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South West FCR Working Test results held on 6th March 2022

Flatcoated Retriever Society South West Area Gundog Working Test – Report by Organiser Sara Thurgood We had a busy and successful day on Sunday 6th March 2022 running the FCRS South West Area Working test at Southcott Farm, Winkleigh, Mid Devon by kind permission of land owners Mr and Mrs R Bland. Although there was a cold wind for most of the day, it stayed dry and there was a warm welcome for all. The ground provided varying terrain for dogs to work, including woodland, banks and ditches, cover crops, open ground and water. The day included tests for NoviceDog/Novice Handler (ND/NH), Novice and Open. Many thanks go to our judges Tim Woodgate-Jones, Sheila Neary, Jo Fergie and Steve Kimberley, for setting a good variety of tests to challenge all…

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BACK TO BASICS INTRODUCTION

What are the four corners of training and why are they important? Find out on the Back to Basics with Phil Bruton on 26th March 2022. Suitable for new handlers, young dogs, and old hands who need a refresher. This day is more about training the handler than training the dog. Limited to 6 handlers and dogs. Cost is £60 and the venue is Badsey, near Evesham, Worcestershire. Contact Heather Harley to reserve your place [email protected] Apologies for short notice but other factors in my life have taken precedence. If all spots are not filled by Sunday 13th March, the day will be cancelled….

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FCRS CH Show 03/04/2022

Closing Date reminder Postal entries close: Monday, 7th March 2022 (Postmark) On-line entries can be made up until midnight on Sunday, 13th March 2022 at https://www.fossedata.co.uk/shows/Flatcoated-Retriever-Society-April-2022.aspx Link to Schedule: https://www.flatcoated-retriever-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FCRS_APR_22_Schedule-PROOF1-2.pdf Other Information: Patella Testing will also be available please contact Liz Branscome for further details. Tel: 01525 405884 or email: [email protected] Have a go Handling –  Free for those just starting, who want to have some practice either with your own dog, or using someone elses, coached by an experienced handler Lauren Broome. Extra classes for Brace and Progeny. Awesome prizes for the Junior handlers Looking forward to seeing everyone ….

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Rescue, Rehoming and Welfare Scheme

‘The General Committee have co-opted Jan Egginton to take on the position of Coordinator of the Society’s Rescue, Rehoming and Welfare Scheme. This is effective immediately however Inger Alexandersson, chairperson of the Scheme, will continue to cover the role temporarily until a handover is effected. The vacant Area Representative positions have also been filled by the following people; Scotland Senga Thorpe, Central England Helen Smith, and North Wales Jan Egginton. Alayne Wells, the current representative for Southern Ireland will also cover Northern Ireland temporarily. All contact details can be found in the Rescue section of the Society web site’….

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FCRS Rescue, Rehoming and Welfare Scheme

With effect from 6th February 2022 Jenny Morgan is standing down from the position of National Coordinator of the FCRS Rescue, Rehoming and Welfare Scheme, and as Area Representative for North Wales. The position will be covered temporarily by the Chairperson of the Sub Committee Inger Alexanderson, tel: 02084606055, mobile: 07944 772930, email: [email protected]  All other Area Representatives remain the same….

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FCRS Championship Show  03/04/2022

Entries are now open with the inclusion this year of the Champion, Brace and Progeny Classes. Judges : Dogs Miss Sandra Stevenson (Steelriver) Bitches : Mrs Viv Bowen (Clandrift) Referee, junior Handling, brace and Progeny classes; Mrs Pam Lynott (Avening)  We are now accepting both Online and paper entries. Please go to the event link below to download your schedule and entry form if using paper entries or contact Louise Jones the show secretary to request a schedule to be sent to you by post. Closing date for entries Postal Entries Monday 7th March 2022(postmark) On-line Entries 13th March 2022 – please go to www.fossedata.co.uk Looking…

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Shooting Dog Certificate held on 27th January 2022 

