With the latest news now received below, the first Natioinal race hace been cancelled. The club will now revert back to its second race, scheduled on the 5th June. Those members who have entered manually by sending in by cheque, will have their cheques and entries shreddered, Those who have entered online and paid, will be be refunded.
From: RPRA <>;
Sent: 14 May 2021 11:13
To: Secretary National Flying Club:
Subject: CHANNEL RACING UPDATE - Animal Health Law
Within our previous update we outlined the importance that the EU position was communicated to the relevant members states and the relevant custom authorities. The current position is that there is still not an agreed process to allow the smooth entry into France. We are working with DEFRA and a contact in France, who in turn is working with the French Customs in an attempt to reach a position where all sides are aware of the required paperwork and process to facilitate entry. In the interest of the pigeons welfare; Until this process has been agreed we would advise against any organisation trying to enter France with pigeons, for the purpose of racing. There remains a real possibility that entry would be refused. We will provide an update as soon as the position is clarified. We will publish an update regarding the Avian Influenza issues on Monday 17th May Ian Evans CEO