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Convoyers Report Sigogne 2018

Sigogne - Liberation & Convoyer Report - 21st July 2018
 
Exactly 24 hours ago our Racing Pigeons were at Caen docks resting and being watered after their channel crossing. Around midday, Tours, once a Gallic-Roman settlement, was their resting and watering hole. The Chief convoyer and pigeon fancier, for over 6 decades, Barrie Smith, rested them for an hour at the beautiful liberation site of Sigogne, before feeding and thereafter liberally watering from 3:30pm onwards.
 
Today the sun poked its head out around 6am, to greet the NFC Transporter, in thankfully a clear dry sky with very high clouds that were broken and not going anywhere for several days over the Northern hemisphere. The team decided to cut the strings and give the birds their freedom at 6:30am in a sunny 4mph Southwestern wind. The flock cleared the site in less than a minutes and headed home in textbook fashion, as Barry and Bob our responsible driver watched them high tail it back to England & Wales.
 
On their way home, they should have light variable winds of no more than 4 to 9mph, and very little gusts, including the channel, which makes a welcomed change. Temperatures should get to around 24 degrees in France and even hotter in England. Our winners should encounter no more than light showers as they disperse to their home lofts but in most cases, these will be easily avoidable.
 
Barrie reports that Sigogne is the perfect liberation site for the NFC as it has extremely friendly French pigeon fanciers, that make the team very welcome on its large home football pitches. There are open skies with no obstructions, it is on high ground and no water courses to lure in mist and fog.
 
Best of luck and great racing to all our valuable and appreciated members.
 

Convoyers Report - Tarbes 2019

With all collections done on both sides of country, we only mustered just under 2,000 birds. Collecting from Sunday and meeting at Cosham, near the docks on Tuesday where all the birds were transferred on to one vehicle.

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Press Report Cholet 2019

The programmed National Flying Club Ancenis race had to take place from Cholet due to the liberation site not being available for the 2019 season. 

The third race of the season for the National Flying Club was held on the 15th June from Cholet with the 3500 birds liberated at 7am into a fresh South-South West wind and although rain showers plagued many parts of the country, the expected speed for the winning pigeons was 60mph or more. As it transpired the overall winner did indeed reach 1790 yards per minute which is just over 61mph.

Steve and Denise Wiggins from Basingstoke expected a five, to five and half hour fly for the birds to cover the 290 miles to their loft, so when their widowhood cock appeared from nowhere and flew straight into the loft at four hours forty-four minutes. They knew he would be a good one as he had shown previous form just three weeks ago by winning 7th Open Messac with the CSCFC, but they did not expect to win outright. It was not until four thirty, when a friend called say they were top of the leaderboard, that they realised just how good their time was and a tense couple of hours follwed , with all the family repeatidly checking the website to watch the northern times coming up one by one, just short of their velocity. They were over the moon when they received confirmation that they head provisionally won the Premier Distance Club in Great Britain, especially because their three-year-old granddaughter had asked Grandad Steve to “win the big race” for her birthday, which was one that very same day.

As a boy, Steve and his brother lived in Putney and caught stray pigeons which were housed in tea chests. Their father, seeing the keen interest his boys had shown in the pigeons, decided to buy them a small garden loft with which to race their birds, but as their teenage years advanced, their father “Wiggo” gradually took over as they went on to other things. One such distraction was Denise, who met Steve at school aged 13 and they have been together ever since, being married for the last 46 years. When they were first married, they lived Carshalton, London and as they had a decent sized garden, Steve asked Denise if she would mind if he put up a pigeon loft. “Not at all” was her reply and from then on, they both became involved in the pigeon sport, together and Steve said that he could not do it without her. 

They soon put together a winning team of birds, raced on the widowhood system and one ambition his father held was for them to win the Fulham Open which was a huge race at the time. Steve entered his cocks and won first and second that day, making his Dad really happy for them to have achieved the win. Subsequently his Dad, known locally as to his friends “Wiggo”, passed away over 20 years ago, which is when Steve lost interest in the birds and consequently, he and Denise moved to Spain for a few years. But the pigeon bug had bitten him hard and Steve began to help one of the locals in Spain to race his birds whilst all the time keeping a keen interest in the UK Pigeon Journals. Eventually they returned to the UK and moved to Basingstoke to be near their sons, which was just over five years ago, and once their homemaking was complete, a new twentyfour-foot loft was constructed which is when the search for quality bloodlines began. 

Steve had decided the De Raul Sablon pigeons were putting up good performances and would also make a good cross for most other middle-distance families, so he acquired a few from Mick McMurchie in Fife, who also had Peter Veenstra “Mr Blue” lines which soon began winning for them in their local club and federation . But their heart was in channel racing, holding the Classics and National racing as their main goals in Basingstoke, with the first major win being with Central Southern Classic FC in 2018 from Bergerac and now, just one year later, adding a first open National Flying Club. 

They race just fifteen widowhood cocks, although Steve had seriously considered racing on the Roundabout system, until he met his old friend Frankie Carson at the Epson Show who advised him the stick to what he knew best. At the end of January, he couples pairs them together with the hens and allows them the rear one youngster before going down on eggs for their second round. They are then parted as they reach the tenth day of sitting and the cocks will sit for a couple of days before a few training tosses three weeks prior to the first club race. Like most of us, they have problems early season with hawk attacks so once the first race is completed, the cocks exercise around the loft for an hour, morning and evening. Compact Disks are hung around the loft area to deter the birds of prey which Steve feels are very effective along with a watchful eye. The cocks are fed in their nest boxes and are never broken down after a race, which Steve is convinced is most important. “Once they have gone too low in energy, it is over for the season” he said, and channel races should be once every two weeks. He plans to keep two teams of cocks next season in order to ensure this essential rest.

Denise, known by her family as “Dee” is the loft organiser of the partnership, and will complete all the required paperwork for the racing loft as well as tending to the stock, young birds and any sick or injured pigeons. She will use honey on an open laceration and has been known to make splints for broken bones. She is just as keenly interested in the pigeons as Steve and really likes the social side of the sport, especially marking days at the Classic which they say is run very efficiently and is a great day out. They have made some very good friends there and Dee said Secretary of the Classic, Claire Norman, was the very first person to call to congratulate them on their NFC win. 

The old bird racers are now being prepared for the Bergerac race in three weeks with the CSCFC, having been left with their hens to go to nest. They have only had five races up to date but the partners will be happy concentrate on their young birds after just one more channel race with the widowhood cocks. The youngsters have been on the darkness system from April until June and are looking really well. Steve likes to train them well but is happy to stop the cocks after three or four races, whilst racing the hens until the end of the season.

They have bought quality stock birds with channel racing in mind, going to Geoff Kirkland and Mark Gilbert for particular lines. Indeed, they had purchased a double granddaughter of “Euro Diamond” from Mark which unfortunately escaped over Dee’s head one blustery evening at the loft. But once he recounted the loss to Mark, thinking it may get reported to him via the ring number, he replaced the pigeon free of charge with one exactly the same way bred, which Steve said illustrates the generous nature of the man. 

There is no doubt going to be further National and Classic success achieved by this very affable husband and wife partnership, and considering the general rule is that it takes five years to build a team to race the channel, in five years they have won two already, so I am sure many more will follow.

1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke
1st Open S & D.Wiggins, Basingstoke

Section A

First section A was D & D Mc Fadden with a two year old widowhood hen having her 7th channel race of the season. She has been a consistent hen for Darren and this year has been clocked in all of nationals and won Carentan in the club earlier on. Incidentally the cock she is paired to was 1st section in the NFC Fougeres race so they are obviously well motivated.
She is a gift pigeon from Mark gilbert and Nigel Langstaff from their joint breeding project.
Her sire is a son of “Southfield Champ” 1st Open NFC Saintes when paired to a daughter of Koopmans “Ermerveens Hope”. Her dam is from a top breeding son of Harry x 139. a winner of 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th NFC etc. 139 is also a daughter of “Southfield Star” 2nd Open NFC Saintes. Second section was J May & Son  with a direct Belgium Blue Hen from the “Pitbull” family of pigeons. She is raced on roundabout and this was her second channel race of the season after racing and winning inland and be being a very consistent performer.  Third section is  Dave Bridger of Littlehampton who timed a three year old Pencil cock bird now named 'HB' which is flown on Dave's own version of widowhood. This cock had previously had four inland races this year with his only other channel race being from Le Mans last year. His pedigree shows him to be very inbred to M&D Evans 'Shadow' of Vandenabeele bloodlines, with a double grandchild featuring on both sides of the pedigree when crossed in with a big dose of Janssen. He returned in excellent condition which is a credit to the convoyers and NFC transport. Mick Skidmore came in four with a seven year old Busschaert cock raced on the widowhood system. In 2014 he won 19th sect 24th Open from Bergerac with the CSCFC, 20th Sect Fougeres, 14th Sect Ancenis and 38th Open 5th Sect Saintes in 2015. In 2016 he was 11th Sect Messac and 9th Sect Messac in 2017. Last year he was 5th Sect Ancenis and 3rd Sect Sigone NFC.  Fifth section was C T Ayling with a yearling De Klaks pigeon from a pair of gift pigeons bred by Kevin Bakes. The father has two wins to his credit and the mother was daughter of “Bomber Boy” and “My Little Diamond”. This pigeon came second the week before from Coutances and was sitting on 10 day eggs. He sends his congratulations to the winner and would just like to thank Kevin Bakes for two nice pigeons.

Section B

I have been asked to highlight that if members are entering on line they should check that they have received a confirmation Email or if entering by post, they don't leave it to the last minute which could save confusion and disappointment at the marking stations. This report for Section B, was kindly compiled by Bill Edwards; Mike Moody of Southampton had the winner of section B and 2nd Open Cholet National. Agonisingly Mike led the field on the early times for a while and Mike would like to congratulate S & D Wiggins and all the section winners. When he saw his name at the top of the leader board he had everything crossed and was excited but in reality he did not expect to hold on to top spot due to the weather and he thought that he would be caught by the further flying birds picking up speed, after leaving the coast where his loft is situated. He was surprised and delighted that he only dropped one place to 2nd Open. It turned out to be an even result with 7 section winners in the first 10. The bird that came for him was a two year old hen raced natural and sitting 5 day eggs which has previously been 31st open Classic as a youngster and earlier this year 1st Club 6th Fed. She was his first arrival from Cholet with the BICC, after not racing as a yearling due to him working away from home. She is bred from a cock that was purchased at Blackpool Duif Auction and a Robert Pugh hen that also won 13th National and carries the lines of his “License to Thrill” cock.

Second section was Graham Rann and Daughters on the Isle of Wight with a two year Dark Hen raced natural and sent sitting 10 days. The hen is a granddaughter of Graham’s “Faithfull” that won 8th International Agen and also a granddaughter of “Jackie’s Pride”, 1st NFC Tarbes for Trevor Hazel on the Island. Third is George Willet from Portsmouth who said “Firstly, I would like to congratulate the winner S & D Wiggins on a great performance. My pigeon is photographed here outside K & J Zerafa’s loft with Steve Vaizey of Fareham who is the breeder of this good hen. She has won 3 x 1st clubs and many good federation positions, also some good positions in the classic’s and nationals before today race from Cholet. Her sire is a De Raux Sablon who has bred some very good one loft pigeons for Steve, her dam is a Leo Heremans hen, who herself won racing and being a granddaughter “Golden Safier” and “Lady Safier” Fourth is John Good also from Portsmouth who clocked a five year old Van Camp X Van Rijn widowhood cock. It was the cocks second channel race of the season with the other being Fougeres National. Prior to that and in between Nationals, he was raced North with the Southampton NR Fed. Racing weekly with no training, John has no fear of racing from the North and changing to South when it suits and he finds that the birds cope well and it sharpens their homing instinct by racing from different directions, so he competes from the North with his local Milton Club and South with the NFC. Taking fifth section is Mick Bunny from Portchester. Mick clocked another yearling that was gifted to him by his good friend Bill Ahern of Neesdon, being a Jan Arden X Southwell from the best of Bill’s Barcelona pigeons. Mick had 10 youngsters gifted to him by Bill and this is the second one to record 5th section B, NFC in consecutive races

Section C

First was Mike Staddon of Crewkerne who kindly sent me the following details; “I am delighted to record my 40th 1st section C in the NFC as I now only fly NFC and Crewkerne and District with the WESR Combine. The first two NFC races for me were a big disappointment. I lost 10 pigeons in the two races, and I was way behind the leaders. I used to use Versele/laga mixtures, mainly Champion Plus, but it is quite expensive, and I wasn’t happy with the droppings of the pigeons on these mixtures. This year, after great thought, I decided to go back to basic mixtures. In my opinion there is far too much small stuff in all the Belgian mixtures, especially for channel racing into the UK. I firmly believe the Belgian mixtures are contributing to the losses suffered in the UK. Pigeons don’t work back next day after hard races any more.  But I’m glad to say my “work backs” have improved 100% since they went back to basics and I don’t feed maize any more.  I had quite a shock when I was out shooting last winter and saw loads of dead and dying wood pigeons after they had been feeding on mouldy maize from the cover crops. Apparently, it is very toxic when damp. The section winner came back from the north, as is often the case when racing here with south in the wind, closely followed by a yearling hen 28 seconds behind the section winner.  My 2nd section winner was bred by Ray Scrivens the National President who is a great friend, thanks Ray. The section winner is my best hen at the moment. She has been my first pigeon in all the national races 2019 and in 2018 she was second section C Sigogne, 6th section Coutantes. 2019 23rd section C Fougeres, 11th section C Messac and now 1st section C Cholet. She is beautifully bred from my very best stock so hopefully she will go to Tarbes next week, depending on her condition.  I sent 10 to the race from Cholet and all 10 on the day. Thanks to the convoying team and the new Race Controller for the excellent condition of the pigeons. Congratulations to all the section winners especially Bob McKie in the north section at 500 plus miles, brilliant”. Third section was John Halstead of Nyland nr Gillingham with a four year old blue hen, sitting for 12 days. This hen was a gift from Paul Liman of Essex and she has been a really good performer each year. This season she has been 1st Club from Carentan and 28th Section 190th Open BBC Fougeres 2005 birds. Previously she has had 2 x 2nd 1 x 3rd and 1 x 5th Club along with 4th Section 45th Open NFC Coutances (old hens) 1135 birds, and 11th Section 57th Open BBC Coutances 1858 birds. She was so keen to get back to her eggs that she tried to jump out of the basket each time that the flap was opened. Fourth was the very consistent partnership of Neville & Diana Spracklen who can be seen pictured with the next generation of pigeon fanciers in their family. They timed one of their Daniel Ariens which have been a very successful family for them. In fifth place was Mr & Mrs.Hodges with a blue cock of John Gerard's blood lines. The cock is raced on total widowhood and feed on Van Robaeys mixtures. Some of his results this year are 2nd club 229 pigeons arrived with the winner 13th combine 2,069b, 4th club 334 birds arrived with winner 28th combine 2,641b, 11th club 382 birds 35th combine 2,726b. They would like to congratulate the open winners S &D Wiggins and all the section winners plus a special mention to club mates John & David Staddon and Merek Chwedoruk who both had a fantastic race.

Section D

A big thank you to Gill McClements who gathered this information; Chris Stevens and Sue White topped the section and Chris said “I'm over the moon to win 1st section D , this is my last season racing due to my partner Sue having Pigeon Fanciers Lung  and it is certainly a pick me up. The winning bird was gifted to us from previous multiple NFC winner Andy Mabin and is a grandson of his NFC Poitiers Open winner. His hen was lost three weeks prior to this race so he was sent looking at another hen. He has been a consistent bird who would always arrive in the middle of the field. I race weekly with the Honiton SRFC who took the first Five places in the section which I think will a long time until repeated again. All my birds are raced with the Devon South Road Fed which provide excellent racing week in week out. I feed a basic widowhood mixture and treat for Canker, Coxi and worms before the season begins, thanks to all the hard workers at the Kingsteignton marking station” Second section was Tony Churchill who timed in a dark chequer cock raced on semi widowhood, his breeding is R Goodier Jos Thone x Premier stud Van Dyke and has been a very consistent bird in club and national races. Third section was Alan Harwood from Sidmouth who clocked a dark chequer widowhood hen which has been his first bird from the two previous nationals this year. She is bred from stock gifted to Alan as eggs by John Halstead of Gillingham, for which he is very grateful. Fourth section was R Goodier & sons with a chequer pied Arien Verrecht roundabout hen bred down from stock purchased from Ian Stafford. She has several Club and Fed wins to her credit. Fifth section was Simon Cordery who clocked a Leen Boers roundabout cock gifted to Simon from James Cook, Tumley lofts on his first visit there in 2017.

