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WELSH HOMING PIGEON UNION

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Discipline

39. A Member may be suspended, reprimanded, excluded or expelled for breach of any of the following:
  (a) Guilty of dishonorable conduct.
  (b) Willfully break these Rules.
  (c) Fails to pay his subscription for the current Year.
  (d) Refuse to comply with a decision of the Union on any matter affecting the Sport of Homing Pigeon Racing or Showing.
  (e) The Union Secretary has plenary powers after the issue of a second warning to suspend a Member who willfully fails to
  claim a stray pigeon within seven (7) days of receipt of notification. Second warning and suspension letters to be
  forwarded by RECORDED DELIVERY.
  (f) Malpractice:- The length of suspension to be fixed by Council at the time of imposition. The Council of the Welsh Homing
  Pigeon Union to fix the term of suspension for various offences.

40. During the period of suspension, excluded and after expulsion of a Member the birds and loft owned by such Member shall be
ineligible to compete in any Race or Show in which Union Members are allowed to compete. No address or loft which has been
  registered by a suspended, excluded or expelled Member shall be taken over by any Member of the Union or by any Member of
a Society Affiliated to the Union except with the consent of the Union. Objection may be taken to the appointment of a
person as a Member of the Union on the ground that he has taken over the loft or address of a suspended, excluded or
expelled Member without consent. A suspended Member may after a period of three (3) months from the date of his
suspension apply to the Union for its removal. Any Member of the Union advertising a clearance sale shall be debarred for
three (3) years from competing in any Race or Show in which Union Members are allowed to compete. Where mitigating
circumstances exist any Member may apply to the Council to be reinstated within the stipulated three (3) years. If another
Member lives at the same address, and has a separate loft with birds carrying rings recognised by the Welsh Homing Pigeon
Union that are proved to be owned by that other Member and registered in the name of that other Member with the Union
that has issued such rings at least six (6)months prior to the advertisement for the clearance sale, then that Member shall be
exempt from the terms of this Rule.
The date of such sale must be forwarded to the Union Secretary, and that the other Member at any reasonable time shall
permit any Officer of the Union or person authorised in writing by the Secretary of the Union to inspect the pigeons in his
loft and if on such inspection there shall be found to be pigeons registered in the name of the Member who has had a
clearance sale then that Member shall be debarred from competing in any race or show until the determination of the period
of three (3) years from the date of the advertisement of the clearance sale of the Member living at the same address.

41. AUCTION SALE: At all Pigeon Auction Sales, on completion of a financial transaction signed transfer cards shall be furnished to
  the purchaser in respect of every bird purchased by him or her. Cards shall be signed by the registered owner, or in the case
  of a partnership, by all partners or their representatives. In all Charity Auction Sales, a Balance Sheet shall be published in the
  Fancy Press. Balance sheets and Names of Officials in charge of such an Auction must be forwarded to the Welsh Homing
  Pigeon Union Office.

42. At least one week before the Meeting at which the resolution to suspend, exclude or expel a Member or Affiliated Society is
heard, notice of the place, date and time of such Meeting shall be given to such Member or Society and of the proposed
resolution and he or they shall at such Meeting and before the proposed resolution shall be put to the Meeting, have an
opportunity of questioning the basis of such resolution and/or any evidence or witness in support of the same and to give
orally or in writing any explanation or defence including the calling of witnesses in his/her or their defence as they shall think
fit.

43. If an Affiliated Society shall in the opinion of the Council conduct its affairs in a manner unbefitting an Affiliated Society of
  the Union, or wilfully breaks or refuses to comply with any decision of the Council, such Society shall after due enquiry
  conducted in accordance with the preceding Rule be suspended, excluded or expelled from the privileges of the Union. Any
Member who was a Member of such Society shall thereupon also be suspended, excluded or expelled from the privileges of
the Union and shall not become or continue as a Member of any other Society Affiliated to the union or become an Individual
Member until he produces proof that he had been prepared to abide by the decision of the Union.

44. A suspended Member or Affiliated Society shall during the period of suspension and a Member of Affiliated Society excluded
or expelled shall absolutely forfeit the rights and privileges of the Union and its property.

