Burton & South Derbyshire Federation.
Difficult start out of Cheltenham for our YB’s, as S & H.W. Hall of Derby take 1st & 2nd fed.
We should have started the season on July 17th, but due to a lack of interest then, and poor weather forecast for the following weekend, we finally got under way with the opening race from Cheltenham on Saturday July 31st. Once again the weather wasn’t kind to us, it was a day to be patient; for convoyer Alys, race controller Alan and those members that sent. The young birds certainly got acquainted with the transporter; crates and drinkers.
Feds started to liberate at 1:30pm, and Alys cut the strings and liberated the 1354 birds from 10 clubs at 3:45pm in a west wind.
It was a very pleasant late afternoon and early evening here in Burton, and when the early birds arrived in a flurry I thought we were on for a very good race? Unfortunately the birds didn’t follow up, and there were plenty of empty perches at nightfall. The following days saw a lot roll in, some lofts got away with 100% returns, some with 80% +; but some lofts had poor returns. It’s hard to call it a bad race when some lofts got the majority of their entries back, but it certainly was not a good race, but I believe we fared a lot better than other liberations out of Cheltenham on the same day? Again, there were birds returning home with signs of hawk damage, Alan Brassington had 3 with secondaries missing!!
Congratulations to S & H. W. Hall of Osmaston Park in Derby, Stan timing in the fed topper on 1301, the only bird to make the 1300 mark. Stan’s fed topper was a cheq cock off stock he purchased from Mr & Mrs Dave Stone of Heage last year. Stan had 2 more follow up to take 2nd & 10th fed on 1297 and 1284, again both these cocks off Dave Stone stock. Well done Stan.
STAN HALL 1ST & 2ND FED CHELTENHAM
Mr & Mrs Paul Todd, also of osmaston park were 3rd fed on 1291 with a Jansenne hen.
Completing the top 10 were the Armitage Lofts of Spink & Barks flying at Hill Ridware. Phil & Daz were 4th; 5th; 6th; 7th; 8th; and 9th fed on 1289.7; 1289.1; 1288.8(2); 1287.8; 1287.5; timing in their 6 entries in 8 seconds. Details of their birds appear below in the Hill Ridware notes.
Around the clubs,
Starting at Stretton, 6 sent 168 and it was a photo finish between Phil Whetton and Alan Brassington, who took the first 9 positions between them; 2 seconds separating the top four birds. Phil came out on top, taking 1st; 2nd; and 4th club on 1275.2; 1275.0; 1274.8; the winner was a blue pied Lambrecht cock off his good NWHU cock when paired to an Ian Parsons hen. Runner up was a cheq hen off his good Steve Bennett cock “93”; followed by a blue pied Lambrecht hen off Stu Wiskin stock.
PHIL WHETTON WINNER AT STRETTON
Alan was sandwiched in between, to take 3rd club on 1274 .9 with a cheq cock off an Ernie Rigby Soontjen x Ray & Jean Grimsdell Willy Thas.
At Swadlincote Town, 9 sent 244 and B. Collins & Son took top spot on 1273, Mark timing in a cheq hen, the sire a Hagen Bros, which also bred a bird to win 23rd open M.N.F.C. Fougeres. The dam is off Ian Freemans “Son Joske” Barcelona lines. This hen is steeped in long distance bloodlines.
Melv Willis had a great day, he virtually had 7 arrive together to take the next 7 prizes, ranging from 1261 to 1248. These birds are a blend of Soontjens and Staf van Reets from Pete Wain, and Melv’s own Wildemeersch family.
At Etwall, 9 sent 165 and congratulations to Willie Horton on taking 1st club on 1233 with a cheq hen. Mr & Mrs Alan Houldsworth were 2nd & 3rd on 1223; 1221; the first a red cock bred by Kev Southall, off a Lambrecht from Phil Whetton of Stretton. He was followed by a Lambrecht hen off Alan’s good friend Ian Burnett.
At Osmaston Park, 14 sent 291 and S & H. W. Hall took 1st; 2nd; and 4th club on 1301; 1297; 1284; all three were young cocks bred off stock Stan purchased from Mr & Mrs Dave Stone of Heage in 2020; well done Stan.
DAVE STONE WINNER AT HOLBROOK
Mr & Mrs Paul Todd were 3rd on 1291 with a cheq pied Jansenne hen.
Paul & Lynda Todd
Over at Hill Ridware, 4 sent 60 and Spink & Barks had 6 together out on their own doing 1289.7; 1289.1; 1288.8(2); 1287.8; 1287.5. The winner was a Shane Reading Leo Hereman off the “Olympiade” lines; runner up another off Shane Reading stock, this one a hereman Ceuster off the “Man o’ Chester” lines. Third was a De Bruijn x Alan White, the sire a son of “93” their top hen who won 6 x 1st club and 2 x 1st fed; the dam was a daughter of “Gizmo”. The next two were both Shane Reading Ceuster x De Bruijn, followed by one off Chrissie Mather of Cardiff.
DAZ BARKS OF HILL RIDWARE PHIL SPINK OF HILL RIDWARE
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