Shooting Dog Certificate held on 27th January 2022 at New Farm Shoot, South Warnborough,  Odiham, Hampshire , by kind permission of Messrs Richard and Tom Porter and their head keeper Robbie Martinon   Assessors Jane Manley and Chris Rose (B 1908) ‘A’ Certificate Casblaidd Chase Me Charlie DOB 23.03.19 Dog Owner/ Breeder/ Handler Jo Hewison Tunnlewood Phantom x Casblaidd Tea Leaf ‘B’ Certificate Rythedean Rhuma at Bumblyn DOB 05.06.19 Bitch Owner/Handler Lynette Irwin Breeder Mr & Mrs V Handley (Casblaidd Quaker x Bumblyn Wigeon) ‘B’ Certificate Atherbram Jacob DOB 18.02.17 Owner/ Handler Sharon Tamblyn Breeder Mrs Hughes ( Peranki Treyarnam x Haidee De La Chasse Des Ballastieres)…

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FCRS Annual General Meeting 2022 – Officer and Committee Positions

FCRS Annual General Meeting 2022Sunday 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…

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Yearbook and Newsletter Editor Positions

Jane Jones and Sarah Egginton are stepping down from their role of the Yearbook and Newsletter Editor respectively. Compiling these two Society publications is both varied and interesting and involves collating information provided by the sub committees on the activities carried out by our members during the year, and also sourcing articles of interest. If any member is interested in taking on either of these positions and would like further information please contact Jane on 01530 834318, email [email protected] or Sarah on 07920554677, email [email protected] by 31st January 2022….

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Flatcoated Retriever Society 2022 Calendar

The Flatcoated Retriever Society 2022 Calendar is now available to purchase. All profits from the sale of the calendar will go to Alabama Rot Research Fund and Alzheimer’s Research UK.We hope you will support these two worthwhile Charities generously. Available to order from: Mrs Roz Bellamy Kennel Wood Bungalow, Rufford Park,Nr. Newark Nottinghamshire NG22 9HA e-mail: [email protected] Just £10.00 each for delivery in the UK or €15.00 each in Europe. For delivery elsewhere in the world, or for orders of 5 or more calendars, please contact Roz Bellamy for a price….

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FCRS Open Field Trial 13th Dec 2021

The Flatcoated Retriever Society held their Open (Breed only) Field Trial at Ampton, Bury St Edmunds on Monday 13th December 2021 by kind permission of the Turner Family, Mr Peter Rushbrook and Alan Hammond. Judges were Mr Phil Allen (A3), Mr Jim Gale (A44) , Mr Richard Beckerleg (A2812) and Mr Craig Horwill (B2589). Many thanks to Andy and Jenny Campbell for providing the guns who shot well and kept the trial moving, Skinners Field & Trial for their sponsorship.. Thank you to David Garman and Andrew Wilson for presenting the birds for the guns. Andrew Wilson was the society’s…

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Important Message for our European Members for 2022 Regarding Payments

Please note that Barclays Bank has decided to close down the Society’s “Euro Account” which has been used by our Members in Euro currency countries for making subscription payments in Euros Please note that in future, all payments must be in Pounds Sterling (GBP) and paid into our FCRS Subscription Account No: 20040592 Sort Code: 20 20 65 using the following IBAN (International Bank Account Number): GB27 BUKB 2020 6520 0405 92 SWIFTBIC: BUKBGB22 It is important that your name and initials are clearly stated on the transaction This is a revision to the details on the SUBSCRIPTIONS page (No….

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Results of SDC at Avon Tyrrell Estate

Results of the Shooting Dog Certificate assessment held at Avon Tyrrell Estate by kind permission of Lord Manners Assessors were Dave England B2946 and Helen Ford NP3945 SDC ‘A’ Certificate Brickley Blossom at Lenyam Bitch DOB 30.4.17 Houndswood Cedar at Tunnelwood x Pride of the Morning O/H: Keith Manley Breeder: Peck SDC ‘B’ Certificate Trephilip River Puzzle Dog DOB 25.05.16  Mahinder Dudley x Trephilip River Alchemist O/H/B Nicky Wellfair…

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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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