AROUND THE UP NORTH COMBINE
Pontefract 1 & 2, Wetherby 1 & 2 and Sand Hutton
Before I get stuck into the first young bird results of the season, I’ll give the Holywell Lillers (2) info I missed last time. Hall Bros Barry & Des won 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 13th Fed, 15th and 30th Section, 100th and 201st UNC, with the red card being won by a yearling who is full brother to the lads’ 2nd Club, 3rd Fed and 34th UNC Clermont scorer. With the winner’s sire being the previous winner of 2 x 1st Section Lillers for Baz & Des a few years ago. The blue card was awarded to a 1y who is a grandson of “The Section Cock”. Sorry for not seeing the info until I had sent the last report in.
After the very poor summer weather we have had to put up with his year the Up North Combine decided to put the young bird race programme back one week, to give fanciers the chance to get some training in, which they have not beeen able to do due to the rain, rain and more rain.
The Tees Valley Federation was at Pontefract (1) on Saturday 4th August, when their 48 members’ entry of 1,193 birds were up and away at 07.45hrs in a Southwest wind. There was a very poor turnout at Eaglescliffe & District Homing Socierty with only two lofts sending to Pontefract (1); maybe the rest of the members were unable to get in as much training as they would have liked to before the first race. So from a muster of 39 birds the loft of Phil Armstrong won the first 6 Club positions and leading the way was a blue Janssen x Van Loon cock from a half brother and sister mating; the dam of the red card winning cock has bred Fed winners. The blue card was awarded to a cheq Ceuster x Gevaert Van Schoorisse hen, while the green card was netted by a blue Ceuster x Gevaert Van Schoorisse hen. And fourth on the clock was a Ceuster x Maurice Matthews blue hen, with the yellow card potting youngster’s dam being responsible for breeding three winners. Phil’s other couple of timers were a blue cock and a mealy hen.
Phil “Hercules” Armstrong the Pontefract (1) winner, with Harry Heard the Pontefract (2) winner
Club member and former police officer Malcolm Thornton of the Steve Thonton & Family partnership has gone to great lengths as part of a sponsored event. For Malcolm swam at the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington, in aid of the Lakeside Care Centre, in the town. Malcolm 76, a former chief inspector, completed 40 lengths of the pool to raise at least £300.00, which will help pay for days out for residents of the Care Centre. Malcolm, who patrolled North Ormesby, Yarn, Stokesley and Eaglescliffe, was helped through his challenge by his son, Steve. Malcolm, who was known as "Geordie Thornton" to his colleagues, is a veteran of many Great North Runs, and completed his latest challenge with his family and care home staff cheering him on. Home manager Jackie Stewart gave Malcolm a commemorative shield to mark his achievement. She said, "Malcolm regularly comes to the pool and said he wanted to do something to help our fundraising. He is an amazing character and was so excited about taking part in the swim". A very well done to Malcolm on a fantastic achievement.
The swimming-for-charity Malcolm Thornton on dry land
Now for the rest of the Tees Valley Fed result, starting with Portrack where the loft of Rowbotham & Sons had their birds on song after timing no fewer than four babies in the space of 14 seconds to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club from a 14 member entry of 472 birds. With the red card being won by a blue cock recording a chart-topping vel of 1608 to win a most impressive 1st Fed. The blue and green cards were netted by a couple of blue pied cocks achieving 1604 and 1603. The lads’ fourth timing youngster was a cheq hen knocking out a vel of 1603 which was enough to pocket 6th Fed and round off a brilliant loft performance. John Best & Son clocked a fancied cheq pied cock doing 1600 to net 5th Club, 7th Fed and 2nd Fed Nom. Rudd & Sons wins pole position at Stockton Hardwick where 10 lofts sent 284 birds, leading the way and the only Hardwick bird in the first 30 in the Fed was a fancied grizzle cock making 1604 to go onto score a very impressive 2nd Fed and 1st Fed nom. The partnership enjoyed a cracking day from this race last season when they timed four birds to win 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 18th Fed when there were 1,370 birds competing. Next stop is Stockton West End where we see the loft of Eddie Place hit the winner’s enclosure from a ten member entry of 150 birds, with Eddie’s winner being a GB rung blue hen recording a chart-topping vel of 1604 to chalk up a well-deserved 4th Fed. Appleton. Howles & Hobson are in the blue card position after timing a pied cock achieving 1600 to pocket a useful 8th Fed, while Eeles & Wathen lift 3rd Club, 17th Fed with a dark cock on 1586. The loft of Steve Hope & Evans had a couple of birds in the clock to lift 4th and 5th Club, with their yellow card potter being a cheq hen doing 1580 for 23rd Fed. Twelve Thornaby lofts had 248 birds away, with Don Serginson winning top spot with a blue hen recording a chart-topping vel of 1578 for 29th Fed.
