Founded in 1910
The Principal objective is the promotion and development of the Modena pigeon and the interests of Modena Fanciers
The club was founded in 1910 as the 'Modena Club' and held its first championship Show soon afterwards the first recorded winner being W F Holmes
Later following the absorption of the Northern Club and Scottish Clubs the name was changed to the present style reflecting as it does the wider representation.
The most important initial task of the founders of the Club was to establish a Standard of Excellence for the Modena Pigeon because this enabled the enthusiastic members to concentrate their breeding programmes on ideal specimens of the Breed and thus eliminate the imperfections. The Club was greatly assisted in this regard by having among some of the most outstanding breeders of pigeons at the time such as W F Holmes and W Watmough both of whom contributed publications on pigeon keeping which remain keenly sought after to this day.
The result was the production of high quality stock illustrating what became known as the 'bird of curves' which was much in demand among the fancy fraternity.
Although the Modena pigeon originated in Italy and was common in the Town of Modena from which it took its name and was exported from there to America and beyond it is so called 'English Modena' conforming to the standard of Excellence of the Club which has been adopted by fanciers worldwide.
The National Modena Club became the Premier fancy pigeon club in Great Britain because its members have always been prepared to release good stock to newcomers to the breed and assist them by offering advice on colour breeding. The development of the Modena guided by the Club gathered pace so that in time it became the most popular of all exhibition pigeons and has remained so .This is because it has the greatest variety of colours and markings which now number seventy five officially approved. There are now two separate types of Modena the Gazzi or pied and the Schietti or self coloured .The National Modena Club of Great Britain continues to promote and enhance the Quality of the breed.
By holding annual shows for all classes of Modena both adult and young and supporting classes for modenas at most of the pigeon shows throughout the United Kingdom. The Club also maintain contacts with other Modena clubs worldwide so that the members can be kept abreast of developments and benefit from shared experience and there are particularly close links with European breeders of the English Modena.
The Club through the management Committee and the various office holders continues to represent the interests of the Modena in the vigorous application of the rules ensures that the Modena Pigeon is maintained.
To join the Modena Club costs £10 a year and includes a yearly full colour Bulletin posted to you (U.K. members only overseas by email due to high postage costs) and newsletters throughout the year .
Plus the club puts on a stand alone breed show which attracts Modenas from Members around the country catering for colours not often seen at one show competing against their own colours to encourage the lesser colours to be shown.
Modenas can also be seen at Shows such as Barnsley , Reading, Swansea, Coatbridge (Glasgow) Egremont, Lancashire, Newcastle (Darlington).