Great news! The National Flying Club Committee have managed to secure the venue to hold a double presentation for the 2020 and 2021 season. A great weekend of celebration in the beautiful resort of Torquay with the 2020 presentation taking place on the Friday evening, followed by the 2021 presentation continuing as planned on the Saturday. This is a fantastic opportunity to give due recognition to the National Flying Club winners over two seasons in one weekend by the sea. Plans are forging ahead and a high demand for tickets is expected, with the final numbers required by the first of June if you wish to attend the 2020 presentation on the Friday evening, so it is important that you book your place with Mick McGrevy. I must stress that the Friday evening is only provisionally booked with the hotel holding the room until the 1st of June, so we require your reservation for it to go ahead as planned. The Saturday evening 2021 presentation is set as normal with bookings required after the racing season, so please register your interest and let’s begin the “Roaring Twenties” with a party to celebrate all the 2020 & 2021 National Flying Club winners. Chris Sutton 01530 242548 & Mick McGrevy 07901 672158

News and Views to me Chris Sutton on 01530 242548, 07792 356330 or email

Dear Members, A decision has been made to cancel the 2020 season presentation which was to be held on the 20th March, 2021. We do apologise for this but due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the bookings made so far, it was necessary to cancel the event.  We hope to re-schedule it later in the season, watch this space for notice of when it will be re-scheduled. 

Please be advised that the following information has been received from Defra and should be communicated to all club members: - 

Dear Stakeholder, DEFRA PRESS RELEASE: NEW HOUSING MEASURES WILL COME INTO FORCE IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES ON 14 DECEMBER.

[1] New housing measures, which will come into force on 14 December, mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. These housing measures build on the strengthened biosecurity measures that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) on 11 November. ……………………………………… The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently in place means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in GB (whether they are keeping pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to follow strict biosecurity measures. All bird keepers must: * maintain the highest standards of biosecurity to prevent the introduction of disease * report any clinical signs indicative of avian influenza to the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact their local Field Services Office

[2]. Failure to do so is an offence. All keepers can find the latest information on gov.uk at the following links: * Gov.uk biosecurity: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#biosecurity-advice

[3] * Declaration - Avian Influenza Prevention Zone https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/934684/ai-prevention-zone-201111.pdf

[4] * Avian influenza Prevention Zone self-assessment checklist https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/937222/ai-pz-self-assessment-checklist.pdf

[5] KEVIN BEATTIE Policy Advisor - Notifiable Avian Diseases Exotic Disease Control Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Ian Evans CEO

Dear Members,

The office of the National Flying Club will close over the following Christmas period: - 

Closed:  Thursday 24th December, 2020 until Monday 4th January 2021.

 The office will be open, up to the above dates, managed by staff whom will process ring orders etc., but also please note, your Secretary will be unavailable from the 8th December for approx ten days. If you need to speak or correspond to someone about matters other than orders for subs and rings, etc., please contact your local section committee member or the Chairman during this ten day period.  Don't delay your ring order and be caught out, re office holidays etc. Pay your subs and order your rings as soon as possible or afterwards!

Please note, we have sent out today (01/12/20), approx 42,000 rings! All registration ring lists have been sent to the RPRA.   DON'T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR FANTASTIC GOLD RINGS, THEY ARE NOT TO BE MISSED!

Yours sincerely and in sport,

Mr. S. Barkel, Secretary

National Flying Club