Giving a voice to the Kent bird club
We're a Kent bird club and we hope this website will promote both the club and the keeping of cage and aviary birds in and around the Gravesend and Medway Towns area.
September 2015 club meeting
We're keen to stress that the focus is on local matters, providing information about this and other Kent clubs, and a guide to where to find birds and buy equipment.
We've also included a link on keepers' language , which sets out what we mean by terms like specialist societies. In this way, we hope the website will be useful whether you've years of experience or yet to own your first bird.
We are also aware that if you're new to birdkeeping, it can appear a daunting prospect coming along to a club meeting for the first time. We therefore hope that these pages will give you a better understanding of our club and help to overcome any initial concerns. We'll certainly be glad to see you.
Ron relaxing at the 2015 Summer fayre
09 April 2016: Ken Shelton will be our speaker for the club's April meeting on Monday 11th (from 7pm). Ken will cover both coloured canaries and his second love of fuschias. We look forward to welcoming current and prospective members on the night. Hope to see you there.
25 March 2016: It was good to welcome 5 new members over the course of the previous two monthly meetings.
11 January 2016: The club held its 2016 AGM on this date with Roy Jones taking over as Chair from Bryan Rush. Among the decisions was the agreement to change the name of the club to Gravesend Bird Club. Changes to the website/ domain will be worked up over the coming year. Full list of elected club officers are listed here: Running the club page.
28 November 2015: Membership for 2016 is now available via PayPal on our Membership/ Contact Us page. Joining now will give give instant membership through to 31 December 2016.
14 November 2015: The club's annual show took place on 11 November. It was a very enjoyable event and full details will be posted shortly on the show pages.
14 October 2015: The October club meeting was largely dedicated to the arrangements for the annual show on Saturday 07 November. Schedules were made available on the night.
14 September 2015: The club held its British birds and canary table show with a good turn-out of entries. The birds were judged by Ken Grigg. The club held its usual judging by members, which was won this time by Dave Carpenter. The sad passing of member, Collin Cuthbert, will be remembered by naming this year's annual show, the Collin Cuthbert Memorial Show.
13 July 2015: The club discussed it's recent table at a local Summer Fayre and held a table show for budgerigars. The club wanted to thank all attendees for making it such a good evening.
12 June 2015: The June meeting discussed proposals for advertising the club and broached the possibility of a change to the club name. The main item was covered by excerpts from a DVD on bird watching in Asia. Looking ahead, the July meeting will be the budgerigar and foreign bird table show.
Richard with the public (June 2015)
The Gravesend, Northfleet and Swanscombe Cage Bird Society (GNS CBS) has a long history and our club name provides an indication of past mergers. With the dissolution of many bird clubs in recent years, GNS CBS is now one of the few still remaining in Kent.
The club meets every second Monday of the month for presentations, discussions, table shows, and general banter/ exchanging of advice. The highlight is the Saturday, annual show that's open to the public. Not all keepers show their birds though and potential members shouldn't be put off if they're only keen on knowing more about the hobby in general.
If you'd like to consider joining this Kent bird club, come along to one of the monthly meetings and have a chat with the members. Don't worry if you're new to bird keeping and we welcome new members even if you're still considering which birds to keep.
July 2015 club meeting
If you’re not able to join us in person, you can now join on-line through PayPal, which provides a secure on-line payment system. We started this service in 2013 and hope that you’ll feel encouraged to join our club and help us to build for the future. You don't need to be based in Kent and we'd welcome your support and interest from anywhere in the world.
On-line members will receive by email: essential information as it becomes available, a quarterly update, and a copy of the schedule for the annual show.
Membership for 2015 runs until 31 Dec 2015 and subscription rates are £5.00 (adult), £2.00 (junior aged 15-17 years), £8.00 (couple), and £10.00 (show partnership). The PayPal link is accessed via our contacts and membership page.
The Swanscombe and Northfleet Cage Bird Society was founded in 1924 and held its inaugural meeting in the Queen's Head pub on The Hill in Northfleet. The Gravesend and District Cage Bird Society was founded in 1937 where it initially met in Freeborn's Hall in Peacock Street, Gravesend, before moving to St. James Hall on Darnley Road. The two amalgamated in 1946 to form the current society with meetings originally being held at Princes Street Hall in Gravesend before moving to the current location in St Mark's.
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