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.Read More
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.
Mr. S. & Mrs. K. Barkel, Secretaries
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."
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.
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"