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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 […]

Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing

The Avian Influenza Code of Practice may be downloaded here.  The code is based on the legal requirements, and every member and organisation should read the document. In addition, it will provide clarity in respect of what can be done if your loft is situated within a disease control area.  To establish if your loft […]

Auction of One Loft 2022 Young Birds

The auction of the RPRA One Loft 2022 Young Birds ended on Sunday evening.  If you won one of the lots, you will have received an email giving details of how to pay, and once you have paid you will receive a further email with details of how to arrange for collection of your bird(s). […]

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 […]

Club recruits 21 new starters in three years

Oswaldtwistle Homing Society are leading the way in growing the sport in their area. Within the last three years they have recruited 24 new members to their club, with 21 of those being new starters. You can read the full story of how a small club has adapted and grown over the years by clicking […]

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)    

RPRA One Loft Young Birds 2022 Hot Spot 4

One Loft Young Birds Hot Spot 4 took place today from East Prawle, a distance of 138 miles 775 yards. The 462 birds were liberated at 08:45am into a moderate head wind and they cleared in one group online. The first birds arrived back at 12.22pm and the provisional top 10 is below. Click on […]


The RPRA has today appointed a new CEO, Mr Chris Sutton. We wish Chris well in his new post. Thank you to all those who applied for this position. Les Blacklock RPRA President