To further clarify the situation regarding our racing from France; The RPRA who has been working hard on our behalf has had to get agreements from various Government Agencies in order for us to proceed with our 2021 race program. These include UK Government Covid Restrictions, the DEFRA Bird Flu Restrictions and the entry conditions required by the European Union to be able to reach the race point unhindered. Of the three hurdles mentioned, two have been successfully achieved with statements having been published to give instructions for Covid Restrictions at marking stations and with regards to Bird Flu, DEFRA will now allow racing from France, BUT the entry into France is policed by the French Border Force which, although we have an agreement in principle, this documentation has not yet filtered down to the French Border Control at the ports. The statement from the RPRA this morning has strongly advised against channel racing until they are fully satisfied that our pigeons can reach the intended racepoints unhindered.

The contact for the RPRA in the EU is currently working hard to link up information flow to the French Border Force and it is expected to be complete in the near future. For the time being we shall revert the first being from Messac on the 5th June, in the expectation that all will be complete by then. Our Chairman Mr Paul Naum has been working hard making arrangements, only to have to make re-arrangements with this very fluid situation and he advises that if we cannot go to Messac on the 5th June, we have everything in place to race from Guernsey as a last resort.

 

From: RPRA <>;
Sent: 14 May 2021 14:48
To: Secretary National Flying Club:
Subject: CHANNEL RACING UPDATE

Following a number of enquiries we wish to clarify the position in relation to Channel Racing and the statements issued earlier today, (See below). The statements relate to two different issues, as follows; 1. Animal Health Law and entry through customs into France 2. Avian Influenza Restrictions relating to racing from the Continent Each statement addresses each issue separately. They highlight that: 1. That the customs requirements/processes in terms of transporting pigeons into France are not yet clarified. 2. The Avian Influenza restrictions have been lifted. Ian Evans CEO

 

 

From: RPRA <>;
Sent: 14 May 2021 12:31
To: Secretary National Flying Club:
Subject: CHANNEL RACING - AVIAN INFLUENZA RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

As of the 15th May the restrictions relating to Avian Influenza and Channel racing are lifted. The following is taken from the DEFRA website 'All poultry and bird gatherings, including pigeon gatherings organised for races from mainland Europe, will also be permitted, provided organisers notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency at least seven days before the event takes place and that they comply with the provisions of the new General Licence'. Ian Evans CEO

 

From: RPRA <>;
Sent: 14 May 2021 11:13
To: Secretary National Flying Club:
Subject: CHANNEL RACING UPDATE - Animal Health Law

Within our previous update we outlined the importance that the EU position was communicated to the relevant members states and the relevant custom authorities. The current position is that there is still not an agreed process to allow the smooth entry into France. We are working with DEFRA and a contact in France, who in turn is working with the French Customs in an attempt to reach a position where all sides are aware of the required paperwork and process to facilitate entry. In the interest of the pigeons welfare; Until this process has been agreed we would advise against any organisation trying to enter France with pigeons, for the purpose of racing. There remains a real possibility that entry would be refused. We will provide an update as soon as the position is clarified. We will publish an update regarding the Avian Influenza issues on Monday 17th May Ian Evans CEO

 

With the latest news now received below, the first Natioinal race hace been cancelled.  The club will now revert back to its second race, scheduled on the 5th June.  Those members who have entered manually by sending in by cheque, will have their cheques and entries shreddered, Those who have entered online and paid, will be be refunded.

 

From: RPRA <>;
Sent: 14 May 2021 11:13
To: Secretary National Flying Club:
Subject: CHANNEL RACING UPDATE - Animal Health Law

Within our previous update we outlined the importance that the EU position was communicated to the relevant members states and the relevant custom authorities. The current position is that there is still not an agreed process to allow the smooth entry into France. We are working with DEFRA and a contact in France, who in turn is working with the French Customs in an attempt to reach a position where all sides are aware of the required paperwork and process to facilitate entry. In the interest of the pigeons welfare; Until this process has been agreed we would advise against any organisation trying to enter France with pigeons, for the purpose of racing. There remains a real possibility that entry would be refused. We will provide an update as soon as the position is clarified. We will publish an update regarding the Avian Influenza issues on Monday 17th May Ian Evans CEO

Dear Members,

The first race scheduled from Fougeres, has been looked at, due to receiving requests to come shorter and concerns regarding how many races have occurred at local level etc.  The management committee have undertaked a vote after careful consideration and the outcome is that the first race will now be from Coutances, which brings back the distance by approximately fifty miles depending on where your loft is situated to the race points, which is hoped that it will be most helpful to the majority.

Online Coutances race entry is now enabled.  This will close on Sunday 16/05/21 at midnight!  Go to 'Racing', on the top menu bar, then select, 'Online Race Entry Form'.

With the brilliant news yesterday from the RPRA., the National Flying Club will revert back to its original race program in the handbook.

With the clubs first race from Fougeres being close to the opening up of racing from France, it may fall into being cancelled, if not opened in good time. Enter the first race as normal, we will know by Friday if definitely on. We will make a statement on Fri 14th May / Sat 15th May to confirm whether its on or off. If cancelled, entry payments on line and by cheque will be refunded or carried on to the next race, in compliance with each members wish.

The race program is: - Race 1 Fougeres - Sat 22nd May; Race 2 Messac - Sat 5th June; Race 3 Nort-Sur-Erdre - Sat 19th June; Race 4 Pau Grand National - Fri 2nd July; Race 5 Sigogne - Sat 24th July; Race 6 & 7 Coutances YB & OH - Sat 4th September: