FCRS Annual General Meeting Sunday 27th March 2022

Sunday 27th March 2022 at Grounds Farm, Wishaw B76 9PQ at 11.00 a.m. Anyone can stand for a position on the FCRS committee when they have been a member of the Society for 3 years. OFFICER POSITIONS The Hon. Secretary, Mrs Jenny Bird , is not standing for re-election. The Working Test Secretary, Mr Graham Clelland, is not standing for re-election. All Officers are re-elected annually at the AGM. For any member wishing to stand for an Officer position the following should be sent to the Hon. Secretary by 31st January 2022.A letter of proposal of the nominee, a letter…

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Cyraine Dugdale

We are very sad to be informed that Cyraine Dugdale passed away peacefully in her sleep on 29th November 2021. A lovely lady, judge and breeder who was respected worldwide, Cyraine enjoyed both working and showing her dogs under the Casuarina affix. Anyone wishing to send the family a condolence card it should be sent to her son, Luke. Luke Dugdale The Old Vicarage Vicarage Hill Loxwood West Sussex. RH14 0RQ.  On behalf of the FCRS we send our condolences to Cyraine’s family and friends.Further details to follow….

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Sue Harrison

The Flatcoated Retriever Society are sad to hear of the recent passing of Sue Harrison who along with her husband Reg, bred and in the past showed their dogs under the Sumaha affix. We will update this post when we know further details. We send our condolences to Sue’s family and friends, especially to Reg, who wanted to let their Flatcoat friends know the sad news….

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Flatcoated Retriever Society New Website 2021

We have officially launched our new website and hope that members, owners and would be owners alike find it easy to navigate whilst keeping much of the historical content. This provides a new up to date framework and software which was much needed, this is very much work in progress, and we are looking to add new articles and content as we get to grips with learning how to work it, so please bear with us! We look forward to receiving any feedback and ideas for the future. The website administrator is Sarah Egginton, however we have a team who…

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General Committee Meeting 17/10/21 Update

The General Committee met for their first face to face meeting since February 2020. Three new members were welcomed on to the Committee, Steve Ashby, Jenny Campbell and Kelly Holland. Vacant Committee positions were discussed, Heather Harley has taken over as the administrator of the 250 Club and Charlotte Wear is taking over responsibility for the running of the Society shop. Both Jane Jones and Sarah Egginton have said that they would like to give up the editorship of the Yearbook and Newsletter respectively after this year. As there were very few events and results to report on for 2020…

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Area Representative vacancy for Northamptonshire

After many years in the role of Area Representative for Northamptonshire, Jo Montandon will now be stepping down. The Society wishes to thank Jo sincerely for her commitment over the years to the breed in undertaking this role.   If you feel that you have the knowledge to give information and advice concerning Flatcoated Retrievers and would like to be considered for this role, please contact:   Jenny Bird. Hon. Sec Tel :01162 793203 or email: [email protected]   Further information regarding the role can be read here, alternatively please contact Shirley Oxford to discuss the role further: Tel 02392 264703 or email: [email protected]   Shirley Oxford   Area…

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2021 AGM

  At the AGM held on 14th August 2021 the following people were voted on to the General Committee;   Chairman.   Mrs Jane Jones Vice Chairman Mrs Jan Egginton Treasurer Mrs Heather Harley Field Trial Secretary Mrs Helen Ford Committee members. Mr Steve Ashby (3 years)                                      Mrs Jenny Campbell (1 year)                                      Miss Sarah Egginton (3years)                …

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Dog Activity Event

Shirley Oxford has sent the following information regarding a dog activity themed event she is organising: Dog Day * Sunday 29th August at Cocking Village Hall (between Chichester and Midhurst). Activities will include, Training, Showing, Agility and Basic Emergency First Aid. Cost of the day will be £15 if taking part, £5 for observers and £2 for children wishing to take part, with tea and coffee on arrival and at the close of the day (bring your own lunch). Please contact Shirley Oxford for further information and to express interest in attending on 02392 264703 or by email [email protected]  *The…

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General Committee Update May 2021

