Old Hens & Old Cocks races flown in conjunction with the Young Bird races

I feel I should clarify the situation and reasoning behind these OH & OC races which are being flown with the young bird races. The last time the OH race was about ten years ago and due to the lack of support, there was less than 200 birds entered, and the Club was paying out open and section prizes together with trophies for the open and section winners the Club was losing a lot of money, it was just not viable to carry on with the OH race.

I and other committee members in 2019 were asked if the Club would consider holding the OH race again in 2020 and after due consideration  decided to give it a go and not knowing how the members would support the race it was decided we would make it open prize money only paying out four prizes of 40%, 30% ,20% & 10% and open pools only. If however the races are well supported the committee will look at having the OH races again in 2021 and possibly paying out open and section prize money.

Along came the COVID-19 crisis and the lockdown and when we were able to start training and racing our pigeons it was feltmembers would want as many races as possible, the committee took the decision to include an OC race with the young bird races. This being an afterthought there were no race sheets included in the handbook and I would ask members who are thinking of sending to the races to photocopy the OH race sheets or alternatively they could use the surplus ‘Nort-sur-Edre & Bordeaux’ race sheets. Please take note the price of birdage for Chale is £3 per bird with open pools only marking on Friday 21st August and Carentan is £3.75 per bird, open pools only marking on Thursday 10thSeptember.

Tony Whitehurst-President

                                                                                                    

 

Midlands National Flying Club Thanks You

 I would like to start by saying after four stressful months during the COVID-19 lockdown worrying about handbooks being printed, transporters to maintain and trying to stay safe it was a relief when finally word came we could commence racing in June. Then came the task of deciding what racing the Club would support and the committee decided on a three race old bird programme from Carentan, Fougeres and Vire also there would be an old cocks race together with an old hens race liberated with the young bird races from Chale and Carentan.

I would like to personally thank the transport committee  namely John Gilbert, secretary Jon Dodd for all their hard work in getting everything in place to enable the Club to function in race mode.

Also a big thank to all the marking station officials and the markers who have given their services in what is a difficult situation given the ongoing social distancing regulations. Thank you also to the  clock station officers who had to go the extra mile following a weekend holdover.

Finally thank you to all the members who supported the race and I hope we put a smile on your face when you look at the prize money paid out, in relation to other organisations the Club should feel well satisfied, the Club has never looked to make money from members entry fees, and have always tried to pay out as much as possible from the race income after expenses and I can report the prize money pot is a very healthy £8000 plus a £1500 bonus sanctioned by Mark our treasurer. Thank you everyone and good luck with the racing.

Stay safe, Tony Whitehurst-President     

 

 

 

south west section 983 birds 69 members
south centre section 858 birds 55 members 
south east section 977 birds 79 members
north east section 1082birds 88 members
north centre section 546 birds  50 members 
north west section 2190 birds , 175 members
total 6692   members 513 members
Nottingham marking station has closed, the new marking station is:
Underwood miners welfare institute club
alfreton road
underwood
notts
NG16 5GA
 
Midlands National verification telephone numbers for 2020 
South West section 0333772 6031
South Centre section 0333772 6035
South East section 0333772 6037
North Centre section 0333772 6038
North East section 0333772 6039
North West section 0333772 6041

PLEASE NOTE: REARRANGED OLD BIRD PROGRAMME

RACE 1, CARENTAN SATURDAY 4TH JULY,

BASKET THURSDAY 2ND. JULY             

POSTAL ENTRIES BY THURSDAY 25TH JUNE;

BY HAND & ONLINE  SUNDAY 28TH JUNE                                                                                                                                        

 

RACE 2, FOUGERES SATURDAY 18TH JULY,

BASKET THURSDAY 16TH JULY             

POSTAL ENTRIES BY THURSDAY 9TH JULY;

BY HAND & ONLINE SUNDAY 12TH JULY                                                                                                                                  

 

RACE 3, VIRE SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST,

BASKET THURSDAY 30TH JULY                           

POSTAL ENTRIES BY THURSDAY 23RD JULY;

BY HAND & ONLINE SUNDAY 26TH JULY 

YOUNG BIRD RACE DATES ARE UNAFFECTED ;

CHALE 22ND AUGUST & CARENTAN 12TH SEPTEMBER; THESE RACES WILL INCLUDE O.H. RACES AND THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO DECIDED THAT  THERE WILL BE AN OLD COCKS RACE AS WELL, SAME PRIZES & POOLS AS O.H.

NOTTINGHAM MARKING STATION AT THE BAKERSFIELD, NOTTINGHAM IS SHUT AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR.

Tony Whitehurst-President