The Association continues to enjoy healthy support from its members, with all 2015 shows benching numbers around the 2014 mark. Our membership has fallen slightly which is a reflection of the decline in local breeders. Our finances must be the envy of most avian societies in the country. Our committee has fluctuated over the past 12 months. We saw the addition of two new committee members (Paul Price and Mark Oliver), only to lose Mark due to a serious health issue. We also lost Mick Woodfield again through ill health. We wish both our very best and thank them for their support, especially Mick who travelled from Shropshire for all our meeting.
We have tried to move with the times and now have an active presents on Facebook which is attracting a great deal of interest in the Association. We are looking forward to an active and entertaining 2016 and hope to see you all at our shows during the season.
We also welcome our 2016 President Rod Clarke. Without Rodís help and support not only the MBA but most of the societies in the midlands would struggle to put on a show. He produces a huge number of schedules and is out most weekends during the show season helping to run the shows from the office.
One new item on our calendar for 2016 is our first Specialist and Rareís Varieties show which will be held on the 23rd October at Markfield with judges Bev Hutt and Janice Al-Nasser.
The committee is currently working hard on putting together the programme of events for 2017 and such items as aviary visits and a memberís day are under debate.