The Chairman's Update

I.B.B.A Ronnie Sillitoe 5th Best2017
Merseyside 2017 3rd Best R Sillitoe


The start of the show season has been promising with entries slightly up on last year and some quality birds on show , if you haven’t exhibited yet please support the clubs to keep our hobby going your entries are needed.
Whilst at the shows it’s a great time to pick up your breeding season necessities ie vitamins , minerals , calcium, nest felts , nesting materials and charcoal etc , anyone following the breeding programs in the journal or website make a list and get them at shows with stalls this also benefits the clubs with a bit of sponsorship from stall holders .
Malcolm Scott doesn’t think he will be able to travel to shows this year so alternative arrangements have been made to collect subs , journal subscriptions etc the people to contact are Ron Sillitoe, Colin Egner, Phil Dewland and Richard Thorley and they will give you a receipt for monies paid.
Tim Ward has taken over from Malcolm selling rings for 2020 and has a stock with him at shows so please see Tim and save postage by getting them at the shows .
Finally good luck to everyone showing this season and a big thank you to all club officials and judges for the hard work they do because without them we wouldn’t have a hobby .

Highlights from the meeting held on the 28 July 2019-07-30

The main points from the meeting at Cannock were that get well soon wishes are sent to Bob Norman and Paul England who have both had a spell in hospital.

The correspondence was discussed and letters sent out to relevant parties

The Journal was discussed and new issue dates were made, it will now be sent out in the middle of September, December and April the reason for this is more help for the next breeding season can be in the journal in December and problems during breeding in the April edition.

It was pointed out by the secretary that show adverts can be sent in now, this will inform anybody interested in showing at your show, so please use this facility. Also we would like clubs to send in their Club profile.

The idea of giving clubs medals to present instead of rosettes was discussed and this will be implemented when the stock of rosettes are finished.

It was discussed that clubs with more than a six hour journey to the border convention AGM could have a postal vote on mandates only, this was passed on a trial for the 2020 AGM only and will be looked at for future AGM’S if it’s a success.

It was decided to scrap the AGM £100 raffle as it hasn’t brought any more clubs to the meeting.

The secretary pointed out that a certificate is available to clubs for outstanding members who are nominated by the club for hard work and dedication over the years, this is an annual award for a member, so please can you send in your nominations.

it was pointed out by the treasurer that some clubs might have made an oversight and forgotten to pay their annual subscription,which was is due at the AGM , it would be appreciated if clubs could contact Malcolm Scott and discuss this with him.

Tim Ward has now taken over the ring scheme from Malcolm Scott and will be selling rings at the shows, so please contact Tim for more information.

Finally i look forward to seeing you all at the shows so good luck for the season

Hopefully most fanciers will have a better breeding season this year but if you’re having a problem contact Colin no matter how small or big it is and we will try our best to help you.

My season has started well for me with only a few expected problems but as the season goes on no doubt it will get harder. A few of the problems I’ve had are a couple of unflighted hens laying and not sitting and one unflighted hen laying soft shell eggs the none sitters have since laid more eggs and are now sitting and the soft shell egg problem was cured giving this particular hen extra calcium in the water and mixed in with the egg food.

I was reading the Border Convention journal and when I got to Bob Hodges spotlight I was very disappointed to read he doesn’t know what the Border Convention does!!! Which is very similar to my wife saying I don’t know what you do in that bird room, you’re in there for hours and hours and hours!!!

We are trying to find a format for the journal which will make it more appealing to everyone so if you have any ideas you think might be good please get in contact . The committee have a few good things in the pipeline which will be formulated in the July committee meeting at Cannock.

Sunday 10th March was the A.G.M. of the Border Convention and the election of officers saw only one change with Tim Ward becoming the Ring Scheme secretary he will liaise with Malcolm Scott and take over after this year’s rings have been sent out.

Voted in as President elect is Bobby Parker from the Mother club B.F.C.C., this is much deserved for all his hard work and dedication to the fancy.

Adam Pearce was elected on to the committee making a very welcome addition.

There were two mandates to be voted upon the first was from Wessex BFCC asking for a date and venue change of the Border Convention AGM, this was defeated by a large majority.

The second mandate was from Cleveland B&FFCC asking for clubs to judge novice entries first, this was passed with a small majority.

Paul Wright’s application to go onto the ^B” panel judging list was accepted, congratulations Paul.

An item for discussion came up regarding TPD/HV birds being wrong classed and whether we should amalgamate these classes this was defeated by a large majority.

Finally a discussion took place on maintaining the judges list as many people on it now not judging , a few clubs agreed to contact people when they enter birds at this year’s show.

I would like to thank all 15 clubs and committee members that attended especially with the weather being so bad.

It’s now leading up to the breeding season and it’s time to get our birds ready for what we hope will be a much better year .

There are many good articles and ideas for you to look at and use on our fantastic website, and if anyone needs that extra bit of help email Colin Egner and we will try our best to assist you.

We have some great ideas for our Journal which we hope to bring in this year, but we are always willing to listen and print anything that will be advantageous to our readers .

