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52. That all Affiliated Clubs with the exception of specialist Clubs must have a minimum of four (4) Meetings annually on a quarterly
basis - this will enable the Membership to be acquainted with information from Federation and Union.
53. The Union shall have power to purchase and sell to its Members any rings, badges, etc, commonly used in connection with the
sport of Homing Pigeon Racing or Showing.
54. The Union shall not take cognizance of any Race or Show or any matter arising out of or in relation to the same unless such Race
or Show has been advertised as being and is held under the Rules of a recognised Homing Union.
55. (a) The Secretary of each Affiliated Society shall be required to keep a careful record of all rings sold, together with the names and addresses
of Members to who sold, on the list provided by the Union. The list of all rings sold prior to 28th March to be returned to the Secretary by
letter, post marked not later than 1st April, and in respect of all rings sold subsequent thereto, by a supplement list post marked no later
than the first day of each subsequent month thereto. Should any Society not comply with this Rule, the Union shall fine such Society £10.00.
(b) The Welsh Homing Pigeon Union will compile a yearly ring list and a copy sent to the Secretary of each Affiliated Club / National /
Federation / Combine of the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union with the telephone number of each Club Secretary, if any, included.
56. On change of ownership of any bird ringed with a ring issued by or with the licence of the Union or registered in the books of the
Union, the former owner or owners shall forthwith sign and hand over to the new owner a transfer (on the official form which may be
obtained from the Secretary) of the said ring and such transfer shall be sent to the Secretary for registration in the books of the
Union, and the supply of two (2) second class stamps be forwarded to the Secretary by the new owner, within fourteen (14) days after such
change of ownership and notification of such transfer shall be sent to both the new owner and the former registered owner of the
ring. All transfers will be completed on the receipt of two (2) stamps and subsequent transfers up to the total of five (5) the number
shown on a standard Transfer Card. No competitor in any race or show shall be entitled to win a prize unless the ring carried by the
winning bird was issued to the owner or was transferred and registered in accordance with the provisions of this Rule. Proof of
ownership of winning birds must be given before prize money is paid over. The transfer fee for racing pigeons will be fixed annually by the
Finance Committee plus two (2) stamps for return.
57. The Union shall seek the recognition of the authorities in Wales and undertake to confirm with the regulations and conditions
regarding the keeping of Homing Pigeons as laid down by same said Authorities from time to time. It shall further endeavour to get
legislation passed protecting the interests of its Members. Particularly with regard to the care of pigeons while in transit, shooting,
trapping of birds after liberation, etc., and to secure permission for Members to keep their pigeons on their premises.
58. The Union shall have power, so far as the law allows, to provide or assist in providing legal advice and assistance to its Members in
respect of all questions arising out of or connected with the sport of Homing Pigeon Racing or Shows, the Breeding, Training,
Custody, Sale, Purchase or Conveyance of Racing Pigeons or which in the judgement of the Council directly or indirectly affects the
interest of the Union, and may offer and pay rewards for information on such matters.
59. Any application by a Member or Society for legal advice or assistance shall be made in writing to the Union Secretary and shall be
accompanied by a brief statement of the facts of the case and any evidence which can be produced in relation thereto. Thereupon
the Council may take such steps as they deem expedient in the matter. In urgent cases the Secretary may take up the matter at
once, but only in cases where expenses will not exceed fifty (50) pounds.
60. The Council shall have the power to initiate criminal proceeding or otherwise to take such steps as they deem expedient to procure
or assist in procuring the punishment of offences which in the opinion of the Council affect the interests of the Union, and may offer
and pay rewards for any information touching such matters.
61. The Officers of all Affiliated Societies must be Members of the Union and flying Members of/Clubs/Nationals/Federations/Combine, with the
exception of the Secretary who must be a Member of the Welsh Homing Union.
62. The minimum reward of the return of a lost bird shall be a licensed courier's Standard Charge.
63. Change of details must be registered with the Union at a charge of £5.00. A partner may be added to or removed from the partnership, or
address changed. In the case of dissolution or termination of a partnership, all rings registered in the names of the partnership must revert to
the remaining partner or partners. Should the dissolution or termination of a partnership involve a division and the registration of ring
numbers in the name of each partner then all rings must be transferred in the usual way. A form for this purpose can be obtained from the
Welsh Homing Pigeon Union Office.
64. In the event of any matter or question arising which is not provided for in the foregoing Rules same shall be dealt with by the
Council and their decision in the matter shall be final and binding.
65. Rules may be altered, amended or added to by a Notice of Motion to the Annual General Meeting of the Union. Any such Notice of
Motion must be in the hands of the Secretary at least twenty eight (28) days before the Annual General Meeting.
66. All rings other than WHPU rings, whilst competing in races or shows under WHPU Rules must be registered with the WHPU before participation
at the current WHPU ring charge. Proof of registration must be submitted if required.
67. All Member lofts will be given a loft number that will be allocated in due course.
68. The Welsh Homing Pigeon Union will take steps to bring about the amendment of the Countryside Act for the protection of birds and seek
the support of Confederation for this purpose.
69. To prevent any 'conflict of interest', no Officer of the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union, Federation or Combine can hold Office in any other pigeon
70. In the event that any conflict arises between these Rules and any statement or argument of “custom and practice”, the provisions of these
Rules shall prevail.
71. Rings to be transferred / registered Seven (7) days before racing or showing of birds.