July 2019 Newsletter


 FIELD TRIALS for the 2019 season

  • A/V Retriever NOVICE trial Monday 7th 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 –  Mobile 07739 250987 

  • A.V. Spaniel NOVICE trial Monday 28th October at Buildwas Park, Shropshire.
  • Cocker Spaniel NOVICE trial  Monday 18th November at Tregynon, Newtown, Powys.
  • A.V. OPEN Spaniel (ex Cocker) trial Wednesday 4th December at Tregynon, Newtown, Powys.

For details contact Spaniel Trial Secretary Nick Powell – Mobile  07799 425063



Professor Barry Peachey has agreed to deliver a seminar ‘Practical Dog Law’. Start time 11a.m and including lunch. Question & Answers // 15.00 Finish.  Nesscliffe Village Hall has been booked for this date.  Dealing with the day to day issues of owning, breeding, buying and selling dogs. Contact Wendy Pickup for details 07572 441196


AGM: We are delighted to welcome as our new Chairman Dr Malcolm Awty and Spaniel Trial Secretary Nick Powell. A presentation of a spaniel model was made to Adrian Joynt and Dave Bishop for their service as officers to Shropshire Gundog Society.  All other officers remain as last year. Full details are on our website.



Check out our Facebook page for up to date results and photos.


Tellington Touch talk and Social Evening –  March 2019

Speaker – Ellen Lindley, Tellington Touch Practitioner and APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).

The evening was a great success.  43 people attended, Ellen proved to be an eloquent speaker, very passionate about her subject, she was knowledgeable and helpful.  She started by telling us about the history of Tellington Touch, and about why she first became involved.  We heard some interesting case studies, together with convincing statistics.  Ellen described many of the various ‘touches’ which are involved, she cleverly demonstrated these by asking the audience to do the ‘touches’ on themselves during her talk.  Ellen also told us briefly about ground exercises and wraps – both of which are apparently such big subjects in their own right that Ellen could devote a whole session to each.  A short Question & Answer session followed.

During the meal break Ellen invited people to approach her to ask questions – several people took her up on this, and they came away very pleased with the advice Ellen had provided.

The raffle made £48 for our charity DOG A.I.D.

There were many positive comments, both about Ellen’s talk, about the fish n chip supper and about Grace’s refreshing fresh fruit salad. Wendy Pickup Seminar Secretary.


The AV Spaniel Spring Working Test  was held at Bulkeley, near Malpas by kind permission of the Rawhead Shoot.

Novice Winners: 1st Ben Shreeve with Knockanbui Gordan.  2nd Jim Sutton with Merebrow Lucky Loki 3rd Jonathon South with Dawsonlee Lancer 4th Phillipa Mills with Greenfox Winter. COMS, Paul Woodcock with Cleulow Nettles, Stuart Fellows with Creccamarsh Viper and Neil Davies with Cresset Pippa.

Open Winners: 1st Sarah Quinn with Helmsway Hot Gossip 2nd Laurence Murray Curtis with Gone Shootin Gus 3rd Nick Powell with Boundarymoor Eliza 4th Nick Powell with Boundarymoor Pearl. COMs Neil Davis with Leahanie Ellsa, Richard Sanderson with Boundarymoor Edward, Angela Atkin with Scafell Swift and Phillipa Mills with Cheweky Rainbow Chaser. Judges Mr Steve Bolton and Mr Tony Mason.

Once again, a big thank you to our sponsors Skinners, who provided the Certificates and Dog food vouchers for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both novice and open tests. Special thanks to our President Col Mark Cuthbert Brown for the lovely engraved goblet to each test winner. Also all the people who helped make the day go so smoothly. The raffle raised a great £71 for our chosen charity this year “DOG A.I.D.”. vice

A V Retriever Working Test, May 2019, at the Wood Farm Codsall by kind invitation of Mr Francis Yates and keeper Val Yewbury. Excellent test, huge thanks to all involved.
Judges Sean McGrath (A), Nicola Reynolds(B), Garry Ellison and Warren Jones.
Helpers: Grace Brown, Malcolm Awty, Jayne Cuthbert Brown, Sarah Cox, Morwenna Hext Howe, Lyn Boden, Clare Morris, Lyn Wall, Helen Roberts, Chris Wall, Paul Tranter, Paul Leeke, Stuart Brown, Roger, Steve Burns, Phil Gilmore, Ross Murray,  Paula Diamond………….. I couldn’t have done it without you all.

