Enfield Continental Flying Club
Down at the Cabbage Patch we were eagerly awaiting our first Show which was going to be the First that we had held for about 5 Years, And Billy Watkins as well as Myself and Steve Sheffield were hoping that it was going to be a success as a few weeks earlier there was a few rumours going around that our shows might not happen, but at a Club Meeting the members were told that they were 100% going to happen and that we were hoping that all 20 of the members would support the Club over the 7 Sundays that they were being held.
Our First Show arrived and unfortunately the First Judge was unable to make it so a few Calls were made between Myself, Billy and Steve and I suggested a good replacement. The Man I suggested was Dick Burgin who is a very good fancier in his own right who flies in a partnership as Burgin and Marshall. This partnership has put up some excellent performances over the years including scoring highly in several national races. For those who do not Know Dick Burgin, He is the man who is has made the Inter Counties Federation the success that it is with the birdage hitting over 4000 some weeks, which is brilliant as some feds are struggling to get a 1000 birds each week and with more clubs applying to join the Inter Counties Fed each year.
The first show arrived and at the end of penning 43 birds had been entered and was better than anticipated due to it being on Remembrance Sunday, I for one went to the Local Cenotaph for 11am to remember our fallen then made the way straight away to our Clubs H.Q.
On arriving it was nice to see 2 former members had turned up, one being Brian Allen and his Wife Fran who have now moved to Harlow and still keep pigeons but no longer race them, and the other was Don Stocking and his wife Kath. Don no longer keeps pigeons but is still interested in them, and hopefully will return to racing again in the future.
Now, onto the Result,
in 1st place also winning the Pools was Mihai Piper with a Dark Chequer Marijke Vink x Brockamp Cock, who had won 1st UBI Combine for Mihai.
2nd was Mihai once again with another Dark Chequer Marijke Vink x Brockhamp Cock, a half-brother to the winner.
3rd Steve Sheffield with a Blue Soontjen Cock.
4th Steve Holloway with a Lambrecht bred by Clubmate Geoff Barker.
Reserve went to Billy Watkins with a Mealy Roger Floorizone Cock bred by Mr & Mrs Corkett of Leighton Buzzard.
VHC Mihai Piper with a Red Chequer Cock, the Sire was a German Pigeon, the Dam was a Dutch pigeon.
HC was Steve Holloway with a Blue Pied Van Lint x Jan Aarden Cock.
Commended Steve Sheffield with a Black Pied Kenyon Cock.
Special. Billy Watkins with a Blue Chequer Cock bred by Peter Wells of Dunstable.
After the show everyone stayed behind and had a few Beers, and we had our Raffle and lucky enough the prizes were shared around with other members in the Cabbage Patch who have no interest in pigeons, but they did that day due to seeing the birds in the Pens.
For our Second Show we was short of Billy Watkins as he had gone away to St Lucia, to which we were all well jealous as Bill was in the hot sun every day while all of us are shivering our bits off. The Judge that we had that week was none other than Johnny Black of Stotfold, formally of Enfield. Since John left Enfield in 2004 he has been racing South Road in the Baldock Club in the Inter Counties Fed as well as in the BICC & NFC. For a couple of years john raced in the MNFC and he also won 1st Open in the Yearling Race from Portsmouth, As well as 7 Section wins in the BICC & 3 Section wins in the NFC. Johnny brought an assistant with him, it was his Sidekick Paul “Eddie the Eagle” Loom from Wyboston another fancier who has won the NC section in the BICC several times and is always near the top of every section result. The Judging started over a hour late due to Johnny and Paul getting caught in traffic on the A1 as well as the A10 and we were all glad when we saw them arrive. At the end of Judging the results were as follows....
1st Place Steve Sheffield who also wins the Pools with a Blue Soontjen Hen who is the Dam of the Blue Cock who was Third last week.
2nd place Jamie Turner with a Chequer Pied Hen Bred by Chris Gordon a G Daughter of Snydale Express 1st NFC Tarbes x Snydale Treble 22nd NFC Pau.
3rd Place Jamie Turner, who also won the Special with a Blue Hen bred by Mark Bulled, a Daughter of Champion Eastbourne a winner of 1st BBC Fougeres. This Hens sister also won 3rd BICC Alencon earlier this season for Mark.
4th Steve Holloway with a Blue Hen, a Stray who came in to the loft and was then transferred by its owner to Steve.
Reserve Steve Sheffield with a Blue Chequer Lindelauf Hen.
VHC Jamie Turner with a Blue Hen bred by Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover, a G Daughter of BC & Amoy, 1st & 2nd BICC Pau National.
HC George Dole with a Blue Pied Cattrysse x Janssen Hen bred by Tony Keogh.
Commended Steve Holloway with a Blue Chequer Janssen bred by Peter Wells of Dunstable.