Section E

First section was Gary Inkley and the brains of the outfit “Stanley”. They timed a three year old blue widowhood cock, which has been a consistent pigeon all his career with previous positions including 22nd UBI Combine Exeter as a young bird in 2016, in 2017 5th UBI Combine Carantan, 16th UBI Combine Exeter, 50th UBI Combine Poitiers and 97th Open NFC Messac. In 2018 he had a few club positions plus 1st Section 2nd Open BICC Alencon 4900 pigeons. This was his third consecutive channel race this year, and he was early next morning from the difficult NFC Fourges race returning with a couple of secondries missing, consequently he was given a week’s rest then into NFC Messac, and last week had a 12 hour fly from Cholet with the BBC. His sire was bred by Peter Fox of Syndicate Lofts being a son of “Mario” who in turn is a direct son “Di Caprio” (Leo Heremans/Dirk van Dyck) when paired to “Ivy”, a direct daughter of the “Saffier Couple” of Leo Heremans. Dam of their section winner is again Syndicate lofts stock, being a gift from top Swansea fancier Andrew McFenton, containing all the old bloodlines of Drum, Gerrie, Dutch Master and Agent Starling. “I would like to extend my congratulations to the overall winners S&D Wiggins and all the other section winners” said Gary on behalf of Stanley and himself.

In second place was Roger Lowe who raced nine widowhood cocks and eleven widowhood hens with three hens arriving before the cocks. Firstly, “the 903” being inbred to “My Little Diamond” sire “Diamond Che” bred by Nigel Langstaff from a son of Eijerkamps “Che” when paired with a daughter of “My Little Diamond”. Dam “Gold Diamond” again a daughter of “My Little Diamond” when paired with her son “Main Man” sire of last season’s NFC winner from Sigogne. 903 already a winner of 2nd section, 20th BBC Fougeres 8th section 19th Open CSCFC Coutances and 3rd section 4th open NFC Coutances and only a two year old.  His second bird, also a two year old, the 835 is inbred to “My Little Diamond” again sire “Diamond 005” direct son when paired to “Million Dollar Man”. This pair have bred a host of winners 1st fed and 1st section winners in the NFC. The dam the one is a daughter of the “Main Man” and is winner 1st fed and 1st CSCFC Guernsey. 835 winner of 16th section  57th open BBX Bordeaux 4th section 8th NFC Coutances. Well done to the winners and all the section winners lets hope for a good race next time also. 

Fourth section were Brian and Dick Chitty who started racing with their father in 1954. Brian is now 77 years old and Dick is 73 years old and they had a few years racing North separately before joining together in 1986 and have been racing on the South road ever since with quite a bit of success in Club, Fed, Nationals. The hen GB16A00124 first to their loft, has had some previous good results in the NFC. Their second bird was clocked 8 minutes later with 6 out of 6 birds home on in race time.' 24' is a Hardy Kruger bred from pure parents obtained from Premier Stud chosen by Kerry Melonby. Fifth section was Ron Lacey with a red chequer Jan Theelan called “Red Mist” which was bred from stock purchased from Geoff Clare before his recent emigration to Australia. “Red Mist” has flown all three NFC races this season.  Ron keeps a modest team of 22 pigeons at seasons start, sending to National races for his entertainment and enjoyment. After 75 years of flying, this is the best performance in the National Flying Club that Ron has ever achieved. Ron joined the NFC in 2003, after 60 years of flying North Road. Ron sends his congratulations to Steve & Dee Wiggins for winning the race.

Section F

First section F were the overall winners Steven & Dee Wiggins, who have no doubt received many congratulations on their win. I personally would like to thank them for their warm welcome and I hope to see you at the presentation in November. Second section was J & P Parker who tend to shy away from publicity. They race a very consistent pigeon and one day I hope to encourage James to enlighten us with a little more detail. Third was B Sherman & S Wells with a pigeon from their own family which they call “Sherwells”. He is third generation of birds that originate from Jimmy Shepard “Southwells” one side and a grandaughter “Southfield Darkie” when paired to a grandson of “Euro Diamond”. They would like to congratulate all the winners and the runner ups for getting  their birds in good time as it has been a very testing time flying the channel this year. Mr & Mrs Paul Kenny & Family clocked a red cock bred by Roger Lowe which has been raced on widowhood to take fourth section and in fifth place, F J Quin sent me the following details; “Congratulations to S & D Wiggins. It is nice to see our section leading th efield and encourages others to try harder and have a go. My own birds came well from this race and had 12 from 16 home. The first bird is from the lines I have had from my good friends Sanderson & Ramshead of Padiham Lancs. Top class and roll on the big on from Tarbes”.

Section G

First section G 6th Open are Dave & John Staddon from Ditcheat. This performance comes hot on the heels of my visit to see the lads last weekend after they won 1st, 2nd & 3rd West Section 1st, 2nd & 3rd Open from the BICC national race also from Cholet. They are clearly the loft in form. After another very happy call with Dave, he sent me through the following text. "Hi Chris, well what a week for us. Firstly, our clean sweep of the BICC Cholet National last weekend and now 1st Section G Provisional 6th Open NFC Cholet. We also timed a second pigeon within a minute who will take provisional 3rd Section and 8th Open. An extremely pleasing result. We sent 10 birds and had 9 on the day. Our section winner is a beautiful yearling cock who has already scored 1st Club 2nd WOESRC Bedhampton 3293b earlier in 2019. He is raced as are all of our birds on Chaos widowhood. His breeding is from the best of our Mark Gilbert pigeons, the sire is a grandson of Southfield Supreme and the dam is from our amazing Miracle Pair who were both bred by Mark. She herself was a big winner on the road before injuring a wing and being put to stock. Our 2nd bird also a yearling cock taking provisional 3rd Section 8th Open, is an incomer. He was bred by our clubmate Miraslaw Chwedoruk, better known as Merek and Merek himself won provisional 4th Section 9th Open in this same race, so we send our congratulations to him. I bought the cock at our Glastonbury Flying Club Breeder Buyer 2018. He went on to win 8th WOESRC Littlehampton 1580b, 17th WOESRC Bedhampton 2579b and 26th WOESRC Eastbourne 840b. He also won 1st Breeder Buyer Winning £1200. He now collects a top national position. We would like to conclude by congratulating Mr & Mrs Wiggins on their fine win and all the section winners many of which were in the top 10 in the open. We would also like to thank the Chairman for his personal letter, a very nice touch on behalf of the NFC. In second place are S Luff & Walker Bros who timed a yearling cock now named “Cholet Lad” which was flown on widowhood System. Having seen the times appearing on the leader board they calculated what time they needed to be up there with the leaders. Due to the heavy rain in the area they were thinking that they would be lucky to get a pigeon, when they noticed about 40 birds heading their way, which appeared to be looking for somewhere to land, they couldn’t believe their luck when one pealed of and landed on the loft, the others carried on in the direction of Wales. The breading of “Cholet Lad” is just right for the job, his sire being bred from a good old racer they call “Fred” because they could always really on him turning up when the going was a bit tough. He is a previous prize winner from Messac, Niort and Bergerac and his breeding is through “Lucky 848” De Rauw- Sablon x “George” sire of Brockamp Euro Diamond. Dam of “Cholet Lad” winner of the club breeder buyer race being Bred by Ivan Hoftan Gloucester, from his Janssen based family. Also winner of many prizes including 14th Sect, 15th Open CSCFC Old Hens Race Guernsey and 2nd Sect C, 3rd Open BBC Old Hens Fougeres both in 2015. They would like to congratulate Steve & Dee Wiggins on winning 1st Open, and Dave & John Staddon on winning section G. Also, thanks to the NFC race team for giving us a good race with 32 of our 36 entries home before nightfall despite the rain in our area. Third was Miroslaw Chwedoruk from Whitcombe, fourth Mr & Mrs G & M Wile & S Lias in  Bristol and Nigel Templar in fifth place.

Section H

Having a great season up to now is Hubert Walker and Les Rodgers who are both delighted with their latest section win.  She is a yearling widowhood hen and was on her second trip over the channel. Previously she flew the difficult’ Fougeres race arriving back the next morning. Her sire is a grandson of ‘Big Smithy’ and ‘Mucking Fagic’, the dam was bred by their good friend Ian Stafford from Stanley.  Hubert and Les both agree that these lines are really starting to show their worth over the channel for them. Second are C Crick & Son who’s first bird is a yearling chequer pied widowhood cock known as 'Roger'. Which was bought in a charity auction at the Epsom Spring Show in 2018 and bred by Roger Lowe. He only had two races as a youngster last season, and his performances have gradually improved as the distances have increased, this was his third channel race and first time in a National. Third section was John Black who timed in a two year old Red Chequer widowhood cock. The sire was bred by Gosling & Jarvis in Essex and the dam was bred by Terry Robinson of Cuffley from his Brian Denny cross Motivator lines. He was 5th section Coutances and 12th section Ancenis in the NFC last year, one for the future I think John. Fourth was A Smith from  Harrowden and fifth is Slawomir Chabrowski with a two year old widowhood hen of his best stock hen via Kris Czaplinski from Kendal.

Section I

First section I was Micky Lennon with a Hardy Kreuger which was 6th Section and 90th Open Messac. This is only the second time from Cholet winning 1st Section and his brothers have also scored in the Midland National. Previous section winner John Passey came in second and said “Our bird is a blue yearling hen, raced on widowhood and has now been named “Archie’s Girl” after our grandson. She has always been consistent without really threatening the prizes. Her Sire is one of my brother Alan’s good racers, who I had back off him when he stopped racing. He is a winner both inland and in the section of the MNFC. He is from Geoff Kirkland’s Flor Engels crossed with a long distance hen, that we had of Geoff’s Kipp Lines. Her dam is from Pat Frisby of Burbage, a really top racer that scored well out of the poor MNFC Ancencis race in 2017. Many thanks once again to these top racers, as well as being really genuine people. I would like to congratulate the conveyers and race advisory team on a good call for this race. Although some were caught up in rain, returns were brilliant, we ourselves had 24 of our 25 birds.  Also, I would like to congratulate Mickey Lennon, whom I rate as one of the best and most knowledgeable fanciers in the country. It’s certainly no disgrace finishing behind Mick”. Eddy Froggatt was third with a three year old blue hen. Her winning sire was out of “The Thas Pair” and her dam from the “Broken Wing Hen” who also took prizes in the NFC. She is down from the “Young Couple” of Peter Fox and “Wonderbar” with “Golden Girl”. Clive Yates, who still races as M Yates & Son was fourth with a two year old dark chequer cock which was soaked through when he dropped, but must have been ok as he was treading his hen with in second of trapping. He is bred off a Mark Gilbert Deweert cock that has bred 2 fed winners paired to his Dutch hen, bred by Batenburg. She has bred winners with eight different cocks from 1st Fed at 51 miles to an RPRA Rose Bowl winner from 450mls. Clive had 12 out of his 14 entries on the day. Fifth was Peter John Bicknell and can be seen in the photograph holding his pigeon.

Section J

Graham Clift was first section J and wrote; “My first bird a yearling cock has put up some good performances to date only having three races as a young bird being 19th West of England South Road Combine 1,788 birds. This year, flying in two separate organisations, 8th Severn Valley Fed 1,045 birds, 10th Fed 1,000 birds, 13th Combine 1,836 birds and now provisionally topping the Section from Cholet. My good friend Steve Bennett from Bristol gifted me two top class hens one of which is the dam of the bird I timed from Cholet the sister has bred me two section winners in the CSCFC & BBC. They are Gerrit Lahuis x a daughter of The Nearly Cock 2 x 2nd National, the sire is a grandson of Brian Milkin's famous blue pair purchased at his bereavement sale. When the cock arrived he was soaked with pink wattles having come through heavy showers particularly on the western side of the country. Of the 18 birds entered I had 16 on the day which turned out to be a good race considering the conditions. Second section was Mr Brian Lawrence and third section were R Stokes & Son with a blue widowhood two year old cock who’s nest brother was 3rd SW section 8th Open MNFC the previous week. Their sire is a winner for them being 3rd open MNFC Coutances 8900b, 12th Open MNFC Portsmouth 7100b and 1st Shropshire fed 1900b, the dam is “Farlow Sadie” twice a winner of the Shropshire Fed from Carentan and Messac. She also won the RPRA western region Queens Diamond Jubilee race Carentan against 5000 plus birds  Fourth were Mr & Mrs G W Kirkland who timed a two year old blue cock sent sitting after being on total widowhood all season. He came right on line but in pouring rain and of the 12 entered they got all 12 home on the day. Fifth section were Price Bros & Son  

Section K

First section were C & E Lee who had a wonderful race and will have three pigeons in the top 10 of section K. All their pigeons are flown on the roundabout system with the first pigeon being a two-year old cock which is a great-great grandson of “The Drum”. This came about when local flyers, Mr & Mrs Wright retired from the sport, they gifted two great grandchildren of The Drum to this partnership and their first pigeon was bred off this pair. They would like to thank Mr & Mrs Wright for their gift. Second were Mr & Mrs Foulstone and Bill had a good race with his first pigeon being a widowhood hen full of top breeding. This pigeon has two National winners and two international winners in her bloodline and it was her first time over the Channel this season. “Her sire is from the Gordon Cock whose sire won 1st National Tarbes. The dam is our Melinda Hen from Sjaak Buwalda whose dam won 1st Holland National. This pair have bred Fed winners, winners’ section and grandparents to section winners. The Dam of our hen is from a son of farmer George who won 1st International for Mr and Mrs Cooper. The Dam to the hen is our Bobby Hen who was bred by Bob Bessant out of noble 1st International. Our Hen came wet as did others but returns were very good”. Bill would like to congratulate C & E Lee on their wonderful performance. Third section is Richard Holden with a single widowhood cock as his entry which was having its third National race of the year. This is a gifted pigeon from Mick and Robert McGrevy and he would like to say "thank you" to that partnership. It just goes to show that you do not need a lot of pigeons, you just need quality! Fourth section was Fred Ellis and in fifth were L & S Gash. Luke's first pigeon has already topped the Fed from Marlborough this season and is bred out of two gifted pigeons, the sire being a B & P Winter pigeon and the dam gifted from Pete Lee.  Luke would like to say thank you for the good condition the birds arrived home in and on speaking to him on Sunday morning, he had 16 birds back out of 20.

Section L

G Bowyer won first Section L with "Lavender", so named by granddaughters Lucy and Daisy while still in the nest last year. Second and fifth was Roger Sutton who said; “Although the northern birds encountered some showers most fanciers had excellent returns but with considerable gaps between arrivals. My two year old widowhood cock has flown all three National races and he returned early evening on the day in the first National race. He was then first back to the loft at Messac taking eighth section and once again first back to the loft from Cholet, being probable 2nd section. I would like to congratulate George Bowyer on winning the section but interestingly my cock is 25% George's Tarbes cock bloodlines. Another point of interest is the fact that George and I have been friends for over 50 years both joining Congleton West End SFC in the same year 1966. Crehan & O'Connor was third section with the wonderful pigeon “Cease Fire”. John is so confident in this pigeon’s ability he said that if he is right, it is the only one he needs to send. Time after time he has proved John correct and is quickly becoming a super star amongst the Jan Hooyman pigeons which John races as Team Hooymans UK. Well done John for seeing this birds’ talents and gaining the best out of him. Fourth were the partnership of Mills, Rice, Abbott & Duffy with a hen that has won 1st Wincanton, 4th North West Grand National, 14th section Vire and 4th section Ancenis. Her sire was bred by R & B Smith and the dam from J Foster via his “Paramyxo Cock” lines. This pair have produced a number of winners for them and since the formation of this partnership they have topped the North West Combine 12 times and once each prior to the partnership.

Section N

In Section N only three birds got home on the day. Bob McKie of Blackhall Mill near Newcastle timed his very consistent five year old Chequer Cock “Timba” to top the Section and add more to his tally of  Section N positions. He has now scored 2nd & 4th section Ancenis, 5th Section Messac, 8th Section Fougeres and 1st Section Cholet. Trained only to 250 miles in 2015 he has only ever had five National races with the Sportsman FC. His sire is bred from the very best of Brian Denney blood via Alan Astin of Carnforth. His Dam is a Jan Arden from the stock loft of Peter Virtue of Cockburnspath. “Timba” was sent feeding a 16 day baby. Bob's second bird, a two year old hen will win 3rd Section & was bred by Allan Astin (Ken Hines bloodlines) and this was her first ever race. Trained 200 miles she was sent sitting over the top at 23 days and was timed at 20.10pm. for the 544 miles. Birds are fed on Vanrobaey No39 & No35. Second section N was Jeff & Matthew Walton of Coxhoe with their chequer hen 320 flying 530 miles. This hen topped the section in 2018 from Ancenis and was sent feeding a 6 day old youngster. Her sire is from Peter Virtue of Cockburnspath & her dam is a Jos Thone' via the late Brian Long. Birds are fed on Vanrobaey No39 & No35. Third was the very consistent loft of  M Anderson & Sons with B Blackett & Son fourth and fifth section.

Section O

In 1st Section and provisionally 316th Open we have the Cleator Moor loft of Allan Graham and Co. This team consists of Allan, his son Gavin and good friend Paul Byers and the lads concentrate on channel racing but have had a difficult time getting their birds in form this season and have missed the first two national races, so not a bad result considering they jumpped their birds into 530 miles. Their bird is a four year old hen having only her second channel race, which has previously won 2nd Fed, 2nd Amal and 14th Cumbria Combine from Messac.  She had been flown on the roundabout system in the early part of the season, having five races with the Copeland North West Club before being repaired on the 25th may and sent sitting 10 day eggs. Breeding wise she’s out of a home bred cock paired to a grand daughter of “Syndale Express”. Once again Dave Travis from Kendal is just pipped for the section win. Dave sent three birds to this 508 mile race and managed to clock one on the day, with the other two both arriving before seven the next morning. Dave’s birds are flown on the natural system and this game dark hen scored at Messac and also scored at Messac and Ancenis last year. All three of Daves birds are Cowood Southwells. Taking 3rd Section O we have another Kendal fancier in Kris Czaplinski. Kris has had a tough year this year with a very heavy work schedule taking its toll on his hobby. He sent two birds to this NFC race and clocked one on the night with the second early next day. His section prizewinner took a week to return from Fougeres earlier this year but is obviously back to peak fitness. He was flown on total widowhood and is Roy Davies and Henry Mair bloodlines. This bird has a win in the Lakeland 2 bird from Carentan and a 3rd Federation Messac to his credit. The winner of the previous two NFC races in section O, Bruce Blamire, entered three birds in this race and takes 4th Section on this occasion, clocking his two year old pigeon after eleven hours and forty four minutes of flying. Bruce is also from the South Lakes town of Kendal.

