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The Joe Murphy Column

We could not attend the funeral of my dear friend John Tyerman, but my mate Guy Reed informed me that it went smoothly his wife Linda was very well and coped good. A few Scots boys were there, and the pipes were played at a very nice church and the lady solo singer who was excellent. A lot of police influence, but this was probably even split between pigeon men and the police who attended, although no one from pigeon world made speech at the church. The wake was a few miles away and we stopped there and had a couple wines and I was back on the 18-30 hovercraft in a gale force wind. Weather is not good here for tomorrow; so no lib for the first BICC race at Falaise until Sunday, typical pigeon racing eh mate! Good luck to you and Kevin for the new season wishing you all the best your Guy’.  

A Poem about life as it was

Received an email from Ron Fewing who wrote ‘Hope you and the family are keeping well, I have attached a little something of the olden times and hope you like it. ‘We met and married a long time ago, we worked long hours when wages were low. No telly, no bath, for times were hard. Just a cold water tap and a walk in the yard; no holidays abroad, no carpets on floors, we’d coal on the fire and didn’t lock our doors. Our children arrived (no Pill in those days). We brought them up without any state aid. They were safe going out to play in the park, and old folk could go out for a walk in the dark. No Valium drugs and no LSD, we cured most of our illness with a good cup of tea. No vandals, no muggings (not much to rob) we felt we were rich with a couple of bob. People seemed happier in those far off days, Kinder and caring in so many ways. Milkmen and paperboys would whistle and sing. A night at the pictures was quite a mad fling. We got our share of troubles and strife, but we had to face it – the pattern of Life’. I know the pigeon racing is up and running I will keep an eye on Kevin’s results in your articles of course keep up the good work, take care and chat soon your Irish friend Ron’.

Champion League Final

We thoroughly enjoyed the semi-finals of the Champion’s league when Liverpool got their 4th goal it was unbelievable so late in the game. Then low and behold Spurs go and do the same thing the following evening. Never in my life have I watched so much drama and to have 2 English clubs in the champion’s league final is brilliant. Tonight, we have Arsenal and Chelsea in their semi-final and hopefully they both can meet each other in the final. What a boost for English football this would be.  

 

Race Results

 

Angus Federation

Result of the Lauder race flown on 21st April 2019 with the convoy of 927 birds liberated at 09-30am into a light south west wind. The top 20 are won by Forfar club with the 1st and 13th open places going to the Macaulay Ferguson and Curran partnership. David J Liddle is 2nd with last year’s SNFC winner Ian Scott in 3rd 8th 11th 14th 15th & 16th open. David Glen is 4th & 5th with Bob Baldie in 6th 7th 9th 10th & 12th positions Kenny Droog & son are 17th & 18th with Eric Galloway in 19th spot and filling the top 20 is Willie MacKnight. The east section is won by Kevin J Murphy of Arbroath he is also 7th section. Charlie & Glen Cameron are 2nd section with D & D Hay of Gourdon club in 3rd & 8th places, their club mate W Dorward is 4th 5th 9th & 10th with G Campbell of Montrose winning 6th place.

 

 

 

Angus Federation

Result of the Otterburn race flown on 28th April 2019 with the convoy of 849 birds liberated at 10-00 hours into a light north west wind.  Topping the federation and also in 20th place is Bob Baldie of the Forfar club with David J Liddle in 2nd 3rd 4th & 5th spot, fed secretary Kenny Droog & son are 6th & 7th with Macaulay, Ferguson and Curran in 8th spot. Davie Glen is 9th 70th 17th & 18th with Ian Scott taking the remainder of the following positions; 11th to 16th plus 19th open. The East section is won by Charlie & Glen Cameron of Arbroath who are also 6th & 9th with G Campbell of Montrose in 2nd place Kevin J Murphy of Arbroath is 3rd & 5th with W Dorward of Gourdon in 4th place.  Chic and Anne Carrie of Arbroath are 7th & 10th with D & D Hay of Gourdon in 8th spot.

 

 

Club winners are as follows;

 

Forfar 577 birds winner R Baldie; Montrose 55 birds winner G Campbell; Gourdon 48 birds winner W Dorward; Arbroath 169 birds winner Charlie & Glen Cameron.  

