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Top Pigeons donate generously to the Show of the Year

Top Pigeons arranged a moot at the BHW Show of the Year 2019 in Blackpool, with a top class panel consisting of Mark Gilbert, Piet De Vogel, Jan Polder, Joost De Smeyter and Gerald Schalwijk, chaired by Dave Valantine. The moot was very well attended, and a small select group of pigeons were auctioned off […]

RPRA launches new Club Insurance Scheme

Commencing on 1st March 2019, the new Club Insurance Scheme provides as standard Public Liability Insurance for £5M, Employers Liability Insurance for £10M, ‘All Risks’ cover on property belonging to affiliated RPRA clubs consisting of but not limited to timing clocks & Electronic Timing Systems, computer equipment, baskets, crates and trophies up to £15,000 in […]

Airshow Calendar 2019

In addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, we are now approaching the season when airfields around the country hold local air shows. With increased summer flight activity and the pigeon season we would ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra vigilant […]

Updated liberation site maps

An up-to-date version of the UK liberation site map, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions, is available to download – click on the image right to download the map in .pdf format. Updated A3 size printed versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps may be obtained free of charge from […]

Registration of NWHU Rings

With effect from 22nd February 2019 all rings issued by the North West Homing Union (NWHU) that are raced or shown under RPRA rules have to be registered with the RPRA by 1st April (or 1st July for 2019 rings). This follows the decision taken by the RPRA council that all rings issued by unions […]

Annual General Meeting 2019

The 123rd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association took place at the Novotel Hotel, Long Eaton, Nottingham, on Friday 22nd February. The minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here.  Above is a photo of the full Council, and below that of the President and Vice Presidents with the Chief Executive following […]

RPRA Drug Testing Programme 2019

Council of the RPRA has approved drug testing for the 2019 season For 2019 the RPRA will again be using a UK-based laboratory for its drug testing programme. The process is detailed within Appendix G of the RPRA Rules, and includes the following: • Only trained personnel will be able to carry out sample collections […]

Wreaths laid on behalf of pigeons in war

Jimmy Nelson, President of the RPRA Cumbria Region, and Billy Smith, President of the Scottish National Flying Club,  laid wreaths at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres in recognition of the role played by homing pigeons in both world wars. Many thousands of fanciers gave their birds to the forces to act […]

Show of the Year funds Holisfit Project

The BHW Show of the Year has donated £1000 towards a new cancer rehabilitation project called Holisfit. This new group will be for people who are going through or recovering from cancer, and will offer exercise support and holistic treatments at SERVE’s Therapy Centre in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. It will provide a full one day […]

Booking of RPRA liberation sites

To avoid jeopardising official RPRA liberation sites all liberations MUST be booked and paid for through RPRA HQ. This includes Race Programmes, Open Races, One Loft Races and Training Tosses. Please ensure 2019 Inland & Continental Race Programmes are completed on official forms and returned to The Reddings by Friday 1st March, along with this […]