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COM – UK NEWS AUGUST 2017

by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Secretary & Publicity Officer

COM-UK had its AGM in July and the various officers gave positive reports and feedback on the last World Show held in Almeria, Spain, last January. All members of the Management Committee were very pleased with the British team’s increase in entry from the 39 exhibitors that supported our team in comparison to the 33 exhibitors in 2016. It was even more pleasing when our team won 27 medals in comparison to the 22 that we won in 2016. We were also delighted that one of our exhibitors Saviour Camilleri won gold & silver medals in a very large class of 39 and another exhibitor Graham Bradbrook won a gold medal in a class of 54. All other exhibitors were congratulated for their efforts in supporting Team UK.

COM-UK was also very pleased that Ian Wright passed his OMJ judging exam; increasing our numbers to 11 OMJ Judges. However, the outgoing President Chris Smith, was disappointed that we cannot encourage more national British judges to come forward to take the OMJ exam. It is hoped that we can provide an information pack complete with the a Standards booklet, application form, points system judging, exam procedure, copy of the COM Les Nouvelles and charge an amount for that pack to make our judges more aware of the procedure in an effort to recruit one applicant every year.

COM-UK asks all individual fanciers and affiliated organisations to use the proper and correct channels in dealing with matters appertaining to the fancy by writing to COM-UK secretary for discussion by COM-UK Management Committee rather than writing to COM officials direct which invariably results in no reply by COM as they only deal with that country’s ruling body.

The London Canary Fancy was an issue for discussion after the presentation of this variety at the last World Show. It was agreed that only birds with clear bodies, dark tail and wings be accepted for presentation for acceptance at COM World Show. It is hoped that a second presentation of this breed will be made at the 2019 World Show to be held in Holland. This is to give sufficient time to breed this variety to the standard.

Every 3 years COM-UK has an election of its new 7 members Management Committee and as per our Constitution it is the turn of the IOA to provide the 4 delegates which includes the President and Treasurer while the NCA will provide the 3 delegates to include the Secretary: hence the following were elected. The new President for the next 3 years’ term is Richard Lumley with Chris Smith & Alan Robinson as the Vice Presidents. Ghalib Al-Nasser was elected as the new Secretary with Simon Tammam as the new Treasurer. The remaining 2 members of the 7 strong Management Committee are Brian Hogg and Gary Mann. Other officers elected were Ghalib Al-Nasser (Publicity Officer & website controller), Simon Tammam (World Show Coordinator), Brian Hogg (OMJ Coordinator), Richard Lumley & Alan Robinson (World Show Conveyors). The OMJ Technical Committee was elected to represent all branches of the hobby from its OMJ Judges and they were Ghalib Al-Nasser (Budgerigars), Simon Tammam (Posture Canaries - smooth & frill feathers), Geoff Walker (Coloured Canaries) and Graham Lee (Foreign Birds). Unfortunately we do not have an OMJ judge from the British Fancy as of yet. Paul Tiller was re-elected as the Auditor.

COM-UK is now preparing for next year’s 66th World Show trip to Cesena, north Italy next January. It was agreed that the prices for entry per cage to remain the same as in the past with £15 per cage (£14 + £1 cancellation insurance) and a compulsory fee of £12 per catalogue per exhibitor. The cost in attending the Gala Dinner Saturday evening will be £55. COM-Eire was thanked for their cooperation in transporting both teams to the show and in particular Peter Sherlock for doing all the driving. The show will open to the public from Friday 19th January at 9.00am to Sunday 22nd January 2018. For further information about the show visit www.cesena2018.com or visit the COM website for more info www.conforni.org

The World Show is a very big event organised annually in mainland Europe for the northern hemisphere by the CONFEDERATION ORNITHOLOGIQUE MONDIALE (C.O.M.). This event is held during January, attracting a large entry like the 2017 entry of 25,953 from 3,124 exhibitors representing 22 countries. Just imagine the magnitude of such an event! Apart from the large number of birds on display there are so many sales stands present for fanciers to buy an array of goods as well as birds.

All birds entered at this show must be closed rung with COM approved closed coded rings of the actual exhibitor purchased through their society with COM ring colour sequence (see www.comuk.co.uk for this information). The World Show operates on a one to two-year owner bred young bird basis; so  that only 2016 and 2017 owner bred closed rung birds can be accepted at the show for all Budgerigars, British Birds and many types of Foreign Birds. However, all Canary classes are for current year bred (2017) only. All fanciers who are members of any of the affiliated societies in either the IOA or NCA through COM-UK are entitled to exhibit at this show as long as the birds are closed rung with the exhibitor’s ID code. For more information about the years please visit the COM-UK website and the Judges Panel file.

