Newsletter – Summer 2018

Here is a downloadable version of this newsletter: Newsletter July2018


Data Protection
In line with the GDPR regulations, a copy of the SGS Data Protection Statement has been uploaded to the SGS website, available here: If you want to check the data we hold or update your preferences please ring Grace Brown 01939 291191 or email Thank-you.

Training Classes:

We have two more training classes at Beckbury on 13th and 20th August. Trainer Warren Jones. Cost £12.50 for members. Spaniels 6.30 p.m. Retrievers 7.45 p.m. Book your place now. Grace Brown 01939 291191

FIELD TRIALS for the 2018 season

A/V Retriever NOVICE trial Tuesday 9th October at Checkley Wood, Near Nantwich.
A/V Retriever OPEN trial Saturday 20th October at Acton Round Hall, Near Bridgnorth.
For details contact:-Retriever Trial Secretary Grace Brown on
01939 291191 or mobile 07739 250987

Cocker Spaniel NOVICE trial Monday 29th October at Buildwas Park, Shropshire.
A.V. Spaniel NOVICE trial Saturday 17th November at Tregynon, Newtown, Powys.
A.V. OPEN Spaniel (ex Cocker) trial Tuesday 4th December at Tregynon, Newtown, Powys.
For details contact Spaniel Trial Secretary Dave Bishop on 01978 710461


We are delighted to welcome our new President Colonel Mark Cuthbert-Brown and to congratulate him and committee member Jayne Day on their recent marriage. They met at a SGS training class so we are doubly proud. All other officers remain as last year.


Thank you, if you have paid your subscription by standing order in January. If you pay by cheque the fees are unchanged at £10 single or £15 joint for 2018. Please send to Chris Brown, Treasurer, Rangatira, Baschurch Road, Myddle, Shrewsbury, SY4 3RX.
Please send all subscriptions to the treasurer, NOT to the Field Trial Secretaries. Thank-you.


check out our facebook page for up to date results and photos.

The AV Spaniel Spring Working Test was held at Bulkeley, near Malpas by kind permission of the Rawhead Shoot and the keeper Ryan Parkes. Judges Mr Nick Powell and Mr Jonathan South.
Novice Winners
1st Gone Shootin Gus ESS D Lawrence Murray- Curtis

2nd Boundarymoor Edward ESS D Richard Sanderson

3rd Knockanbui Gordans ESS D Ben Shreeve 4th Gillfoot White Short Socks Cocker B Ron Jones

COMS, Creccamarsh Viper ESS D Stuart Fellows, Finno Tessa ESS B Derek Daly, Glencambus Razzberry ESS B Josh Stubbs

Open Winners
1st Ffyonlas Smudge ESS David Ross

2nd Scafell Swift ESS B Angela Atkin

The test was held on an extensive bracken bank with lots of natural game scent which was perfect for testing the hunting of all the dogs. Weather was also kind with cool but dry conditions and a light breeze.

Once again, a big thank you to our sponsors Skinners, especially Laura Peakman who provided the Certificates and Dog food vouchers for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both novice and open tests. Also all the people who helped make the day go so smoothly.
The raffle raised a great £69 for our chosen charity this year “Therapy Dogs”.

Annual Retriever Novice and Open Working Test

Went ahead on Saturday 7th April, at the Walford Campus of the North Shropshire Agricultural College near Shrewsbury, despite the recent heavy rain and flooding. The adverse conditions providing several challenges in the week leading up to the Test as well as on the day. Thanks to Paul Tranter (Shoot Captain) for your help with the ground.
We had 4 tests for each class. Those competing in the Novice had particularly challenging wet conditions with very heavy rain. The Open fared slightly better as the rain eased off.
Thank you to our Judges for their dedication to the sport …………..standing for several hours without shelter. Changes of clothing at lunchtime were the order of the day! Mr Tim Brain Ms Clare Wood Mr Leigh Jackson Mr Warren Jones. Thank you to our HELPERS who made the day possible ……. again some of them standing in the driving rain for several hours.
The heroes were :- Malcolm Awty (Chief Steward)
Paul Tranter, Sarah Cox, Lyn Wall, Helen Roberts, Kim Dutton, Morwenna Crossley, Wendy Manning, Mark Bullock, Patrick Awty, Chris Wall, Adrian and George Joint, Cheryl Jones, Jayne Day, and Linda, Matt and Peter from the Walford Shoot, Grace and Chris Brown, Fran Gosling.
A huge thank you to them because without them there would not be a Test!

We had some worthy winners. Congratulations .


1st Mike Cox Casheath Sloeberry Spirit Lab D (Judges Choice)
2nd Richard Kershaw Waterygate Sydney Lab D
3rd Judith White Minstead Costello Lab B
4th Christopher Pilkington Shadeoak Major Lab D
COM David Field Ravenvalley Kite of Artistryn Lab D
COM Christine Peers Pinedale Sage GR D (Best Water Retrieve)


1st Nicola Reynolds Waysgreen Comet Lab D (Judges Choice/Best Retrieve)
2nd Suzanne Bailye Artistryn Usha Lab B
3rd Victoria Stanley Minstead Maigret Lab B
4th Dave Field Artistryn Ulrich Lab D
COM Clare Baker The Windbreakwhisper of Arcklebear Lab B
COM Richard Kershaw Waterygate Sydney Lab D

Thanks to our sponsors, Skinners Pet Foods, Walford Shoot, Woodside Medical Practice for the printing and all the competitors for supporting Shropshire Gundog Society. The raffle raised a magnificent £168 for our charity “Therapy Dogs”. A Successful Wet Day!!!!! Gill Awty Working Test Secretary.


Lucky we had a good spacious hall for the Open Show today as it was wet, thunder and lightning outside. BIS judge was Chris Hastings “Bardings”.
BIS Harts Irish Red and White Setter Gilliegrae Swift N’Chic. Res BIS Phillipson’s Welsh Springer Sh Ch Menstonia Marksman ShCM. Group 3 Addoo’s English Springer Reulemill Annie Power. Group 4 Morgan’s NSDT Erikachen O’Ruadh for Deltandamba JW, ShCM. Best Puppy Walking’s Clumber Maursett Mykate at Kiswahili. Res Best Puppy Matthew’s Weimaraner Silvermews Shiomi. Puppy Group 3 Davey’s Sussex Sp Eald Village Scandal. Puppy Group 4 Wall’s Hungarian Vizsla Piroseg Mandarin of Perllanside. The show had an excellent entry of 225 dogs including 8 NFC, making 297 entries.
The weather was very wet and so we used the sports hall for the show. There were several positive comments about there being plenty of space and that the rings were large. We ran a successful eye testing clinic in one of the college buildings, with BVA eye panellist Mrs Jill Hubbard BVetMed CertVOphthal MRCVS officiating. 44 dogs attended to have their eyes tested. Wendy Pickup – Show Sectretary
SKINNERS remain one of our main sponsors, and have kindly provided prizes for all our field trials. Laura Peakman, Skinners representative for our area, remains extremely supportive to us and again we offer our thanks to her and to Skinners.


Grace Brown – Hon Secretary. Tel. 01939 291191 or Rangatira, Baschurch Road, Myddle, Shrewsbury, SY4 3RX. Email :

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