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The Mystery of the Missing Carrier Pigeon

While ripping out an old fireplace at a derelict house in Surrey, David and Ann Martin found what they thought to be a discarded chicken bone, but which on closer inspection turned out to be the remains of a pigeon. Attached to the bird’s foot was a small red cylinder, and inside they found a coded message that was almost certainly dispatched […]

An 18th Century Bet Proven!

Comedian Tim FitzHigham and a recording crew recently spent two days at the RPRA One Loft in Tewkesbury – trying to prove an 18th Century bet! Tim is making a series of programmes for BBC Radio 4 based around historic sporting bets. Many of his exploits are available on YouTube, including crossing the channel in a bath. The […]

Show of the Year helps make Josh’s wish come true

The Show of the Year Committee has helped young Joshua Freeman to receive much needed medical treatment in the USA. Just another example of the Show of the Year Committee helping worthy causes. Josh is getting closer to realising his dream of walking, thanks to the generous efforts of fundraisers who have rallied round to bring […]

Leeds or The Bahamas?

Hot on the heels of Percy’s trip to Canada, we’ve had a report of another pigeon going a very long way astray. A 2011 blue cock, belonging to Fred Lock of Leeds, was liberated from Lillers on 26th May, and turned up in The Bahamas some weeks later! On Sunday 16th July the Locks received the following e-mail and […]

Cropthorne with Charlton School

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 […]

‘Doo The Right Thing’ at Dailly Primary School

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 […]

Pigeon Impossible!

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.

Dennis carries the Olympic Torch

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 […]

Young Fancier features in Radio Documentary

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 […]