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. 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.
Winners of the 4 Alberta rosettes at our annual show in November 2017
Ron relaxing at the 2015 Summer fayre
19 Jan 2018: the club has re-affiliated with the National Council for Aviculture for 2018 and has also joined the NCA's club insurance scheme for the year. The next club meeting will be on 12 Feb 2018. It was agreed at the 2018 AGM that the club would now run each monthly meeting from 7:30 - 9:00pm. The doors will be open from 7:15 with a 7:30 start.
09 January 2018: The club held its 2018 AGM last night and elected a new chair, John Chapman, who takes over the role on an interim basis. A fuller update will be emailed to members with the list of officers now listed here: Running the club page.
10 Nov 2017: We look forward to seeing you at our annual show on Saturday 11th November. Doors open for the public from 2-3:30 pm. Hope you can make it. Refreshments available and join us for a really enjoyable afternoon.
07 Oct 2017: Our October meeting on Monday night (09 Oct) will focus on preparation for the annual show (Sat 11 Nov). Schedules will be distributed on the evening as well as well as putting the finishing touches to the planning/ promotion. The club now has its new Facebook page. This is a Facebook members only group and please see below for details on how to join. Hope to see you on Monday.
29 May: For the monthly May meeting, there'll be a presentation of bird photos/ short video snaps taken at zoos visited in the UK and abroad. Members will be contacted separately to understand the likelihood of their benching birds at an interclub event with Dartford on Thursday 19 October.
Richard with the public (June 2015)
The Gravesend Bird Club has a long history and, with the dissolution of many bird clubs in recent years, GBC is now one of the few cage bird clubs 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.
Sept 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 recent years 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 2017 runs until 31 Dec 2017 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 Gravesend, Northfleet and Swanscombe Cage Bird Society with meetings originally being held at Princes Street Hall in Gravesend before moving to the current location in St Mark's. At the 2016 AGM, members agreed to change the club's name to Gravesend Bird Club.
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