hall, space might be, shall we say a little tight. Regardless this was something that we would have to deal with and sort for 2023.

Daily monitoring of the AI situation gave us confidence in advising Judges Neil Burton, Paul Reay and Dave Hobart, that they should finally get to complete the engagement that started 2 years earlier.

Marking off the days with everything crossed, it finally came to Saturday night with nothing detrimental being heard from DEFRA. It was now certain we would not pull the event at the last minute.

Now our challenge was that should our exhibit numbers turn out to be benched it would test WMGA organisational capabilities. The catering and many of the stewarding personnel were new to the job so hiccups were expected in that area, the computerised admin system was tried and tested, it was just a question of being drip fed with the judge’s returns to complete award sheets ready for opening time.

On the day managers, Mark Guest and John Cronin, were advised that a reasonable number of exhibitors would not be attending due to Covid, seasonal illness and family bereavement. Whilst wishing those individuals well the final benched number was to be considerably reduced at 542 and hopefully be more manageable for the newcomer stewards and the ring rusty experienced personnel.

Neil, Paul and Dave started judging promptly at 9:00 and made good progress in sorting out their preferences to go forward as their first choice from each class to vie for the main awards.

 

The final analysis saw Alan Middlemiss being rewarded for passenger-ing Pete Bull from the Isle of Wight, taking the Best in Show, Best Champion, Best Champ Corona, and Best White with an Unflighted Fawn Corona.

Alan was challenged for Best in Show by Novice breeder Stewart McMullan [Gloucester] with his Unflighted Buff [25-75%] Corona Hen. Stewart also benched Best Novice Cinnamon and Light [0-25%] birds.

The new novice partnership of Butler and Hook [Worcester] who joined WMGA as active members mid-year were more than “made up” when realising that their flighted TPD Consort Hen was judged Best Opposite Head edging out experienced champion George Nicol.

Champion Best awards were shared around, Yellow to Craig and Jackie Biddle [Barwell], Cinnamon to the partnership of Mick Rose [Feltham] and Kevin McCarthy [Swindon], TPD Pete Bull [IOW], White Alan Middlemiss [IOW], Light Keith Baker [Aylesford], Variegated Buff J Cronin [Sutton Coldfield], Grizzle and AOC George Nicol [Bottesford].

Novice awards were marginally dominated by Stewart McMullan Best Var Buff, Cinnamon and Light, followed by Bill Willson with his IGBA Best Novice White, Mike Sysum Yellow,

Bill Butler & Wayne Hook TPD, Albert Hutton Best Grizzle, Matt Fitter AOC.

Junior Tom Fitzpatrick joined our ranks benching his prize corona, let’s hope Tom gets inspiration from his first entry on the show bench.

WMGA Award Sheet

If nothing else WMGA are an honest and self-critical group wanting to be the best it can be and to hold an event that ranks as an exhibitor must do event on the All Gloster calendar.

Post event canvassing of judges & exhibitors identified areas that WMGA standards did not reach our expectations. Exhibitors can rest assured that comments are noted, and changes will be implemented to return WMGA2023 to the high standards that exhibitors have come to expect.

Future:

  • Exhibitors: With Swansea changing their show date to later in November there will no longer be an event clash with WMGA/MGFCC. It is hoped that the change will encourage exhibitors that chose to go to Swansea rather than WMGA to come to WMGA, and of course WMGA exhibitors to attend Swansea, a win-win for both organisations. This might swell WMGA numbers toward 800 [we can but hope] and we will plan accordingly.
  • Venue: WMGA recognise that the Fairfield, Bromsgrove venue is outgrown and alternative venues, within the area, with good motorway access that can hold 800 exhibit numbers are under review.
  • Date: Sunday 5th November 2023.

Judges: In line with prior years we believe that engaging the right judges with similar objective viewpoints will bring in the exhibitors.

2023 Marnix D’Hont & Ludo Lenaers [Belgium], Mario Farrugia [Malta]

2024 = Graham Beech, Paul Brown, Keith Baker

2025 (TBA by members) Bert Munneke [Holland], Ben Mense [Holland], ANO

All the above being said, it cannot happen without your continued support, we genuinely thank you all for past engagement and support. We look forward to your name gracing our 2023 Catalogue. Rest assured that “Harri” Harrison will be contacting you with a new A4 schedule for the visually challenged, to ensure that your name graces our 2023 Catalogue.

M Fitter General Secretary contact to join us email mattfitter@blueyonder.co.uk

 

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