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FCRS COTSWOLD AREA NOVICE DOG/NOVICE HANDLER TRAINING

For people new to gundog training and working tests. The aim is to provide progressive training over 3 sessions and a mock working test (optional) may be added. Dogs should be at least 12 months of age and have a basic level of obedience with recall and sit/stay as a minimum. Dates: 9 April, 30 April and 21 May A number of venues may be used but all will be in the Alcester, Warwickshire/Evesham, Worcestershire area. Trainers: Rachel Birch, Graham Clelland and A N Other.  Limited to 12 handlers, preference will be given to those booking all 3 days.Cost will be £10 per…

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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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Usk Valley AV Novice Field Trial

Usk Valley AV Novice Field Trial held on 13th October 2021 at Bitterley Lodge Shoot Judges Mr Phil Bruton, Miss Clare Baker, Mr M Redpath and Mrs J Redpath COM  Percuil Dasher  dob 01.01.16 Dog (Ravensrough Oswald of Percuil x Percuil Nuvolari Tazio) Handler/Owner/ Breeder Helen Ford…

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FCRS Bucks/Central Area Working Test (Special Puppy, ND/NH and Veteran) 5th September 2021

Vivienne Gatter the Central Area Organiser sends the following report, congratulations to everyone in the awards: The Bucks/Central Area held their last test of the season on 5 September 2021 at The Willows, Standlake.  The Judges were David and Janice Miller. Unfortunately no awards were given in Special Puppy. Novice Dog/Novice Handler 3rd                     Suzi Tagg with Empire Glory Black Brianta at Oiyou Veteran 1st                       Graham Clelland with Necessares Sorrel 2nd                      Diane Heywood with Houndswood Aphrodite 3rd                       Caroline Hewison with Donascimento Danilo From                   …

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Central test Sept 5 Veteran winners and judges

Society Championship Show results 22nd August 2021

Thank you to all who attended the FCRS CH SH On the 22nd August 2021, certainly a day to remember being held whilst still under pandemic conditions. A big thank you for all who supported the show and good sportsmanship was ever present which  created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Full results will be posted shortly on the website but the principal winners can be viewed via the link below. The dogs themselves were all so happy and pleased to see everyone and it was lovely to have a new champion made up on the day (subject to KC…

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DCC Best In Show

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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FCRS Midlands Area Novice and Open Working Test 8th August 2021

The following report is from Pat Bell Midlands Area Organiser: The Flatcoated Retriever Society (Midlands Area) held their Novice and Open Working Test today at Grove Park, Hampton on the Hill, by kind permission of the landowners. Interesting and challenging tests were set by the judges, Sheila Suzuki, Carolyn Jenkins, Pat Dixon and Sue Corden, making full use of the varied ground and water available. The following awards were made: Novice – 3rd Alan Brighton’s Casblaidd Cuchulain Open – 1st Andy Sweeney’s Norfolk Flyer Rosie’s Thorne of Wolfthistle 3rd Linday Swan’s Swantonwood Rosedor handled by Reece Merry Best water retrieve…

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Midlands Area WT 8 8 2021 Award winners

United Retriever Club (North Midland Area) Cold Game Test August 1st 2021

  Andrew Sweeney sends the following report: Intermediate and Veteran Tests 2021 The United Retriever Club (North Midland Area) held a Cold Game Test on 1st August 2021 at The Slips, Caunton, Notts by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Derrick Smith. The judges were Charlotte Jeffrey and Mandy Minshall. The tests involved retrieves on pigeons and partridges. The weather was cloudy with a heavy downpour in the morning. There were 30 entries. In the morning each judge assessed the dogs on a marked retrieve and a blind at distance in some cover. After lunch Mandy judged a blind with…

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URC North Midlands

FCRS Central Area Novice and Open Working Test August 1st 2021

The FCRS Central Area held their breed only Novice and Open working tests on 1 August 2021 at Standlake, Oxfordshire.  The Judges were Clare Baker (B3700), Adrian Phillips, Pat Bell and Hilary Rosser.  The results were as follows: Novice 1st Ann Bracegirdle with Mahinda Bombus Heath 2nd Lindsay Swan with Swantonwood Gold Leaf CoM Alan Brighton with Casblaidd Cuchulain CoM Rachel Birch with Varingo Magic of Light There was unfortunately only one award in Open: 4th Keith Manley with Lenyam Solaway Congratulations to all in the awards.  A big thank you to the Judges and all the helpers without whom…

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Central WT Novice winners Aug 1st

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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