Section P

Once again conditions didn’t favour the east side, but that’s national racing, and the diehard exponents from this section acquitted themselves admirably. Leading the way was Bruce McAllister who’s consistency will surely be rewarded at open level soon. Bruce said “My first bird is a two year old blue cock racing widowhood. His breeding is Van Dorp from Holland through pigeons purchased from Davis Parsons. Although the winners were doing a mile a minute on the coast our area had a difficult race.  I sent 20 and had 11 when I went to the club, had two more when I returned and one more next morning”. Pat Newell is there again at 2nd section. Pat timed a yearling hen bred from pigeons direct from John Searle. This latebred hen was sent sitting around 10 days had 2 races as sub including Guernsey. This year she has once again been consistent flying 3 or 4 channel races. No firm plans for the rest of the year according to Pat but possibly another of the shorter BICC races. Mick Sontag and son from Harlow are there again this time for 3rd section, here’s what Mick had to say; “I found the race slightly frustrating at because at 11.45 thought I was going to win the National but half an hour later I realised it was out of the question although I thought I could win the section. When I eventually timed in at 14.52, I didn't know whether to phone the NFC verification number or the Samaritans! The pigeon was a two year old which had three channel races as a yearling and three this year, though only round the 300 mile distance. The races have been quite tough with the wind and weather conditions, but this game blue cock never seems to be phased by anything. After speaking to Mark Bulled he has informed me that this bird is bred from the very best long distance lines of Cecil and Mark Bulled and will now be set up for a 500 mile race”.

Fourth section are Trevor and Adrian Wilson who said; “Not a bad race for us getting two out of three on the day and all yearlings too. Our first bird is our little blue yearling hen, called “Nice Surprise”. As a baby she won 3rd Blandford, 2nd Yeovil,1st Yeovil, 6th section with the NFC from Coutances and 226th open B.I.C.C Gurnsey 2. Her sire is our Grizzle Jean Willems stock cock, “First Blood” so called as he was lot one in Jeans first ever sale. Jean only raced 12 cocks and this family of birds have been closely inbred for around 100 years as the family was also his fathers inbred birds. Her dam is a Koopman, daughter of top stock cock “Verious” bred and raced by C&G Koopman. A winner of 9th section 10,171 birds, 31st 12,389 birds, 28th 10,811 birds, 94th 18,543 birds, 79th 13,008 birds. He is half brother to “Magic Man” the bird to beat over 10,000 birds. He is sire and grandsire of birds to win for us right up to 9th open B.I.C.C Falaise etc, we only breed one or two rounds from him each year. He filled his eggs this year at fifteen years old”. Coming in fifth place is the partnership of Mr and Mrs Hawkins from Bishops Stortford. They timed a two year old latebred cock which was trained but not raced as a young bird. As a yearling he was raced inland, before having the two Le Mans races at the end of the old bird season. This year he had been to Messac with the NFC before this latest effort. Bred from their good cock “Domino” 28th and 34th NFC Tarbes and as previously reported, he is bred down from mark Bulled’s “Die Hard”. On the dam side he is from an House of Arden hen, which is a daughter of “Blue Badge” from the Padfield Family. Certainly, bred for the job and if not sent to Tarbes this year, he is definitely one for the future.

Section Q

Perry Liddle put together his usual comprehensive report for the Cornish members. He writes; I would like to thank the fanciers who timed from Cholet for making this one of the easiest reports that I have compiled so far, due to the number of birds that have scored previously. Leading the way with 1st Section Q, Provisional 460th Open, was Mervin Elliott of Hayle, who timed his three year old blue chequer cock, at 15:04 to record 1,087ypm. This cock, now having his third trip across the water, was flying to10 day eggs. He is a Honeysuckle Janssen X Hereman-Ceusters and he has been a wonderfully consistent bird for Merv, having flown NFC Messac last year, as well as winning 1st Section 302nd Open from Fougeres four weeks ago. Merv was delighted with the performance when we spoke on Sunday morning and he was rightfully very proud of his bird’s achievement and of course having a Double Section winner puts Merv in a wonderful position; as he builds his channel team. Well Done Merv, another great performance into Cornwall. Second Section Q, Provisional 461th Open was the Angwin Family of Penzance, who timed their 2yo blue chequer white flighted hen, flying to 18 day eggs at 15:10 to record 1,085ypm. She is bred from their old distance blood being bred from the good cock that flew Tarbes last year; a blend of their old Hofkins when crossed with a son of Chris Gordon’s “Snydale Express”, which won 1st Open Tarbes at 725miles in 2005, with the dam being pure Hofkins. John described how the hen was sitting so tight that that she would hardly let her cock bird near the nest. I must say hard luck to the Angwins, because after an 8 hour fly they were beaten by only 2 ypm for the coveted 1st prize. Third Section Q, Provisional 466th Open was Jake Waldock of St Austell, who timed his yearling dark chequer cock, sitting on 9 day eggs, at 15:03 to record 1,053ypm. His timer, has been timed in each of this year’s NFC Races, winning 319th Open Fougeres, 303rd Open Messac and now 466th Open Cholet, so as he has made my life easy, I shall call him “Cut N Paste” in future! Jake describes his family as good all-rounders being based around the blood of good multi performance channel birds and “Cut N Paste” contains an eclectic blend of blood including the lines from David Vowles, “Untouchable” from John Halstead, “Silvia” a Spanish Diploma of Merit Award winner from Bill Stribling as well as the Southwell lines of “Lady Jane” a Double Spanish Diploma of Merit Award winner and Jimmy Shepherd. Obviously delighted, Jake certainly has a real good one for the future. Fourth Section Q, Provisional 480th Open was Mervin Elliott again, this time with a 3yo dark chequer cock sitting 10 day eggs. Vandenabeele X Hereman-Ceusters cock at 15:42 to record 1,008ypm. This cock was having his third trip across the water having flown Ancenis last year as well as being Merv’s second timer from Fougeres on that occasion winning 3rd Section 336th Open. Another great team performance from Merv, who is certainly proving to be the man to beat from across the water this year. Fifth Section Q, Provisional 499th Open was Keith Frost of St Austell who timed his good 2yo blue bar cock, driving to nest, at 16:29 to record 892ypm. Keith is having his usual top season in our local St Austell Club. Normally his team of Frans Zwols pigeons hold all before them, but on this occasion, his timer is from Ian Camron of Lincolnshire bloodlines. Continuing with this weeks’ theme, as well as being the winner previously of 2 x 3rd Club as well as 1st Club and Federation, he was also 3rd Section 296th Open from Messac.

Section W

Firstly, all the NFC members sending from the Cwmtillery marking station would like to  congratulate Howells & Johnson for winning 1st section with the same bird that was previously 2nd section in the Messac race . A two year old blue hen that had previously been 80th Messac in 2018 and 100% Geoff kirkland from a grandson of “The Snake” when paired with a pigeon down through the "The Streeter", bred and raced by Frank Bristow in Horbling, which had won twenty first prizes in the club and topped the Federation five times. The dam was first section J 9th Open NFC against 8,635 birds which was also from Geoff Kirkland “Snake” lines. G.Treharne & son were second with a two year old blue hen which is an Eijerkamp Van Loon bred from a son of “Lady Elanora” and a granddaughter of “Kain” a sister of our 1st National Saintes winner. The hen has previously won 12th open BICC Le Mans as a yearling and is raced on the roundabout system. Mark Sparry is third section with a four year old chequer cock which is bred from “Southfield Supreme x Deweerdt bloodlines originating from Mark Gilbert. This cock has previously won 3rd section Tarbes in the hard 2018 Tarbes NFC race. Fourth was D Jones with a yearling cock and from fifteen sent he had thirteen home, so he enjoyed an excellent race. Fifth section was K Lloyd & S Bagnall with a seven year old chequer Busscheart cock raced on the roundabout system and has won 3rd Failaise, 6th Messac, 4th Fougeres, 13th West Sect Bordeaux, 229th Open MNFC, 8th West Sect Messac, 11th West sec plus many more prizes for this very consistant racer. They entered three and got all three home.

1st Sec A-D & D McFadden, Cranleigh
1st Sec A-D & D McFadden, Cranleigh
3rd Sec A-D Bridger, Littlehampton
3rd Sec A-D Bridger, Littlehampton
3rd Sec J-R Stokes & Son, Cleobury ...
3rd Sec J-R Stokes & Son, Cleobury Mortimer
1st Sec N-Robert McKie,Newcastle up...
1st Sec N-Robert McKie,Newcastle upon Tyne
1st Sec P-B McAllister, Nr Buntingf...
1st Sec P-B McAllister, Nr Buntingford
1st Sec K-C & E Lee, Mansfield
1st Sec K-C & E Lee, Mansfield
2nd Sec H-C Crick & Son, Stotfold
2nd Sec H-C Crick & Son, Stotfold
5th Sec A-C T Ayling, Havant
5th Sec A-C T Ayling, Havant
1st Sec E-G Inkley, Uxbridge
1st Sec E-G Inkley, Uxbridge
1st Sec L-G Bowyer, Congleton
1st Sec L-G Bowyer, Congleton
3rd Sec B-George Willett & Son, Por...
3rd Sec B-George Willett & Son, Portsmouth
1st Sec J-G Clift, Tirley
1st Sec J-G Clift, Tirley
1st Sec H-H Walker, Newark
1st Sec H-H Walker, Newark
2nd Sec N-J Walton & Son, Coxhoe
2nd Sec N-J Walton & Son, Coxhoe
1st Sec G-D & J Staddon, Ditcheat
1st Sec G-D & J Staddon, Ditcheat
3rd Sec H-John Black, Stotfold
3rd Sec H-John Black, Stotfold
3rd Sec C-Mr J P Halstead, Nr Gilli...
3rd Sec C-Mr J P Halstead, Nr Gillingham
2nd Sec A-J May & Son, Hambrook
2nd Sec A-J May & Son,	Hambrook
2nd Sec I-Mr & Mrs.J.Passey & Famil...
2nd Sec I-Mr & Mrs.J.Passey & Family, Norton Juxta Twycross
1st Sec Q-Mr.M.C.Elliott, Hayle
1st Sec Q-Mr.M.C.Elliott, Hayle
1st Sec I-M Lennon, Nuneaton
1st Sec I-M Lennon, Nuneaton
4th Sec A-Mr M J Skidmore, Havant
4th Sec A-Mr M J Skidmore, Havant
6th Sec P-M.Sontag & Son, Harlow
6th Sec P-M.Sontag & Son, Harlow
1st Sec B-Mr Michael Moody, Southam...
1st Sec B-Mr Michael Moody, Southampton
1st Sec C-M R Staddon, Crewkerne
1st Sec C-M R Staddon, Crewkerne
3rd Sec C-Neville & Diana Spracklen...
3rd Sec C-Neville & Diana Spracklen, Dorchester
1st Sec O-Allan Graham & Co., Cleat...
1st Sec O-Allan Graham & Co., Cleator Moor
5th Sec I-Peter John Bicknell, Sout...
5th Sec I-Peter John Bicknell, Southam
5th Sec C-Mr & Mrs.Hodges, Templeco...
5th Sec C-Mr & Mrs.Hodges, Templecombe
2nd Sec E-R J Lowe, Reading
2nd Sec E-R J Lowe, Reading
2nd Sec L-J R Sutton, Congleton
2nd Sec L-J R Sutton, Congleton
6th Sec E-R F Lacey, High Wycombe
6th Sec E-R F Lacey, High Wycombe
5th Sec D-Simon Cordery, Sidmouth
5th Sec D-Simon Cordery, Sidmouth
5th Sec H-S.Charbrowski, Wellingbor...
5th Sec H-S.Charbrowski, Wellingborough
2nd Sec G-S Luff & Walker Bros., Du...
2nd Sec G-S Luff & Walker Bros., Dursley
1st Sec D-Mr C Stevens & Sue White,...
1st Sec D-Mr C Stevens & Sue White, Sidmouth
7th Sec P-Trevor & Adrian Wilson, M...
7th Sec P-Trevor & Adrian Wilson, Manuden

Liberation Report Coutances YB/OH 2019

The Coutances 2018 Young Bird & Old Hens will be liberated at 8:00 am in a light Easterly wind, of approximately 5 miles per hour, in gloriously clear & bright Normandy French sunshine.


Winds for the 2,546 Young Birds & 866 Old Hens will be variable from East to South-East, along the French leg of the racing route, with a strength of 6 to 15 miles per hour, with the latter being in the channel but otherwise, they should experience a good clean run home to Blighty.


Once on UK home shores, the 3,412 birds will experience light winds that will be South-East to South for most fanciers and around a maximum of around 10 miles per hour, with some rain on the West Coasts from 8 am.


So, in general, our weather should be race friendly, UNLIKE our local British traffic, unfortunately, as there will be 111 United Kingdom liberations by various pigeon organizations, as reported, & under the control of the RPRA, as can be seen on their website.


Best of luck and happy exciting racing to everyone in the National Flying Club for this, our last race venue for this season.


End of season thanks on behalf of myself & the Convoying Team, Trevor, Barry, Richard and Bob, I would like to thank all the Members for their valued participation and hope you were satisfied with an overall successful race season without any holdovers and allowing the birds to get down and do their best racing available to our British fanciers, in what proved to be an extreme year to deal with due to weather, communicational microwave transmissions and solar flare activities, to mention only three.


On a personal note from myself, wherever this pigeon racing story takes you, however dark and difficult the season's theme seemed to be at times, there is always some hope and redemption. Stay positive and happy to go on & breed better birds for the next season. Work hard at being a better fancier and don't give up hope of winning those National Flying Club titles. Be open to constructive criticism and keep an open mind to learn more in these modern times. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people that will help and encourage your pigeon racing to future success.


Thank you & All the best.

Paul Hill

2018 Race Controller

 

Press Report Fougeres 2019

The first race of the season for the National Flying Club will go down as one of the most disappointing starts to any racing season. There is a lot of discontent voiced by the members as the decision to liberate proved inadequate and as a consequence the Race Controller, Paul Hill has resigned. In the near future the Committee are holding a special meeting to enquire as to what went wrong and how can we improve for the future. The results of that enquiry will be made known shortly after the Messac race and club Chairman, Paul Naum has stepped as Race Controller, with the valued support and experience of Tony Adams along with the Convoying Team, until the meeting has taken place.

I am actually quite sad that Paul felt it necessary to step down completely from the National Flying Club Committee as he took on many other responsibilities which, with his enthusiasm and expertise in computers, he excelled. He has put many hours of his own time into producing a quality yearly handbook whilst suffering a long term illness, he was also instrumental in the new website and be on hand to trouble shoot at a moment’s notice. He has encouraged club sponsorships by working up their artwork for advertisements and was instrumental in achieving the great results with NFC Young Bird Auctions. It is not an enviable job acting as Race Controller and he will take the responsibility as his own, but I for one would like to thank him for all the other work and time he has freely given to the benefit of our club.  

 

The overall winner was Phil Priddle from Southampton, a 78 year old fancier who began in the sport at 17 years old and racing a long established strain of his own bred down from his original Lefevre-Dhaenens. Phil is good friends with Tony Cowan who gave him the nod in the early years of his strain building whenever he knew of a decent bird being put up for sale. He managed to acquire a son of “Magic Blue” and birds down from “Eisenhower”  “Ben Jonson” as well as the “Miracle” Lines and it is these pigeons that still run through his loft to this day. He is a meticulous record keeper and will make notes of every pigeon and it is with this in depth knowledge of the individual birds abilities he has managed to blend these bloodlines to sprint for him up to 250 miles.

Being right on the south coast he is racing the channel most weekends and he has a pragmatic approach to his system. Based loosely on the roundabout system he will keep a partner at home all the time if it is paired to a promising cock bird as he knows they will soon become disheartened if there is no reward waiting every time they race. The rest are raced through to Messac with his hens being exercised first every morning for an hour followed by the cocks, which is repeated again in the evening.

In his own words, he said that over the years his lofts have evolved into a “Shanty Town” of sheds and aviaries with the comfort and happiness of the birds being paramount. The young birds can sit in the aviary all day to get accustomed to their surroundings safely and the old pigeons nest in their boxes or wherever they choose. It has often been said that we do not race the loft and it is nice to see a happy “pigeon” environment and if this can be achieved everyone has the opportunity to win the National, however humble the loft structure.

