September Vice Presidents Meeting


September Vice Presidents Meeting

Firstly I would like to thank all the members who gave their time to help at the marking stations and run the clock stations under very difficult circumstances, without these dedicated members racing would not have got off the ground.

AGM update;

With the present lockdown situation and the number of people who can meetings it is unlikely the meeting can go ahead on the 10th January 2021, however any propositions for rule changes at the AGM must be received by Saturday 28th November 2020 as advertised in the handbook and the accounts and propositions will be sent out for the members consideration as normal. The new date for the AGM will be advertised in the BHW and on the Clubs website.

Old hens race & Old cocks races;

The committee expressed their opinion that these two races combined with the YB race was very financially beneficial  with the extra birdage and extra income. The committee agreed to have the races again in 2021 but they will be amalgamated into ‘ Old Bird Satellite Races’ flown in conjunction with the 2021 young bird races, these satellite races will not be included in any averages, there will be open and section prize money; three open prizes paid out 50%,30% & 20%; section prizes paid out up to a maximum of three prizes, 1 prize up to 50 pigeons entered, up to 100 pigeons 2 prizes paid out 60% & 40%, over 100 pigeons entered 3 prizes paid out 50%, 30% & 20%. Also there will be a trophy for the first cock and  first hen.

Annual Dinner & Presentation;

Had been rescheduled for Saturday 13th March 2021 at the Doncaster Racecourse but with the ongoing Covid restrictions the committee felt we would struggle to get the numbers to make it viable and therefore the 2020 dinner has been cancelled and we are looking at ways to present the winners with their trophies. The date of the 2021 dinner November 13th 2021 at the Doncaster Racecourse to coincide with the Racing Pigeon Show.                                                                                                                                                             

2021 Race dates;

The old bird race dates are Carentan Saturday 29th May, 

Fougeres Saturday 12th June,

Nort-Sur-Erdre Saturday 26th June,

Bordeaux & Vire Saturday 17th July;

There was much discussion regarding the young bird races and the disastrous losses from the channel races over the last few years and many members indicating that they would not be sending their young pigeons over the channel again. With this in mind it was proposed and passed that the two young bird races will be Chale Saturday 28th August & Kingsdown Saturday 11th September. Both of these races shall be gold ring races and the income from the gold rings sold will be shared equally between the two races.

North West Section;

The secretary reported he had received much criticism from members saying it was too big and unfair for members in the west of the section and had received a petition from 158 members asking the committee to think again and consider dividing the section in two. The secretary reported there were 490 members in the west section which is more than twice the size of the other sections. After much debate it was proposed that the NW section be divided on the longitude 2-32-00W to reinstate the West section, the vice presidents and committee voted to pass the proposition.                                                                                                                                          

Committee members;

I have been informed that three loyal committee members will be standing down at the AGM, Norman Bridgewater has been an active member for many years also running the Bromsgrove marking station and a past race winner is nearly 90 years old and felt it was time to stand down. John Gilbert who has worked tirelessly on the transport committee and runs the Atherstone marking station, also getting up early on race days doing the race controller duties, he’s been a great asset to the Club and committee and has done a fantastic job who will be sorely missed, John has had some health issues this year and is waiting for an operation on his knee, thank you John and I wish you the best of health in the future. Mark Williamson who is a relative new comer to the committee came on board at a very dark time in the Club and has sorted out a very difficult situation which was left at his door, put in place a way forward for accounting and keeping a track of the income and expenditure and with some smart bookkeeping has put the Club back in a good financial position, thank you Mark.

Tony Whitehurst- President