Don’t worry about taking your birds yourself as our well-experienced conveyor Richard Lumley assisted by Alan Robinson will be transporting the U.K. Team to and from the show. Entries have to be in by 30th November and must be sent to the COM-UK Show Co-ordinator Simon Tammam (396 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA. Tel: 01202 730221 email: simontammam@aol.com). Birds are well looked after while away at the show; watered and fed daily. Show schedules and entry forms are available from Simon Tammam or can be downloaded from COM-UK website for each of the individual varieties.

For each colour class there is also a team class of 4 birds. You can enter up to 5 birds maximum in any one class but as many classes as you like, and for the teams you can enter as many teams of 4 birds as you wish.

COM operates a 6-year ring colour cycle and all birds shown at the COM World and COM International shows will have to adhere to that colour sequence which is: 2016 orange, 2017 dark blue, 2018 red, 2019 black, 2020 pastel green & 2021 violet.

There are currently eleven judges on the COM – UK listing and judges who would like to elevate themselves to become COM-OMJ International judges need to apply to the COM-UK secretary by 31st May for their names to be put forward to COM-OMJ so that they can sit written & practical tests. Aspiring judges will need to acquaint themselves with judging on the continental points system. To qualify for applying, judges need to fulfil COM-UK judges’ criteria, which is as follows:

  1. Must be a national judge for a minimum of five years and competent in the section that he/she is applying for.
  2. Needs to be familiar with the COM-OMJ points system of judging.
  3. Applicants wishing to take the OMJ test must apply in writing to COM-UK secretary by 31st May and be approved by COM-UK Technical Committee before the application is sent to COM-OMJ.

Aspiring UK Judges wishing to take the COM-OMJ entrance exam and for all other information should write to the secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser before 31st May so that help and guidance can be offered to assist them with sitting and passing the test. For all other information about COM-UK please visit the federation website www.comuk.co.uk or contact the COM-UK Secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser (Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW. Tel: 01787 282332 or 07886 257833 or email ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com).

 

COM – UK NEWS OCTOBER 2015
COM WORLD SHOW 2016

COM-UK (The federation of the IOA & NCA who runs the team for the World Show) is now promoting the 64th World Show organised by the CONFEDERATION ORNITHOLOGIQUE MONDIALE (C.O.M.) will be held in Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal which will be open to the public from Thursday 21st January at 16.00 hrs to Sunday 24th January 2016. Just imagine the magnitude of such an event! Apart from the large number of birds on display there are so many sales stands present for fanciers to buy an array of goods as well as birds. For further information about the show visit www.mundial2016.fonp.pt

This event attracts a large entry like the 2015 entry in Holland of 22,248 from 2766 exhibitors coming from 23 countries.

Each year our COM-UK team do well at the World Show since the budgerigars started to be exhibited at the show since 2011 and at the 2015 show we had an increase in the British team to 215 from 35 exhibitors and came back with the highest number of medals with 14 medals made up of 10 gold and 4 silver medals. We hope to improve on this record next year.

All birds entered at this show must be closed rung with COM approved closed coded ring of the actual exhibitor purchased through their society with COM ring colour sequence (see COM-UK website www.comuk.co.uk for this information). The World Show operates on a two-year owner bred young birds basis; so  that only 2014 and 2015 owner bred closed rung birds can be accepted at the show for all budgerigars, British Birds and many types of Foreign Birds. However, all canary classes are for current year only. All fanciers who are members of any of the affiliated societies in either the IOA or NCA through COM-UK are entitled to exhibit at this show as long as the birds are closed rung with the exhibitor’s ID code.

The UK team is taken by experience conveyors (Richard Lumley & Gary Mann) who will be transporting the U.K. Team to and from the show. Entries have to be in by 30th November and must be sent to the COM-UK Show Co-ordinator Simon Tammam (396 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA. Tel: 01202 730221 email: comuk.secretary@aol.co.uk). Unfortunately late entries will not be accepted as we have to settle the money transfer with the Portuguese organisation early December.

For each colour class there is also a team class of 4 birds. You can enter up to 5 birds maximum in any one class but as many classes as you like and for the teams you can enter as many teams of 4 birds as you wish. We are pleased that Brian Hogg, one of our COM-UK OMJ judges has been invited to place the awards in the Typed Canary E-section.

Birds are well looked after while away at the show; watered and fed daily. Show schedule and entry form are available from Simon Tammam or can be downloaded from COM-UK website (www.comuk.co.uk) for each of the individual variety.

Ghalib Al-Nasser
COM-UK Publicity Officer


COM – UK NEWS OCTOBER 2014
by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Publicity Officer

At the recent meeting of COM-UK and as per the Constitution Chris Smith was elected the new President for the next 3 years term with Brian Hogg & Richard Lumley as the Vice Presidents. Simon Tammam was elected as the new secretary with Brian Preddy remaining as the treasurer. The remaining members of the 7 strong committee are Ghalib Al-Nasser (Publicity Officer) and Dave Paine.

COM-UK is now promoting the 63rd World Show to be held in Rosmalen, Holland which will be open to the public from Thursday 22nd January at 11.00am to Sunday 25th January 2015. For further information about the show visit www.mondialcom2015.com

The World Show is a very big event organised annually in mainland Europe by the CONFEDERATION ORNITHOLOGIQUE MONDIALE (C.O.M.). This event is held during January, attracting a large entry like the 2014 entry of 25,895 from 3340 exhibitors coming from 19 countries. Just imagine the magnitude of such an event! Apart from the large number of birds on display there are so many sales stands present for fanciers to buy an array of goods as well as birds.

Each year our COM-UK team do well at the World Show since the budgerigars started to be exhibited at the show since 2011 and at the last show we had an increase in the British team to 195 from 32 exhibitors and came back with the highest number of medals with 11 medals to our credit. We hope to improve on this record this year.

All birds entered at this show must be closed rung with COM approved closed coded ring of the actual exhibitor purchased through their society with COM ring colour sequence (see www.comuk.co.uk for this information). The World Show operates on a one to two-year owner bred young birds basis; so  that only 2013 and 2014 owner bred closed rung birds can be accepted at the show for all budgerigars, British Birds and many types of Foreign Birds. However, all canary classes are for current year bred only. All fanciers who are members of any of the affiliated societies in either the IOA or NCA through COM-UK are entitled to exhibit at this show as long as the birds are closed rung with the exhibitor’s ID code. For more information about the years please visit the COM-UK website and the Judges Panel file.

Do not worry about taking your birds yourself as our well experienced conveyors Richard Lumley & Chris Smith will be transporting the U.K. Team to and from the show. Entries have to be in by 28th November and must be sent to the COM-UK Show Co-ordinator Simon Tammam (396 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA. Tel: 01202 730221 email: comuk.secretary@aol.co.uk ). Birds are well looked after while away at the show; watered and fed twice daily. Show schedule and entry form are available from Simon Tammam or can be downloaded from COM-UK website (www.comuk.co.uk) for each of the individual variety.

For each colour class there is also a team class of 4 birds. You can enter up to 5 birds maximum in any one class but as many classes as you like and for the teams you can enter as many teams of 4 birds as you wish.

COM operates a 6-year ring colour cycle and all birds shown at the World and international shows will have to adhere to that colour sequence which is: 2012 red, 2013 black, 2014 pastel green, 2015 violet, 2016 orange and 2017 dark blue.

There are currently nine judges on the COM – UK listing and judges who would like to elevate themselves to become COM-OMJ judges need to apply to the secretary by 31st May for their names to be put forward to COM-OMJ so that they can sit written & practical tests. Aspiring judges will need to acquaint themselves with judging on the continental points system. To qualify for applying, judges need to fulfil COM-UK judges’ criteria, which is as follows:

a.       Must be a national judge for a minimum of five years and competent in the section that he/she is applying for.

b.       Needs to be familiar with the COM-OMJ points system of judging.

c.       Applicants wishing to take the OMJ test must apply in writing to COM-UK secretary by 31st May and be approved by COM-UK Technical Committee before the application is sent to COM-OMJ.

Aspiring UK Judges wishing to take the COM-OMJ entrance exam and for all other information should write to the secretary Simon Tammam before 31st May so that help and guidance can be offered to assist them with sitting and passing the test. For all other information about COM-UK please visit the federation website www.comuk.co.uk

 

For further information and entry form/classification contact the COM-UK Secretary Simon Tammam (396 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA. Tel: 01202 730221 email: comuk.secretary@aol.co.uk

 

THE WORLD SHOW 2014
By Ghalib Al-Nasser, Secretary

COM-UK (www.comuk.co.uk) was formed in May 2011 as the federation between the International Ornithological Association (IOA) and the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) to promote United Kingdom birdkeepers within the World Show.

