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COVOD-19 Announcement 11th May 2020

Considering the uncertainty of when the restrictions preventing us from racing our pigeons will be lifted, the Committee of the National Flying Club have decided that we will hold our first National race one month after the Royal Pigeon Racing Association allowed us to train and race our pigeons. Our thinking is that we envisage most federations will begin their race programme one or two weeks after the all clear has been given to allow for a period of road training, which will ensure fitness in our birds before the competitive season begins, and after one or two of these federation races our birds should be ready to compete in a National. As we all know, his is a far from ideal situation but careful consideration has been given to allow us to decide to either join the existing race program from the second race or a decision will be made along those lines as the situation unfolds.

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NFC OFFICE CLOSURE

Dear Members,

The positions of your Secretaries have been closed temporarily due to Corona Virus restrictions, (placed on furlough).  The length of this furlough is, until matters are lifted re Corona Virus. (A furlough is a short term temporary leave of abscence.) 

The office of the National Flying Club is now closed.  Should any member have a query, please contact your local committee member whose contact details are within your membership handbook.

If you require rings, please order direct from the RPRA, the webshop ring purchase options have been disabled. Those members whom haven't paid their subscriptions yet, being in breach of general rule 4, can still do so via the webshop.

We wish you all, to keep safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. S. & Mrs. K. Barkel, Secretaries 

Cancellations due to Corona Virus

Due to the legiuslation from our Government, the NHS and the RPRA,

1) The management committee meeting due to be held on the 8th April, has been cancelled.

2) The first race scheduled to be liberated from Fougeres on the 23rd May, has been cancelled.

The health and safety of our members is our top priority. During this challenging time, we will take all neccessary precautions to ensure this. We will monitor the situation and will update this site when further news becomes available.

Corona Virus Info 3

RPRA STATEMENT: - "The following content has been agreed by members of the Confederation including RPRA, NEHU, SHU, WHU but excluding the IHU. As of 23rd March the UK government brought in further restrictions to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus. As a direct result pigeon racing will be suspended until at least 23rd May 2020 The RPRA and other Unions will continue to monitor the situation.Updates will be published when available. Furthermore, the following applies to all members: Training of pigeons is classed as non-essential travel and is therefore strictly prohibited. Ian Evans CEO.

Corona Virus Info 2

RPRA Statement - Advice for all members: - "As of 23rd March the government brought in further restrictions to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We understand that many members will be very worried about how to care for their pigeons especially if you keep them at a location away from home. Some key points to consider: Attending to the basic needs of your pigeons should be considered as ‘essential’, such travel is allowed – but you still need to comply with all of the latest government guidance. Further advice: Be prepared. Planning ahead is essential and you should have alternative arrangements ready in case you are unable to attend to your pigeons for any reason. The most important scenario to plan for is how your pigeons will be cared for if you become ill – ensure you have arrangements with your friends, family or fellow fanciers to be able to look after your pigeons in your absence. Q&A: I am self-isolating, but I feel OK. Can I go to my pigeons as normal? If you develop any kind of symptoms such as a raised temperature or persistent cough, current government guidance is that you should self-isolate for a minimum of seven days. Any pigeons kept away from home will have to be looked after by someone else for your period of self-isolation. Try to ensure that you always have enough food to last a fortnight at the loft. I have been diagnosed with Covid-19. What should I do ? If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the government guidance is that you must not leave your house, unless you are being moved to a hospital. So, someone else will need to look after your pigeons until you have recovered. You must not be tempted to continue looking after your pigeons until after you have recovered. Ian Evans CEO"

2020 Season Auction Sale

National Flying Club auction sale as per page 52 of the 2020 season membership handbook is live. Check it out via the following link: -

http://www.comparethepigeon.com/catalog.asp?catid=362&n=Pigeon-Auction

Corona Virus Info

Corona Virus (Covid 19) Infection - Latest Information

The government has changed its advice on self-isolation moving from a travel based to symptom based rational. 

All members should be aware of the new Stay at Home Guidance which can be found here.

Direct address link: - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The government has moved to the delay phase of their action plane. Overall current guidance from the government can be found here: - https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

At this moment, the National Flying Club are monitoring the situation.

RPRA Statement: - Since the Governments latest announcement and guidance released yesterday afternoon there have been conversations ongoing in relation to a proposed delay to the start of Racing. You will be aware that the Governments guidance included avoiding pubs, clubs and other community gatherings. Race marking etc are classed as a community gathering. I can now confirm that the decision has been taken to suspend all racing until 25th April 2020. While no one wants to see racing postponed I am sure everyone will realise and accept that this decision has been taken in the interest of all our members and the wider community. All liberations booked prior to the 25th April 2020 will be cancelled and the liberation sites informed of this decision. We hope that racing will commence on 25th April. However, this is very much dependent on developments, advice and guidance available at the time. In addition clubs and organisations should consider cancelling meetings, sales and any other gathering. Where possible all racing organisations will be informed of the above steps via email and also given further information in relation to the requirements to submit updated amended race programmes. Ian Evans CEO

We appreciate that these are unprecedented times for us all. We will endeavour to continue to share relevant and appropiate information and guidance as soon as practicle. Please stay safe and healthy.

 

2020 Season Race Distance Upload

The general memberships race distances have now, for the 2020 season, been uploaded to this site. Ensure you have logged in to check out your distances especially for the clubs new race points, Pau (Int) and Nort-sur-Erdre! Click on, 'Members Area', then, 'My Race Distances'.

