Schoolchildren are getting to see racing pigeons at first hand as RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, visits schools to give talks on pigeon history and racing pigeons.
Over 200 children at Brushwood Junior School in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, were treated to four separate talks across a day. As the school was holding a World War 1 theme week the talks covered pigeon history, pigeon facts, pigeon artefacts including leg carriers, pigeon parachutes, bomber carry boxes, ration cards and many other interesting items.
Great Malvern Primary School in Worcestershire also enjoyed a similar visit, as did St Mary’s School in Shaftesbury where many of the pupils were dressed up in WW1 costume. More recent visits include to Rush Common School (Abingdon, Oxfordshire), Churchdown Village Junior School (Gloucester) and Cheddar Grove Primary (Bristol).
A special highlight for the schoolchildren is being able to compose messages that are then sent by pigeon back to their loft (with special thanks to Messrs Ron Lacey, Jeremy Davies and Terry Dimond who have supplied the pigeons for the talks).
Click on a thumbnail below for scenes from the various visits.