Read the latest Club News below
NEWS - WEBSITE
12.11.19 Our Website Is Now Live!
NEWS - MESSAC 2020
12.11.19 Thames National Messac 2020 Open Race Provisional Race Date - Wednesday 9th September 2020 (Marking on Monday 7th)
NEWS - 2020 GOLD RINGS
04.12.19 - Gold Rings Have Arrived! If you have already pre-ordered & paid, these will be posted to you in the next few days.
NEWS - MOOT
22.12.19 Roger Lowe & Mark Bulled have kindly donated a YB for auction at our Moot on Saturday 29th February. Come along and listen to some of the best fanciers answer your questions. Twin rooms currently available for £62 including all you can eat breakfast for 2, that's £31 per person + £10 for your ticket which includes fish & chips.
NEWS - UNIKON RINGS
NEWS - 3 NEW MARK STATIONS
10.01.20: We are growing! 3 new marking stations have recently been granted; Hadleigh, Dagenham & Hutton.
Their details can be found under 'members'.
NEWS - SUPER 6
13.01.20: A big thanks to an anonymous sponsor, Super 6 has an EXTRA £1,000 Prize Money for 2020 and now operates a points system & leader board. Head to 'Racing' to read more.
NEWS - RACE PROGRAMME
04.02.20: The Lib Site Bedhampton is no longer available. As stated on the race programme we will be going to the alternative lib sites where Bedhampton was mentioned. The updated race programme can be found on the 'racing' page.
NEWS - ONLINE AUCTION
24.02.20: Our Thames National Messac Auction is live and ends on Sunday 1st March 2020 - www.pigeon-chat.co.uk/auctions/ some fantastic lots up for auction.
NEWS - RACE PROGRAMME
27.02.20: Races 9 & 10 have changed to Honiton as Purbeck was unavailable.
NEWS - NEW MARK STATION
27.02.20: Another new marking station has been granted; Rayleigh. Their details can be found under 'members'. That makes 12 M/S & 163 members.
NEWS - 2020 GOLD RINGS
7.02.20: 2020 Gold Ring Prize Money is GUARANTEED to pay out £5,000!
NEWS - CANCELLED EVENTS
19.03.20: Unfortunately the Rickmansworth & Tilbury Futurity Sales have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, we hope to provide an alternative suggestion later this week. Our Presentation Evening has also been cancelled. The RPRA have suspended racing until 25th April 2020. Please stay safe & healthy.
NEWS - B/B NOM RING NO'S
07.04.20 - £100 Nominated ring numbers into Thames Breeder Buyer Sale - deadline is 12.04.20. £9,500 already in prize fund.
NEWS - VIRTUAL RACING
15.04.2020 - Starting on 18th April, Thames will be participating in the virtual pigeon racing with the RPRA. Good Luck all.
NEWS - VIRTUAL RACE 1 WINNER
21.04.2020 - Virtual Race 1 Winner is Packer & Clarke Loft 2, Velocity 1246 ypm. The winners were decided by the nearest velocity to that nominally chosen by RPRA CEO Ian Evans of 1242 ypm.
NEWS - 4x VIRTUAL RACES SUPPORTING OUR NHS
23.04.2020 - We have already raised £634! Anyone can enter into our virtual races & ALL money will be donated to our NHS. £2 birdage fee & a YB prize for each race. Click on virtual racing to read more.
NEWS - VIRTUAL RACE 2 WINNERS
25.04.2020 - Virtual Race 2 Winners are 79th A. Gadsdon&Son 1433ypm and 80th L&K Buddle 1425ypm. The winners were decided by the nearest velocity to that nominally chosen by RPRA CEO Ian Evans of 1429 ypm. As it was a dead heat, John Gladwin who donated the YB said they could both win a YB each.
NEWS - NHS TOTAL TO DATE
01.05.20 - Virtual Racing Total raised for the NHS so far £1,072!
