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BHW Show of the Year 2023

The largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the United Kingdom – the BHW Show of the Year 2023 – took place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, over the weekend 21st-22nd January.  Sadly, due to the avian influenza surveillance zones in force, there were no actual show classes, but it was still a great opportunity for […]

RPRA National Awards 2022

The RPRA National Awards for 2022 have now been determined. As last year, the majority were decided by coefficient calculations, others by decision of the RPRA Council. The award winners are listed below – our congratulations to them all. The full list, including performances and calculations, can be seen here. The awards will be presented […]

GB23 Ring Orders

While all pre-ordered rings were dispatched at the beginning of December, it is not too late to order your GB23 rings, of course.  To order by post, click on the appropriate image below to download the form, and complete and send it to RPRA HQ with a cheque or postal order for the relevant payment. […]

New British Homing World website

The British Homing World magazine now has its own website and social media, featuring pigeon racing related articles from around the UK and beyond. The links are: www.britishhomingworld.com facebook.com/britishhomingworld twitter.com/bhwpigeons The British Homing World is the most popular pigeon racing weekly magazine in the UK with a weekly circulation of approximately 20,000 copies sold every […]

Harry stars in ‘We Are England’

‘We Are England’ on BBC1 North East & Cumbria on Friday evening featured young fancier Harry (9) from Newcastle. The programme followed his first pigeon racing season, as he learned about training and nurturing birds ahead of their first race.  You can watch the programme on the BBC iPlayer.    

Animals in War Memorial Service

RPRA President, Les Blacklock, and his wife Meryl attended the Animals in War memorial service which took place at the Memorial on Park Lane, London, on the 10th November. The service was well attended, with most animal charities represented. Pigeons were mentioned first in the eulogy, and several speakers also gave moving accounts of their […]

All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting

A meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pigeon Racing was held on Wednesday 19th October, chaired by Simon Mackown for Defra and attended by Les Blacklock, Chris Sutton, Richard Chambers and David Higgins (all representing the RPRA), Hazel Carter (Natural England), Chris Calow and Howard Jones (both RSPB), and Becca Blewett (Defra). The […]

Minibus still going strong

In 1998 Sylvia Smith of the Serve (Supporting Independence) organisation in Northamptonshire approached the BHW Show of the Year committee for assistance in purchasing a minibus, which was in service for 12 years. In April 2014 the Show of the Year helped to fund a replacement bus, and this second minibus is still going strong, […]

One Loft Young Birds 2022 Final Race

The RPRA One Loft Young Birds 2022 Final Race took place today from Sennen Cove, a distance of 199 miles 264 yards.  297 birds were released at 09:00am and cleared online heading North West. The top 10 result is below. Click on the image to see the full result. Click here to see the Final […]

School Loft on The One Show

Last night’s edition of BBC1’s The One Show featured the school loft at Mount Carmel RC High School, Accrington, who fly with Oswaldtwistle HS. The episode is available on iPlayer for the next four weeks. Click on the image to go to the link. (The feature starts at around 03.45)