Transporters / Trailers Servicing for the 2020 season

The National Flying Club trailers have been sent back to the manufactures for a full service.  They have been

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Next Management Committee Meeting

The next management committee meeting is scheduled to be held on 

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Current 2020 race program and future race dates

Current Race Programme and Race Dates

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Booth & Roper 2019 Average Winners Article

Read the latest article on the 2019 Average winners Booth & Roper

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2019 Champion of Champions article

Read the article on R. Stokes & Sons, winners of the 2019 Champion of Champions competition: - 

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2020 Race Program

After the 2020 Handbooks had been printed and sent out, the NFC were notified that the 3rd race scheduled to be liberated from Tours wasn't available.  After the management committee were notified and have had a vote, it has been decided that the National Flying Club 3rd race will be liberated from Nort-sur-Erdre

Champion of Champions Result 2019

Take a look at this year's Champion of Champions Result. Please note this has changed since the original announcement as a result of an error in the original calculation. 

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Latest Race Report

CHOLET National Race 2019

Dom McCoy & Nik Booker, Convoyers Report

This week, only one transporter was required as the total number of birds in this race was approximately 3,659. After both vehicles went up and down both sides of the country dropping off and picking up crates and birds, we met at Cosham, Hampshire, only a couple of miles away from Portsmouth Dock. Our chairman had arranged for a team of workers to assist with the loading and unloading of both vehicles which was done in a very professional manner. A word of thanks to Jason and his merry men for all their hard work allowing myself and our driver Phil to proceed to the Docks. We once again got to the Docks with very limited time to spare and within 45 minutes we had left Portsmouth on route to Ouestraham. After a light supper and shower it was time for bed.

6.30 a.m. Friday, we were on the dock side where all drinkers were topped up on all three sides of the crates. We waited just over one hour to allow birds time to have a drink. The drive down to Cholet was very pleasant and the winds and weather were all in our favour.

We arrived at our liberation point around 1.30 p.m., after driver having required breaks, giving me time to top up drinkers on route. All birds were fed and after a hour or so, wasted food was cleared up and all side drinkers refreshed plus all front feed trays were filled with water. Throughout the afternoon, birds were monitored and readings were taken regarding heat and humidity all were found to be fine. Around 8.30 p.m. all birds were checked for final time.

4.30 a.m. Saturday morning, birds waters checked all ok, then the hard work began, no, not preparing for release but waking up fellow convoyers for updates on line of flight. Calls were coming in from our appointed people on the ground from different parts of the country.  All this was being taken into account. William Curtis was our appointed rep for consultations with the meteorological office and then relaying all this to Tony Adams who then along with his already gathered information was able to give me a full detailed account of the weather. You can never get enough information especially when you are looking after members future champion birds. After Tony's first call, the wings on the transporter were fully opened as a liberation was on the cards. Quick check of waters then myself and Phil began cutting the strings in between me receiving more updates. After more talks with our men on the ground and everything else taken into consideration, the birds were liberated into a beautiful blue sky with a South South West wind. All birds cleared the site in good time and were out of sight within three minutes. Once again we were joined by the French F.C.F., who complemented us on our liberation and our vehicle. That's all, Dom McCoy.

MESSAC National Race 2019

Dom McCoy & Nik Booker, Convoyers Report

First, I would like to introduce you to one of our permanent convoyers, Mr. Nik Booker, who will be collecting birds from the East side of the country. Nik is very experienced and I have known him for a good few years, we have worked together on numerous occasions at both federation and combine level and I know everyone will be very happy with him in the way he will care for your pigeons and he will prove to be an asset to the NFC convoying team.

An approximate total of 4,907 birds were collected from various marking stations from Wednesday until Thursday and both transporters met at around 9.30 p.m., ready to board the boat. Unfortunately, we were not able to top up waters before we boarded because of arriving at the docks late, due to traffic but as soon as we docked the birds were all given fresh water on three sides of each crate. We stayed on the French docks for well over one hour to allow all birds a chance to drink. We left the docks and made our way down to Messac which takes around three and a half hours.

As soon as we arrived at Messac Marina, the lorries had to reverse down a narrow strip between open fields and the boat marina which gives us the perfect liberation point. All the electric fans on both trailers were switched on, a total of eighteen were soon doing their job lowering the temperature inside and also monitoring the humidity which made the inside around 24 degrees compared to outside of a rather sticky 26 degrees. All birds were fed and as it was early, we gave the birds plenty to eat so they would have lots of time to digest their food before the race after feeding and a clean-up of surplus food that the birds scattered over the floor. Water was once again filled up to all three sides of the crates. Birds were monitored from a short distance and were all seen to be drinking. We left the birds to relax and had a well-deserved coffee. At different times, water levels were checked and temperature readings were taken all were found to be good. At around 8 p.m., the fans were switched off, the sun was going down and birds were left to rest for the night.

Saturday 4.30 a.m., myself and Nik were up checking for any drinkers that needed to be topped up, although this year we are giving birds water on three sides, all crates had water available at all times. At 5.45 a.m., calls to and from our weather team and various other contacts including our Chairman who was overseeing the race, I received valuable reports from various parts of country and good information from Tony Adams. We had a perfect liberation sky as per photos. Channel clear with a light South East wind, we liberated the birds at 7.15 a.m., into a bright blue sky. All birds cleared together after two minutes heading towards home. We had some French officials at site taking photos before and after liberation and they were very happy with the way everything went. Many thanks to all involved in the liberation from Dom McCoy and Nik Booker, Convoyers.