 

 

Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club

From the Lauder race a distance of 59 to 62 miles; 6 members sent 134 birds to the race liberated into a light south west wind taking the red card and 3rd spot is Kevin J Murphy with a velocity of 1433 with a yearling blue cock flying on the roundabout system.  Sire is a ½ brother to the dam of 1st open SNFC Roye for Jocky Scott and is a direct son a ‘Robbie’s Boy’ winner of 1st open SNFC Falaise flying 522 miles for Gilmour Brothers of Leven.  The dam is a full sister of the famous ‘Kingdom Spirit’ bred and raced by George & Brian Hunter of Dunfermline. ‘Kingdom Spirit’ is a Dewar Trophy winner; and a Double SNFC Silver Award Winner and Double SNFC Award winner for winning 10 times in the Scottish national from 500+ miles. 2nd club are Charlie and Glen Cameron with a velocity of 1414 with a 2-year-old son of ‘Bobby’ and ‘Serendipity’. Bobby won 2 x 1st North Sections for Glen in Aberdeen and is from the old Flanders lines of Martin Ravelingien. ‘Serendipity’ has been 3 times in the first 15 open in SNFC national results including 6th open Ypres and 11th open Reims. 3rd club is Kevin J Murphy on 1334 with a yearling chequer cock. His sire was bred by Ron Lilleby of Barrow in Furness, being inbred to ‘De Laureaat’ winner of 1st International Barcelona from an entry of 25,382 birds. Dam is a direct daughter of ‘Robbie’s Boy’ winner of 1st open SNFC Falaise when paired to a daughter of the late Dennis Dall’s famous ‘Rebecca 2’ a 7 times SNFC winner from France and also a Gold Award Winner. From the Otterburn race a distance of approximately 96 miles to Arbroath 6 members sent 169 birds liberated into to a light North West wind. Taking the 1st and 4th places are Charlie & Glen Cameron on a velocity of 1216 with a yearling blue hen flying its first race on widowhood. She is bred from a pair of direct Dutch pigeons recently introduced into the loft. 2nd & 3rd places are won by Kevin Murphy on a velocity of 1193 with a 2-year-old roundabout hen. Her sire is bred by Billy Bilsland from this 9th open SNFC Alencon cock mated to ‘Isla’ winner of 1st open Leicester young bird SNFC. Dam is a direct daughter of George and Brian Hunter’s ‘Kingdom Spirit’ their double gold awards winner in the SNFC being a 10 times SNFC national winner from 500 plus miles. Kevin’s 3rd club prize winner is a 2-year-old roundabout hen her breeding is from Tom and Scott McEwen of Elphinstone from their Paul Stobbs bloodlines. From the Tow Law race a distance of 128 miles to Arbroath held on the 4th May; 5 members sent 128 birds into to a north wind and taking the first 2 cards is Kevin J Murphy with his red card winner with a velocity of 965 is the same hen who won 3rd club 5th east section last week from Otterburn. Her breeding is from Tom and Scott McEwen of Elphinstone from their Paul Stobbs bloodlines. The 2nd club winner on a velocity of 946 is a 2-year-old roundabout hen both parents bred by Tom & Scot McEwen. Sire is son of their famous ‘TMAC’ winner of SNFC Silver Award when paired to his own sister; her dam is from the Tom and Scott’s 5th open SNFC Clermont when paired to their 7th open SNFC Roye winner. Third and 4th places are won by Charlie & Glen Cameron their first bird on a velocity of 940 is a yearling hen bred from the son of ‘Duracell’ who was clocked at 23-05 from Reims on the night he is from Keith Bush lines. ‘Duracell’ was paired to ‘Little Dorrie’ winner of 3rd open SNFC Reims. The dam of the yearling is a direct Leon Messiaen being a daughter of Leon’s best racer in the past 10 years the ‘St Vincent’.

 

 

Almond Valleys Federation

News from Lynne Stewart who wrote ‘Hi Joe and I hope you are keeping better and best wishes for the new season; I've attached you a copy of our result from Stobs Camp flown on Saturday 28th April with the 951 birds liberated at 07-30 hours. Taking the first 2 places with a pair of yearlings are Freddie Jamieson & son of East Calder with the winner doing a velocity of 1192. Colin Bain & W Fairley of Balerno is 3rd 8th & 20th with J Loney of Blackburn in 4th & 19th places. John Bird of West Calder is 5th 7th 10th 12th & 13th open. Wells & Scott of Blackburn club are 6th with D Stewart of the same club in 9th & 17th places. East Calder’s Jimmy Young is 11th & 15th with Dougie Bald of Balerno in 14th place the partnership of Burnside & Drysdale of East Calder are 16th with Ross Petale of Blackburn club in 18th spot. Club Winners are as follows;

 

 

Balerno 147 birds; 1st 2nd & 4th C Bain & W Fairley 3rd D Bald

 

 

Bonnybridge 282 birds; 1st J Loney; 2nd Wells & Scott 3rd & 4th D Stewart.

