The 2017 Midlands National One Loft
Gets the ‘Thumbs Up’ from the Members
After an uncertain and stop start beginning when the new Midlands National Flying Club loft started construction. Then following an AGM proposition to put it to the vote as to whether the members wished to continue with project in 2017. This of course brought the whole issue into question and in turn held up the promotion of the race series which was extremely frustrating for the lads who were building the extremely impressive lofts and all of the other people involved.
Now though the whole matter has been resolved .... Click here to read more and view photos
Midlands National AGM Report & Results
First of all let me on behalf of the Club’s Committee I would like to wish all of our members a Happy New Year. It is certainly hoped that 2017 gives us better weather than the one that has just gone by. On now to the AGM which was held on Sunday the 8th January at the Derby Conference Centre as our usual headquarters ‘The Clock Warehouse’ is currently being refurbished.
There were a few members in attendance along with the Committee members, which they are welcome to do as the MNFC is no secret service or closed shop and we would certainly welcome good, hard working additions especially in several of our lesser supported sections as after all representatives from all sections has got to be beneficial to all areas of the Club’s radius. There was just one casualty with Brian Smith from the West section stepping down from the Committee due to work demands. I am sorry about this as Brian was a representative of a large section and new blood to represent the Western side would be excellent news.
There was a new member added to the Committee from the South Centre section in the form of Tony Brown who has been helping the club at the shows etc and Tony in fact built the mock loft that we used to promote our ‘Flying Back to Nature’ project.
The Club’s accountant Mr Tim Mourne answered a few questions and queries in regard to the Balance Sheet. Additionally he explained that though the ‘One Loft’ Balance Sheet showed a deficit in the accounts the fact was in reality that now since a deal has been struck to sell the loft that the One Loft series has resulted in a small profit. So as I wrote recently the venture hasn’t cost the non-competing members a single penny.
Moving on to the Propositions and from the 19 that the Club received 3 were successful. The actual voting figures are attached on the bottom of this report.
Let’s now highlight the changes that have been voted in for the future which are: 7 - Rule 27 verification time has been cut from 60 minutes to 30minutes. Personally I feel that this is a sensible change because today we all either have a house phone, a mobile or a laptop. In the past it often meant a long trip to a pay phone and the possibility of missing an arrival.
The next successful proposal was number 10 - which read ‘Any member having their arrival times published by a third party website prior to the official publication of the MNFC Leaderboard may be disqualified from the race.’ The thoughts behind this proposal is one of security which has been highlighted can never be too much. The third and final proposal to get the members seal of approval was number 12 - which means that in 2018 there will only be one full MNFC young bird race which will be flown from Northern France with a second ‘Treble Chance’ type race from a similar race point two or three weeks later.
2017 Race Programme
The programme voted in for 2017 with the dates is as follows:
20th May Coutances, 10th June Fougères, 1st July Ancenis, 22nd July Bordeaux / Vire
2nd Sept Chale, 16th Sept Coutances
Prop 1 17 181 failed
2 17 180 “
3 17 179 “
4 58 140 “
5 83 117 “
6 53 143 “
7 126 81 carried
8 36 166 failed
9 44 157 “
10 121 8 carried
11 58 124 failed
12 103 100 carried
13 83 120 failed
14 78 115 “
15 46 131 “
16 67 117 “
17 54 129 “
18 51 138 “
19 61 134
(Variations in voting figures are due to number of abstensions)
Update on Avian Influenza (bird flu)
Following a number of telephone calls with APHA/DEGRA officers I can confirm that the restriction in relation to pigeons has been lifted. Fanciers are reminded that every step should be taken to avoid pigeons coming into contact with wild birds including drinking from the same water.
General Manager RPRA
For more information go to the RPRA main site – www.rpra.org
MNFC Application for Membership
Subscription Form 2017
Clock Stations 2017
Would all Officials I/C of Clock Stations please take a look at their entry in the 2016 MNFC Handbook (whilst you can still find it) and make any necessary amendments for 2017 by ringing Eric Millner on 01298 83435.
Yes, we really are working on the 2017 MNFC Handbook now!