No Tyne To Tweed Section this week, as the Federations goes to different race points for the early young bird races. So it’s news from Barry Smails of Holywell who were at Wetherby (1). Taking first blood was the loft of Barry “Baz” Smails & Mick “Woodsey” Wood who topped the Club charts with a Jan Aarden x Vandenabeele out of an entry of 150 birds. The red card winning cock, who flew around at the home end for at least a minute before deciding to trap, went onto lift 14th Tynemouth North Fed on 1548; Barry & Mick timed a second youngster to lift 5th Club, 20th Fed. Hall Bros Barry & Des enjoyed a good clocking day after timing no fewer than three babies to net a notable 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club with vels of 1545, 1539 and 1538. Onto Seaton Sluice where N Hamblin hit the winner’s enclosure in fantastic style, after timing three youngsters to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club. Thanks for the info Barry. Alan Kelly had a cracking start to the young bird season to keep up his outstanding form by winning 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club at Whitley Bay with vels of 1521.3, 1521.0, 1520.5 and 1519. The loft of Mr & Mrs McQueen & Smith are in the green card position knocking up a vel of 1520.9. Thanks to Michael Sandberg for forwarding the result.
Darren Wright has got in on the act by sending some information on the Wansbeck Fed who liberated 715 birds at Sand Hutton at 08.55hrs. W Common & J Patterson of Hirst Industrial timed a couple of blue hens 1 second apart to win a most impressive 1st and 3rd Fed on 1623. The loft of Davey Barron & Son of Ashington fame timed no less than ten birds in the space of 7 seconds to score an earth shattering 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Fed, with the first three timers doing 1623. What an absolutely fantastic loft performance. It must have been a wonderful sight seeing the youngsters diving in like a Red Arrows air show.
Moving onto the Coquetdale Fed where the loft of Moss & James hits the winner’s enclosure at Amble after timing two birds to win 1st and 5th Club from a 12 member entry of 284 birds, with the partnerships chart-topper recording a vel of 1491. D Boote also had a couple of babies on the clock to pocket 2nd and 3rd Club with vels of 1490 and 1487, while Mr & Mrs Spears became the third loft to time two squabs to net 4th and 6th Club. Hedley & Elliott comes out on top at Alnmouth after timing two birds to win 1st and 5th Club from an entry of 158 birds. Trevor Shell enjoyed a good clocking day after timing four of his youngsters to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club
The Tees Valley Federation was at Pontefract (2) on Saturday 11th August, the 71 members convoy of 2,148 birds had to wait until 13.00hrs for a liberation due to the poor weather. As the birds were liberated in a Southeast wind a fast race was on the cards, so like the previous week the Fed positions would soon be filled.
News from Steve Thornton of Eaglescliffe & District Homing Socierty where the loft of the season John Wilson & Harry Heard wins pole position from a 9 members entry of 274 birds. With John & Harry’s red card winning baby being a blue Paul Janssen of Belgium cross hen recording a top vel of 1524 to go onto chalk up 21st Fed. Steve Thornton & Family enjoyed a cracking race after timing five birds to net 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, with the blue card being awarded to a cheq Jos Thone cock from a son of Jordon x granddaughter of Sumo doing 1522 for 22nd Fed. Second on the clock was a cheq Jos Thone x Koopmans hen out of Cavendish and the Kliene Dirk Cock when paired to a son of Anoldus paired to a daughter of Jordon. The yellow card was netted by a cheq pied Busschaert hen bred from Young Dan from Mr & Mrs Dave Boxford No1 pair Dark Dan and Dark Princess when paired to a granddaughter of Harvey. Next came a cheq pied hen, a granddaughter of Sweet Sensation and the Klien Dirk Cock, and she was followed by a cheq pied Jos Thone Koopmans cross from the Klien Dirk Cock x granddaughter of Sumo.
Steve Thornton & Family’s cheq cock, scorer of 2nd Club, 26th Fed Pontefract (2)
Rowbotham & Sons recorded their second young bird win on the trot at Portrack from a 20 lofts entry of 701 birds, with top spot being won a by a white grizzle cock who netted 13th Fed the previous week. This week we a top vel of 1586 the young cock achieved a red card winning vel of 1586 to win a very impressive 1st Fed. Pearce Bros & Dtr clocked a cheq cock doing 1573 to lift 2nd Club, 7th Fed; while Cobby Carberry nets 3rd Club, 8th Fed with a cheq hen making 1565. Mr & Mrs Dennis & Berly Nicholson are in the yellow card position with a cheq cock on 1563 for 9th Fed, the cock is in the clock for the second week running after notching up 25th Fed from Pontefract (1). Lister Bros & Walker got back to their winning ways in great style at the Stockton Hardwick after timing no fewer than three youngsters to win a top notch 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club from a 11 members entry of 361 birds. Leading the way 2 seconds in front of her loftmate was a blue hen recording a top vel of 1582 which was enough to score a well-earned 2nd Fed. The blue card scoring blue cock racked up a vel of 1581 to chalk up a notable 4th Fed, while the partnerships green card potting blue cock achieved 1547 to net 13th Fed and round off a great days racing. K Cunningham timed a mealy cock and a blue cock in the space of 4 seconds to pocket 4th and 5th Club, 27th and 29th Fed on 1516 and 1515. Fourteen Stockton West End members sent 360 birds with the loft of C McIntosh timing a well-fancied red pied cock and a well-fancied blue hen within 12 seconds of each other to win a most impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 5th Fed, 1st and 2nd Fed nom. The lad flew a very consistent old bird this season with a number of minor positions been scored, so I have to say this was a well-deserved win. Well done, hope you can chalk up a few more wins before the seasons out. Eeles & Wathen pots the green for the second race running, this time clocking a blue cock making 1573 to net a notable 6th Fed. Welcome into the frame to D Dixon who timed one of his nine entries, a blue pied hen to pocket a useful 4th Club, 18th Fed on 1535. It’s good to see the Stockton West End lads scoring a few Fed positions in the first two young bird races, proving they are competing against the best of them. Nick Lyth records another win at Thornaby from a 17 lofts entry of 452 birds, with Nick’s red card winning blue cock achieving a chart-topping vel of 1541 to go onto lift 14th Fed. Welcome into the frame for R Frost who timed a young blue hen doing 1515 to score 2nd Club and 28th Fed, hope this is the start of better things.