NEWS - VIRTUAL RACE 3 WINNER
02.05.2020 - Virtual Race 3 Winner is 49th M. Smith 1516 ypm. The winner was decided by the nearest velocity to that nominally chosen by RPRA CEO Ian Evans of 1517 ypm. Total now at £1,216! Thank you everyone.
NEWS - VIRTUAL RACE 4 WINNER
09.05.2020 - Virtual Race 4 Winner is 112th Peter Lingham 1389 ypm. The winner was decided by the nearest velocity to that nominally chosen by RPRA CEO Ian Evans of 1390 ypm. Total now at £1,404! Thank you everyone.
NEWS - RPRA UPDATE
12.05.2020 - Training is allowed from 13.05.2020 but there is no exact start date for racing yet. It has been confirmed that when racing begins, racing in France will also be allowed.
NEWS - VIRTUAL RACE 5 WINNER
16.05.2020 - Virtual Race 5 Winner is 66th G. Oliver & Son 1475 ypm. The winner was decided by the nearest velocity to that nominally chosen by RPRA CEO Ian Evans of 1476 ypm. Total now at £1,690! Thank you everyone.
NEWS - RACE 1 SUNDAY
04.06.20 - Race 1 will take place on Sunday 7th June from Purbeck due to weather conditions. Therefore marking will be on Saturday instead.
NEWS - RACE 4 SUNDAY
25.06.20 - Race 4 will take place on Sunday 28th June from Purbeck due to weather conditions. Therefore marking will be on Saturday instead.
NEWS - S6 LEADERBOARD
28.06.20 - The Super 6 leader board can be found under Results 2020. B. Wija is currently leading the table after race 3.
NEWS - S6 LEADERBOARD
02.07.20 - Race 5 will take place on Sunday 5th July from Littlehampton due to weather conditions. Therefore marking will be on Saturday instead.
NEWS - RANDOM PRIZES
11.07.20 - Starting on main race 6 through to main race 15, there will be a weekly prize to be won! Each week once I have the marking station results in & know how many entries will be on the result, I will then use a random number generator to give us a random number which I will post on our Facebook group. After this, the result will be formed & the fancier who's position matches the number will win the prize. The prize will be put on the transporter the following week for the winner. Race 6 prize is Osmands Electro-Plus.
NEWS - RACE 8 SUNDAY
Race 8 - Due to weather conditions, this weekends race will be marking Saturday for a SUNDAY race from LYNDHURST. New details on pick up times will be sent out in the email.
NEWS - RACE PROGRAMME
31.07.2020 - Please see the amended race programme. Littlehampton now has a ferris wheel on the liberation site which has prompted these changes. Chichester is a new race point which is approximately 10 miles further. Distances are on the website.
NEWS - FUTURITY PRIZES
11.08.20 - Futurity Prize Money Pay Out of £12,000 for the futurity race on 15th August from Coutances YB BICC. So that a provisional result can be drafted as soon as possible, please verify each of your futurity pigeons using the verification that I have set up on our website homepage. www.thamesnec.co.uk
Please only contact me directly on 07718 882067 or email me your futurity details (name, ring number, clocking in time, colour & sex) after 5pm if you really are unable to verify on the website.
NEWS - RACE 11 CANCELLED
14.08.20 - Due to poor weather conditions all weekend, a decision has now been made to completely cancel this weekends race 11 from Chichester.
NEWS - FUTURITY WINNER
17.08.20 - Congratulations P. Jackson & Son provisionally 1st, 3rd and 15th winning £5,550 in our 2020 Futurity Race! Also congratulations to everyone else that clocked in, a difficult race for all. A big thank you to everyone who took part.
NEWS - RACE 12 RACEPOINT
18.08.20 - Race 12 will take place from Lyndhurst.
