55_PR BICC Autumn News Report.

The BICC Late Bred sale run by Sue Baker seems to have been a great success. Sue was telling me that during the final hour of the phone in sale her phone was in "melt down". The final total raised was £2,775 less of course any expenses accrued. Our thanks to all those members who generously gave of their best for the club's benefit, and here's wishing that the purchasers enjoy great success with the progeny of their purchases.
Our thanks also must go to Sue for all her hard work in running the phone in auction.
Members wishing to attend the Annual Sinner and Prize Presentation at Bournemouth on the weekend of the 7th -9th February 2014. Tickets are priced at £35 and accommodation is available at the Queen's Hotel at a special rate of £45 per  person per night bed and breakfast for the Saturday and £72.50 per person B/B for the Friday and Saturday. Or alternatively, you can book an enjoyable weekend break for £112.50 per person for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  All bookings to be made through our secretary, Carol Francis at 319 Feltham Hill Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 1LP [telephone:01784/421594].
However, I should point out that Carol will be away on a well deserved holiday from 26th September until the 12th October.

The following is an appeal to all BICC members out there who may have in their lofts pigeons with multiple performances from Barcelona or an alternative race of around 700 miles. If you have, and would like to receive the publicity that your big hearted pigeon deserves then read on:-
Barcelona Birds: Cameron Stansfield at Elimar and Gareth Watkins are teaming up to produce a series for publications over the coming months, featuring UK Barcelona pigeons. We will be contacting some members on an individual basis but this is a potentially big project so we ask if fanciers who have such birds take the initiative and contact us.  Ideally we would like a photo and pedigree (or breeding details if a full pedigree is not available) of the pigeon, plus, if possible, photos of the parents, owners and loft plus some details about the individual pigeons, such as race record and racing history in preparation for their marathon event. The address to send all material to is or
Come on, don't be shy, give your pigeons the publicity they deserve. Let's build an archive which can be used as a point of  reference in the years to come. There you go, its up to you now to get the publicity that your pigeons performances so richly deserve.

On the finance front this is what our treasurer Russell Bradford has to say:-
" Carol and I are now attacking the figures and I hope to have them ready for audit by the middle of October. For the first time I paid out the Euro prize money for the Pau International immediately on receipt of the invoice from the Colombe Joyeuse (Belgium Organisers),. Rather than waiting for a cheque run in October, I paid them all via BACS (bank-to-bank), so anyone who would prefer to receive whatever prize money they are due, could equally receive their money in this manner, if they would like to let Carol or me have their bank details. All details will of course be kept entirely 100% private. Both Carol’s and my phone and ‘e’-mail details are in the BICC handbook and on the BICC website."

I have included with this report photographs of all the old bird National race winners along with their winning pigeons, kindly supplied by Chris Sutton. The International race winners and their winning pigeons' photographs will appear along with the Guernsey young bird and old hens race winners photographs in my next news report.
Also included are some photos of the redevelopment of the new House of Aarden Stud, one of the club's most generous sponsors.

Gareth Watkins

1st BICC Alencon for Williams Bros & Son Tredegar

1STBICC Falaise 2013

BICC Le Mans Alex-&-Tony-Mackenzie-&-Bill

BICC Le Mans winnerGB12N59934-MAckenzie-

BICC TOURS 2013 winnerGB11N29909 for J & D Staddon

BICC Tours 2013 winners John&DaveStaddon

BrianWall&Grandson1st Open BICC AlenconBICC

GB12N58668 1st Open BICC Alencon for Mr & Mrs Brian Wall

MahoneyBrosHandling (2)

Williams Brothers & son 1st BICC Alencon

Another view of the 70 ft stock loft at House of AArden

House of Aarden Breeding sections

House of Aarden Holding Pen No1

House of Aarden new breeding loft. On left individual breeding pens on right breeding sections

The new 70 ft stock loft at House of Aarden