Early season they will rear one round with them being paired to ensure the bloodlines continue as Phil wants before being seperated for the racing season. It has been a hard start for his birds this year with the weather not helping to prepare for the National racing ahead and he is grateful for the officials of the Sholing Pigeon Club. Phil asked if he could mention his good friend Clive Ret, the club President who freely gives his time and efforts as well as allowing the members to use his yard as their headquarters. Amazingly he also informed me their Club Secretary, Len Painter is still going strong at 87 years old.

Phil would also like to thank the workers and officials at the National Flying Club Marking station in helping to keep the sport going and of course the friends who called to congratulate him on his National win.

1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton
1st Open P Priddle, Southampton

Section A

Darren McFadden took top spot with a two year old Bosua crossed Van Osch cock bird bred by Nigel Langstaff. Raced on widowhood this was his third channel crossing this season. He was paired to a different hen last year and as she has been coming well he decided to put them together before basketing to motivate her. It obviously motivated him more but she was his fourth pigeon back to the loft as well. He has called him “Mary’s Boy” as he won the section on what would have been his late Mothers birthday. Brian Wall won 2nd and 4th positions with two 2 year olds, the first bird being bred from the stock loft. This bird had numerous good positions last season in the NFC with the best being 1st Section A, 13th Open form Sigogne. The 4th bird is a gift pigeon from John Gladwin of Formula 1 lofts. This is a very consistent pigeon and would have won the section twice last year but was beaten by loft mates. In third place Mr & Mrs T Welch raced a blue pied cock which came into his loft in 2018. It belonged to Mr I Crossland of Mansfield who transferred the ownership to them. This was his third race to their loft. His wife Carol said “why on earth are you sending a bloody stray across the water in a National. You will never see it again” We will see he plans to send it to Messac in the National in a couple of weeks time. Fifth was Bert Shepherd who timed a two year old Ko Nipus hen, a family of birds which he has had since 1978. She is bred down from “Hypo” who was 3rd Section St Malo, 2nd Section 34th Open NFC Messac, 60th Section PoitiersNFC, 61st Sect Tarbes NFC and 11th Section Cholet NFC. He is a son of “Henry” 9th Section 25th Bordeaux BBC, 10th Section NFC Nantes, 14th Section 68th Open Messac BBC. His dam is “Anne” 15th Section 125th Open Fougeres and is a daughter of “Thunder” 81st Section Tarbes, 2nd Section 34th Open Tarbes, 17th Open Solent Federation Fougeres, 3rd Section 17th open Tarbes. His sire “AJ” won 1st section 2nd open Tarbes NFC, all Ko Nipus from his loft.

Section B

My thanks to Bill Edwards who has compiled this section report; The Fougeres National turned out to be a stiffer test than most would have predicted with many empty perches after the first day, so congratulations to all the section winners. The first open honour fell to the section B winner, Phil Priddle of Southampton. Phil has been a top flyer for as long as I can remember and winning 1st Section B, 1st Open NFC and achieving a long time ambition is just reward for his consistency over many years

Phil races the Lefebra Dhanens family of birds, which he has done for many years going back to the old lines of Magic Blue, The Miracle Cock, and Ben Johnson etc., the blood of which still runs through the loft today. Phil has tried other families but none have matched the “Laffy Daffies”. Phil has eased off the racing side for a couple of years in order to re-establish his old family and the proof as they say is in the pudding, with this outstanding performance. Phil’s winner has been raced lightly but has shown signs of being something special, the Blue cock, flew Coutances with the CSCFC as a youngster and only had one channel race as a yearling. This year in preparation, he has raced with the local club from Brighton and from Coutances with the CSCFC where he was last to return from Phil’s six entries, but Phil still fancied him for NFC Fougeres

Taking 2nd in Section B and 5th Open is another of Southampton’s elder statesmen, and another successful flyer who has been knocking on the door for as long as I can remember in Maurie Collins. Maurie clocked a blue chequer Van denabeele Roundabout cock that has previously been, 1st Solent Fed as a YB, 1st Section B, 5th Open NFC Messac, and now 2nd Section B, 5th Open NFC Fougeres. What a cracking pigeon and bred out of birds that Maurie had on loan from his good friend Peter Goodright from Cardiff. Maurice would like to congratulate the winner of the Fougeres race, Phil Priddle on his great performance. Third was Hamid Laakvand from Portsmouth who clocked his Red Jan Arden cock that was raced natural and sent sitting seven days and had previously recorded 2nd club and 9th Solent Fed from Poitiers last year. The ever-consistent loft of Mark Gower from Fordingbridge in the New Forrest recorded 4th section B with a yearling B Ch cock flown on Roundabout. The cock has had two inland races and flown from Coutances with CSCFC. He is a G’son of Les Green’s “Boonen” a top racer and his Dam is a Leo van Rijn hen from his Kieser lines. Mark sent 20 to the race and had 13 on the day and 2 more work back after. Mark would like to thank Nick Smith and Andy Parsons for taking his birds to the marking, truly a great help. Mark and everyone else would like to congratulate Phil and the sections winners. 5th section B, again another consistent flyer, Steve Harris from Portchester who clocked the same hen that was 1st Section BICC last year and had previously been 2nd Section NFC Cholet as a yearling. She was bred by Steve’s Dad Fred and Sister Linda Harris.

On a personal note, I know that I am not the only flyer to have good pigeons missing, but even my early arrivals appeared to be dehydrated and although experienced birds, had not managed to drink properly which is unusual for National races.

Section C

Brian Woods won first section C  and 7th open with a M & L Baertsoen blue chequer cock. Bill won this pigeon from Foxwood Lofts as a sponsor prize for winning NFC section C in 2016, which was also from Fougeres and gave it to him before he died. Being ever hopeful, on Sunday, he was waiting with his Granddaughter from 11.30am, turned his back for a moment when he heard her say “Grandpa a pigeons just fallen down” he hadn't heard or seen it arrive but well worth the wait. Second and fifth section was previous National winner Stuart Laws in Poole followed by Neville & Diana Spracklen in third place with a yearling Daniel Ariens widowhood hen having her first channel race this year but followed her channel debut in the young bird National for them last season. They have decided not to name their birds this year after their good hen “Drizzle” a winner of 6 first failed to return from morning exercise. Their hen will now be sent along with other returnees from Fougeres to Messac . They would like to congratulate all the winners and are hoping for some improvement in the weather. 

Forth was Mr & Mrs Hodges who would like to congratulate the winner Mr Priddle and all the section winners especially Mr Brian Woods winner of sec C. The pigeon they timed is from their old Van Dyck lines which they obtianed from G.G.Lahuis in 2005. The hen in question has had many Club, Combine and National positions and is raced on the jealousy system, two hens to one cock. All their pigeons are feed on Van Robaeys mixtures.

Section D

Richard Goodier won section D and said “It was a nice surprise to win 1st section in what turned out to be a difficult race , I have ended up with 10 out of 14 which I suppose is not to bad but not an ideal start to the national season. My first bird is a Herman Ceusters roundabout cock who has some decent performances to his name in club and Federation racing. He is from a pair of stock birds purchased from P & J Boelin Ireland and this pair have bred many winners including a pigeon we called "Deadshot" who won 8 x 1st clubs and 6 x 1st Feds. This year alone, in the 1st four races their children have won 2 x 2nd Feds, 9th Fed ,11th Fed and also 1st Fed on the same weekend as the NFC section winner, so brother & sister 1st Fed & 1st section. The section winning cock was paired up on the 14th January and reared 2 babies, they are fed on a selection of Versal Laga corns to suit the forth coming race and I have the droppings tested by Belgica and only treat if needed. Congratulations to all section winners, and thanks to the hard workers at Kingsteignton marking station” Second section was previous National winner Terry Luscombe followed by Mr & Mrs Westacott in third place. Fourth and fifth was E Reilly, Parr & Son from Barnstable.

Section E

Mr & Mrs Dickinson & Sons topped section E with a three year old widowhood cock having his 5th race of the season. He had flown Fougeres the previous week in the British Barcelona Club and was provisionally 12th section, 58th open and is a grandson of Ian Stafford's Northern Rock. He was reported by a non-fancier in Holland after the NFC Tarbes race last season and returned in a box. He's certainly repaid us for that mistake. They were followed by Mark Gilbert who got two together to take second and third section. The first one in the clock is a grandson of “New Laureatt” 1st International Barcelona and his mother is from “Starlight” 2nd International Tarbes when he was paired to “Melissa” 1st International Agen. The Second bird is also a grandson of “New Laureatt” 1st International Barcelona. The father is from “Southfield Sebastian” my double National winner when he was paired to a daughter of “Euro Diamond” and the mother is a daughter of “New Laureatt”

In fourth place  is Mr & Mrs Chaplin of West End. Their winning pigeon is a four year old blue cock flown on the widowhood system. He is a Van Loon cross Koopman bred in our stock loft and was having his 7th race of the season and his 3rd channel race. Altogether in the NFC, BBC and BICC he has flown the channel 15 times and been clocked and placed in 8 of those. It was a hard race and they got 5 of their 6 entries on the day with the last one arriving the next morning.

Section F

First place went to Cosmin Talas who wrote “I still haven’t recovered after the Fougeres race. First of all, as a committee member I want to apologise to all the members,  especially to the members of section F who I represent, for not getting the race which we hoped to have. The committee members are doing their best for the club, none more so than the Chairman Paul Naum, who had a very busy week. Well done to Phil Priddle for winning the race and all the section winners. My section winner is a very consistent pigeon, especially on a hard days. He is bred from my very good yearling cock “Smurf” who as a yearling won first club, first nom bird in his first race, then he raced two National races where he won 21st open National 3,997 birds and 83rd open National 6,495 birds. The mother is a full sister to the mother of 1st provincial 6,559 birds and she is a daughter of 3rd Nat 16,479 birds, 5th Nat 20,589 birds, 26th Nat 25,263 birds. He was raced on widowhood, Fougeres was his first channel race this year.” In Second place was Mr & Mrs Webber and Son who timed a 2014 bred blue chequer cock flown natural that has minor club, federation, and national positions, with this being his best performance to date. He was sent driving his hen to nest and is one of those pigeons that never seems to lose any weight, indeed on his return from Fougeres he looked ready to go again. He is bred from two birds bought from Ron Crook of Henley both inbred to Roger Lowe’s “My Little Diamond” Their congratulations go to Cosmin Talas on winning the Section. Finally a big thank you to Esther Kenny for all the training she has done for us this year. A Sinclair was third section followed by J & P Parker in fourth. Fifth was N B Finch who wrote “Firstly I would like to thank the Steventon Marking Station as it is a pleasure to get our birds marked there. My bird is a 2 year old bred from a pair from the late Patrick Nally who purchased them from Foxwood Loft stock. The pigeon has taken minor club positions before going on to win, 1st section 2nd CSCFC yearling derby,

6th section 28th Open Messac 2018 and now 5th section Fougeres NFC.

Section G

Stuart Wilcox was 2nd Open and 1st section and he wrote ”Firstly I would like to offer my congratulations to Mr Priddle and my club mates Nigel Templar (The Champ) and Mike Hathway. My hen now named “The Nearly Bird” who was 1st Section G 2nd Open NFC Fougeres is a two-year-old hen that’s flying her 4th NFC Race, she was a very good youngster, but as a yearling last year she didn’t fly well but pulled it together at Sigogne. This year she has raced with the WoESRC 3 times and CSCFC Coutances two weeks ago. She is flown on widowhood but did receive two tosses this week curtsey of Steve Mosely. I normally find it hard to race hens however Roger Keepin has kindly helped me this year, Roger’s brother Alan helped me for many years and sadly passed away last year, thanks again Roger, without him this result would not be possible. The hen herself is well bred from local National winning lines, her sire is “Nosey” winner of 5 x 1st with 5 channels wins including 1st HLFC, 2nd Sect 2nd Open CSCFC Messac 2749b, 1st HLFC, 1st Sect 3rd Open Nat Messac 6500b, 1st HLFC 6th Sect 37th Open Nat Cholet 6900b plus 1st Club Poole, 1st Club Carentan. His full sister “Pie in the Sky” won 1st Club 1st WoESRC Newton Abbott 5074b. 1st Club 1stWoESRC Exeter 3860b. 1st Champion Old Bird 2013. He is bred from Chips, a son of Chipo of Benny Steveninck and “Golden Hen” from the famous 575 and Truke of Frans Zwols. The dam of “The Nearly Bird” is “Murford Lady”bred by my late friend Brian Milkins, this hen has bred  10 x 1st including 1stEastbourne (9th Open Com), 1st Littlehampton (20th Com 3207b), 1st Portland (2nd Fed), 1st Bedhampton (4th Com 3142b), 1st Bedhampton, 10th Combine 5767b and 1st Club 2nd WoESRC 2325b in 2016 etc. She is bred from Brians famous Blue Pair (Van Dyck/Koopman) and is a sister of “51” 1st Section 4thOpen BBC Fougeres “Champion 30 6th Open CSCFC Carentan9th Open NFC Cholet 8745b32nd Open NFC Cholet 5886b40th Open CSCFC Carentan,43rd Open NFC Carentan 8100b51st Open NFC Saintes 4131b51st Open NFC Carentan83rd Open NFC Saintes, and Champion Shingles” 1st Sect, 1stOpen CSCFC Messac 2734b”

Ever consistent in the section and open results is Nigel Templar who came in second section third open on this occasion. His bird was bred in the stock loft with the sire being a son of his "Gerrit Pair" direct from the late Gerrit Lahuis which they purchased in 2005 and have bred winners all over including combine winners section winners etc. not just for Nigel but others as well. The dam is a bird he acquired off the late Pete Drew when he got rid of all his birds through bad health. She is a dam of winners and is now owned by Nick and Jackie Stone from Portishead, when purchased at his sale of stock birds. In third place was Mike Hathway Bristol who started back in the sport with youngsters in 2015 after a year or so out. He acquired some birds off of friends Steve Moseley and Nigel Templar. The sire of his pigeon which is provisionally 3rd section G 4th open NFC. Fougeres,was bred by Steve Moseley from his Janssen based pigeons originating from Tumley lofts. The dam was bred by neighbour Nigel Templar who he thought he had beaten for the first time in a national, but he had waited a while before verifying just to wind him up. The dam is from his Van Dyke birds, the sire being a direct from the son of
"BOURGES" and the dam from his "Gerrit Pair" down from the "Kanniball". This bird was also 10th section, 21st open CSCFC two weeks before. In fourth position was Joseph Thompson & Son who would like to congratulate Mr Priddle on his national win on what could also be described as a very difficult and challenging day! Secondly, he would like to congratulate Stuart Wilcox on his section G win and 2nd national! His thanks go to his wife “as without her I couldn’t race” and Stu (aka Dad), Uncle Rob Brooks plus Chris Howse for all their help and support they have given him over the years. The cock he timed in was a 3 year old who has been a good cock for him, scoring in the WoESRC Saintes. All his pigeons are fed on Bayers and raced back to a perch. He is unable to commit to any systems due to his very long working hours, and it needs to be a simple system for his wife when he is not around. 

Section H

Taking first spot in section H, Hubert Walker and ‘silent partner’ Les Rodgers timed two widowhood cocks approximately 30 minutes apart. Both widowhood cocks were bred from the same sire, which is a half-brother to ‘Big Smithy’ from Marshall & Smith, who was then paired to two different hens.  Both of these hens were bred by our good friend Jack Walker of Cannock.  One hen was bred through the ‘Gladiator line’ and the second hen was bred through the ‘De Chateauroux line’. Second and fifth was John Black who timed a Blue pied September late bred hen showing out to a cock having her third race. She is bred down from a daughter of Dave Albion’s Tours national winner crossed with a son of Tony Cowan’s “Scottish Cock” on one side and John Chipperfield’s “lady Theresa” lines cross Brian Denny Tuff nut lines. Third place went to R Eccles and Son from Baldock with Des Owens of Newport Pagnell taking forth with a two year old Red cock flying natural. This bird had just one inland race prior to Fougeres as his preparations are a bit behind this season. He is from his original Scottish distance birds down from his former partner, John Clark of Airdrie.

Section I

Long term Committee man Eddy Froggatt won section I with a hen called “Madness” who is full sister to “Fantastic” winner of 1st Sect 2nd Open NFC Cholet against 7000b in 2014. Her sire was bred by the late Frank Tasker being a son of “Filmstar” and her dam from Syndicate Lofts down from “The Young Couple”. Second section was Gavin Duggan who clocked a very small hen with a big heart bred down from his NFC section winner from Messac. He would like to congratulate all the section winners on a very tough day. Third was T J Durrows from Northfield with Shaun Mc Donough taking fourth and fifth positions.

Section J

Martin Williams was first section J with a two year old cock raced on the roundabout system with his G/Grandfather being Roodhooft’s champion “Mustang”.  The winning genes from this line have produced endless winners for him.