NEWS - CANCELLATION OF THAMES NATIONAL MESSAC OPEN RACE 2020
23.08.20 - Unfortunately due to further Covid-19 restrictions that have been put in place, it is very disappointing for all, but we have had to make the decision to cancel our Thames National Messac/Falaise Open Race which was due to take place in September 2020. The prize money set aside from our Breeder/Buyer race (£500) & Gold Ring race (£200) which was to be awarded to the highest velocity clocked breeder/buyer and gold ring pigeon at the open race will instead roll over to a yearling race at the BICC in 2021 (this race will be chosen nearer the time). The funds raised from our Messac Auction which took place earlier on this year to help fund the running costs of the race will instead be used to help fund the open race in September 2021. Thanks all for your support.
NEWS - GOLD RING WINNER
31.08.20 - Provisional gold ring result from today's BICC race: Congratulations Lee Bastone taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Open + 1st & 2nd ES section prizes in our gold ring, provisionally winning £4,280! Also congratulations to all other section prize winners. All provisional winners have been highlighted. The NW section are yet to clock in a gold ring. Thank you to everyone that took part.
NEWS - BLACKPOOL 2021
07.09.20 - BHW SHOW OF THE YEAR: BLACKPOOL: With regret, the committee have come to the decision not to hold a Show in 2021 due to the uncertainties and risks in holding such a public event. We look forward to returning in 2022. Our 50th year, with renewed vitality and enthusiasm, to put on an event worthy of such an achievement, an achievement of which every fancier in the U K should be proud! See you in 2022! David Trippett Chair - BHW Show of the year Committee Ian Evans CEO
NEWS - GOLD RINGS 2021
01.12.20 - Good Evening Everyone, hope you are all keeping well. Today is the 1st December which means one thing... the gold rings are on their way!
We will be running our gold ring race again which is open to all BICC members on Saturday 11th September 2021 - BICC Vire YB.
Open & section prize money to be won.
We paid out £5,680 in 2020 gold ring prize money.
Rings are available to buy direct from me or on our website www.thamesnec.co.uk/shop where you can pay by PayPal, Card, Bank Transfer.
If you require your rings posted on the day of order please make this known to me to guarantee same day dispatch as I am exceptionally busy.
I also have normal GB2020 rings available to buy.
NEWS - BIRD FLU UPDATE
10.12.20 - Please read the below link regarding bird flu in full. This has been updated recently with some info highlighted in yellow so please ensure you read the latest update to follow the new rules.
In particular it states that.... From December 14th, 2020, when a housing requirement in the AIPZ comes into force in Great Britain, birds will only be allowed out for exercise for up to one hour once each day. You may train birds as a single loft but must not mix birds from other lofts. You must not have an open loft that allows the birds to freely come and go, which would increase the chance of wild birds entering your loft and contaminating it. https://www.rpra.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Avian-Influenza-CoP-101220.pdf
NEWS - MERRY XMAS
20.12.20 - Wishing all Thames members & supporters a Merry Christmas & Successful 2021. We hope everyone stays safe & well.
NEWS - ALEX MACKENZIE
10.01.21 - Sale of National winning pigeons of Alex Mackenzie of Chelmsford, Essex.
Due to health
problems it is with great sadness that I have decided to retire from pigeon
racing after 70 successful years in the sport.
1st open NFC Herstal 6223 birds
3rd open NFC Carentan 3330 birds
1st open BICC Tours
1st open BICC Le Mans with 5 in the 1st 7 positions with only our good friend D.C.Talbott getting in the mix that day. Plus many more positions in the top 50 of the BICC results.
1st Essex North Road Combine Lerwick,
Many Essex Central Fed wins on the north road
Many club wins in Chelmsford Invitation.
18x 1st Thames North & Eastern Counties, sometimes taking the 1st 3 positions.
I have won everything I set out to win from:
this family of Janssen Vanden Boche, Meulemann pigeons have had remarkable results from when they were first obtained from the midland maestro Albert Babbington when he was at the top of his game. They have not only won for me but also for many others as far away as Ireland. Our good friend derk Forder of Collier Row has had fantastic results with them having pigeons won 6, 8, 9 & even 10 1st prizes and 4th, 7th & 18th open LNR combine Thurso. Also winning the Amal from Wetherby. Derek has pigeons most years to keep this bloodline going.
