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RPRA at the Frampton Country Fair

RPRA staff past and present manned the mobile display unit at the Frampton Country Fair in Gloucestershire over the weekend. Visitors including The Earl and Countess of Wessex also saw a liberation of pigeons from an original World War I horse-drawn cart. A gallery of images of the event is below.  

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip visits the One Loft

Celebrity comedian John Shuttleworth and antiques expert Paul Laidlaw visited the RPRA One Loft at Tewkesbury to film a piece for a forthcoming episode of the BBC series Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. In addition to filming various items of historic pigeons in war memorabilia John also gave a live performance of his famous song ‘Pigeons […]

Fire Marshals at the RPRA

Seven members of staff recently underwent training at The Reddings by a local fire protection company and are now qualified fire marshals. The group are seen here with their certificates. Front (l-r) Julia Field, Nicky Mills, Lyna Zhang, Jonathan Adams and Dorothy Hadley. Back (l-r) Josh Gordon and Stewart Wardrop.           […]

RPRA AGM Report

The 119th Annual General Meeting of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association was held at the Coventry Hill Hotel on Friday 27th February. A full summary of the business of the meeting, and decisions made, may be downloaded below. Shown left are the newly-elected Officers of the Association, l-r: Alistair Ewart (Vice President), Les Blacklock (President), […]

Racing pigeon’s visit inspires children’s book

Artist and author Simon Manby, of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, has been inspired to write a children’s book – called ‘Albert’s Holiday’ – following a visit from a stray racing pigeon. Read the full story on the Ashbourne News Telegraph website.      

BHW Show of the Year 2015

The British Homing World Show of the Year 2015 – the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in Great Britain – took place over the weekend 17th/18th January at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. 15,000 visitors came to see the more than 2000 racing pigeons and 1000 fancy pigeons on display, and more than 100 trade stands […]

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 […]

Pigeon Racing on BBC Radio Oxford

RPRA member Pete Bowerman spoke to BBC Radio Oxford’s Phil Gayle on the Breakfast Show on Friday 29th August about pigeon racing, and in particular raptor attacks.   Listen to the two clips below. BBC Radio Oxford Clip 1 BBC Radio Oxford Clip 2

White feather appeal

Artist Kate MccGwire makes pigeon feather sculptures, such as that entitled ‘Cleave’ on the left, and is currently working on a large piece that she will be making out of white pigeon feathers. Some of our members are already sending Kate feathers, but it is taking her some time to collect the quantity of white […]