This two year old had showed some form in club races, so he was selected for the National in a team of sixteen sent. Judging by the early times he worked out he needed a bird by 14:11 to win the open and he dropped in at 14:31. This was followed by big gaps, only having 5 out of 16 on the day, so it was a trying race. He had 10 out of 16 by the Tuesday night and one reported. Geoff Kirkland timed a 2 year old Cassaert cock to take second, flying on total widowhood. He has always been a good steady pigeon and he gave his all in this race, but by the next morning he was bouncing again. J & B Oakley won third and fourth places with two cocks that had won fourth and fifth section last season from Ancenis as yearlings. They arrived at the loft together again and they share a special bond being in box 1 and 2 next to each other in the loft. They are also half brothers out of their good breeding and racing hen "skyfall" a line of pigeons that seems to be really excelling at the national events. They race cocks on widowhood and these lads have been prepared solely to compete in the NFC program. They were fortunate enough to have 10/12 of their entries back in what turned out to be a very tough race with the birds having to dig very deep. Fifth section was Graham Clift of Tirley who wrote “Well done to all members who were fortunate to have early pigeons in what turned out to be a difficult race for most. My first bird is a late bred yearling having it's second channel race, only having three inland yb races in 2018. The sire has bred me some good pigeons being a brother to Southfield Jane the NFC National winner for Mark Gilbert, the dam a daughter of Rob Rome's Fabia the NFC car winner from Tarbes. I race my birds on a roundabout/chaos system and never pair them right through to Tarbes; of my 12 entries for the Fougeres race I had 5 on the day and 8 in total.”

Section K

1st J R Woods - John's first pigeon is a two-year old hen, flown on the roundabout system.  John tells me she was a very good young bird for him and flew right through the programme but as a yearling she did not show any form at all.  This year she has been raced down to Newbury, which is approximately 150 miles, and then sent to the NFC Fougeres race.  She is a Harthog x Bosua pigeon.  John had two back out of his twelve on the night and still only has half of his pigeons home.

2nd  G Oliver & Son - Mr Oliver has only been competing in the NFC over the last couple of seasons, but he seems to have found a winning formula with the birds, as he had a very good Sigogne race last year, with pigeons out of two cocks he bought from Menne & Daughter and two Brian Denney hens which he paired together.  His winning pigeon this time is a cock out of the same successful bloodline flown on widowhood.  Mr Oliver got three out of his team on the night.  

3rd  S Field - unfortunately we have not been able to contact Mr Field direct as the phone number given appears to be incorrect.  However, from the verifications Mr Field had several returned on the day.  

4th  Pearson & Dransfield - their bird was bred down from a half sister to Frank's NFC winner Tree Top, when paired to a George Hillson cock.  Frank recorded six on the day in what was a very hard race.

5th L & S Gash - Luke and his Dad had a great race getting nine out of their twenty on the day and seventeen home by the time I spoke to him during the week.  Luke's first bird was a yearling hen, flown on roundabout.  The sire of his was a gifted pigeon from Ron Dennett and the dam was a gifted pigeon from Bailey & Ricketts.  This pair has already bred two Fed winners for the father and son partnership - at this rate Ron will be coming round to Luke's to borrow pigeons off him!

Section L

First section went to Ken Powell with a two year old widowhood cock who’s sire was 3rd section from Tarbes and bred by Nev Proctor. The dam is a Jan Aarden bred through Gary Cousins in South Wales. Kens pigeon also takes 1st Eccles 2 Bird. Second was Roger Sutton of Congleton who is continuing his success of 2018. Roger timed two early pigeons in this very difficult race for the long flyers. He did manage to time 5 out of 21 sent on the day and now a week later 17 are back in the loft. His second arrival was 'Astbury Mint' 1st section Sigogne last year, his son was his third arrival who in turn is the sire of his first bird.  So that is son, father and grandfather being his first three birds back.

Third section was G Marskell in Leyland with Lee Davidson & Son in fourth. Lee timed a blue hen which has been a very consistent pigeon flying in the NFC and it’s no surprise that this hen has got another top section result . She’s a daughter of the number 1 stock hen MAX 79 a direct daughter of MAX the only pigeon to ever win the MNFC twice. She’s Dam to many top section and open positions. This 3 year old hen is a full sister to NIFTY FIFTY 1st West section Bordeaux 2015 and half sister to Miss Jubilee Bling 1st section L cholet 2012 & SCARLETT 2nd section L Tarbes 2018. In fifth spot was Campbell Bros & Son from Liverpool who clocked the first yearling in the section. Her sire is a full brother to “Little Gem” Tarbes Grand National winner and her dam is a Jan Theelen gifted by Ronnie Irons which is sister to Classic and Amal winners.

Section N

A very difficult race for the fanciers in the north, this very brief piece was put together by Jeff Walton. Fougeres National 2019 will go down as a disaster of a race for the NFC members in Section N with previous section winners sent and all missing. The members racing season has potentially been wiped out before we start. For the record the Section N result reads M Anderson & Sons of Washington 1st 3rd & 5th Section with three two year old cocks. B Blackett & Son of Butterknowle 2nd & 4th Section with two yearlings, sister & brother from his well established Scottish channel birds. Both lofts draw little comfort from this success balanced against the birds missing. This is echoed throughout the section's members lets hope they work in.

Section O

It seems that the section O fanciers have been struggling to have their birds ready for this first cross channel event of the new season with lower than expected numbers for the Fougeres National. This should not detract from the fantastic performance that Kendal fancier Bruce Blamire has given us. Bruce clocked his very consistent five year old Deweerdt cock at 19:10 on the night to be 1st section O and 66th Open for this 414 mile event. Bruce then managed to clock another bird at 20:44 and a third early next morning to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd section O from five birds entered. As mentioned the section winner is a five year old cock that has previously been across the channel on seven occasions and scored every time including a 1st and 3rd section O last year.

Kris Czaplinski timed his five year old widowhood hen the following morning to take fourth place. The breeding of this hen contains pigeons from both Bruce Blamire and Roy Davies of Port Talbot. Kris was in a very despondent mood when I spoke with him on Wednesday. He sent most of his channel team to this race and so far, has only three returned from his ten. This includes most of the birds that have scored for him over the past few seasons and means he may not be sending again this year.

Section P

First section was P Gosling & Jarvis of Mountnessing. This partnership timed a two year old Cheq hen flown on widowhood and was racing her first Chanel race of the season having previously been sent to six inland training races. She has previously won 46th national Coutances and flew Tarbes last year as a yearling. Her sire was champion racer and breeder “Matt” who himself won in 2006 17th section 27th national Alencon, in 2007 19th section 60th Classic Alencon 30th section 154th Classic Tours 5th section 11th Classic Pau(on the day). In 2008 13th section 112th Classic Alencon, 11th section 47th Classic Bergerac, 2009 18th section 167th Classic Tours 11th section 24th Classic Tarbes. Her dam is a double granddaughter of “Olympic Ric” 1st sect 1st national 58th International Barcelona 6th section 16th national Perpignan 6th section 73rd national Carentan 20th section 91st National Cholet 27th section 223rd National Tarbes 57th National Agen. The partnership had good returns on what turned out to be a very difficult race 11 home from 12 sent. Second section was Trevor and Adrian Wilson of Manuden, Nr Bishop Stortford who wrote “Our timer is a good yearling cock “DROP TAIL” Winner of second section Fougeres with the B.B.C and 4th section Coutances with T.N.F.C last year. His sire is a Busscheart cock we bought at the Epsom show a few years ago and is a G/ grandson of Ron Williamson heartbreaker. His dam is a G/daughter of our top stock cock VERIOUS, bred and raced by C&G KOOPMAN, 5x in the top 100 with 10,000 to 18,000 + birds. VERIOUS a grandson of KLEINE DIRK & ANNELIES, full brother and sister. Winners of 4x 1st, 2 x 2nd etc between them with up to 17,800 birds. Drop tail’s G/ grandam is our Jean Williams stock hen Good eyes, very inbred to DARK TERROR 20 x 1st, WHITSTART 13x 1st, GOOD BLUE 12 x 1st and WHITKOP 12 x1st. 

Third placed bird is a Herman Ceuster bred by Les Hicks of London raced by David Beech. A pigeon bred the same wayn won the London North Road Combine in 2018.  He flys a small team of pigeons and does not send many to the nationals. He has recently moved house and it has taken about 4 years to get a team of pigeons together, and he’s pleased with how things are going this season. In at 4th section P is Mr and Mrs Les Hawkins, they timed a 2015 latebred hen which had previously been to Tarbes NFC, in what has so far been a lightly raced career she had  previously won 2nd club 10th section from coutances . Les tells me that all being well she will be lined up for Tarbes, and she’s certainly bred for the job , being a half sister to a good cock for Les called Domino a winner of 28th and 34th Tarbes National. Their sire is a Van Bruane x eric cannon  cock while the mother is a daughter of Die Hard from Mark Bulled. Les would like to thank Mark in being instrumental in the breeding of this pigeon. In a difficult race Les sent 9 had 3 on the day and 3 more next day. Fifth section was Paul Delea from Rainham. Paul timed a two year old Black pied cock which, in keeping with the way these pigeons are raced, was probably on its second or third race of its life, certainly its first race in 2019. Trained as a YB only, Paul is hoping this could be one of his Tarbes or even a Barcelona entry this year, and it is certainly bred for the job as the sire is Paul’s Barcelona winner and the mother is off brother Dave’s Barcelona winner. Paul sent 15 had 7 on the day and ended up with 10 home safely at the time of writing.

Section Q

Perry Liddle has put together his usual quality report for the Cornish Fancy; “The first NFC race of 2019 was well supported, with Section Q sending what I understand to be record entry with 27 fanciers sending 325 Cornish birds. The expected arrival time came and went it soon became apparent that this was going to be a particularly difficult race with many empty perches by nightfall.

Leading the way with 1st Section Q, Provisional 302nd Open, was Mervin Elliott of Hayle, who timed his 3yo blue chequer cock at 15:36 to record 858ypm. This cock, having his second trip across the water, was spurred on by his family responsibilities; as his chicks had hatched the day before basketing.  He is a Honeysuckle Janssen X Hereman-Ceusters and he has been a really consistent bird for Merv, having flown NFC Messac last year. Merv was quietly beaming over the telephone when we spoke and he was rightfully very proud of his bird’s achievement. Merv is making a real habit of topping the Section; as he also won the section in last years’ first National Race with a cock from the same family. 

2nd Section Q, Provisional 319th Open was Jake Waldock of St Austell, who timed his yearling blue bar cock flying to 10 day eggs at 15:12 to record 844ypm. Jake describes his family has good all-rounders being based around the blood of good multi performance channel birds. His timer contains an eclectic blend of blood including the lines from David Vowles, “Untouchable” from John Halstead, “Silvia” a Spanish Diploma of Merit Award winner from Bill Stribling as well as the Southwell lines of “Lady Jane” a Double Spanish Diploma of Merit Award winner and Jimmy Shepherd. Considering that this was a yearling having his first trip over the channel, Jake could have a real good one for the future.

3rd Section Q, Provisional 336th Open was Mervin Elliott again, this time with a 3yo dark chequer cock sitting 10 day eggs. Vandenabeele X Hereman-Ceusters cock at 15:57 to record 821ypm. This cock was having his second trip across the water having flown Ancenis last year. On what proved to be a very difficult day, Merv’s team did a fantastic job for him, hearty congratulations on behalf of the Cornish Fancy! 

Section W

Derek Jones in Wrexham timed the winner in section W being a granddaughter of “Treble Six” 1st Open MNFC and the “Niort Cock” sire of many section winners. Second was previous Welsh National winners Frampton & Price near Six Bells in South Wales with Williams Bros Son & Burgham taking third and fourth positions. They timed a two year old widowhood cock that was 6ht WNFC Folkstone in 2018 and also topped the section in the WSRF from Bedhampton 2018.

His sire his Burgham brother lines going back to national man with the dam bred by mark Gilbert off one of his best racing sons of “Southfield Supreme” Their fourth position was won with a two year old cock having his second channel race. His sire is Burgham brothers x Boschiend Flyers lines and again his dam bred is by Mark Gilbert being granddaughter to “Southfield Supreme” crossed with Brockamps line.

2nd Sec G-N Templar, Bristol
2nd Sec G-N Templar, Bristol
2nd Sec A-Mr & Mrs Brian Wall, Hava...
2nd Sec A-Mr & Mrs Brian Wall, Havant
1st Sec O-B.Blamire, Kendal
1st Sec O-B.Blamire, Kendal
1st Sec C-B Woods, Shaftesbury
1st Sec C-B Woods, Shaftesbury
1st Sec F-Cosmin Talas, Oxford
1st Sec F-Cosmin Talas, Oxford
3rd Sec P-David Beech, Dunmow
3rd Sec P-David Beech, Dunmow
1st Sec A-D & D McFadden, Cranleigh
1st Sec A-D & D McFadden, Cranleigh
4th Sec C-Mr & Mrs.Hodges, Templeco...
4th Sec C-Mr & Mrs.Hodges, Templecombe
2nd Sec I-G Duggan, Chipping Campde...
2nd Sec I-G Duggan, Chipping Campden
1st Sec I-E W Froggatt, Rugeley
1st Sec I-E W Froggatt, Rugeley
1st Sec L - Mr K.C.Powell, Crewe
1st Sec L - Mr K.C.Powell, Crewe
1st Sec P -Gosling & Jarvis, Mount ...
1st Sec P -Gosling & Jarvis, Mount Nessing
5th Sec J - G Clift, Tirley
5th Sec J - G Clift, Tirley
3rd Sec B-H Laakvand,Portsmouth
3rd Sec B-H Laakvand,Portsmouth
1st Sec H-H Walker,Newark
1st Sec H-H Walker,Newark
3rd Sec J-J & B.Oakley, Whitchurch
3rd Sec J-J & B.Oakley, Whitchurch
2nd Sec H-H Walker, Newark
2nd Sec H-H Walker, Newark
4th Sec G-J Thompson & Son, Bristol
4th Sec G-J Thompson & Son, Bristol
4th Sec L-Lee Davison & Sons, Liver...
4th Sec L-Lee Davison & Sons, Liverpool
4th Sec B-Mr & Mrs M S Gower, Nr Fo...
4th Sec B-Mr & Mrs M S Gower, Nr Fordingbridge
1st Sec J-M Williams, Hereford
1st Sec J-M Williams, Hereford
2nd Sec B-M Collins, Southampton
2nd Sec B-M Collins, Southampton
4th Sec E-Mr & Mrs Chaplin, Woking
4th Sec E-Mr & Mrs Chaplin, Woking
1st Sec E-Mr & Mrs M Dickinson & So...
1st Sec E-Mr & Mrs M Dickinson & Sons, Hemel Hempstead
1st Sec Q-Mr.M.C.Elliott, Hayle
1st Sec Q-Mr.M.C.Elliott, Hayle
3rd Sec G-M Hathway, Bristol
3rd Sec G-M Hathway, Bristol
3rd Sec A-Mr & Mrs T & C Welch, Chi...
3rd Sec A-Mr & Mrs T & C Welch, Chichester
2nd Sec F-Mr & Mrs Webber & Son, Ab...
2nd Sec F-Mr & Mrs Webber & Son, Abingdon
3rd Sec C-Neville & Diana Spracklen...
3rd Sec C-Neville & Diana Spracklen, Dorchester
5th Sec F-J & P Parker Reading
5th Sec F-J & P Parker Reading
1st Sec D-R Goodier & Sons, Marsh G...
1st Sec D-R Goodier & Sons, Marsh Green
5th Sec B-Mr & Mrs S Harris & Daugh...
5th Sec B-Mr & Mrs S Harris & Daughter, Porchester
1st Sec G-Stuart Wilcox, Bristol
1st Sec G-Stuart Wilcox, Bristol
2nd Sec P-Trevor & Adrian Wilson, M...
2nd Sec P-Trevor & Adrian Wilson, Manuden

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Liberation Report Messac 2019

MESSAC 2019 - Race 2
01/06/19 - The birds have been liberated at 07.15 hrs in a South East wind turning to South on the channel and South West in England. Good luck from the Convoyer, Chairman and all the race team.

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Press Report Messac 2019

 

The second race of the season for the National Flying Club took place on the 1st of June from Messac, France. A total of 5128 pigeons were entered by 602 members from Scotland, Wales and England which were liberated at 7:15am into a clear blue sky and light south east wind.

Recording the fastest velocity on the day were Underhill & Prettejohn in Plymouth with two sibling hens that are raced on the natural system. Both bred from the very best of long distance bloodlines, these hens share the same parents and are being prepared to race the Tarbes Grand National in a few weeks time. Arriving together and clocking just seconds apart, they won both 1st and 2nd Open for the partnership who had previously been 1st Open National Flying Club Fougeres in 2017.

After rearing a youngster the race teams are separated and the partners practice widowhood for the cocks and natural for the hens. They used to race the  roundabout system but Mike felt the hens were not happy and moped about a little so they switched over to natural for the hens team. The hens were obviously very well motivated as one was sent sitting a ten day old youngster and the other had been incubating her eggs for fourteen days.

With Tarbes in mind the long distance loft is populated with some of the very best long distance breeding in the UK today, with an emphasis on two day racing. “Wingdown”, “Little Gem”, “True Grit”, “Legacy”, “Rainy Day Boy” and “Incredible” all feature very strongly in the race team, as only direct children will suffice in the select breeding loft. Indeed the sire of the two hens is “Imperial” a direct son of Louellas “Incredible” a 10 times a National / International prize winner from 997km to 1276km

Including 3 x Barcelona 1276km, 46th National Barcelona 8,042b, 48th National

Montauban 8,346b 997km, 115th International Barcelona  27,566b 1276Km

183rd National St Vincent 6,621b 1107Km. When paired to his own daughter with “Amazing Grace” who flew six times Barcelona and Perpignan 698 miles to 798 miles. The dam “National Treasure” is a hen bred by Alwyn Hill direct out of “Wingdown” 1st sect 2nd Open Tarbes 2808b, 1st sect 4th Open Tarbes 3290b, 2nd sect 7th Open Tarbes 3808b from a distance of 676 miles, when paired to a direct daughter of “Isla’s Rainy Day Boy” 1st sect, 1st National and 1st International Pau. He in turn was paired to the “Rozenbrabd Hen“a direct daughter of “Champion 19” 1st Long distance Champion.