All race and stock pigeons are for sale none to be retained. Even his 1st Open BICC Le Mans winner "Decimal" which breeds winners.
These pigeons would have been put up for auction but due to the dreaded covid 19 it is not possible.
If anyone is interested in purchasing these birds please contact me on the phone number 01245 476042 Alex or 07722 601545 Bill, to make an appointment to view the birds.
NEWS - RPRA SOCIAL MEDIA STATEMENT
11.01.21 - I am aware of a communication circulating on social media that outlines the possible difficulty of importing and exporting pigeons to and from the UK, post Brexit. For a number of months I have been following guidance issued by DEFRA the APHA and reviewing the relevant EU regulations to assess the impact on Channel racing. While there seem to be potential issues OF increased paperwork/health certification relating to the permanent import of pigeons from EU countries i.e importing a pigeon purchased from a fancier on the continent; the impact and requirements for the transportation of pigeons for sporting purposes may be very different. Guidance previously issued by DEFRA/APHA that includes reference to the requirements for transporting racing pigeons to the continent for sporting purposes has been interpreted in a way that requires far less documentation compared to the permanent import or export of pigeons. However, this interpretation is awaiting confirmation from DEFRA and APHA and with this in mind I had in initial conversation with DEFRA in December 2020 and requested a more detailed conversation in relation to this aspect this month after the Brexit deal had been finalised. Hopefully this meeting will go ahead this month and result in clarification and guidance specific for the transportation of pigeons for racing purposes. In the meantime there is reason to be positive. An update will be issued as soon as possible Ian Evans CEO
NEWS - BREEDER/BUYER
16.01.21 - Our Breeder/Buyer Futurity Sales are going online for 2021. In the last two years we have paid out over an incredible £30,000 in B/B prize money. Have you got what it takes to join in with what must be one of the biggest B/B in the country?!
NEWS - RPRA UPDATE - CHANNEL RACING POST BREXIT
20.01.21 - The impact of Brexit on Channel racing has been a concern for Pigeon fanciers all around the UK. The required health documentation and processes relating to the import and export of the avian species, published since Brexit has increased these concerns. The relevant EU regulation that covers the transportation of the Avian species from third countries (countries from outside of the EU) into a European Union member state is 2013/139. 'The following has been extracted from the regulation; This Regulation shall apply to animals of the avian species. However, it shall not apply to: (f) racing pigeons which are introduced to the territory of the Union from a neighbouring third country where they are normally resident and then immediately released with the expectation that they will fly back to that third country;' Nevertheless, I considered it prudent to seek confirmation from the relevant authority than no additional health documentation is required . I am pleased to communicate that I have received confirmation from the Centre for International Trade, (via the APHA) that pigeons transported to an EU state are exempt from the requirements that have caused so much concern. The reply is quoted below 'Your understanding is correct; effectively there is no change to the requirements. Retained EU Regulation 139/2013  does exclude racing pigeons in the scope in Article 2, and no additional documentation would be required. There is just a change to our country status from a member state to 'neighbouring third country'. I am sure members will be pleased to read this confirmation. Please note that this relates to the transportation of pigeons for racing purposes and not the permanent import of pigeons from the EU. In this respect I am still seeking further clarification and will update members as soon as I am in receipt of such information. In addition to the above I am also aware of information circulating relating to vehicle emissions. I have seen social media posts that suggest there is a blanket ban on vehicles, that don't meet certain emission requirements, travelling in France. This is not true. However, there are currently a limited amount of low emission zones with certain restrictions; we will publish information shortly outlining where these emission zones exist.
Ian Evans CEO
2021 RACE PROGRAMME
20.01.21 - The race programme can be found on the 'racing' page.