Our third show arrived which was YCTTW, for this show the Judge was Peter Wells of Dunstable, Peter is a excellent fancier who has taken top positions in many Nationals as well as many Combine wins, as well as being Famous for buying a kit of 8 Pigeons from Louella for £80 and one of those turned out to be a real Champion Pigeon, “Super Lou” who was a winner of 52x1st prizes including 16 Federation wins.
At the End of Judging the result was as Follows...
1st Steve Holloway also winning the Special with a Chequer Janssen x Jan Aarden Cock, the Sire from Billy Watkins, and the Dam being a Jan Aarden from Jamie Turner containing Vlekje and Invincible Spirit Bloodlines.
2nd was Peter Twyford having his first show so far with a Blue Busschaert x Lambrecht Cock a winner from Honiton.
3rd was Steve Sheffield with a Dark Chequer Busschaert.
4th Steve Sheffield with a Blue Pied Busschaert x Soontjen.
Reserve Steve Holloway with a Red Chequer Van Reet bred from his originals from Louella when he started up back in 2015.
VHC Jamie Turner with a Blue Cock from his Mark Bulled Stock. This Cock is a Grandson of “Eastbourne” 1st BBC Fougeres and “Houdini 2nd BBC Fougeres who was beaten by “Eastbourne”. Houdini’s other positions included 28th,48th and 50th National etc as well as being a Club & Fed winner.
HC Mihai Piper with a Chequer Cock, the Sire a Marijke Vink x Brockhamp, and the Dam was bred by John Pennell.
Commended John Pennell with a Blue Marijke Vink x Koopman.
For our next Show we had Mark Bulled to Judge YHTTW, Mark had another excellent season with a 2nd, 3rd,5th 6th National to go with all of his other performances including 3x1st National Wins. Mark brought another fancier with him, and that was Micky Sontag who helped Mark with the judging. At the end of Penning 43 were entered in the show and after Judging these were the Winners.
1st Georgie Dole with a Chequer Janssen Hen also winning the pools.
2nd Peter Twyford with a Red Chequer Busschaert Hen, a winner of 2x1sts this season from Lyndhurst & Yeovil.
3rd Mihai Piper with a Mealy Janssen x Braad De Joode Hen
4th Peter Twyford with a Blue Busschaert Hen, a winner of 3rd Club Blandford, beaten by loft mates.
Reserve Mihai Piper with a Red Chequer Hen, the Sire being the German Cock, the Dam was bred by John Pennell.
VHC Billy Watkins with a Chequer Pied Hen bred by John Weldon.
HC John Pennell with a Blue Chequer Marijke Vink x Koopman Hen.
Commended Peter Twyford with a Mealy Busschaert Hen. A winner of 2nd Club Blandford, 3rd Club Yeovil.
Our 5th show soon arrived which was our First Eyesign Show and the Class was Old Birds Eyesign. At the end of penning we had our biggest turnout so far with 68 Birds for our Judge to pick from. Our Judge this week was Ron Fullbrook who this season won the UBI Combine and is a past MNFC and NFC winner. The winners this week were as Follows.
1st Jamie Turner with a Chequer Pied Jan Aarden Cock, who is inbred to Louella’s Smargyd 2, who won 1st National, 1st International Barcelona for Wim Van Leeuwen before being purchased by Louella for £77,000. This Cock has had a good show Season so far as had Won 2nd place in the Old Cocks Eyesign at the Cheshunt Clubs Show.
2nd Geoff Barker with a Blue Pied Lambrecht Hen, a past winner of 34th Combine as well as other good performances before being put to Stock and has since bred Geoff a 1st UBI Combine Falaise winner as well as other top positions.
3rd George Dole with a Blue Janssen bred by Tony Keogh.
4th Billy Watkins with a Mealy Cock, the same Mealy who took Reserve in OCTTW. This cock was bred by Mr & Mrs Corkett of Leighton Buzzard and is a Roger Floorizone.
Reserve Peter Twyford with a Blue Busschaert Cock, now 8 years old and a past winner of 1st UBI Combine Kingsdown as well as winning many Club 1sts and top Fed and Combine positions.
VHC Billy Watkins with a Chequer Pied Cock, a direct son of Mr & Mrs Corkett’s Lucy, a winner of 2nd National Tarbes, before coming a excellent stock hen for the Corketts.
HC Billy Watkins with a Pencil Blue Van Loon Cock, bred by Matthew Donavan and goes back to the original Planet Brothers Van Loons.
Commended. Geoff Barker with a Blue Pied Jan Loots Cock who sired Bob Hutton’s 1st UBI Combine Carentan winner.
Special Billy Watkins with a Chequer Pied Busschaert x Braspenning.
Young Birds Eyesign
Our 2nd Eyesign show was Young Birds Eyesign and for this show our Judge was Vic Shaw of Harlow. Vic is a past winner of 1st Open BBC National as well as being a Multi 1st LNRC Combine winner, as well as Racing the Super pigeon “Tom Thumb” who won 10x1st Clubs, 6x1st Feds and 1st LNRC Combine. Some of Vic’s best performances include 1st LNRC Thurso 6,300 birds, 1st LNRC Thurso 3,300 birds, only bird on the day. 1st LNRC Thurso 2,800 birds, 1st LNRC Arbroath 3,100 birds, 1st LNRC Berwick 7,000 birds, 1st UBI Combine Bordeaux and 1st BBC Bordeaux. At the end of Judging Vic, with the help of his Grandson Andrew the prizes were awarded to...