45. An appeal by any Member against his suspension or expulsion or aggrieved by a decision of his Club shall be allowed to appeal
  to his Federation, subject to the following provisions.
  (a) Notice of such appeal shall be given in writing and within twenty-one (21) days of his suspension or expulsion or
  aggravation to the Secretary of the Federation specifying his desire to appeal.
  (b)The Secretary of the Federation shall thereupon give ten (10) days notice of the date and place appointed for the hearing
  of the appeal to be sent by either registered or recorded delivery post to the Club and Member appealing. The Appeal must
  be dealt with by the Federation within twenty-one days (21) days after receipt of appeal.
  (c) The Federation shall hear the appellant and consider evidence tendered on his behalf of the Club and they may also receive
  and consider written statements or explanations furnished by the parties.
  (d) The decision of the Federation shall, within twenty-one (21) days be communicated to the parties affected, and shall take
  effect from the date thereof, providing that, in the event of the Member's suspension, expulsion or aggravation being
  confirmed, he shall have the right of final appeal to the Council of the Union as herein after provided. In the event of
  Member(s) appealing to the Council of the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union against their suspension by their Federation they
  would be allowed to continue racing/showing their pigeons as ordinary Members of their Club, Federation. They would not be
  allowed to hold any Official position in their Club, Federation or Union, until such time as their appeal is heard in full by the
  Council of the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union and a decision reached by them.
  NOTE: Members and Societies not Affiliated to a Federation may appeal direct to the Council of the Union.

46. Any Affiliated Society or any Member of the Union who is aggrieved by the decision of a National / Federation / Combine
  under these Rules may, in the absence of express provision to the contrary, appeal to the Council subject to the following
  provisions:
  (a) Notice of such appeal shall be given in writing and shall state the grounds of appeal and shall be served upon the Secretary
  of the Council within twenty-one (21) days after the decision of the National / Federation / Combine . The notice must be by
  recorded or special delivery. The Notice shall be accompanied by a deposit of £20.00, which will be returned if the
  appellant is successful.
  (b) Upon receipt of the Notice of Appeal, the Secretary shall forward a copy to the Secretary of the National / Federation /
  Combine , who shall within ten (10) days after receipt of such Notice, forward to each party to the appeal a Minute of the
  evidence taken and points raised before the Federation. The Appeal will be heard by Council within fifty (50) days.
  (c) Any party to the appeal may, within ten (10) days after receipt of such Minute, by notice in writing to the National /
  Federation / Combine and Union Secretary object thereto on the ground that it is inaccurate or that material evidence has
  been omitted, or that points raised have not been clearly stated. The notice of objection shall clearly state the grounds of
  objection. The notice of objection shall be considered by the National / Federation / Combine, who may make such
  amendments (if any) of the Minute as they think fit. The Minutes of Evidence and points raised shall then be signed by the
  Chairman and Secretary of the Federation and shall be binding and conclusive as to the evidence heard and received, and the
  points raised at the appeal unless the Council shall otherwise determine.
  (d) The Secretary of the Council shall, prior to the hearing of the appeal by the Council, furnish a copy of the Minutes of
  Evidence and points raised to every party to the appeal.
  (e) At the hearing of the appeal by the Council, all parties to the appeal shall attend and give evidence but no fresh evidence
  shall be permitted except by consent of the Council, and provided that written notice of intention to tender such fresh
  evidence stating full particulars shall have been served upon the Secretary of the Council, and to the other party or parties to
  the appeal, at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing.

47. The Council may rescind, vary, modify, refer back for re-hearing or confirm the decision of the Federation.

48. The decision of the Council upon appeal shall be final and binding.

49. These Rules shall be deemed to be a submission by all Members of the Union and by all Affiliated Societies thereof, of any
  questions which may arise under the above-written Rules to the arbitration of the Union, such arbitral jurisdiction to be
  exercised through the several tribunals or bodies hereby recognised or appointed in the matter herein before provided.

50. Any interested party may appear to be represented on any appeal under such last mentioned Rules. No Councillor and
  Federation Member shall without permission, speak or vote on any matter in which he may have a trade or business interest.

51. No Councillor shall sit or vote at the Council on the hearing of any appeal against a decision of a Federation whereof he is a
  representative, nor shall any Member of the Committee of a Federation sit or vote at the hearing of such Committee on any
  matter affecting a Society to which he belongs.