President's Report March 2019

Midlands National Young Bird Sale 2019

We would like to thank all members who supported our young bird sale. The total income for the sale was £2910. 


Midlands National Flying Club – President's Report March 2019

Following our committee meeting we have been very busy putting in place the changes for the 2019 season. The meeting was very productive and in an attempt to reduce committee meetings the agenda was long and fruitful.                                                

Correspondence, Clock station amendments have been received. Changes in addresses, closure and changes of OICs. Our computer database has been amended and the details will appear on the Clubs website. Please have a look and if you know of any further amendments please inform us a.s.a.p.

Secretary,Mr Jon Dodd has taken over all secretarial work for the Club following the AGM and all correspondence should be sent to him at, 267a, Melbourne Road, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6NS

Treasurer,Mr Mark Williamson has taken over as the Clubs treasurer and will deal with all financial aspects of the Club and is working closely with Tim Mourne our accountant to review and identify ways in which we can improve our cost structure and to monitor month by month the income and expenditure of the Club.

Prize Money, The structure of prize money has been looked at closely and the committee made the decision that the Club could no longer guarantee prize money. The total prize money will be calculated by the treasurer following discussions with the secretary. The total prize money sum shall be the sum of money remaining after the race expenditure has been deducted from the race entry fees. The total prize money will be split into 30% Open prizes and 70% Section prizes. There will be four Open prizes, 1st Open 40%; 2nd. Open 30%; 3rd. Open 20% & 4th. Open 10%. The section prizes shall be allotted pro-rata on the number of birds sent in each section.

A full example of the division of section prize money is available on the website and in the handbook. This change in the way the prize money is calculated will ensure the club is not compromised by guaranteed prize money and the available prize money will be distributed fairly across the sections.

Section Boundary Map, It has been pointed out that there is a mistake on the map and Leeds should be in the NC section and not the N section which will be amended and hopefully might encourage some new members.

Weather forecast, We are currently reviewing which weather experts should support the Club in 2019 both in terms of weather reporting quality and the cost of the service provided. We have suggested that the RPRA as a whole should acquire this information and publish on their website every weekend to aid pigeon racing in the UK.

Transport,The Club has a large fleet of vehicles which create a fixed maintenance cost to the Club. With the fall in membership within the sport, some of these vehicles  are not being used and the Club will be looking into selling some of the fleet.

Marking Stations, A full review of all marking stations and times have taken place. The major changes are;                                                                                                                                                           Doncaster and Grimsby have both closed and a new marking station has opened at,

7 Lakes Country Park,

Wharf Road, Crowle, North Lincolnshire DN17 4JS

The marking times are 7.30 to 10.00am. The venue is just off the M180 and is central between Grimsby and Doncaster. The venue is free of hire charge. Grimsby was £100 per race hire charge and Skellow is no longer available. Breakfasts are also available in the complex restaurant. Google Map of location for website.

Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent, This venue seems to be at risk as a long term marking option and so we are looking at potential alternative locations in the Stoke area and the final location will be confirmed over the coming weeks                                                                                                           Todmorden marking station has closed

Spalding marking station has relocated to; Dorrington & Digby RPC, Digby Playing Field, Digby, Lincoln. LN4 3NA. no change in the OIC and phone numbers.

The rest of the marking stations are same as last year.

General Data Protection Policy, The MNFC GDPP has been uploaded to the Clubs website. The new subscription forms and race entry forms have been amended allowing you to inform the Club we can store safely your contact details. It also explains how we use your details to administer the Club. It is vital you ‘ opt in’ to the process as without your permission we can’t publish your name in a result or even send you your winning cheques!! Thank you for cooperation with this matter. All our software has been amended at no cost to accommodate the GDPR process.

Clock Stations,It is possible for all clock stations to use the RPRA TPRS software to transfer the data. This will help speed up the race results and save a lot of time. You can produce your own clock station result with the software. To access the software please click on the following link and follow instructions. Please note that this software is available for all clubs to use. All results can be done manually or you can extract the data from your ETS clock after you have printed hard copies in the normal way. Transferring the data to the MNFC cloud is very easy. Training videos are available and we can also provide some face to face training if necessary. The full RPRA results database is also up and running for 2019. We are also having Feds and clubs come on-board with a great opportunity to take pigeon racing forward.

Press Oficer, I would like to welcome on board Jo Cuthbert our new press officer and looking forward to reading her articles and press reports.

Club’s Handbook 2019, This is being updated with all the amendments for 2019. We hope to have the handbook printed in March so they will be posted out in early April. Could I remind members that their Club subscriptions should be paid by the end of March and  only members who have paid their subs will be sent a handbook.

Annual General Meeting and Presentation,The AGM will take place at Shardlow on Sunday 12th. January 2020 at 1.00pm

The 2019 Annual Dinner & Presentation will take place at the Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday 23rd. November same weekend as the Doncaster show.  I am pleased to inform you that  a deal has been agreed with the Doncaster Hilton Garden Inn which is adjacent to the racecourse for discounted rooms for B&B for the Saturday night. Room booking details will be on the Clubs website when they send the link and telephone number. With the hotel being attached to the racecourse this will mean that the Club will not have the expense of hiring coaches to ferry guests to and from the venue.

Tony Whitehurst