RULES OF THE WEST
OF ENGLAND S R COMBINE 2018 SEASON
1.1 The organisation shall be called the West of England
South Road Combine with headquarters at Fry Club, Keynsham. The lofts of all
affiliated Club members must be situated within the counties of Somerset,
Wiltshire and Gloucestershire or within seven miles of the boundaries thereof.
An existing member shall be unaffected until such time as he removes his loft
to a place outside the area so defined when his competitive membership shall
1.2 The objects of the Combine shall be to economise in the
convoying of birds and to organise within the Combine area.
1.3 For Combine purposes all affiliated Clubs shall be
governed by the latest RPRA Rule Book and Amendments thereto and the following
1.4 New Clubs joining or re-joining after a break shall pay
£50 joining fee.
New members joining or re-joining after a break shall pay
£17.50 per loft joining fee.
Each individual member loft shall pay a single annual
subscription of £25 to include £3 for the transporter fund, irrespective of the
number of Clubs the loft is affiliated to.
Members under the age of 18 years shall be excused the
£17.50 joining fee and £25 annual subscription until they attain the age of 18
years, provided they compete solely in their name.
All fees shall be due on 1st March each year and failure to
comply will result in a £10 penalty for clubs.
Should the necessity arise, the Committee have the power to
levy members a reasonable sum to meet the exigencies of its working expenses.
No Club will be permitted to race until all dues have been
1.5 All Clubs applying for affiliation must submit to the
Combine Secretary on application a copy of their rules, a list of club members
and a statement of the club’s radius. The admission of new clubs to the Combine
shall only be considered if the transport existing at the time is deemed
sufficient to cater for the likely increased birdage.
1.6 The management of the Combine shall be vested in the
Committee. The Committee, who will be eligible for re-election, shall consist
of officers of the Combine and a maximum of 15 members elected by Club
delegates at the Annual General Meeting. Nominees may be elected in their absence,
provided they have indicated their willingness to stand in writing to the
President or Secretary. The Committee, five to form a quorum, shall decide all
routine matters, matters of urgency, other matters not covered by these Rules
and disputes, subject to the usual right of appeal to the RPRA.
1.7 The Combine shall have a Finance Committee consisting of
the President, Chairman and three members of the Committee to oversee all
accounts discuss and agree on investment funds and make regular checks on bank statements
and account balances.
1.8 The Combine secretary, on receipt of a requisition or
copy of resolution passed by three or more Clubs asking for a General Meeting
to consider any specific subject, must call a meeting within 21 days giving the
subject to be dealt with and no other business shall be transacted.
1.9 The Combine can only be dissolved by two-thirds majority
of Clubs affiliated.
1.10 Any Club wishing to resign must do so before the date
of the AGM or will be held responsible for the ensuing year’s subscriptions.
Clubs resigning to forfeit all claims on the Combines assets.
1.11 The Annual General Meeting date shall be decided by the
1.12 All Clubs will be invoiced regularly during the racing season
for costs incurred. Settlement of invoices shall be made within 7 days of
receipt by forwarding cheques to the Combine Secretary.
1.13 With the agreement of individual clubs, all printed
matter, including invoices, results and notification of meetings, previously
sent by post may be sent by email.
1.14 With the agreement of individual clubs, all prize/pools
money won by members will be deducted from sums due on invoices for Clubs to
pay their members.
1.15 The Secretary, in the interests of clarity, may
re-group and re-number Combine Rules.
Transporter & Crate Rules
2.1 In all races crates will be dressed with coarse dry
sand. On no account will other dressing be allowed.
2.2 The minimum number of birds per crate passed at any AGM
of the Combine is a rule, the only exception being when a crate carries a red
coloured label. This rule to be strictly enforced and no Club may send more
than two crates to any race bearing red coloured labels. The Combine will
charge offending Clubs a surcharge of £5.00 for every crate proved to contain
less than the required number of birds unless the crate carries a red coloured
label. This rule to be strictly enforced.
2.3 The Combine shall, as far as possible, organise feeder
service to the transporter or collecting points. Clubs having to use their own
transport to the transporter, collecting points or a Combine feeder service
shall be paid an allowance to be decided by the Committee.
2.4 For the purposes of security all Clubs transporting
birds from the Club headquarters to a collecting point shall, at all times,
have at least one club member with the birds in addition to the driver of the
vehicle, who shall be available to assist with the loading and unloading of
crates for such club to and from the transporter. Failure to do so, the birds
will not be accepted.
2.5 Each club is responsible for its birds being delivered
at the appointed collecting point and time to the Combine convoyer. In the
event of any container of a competing club’s birds not reaching the convoyer at
the appointed time, the birds of that club shall be debarred from taking any
position in that race. In the case of open races, the entry fees and fees to be
returned in full to the member(s) concerned.
2.6 Each club is responsible for the damage to or loss of
their own birds and shall also be responsible for the loss or damage of any of
the containers whilst in their possession. Clubs shall maintain containers in
good order and deliver them at the appointed collecting point to the Combine
Convoyer properly sealed.
2.7 Only the convoyers and officials in charge of each
collecting point shall have the authority to make up containers with a minimum
number of birds as decided by the Committee and such made-up containers shall
be re-sealed with RPRA seals.
2.8 The transporters shall be loaded by individual clubs in
vertical columns to a height stipulated by drivers. All columns to be filled
before using the next column.
2.9 The water on the transporter shall be purified.
2.10 It is not permissible for any club official or delegate
to travel to a liberation site and remove pigeons for any reason from a Combine
transporter unless directed to by the convoyer, race advisor or committee. The
Combine Committee shall have authority to re-mark (re-rubber or wing-stamp) any
Club’s birds on any race at their discretion.
