TIME FOR CHANGE

TIME FOR CHANGE

Following the past season the number of birds that have been lost are unacceptable,
surely it is time to change the way we race the following are just a few ideas that may
help to keep the sport alive. We cannot keep going on as we are the next step will be members saying enough is enough and pack in. as Brian said it is time for the true fancier to look for a solution, the way forward could be to change the way we vote for proposals.most proposals are voted on by very few members. one solution could be postal votes.by this method every member
(that wished to) would get to vote.and not the proposals be decided by Feds where only a few have been bothered to have a meeting to decide “The Same As Last Year”.one way to do this is for Feds to send in proposals to Brian and for him to sort them out into groups i.e. officials / race programs / groups / lib times /miscellaneous / ect,
then send one copy to each fed sec to be photo copied and then one to be given to each member to vote for one proposal in each group, then return to fed sec to forward to brian, votes counted majority decides. that way no need for pre AGM followed by AGM .
THE RACE PROGRAM should be looked at. At the moment we seem to be following the UNC
in many of our races i.e. Peterborough,Huntingdon,Maidstone,Folkstone, all are on the east side of the country. surely we should be racing down the middle ,we are the WDA we were formed to be separate to the UNC if we run a line down the centre of the WDA to the south coast we should
be racing from race points like Wakefield (83mls) Rotherham(100) Chesterfield(120)Leicester(155)Kettering(173)Buckingham(200)Woking(248)Littelhampton(283)
all distances approx to SAC FED all RACE POINTS RPRA APROVED SITES. on to the continent, Rouen(380) Evreux(420) Orleans(520) Bourges(566) all are as near north to south as possible. I know some people will say the further west we go “I will lose out on over fly” not true you get what you are entitled to. if it helps for better racing is that not what we need and want.
Groups . We in Sacriston fed voted for single lib this year I for one think now I was wrong. “to smaller liberation.”
We fly our bird to come from A to B as fast as possible would it not be better if we had groups east and west i.e. dar /d/ness / sac / a/plain /new/west East group. other 5feds West group possibly for the first 4 old and young bird races to give them a straight line home. In our fed all our
bird come out of the west or back over.
This yb season the new conveyor has been waiting for the UNC to clear the race points to avoid clashing. OK so if we go down the middle of the country this would not be a problem for him also he would be able to liberate as soon as possible thus avoiding many other organizations.
Over the years we have always had a problem with the 3rd or 4th yb race this year especially, to try to avoid this why not try and race Sundays for the 2 week ends.it may be that the weather is good for Saturday and not for Sunday but surely a holdover and a Monday race is better than losing all the ybs we lost this year ending in only 3367 bird going to the yb national and a decrease in the number of old bird for next year. As I said these are only a few ideas, some may say that they are rubbish some what a good idea,but if we don’t change we will end up with that few members that the sport will go.
The majority of members are 50 plus if not older, money is tight and the past season will only make
racing dearer so please look at these suggestions and make as many comments as you like but don’t just leave it to the few that sit back an say “Same As Last Year”
yours in sport
Billy Scott
(G Scott & sons)
PELTON BUFFS H.S.