So all in all, the two sisters are extremely well bred for the long distance races but failed to get the memo this past weekend. They obviously broke immediately for home, a trait passed down from their illustrious ancestors no doubt, but in doing so they had to cross 120 miles of sea in order to take the direct line to Plymouth, a leap of faith also demonstrated in their pedigree.  The winning hen “Rose”, albeit by a few seconds, was entered into a club show in the winter of 2018 which was judged by Andrew Mabin, who himself is a previous winner of the NFC and was given the grand title of “Best in Show” and “Grace” was given second in the Channel Hens Class so “Andrew really can pick ‘em” said Mike.

Mike and Robbie would like to thank everyone for all the many telephone calls of congratulations and Mike’s neighbour John Vincent who will help with the birds if ever needed.

A long but enjoyable trip for myself on the day after the race and I must say the reception for me in Devon was very warm. They are out on a limb for most of the National races and it is easy to forget just how far west they actually fly. Third open were Mr & Mrs John McClements who arrived to congratulate the boys with Terry Lee also giving out hugs and kisses. I managed to dodge those but received a very nice phone call from committee member Paul Pym to point out the hard work the partnership put into the local clubs and their latest National Flying Club win is well deserved.

1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Pl...
1st Open Underhill & Prettejohn, Plymouth

Section A

Beginning with Gordon and Deila Marsh winning section A with “166” a hen bred down from their Tuplin Barker lines, which have always produced reliable channel pigeons, when crossed with a very good cock from Guy Read in the Isle of Wight. She has previously won 1st Brighton & Worthing 5 Bird Club from Alencon, also taking third section in the BICC this season. Their birds are raced on the roundabout system which suits them best as they like to race both cocks and hens. Gordon said his wife Delia is a very important part of the partnership, having spent all her life competing with horses and now agility dogs, she has excellent stock sense and happy to carry out any chores in and around the loft that may be needed. Continuing on from recent successes in 2nd place, Mr & Mrs Brian Wall would like to congratulate Gordon and Delia Marsh on their first section win. Brians first timer was also 4th section in the last NFC race from Fougeres and always excels in National races. He is a gift pigeon from John Gladwin of Formula 1 lofts and could have won the section twice last year, but was beaten by loft mates. I’m sure his time will come. In 3rd place was D & D McFadden with a yearling widowhood cock having his fourth channel crossing this season. He was given half hour with his hen before going which seemed to motivate them both as she won the club from Carentan and luckily turned up just before him, so he wasn’t disappointed when he returned from the race. He is a son of “Graham’s Girl”, one of Darrens best racing “Cannon” hens. A sample of her best results were 1st Club, 3rd Fed Cholet, 1st club Messac, 56th Open Pau etc. He is also a grandson of “Pau Princess” 1st Sect, 2nd Open BICC, 2nd Open International Pau and “Dark Prince” 5th sect 11th Open Pau.

Kevin King timed a little hen to take fourth section and after beginning the season racing widowhood, he decided to go back to his love of natural racing, which gave him the flexibility he needed to move his successful Angling and Pet Supplies business to a new, and bigger premises.  Mr & Mrs T & C  Welch were fifth with a yearling cock that has been flown twice with the Solent Fed and twice with the NFC. At Fougeres National this pigeon was their second bird to the loft and was the fittest  that returned from that race. He’s made a good start to the racing season.

Section B

For Section B, Bill Edwards has compiled the following; Messac National proved to be a much more testing affair than most expected with the East Wind stronger than predicted across the Channel. Leading the way in Section B is the outstanding loft of Mark Gower from Fordingbridge in the New Forrest and firstly, Mark would like to congratulate all the Section Winners. Mark clocked his very good Yearling cock that recorded 4th Section & 9th Open two weeks earlier from the difficult Fougeres National, two very good results in different conditions. He is bred from Les Green’s best racer, now retired and named “Boonen” when crossed with a Leo Van Rijn hen. The sire paired to a different hen, showed great promise by also producing a 2nd Fed winner three weeks ago. Mark did experience a scare on the day prior to basketing when the section winner was late returning from morning exercise, with two loft mates having recently disappearing believed to be the victims of Raptors. Mark does not train due to the problem with Raptors in the Forrest but has managed a couple training races on the East route thanks to Clive Ret. Mark sent 22 to the race and managed another couple that should feature in the result with 15 home on the day and 2 more the next morning, unfortunately these were both injured. Mark would like to thank his regular “couriers” Andy and Nick.

Taking 2nd position in Section B, is Rob Poole of Romsey. Rob is a relatively new starter to pigeon racing but has produced some outstanding results in the short time that he has been racing. His timer from Messac is a yearling cock flown on the roundabout system and bred by Trevor and Ginny Paine of Bungay in Suffolk. He was previously 11th Solent Fed as a young bird and had been across the Channel from Coutances in preparation for Messac. Rob would like to thank Trevor & Ginny for yet another great pigeon and Mentor Graham May for all the help and wisdom he has given him since introducing him to the sport just 3 years ago. A familiar name in top open positions is Steve Harris of Portchester, he takes 3rd Section B, with a half-sister to his section winner from last year’s Young Bird National. His timer is bred from a son of J & J Meeder’s “Maximus” when paired to a G’daughter of Jan Hoogland’s  ”Mirukuru. She is also a half-sister to Luke & Les Cross’s star performer “Yannick” through the Maximus lines. Michael Moon of Portsmouth is 4th Section B but by the time I tracked him down he was sunning himself in Crete. Already celebrating, no doubt

Taking 5th section B is Mick Bunny from Portchester. Mick clocked a yearling dark Pied cock that was gifted to him by his good friend Bill Ahern of Neesdon, being a Jan Arden X Southwell from the best of Bill’s Barcelona pigeons. Mick prefers the longer distance races and has raced widowhood since 1985 but with impending retirement is experimenting with a form of roundabout. Mick who has previously been 1st British section BICC Dax believes that it is the quality of the pigeon rather than the system that matters.

Section C                                                                              

First section C is Mr & Mrs.Hodges, their winner is a blue cock of John Gerard blood lines. Their second pigeon clocked one minute and seven seconds later is a blue cock De-Rauw-Sablon x Gorden brothers of Ireland. Both pigeons are raced on total widowhood and are looked after by Prilly. The birds are exercised for one hour morning and evening and must fly the full hour so the flag is used if needed. All race pigeons are fed on Vanrobaeys Exclusive with Vanrobaeys Turbo Hydrate and red maize add in the build up to the race. They sent 9 and had 8 on the day all of which returned in good condition with some having ten hours plus on the wing. They would like to congratulate all section winners and Underhill & Prettejohn on being  1st, 2nd  Open and in the picture is Prilly Hodges with Ronnie Hodges holding 1st & 2nd section C winners, also Lilymay Hodges granddaughter. Third was Mr J P Halstead of Gillingham, with a yearling Blue widowhood cock which has only had 6 races in his life so far but has won major prizes in 4 of them. As a young bird he was 5th in the Upton Breeder Buyer from Guernsey, winning £200, then was 2nd Section in the NFC Coutances. This season he has won 1st Club from Fougeres and now 3rd Section from Messac. He is from a daughter of loft foundation breeder “Nyland Ashley” who was 2nd Open from Barcelona back in 2008, when mated with a superb cock “Impden” purchased on Elimar containing Dave Impett and Brian Denny bloodlines. John’s loft seems to be running into form with 1st and 2nd  Dorset Federation on the same day. Fourth was Danny Lanahan, who would like to congratulate the winners Underhill & Prettejohn on taking 1st and 2nd open Messac. He would also like to congratulate Mr and Mrs Hodges on their section win and for taking my birds to the marking station. It’s been a great start to the season for Danny, this being his first year with his yearlings. He has won 1st open CSCFC Coutances 47th open, 8th section NFC Fougeres, plus 2nd 3rd club, 5th 6th Federation Fougeres, 2nd club 4th Federation Carentan, 1st club 8th Federation Carentan. It’s not been an easy year for hinm but he has put a lot of work and early mornings into the birds, and had many loses. He has a couple of more races lined up for his yearlings and will then keep them for next year and concentrate on his young birds. The pigeon he was provisionaly 3rd section with, was also 2nd club 4th Federation Carentan two weeks before. A gift from John Gerard, it is a Van Dyke/ Petrowitz pigeon being raced on his own version of the roundabout system which suits his work Commitments. Fifth was Marg & Lawrence Cowley who timed a two year old Denis Sapin roundabout cock who had also topped the Fed from Yelverton last year and fed Countrywide corn. Neville & Diana Spracklen was up there again and clocked another Daniel Areins hen. She was their first yearling home from Tarbes last year and has been a very consistent bird for them wining several prizes in the specialist club. They will send her to Cholet before going to Tarbes although not all their plans are going to well at the moment, hopefully that will change.  They would like to congratulate the winners and Mr And Mrs Hodges their section winners.

Section D

First and Second section D were the overall winners Mike Underhill and Robbie Prettejohn from Plymouth. They timed their two very well bred, long distance siblings to win 1st & 2nd in the National Flying Club, whilst having a preparation race for the Tarbes Grand National later this month. The dilemma for them now is…to send them or not? time will tell but I am sure the partners will monitor the weather conditions very closely up to basketing day. Mr & Mrs J McClements were third Sect and third Open with a hen named “New Park Lily”, she was also 3rd sect, 6th Open NFC Messac 2018. She is raced on roundabout, with chaos on the day of basketing and in preparation for Messac National, she had a 65 mile trainer up the coast, a Salisbury trainer with the club and the week prior to the race she was taken to Portsmouth and went to Coutances with the Premier 100 club. Fed on Gerry Plus her sire is a German cock bred by Karl Heinz Wichert, bought at Blackpool and the dam was on loan from Lee & Dyer, which they bought from Tumley lofts. Fourth section was John Priscott who said “Well done to the NFC, I sent 4, got 4 in good time”. His blue cock is a Karel Franken X, originating from the late Lenny Watts. Raced as a young bird he went right through the programme with the Devon South Road Fed and the Kingsteignton D.H.S. He was raced on natural system and sent sitting 14 days on eggs. Many thanks to Mark and Sara Beavis for all their work at the club. Fifth section went to Chris Williams with a chequer cock which is one of a draft of young birds gifted by fellow clubmate, Les Jane, when Chris lost most of his darkness YBs 2 years ago. This bird has been raced hard, is consistent and was 15th Section from NFC Sigogne last year. He was raced natural, sitting 2 days. Chris would like to thank Keith Burt for all his help and training.

Section E

In section E, first place went to John Haynes in Maidenhead, his pigeon won as a baby and has been consistent since flying across the water this year. The sire was a gift bird bred by Mark Gilbert and is of “Golden Gaby” “Lover Boy” crossed with “Evergreen Hope” of Koopmans. The mother is “Golden Gaby” cross “Lady Bond”. Gary Inkley was 2nd section with a yearling widowhood cock whoose sire is a grandson of Syndicate lofts “Granger” and “Foxy Lady” via Tim Atkin of Rugby and his dam is a gift from John Crehan of Salford from “RIP” and “SPITFIRE”, which is full sister to the dam of his NFC Saintes winner 2008. This yearling has plenty of previous, as a young bird he was 3rd Fed Blandford, 4th Fed Yeovil, 478th NFC Coutances and 25th open BICC Guernsey. This year he has 2nd Fed Honiton 2521 birds, 20th Fed Honiton (2) 3159 birds and last week was 4th club Falaise. Gary would like to congratulate the winners and section winners. Third and fourth place was Mark Gilbert with a hen whose the father was bred by Jella from his “Silvie” when she was paired to a son of “Kliene Jade” and “New Laureatt” both having won 1st International Barcelona. The Mother was from “Goldern Barcelona” the 2nd ace bird of Europe 3 years running from Barcelona. The second bird was from a son of “New Laureatt” 1st International Barcelona and and a daughter of “Goldern Barcelona”. Stuart Sheffield of Windsor timed a two year old dark chequre  hen to take fifth section. The sire being from Patrick Janseen in Belgium and the dam from James Parker, Stuart had 75% returns on day.

Section F

Once again and for the second race this season, Committee member Cosmin Talas topped section F with the same pigeon he timed from Fougeres. He has called him “Sparky” and has been raced on the widowhood system. “He likes the hard races and he is always there” said Cosmin and he is bred from a cock called “Smurf” which had only raced two Nationals as a yearling but came 21st Open from 3.997 birds and 83rd Open from 6,495 birds. He sent 3 pigeons to the race and I clocked all 3 and would like to thank Alan and Jill Webber and the team for running the marking station at Steventon, “they are doing a fantastic job”. Second spot went to Anton & Segesdy a partnership consisting of Ven Segesdy and Lonut Anton with the birds being raced from Ven's house. Their pigeon is a blue hen bred from parents imported from Romania by Anton and was raced on the natural system. Third was W & D Ward, from Reading and fourth section were Mr & Mrs Paul Kenny & Family, they clocked a yearling red cheq cock bred by Roger Lowe which is raced on the widowhood system. In fifth position was Steven Stokes with a blue chequer cock after driving his hen for six days. It was bred from birds gifted to him by a well known local fancier.

Section G

Winning section G was Richard Whiteside in Bristol and he wrote; Firstly, I would like to congratulate the winner and all the section winners on a great achievement. The hen that topped the section for me is a Heremans-Ceuster, from a direct son of “Rossi” paired to a direct Daugther of “Lichte Blauwe”. I had decided to invest in these pigeons after calling to see my friend Les Green and is lovely wife Ruth, Les is the best pigeon fancier I know and also a first class Auctioneer and a great friend.  Myself and Alan Keepin, who sadly died suddenly over a year ago and whom I deeply miss, decided to visit Les a few years ago. We were greeted with some lovely bacon & egg bap’s from Ruth and Les showed us his fantastic team of pigeons, what stood out the most for us was two fantastic children from “Rossi”. When Les informed us how many winners they have bred, we were amazed and he also told us that in his role as auctioneer he writes hundreds of pedigrees, and the name “Rossi” kept coming up in a lot of top pigeons. So my late friend Alan and I decided to visit Eijerkamp in Holland, to buy some Hereman Ceuster pigeons from their very best.
I formed a great relationship with Henk Jurriens their loft manager and after a lot of persuasion Henk said I could have two from “Rossi”. We also purchased a lot of direct children from all their very best Heremans-Ceuster at the time and our results have been fantastic with these pigeons, especially across the channel. Les Green was right about the children from “Rossi” they are something special, and a Daughter of “Rossi” paired to a direct son of “New Euro” is another good line for me. Last year I had a hen to win 1st section G, 5th open NFC which also topped the federation against 1683b, won two first club, two joint first and many more prize cards whilst still only a yearling. Eijerkamp purchased “New Euro” for a big sum of money a few years ago, and we were lucky enough to be the first persons to buy one from him. I was so impressed with them as they began breeding winners from the first nest, I decided to buy five more direct children from “New Euro”. I would like to thank my partner Julie, who helps me with the birds every day and keeps me motivated making me lots of cups of tea. I would also like to thank Roger Keepin, Alan’s brother, who been coming to help with the pigeons for many years. It will never be the same without Alan but me and Roger do have a laugh about the good times the three of us had (God bless Alan) and a special thank you to my great mentor for many years who I talk to everyday Derek Pedley.

In second place and provisionally 9th Open were S Luff & Walker Bros of Dursley. They wrote;

“Following on from our section win from Messac in the CSCFC we timed our good four year old blue chequer Cock “Stan The Man”. This cock has always been a consistent racer having been 30th Sect, 114th Open TNFC Fougeres 2017, 25th Sect, 46th Open CSCFC Coutances and 3rd Sect 43rd Open NFC Ancenis 2018. “Stan” is raced on the true widowhood system. During the week leading up to basketing he was bouncing around the loft absolutely full of himself, this combined with the forecast predicting race conditions that he likes, prompted the partners to choose him as the pooled bird. When basketing we tried something a bit different with his hen which has paid off, nothing would have stopped him getting in the loft to see her. His sire was bred and gifted to the partners by good friend and club mate Stan Dangerfield. His breeding being from Stans old bloodline Desmet Mathys x “Judes Boy” Stan’s San Sebastian classic winner. This bloodline runs through the loft in abundance being responsible for two Tarbes section winners and numerous other prize winners. His Dam was bred by another good friend Guy Read from Isle of Wight from his good DeWeerdt family, being a grand-daughter of “Nietje” when paired to a grand-daughter of Geoff & Catherine Coopers “George”. Having spoken to Guy just after the race to give him the good news, he told of his recent heart attack, we hope this gives you a boost and your back to top form very soon. Having a great start to the season is Stuart Wilcox in Bristol. His third section G 13th Open NFC Messac is a two year old cock flown on traditional widowhood. This pigeon has won as a youngster and was 1st Club 20th WoESRC Chale as a yearling along with other prizes. He was actually bred by mistake and is the only Long Distance x Short Distance bred bird in the loft. His sire was a latebred g-son of Tarbes National Winners Legacy and Little Gem, being a full brother to 1st WoESRC Coutances 2017 from 2010 birds. The dam is called "Blauwe Dirk" and is bred by Dirk Van Dyck and was purchased at the Blackpool "Golden Duif" auction and this hen has now bred two good winning pigeons. He would just like to congratulate Mike Underhill and Robbie Prettejohn on a fantastic race, Robbie's smile will light up the Prom at Blackpool again this year. Fourth were R E Taylor & Sons in ,Bristol, and fifth section G was Daniel Hocking whose first bird was “Rocket Princess” previously 4th open in this race a year ago. Dropping on the landing board in great form, she is bred from Derek flowers Giessen lines crossed the Premier Stud Herman Ceusters. 

