Cropthorne with Charlton CofE First School, near Pershore in Worcestershire, have a bird entered in the 2012 One Loft Race, which has been donated free of charge by John Fretwell of Twyford, near Evesham. John recently visited the school, taking along a number of pigeons and speaking to the pupils about the sport. Alison Paul sent us these […]
Members of Carrick & District Homing Society worked closely with workers from South Ayrshire’s Community Safety Team to deliver the latest ‘Doo the Right Thing’ Project. A presentation on pigeon racing was given to the school’s Primary 5 pupils, which consisted of an outline of the history of pigeon racing, names of famous people who […]
Watch this brilliant light-hearted film from Martell Animation. At the end there is also a link to some fascinating podcasts on the making of the film, including this one showing how Lucas Martell modelled the pigeon character.
Long-time RPRA member Dennis Sanders of Great Barr, Birmingham, carried the Olympic Torch through the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley when it visited his home city on Saturday 30th June. Dennis, now 75, is an army veteran, and has been releasing white pigeons at military commemorations and memorial services for many years. In fact, HM The Queen […]
Radio producer Dave Williams has recently created a radio documentary, entitled ‘Fancy That! The Pretender To Pigeon’s Top Perch’, which follows young fancier Joseph Hughes, a 14 year-old from the Merthyr Valley, as he looks to make a name for himself in the world of pigeon racing and breeding. Follow this link to read more and to listen […]
Chris Williams, a disabled member of the RPRA in Weymouth, has spoken out about his concerns for the future of his favourite sport. Chris has raced pigeons with his father since he was 12 but says this has been ruined by a growing threat. He and other local pigeon fanciers say sparrowhawks in Dorset cause […]
This little chap, called Percy and belonging to Bernard Chambers of Cannock, Staffs, was entered in a race from Fougeres on 9th June, but unfortunately didn’t make it home. Rather than flying the 303 miles back to Cannock, it would appear that he landed on a ship and enjoyed a leisurely cruise across the Atlantic, turning […]
2012 is seeing the peak of the latest sunspot cycle, during which solar storms can wreak havoc with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The articles attached below explain the related phenomena. Do they perhaps also explain the low number of race returns this year? High Sunspot Activity
The RPRA’s own Karen James has this story from the weekend: “One of my partner George’s tanker drivers was delivering at Camborne at the weekend and found this little fellow had bagged a ride on his truck. All the drivers are now convinced George has trained our birds to keep an eye on them at […]
Former England football captain and avid pigeon fancier, Gerry Francis, spoke to the Daily Mirror about his pigeons and England’s chances at the Euro 2012 tournament. Read the article here.