Note: In order to compete for money specials you must be a fully paid up member of Hetton & Houghton CBS


(1) Birds accepted Friday night between 7.00pm and 9.00pm birds to be staged by 09.00 am on the day of the show. Hall opens at 08.00, judging to commence at 09.15am.

(2) Exhibitors may remain in the show hall annex during judging, providing they do not interfere with judges.

(3) Presentation of trophies etc., To take place a 3.30pm approx., and lifting to begin at 3.45pm. Please refrain from handling exhibits until that time.

(4) Exhibits must be the bona fide property of the exhibitor.

(5) All cages to be the correct size and colour for the exhibit.

(6) All British birds shown must comply with present laws.

 (7) Please note every effort will be made with regards the welfare of your bird whilst in our care, however no    responsablity  will be accepted by the CLUB. or its Agents for any loss or damage to exhibits or accessories no matter  how  caused                 

 (8)All junior exhibitors must be at least 8 years of age. Junior members are NOT eligible for adult specials.

(9) The committee reserve the right to refuse any entry and deal with any emergency not governed by these rules.

(10) Any protest or complaint must be made to the Secretary  during the show and in writing, accompanied by a deposit of £5.00 which will be forfeited if, after investigation their complaint is found to be frivolous.

(11) An exhibitor is a novice until having won three (3) first prizes at one Annual Show in full classes (i.e. 6 or more birds) or has exhibited for five (5) years.

(12) Please ensure you nominate your Specialist Societies from which you require patronage, using the letter code.

(13) One bird per standard cage unless normally shown in pairs, This rule will be strictly enforced.

Any British bird offered for MUST BE CLOSED RUNG with an approved ring and be on schedule 3 of the Widlife & Countryside Act.


This Show is held in conjunction with the General Licence issued by DEFRA, of which conditions are set out in the following paragraphs 1-7:

Conditions applying to bird gatherings In England (except pigeon races and pigeon training events into England and falconry events in England, which are covered under a different section)

1. A nominated person must be designated as the event organiser and a person responsible for keeping the records set out in condition 2.

2. A record of the exhibitors and vendors of the birds must be kept for 3 months, which must include the following information:-

(a) Full name

(b) Home address

(c) Telephone number

(d) Number and type of birds

3. Gatherings must not be attended by any birds brought into the UK from any other EU Member State (excluding the  Republic of Ireland) in the previous four weeks. There is an EU wide ban on the import of live birds from third world countries already in place.

4. A named veterinary surgeon (or another veterinary surgeon if the named person is unavailable) must be contactable for advice and to attend in the event of any suspect disease.

5. The event organiser must ensure biosecurity advice is distributed at the event.

6. If the sales of birds are taking place at the event, a record of all sales must be kept by the event organiser for at least 3 months from the final day of the event. This must include, name, address, telephone number of both seller and buyer and any identifying features or individual identification of the purchased bird(s)

7. The event organiser must notify the local State Veterinary Service Animal Health Office nearest to the event at least 7 days Prior to the event taking place. Notification must include, date, location details of the of the event  ,organiser and anticipated numbers and types of birds.