The Chairman's Update

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


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