LAUNCH OF COM
by Ghalib Al-Nasser, Secretary
Representatives from the International Ornithological
Association (IOA) and the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) met on 14th May to launch
the COM UK Federation with the objective of representing the United Kingdom
breeders and clubs in COM Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale, applying its rules
and regulations, and promoting its activities in the United Kingdom and abroad.
The Constitution was approved and the following officers were
elected; Richard Lumley (president), Chris Smith & Simon Tammam (vice presidents),
Ghalib Al-Nasser (secretary), Brian Preddy (treasurer) and Gary Mann & Andrew Triolo
(committee members). Other non Executive posts were also filled and they are as follows:
Blanche Preddy (sponsorship advisor), Ghalib Al-Nasser (publicity & webmaster); Grant
Findlay (auditor); Gary Mann (World Show Co-ordinator); Gary Mann & Richard Lumley
(World Show Conveyors); Simon Tammam (COM-UK OMJ Coordinator), Ghalib Al-Nasser &
Simon Tammam COM-UK Technical Committee, Andrew Triolo (Art Co-ordinator).
All current COM-OMJ judges who are on the listing of either
IOA or NCA will now be transferred to the new Federation COM UK listing and all
future communications and renewal of judges fees are to be conducted through the
COM-UK secretary. Judges who would like to elevate themselves to become COM-OMJ judges
will need to apply to the secretary by 30th May for their names to be put forward to
COM-OMJ so that they can sit written & practical tests. Aspiring judges will need to
acquaint themselves with judging on the continental points system. It was also agreed to
set the COM-UK judges criteria as follows:
Must be a national judge for a minimum of five years and competent
in the section that he/she is applying for.
Needs to be familiar with the COM-OMJ points system of judging.
Applicants wishing to take the OMJ test must apply in writing
to COM-UK secretary by 31st May and be approved by COM-UK Technical Committee before the
application is sent to COM-OMJ.
Fanciers who wish to exhibit at the World show or any other COM
International show must have their birds closed rung with recognised rings with the actual
exhibitors code on it. Currently birds rung with rings purchased through the AFS,
BS, BBC, CCBA, IOA, LCA, NBFA & ZFS are acceptable by COM-UK and COM.
COM operates a 6-year ring colour cycle and all birds shown
at the World and international shows will have to adhere to that colour sequence which is:
2011 dark blue, 2012 red, 2013 black, 2014 pastel green, 2015 violet and 2016 orange.
It is hoped that a website for the new Federation will be
launched next month and any sponsorship donations will need to be made to COM-UK and sent
to the secretary.
The next COM World Show will be held in Almeria, Southern
Spain with the show open to the public from 20th 22nd January 2012. It is hoped
that with the new Federation of COM-UK there will be more birds taken to future World
For all other information please contact the secretary Ghalib
Al-Nasser at Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW, telephone 01787 282332 or