 

 

Carnwath 135 birds; 1st Thomson Bros; 2nd McArdle & Thompson 3rd B Campbell 4th W Watson

 

 

East Calder 141 birds; 1st & 2nd F Jamieson & Son; 3rd & 4th J M Young

 

 

 

West Calder 145 birds; 1st to 4th John Bird.

 

 

The Open yearling race with Pentland will be held on Wednesday 22nd May from Peterborough with a 5-bird limit entry £1 per bird. Prize money is £200 split £80, £60, £40, £20 more details & race sheets to follow.

From the Almond Valley Federation race held on the 5th May from Otterburn the convoy of 1155 birds were liberated at 09-00 hours. Taking top honours with a velocity of 998 is J Loney of Blackburn club. 2nd open is J Houston also from Blackburn with Vic Couper again from the same club in 3rd and 11th places. J Fairley of Balerno is 4th with East Calder John Jamieson in 5th spot. Geordie Harris of Blackburn club is 6th 18th 19th & 20th federation. Colin Bain and W Fairley of Balerno club are 7th fed with John Bird of West Calder in 8th place just ahead of Law & Brady of Blackburn club in 9th spot. J Paton of West Calder is 10th with Dougie Bald of Balerno in 12th & 13th positions. Burnside & Drysdale of East Calder club are 14th just one yard ahead of Freddie Jamieson & son of East Calder. B & D Halliday of Blackburn are 16th just piping Mr & Mrs Conlin by decimals.

 

 

Club Winners are as follows;

Balerno 162 birds; 1st J Fairley 870.661, 2nd C Bain & W Fairley 851.138, 3rd & 4th D Bald 844.930, 843.664

 

 

Bonnybridge 347 birds; 1st J Loney 998.352, 2nd J Houston 936.811, 3rd V Couper 877.682, 4th G Harris 855.858

 

 

Carnwath 145 birds; 1st 2nd & 4th Thomson Bros 800.716, 800.546, 765.876; 3rd McArdle & Thomson 780.828, 

 

 

East Calder 160 birds; 1st J Jamieson 857.705, 2nd Burnside & Drysdale 843.373, 3rd F Jamieson & Son 842.432, 4th Mr Mrs Fleming 833.7

West Calder 200 birds; 1st J Bird 850.023; 2nd J Paton 845.174, 3rd & 4th J Bird 836.828, 836.556

 

Balerno Club news from Colin Bain who writes; Hi Joe hope you are keeping well, we were at Stobs Camp on Sunday 28th April 2019 with 8 members sending 147 birds. These were liberated at 07-30 hours into an East wind and taking the 1st red card of the season is yours truly Colin Bain and W Fairly with a 2-year-old blue cock doing a velocity of 1157. This pigeon came into me as a young bird from I Jamieson from his father’s old lines. We were also 2nd club with a 5-year-old blue pied Staff Van Reet cock doing a velocity of 1133 he was sitting 7 days. In 3rd place is Douglas Bald with a 4-year-old chequer cock flying spare doing a velocity of 1124 he is a Vandenabeele; in 4th place is Colin Bain and W Fairly with a 2-year-old blue hen sitting 7 days on a velocity of 1091. Good luck to you and Kevin for the new season Joe yours Colin B. Balerno were at Otterburn on Sunday 5th of May 2019 with 8 members sending 162 birds. Liberated at 09:00 hrs into a north east wind taking 1st club is James Fairley with a blue yearling hen doing a velocity of 870 ypm she was sent sitting 14 days.  2nd are Bain & Fairley with a 3-year-old blue chequer pied cock. He is a son of Colin’s SNFC Silver Award winner ‘Abigail’ (an exceptional hen who won 6th section D 109th open SNFC Ypres 436 miles; 1st section D 7th open SNFC Alencon 537 miles; 1st section D 18th open Reims 558 miles and she also won pools from Liege 518 miles Joe Murphy) The cock was feeding a big young bird and recorded a velocity of 851. 3rd place is Douglas Bald with a dark chequer cock a Rodde Rudidessar parents bred by Ian Stafford he was doing a velocity of 844. Dougie was also 4th with a David Reed Vandenabeele a 2-year-old blue cock doing a velocity of 664 he was sitting on eggs; that’s me for this week Joe all the best Colin B’.

 

 

 

Central Federation

News from Bernie Britton who writes ‘Hi Joe, Hope you are getting better and the family are well and I hope it is ok to send you our results for the coming year.

