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CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE - December 2016
Well summer is well and truly over, the weather is colder and wetter, the nights are drawing in and the clocks have gone back. ‘Celebrity’ TV shows are in full flow, and all advertising is geared to spending money on Christmas. All sure signs that we are approaching the end of another year, with all our shows and events over, except for the ‘Help the Bird Keepers’ show at Stafford County Showground on Sunday 4th December. Come along to meet old friends, buy, sell or exchange your birds, or pick up that last minute present for Christmas. Please make sure you follow the details on our booking forms in the magazine, and present your birds in clean, un-crowded cages. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our final Council Meeting of the year was held on 20th November, with a very full agenda reviewing the events of our 50th anniversary year, and making plans and suggestions for the future. This was followed by the AGM, a straightforward meeting, suggesting once again that your Council is serving the Society well and not upsetting too many people!
This end of the year is also time to think of renewing your subscription to the Parrot Society, if you have not done so already. Application forms are enclosed, but you will notice that the wording on the Gift Aid section has changed. For those of you who pay UK income tax, Gift Aid is a valuable asset to the Society, and part of the money raised in this way goes to support our conservation projects. If you have signed up in previous years, your old forms will no longer be valid, so please do not ignore this section, but complete it again in full so that we can continue to claim back this useful contribution from HMRC. Please also ensure that you tick the checkbox confirming that you agree to Gift Aid.
Finally it remains for me to wish all our members and readers very best wishes for a Happy and Healthy Christmas, just in case your January issue of this magazine gets delayed in the postal rush! We thank you for support of and interest in the Parrot Society, and look forward to a good year of parrot-keeping in 2017.
Alan Jones Nov 2016