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Flying Back To Nature

The Midlands National Flying Club and the Royal Pigeon Racing Association have created an interactive educational project – ‘Secret Messages’ – offering pupils the opportunity to learn about the vital work undertaken by carrier pigeons during the World Wars. Read more about the initiative in this article, and see the Flying Back to Nature website […]

Winged Warriors – a film in the making

TV director, Evy Barry, is currently making a film about carrier pigeons during World War 1. She has already visited RPRA HQ to interview General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, and to see the artefacts which we hold here, but she is also looking for support from our members. Evy says: “I am writing to the pigeon […]

‘Pigeon’ play begins touring in September

Lunabug Theatre will be presenting a play based on the exploits of World War 1 carrier pigeon ‘Cher Ami’, beginning at Harrogate Theatre on Saturday 13th September. The play then tours other towns and cities until mid-November. See full details and a youtube clip at the Lunabug website.        

School pupils learn about pigeons

RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, recently gave a talk on pigeons and pigeon racing to pupils at Church Lench First School in Evesham, Worcestershire. The boys and girls were fascinated with the role that carrier pigeons played in World War 2, and were able to watch a liberation of a group of Jeremy Davies’ birds […]

Nicola’s Flying High

Nicola Hey of Accrington & District Homing Society is receiving wide acclaim after sharing the Guy Barrett Trophy for 2012 with Kieran Doyle (see here). There is also a more in-depth article on Nicola’s local Accrington Observer website.        

BBC visits Kingsmead School Loft

The school loft at Kingsmead Technology College in Hednesford, Staffordshire, is steadily gaining a reputation for itself under the care of teacher and loft manager, Richard Chambers. So much so that BBC Midlands Today visited the loft to see for themselves the work that they are doing with pupils from both their own and neighbouring […]

Guy Barrett Trophy Winners 2012

The Guy Barrett Trophy is awarded to young RPRA members based not just on performance, but also on attitude to the sport and how the young fancier helps their club. In 2012 in particular the judges found it impossible to separate two individuals – Kieran Doyle from Workington, and Nicola Hey from Rossendale – and […]