Update following the General Committee Meeting on May 27th 2021 A discussion took place about the current high prices being charged for Flatcoat puppies by some breeders. The General Committee recommend that the maximum price to be charged for a puppy should not exceed £1500 and this advice is reflected in the current guidance document on the Society website. Following the result of the proposition in the 2020 AGM papers to make the Society Health Sub-Committee Chairman an Officer’s position it was decided that there should be a new title to sit in line with that of other Officers and…

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Update to Nominations for 2021 AGM

The Acting Chairman, Jane Jones, has been informed today by Mr Richard McHowat that he has withdrawn his nomination for the position of Honorary Treasurer at the 2021 AGM. The AGM papers have however already been prepared and are in the process of being circulated so we are unable to remove this nomination from the papers. It will no longer be necessary for Members to vote on the position of Treasurer. 5th June 2021…

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Area Representative Vacancy for Shropshire

  After many years in the role of area representative for Shropshire, Sylvia West will now be stepping down. The Society wishes to thank Sylvia sincerely for her commitment over the years to the breed in undertaking this role. If you feel that you have the knowledge to give information and advice concerning Flatcoated Retrievers and would like to be considered for this role, please contact:   Jenny Bird. Hon. Sec Tel :01162 793203 or email: [email protected] Further information regarding the role can be read here, alternatively please contact Shirley Oxford to discuss the role further: Tel 02392 264703 or email: [email protected] Shirley Oxford   Area Representative…

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The Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2022

  It’s time again to be sending your photographs for the 2022 Calendar. If you have some special photos you would like considered for the 2022 Calendar please send them to [email protected] . Each image needs to be a minimum of 2.0Mb, but the bigger the better, in colour and in focus please. We need your name and e-mail address, the dog’s or the dogs’ name(s) and where the photo was taken, in addition confirmation that the photographer gives consent to publish the images if they were not taken by yourself.  We cannot guarantee to use all the photographs submitted,…

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Society Cups and Trophies

We would be grateful if the recipients of Society  cups and trophies awarded at the 2019 AGM could make arrangements to return them to the Hon. Secretary Jenny Bird by the end of June 2021. Alternatively, if recipients are planning to attend the AGM this July they can bring the cups and trophies with them, however please let Jenny know this is what you intend to do (see contacts page for email address). The cups and trophies won in 2019 will be awarded at the AGM on 11th July 2021.  …

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Donation to Hounds for Heroes from 2021 Calendar Sales

    A donation of £934.50, raised through sales of the Society calendar, was made to the charity Hounds for Heroes. The Society has recently received a thank you letter from Allen Parton on behalf of the charity. You can read more about how the donation will be used here. Thank you to all who purchased a calendar and those involved in its production and sale.  …

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Hounds For Heroes Founder, Allen Patron, his wife and 3 of their dogs visited RAF Odiham to talk to RAF Odiham personnel about Hounds For Heroes.Allen also went to visit 18 Squadron and get photographs on the ramp of a Chinook and on the pan in front of a Chinook, with the dogs that he brought with him.Image Credit: SAC Pippa FowlesFor further information please contact: SAC Pippa Fowles, Ground Photographic Section, RAF Odiham, Odiham, RG29 1QTTel: 01256 367289 / 01256 367946MoD Consent Form (2012DIN05-006 Annex A) held by SAC Philippa Fowles, RAF Odiham, Odiham

Update from short Zoom meeting 29th April 2021

  Helen Ford was co opted as the new Field Trial Secretary, and both she and new committee member (2020 AGM) Lauren Broome were welcomed on to the General  Committee.   There were forty three returned ballot papers for the 2020 AGM and these were counted. There was a massive majority who voted to adopt the 2019 accounts and the two propositions. The business of the 2020 AGM is now concluded.   Helen Ford put forward the names of the people she wished to invite on to the Field Trial Committee, and after a full discussion, they were all ratified…

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Results FCRS South West Area Working Test April 25th 2021