Racing & Clock Rules
3.1 The Combine may organise Open Races each year which will
be governed by rules detailed in the rule book. Failure to comply may result in
3.2 All races to be pre-priced and all Clubs informed of
birdage charges pre-season. Holdovers will be charged at cost where applicable.
These costs will be printed in the rule book as an overall figure per day and
this amount to be divided between the total numbers of birds competing to give
the cost per bird each race.
3.3 On all race charges, 10p per bird shall be retained. The
money so raised to be held in the Transporter Fund and used for replacing
vehicles or substantial repairs.
3.4 No young birds shall be entered in or sent as trainers
to any old bird race in the Combine programme. Old hens may be sent as trainers
to any young bird race, the charge for which will be decided by the Committee
and advertised in the handbook.
3.5 All Clubs are requested to refuse entry to any bird
considered unfit for racing.
3.6 Members may, by arrangement with the respective Clubs,
have birds duplicated from one club to another provided these clubs are all
members of the Combine but no one bird can take more than one position and one
open prize or pool position in any one Combine race.
3.7 In all races, should any member find that due to
insufficient members available at his/her club (and only for that reason),
he/she is unable to have his/her birds marked and his/her clock set according
to the current rules, then he/she, by prior arrangement with any other
affiliated club, can have their clock set and birds entered into the
amalgamation/open race at that club.
3.8 All inland races shall close at 10pm on the day of
liberation and all channel races shall close on a velocity proper of 220ypm.
Hours of darkness shall be from 10pm to 5am for old birds and 8pm to 6.30am for
3.9 On race days the precise time of liberation shall be
decided by the chief convoyer in accordance with the Code of Conduct for
licensed convoyers/liberators issued by the RPRA. The decision of the chief
convoyer shall be made after consultation with the race advisor, to be
appointed by the committee.
3.10 In the event of poor weather conditions forecast for
the liberation site and the Combine area, a sub-committee of the Chairman,
President, Secretary, Race Advisor and Chief Convoyer will be formed to decide
by majority telephone vote to change to a more suitable date. The secretary
will arrange for all clubs to be informed of any decision made.
3.11 If because of a directive from a government body or
similar, the Combine is unable to race the route selected, all member clubs
will be contacted by the Combine using the information tree method or a
delegates meeting shall be called before a new route is selected.
3.12 In all Combine races the bird making the highest
velocity shall be declared the winner except when in the opinion of the
Committee, having given full consideration to the circumstances and conditions
prevailing at the time, a pigeon has returned an improbable velocity. That
pigeon shall be disqualified from the race.
3.13 The convoyer’s report for each Combine race will be
printed in full on the Combine result sheet for that race.
3.14 All clubs are requested to forward their official club
result to the Secretary by means of email as soon as possible. Clubs without
email facility will telephone the Secretary with the velocities and forward
full details by post if required for
the Combine result.
3.15 Old birds shall always be flown on the same inland
route as the preceding seasons young birds. Clubs are requested to submit in
writing to the Combine Secretary their preferences for the young bird route in
the following season by 1st November each year. The Committee will
analyse and take into account the information and formulate two alternative
programmes for voting by affiliated clubs at a General Meeting following the
4.1 The Committee will decide the destination of all
trophies, the donors of which do not specify for what they will be awarded.
4.2 All trophies are to be returned to the Secretary no
later than the post season Secretaries Meeting in the year which they were won.
Any fancier requiring a replica of any trophies won must inform the Secretary
in writing no later than the post season Secretaries Meeting in the year which
they were won.
3. Outside Convoying
5.1 Any organisation other than affiliated Clubs of the
Combine who wishes to hold a race using the assets of the Combine must seek
approval by applying in writing to the Combine Committee through the General
RULES APPERTAINING TO COMBINE
OPEN RACES IN 2015
Disclaimer: The guaranteed £1000 prize money printed on some entry
forms is no longer in being.
There will be four OB and one YB Open Races in 2015.
There is no limit on entries and entry fees shall be £1.00
Prize money and diplomas will be allocated to the first
20 in the result. If less than 20 birds are timed, all prize money not won will
be divided equally between all birds timed.
The Committee will decide the distribution of prize
money in all Open Races.
Pools will be 10p; 15p; 20p; 25p; 50p; £1; £2; £5; £10
and a £1 Single Nomination.
Pools will be paid out 10:1 less 5% retained for Combine
expenses. If insufficient birds are timed in any particular pool all monies not
won in that pool will be divided equally between timed birds in that pool. In
the event no birds are timed in a particular pool, all monies less 5% will be
returned to the members entered in that pool.
Entry forms in triplicate and verification envelopes will be
supplied to clubs on request. All must be completed in full.
Consolidated lists of entries & pools must be made by
club secretaries on forms provided.
After marking, all entry forms shall be signed by the two
The top copy of the completed entry form must be forwarded to
the Combine Secretary by Club secretaries together with all entry & pool
monies, race rubber numbers & tabs and the consolidated list of entries and
pools by at least 1st Class post to reach the Combine Secretary or
be postmarked no later than the time of liberation. Entries received which do
not fulfil these requirements will be declared void and all monies will be
returned to the Club.
All clocks must be returned to clock officials and opened on
the day of timing. Each competitor shall also hand in a completed verification
envelope giving details of birds, clock times & pools.
Within two days of the close of each Open Race, Club
secretaries must post by at least 1st Class post to the Combine
Secretary verification envelopes and details of all birds timed in, with clock
times, variations, and velocities on special forms provided. Rubbers and clock
dials must also be enclosed.
The Combine Secretary may request proof of ownership for any
bird winning prizes or pools in Open Races.
Each open race will be self-supporting and prize money etc.
will be declared with each result.
Any objections to the result of Open Races must be made in
writing to the Combine Secretary within 14 days of publication or receipt by