 

Broxburn & Uphall RPC result for Sunday 28th April from Otterburn were 6 members sent 202 bird’s these were liberated at 10-20 am into a north east wind. Taking the 1st red card of the new season are Pat Rafferty & sons Steven & Hugh with a Jan Aarden/ Vandy/Louella cock on roundabout. 2nd  & 3rd is John McNeill with his first a 3 year old Lambrecht hen on roundabout this hen won the 2017 SHU Celtic Trophy; The 3rd club winner was a 2 year old Busschaert crossed Lambrecht cock also on roundabout he is from the stock loft; thanks Joe and look after yourself yours Bernie. For our 2nd race from Appleby 6 members sent 276 birds these were liberated at 09-35 hours into a North West wind. Winning 1st club and 2nd federation is Gordon Mackenzie flying a hen on roundabout this hen has topped the fed before it was bred from M & D Hawkins & Evans. 2nd club 3rd fed is Gordon Mackenzie flying a blue bar cock on roundabout bred from his stock loft from his good friends M & D Evans. The 3rd club 4th fed winner is a blue chequer cock again on roundabout being a Gabby x Cooreman. Other club members on the fed result are John McNeill in 6th 7th 8th & 13th fed. Pat Rafferty & sons are 14th 18th and 19th fed. Hamish Ferguson is 16th with J Muir in 17th place.

 

 

Broxburn & Uphall RPC result for Sunday 28th April from Otterburn were 6 members sent 202 bird’s these were liberated at 10-20 am into a north east wind. Taking the 1st red card of the new season are Pat Rafferty & sons Steven & Hugh with a Jan Aarden/ Vandy/Louella cock on roundabout. 2nd  & 3rd is John McNeill with his first a 3 year old Lambrecht hen on roundabout this hen won the 2017 SHU Celtic Trophy; The 3rd club winner was a 2 year old Busschaert crossed Lambrecht cock also on roundabout he is from the stock loft; thanks Joe for all your help and look after yourself yours Bernie.’      

 

 

Bo’ness RPC

News from Martyn Brown who writes ‘Hi Joe, I hope you are well, as you will know the season is now well under way, with some federations gearing up for the their 5th race by the time this reaches print. Fortunately for me the Central fed decided to start a week later this year having the first race the last Saturday in April, although even with the week’s delay the weather still wasn’t generous to us fanciers during our preparation with the dreaded cold east wind sweeping across the country for most of the build up to the racing. Week Number 1 saw Bo’ness racing from Otterburn with the central fed, roughly about 80 miles to Bo’ness. The forecast for the weekend was less than favourable, with Sunday being the far likeliest day for a race. The race was rightly postponed by 24 hrs and basketting took place Saturday night for a race on Sunday 28th April. A convoy of 963 birds with 279 of them heading for Bo’ness were released at 10-20am into a north east wind, thankfully the wind was not as strong as predicted and the birds made very good time for the first race of the season with the winning bird recording a velocity of 1418 ypm. 1st and 2nd club Bo’ness and very deservedly 1st and 3rd federation go to Joe Smith whose loft is located in a wee place on the outskirts of Bo’ness called Linlithgow. Joe timed two hens in quick succession to record velocities of 1418 and 1406. The club and fed topper which he has named ‘Chucky’ is a blue yearling hen, a Gaston Van De Wouwer he purchased in a kit of 6 from Ian Parsons of Penrith. Sire is ‘Little Mickey’ bred by Ian Stafford and the dam is also bred by Ian Stafford being a daughter of ‘Diamond Daze’. Joe’s 2nd club 3rd fed is another blue yearling hen, bred down through his Louella Hartog that he has regularly timed from the Central 3 bird club races. Sire is bred from 2 direct Hartog’s and was a consistent steady racer before being retired to stock, the dam is also a Hartog herself having been a winner on the road winning 1st club 7th federation from Ripon and 17th federation from Newark as a young bird. Joes birds are flown on the natural system and his team had a number of training tosses in the weeks leading up to the first race from Kirkliston then Soutra Hill, both hens raced the full young bird programme and were flying to chipping eggs, hard work and good planning beating the widowhood and roundabout systems this weekend. 3rd Bo’ness club recording a velocity of 1385ypm was Martin Sneddon, a name that is never far away from the top end of the sheet. Martin timed a 2-year-old dark pied cock the sire was purchased from Len Downie of Fife which is a Taveirne-Rigole the dam is from Jane Newbold and is Ko Nipius pigeon. The cock was flying to dummy eggs overdue and with a ‘wink’ I was told he had been as far as Broxburn. Once again, a massive well done to Joe Smith and his loft manager Linda please see attached photographs to go with report; yours Martyn.