Sara Thurgood, FCRS South West Area Organiser’s report and results: Firstly thank you all for supporting our Working test today,  It certainly looked as if both handlers and dogs all had a lovely day. Many thanks to our Judges: Mary-Jane Opie, Helen Ford, Beth Payne and Zoe Townsend for setting such great tests and being so encouraging!  The Judges really enjoyed seeing so many promising dogs working today. Thanks also to all my helpers, both Stewards, Car parking attendant and dummy throwers – days like today only work with lots of willing helpers Also I would like to thank the…

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General Committee Update April 2021

General Committee Meeting 10th April 2021 The papers required to carry out the business of the 2020 AGM have been sent out to all members and postal votes are now being received. They will be counted at a short Zoom meeting attended by the General Committee on 29th April 2021. As the people standing for Committee 2020 were unopposed all nominations were successful and the following were elected;  Hon Show Secretary Louise Jones, Committee members Roz Bellamy, Brian Broadbent, Liz Branscombe and Lauren Broome. Helen Ford was co opted on to the Committee to fill the vacant Field Trial Secretary…

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General Committee Update February 2021

At the General Committee meeting held on 27th February 2021 the following topics were discussed: Code of Conduct A small working group of Committee members have been developing a Code of Conduct for members which has been written with reference to the Kennel Club’s Code of Conduct. It is close to being completed and when finalised will be posted on this web site. WorkingFlatcoats.Org David Savory who is standing down from the position of Field Trial Secretary has advised the General Committee that he will be taking the workingflatcoats.org web site (currently part of the Society) with him. David has…

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2021 AGM

  The following people are standing for Officer and Committee positions at the 2021 AGM. Chairman:        Mrs Jane Jones             Proposed Mrs Val Jones                                                                Seconded Mr Bob Allen Vice Chairman: Mrs Jan Egginton          Proposed Mrs Caroline Hewison                                            …

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General Committee Update January 2021

The following topics were discussed at the General Committee Zoom meeting held on Sunday 24th January 2021. The discussion document had been revised by the Field Trial Sub Committee, as agreed at the previous meeting, and was presented to the General Committee for their consideration. The Committee agreed, in accordance with current Kennel Club guidance, that the revised document should be circulated to the membership for their comments with the 2021 AGM papers. Addendum to this: The Field Trial Secretary has since notified the General Committee that the Field Trial Sub Committee had made the decision to withdraw the document….

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Training and Behaviour Advice

The Society would like to offer all owners of Flatcoated Retrievers advice and support if you feel you need some help in training your Flatcoat. We will endeavour to give you advice and where possible put you in touch with trainers who are experienced in training Flatcoated Retrievers in various disciplines.  We have the working pages of this website for those interested in training their dogs for gundog work and Area Representatives will endeavour to help you find suitable training if you are interested in obedience, showing, agility and other activities. We are also available to help with any behaviour…

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General Committee Update December 2020

Committee Update The first meeting of the General Committee since 15th February took place on 15th November by Zoom, this was followed by another meeting on 6th December Due to the length of time that had elapsed between meetings there was much to discuss. Therefore the Committee agreed to hold meetings at approximately monthly intervals for the time being. 1    There was a discussion around protocols within the Committee to ensure that we are more focused and more efficient at dealing with matters that impact on members. Discussion evolved around;  – role and responsibilities of the chairman, sub committee…

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RNLI Donation

Jenny Bird the Secretary of the FCRS received a lovely ‘thank you’ letter from Dunbar RNLI and we would like to share this with our members. This was received in respect of the Society’s donation on behalf of our members, in appreciation of the amazing work that the RNLI do but in particular the rescue they successfully made for Fergus the Flatcoat when he was in trouble. View the letter here img20201214_13332616_RNLI.pdf…

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FCRS General Committee News

Some members may be aware that Phil Goodman has resigned as Chairman of our General Committee and that Jane Jones has taken over as Acting Chairman until an AGM can be held. Victoria Goldberg, who would have stood down as Honorary Show Secretary at the cancelled 2020 AGM has also decided to step down. Louise Jones, who was standing for the position of Show Secretary, and who has been working closely with Victoria over the past nine months has taken over the role. Louise has been co opted onto the General Committee. The General Committee acknowledge that there have been…

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