Moving onto Holywell who had 504 birds away at Wetherby (2). Barry & Des Hall of Hall Bros have got their young birds on song for the lads timed a couple of birds to win 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Tynemouth North Fed out of 2,997 birds with vels of 1527 and 1526. With both the red and blue card winning youngsters being out of the brothers Mrs Marshall & Co family. Steve & Pauline Partis clocked two quickfire babies to chalk up 3rd and 4th Club on 1518.7 and 1518.4. Mr & Mrs Johnson achieved an outstanding loft performance at Seaton Sulice after timing no fewer than three birds to win a very impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club.
The Wansbeck Fed convoy of 1,011 birds were up and away at 10.40hrs at Wetherby, and once again the top Ashington loft of Davey Barron & Son enjoyed a brilliant race after timing nine birds 50 seconds apart to win a out of this world 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th Fed. K Brown of Hirst Northern timed a cheq pied hen and a blue pied hen to score a notable 7th and 12th Fed; while the Newbiggin loft of T Alderton clocked a blue pied hen to take 8th Fed. D Boote wins the red card at Amble where 21 lofts sent whacking 649 birds, with the pole position winner recording a top vel of 1593. T Aston is in 2nd spot on 1591 while W Dryden nets 3rd doing 1588 and the Mr & Mrs Spears partnership notched up 4th position on 1581. Trevor Shell had four birds on the clock for the second successive young bird race to win an impressive 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th at Alnmouth out of a Club entry of 158 birds. Hedley & Elliott timed a couple of their youngsters to pot 3rd and 4th Club.
That’s all I have on the result front, but I have some hospital news. Steve Trattles of Loftus has beeen in Middlesborough’s James Cook Hospital for a few months now and it looks like Steve will be in there for a while yet. Steve’s brother Tony and mate Tich Richards were visiting Steve one night when they spotted Hayden walking around the ward, as we were visiting Carole who was in for four days of tests. Hayden soon had Steve, who was looking well, handing over a few sweets and a can of drink. The next night we called in Tony Cole of Guisborough was visiting Steve. We called in for a few minutes after visiting to chat to Steve, and it wasn’t long before Hayden was walking off with his blood pressure band. Steve’s clubmate Jan Bailes has also had a few weeks in the same hospital but Jan is back home now; Jan took ill at the loft and taken straight to hospital. I have seen Jan a few times since her release from James Cook with the lass struggling to get around and not having full use of her arm but she is keeping her chin up (both of them) and getting around on a mobility scooter. The whole family are pulling together to help Jan get through her recent health scare. Like with Steve, it is going to be a long haul but let’s hope they both get there sooner than the doctors predicted and make a full recovery. A third Loftus fancier, Danny McConnel has also had a recent hospital stay but is now back home. Danny had taken ill at home and was very lucky there was someone there with him or it would have been a lot worse than it was. I believe Danny has to return to hospital for more tests, so let’s hope they get to the bottom of what’s troubling Danny and get him sorted out. Carole’s tests were not as successful as we would have liked them to have been, but the treatment did prove some improvement so something is better than nothing. Carole is now waiting for an appointment for her to go back into hospital for a small operation to fit a pump into her stomach. This will help her to move her legs, which she has not been able to do for almost a year now. Her legs have being locked in a bent position in that time. She will not be able to walk again but life will be a bit easier for her. The M.S. has really kicked in in the past 12 – 18 months with Carole having to be washed, dressed and hoisted from her bed to the wheelchair. She is unable to sit anywhere else than the wheelchair at the moment due to the locking of her legs. Life can be very hard at times but there is hope we will get there.
With that I’ll sign off for another week. Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus Saltburn Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel; 01287 643624 or Email; email@example.com