COM-UK is now promoting the 62nd World Show to be held in Bari, Italy which will be open to the public from Friday 24th January to Sunday 26th January 2014. For further information about the show visited www.bari2014.it

The World Show is a very big event organised annually in mainland Europe by the CONFEDERATION ORNITHOLOGIQUE MONDIALE (C.O.M.). This event is held during January, attracting an entry ranging between 22,000 and 27,000 birds (the 2013 show attracted an entry of 23,587 from 2692 exhibitors from 21 countries). Just imagine the magnitude of such an event! Apart from the large number of birds on display there are so many sales stands present for fanciers to buy an array of goods as well as birds.

Each year our team do well at the World Show and at the last show we had an increase in the British team to 170 from 34 exhibitors and came back with 9 medals. We hope to improve on this record this year.

All birds entered at this show must be closed rung with COM approved closed coded ring of the actual exhibitor purchased through their society with COM ring colour sequence (see COM-UK website for this information). The World Show operates on a two-year owner bred young birds basis; so  that only 2012 and 2013 owner bred closed rung birds can be accepted at the show for all budgerigars, British Birds and many types of Foreign Birds. However, all canary classes are for current year bred only. All fanciers who are members of any of the affiliated societies in either the IOA or NCA through COM-UK are entitled to exhibit at this show as long as the birds are closed rung with the exhibitor’s ID code.

Do not worry about taking your birds yourself as our well experienced conveyors Richard Lumley & Gary Mann will be transporting the U.K. Team to and from the show. Entries have to be in by 30th November and must be sent to the COM-UK Show Co-ordinator Gary Mann (42 Garsdale Close, Bearcross, Bournmouth, Dorset BH11 9DN. Telephone number 01202 582059 or 07814 597894 or email Gary at comukworldshow@talktalk.net). Birds are well looked after while away at the show; watered and fed twice daily. Show schedule and entry form are available now from Gary Mann or can be downloaded from COM-UK website (www.comuk.co.uk).

The NCA awarded Richard Lumley & Gary Mann their prestigious Gold Medal in recognition of the sterling work that they do each year for transporting the British team to the World Show as COM-UK conveyors.

For each colour class there is also a team class of 4 birds. You can enter up to 5 birds maximum in any one class but as many classes as you like and for the teams you can enter as many teams of 4 birds as you wish.

For further information and entry form/classification contact the COM-UK Secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser (01787 282332 or email ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com).


COM – UK NEWS - April 2013

by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Secretary

Having had an increase in its show team entry for the last COM World Show in Belgium, COM-UK is now turning its attention to the 62nd World Show to be held in Bari, Southern Italy between 18th – 26th January 2014. COM-UK is the federation formed in 2011 between the International Ornithological Association (IOA) and the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) to deal with our show team for the COM World Show.

Fanciers who wish to exhibit at the World Show or any other COM International show must have their birds closed rung with recognised closed coded rings with the actual exhibitor’s code on them. Currently birds rung with rings purchased through any of the societies that are either purchased from or affiliated to the IOA or NCA such as the BS, BBC, CCBA, IOA, NBFA & ZFS are acceptable by COM-UK and COM.

COM operates a 6-year ring colour cycle and all birds shown at the World and international shows will have to adhere to that colour sequence which is: 2012 red, 2013 black, 2014 pastel green, 2015 violet, 2016 orange and 2017 dark blue. The COM World Show also operates on the two-year young bird owner bred system so, for the 2014 World Show, birds rung with 2012 and 2013 rings will be acceptable as long as they are owner bred by the exhibitor.

There are currently nine judges on the COM – UK listing and judges who would like to elevate themselves to become COM-OMJ judges need to apply to the secretary by 31st May for their names to be put forward to COM-OMJ so that they can sit written & practical tests. Aspiring judges will need to acquaint themselves with judging on the continental points system. To qualify for applying, judges need to fulfil COM-UK judges’ criteria, which is as follows:

Must be a national judge for a minimum of five years and competent in the section that he/she is applying for.

Needs to be familiar with the COM-OMJ points system of judging.

Applicants wishing to take the OMJ test must apply in writing to COM-UK secretary by 31st May and be approved by COM-UK Technical Committee before the application is sent to COM-OMJ.

 

Aspiring UK Judges wishing to take the COM-OMJ entrance exam and for all other information should write to the secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser (Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW. Email: ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com ) before 31st May so that help and guidance can be offered to assist them with sitting and passing the test. For all other information about COM-UK please visit the federation website www.comuk.co.uk


TEAM UK FOR THE WORLD SHOW
By Ghalib Al-Nasser, COM-UK Secretary & Publicity Officer

COM-UK conveyors Gary Mann & Richard Lumley are now on their way with TEAM UK making the long journey to Almeria in southern Spain for the 60th World Show organised by the CONFEDERATION ORNITHOLOGIQUE MONDIALE (C.O.M.). Despite the small team our exhibitors supporting this event always do well with winning gold, silver and bronze medals. This year should be no exception and for the first time foreign birds in the form of zebra finches and bengalese will be exhibited at the world show. At the 59th world show last year it was the budgerigars’ turn to be exhibited by Team UK for the first time. Ghalib Al-Nasser, the Federation’s secretary, is judging the budgerigar section at this unique event which has received an entry of 26, 370 birds from 17 countries.