1st Roy Stone Castletioren Jacobite Lab (judges Choice)
2nd Kim Dutton Ashwynd Lemon Spirit Lab
3rd Judith White Minstead Strike Lab
4th Kay Pallet Hollygate Derwent Lab
Com Carole Hopper Cynhinfa Paul Lab
Com Steve Burns Eiderbay Fastnet at Jollybrow Lab
Com Cindy Joule Elusive Lily Lab
Best Retrieve Nikki Reece Bednall Thomasina GR

1st Stephen Newitt Ft Ch Oliverstone Tutti Fruity Lab (judges choice)
2nd Ian White Minstead Costello Lab
3rd Mary Jarrrod Chishillhyde Lewis GR
4th Ken Littlemore Labdom Scoter of Middlebrook lab
Com Kim Dutton Shadyacres Teardrop Lab
Com Mac Chapman Buffskin Rebel Rebel Lab
Com Ian Glover Bearbrace Gloveian Lab
Com Chrissie Thomas Roughbeat Melchior GR
Best Retrieve David Field Ravenvalley Kite of Artistryn Lab

Thanks to our sponsors Skinners and BASC for their support.

The raffle raised £85 for our charity Dog A.I.D.  A special thank you to Grace Brown our General Secretary who works tirelessly at all our events and is the backbone of the Society. Gill Awty  Ret Working Test Secretary.



This year we had to contend with the challenge of moving venue twice.  The first venue, Walford College, had been taken over by another college and the new management did not want any dog events, also some buildings which apparently contained asbestos were going to have to be demolished so no members of the public were going to be allowed on site.  We were lucky to find Shrewsbury Sports Village, this promised to suit all of our needs, and was available on our show date – we booked to go there and just managed to get this sorted before the schedules went to print.  We were subsequently told that Shrewsbury Sports Village was going to be used to count the votes for the European election, so once again our show was homeless.  Oswestry Leisure Centre agreed to allow us to move our show to their sports hall, and although it was smaller than Shrewsbury Sports Village we made it work.


The weather was mostly kind, some wind at times but it stayed dry for the majority of the day.  The show opened at 09.30 and judging commenced on time at 10.00.  Rings were busy continually, with no ring left empty during the day.  Rings 1 and 2 were later combined for the Stakes classes and for BIS.

265 dogs were entered for the show. Best In Show judge was Mrs Sandy Lane ( Kulawand) BIS 1 Jane Howarth’s WSS D Quensha You’ve Got  A Friend at Arkview.   Res BIS 2 Mrs C Fryer’s Am Cocker D Grennyne Night In The City at Carolo Group 3 Mrs A D Mathew’s Pointer B Medogold Tartini With Sonham. Group 4 Mr & Mrs Peebles G.S.P. B Keigame Belle Of All. Best Puppy 1 Miss A E Scales’s Pointer B Sharnphilly Quintesensual Res Best Puppy Mrs R E & N S Cox’s Irish Sett. B Tiroen To The Moon And Back. 2 Puppy Group 3  Puppy Group Mr D Coode’s Lab. D Warringah’s Opossum Bay  Puppy Group 4 Mrs F M Clarkson’s Golden Ret. Drumkilly On Impulse. Thanks to our President, Col Mark Cuthbert Brown, for the lovely crystal bowl for BIS and our sponsors Skinners, BASC and Petcetera for all the extra prizes. The raffle made £153 for Dog A.I.D. We could not run the show without the willing help of so many people – Thank-you. Report by Wendy Pickup.


SUBSCRIPTIONS : 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 2019. 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.

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: www.shropshiregundogs.co.uk. If you want to check the data we hold or update your preferences please ring Grace Brown 01939 291191 or email shropshiregundogs@hotmail.com Thank-you.




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 : shropshiregundogs@hotmail.co.uk

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