 

Joe & Linda Smith

 

Chucky

  

Fife Federation

The federation of homing pigeon societies sent 1927 birds to the Berwick race on 28th April these were liberated at 10-00am into a light north west wind. Starting with the federation top 10; the first 3 birds were raced by A McInnes of Dunfermline club with the winner doing 1500 ypm. 4th is Kennoway’s Tam Laing with Mook Honeyman of the same club in 5th place followed by club mate Brian Chalmers who is just ahead of Tam Cook also from the Kennoway club who is 7th & 10th. Sean Diamond of the same club is 8th with G Anderson of Perth club in 9th position. West section top 10 are as follows A McInnes of Dunfermline club takes the first 3 places with George Anderson of Perth is 4th and 6th with Willie Stark of Lochgelly club in 6th place. Dunfermline’s Frank Mitchell is 7th & 8th with John Robertson of the same club in 9th place followed by club mate Eddie McWilliams in 10th spot. East section is won by Tam Laing of Kennoway who is also 9th section his club mates Mook Honeyman is 2nd with Brian Chalmers in 3rd place with Tam Cook in 4th 6th & 7th positions. Sean Diamond of the same club is 5th with Jim Honeyman in 8th place making up the top 10 in the section is Jim & Gary Peggie of Methilhaven club.  The Centre section is won by Sean Diamond of Kennoway club who is 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 7th 8th & 9th with Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes and Leslie club in 4th spot his club mates Terry Turpie & John McCord are 6th and 10th section.

 

 

Dunfermline LRPS news from David Kennedy who writes ‘Hi Joe, I hope this finds you and the family are well and that you are continuing with your own recovery. From the Berwick old bird race 10 members sent 259 birds for the first race of the season sees which saw Alistair McInnes (The Flying Sparky) takes a clean sweep of the first three places. First over the pad with a 1500 ypm velocity is a 3-year-old roundabout cock, with the bloodline being A & L Painter Cattrysse line. Alistair timed a yearling roundabout cock doing a velocity of 1476 ypm to take 2nd spot the bloodlines being Hardy Kruger. His 3rd bird is another homebred A & L Painter yearling Cattrysse roundabout hen doing a velocity of 1436ypm. 
Alistair wins the nomination and 2 bird competition, and the loft double was won by Frank Mitchell and Eddie McWilliams. The Dunfermline club members would like to congratulate Alistair as his first three birds were actually 1st, 2nd & 3rd open in the Fife Federation result.

 

 

Glenrothes & Leslie Pigeon Club

News from Rosie Armit who writes ‘Hi Joe, it’s that time of year again we had 4 members sending 85 birds to Berwick upon Tweed. 1st was Brian Kinnear with a blue yearling hen doing a velocity 1359. She was a second-round young bird in 2018 that only had 2 races from Alnwick and Sedgefield. Her sire is a son of “Stitchy” winner of 3rd Open Newbury, 8th Open Falaise and 6th Open Alencon. 
Her dam is a full sister of ‘Kingdom Spirit’ double Gold Award winner for George & Brian Hunter of Dunfermline. 2nd & 3rd are Turpie & McCord with their first bird a 3-year-old blue cock doing a velocity of 1352. He was sent sitting 16 day on eggs; his sire is a Braspenning x Dordin and his dam is a David Black & Son x Dordin. Their next bird was a yearling blue pied hen doing a velocity of 1302. She was sent sitting 8-day eggs, her sire is a red cock from Len Downie of Errol and her dam is a daughter of the Hunter’s ‘Kingdom Spirit’. This yearling hen is a ½ sister to ‘Moerbeke Blue Boy’ winner of Supreme Champion at Blackpool Show in January in 2019. Hope you and Margaret are both fine kindest regards Rosie’.

 

Frank Mitchell

 

The Fife federation sent 1912 birds to the Alnwick race on the 4th May with a liberation taken place at 09-40am into a north wind. The federation top 10 is as follows; First 2 places plus 5th are won by Frank Mitchell of Dunfermline club with his winner doing a velocity of 1096. His club mate Eddie McWilliams is 3rd & 8th with Kennoway’s Jocky Scott in 4th spot. Jim & Gary Peggie of Methilhaven club are 6th & 7th with Tam Laing of Kennoway in 9th spot. Alex McInnes of Dunfermline makes up the top 10 places. The west section had Perth sending 149 birds; Crossgates 244 birds, Lochgelly 218 birds and Dunfermline 266 birds. Frank Mitchell of Dunfermline is 1st 2nd & 4th with club mate Eddie McWilliams in 3rd & 5th places. Alex McInnes of the same club is 6th & 7th with Lochgelly club Maureen Henderson in 8th spot Crossgates J Hynd & son are 9th & 10th.