Finding stories,articles and information is left up to a few people who are dedicated to the fancy, but is this the fairest way to do things ?
So I urge all of the committee, Clubs and individuals to assist us in our mission to make the journal something that we are proud of, full of information to help us move forward in our hobby, the journal was set up for results from our shows and has evolved in to what it is today but I think with more helpful information we can do better so I challenge anyone to go out of their way to get information from seed suppliers, softfood manafactures, supplement sellers or any topic that can be useful


We are just over the half way mark of the show season and I would like thank everyone for supporting the clubs with decent entries considering the poor breeding season most endured. With a number of shows still to come I urge everyone to enter their birds so clubs can stay viable for hopefully a better year in 2019

On another note with reports of break ins and fanciers losing their birds not only is it heartbreaking for the people concerned but a disaster for the hobby, so I urge everyone to recheck there security and keep their stock safe. Just making a few changes can deter the thieves, so please everyone beware

Finally the breeding survey is coming to a close so if you haven’t filled one in please do so to help us to find some answers to the problems we all encountered whilst breeding. When the last few forms come in we will be posting the results and then asking top fanciers their views on how to prevent or cure our problems

The Border Convention has received an email from Simon Tamman stating that the com committee have had the vote on changing the standard of the excellence of the Border Canary set by the Border Convention ,
The motion was defeated by 8 votes to 2 meaning no change to judging standards can be made.
We would like to thank the delegates who supported the Border Conventions views on this matter .

Following on from the Border Convention meeting in August a Breeding questionaire/survey has been formulated and is available to download from this site .
I urge all secretaries and individual fanciers to try and get as many as possible to complete the questionaire/survey and return it to Colin Egner so we can formulate the questions that we can put to the most successful breeders to help everyone through the next breeding season and hopefully improve the results we all have. We need your help to save our wonderful hobby .

You might be surprised that I’ve written another update so soon, but two days after the committee meeting our Secretary received an e-mail from COM-UK asking us for our opinion on the proposal by the Dutch club NBvV Technische Commissie, to alter the points of the Border Convention Standard of Excellence, and also the Fife Federation Standard of Excellence.
This issue had already been raised to the committee by the German Border Club.
After a “round robin” to all available B.C. Committee members it was agreed to send the following letter to COM. UK :-

Dear Sir,
It has been brought to our attention by one of our affiliated clubs that the NBvV Technische Commissie,Kleure & Postuurkanarries is proposing a rule change to the points on our “Standard of Excellence”.

May I remind the committee that the Border Convention is the governing body of the Border fancy with affiliated clubs worldwide, and no change to the Standard of Excellence may be made unless a mandate from one of the member clubs is received and voted on at the Annual General Meeting, and receives a majority decision.

NBvV is not a member of the Convention and therefore cannot propose any rule changes, and common courtesy would have suggested they contacted the Border Convention before submitting the proposal.

The Border Convention is worried that the success of this proposal could mean that a dangerous precedence is set where any Governing body would no longer be involved in the development of their own breed of bird.

Finally as to bringing the Border and the Fife into alignment the two varieties are separate breeds, and it should be the right of their individual governing body to decide which attributes they wish to enhance by the use of the points awarded.
We as the governing body cannot express too strongly our objection to this proposal.

Colin Egner
Secretary to the Border Convention

Our secretary also liased with the Fife federation who sent a similar letter rejecting the proposal.

If the proposal is successful it would mean all borders judged by O.M.J. judges would be judged to this standard, including any Borders shown at next year’s World Show some of which will be from the U.K and from our affiliated clubs abroad.


The Border Convention committee held a meeting today the 12th August and the main outcome was the fancy needs help with breeding problems.
A way forward plan was talked about and with the help of Malcolm Barnett, Phil Warne and Brian Chandler I am confident we can help a lot of fanciers with the problems we all encounter .

Look out for Colin Egner posting on this website and if you have any questions send them to Colin and we can get the top border men to give you answers or suggestions to assist you solve problems.

I look forward to seeing you all at the shows and good luck to all exhibitors.


Many thanks for visiting our website after recently being elected as chairman,I would like to introduce myself to those who don’t know me , I live in a small village called Brotton on the North East coast near Middlesbrough, I have been involved in every aspect of bird clubs from tea boy to president and am currently on the committee of Cleveland Border & Fife FCC .

I have kept Borders most of my life, starting by looking after my grandads birds when I was a boy.

I am honoured to be chairman of the Border Convention and will do my best to keep this wonderful hobby going forward. At the present time I need everyone’s help as we are currently faced with D.E.F.R.A. trying to introduce the Animal Activities Licence, which will affect our clubs. our shows and the way we do things.

What can we all do ?

Firstly, we can download the letter to MPs that Colin has put on our website and send it off to our local M.P..

Secondly, we must remove sales classes in our schedules, as this can look like we are selling birds and look like traders.

Thirdly, we must change our personal adverts in schedules from "birds for sale October onwards", as this makes us look like traders, to "visitors welcome October onwards". A few of you will think this is drastic but having to buy a licence to keep birds is more drastic, and will result in more lost hobbyists, for essentially that is what we are.

Ronnie Sillitoe


I would like to thank the affiliated clubs for giving me the honour of being the chairman of the Border Convention.

The hobby has entered an era when clubs are struggling with low entries and fanciers getting older with very few youngsters taking up the hobby. Therefore my pledge to all involved in the fancy is that I will try my best to bring clubs together and look for ways to improve in all aspects of our precious hobby.

The committee have lots of ideas but we need everyone to to pull together and look for a way forward.
We have a few new younger committee members adding to the existing committee making a good blend of enthusiasm and wisdom .

I would like to see all clubs home and abroad take advantage of our fabulous journal and website by sending our secretary Colin Egner photos, adverts, stories, ideas and information that we can publish for everyone to read,which will also help to promote your Club. I also would like champions,novices and juniors to send in questions which will be answered by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable border men in the fancy.

With us all working together we will create a positive effect, resulting in a better outcome for everyone
I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead, which with your help and support will mean we can all enjoy our hobby for years to come.

Ronnie Sillitoe

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