One former fancier who regularly comes year by year to our Open Show is Charlie “Yorkie” Robinson who was our Treasurer. At that time we paid out prize money per class and after each show he would compile a profit and loss sheet for each of the classes in the show. In the 1960’s Roy Wilson MA DSC was an active member of the society and was also on the Committee. He kept British, Budgies, Canaries and Parrot like birds. He was well known for his articles and talks on genetics and bird welfare throughout the UK. Not many clubs that run open shows can

hope to come out on top financially in running such an event as the overheads are far too high. Many clubs across the country have stopped having open shows and several clubs have ceased to exist. Annual subscription rates have never

kept pace with the cost of living and people are always reluctant to pay more. However, the money has to be raised somehow and many clubs like Luton who run successful open shows every year have to find ways to raise sufficient money to pay for such an event. Our monthly auctions have proved to be

the major fundraiser for the Society. Luton has been most fortunate in having Mo Dobbs to organise the monthly auction and also for his gifted ability in both fund raising and acquiring raffle prizes for both our Open and Members shows. It has not been easy but Mo has that persuasive manner.

It is a sad irony that we appear to have

more non members attending our auctions than club members. Some of these people often travel many miles to visit and most agree it is a good social evening once a month. We are introducing a new Auctioneer from the January meeting. Without these auctions we could not run

either an Open or Members show each year. So please attend whenever you can. It is the last Thursday of the month at Lilley Village Hall 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. It is the same old faces that help both set up and clear away the tables at the auctions. Why not help ease their burden especially if you want the Open and Members shows to continue. Our thanks to all the many helpers in

the kitchen who provide all the food and drink and do the washing up. Also to Tony Philip who buys the shopping for both the Refreshments and Raffle Prizes.


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