 

 

East section birdage Tayport 49 birds; Methilhaven 139 birds; Kennoway 292 birds; Leven 145 birds, and St Andrews 163 birds. Jocky Scott of Kennoway took the top honours on a velocity of 1047 with Jim & Gary Peggie of Methilhaven club in 2nd & 3rd places. Kennoway members took the remainder of the top 10 with Tam Laing in 4th spot followed by Tam Cook in 5th and Brian Chalmers took the remaining 5 places.

 

 

Centre Section birdage for Novar 180 birds with Glenrothes and Leslie club sending 67 birds. Sean Diamond of Kennoway wins the section on 1013 he is also 2nd 3rd & 9th section. Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes and Leslie club is 4th 5th 7th 8th & 10th with near neighbour Turpie & McCord in 6th place.

 

 

Dunfermline LRPS news from David Kennedy who writes ‘Hi Joe from the Alnwick race 12 members sent 266 birds, 1st & 2nd places go to Frank Mitchell with the red card won by a yearling late bred cock sitting 7 day on eggs he was doing a velocity of 1096 ypm. The bird was bred by ex-club member Wattie Sharp of Oakley the bloodlines being Raymond Moleveld. Frank’s 2nd bird also on a velocity of 1095 ypm was an Andrew Lawley from Elson bred late bred cock flying spare, the bloodlines being M & D Evans. Taking 3rd place this week is Eddie McWilliams with a velocity of 1088 ypm. Eddie timed a gift bird from Tam and Mary Patterson of Plean; this 2-year-old cock was also flying spare. Alistair McInnes (The Flying Sparky) wins this week 2 bird nomination again. This week’s loft double was won by John Robertson and Alistair McInnes. Dunfermline Club members would like to congratulate Frank and Eddie on taking the first three places in the open within the Fife federation result.

 

 

Traprain Homing Society

Result from the Ridsdale race with 533 club birds sent by 13 members and transported with the Pentland Federation with Tony Young the new race controller who had the birds away at 09.00 into a light west to south west wind. The birds made quick work of their 1st race in good conditions with probably close on 100% returns. Taking pole position in Traprain is Jimmy Mark of Tranent with a yearling hen. She bred by Wade Brothers of West Auckland from their best lines. In 2nd spot is Newcombe & Black (Kardale Lofts) of Macmerry, they timed a yearling bred from the best of the late Dale Newcombe with added top bloodlines from Geoff and Catherine Cooper's ‘Farmer George’ lines and ‘Etienne Meirlaen’. Its dam was 13th section B from Billericay with the SNRPC. In 3rd place is Sinclair Thomson & Son of Port Seton with a Soontjen. A big thanks to big Chris for working on the trailer over the winter months as it was in pristine condition. Also, very big thanks to all the donors and buyers at the breeder/buyer sale, which was another great success. Thanks once again Joe wishing you and Kevin all the best for the new season ahead. Marking was put back to the Saturday for our 2nd race from Whitley Bay. John Parry had the birds away into light north wind at 09.00. Cleaning up the Traprain club this week are Sinclair Thomson & Son of Port Seton. I’m sure they would have had the first 15 in the club. Their timer was their great 5-year-old hen, the SHU Dewar Trophy winner whose wins include 2nd open SNFC Roye. In 2nd place is a Vandrop x Soontjen with the birds in 3rd and 4th places are Herman Ceusters with the 5th place taken by another great bird, the winner of a Bronze and Silver awards with the SNFC and also including 1st section B 5th open Liege last year. I have included 2 photographs to go with this article Joe. At checking off the clock’s returns were poor except for the winning partnership. Thanks once again John B’

 

 

 

 

Pentland Hills Federation

News from Andy Miller of the first old bird race from Ridsdale flown on Saturday 20th April were 13 clubs sending 3000 birds liberated at 09-00 hours into a light south west wind. Pentland Hills Federation and the New Lothian RPC had their first race of the 2019 season from Ridsdale, a distance of 60-72 miles for the members. Race controller Tony Young gave the go ahead to liberate at 09:00 in a light south west wind. Winning 1st New Lothian and Federation in a photo finish is Davie Noble from Danderhall who timed his yearling widowhood cock now named ‘Ridsdale Girdy’  for obvious reasons, as it was bred by Steven Girdwood as a kit of 10 purchased last season from his Mick Betts stock. 2nd 3rd & 6th federation are Willie Pryde & son John of Arniston. F Robertson of Danderhall club is 4th with J Pryde of Arniston in 5th spot. A McLaughlin of Edinburgh Premier is 7th with L Mitchell of Castlebrae in 8th spot. K Dick of Edinburgh Premier club is 9th & 10th open.  

