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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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NFC Enquiry Statement 2019 A

On Wednesday the 5th June, the National Flying Club Chairman conviened a Committee meeting to discuss the liberation of the Fougeres race held on the 25th of May.

Twenty-two attended with representatives from all sections in the National Flying Club and the Chairman announced just three apologies due to work commitments. It is important to note that this meeting was held in a constructive manner with a frank discussion as to what went wrong and how we could improve for the future.

It became clear that most were well aware of the difficulties in achieving a race in which all of the UK had perfect racing conditions throughout, but it was felt that there had been too much emphasis placed on the modern technology available to predict our fluent weather patterns. A break down in communication along the line of flight resulted in a liberation which was not ideal, and far from the high standard of racing that our members expected from the National Flying Club. Not wishing to dwell on the negative, suggestions were submitted from around the room, as to how we could incorporate all aspects of information available to us with a “back to basics” mentality.

The Chairman had three applications for the position of Race Adviser to the Chief Convoyer and each was discussed as to their individual merits. The Committee decided to accept and capitalize on the valuable experience held by Mr Tony Adams of Southampton, who has built an intimate knowledge of the channel over the years, with a strong network of contacts available to him. It was also agreed that Mr Roger Sutton from Section L would assist the team to gather information for the line of flight from the coast to the Northern most sections and report to the Chief Convoyer as another essential addition to the decision making process.

Furthermore, the meeting was informed of a recent initiative championed by the RPRA Chief Executive to collaborate directly with the Meteorological Office, who would provide all RPRA organisations with a weather forecast custom made for Pigeon Racing, which will be updated Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. The National Flying Club Committee agreed to be the flagship club in alliance with the RPRA Chief Executive to move this great idea forward as soon as possible, with the hope that it can be used from the Ancencis race onward. Representative for Section K, William Curtis, will collaborate with the RPRA and the Met Office on our behalf. The enquiry ended on a very positive note with the Committee all agreeing that the final decision to liberate is to be taken by the Chief Convoyer, when he is confident to do so, with the compressive information gathered by the team to the best of their abilities. Chris Sutton, Press Officer