NWHU – For the Fancier by the Fancier … updated Covid-19 statement Covid_Measures_May_2020 at 22/05/2020
Update 9th May 2020 – Covid 19: has this pandemic continues with its deadly hold in the UK, Europe and around the globe our heartfelt condolences go out to those that have lost loved one’s be they family, partners or friends also to the families of front line key workers and their supports that have been taken by this ruthless virus. One of the positives and I know it can be difficult for some to find positives while this crisis continues to unfold, is the renewed sense of community the coming together of people, communities working together and helping each other.
Government and its legislation that is the law not Pigeon Unions edicts, yes, it’s the government that will determine when the fancy can begin its season, not the unions. The government outlines the social distancing requirements, limits on gatherings, what’s essential and non-essential travel, it will be the government that will allow public venues to open for business. What the many unions with the support of the wider pigeon fraternity can do is encourage all fanciers to comply with the legislation as laid down by these powers that be whether from Whitehall or the devolved parliaments.
Over the coming weeks the Government will start the process of lifting the lockdown restrictions which will hopefully allow us the opportunity to train and race our birds a lot will hinge on the PM’s address to the nation about the strategy going forward.
The New Normal
Once the season can start then its going to be a case of the new normal, one that will include the use of PPE, social distancing, new ways of working etc. Given the maturing nature of our membership across the whole sport then a fostering of the renewed community spirit will I’m sure prevail, clubs may well have to look to each other for help. Changes in the way results are received, use of smart phones, virtual meetings etc all will become part of the New Normal.
There will be a need for new marking / basketing procedures, more work will fall on fewer heads as fellow fanciers will be required to remain in isolation because of age or underlining health issues. We will have to work together and be flexible in the application of existing constitutions, we need to adapt to the new normal.
Members wellbeing – loss of loved ones, lost of jobs or reduction of income the stress of lockdown all these issues will present themselves to members and their families. There is help, out there, people do want to help please keep an eye on each other.
Respect the differences: Understand there have are differences of option between some fanciers about the start of the racing this season. It is incumbent on us all to respect the rights of each other to choose what is right for the individual and what they wish to do. For the ones that want to wait until a vaccine is available or until next season be that for reasons, they hold dear, then that is your right and must be respected. The members that cannot wait to be getting down the road training and racing that is your right. We have to be respectful of each other’s stance and differing circumstances. While there will be ongoing debate, polarised divisions will only fuel more discord in the fancy so a plea to be tolerant and understanding of the rights of each to make their own decisions.
Finally- Boris what’s next?
North West Homing Union President
Coronavirus Covid-19 … March 2020
First and foremost let me just say that the North West Homing Union hopes that all members of the pigeon fraternity stay safe and well during the current crisis, it also extends a message of gratitude to all the frontline professionals that are once more stepping up and helping us through these testing times.
Given the changing nature of the current situation with regards the Coronavirus and evolving advice from the Government and scientific experts while I hope I’m wrong I think it is clear, that the country is preparing for difficulties and increased restrictions for at least the next 3 months. Which in turn would take us to end of June early July with regards potential restrictions on gatherings and on people with underlining health issues which will affect our ability to race. Also, clubs, pub’s and other public type venues that are the bed rock of a lot of club’s HQ’s have restrictions placed on them which will impact the availability of racing. While its hoped that this isn’t the case it is also doubtful that things will snap back to normal at the flick of a switch and precautions will still need to be taken with regards the elder sections of the population and those with underlining health issues for a time after the peak of the crisis has passed.
Its at times like this that we all need to pull together and despite whatever issues, and differences transcend across the sport a joint approach needs to be taken where ever possible in the best interests of firstly our members and their families and the public health and wellbeing.
Things that can help at times like this, and I know it can be difficult at time but helping our older members and those with underlining health issues get corn, if on allotments water or help with some of the more onus task’s around the lofts anything that would reduce their time at risk. Then small things like phoning people talking to them discussing what’s happening, giving people who may be facing isolation and time alone the chance to talk about what bring us together the birds be it racing or showing it really is good to talk.
Now I’m not an expert nor do I hold any medical qualifications however I think we should consider the following as precautions that may well help when and I repeat when the pressure and restrictions start to ease which they will in time.
Clubs and fanciers were possible look to combine resources for basketing and clocks.
Consider if you want to race or train, if training then birds don’t need to be transported as far minimising time in basket and transport nor may clocks need setting.
Also the following may help
Allow more time to basket the birds.
If ever there was a case for widespread any-age racing / training then I think the current situation answers that question.
Older members and those with underlining health issues should only be required to basket their birds & get their clock ready for collection for basketing / setting.
As a minimum of two people to set clocks / operate ETS systems.
Minimum of two people to act as basketeers – transferring birds from members baskets to training or race baskets.
All members as far as is practicable to wear gloves and minimise personal interactions.
To help keep interactions to a minimum allocate time slots for members to basket or present their birds for basketing.
Basket in the open air.
Please be patient and always think what is best for your fellow members and their families, this virus doesn’t have a conscience.
Now I know it will put more pressure and heap more work on even less people than normal, but needs must, and we all need to pull together which I believe is second nature to to the pigeon fraternity.
Please above all stay safe and healthy.
North West Homing Union President
NWHU President’s Statement – Pre Season
The racing season is fast approaching the days are getting longer and I’m with a lot of you willing the weather to improve. Is the buzz starting to build, are your plans starting to develop or like my own having to be rewritten, how’s the loft alternations working out? Are you trying a new system, bloodlines? For a lot the breeding season is over or almost, for others it may just be starting. Old bird training will be starting and your young hopefuls starting to get their bearings around the loft (I know heart in your hands time) Here’s a plea, please ensure old and young are clearly wing stamped or carry a telephone / address marker ring / ETS telephone sticker, it’s of upmost importance with the challenges the fancy is facing that we don’t add to them for the sake of providing contact details for our birds. Remember also you can use the online stray reporting available on this website.
Can’t really say what is going to develop with regards racing and the current Coronavirus crisis the NWHU will be keeping a watching brief on advice issued via the goverment and DEFRA. First and foremost, hopefully all you and your family and friends will stay safe and healthy while it runs its course which hopefully will be sooner rather than later.
Wishing all fanciers, the very best of racing for 2020 season and hope you reach your goals, milestones and targets but remember to enjoy it.
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RPRA – NWHU Ring Registration
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