Section H

First Section H was John Searle, with his two year old widowhood hen, bred from a grandson of “Euro Diamond” when paired to a daughter of “George” which came from Brian Long. Dam
of this winning hen is Kevin Foster's double granddaughter of “Southfield Supreme”.  This excellent stock hen has bred some very good racers and breeders for Kevin and Tim Rodwell.

Second was Richard Holmes who has recently retired as East Midland Region Secretary. His blue pied cock is raced on the widowhood system and was basketed on the Wednesday evening, being lifted straight from the perch, no bowl and no hen was shown. He has raced each week in the club programme and this was his first channel race this year. He is bred in the stock loft from a son of my 1st National BICC Le Mans paired to a Jan Aarden and the dam Is a daughter of 2nd National BICC Le Mans paired to a John Ellis pigeon. A double grandson of national winners.

 Congratulations to all the winners and my thanks to Graham Pugsley for transporting the birds to the marking station. Hubert Walker followed up from his section win in the Fougeres race to take third section. His bird is bred from a combination of our own old Sootjen blood line, and pigeons gifted from Keith Morgan of Warsop. Hubert said that silent partner ‘Les Rodgers’ is in charge of all of the breeding, where as  he does all of the racing.  They timed in three birds on the day, with two more coming home the next morning, so are well pleased with that result. 

In fourth place Mr & Mrs.Russ Skinner timed a two year old blue white flight cock which is a son from “Tenkay” one of their best racing hens. She has won Perth twice on the North Road and is a daughter of “Diamond Geezer” 1st open NRCC Thurso and “Charity” 1st open NRCC Perth. His sire is a double grandson of Ko Van Dommelens, “Paarsborst” twice national winner for Ko , this pigeon was purchased from the House of Aarden. All birds are flown on double widowhood. Fifth section was C Crick & Son of Stotfold.

Section I

First Section I were Mr & Mrs.J.Passey & Family who have named their winner “Jaxon’s girl”, after the birth of our newest grandson who was born the week before the race, my congratulations John and Kim. She is a yearling chequer hen, raced on the widowhood system and as a youngster was a consistent performer gaining two minor cards. Her Breeding is a little sketchy as both parents were gifted to us from our good friend Pat Frisby of Hinckley when he ceased racing in 2017, both parents being consistent performers in his race team. Pat is one of a number of people I must express gratitude to, as well as Geoff & Barbara Kirkland without their birds, help and advice, we would not have achieved the success that we have had over the years. Last but not least my family for putting up with all my hours up the garden, especially my wife Kim, for all her help and support.  Clive Yates who still races M Yates & Son timed a two year old hen, raced on total widhowhood, to take second section which was not raced as young bird, and having her first time over the channel.  Clive and his wife did not send to first national race as was away on holiday at start of season so was a couple of weeks behind in preparation.

The sire of his hen is bred by Shaun McDonough he is a direct son of “Ultimate”, described by Shaun as a once in a life time bird. Very few from “Ultimate” have left his loft. This was crossed with a Daughter of my RPRA rose bowl winner for best performance over 450mls a winner of 1st section Saintes NFC twice, 12th open MNFC Boudaux  and many more prizes, full of his MNFC winning  “Wildes”. He would like to say that John Passey"s section winner was a great bird on the day.

Another loft that is always at the top is that of the Prince Brothers. They had two birds arrive together to take third and fourth positions. A blue yearling hen raced on roundabout which is 3/4 Rene nauwelaert 1/4 vandenabeele and their second bird, also a yearling roundabout hen is De Meyer crossed Vandebrande bloodlines. The previous week with the MNFC these two birds also arrived together to be provisionally 4th, 5th NW Sect and 19th, 20th Open. They must like each other's company. The Brothers timed six of their six entries. 

       

Section J

Winning section J Neil Greatwich wrote “Firstly I would congratulate the open winner and all the other section winners. My two year old widowhood cock had flown quite consistently in the Heart of England Federation who’s committee and convoyers I’d like to thank for coming out of their way to pick our pigeons up from our headquarters. My section winner was sent to the BBC Fougeres race which turned out a long fly for him being my third pigeon home out of four but was not affected in anyway. He was switched the week before the Messac race into the Shropshire Federations first channel race and was showing great fitness. Also I’d like to show my appreciation to members of Ludlow HS for loading our Shropshire pigeons week in week out. The dam of this pigeon is a direct daughter of the “Turbo Hen” from Rutzs and son. On the sires side has an extra special meaning as it’s a son of my late grandad Don Weaver Tarbes hen who scored first section J Tarbes (I said it wasn’t a fluke Don). Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who rang and messaged to congratulate me. By the way, the pigeon flew the 316 mile faster than it took me to get the family photo for this report.”

Trevor and John racing as Booth & Roper came in second and clocked their three year old blue checker widowhood hen to take provisionally 2nd section J, 20th open. They have been here before with this hen taking 2nd section J to Martin Williams of Hereford, and 13th open in the final result in this race last year. She is bred from their good stock hen from the lines of Brian Sheppard of Trowbridge and a Jan Aarden cock from Louella Pigeon World, and this was her second channel race this year. To finish in the top 20 of the National two years running is some performance, and they hope to encourage a slight improvement next year. They would like to congratulate the open winners Underhill and Prettejohn taking 1st and 2nd and Neil Greatwich on winning section J. They would also like to congratulate our friends Luff & Walker on taking 2nd section G, 9th open. It was also a good weekends racing for the partners, also winning 2nd section A and 5th open Fougeres in the Midlands Continental Classic. Jonathan Hamplett from Stafford was third section with Arthur Jones in fourth place. Arthurs bird was 47th Section and 273rd Open in the previous Fougeres NFC race and the sire is a son of his Tarbes pigeon flying 646 miles on the day who is now seventeen years old and still filling his eggs, when mated to a

sister of Colin Lloyds “King Arthur” 1st NFC Saintes, his dam is from a son of “King Arthur” mated to a daughter of “Hazel” 5th Open NFC Saintes. In fifth position was M Williams from Hereford.

Section K

Taking first section K was Alex Finley who still races under his fathers name. His first pigeon is a two-year old widowhood cock, the father of which is a Jan Polder cock, when crossed with a Louella De Smaragd hen. It is the first time this cock has been over the Channel this year, but Alex could not remember whether he had sent it over the Channel last year as a yearling. Alex is 72 years old and he says that topping Section K has made his season for him. Second and fourth section were Heeley, Allen & Lambert. When Kevin and Dave started this loft approximately 4 years ago it was with one sole purpose in mind, and that was to do well in the NFC, with Tarbes being the main target. They set about the task by purchasing families of pigeons with distance racing in their blood, Desbuquos from Belgium, Twan Bongers from Holland, plus some individual purchases including a Van Coppenole cock with a string of long distance wins behind him. In addition there have been others, notably a good hen from Mark Sherwood which had won over £1,500 racing. Today's first pigeon comes down from her when crossed with the Van Coppenole lines. The Partnership's next two birds which finished well in the result are Twan Bongers crossed J & K Heeley lines. Third section was the very consistand and well respected loft of Pearson & Dransfield. Frank's first pigeon is the result of a special pairing when Dave Impett paired his best stock cock to “Katie Star” to produce the sire of this pigeon. The Dam was bred by Ron and Nigel Dennett out of their super pigeon “Dark Gem” who won many prizes for this partnership right up to Tarbes. This two-year old widowhood cock was Frank's second pigeon from this year's Fougeres race and last year was the 700-Mile Club's first yearling from Saintes. Frank is not in the best of health and would like to say how much he appreciates his two helpers, Margaret and Jane. Fifth section K were J Wood & Son and John's pigeon is a two-year old hen flown on the roundabout system. Her breeding is Harthog Van Der Belee. In great form, John's section winner from the previous race was his second pigeon home.

Section L

Winning Section L was Joseph Dorning who wrote; “On the Saturday morning the local club was racing from Cheltenham and I had clocked 6 birds in approx 3 minutes doing approx 59 mph. I was contacted by Jim Kenyon asking what speed were the birds doing, as he was flying from Portland and wondered what time I was expecting the NFC birds from Messac. I  told him that I couldn't get on the NFC website to find anything out apart from the liberation time.  

With the speed they were doing from Cheltenham we both agreed that a good pigeon would be just before the hour. Luckily I was sat inside the corridor of the loft having a brew waiting for the last club birds to arrive, whilst taking on my mobile I heard the bobwire go clink. Thinking it was a late club bird, I said “ones just come Jim” but on second glance I realised it was a Messac bird from the NFC and I shouted  “I'VE GOT ONE AND IT'S MY POOLER AND NOMMER”  That's when your heart starts to beat out of your chest which was the same feeling when my “Coronation Queen” won Cholet.  Although I missed seeing it arrive or hearing it drop she could not have been on the loft for long. After it was confirmed that she was 1st Section L & 8th Open I have now called her “Leading Lady No2” She is related to all my top pigeons one way or another, “The Chief Constable”, “More than Just Lucky”, “Postal Strike Cock”, ”Jethroe”, “Leading Lady” and numerous other great pigeons all which can be seen on my website. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the fanciers that have congratulated me and my birds performance”. In second place was Crehan & O'Connor who would like to congratulate Robbie Prettejohn and Mike Underwood on a fantastic achievement winning the NFC and section winner Joe Dorning. Johns pigeon for Team Hooymans UK was “Cease Fire” a two year old blue cock bred by Jan Hooymans in the Netherlands. His CV is littered with top performances and prior to this result he also won 1st NW region Carentan 2018 in a north east wind winning the race by over 20 minutes against almost 4500 pigeons. On that day I believe he had the fastest velocity in the UK from any French racepoint. Inland or channel racing this cock is never far away from the top of the result and he is beign prepared for the next NFC race from Cholet.  Third were Bateman Brothers with a blue yearling cock raced on the roundabout system. He was well pooled and fancied by Eddie because he has had three 1st prizes in the club and a 2nd this season also being 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Fed. His sire is “Old General” the base sire of the loft and his dam is “Ged Unsworth” through T.Kirman “Gay boy lines” and has had 3 x 1st Amal’s, 1st Ormskirk Continental Club and 8th open MNFC. In fourth section was Earnest Sellers with a two year old cock bred by P&D stud of West Brom, and raced on the roundabout system, which was racing his first time over the channel and has been very consistent to the loft. Ernest races a small team and impressed with the condition of birds that returned. Brian + Gary Smith & son were fifth with a chequer pied widowhood cock, bred from pigeons purchased off the Padfield Family and sent driving his hen. 

Section N

Jeff Walton kindly assisted me once again by putting this section N report together; In section N Brian Wiemer & Son of Hartlepool had a really good day with his celibate team winning 1st 3rd & 4th Section. All three birds are from Brian's own family strain the “Van Wiemers”. He put this recent success totally down to the 'education' his birds get from flying the central route with the North East Central Route Flying Club (NECRFC). Brian Hopper & Son of Ryton were 2nd Section with their three year old Busschaert hen flying to a week old youngster. They too value the importance in flying in the NECRFC for the education of their birds for the NFC nationals. Dave McSween & Jim Sexton, renouned for their success with youngbirds winning at 400 miles plus, were 5th Section with a two year old cock bred down through their “Wearside Lass” & Nick Adshead's “Millie” birds, flying to chipping eggs. Barrie Blackett & Son of Butterknowle continued with his Fougeres success by winning 6th Section with a well fancied yearling hen through his well established Scottish strain.

Section O

Robert Hodgson also helped out by sending in the following report for section O; For the second race in a row Bruce Blamire takes 1st and 2nd Section O. This is another fantastic performance from Bruce, however when you find out that the two birds are the same two birds that won 1st and 2nd section O from Fougeres two weeks previous you begin to realise that Bruce is a special fancier with a couple of very special pigeons.  Once again Bruces’ five year old Deweerdt cock takes 1st section O, making it two section wins this year and three in total. The bird in 2nd position is only 2 years old and is another Deweerdt pigeon. This one hopefully has a bright future ahead with two 2nd section positions to its credit. Another Kendal fancier, Dave Travis, takes 3rd, 5th and 6th section O with a very good team performance. Dave sent thirteen birds to the race and had five back on the night and another seven the following day. Most of Daves birds are Southwell/ Crowder based and flown natural. His first bird has not done anything of note in the past, however his second bird has scored from Ancenis and Messac last year and his third pigeon was 2nd section from Signone last year. Kris Czaplinski was the other fancier to clock a bird on the day of liberation when timing his five year old bird from Bruce Blamire and Roy Davies origins to take 4th section.

Section P

Kevin Foster put together this report for his section; Leading section P in a challenging race for the east side of the country is Bruce McAllister in Hertforshire. Bruce timed a two year old hen raced on the roundabout system. She is Heremans Cuesters bred from stock via Derek Nichols in Barry Island. She had been very consistent up to now but without any previous major prizes. Bruce doesn’t have any specific plans for the rest of the year for her but probably won’t send her much further and keep her back for similar distances. He entered 15 and has 13 back and with previous form in winning the local fed a couple of times plus winning the section from an earlier BBC race, he is hoping the form holds as he also has a couple more which will be well up in the section result. In at 2nd section is the ultra consistent partnership of Keith Gosling and Mick Jarvis. The partnership timed a two year old mealy cock flown on widowhood and after five inland training races, this was his second Chanel race of the year having also flown Falaise last weekend. His sire is a red cock bred for stock and a son of champion racer and breeder “Matt”. Matt is responsible for many prize winners for themselves and other fanciers including their section winner at NFC Fougeres two weeks ago and “Chantel”, last years 3rd NFC Tarbes winner, when paired to a chequer hen winner of 30th National Fougeres 103rd National Le Mans, 168th National Fougeres, a full sister to the partnerships “Barca 46” 1st section 2nd National Barcelona and 4th section 6th National Barcelona. His dam was Mealy hen “Champion Black Eyes” she was raced north as a young bird winning 1st club 5th fed Market Rasen, 1st club 9th Fed Ripon, then as an old bird she was turned South winning 2nd National Coutances, 48th National Guernsey,  87th National Poitiers. Black Eyes is a daughter of “Champion Matt” paired to “Champion Astra” 4th National Bordeaux, 15th National Bordeaux, 18th National Saintes, 19th National Guernsey, 50th Fougeres, 69th National Fougeres, 129th National Bordeaux and 153rd National Falaise. The partnership entered 18 birds with 14 arriving back to the loft on the day. Mick said it was like being in a different race this side of the country, they had six hens flying between 12 and 13 hours to get home on the night, with the last arrival being at 20:45. The partnerships next NFC race will be Tarbes. At 3rd section P is Mick Sontag and son from Harlow. Mick timed a yearling dark cheqer cock which has had 4 races this year where he has been consistent throughout without showing previously. Bred from his friend Mark Bulled’s stock, he is set to go to the next NFC race. Mick is being patient this year as having taken a holiday at the start of the season he feels that he has been a couple of weeks behind with finding form so hopes this could be the start of a good run, Mick sent 6 and had 5 return in good time. At 4th section is Trevor and Adrian Wilson from Manuden in Hertfordshire who had two yearlings out of three sent, on the day. Their first bird was a little blue yearling hen called “Nice Surprise”. As a baby she won 3rd Blandford, 2nd Yeovil, 1st Yeovil, 6th section, in the National Flying club Coutances and 226th open B.I.C.C Gurnsey 2. Her sire is their Grizzle Jean Willems stock cock “First Blood”, so called as he was lot one in Jeans first ever sale. Jean only raced 12 cocks and this family of birds have been closely inbred for about 100 years, as this family was his fathers inbred birds. The dam of “Nice Surprise” is a Koopman, daughter of top stock cock “Verious” bred and raced by C & G Koopman. A winner of 9th section 10,171 birds, 31st 12,389 birds, 28th 10,811 birds, 94th 18,543 birds, 79th 13,008 birds. He’s half brother to “Magic Man” the bird that beat over 10,000 birds. He is sire and grandsire of birds to win for then right up to 9th open B.I.C.C Falaise etc, they only breed one or two rounds from him each year and he still filled his eggs this year at 15 years old. Fifth section is Pat Newell of Billericay in Essex. Pat timed a yearling hen which was sent sitting around 8 days. She is bred from a cock via John Searle and a hen of Pat’s own family, established from years of exchanging pigeons with other successful fanciers. She had previously been a consistent young bird and this year dropped from Alencon at around 7pm in the evening, none the worse after flying all day. On her return from Messac she looked really well so Pat has her pencilled in for the next NFC race. He sent 5 and had 3 up to Sunday evening.

