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BHW Show of the Year 2017

The 45th annual BHW Show of the Year – and the 40th anniversary of the first show to be held at Blackpool – took place last weekend. The largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the UK descended on the Winter Gardens for the two-day event that has something for everyone, whether you are a veteran […]

Remembering Animals in War

RPRA Office Manager, Julia Field, attended the Remembrance Service for Animals in War last week. She reports: “I was honoured to have the opportunity to lay a wreath on behalf of the RPRA on the steps of the Animals in War Memorial in London on Friday 18th November at a service of remembrance. “There were […]

New RPRA General Manager

The newly appointed General Manager of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association is 40 year old Ian Evans from Aberbargoed, South Wales. Ian, a pigeon fancier for 31 years, is married to Rebecca and has a thirteen year old son, Ellis. Ian is currently employed as the Programme Manager of the £13.4m South East Wales Community […]

Pigeon racing talk on BBC Radio Leeds

RPRA North East and North West Region Secretaries, David & Lesley Higgins, talked racing pigeons on Georgey Spanswick’s BBC Radio Leeds programme on Friday 16th September. They were preceded by a scientist conducting an experiment into how racing pigeons work together to get home. Click on the links below for the two items: BBC Radio […]

One Loft 2016 Final Race

The RPRA One Loft 2016 Final Race took place on Tuesday 13th September from Alnwick, a distance of 235 miles 854 yards. Duncan Cook, convoyer, assisted by Gabor Fari, liberated the birds at 07:30am. Loft Manager Jeremy Davies was at the lofts awaiting the birds’ arrival, along with RPRA staff and about 70 visitors. The […]

St Peters School, Adams Hill

RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, gave a pigeon talk to over 100 children at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Adams Hill, Birmingham, on Wednesday 6th July. Following the various presentations, explanations and demonstrations, the highlight – as always – was the release of the pigeons from the playground. One pigeon was released for each of […]

Attleborough Academy ‘Communication During WW1’ Project

A presentation on the activities of pigeons in history – and especially during both World Wars – was given to a class of students and some members of the general public at Attleborough Academy in Norfolk on Wednesday 29th June. As always, pigeon releases by the students following some basic pigeon handling training were the […]

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HM The Queen thanks the RPRA for its good wishes

Stewart Wardrop, General Manager of the RPRA, sent a message of good wishes on behalf of our members to our Patron, HM Queen Elizabeth II, for her 90th birthday in April. Her Majesty’s gracious reply is reproduced below:  

Longshaw Juniors receive grant for new loft

Longshaw Junior School in Blackburn is to build a new pigeon loft, thanks to a grant of £1600 from the RPRA. RPRA North West Region President, Phil Murray, is seen right presenting a cheque to the school on behalf of the Future of the Sport Committee. The Park Lee Road school has even written pigeon […]

BHW Show of the Year 2016

The British Homing World Show of the Year 2016 – the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in Great Britain – took place over the weekend 16th/17th January at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Around 15,000 visitors saw more than 2000 racing pigeons and 1000 fancy pigeons on display, and more than 100 trade stands exhibiting everything […]