 

 

Club Winners  

Danderhall 687 birds; Noble 1509 F. Robertson 1503 Young 1484

 

Arniston 316 birds; W. Pryde & Son 1509.4 & 1509.1 J. Pryde 1501

 

Edinburgh Premier 356 birds; McLaughlin 1496 K. Dick 1489.7 & 1489.7

 

Castlebrae 172 birds; L. Mitchell 1490 & 1453 & 1436

 

Woodburn 162 birds; Brown & Black 1487 D. & J. Allen 1434 & 1433

 

Sighthill 141 birds; Miller 1470 & 1468 Girdwood 1457

 

Bonnyrigg 229 birds; Stark & Benson 1442 & 1437 Russell 1427

 

Edinburgh West 111 birds; C. Bennett 1420 & 1392 Verth 1395 

 

Loanhead 42 birds; Murray 1413 & 1326 & 1232

 

Rosewell 101 birds; Mackie 1275 & 1273 Cunningham & Ness 1233

 

Easthouses 103 birds;

 

Traprain 533 birds; Mark 1468 Newcombe & Black 1460 A.S. Thomson & Son 1455

 

New Lothian 19 birds;

Others 28 birds;

New Lothian RPC

Ridsdale old bird race flown on Saturday 20th April 2019 liberated at 09.00 into a light south west wind 57 members sent 1640 birds with Davie Noble of Danderhall in first place followed by Willie Pryde & Son of Arniston who are 2nd 3rd & 6th F Robertson of Danderhall is 4th followed by J Pryde of Arniston. A McLaughlin of Edinburgh Premier is 7th with L Mitchell of Castlebrae in 8th spot. K Dick of Edinburgh Premier club is 9th & 10th open with the total pay-out of £944.50.  From the 2nd race of the 2019 season; from Whitley Bay a distance of 82-94 miles for the members. Basketting was delayed for 24 hours due to the weather forecasted for the Saturday and race controller Tony Young gave the go ahead to liberate on Sunday at 09:00 in a light north wind with 14 clubs sending 3005 birds. Winning 1st N/L and 1st Federation is Stuart Gilchrist from the Edinburgh Premier Club, a good winner on the day doing 1386. The bird is a 2-year-old cock flown on widowhood, a previous winner of 2nd federation as a young bird from Tow Law. It was unraced as a yearling due to fighting & breaking a few flights. The breeding is a mixture of all Stuarts ‘Tappendale Strain’ which he has accumulated over the years. Returns were mixed, with quite a few birds missing, and as is the norm these days they don’t seem to show up the next day as in previous years.

 

 

Pentland Hills Federation  

Result of the Whitley Bay old bird race with the winner mentioned above being Stuart Gilchrist from the Edinburgh Premier club. Second is J Milne of Arniston with Willie Pryde & son John of the same Arniston club in 3rd & 4th places. Willie Kinnear & son of Danderhall are 5th followed by club mate D Brown with Ronnie Bremner of Sighthill in 7th & 8th positions F Robertson of Danderhall is 9th with W Hume of the same Danderhall club in 10th place.

 

 

Club Winners  

Edinburgh Premier 323 birds; Gilchrist 1386 Gilchrist 1349 Gilchrist 1346

 

Arniston 315 birds; Milne 1368 W. Pryde & Son 1367.7 W. Pryde & Son 1367.1

 

Danderhall 686 birds; Kinnear 1362 Brown 1360 F. Robertson 1358

 

Sighthill 155 birds; Bremner 1360 Bremner 1359 Girdwood 1341

 

Woodburn 179 birds; Allen 1350 Allen 1291 Lapinski 1233

 

Edinburgh West 95 birds; Bennett 1329 Verth 1289 Bennett 1281

 

Bonnyrigg 214 birds; Stark & Benson 1298 Neill 1289 Johnston 1282

 

Castlebrae 90 birds; Willis 1260 Willis 1259.5 Willis 1259.4

Easthouses 150 birds; Lang 1223 Lang 1221 Sanderson 1199

 

Rosewell 134 birds; Mackie 1223 G. Tytler 1192 Cunningham & Ness 1192

 