Judging will commence on 16th-18th January and the show will be open to the public from 20th-22nd January.

COM-UK extends congratulations to Gary Mann who recently sat his COM-OMJ test in Holland and passed the E-Section (smooth feather). It is a welcome addition to COM-UK OMJ Judges Panel which is now nine in strength.

 

Aspiring UK Judges wishing to take the COM-OMJ entrance exam should write to the secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser (Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW. Email: ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com ) before June so that help and guidance can be offered to assist them with sitting and passing the test.

 

For all other information about COM-UK please visit the website www.comuk.co.uk


LAUNCH OF COM – UK
by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Secretary

Representatives from the International Ornithological Association (IOA) and the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) met on 14th May 2011 to launch the COM – UK Federation with the objective of representing the United Kingdom breeders and clubs in COM – Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale, applying its rules and regulations, and promoting its activities in the United Kingdom and abroad.

The Constitution was approved and the following officers were elected; Richard Lumley (president), Chris Smith & Simon Tammam (vice presidents), Ghalib Al-Nasser (secretary), Brian Preddy (treasurer) and Gary Mann & Andrew Triolo (committee members). Other non Executive posts were also filled and they are as follows: Blanche Preddy (sponsorship advisor), Ghalib Al-Nasser (publicity & webmaster); Grant Findlay (auditor); Gary Mann (World Show Co-ordinator); Gary Mann & Richard Lumley (World Show Conveyors); Simon Tammam (COM-UK OMJ Coordinator), Ghalib Al-Nasser & Simon Tammam COM-UK Technical Committee, Andrew Triolo (Marketing).

All current COM-OMJ judges who are on the listing of either IOA or NCA will now be transferred to the new Federation COM – UK listing and all future communications and renewal of judges’ fees are to be conducted through the COM-UK secretary. Judges who would like to elevate themselves to become COM-OMJ judges will need to apply to the secretary by 30th May for their names to be put forward to COM-OMJ so that they can sit written & practical tests. Aspiring judges will need to acquaint themselves with judging on the continental points system. It was also agreed to set the COM-UK judges’ criteria as follows:

  1. Must be a national judge for a minimum of five years and competent in the section that he/she is applying for.
  2. Needs to be familiar with the COM-OMJ points system of judging.

Applicants wishing to take the OMJ test must apply in writing to COM-UK secretary by 31st May and be approved by COM-UK Technical Committee before the application is sent to COM-OMJ.

Fanciers who wish to exhibit at the World show or any other COM International show must have their birds closed rung with recognised rings with the actual exhibitor’s code on it. Currently birds rung with rings purchased through the Australian Finch Society, Budgerigar Society, British Bird Club, CCBA, IGBA, IOA, LCA, NBFA, Midland Counties Norwich Plainhead Club, Scottish Norwich Plainhead Club & Zebra Finch Society are acceptable by COM-UK and COM.

COM operates a 6-year ring colour cycle and all birds shown at the World and international shows will have to adhere to that colour sequence which is: 2011 dark blue, 2012 red, 2013 black, 2014 pastel green, 2015 violet and 2016 orange.

It is hoped that a website for the new Federation will be launched next month and any sponsorship donations will need to be made to COM-UK and sent to the secretary.

The next COM World Show will be held in Almeria, Southern Spain with the show open to the public from 20th – 22nd January 2012. It is hoped that with the new Federation of COM-UK there will be more birds taken to future World Shows.

For all other information please contact the secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser at Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW, telephone 01787 282332 or email at ghalib.alnasser@gmail.com


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60ème CHAMPIONNAT DU MONDE DE LA C.O.M.
60th C.O.M. WORLD SHOW

The C.O.M. 60th World Show
Palacio De Congresos Y Exposiciones De Aguadulce,
Almeria, Spain.
13th to 23rd January 2011

Official Schedule

13-14 January 2012 - Arrival and caging of  birds.

16-17-18 January 2012 - Judging.

19 January 2012 - Organising Committee use.

20 January 2012 - Official Opening to the Public.

21-22 January 2012 - Open to the public .

23 January 2012 - Lifting   the birds .

COM-UK. Conveyors to the 60th World Show
Richard Lumley & Gary Mann