1st John Gregory with a Mealy De Klak x Janssen Cock.
2nd and winning the Special is Jamie Turner with a Chequer Cock bred from His Mark Bulled stock. The Sire is a Grandson of Legacy 1st NFC Tarbes & Hana 6th LSECC Tarbes, 10th LSECC Alencon & 46th LSECC Bergerac. The Dam is a sister to Mark’s 5th BICC Pau 2018 and she is a Granddaughter of Legacy, Hana as well as Sergeant Cecil 1st LSECC Tarbes.
3rd Mihai Piper with a Red Grizzle Cock purchased at Lier Market
4th Mihai Piper with a Black Cock, another one purchased at Lier Market.
Reserve Paul Stone with a Blue w/f Jan Loots x Tist Eyssen Hen.
VHC Paul Stone with a Blue Chequer Jan Loots x Braspenning Hen.
HC Paul Stone with a Chequer Pied Janssen Van Den Bosche x Tist Eyssen x Braspenning Hen
Commended. Jamie Turner with a Blue Mark Bulled Hen who is a Granddaughter of Legacy 1st NFC Tarbes and also contains the bloodlines of Bump 2nd BBC Bordeaux, 18th BICC Alencon, 29th BBC Bordeaux, and 70th NFC Cholet etc.
For our Final show we had chosen Don Stocking to come and Judge the Pied / Funny Colour class, but Don was unable to make it as he has been having a lot of trouble recently with his knee and has been on crutches for several weeks. Hopefully by the time that these notes go out Don will have made a fully recovery.
After a few Calls were made we had got a replacement Judge and that was Johnny Black of Stotfold, who once again turned up with his sidekick Paul Loom, and at the end of penning there was 37 entered into the Class.
Show 1 Pied Class- Judge Johnny Black
1st Bryan Cowan with a Chequer Pied Cock bred by John Turnell of Cheshunt. This Cock also won the Pied Class at the Cheshunt Clubs Pied Class show the Previous week.
2nd Georgie Dole with a Chequer Pied Cock, a Janssen x Van Den Bosche.
3rd Jamie Turner with a Dark Chequer Pied Jan Aarden Cock, a Direct Son of Louella’s Unbreakable, 4x Barcelona 737 miles.
4th Mihai Piper with a Chequer Pied Marijke Vink Cock.
Reserve Jamie Turner with a Yellow Kirkpatrick Hen
VHC Bryan Cowan with a Blue W/F Van Rijn Cock bred by Brian Hawes.
HC Billy Watkins with a Chequer Pied Cock, a Braspenning x Busschaert.
Commended. Billy Watkins with a Chequer Pied Plauteew bred by Phil Cooper from Kidderminster.
Special Billy Watkins with a White Camiel Cardon Cock.
We also had a 2nd Show the same Day, we called it the Ladies Show. Unfortunately the judges got caught up in the Christmas traffic, so we got a very good stand in Judge.
Fran Allen, the wife of ex member Brian Allen.
1st Jamie Turner with a Yellow Kirkpatrick Cock.
2nd Billy Watkins with a Jos Thorne Grizzle Hen.
3rd Georgie Dole with a Red Janssen W/F Hen bred by Tony Keogh.
4th Jamie Turner with a Yellow Kirkpatrick Hen.
Reserve Georgie Dole with a Bronze Pied Van Den Bosche Hen.
VHC Mihai Piper with a Mealy Pied Janssen x Braad De Joode.
HC Georgie Dole with a White Grizzle Hen.
Commended. Jamie Turner with a White Grizzle Cock.
Special Billy Watkins with a Chequer Pied bred by the BBC Stud.
Now that the shows have now ended, i would like to thank all of the Judges, Dick Burgin, Peter Wells, Johnny Black, Mark Bulled, Ron Fullbrook, and Vic Shaw as well as there assistants who put themselves out to come and Judge for us and for the Members who came and supported us to raise funds for a new Clubhouse to Mark our birds, also the members of other Clubs who came and supported us, Bryan Cowan, John Pennell and John Gregory.
I would also like to thank Billy Watkins, and Steve Sheffield for helping me to run the shows, and i hope that they continue to grow each year.
Before i end these notes i would like to thank all of the Members of the Enfield Continental FC as well as other fanciers who i know who have Supported me over the last 5 weeks or so, As my mum Passed away on the 29th of November from Cancer and the support has been fantastic from people who i know in the Sport Via Phonecalls, Text, FB, Whatsapp, Cards etc. You lot have been amazing and have helped me a lot.
Finally i wish you all have a have had a Happy Christmas and have a Great 2019.
Until Next Time
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