Section Q


Perry Liddle has put together this comprehensive report for section Q; “After a very difficult opening race from Fougeres, entries plummeted from the section with only 17 fanciers sending 75 birds to Messac, but leading the way and timing an absolute beauty for 1st Section, Provisional 5th Open, was Chris Boyce of Perranporth, who timed his yearling blue chequer pied hen, flying to 9 day eggs, at 11:13 to record 1696.96ypm. This hen, having her first trip across the water, is a Jan Aarden bred from stock obtained from the House of Aarden. Her sire, is an inbred son of Black Rico, the full brother of Rodico 1st International Barcelona 2006, when paired to his own daughter, when he was paired to Nellie’s Lelly, the fabulous daughter the 2009 International Barcelona winner Nellie. Her dam, is from a son of Magic Man, bred by Jan Polder from Black Magic Woman, 1st. International Ace Pigeon Pau over the years 2004 to 2008 (5 years ranking), when paired to a daughter of Maximus, the son of Julio, 3rd National St Vincent when paired Maxima, 1st National St Vincent. Chris told me that although he was expecting a fast race, he had only just set up the ETS and was inside doing some loft chores when he heard the trap close in the next section and suddenly a bird landed on the loft floor. She looked an absolute picture and had made light work of her 230 mile journey. Chris explained that he had pigeons when he was a boy until other interests got in the way. After a long career in the Royal Air Force, he retired four years ago and decided that he would start keeping racing pigeons once again. With distance racing in mind he has obtained some of the finest long distance stock available and so the fun began. This year, he is experimenting with getting his pigeons fit around home and jumping them into their chosen race. He has decided that everything in the loft must have at least one race from France and in preparation, his winner had previously been to Frome when she was third to the loft, before being sent to Messac to win the Section. Well done Chris, congratulations from the boys in Cornwall on a wonderful performance. Second Section Q, 12th Open was Lee Luscombe and Mr and Mrs Steve Wright, flying to Lee’s address in Roche. They timed their good three year old blue chequer celibate hen known as “Q Queen”, at 11:14 to record 1652.81ypm. Q Queen was timed from Tarbes last year to win 1st Section Q, 99th Open when she received her name for her efforts. I actually shared a cup of tea with Lee in his garden between 10:30 and 11:00 and when I left said if you stay a bit longer she will be here in a minute.  I had literally just arrived home when my phone rang at 11:20 and Lee said “I’ve got her, Q Queen at 11:14”. She is absolutely bred for the job, being a granddaughter of the fabulous “Cracker” (the winner of 1st and 3rd Open BICC for the Luscombe’s) when crossed to a hen of De Rauw Sablon lines obtained from Roger Phillips of Guernsey. This hen has always been brilliantly consistent, having previously scored 5th Section Fougeres, 6th Section Messac as well as 1st Section Tarbes last year. Lee explained that he had not planned on sending his Tarbes pigeons to Messac, but as with the weather forecast of a touch of south east in the wind, he saw it as the ideal opportunity to get another sharpener into his Tarbes team. After this great performance it will be interesting to see how Q Queen does from Tarbes this year.  Third section was the ever present Keith Frost of St Austell who timed his 2yo blue bar, roundabout cock, at 12:07 to record 1327.30ypm.  Keith is having his usual top season and he has won the last five races on the bounce in our local St Austell Club.  Normally his team of Frans Zwols pigeons hold all before them, but on this occasion, his timer is from Ian Camron of Lincolnshire bloodlines. However, the profile of Keith’s pigeon is very typical of his widower and roundabout teams, lots of previous form and the winner of 2 x 3rd Club as well as 1st Club and Federation. Now taking a good position from the Channel as well simply proves what a good dual purpose family Keith has developed.

In fourth position was Jake Waldock of St Austell, who timed his yearling dark bar cock, calling his hen to nest, at 12:10 to record 1317.91ypm. Jake describes his family has good all-rounders being based around the blood of good multi performance channel birds. His timer, which was the same cock bird as Jake timed from Fougeres, contains an eclectic blend of blood including the lines from David Vowles, “Untouchable” from John Halstead, “Silvia” a Spanish Diploma of Merit Award winner from Bill Stribling as well as the Southwell lines of “Lady Jane” a Double Spanish Diploma of Merit Award winner and Jimmy Shepherd. Considering that this was a yearling, 319th Open Fougeres and now 303rd Open Messac, Jake certainly has a real good one for the future. Fifth section was Peter Remphry of St Austell, who timed his 2yo blue bar cock, flying to 8 day eggs, at 12:25 to record 1244.74ypm. This chap was unraced as a youngster and yearling and he was only having his third race of the year having been to Honiton and Yeovil in preparation for Messac. Peter, who is one of the gentlemen of our sport, describes his birds as a bit of a Pick “N” Mix, being a Van Bruaene base with a little Kirkpatrick and Dordin crossed in for good measure.

Section W

Winning section W was K Lloyd & S Bagnall, with a 5 year old hen flown on roundabout of Buschaert bloodlines, and has previously won 3rd Carentan 11th Federation, 2nd Wrexham Two bird Messac, 3rd section Fougeres 560th open NFC, 3rd  section 67th open NFC Messac, and 20th section 96th open Tours MNFC, she has two sisters that have both topped also the section. Second place were Howells & Johnson from Risca. They timed a two year old blue hen that had previously been 80th Messac in 2018. She is 100% Geoff kirkland from a grandson of “the Snake” when paired with a pigeon down through the "The Streeter", bred and raced by Frank Bristow in Horbling, which had won twenty first prizes in the club and topped the Federation five times. The dam was first section J 9th Open NFC against 8,635 birds which was also from Geoff Kirkland “Snake” lines. In third was Mark Sparey who timed a very good blue cock which has won 1st, 2nd, and now 3rd section NFC being six times in the top ten of the NFC section, he was a gift bird from his good friend Steve Bennet of Bristol. Fourht were W Collier & P Edwards, with a two year old dark cock having only its second ever channel race and is raced on the roundabout system. The bird was bred by Phil Silverthorne, a fellow Six Bells club member out of his 1st Open federation Bergerac winner. Fifth section W was Andrew McFenton, from all the way over in Swansea, West Glamorgan. Well done Andrew.

Lastly, one or two I had spoken to did not think their timings held enough merit to deserve a few sentences in this report, which is a shame. To compare a section time against the open winners or winners of a neighbouring section completely diminishes the very reason we have section prizes. Any member who times a bird in the top of their section should be proud as National competition is as difficult as Pigeon Racing can get in the UK. It has been said to me many times that todays news is tomorrows Chip Paper, the time your pigeon arrived will soon be forgotten but the section positions it has won will not. Be proud of your birds achievements, they will have given you the best performance they could on the day. Any news or views to me Chris Sutton at or 01530 242548 07792356330    

1st Sec L-Joseph Dorning, Preston
1st Sec L-Joseph Dorning, Preston
3rd Sec D-Mr & Mrs J McClements, Pl...
3rd Sec D-Mr & Mrs J McClements, Plymouth
3rd Sec A-D & D McFadden, Cranleigh
3rd Sec A-D & D McFadden, Cranleigh
3rd Sec G-Stuart Wilcox, Bristol
3rd Sec G-Stuart Wilcox, Bristol
5th Sec G-Daniel Hocking, Bridgwate...
5th Sec G-Daniel Hocking, Bridgwater
2nd Sec J-Booth & Roper, Tewkesbury
2nd Sec J-Booth & Roper, Tewkesbury
1st Sec N-Brian Wiemer & Son, Hartl...
1st Sec N-Brian Wiemer & Son, Hartlepool
1st Sec P-B McAllister, Nr Buntingf...
1st Sec P-B McAllister, Nr Buntingford
2nd Sec L-Crehan & O'Connor, Manche...
2nd Sec L-Crehan & O'Connor, Manchester
1st Sec Q-Mr Chris Boyce, Perrenpor...
1st Sec Q-Mr Chris Boyce, Perrenporth
5th Sec D-C Williams, Plymouth
5th Sec D-C Williams, Plymouth
2nd Sec I-M Yates & Son, Tamworth
2nd Sec I-M Yates & Son, Tamworth
1st Sec F-Cosmin Talas, Oxford
1st Sec F-Cosmin Talas, Oxford
3rd Sec O-Dave Travis, Kendal
3rd Sec O-Dave Travis, Kendal
1st Sec B-Mr & Mrs M S Gower, Nr Fo...
1st Sec B-Mr & Mrs M S Gower, Nr Fordingbridge
2nd Sec E-G Inkley, Uxbridge
2nd Sec E-G Inkley, Uxbridge
3rd Sec D-Mr & Mrs J McClements, Pl...
3rd Sec D-Mr & Mrs J McClements, Plymouth
3rd Sec D-Mr & Mrs J McClements, Pl...
3rd Sec D-Mr & Mrs J McClements, Plymouth
1st Sec A-G & D Marsh, Southwater
1st Sec A-G & D Marsh, Southwater
4th Sec P-Gosling & Jarvis, Mount N...
4th Sec P-Gosling & Jarvis, Mount Nessing
4th Sec H-H Walker, Newark
4th Sec H-H Walker, Newark
3rd Sec G-Stuart Wilcox, Bristol
3rd Sec G-Stuart Wilcox, Bristol
2nd Sec L-Crehan & O'Connor, Manche...
2nd Sec L-Crehan & O'Connor, Manchester
3rd Sec C-Mr J P Halstead, Nr Gilli...
3rd Sec C-Mr J P Halstead, Nr Gillingham
1st Sec E-J F Haynes, Maidenhead
1st Sec E-J F Haynes, Maidenhead
1st Sec I-Mr & Mrs.J.Passey & Famil...
1st Sec I-Mr & Mrs.J.Passey & Family, Norton Juxta Twycross
4th Sec D-John Priscott, Newton Abb...
4th Sec D-John Priscott, Newton Abbott
1st Sec H-John Searle, Cambridge
1st Sec H-John Searle, Cambridge
4th Sec O-Krzysztof Czaplinski, Ken...
4th Sec O-Krzysztof Czaplinski, Kendal
2ng Sec G-S Luff & Walker Bros., Du...
2ng Sec G-S Luff & Walker Bros., Dursley
6th Sec B-6B Mr & Mrs Bunney, Ports...
6th Sec B-6B	Mr & Mrs Bunney, Portsmouth
1st Sec J-Neil Greatwich , Cleobury...
1st Sec J-Neil Greatwich	, Cleobury Mortimer
9th Sec C-Neville & Diana Spracklen...
9th Sec C-Neville & Diana Spracklen, Dorchester
1st Sec C-Mr & Mrs.Hodges, Templeco...
1st Sec C-Mr & Mrs.Hodges, Templecombe
3rd Sec I-Prince Bros., Cheadle
3rd Sec I-Prince Bros., Cheadle
1st Sec G-R & J Whiteside, Bristol
1st Sec G-R & J Whiteside, Bristol
3rd Sec B-Poole & May Bros., Salisb...
3rd Sec B-Poole & May Bros., Salisbury
5th Sec H-Mr & Mrs.R.Skinner, Bosto...
5th Sec H-Mr & Mrs.R.Skinner, Boston
4th Sec B-Mr & Mrs S Harris & Daugh...
4th Sec B-Mr & Mrs S Harris & Daughter, Porchester
8th Sec E-S R Sheffield, Windsor
8th Sec E-S R Sheffield, Windsor
5th Sec A-Mr & Mrs T & C Welch, Chi...
5th Sec A-Mr & Mrs T & C Welch, Chichester
6th Sec P-Trevor & Adrian Wilson, M...
6th Sec P-Trevor & Adrian Wilson, Manuden

Liberation Report Fougeres 2019

FOUGERES 2019 - Race 1
19/05/19 - The birds at Fougeres have been liberated in bright blue skies at 7.45 am in a 4 mph West North West wind. The birds cleared the site in two minutes.  

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.

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Convoyers Report - Cholet 2019

This week, only one transporter was required as the total number of birds in this race was approximately ...

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Press Report Tarbes 2019

The first place in National Flying Club Tarbes Grand National is the most coveted title in the UK pigeon sport without exception. It presents the biggest haul of silverware that can be won in any race in the country, accumulated in more than 100 years of the National Flying Club history.

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Liberation Report Cholet 2019

CHOLET 2019 - Race 3
15/06/19 - The birds at Cholet have been liberated at 7.00 hrs in a South - South West wind. Good luck from the Convoyer, Chairman and all the race team

Meeting May 2019

The National Flying Club Management Committee are holding a meeting on Wednesday 5th June, 2019, amongst different items on the Agenda, the committee are having an inquiry in to the Fougeres National Race liberation. The meeting will start at 10.30 am and will be held at the Alveley marking station, "Alveley Sports & Social Club, Button Hole, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6JX".

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Convoyers Report - Tarbes 2019

With all collections done on both sides of country, we only mustered just under 2,000 birds. Collecting from Sunday and meeting at Cosham, near the docks on Tuesday where all the birds were transferred on to one vehicle.

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Press Report Tarbes 2019

The first place in National Flying Club Tarbes Grand National is the most coveted title in the UK pigeon sport without exception. It presents the biggest haul of silverware that can be won in any race in the country, accumulated in more than 100 years of the National Flying Club history.

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2019 National Flying Club Auction

 

AuctionLot 1 A pair of 2019 Young Bird from the one and only Geoff & Barbara Kirkland.A pair out of the stock loft from the 1st round, birds will be paired up after Blackpool

Lot 2 John Crehan – Winner 1st Open NFC 2018 has kindly donated a 2019 Young Bird, the pick of the stock loft, what an offer!

Lot 3 A.G Clements – Fairfield Lofts A fabulous Young Bird direct from ‘SUPER 91’ 31 st Open NFC Fougeres 8,932 birds, 174th Open NFC Messac, 359th Open NFC Cholet, 183rd Open NFC Carentan 8,448 birds, full pedigree on auction site.

Lot 4 Mickey Locke – Winner of 1st Open NFC Tarbes , the young bird will be a G.Child of ‘THE PHOENIX’ 1st Open NFC Tarbes.

Lot 5 Brian Lee – A G.Child of ‘POGBA’ x ‘JENIFER ECCLES’, in Brian’s words “My 2 best racing pigeons” both serial winners.

Lot 6 Bateman Bros – G.Child from 2 x 1 st Open Midlands National Flying Club.

Lot 7 Richard Turner – Sire of young bird is direct Eijerkamp, dam is direct J & J Kaman.

Lot 8 G Treharne & son – Direct Child 1st Open BICC Le Mans 2,850 birds 2018.

Lot 9 Mark Sparey – 2nd round Young Bird from the stock loft.

Lot 10 Cosmin Talas – Offers a 2018 summer bred cock being half brother to ‘DARK GEM’ Multi-National prize winner.

Lot 11 Sherman & Wells – Direct Young Bird from ‘THE TARBES COCK’ 1st Sect 17th Open NFC Tarbes, 3rd Sect 62nd Open NFC Tarbes.

Lot 12 Neville & Diane Spracklen – A March Young Bird and will be G.Child 1st Open NFC, Sire is G.son ‘HARRY’ Jan Hooymans.

Lot 13 Lee Davison – Sire of Young Bird is direct J.D Poortvliet G.son ‘FREDDY’, Dam direct Nigel LaycockG.Daughter of ‘IRON LADY’.Lot 14 J & P Parker – Full details will be on website.

Lot 15 John Gerard – Superb offer of Late March Young Bird which will be full brother or sister to Nigel Templers 1st Open National 2016.

Lot 16 Wright & Luscombe – A 2018 offering, photo of pigeon and details on Website

Lot 17 B & P Winter – 2019 young bird with a choice of cock or hen from ‘DAVID’ full brother to the sire of ‘LITTLE GEM’ 1st & 14th Open NFC Tarbes x ‘ASARI’ Direct Dtr ‘NEW GEM’ 8th & 41st Open NFC Tarbes.

Lot 18 Lloyd & Bagnall – Sire of Young Bird is Cuester 5th, 11th, 11th Federation.

Lot 19 P & D Hughes – Both Sire & Dam of the Young Bird are G.Children of the world famous ‘HARRY’

Lot 20 John Cowlin (Formula 1 Lofts) – A 2019 Frans Zwol Young Bird Direct from ‘TITAN’ top breeder including 2nd Open NFC Ancenis, 26th Open NFC Fougeres.

Lot 21 John Cowlin (Formula 1 Lofts) – A 2019 Frans Zwol yb Direct from ‘GRANDADS DREAM’ brilliant  racer, winner of many prizes including 1st Club, 1st Fed, 1st Combine Thurso 512 miles, superb offering here.

Lot 22 John Sexton – A 2019 Young Bird being G.Child the Number 1 Stock cock ‘72’ responsible for 17th, 73rd, 48th, 132nd & 17th UNC Bourges.

Lot 23 Jeff Walton & Son – Mid May young bird from Sire of 1st Sect N Ancenis 509 miles & Dam of 1st Sect N.Messac 477 miles.

Lot 24 Shackleton & Son – Sire of Young Bird is double G.Child ‘MONA’ 1st International Narbonne 12,605 birds.


The auction starts on Thursday 17th January and runs for 10 days,further detailsand pedigrees of all birds for sale are on the website To access the auction site logon to: http://www.comparethepigeon.com/catalog.asp?catid=362&n=Pigeon-Auction