 Loanhead 68 birds; Anderson 1213 Murray 1127 Murray 1110

 

Traprain 495 birds; Thomson 1283 Thomson 1255 Thomson 1254

 

Peebles 31 birds;

New Lothian 19 birds;

Others 5 birds;

 

The New Lothian RPC with the Pentland Hills Federation had their third race of the 2019 season from Sedgefield with 59 members sending 1468 birds, a distance of 100-114 miles for the members. Race controller Tony Young gave the go ahead to liberate in a North Wind. Winning 1st N/L and 1st Federation for the second week running is Stuart Gilchrist from the Edinburgh Premier Club, in a photo finish doing 1228. The bird is a 2-year-old cock flown on widowhood, a previous winner of 1st & 10th federation and now a winner of 4 x 1st club red cards. The bird is another ‘Tappendale’ bred by Paul Morrison from Whitecross from the De Klak Janssens.2nd is A W Robertson of Danderhall with club mate F Robertson in 3rd spot. J Robertson of New Lothian is 4th with Willie Pryde & son John; of Arniston are in 5th & 8th positions. J Watson & Daughter of Bonnyrigg club are 6th with E Willis of Castlebrae point 7 behind them in 7th place. T Nolan & Son of Danderhall are 9th just ahead of club mates Willie Kinnear & son Barry of Danderhall club.  New Lothian RPC Sedgefield old bird race flown Saturday 4th May with 59 lofts sending 1468 birds; First place goes to Stuart Gilchrist on 1228 velocity; 2nd is A W Robertson of Danderhall with club mate F Robertson in 3rd spot. J Robertson of New Lothian is 4th with Willie Pryde & son John; of Arniston are in 5th & 8th positions. J Watson & Daughter of Bonnyrigg club are 6th with E Willis of Castlebrae point 7 behind them in 7th place. T Nolan & Son of Danderhall are 9th just ahead of club mates Willie Kinnear & son Barry of Danderhall club. 

 

 

Federation Notice; Clubs please refer to Item 3 of the Minutes of the Management Committee issued to all clubs 21st February 2019. As the transporter will be loaded/unloaded at the Drum Farm, the committee agreed that for each club the loading/unloading will be based on the rationale as follows and will be mandatory: 01 – 10 Baskets at least 2 members 11 – 20 Baskets at least 4 members 20 + Baskets at least 6 members Ref: The Unloading: For those clubs failing to comply, their baskets will remain on transporter. The clubs will then be required to make the necessary arrangements with the contractor at the Broxburn Depot to collect baskets at a time convenient to the contractor. A Young – President & R Graham – Secretary.

 

North of Scotland Federation

News from George Duthie who informs us 75 members entered 1602 birds into the Forfar race with no wind at the race point. Topping the federation and east section (The East section had 32 members sending 720 birds) with the first 3 birds going to G Findlay of Peterhead & District club with the winner doing 1363 velocity. A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District is 4th and 20th with S Glew of Peterhead & District in 5th 7th & 11th open. Jim & Ann Donaldson of the same club are 6th 8th & 12th. with R H Whyte of Peterhead & District in 9th & 10th spot. Chris Donaldson of Peterhead is 13th 14th & 15th open with Stuart Maskame of the same club in 16th 17th & 18th open with R Barclay of Fraserburgh West End club in 19th spot. The west section had 43 members sending 882 birds R Bain of Buckie & District is 1st & 2nd section winning 31st & 32nd open. Fulton & Ritchie loft 2 from Devern Valley club is 3rd section 33rd open with club mate A Milne in 4th section 34th open. G Geddes of  Elgin & District club is 5th & 6th section 35th & 36th open his club mate D Smith is 7th section 37th open with J Thomson of Elgin & District in 8th section 38th open he is followed by his club partnership of Jack & Reid who win 9th section 39th open  G Wilson of Devern Valley is 10th section 40th open.

 

 

Clubs First Bird are as follows; G Findlay of Peterhead & District velocity 1363.286. Fraserburgh & District A W Buchan velocity 1318.619. Fraserburgh West End R Barclay velocity 1289.814; Buckie & District R Bain velocity 1226.630; Devern Valley Fulton & Ritchie loft 2 velocity 1201.446; Elgin & District G Geddes velocity 1195.425; Inverurie J S Robertson velocity 1142.061; Keith R Wilson velocity 1107.096; Forres Nairn & Inverurie C Reid velocity 878.412. Well done to G Findlay on topping the federation and also to R Bain on winning the west section.  

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