Dog proof venues and grounds

The Flatcoated Retriever Society would love to hear from anyone who is willing to host a Society event in the future or has access to a suitable dog proof venue or grounds.

This may be a few acres which could be suitable for an area event, or training (with or without a covered area) to the opposite extreme as ingrounds for a field trial.

Having this information would be very useful to enable our planning for future activities.

The Society is very grateful to all who have regularly hosted our events.

Please leave a message on the Society messenger in the first instance with contact details to enable the Hon Secretary or a member of the Committee to contact you.


Many thanks

Jan Egginton (Vice Chairman)

Mrs Judy Showell (Cleovine)

It is with great sadness that the Flatcoated Retriever Society have learned that Judy Showell of the well known Cleovine kennel passed away on 21st October after a long illness. Judy together with her husband David, who worked their dogs, consistently bred dual purpose Flatcoats, some of which are behind many of the successful dogs and breeders today.

A quiet, kind and unassuming lady, Judy was always willing to share her extensive knowledge and experience particularly with newcomers to the Breed. She was a well respected Championship Show Judge who also served on the General Committee and edited the Newsletter for several years. We send sincere condolences to her family at this sad time.

Judy Showell’s funeral will take place on 15th November at 1.45 pm at Sutton Crematorium, Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6LG, and afterwards at Wishaw Country Sports, Grounds Farm, Wishaw, B76 9PQ.

 At Judy’s request there will be no flowers, however any donations received will be in aid of the Flatcoated Retriever Society.


FCRS 2022 Calendar

The Society Calendar for 2022 is now available to purchase, ordering information can be found here.

Rescue and Rehoming Area Representative Vacancies

Area representatives are required for two vacancies, Scotland and Northern Ireland, to assist in rehoming of flatcoats in need of help. As we are a numerically small breed, thankfully, the number of rehomings are not many.

The representative would occasionally be asked to make a home visit and give advice and help to both parties on the least upsetting arrangement to carry out the rehoming.

The rehoming process requires transference documents to be signed by both parties. These would be supplied by the National Co-ordinator.

If you would like to be considered for this very gratifying role, please contact Jenny Morgan (National co-ordinator) Tel. 01686630692 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For further information regarding the Rescue and Rehoming role, see the Rescue and Rehoming page on the Society website via the following link:

Flatcoated Retrievers and Friends

Shirley Oxford organised a successful dog activity day in August, she sends the following report:

On Sunday 29th August we held a day for Flatcoated Retrievers & friends.  We offered a variety of activities from Obedience, gun dog work, showing & handling, Free work and other disciplines. Agility was watched and enjoyed by all after lunch and people had a chance to have a go. We had a First Aid talk, a Behaviour talk and ended with a talk by Medical Detection Charity. A bit of fun to end the afternoon, whilst everyone was partaking of cake and tea, was me being trained with a clicker!

Excellent food was provided by the village shop and everyone said the sausage rolls were the best.  In all we had around 48 dogs attend and 42 owners. A small group of children enjoyed the day. Weather was kind to us, there was much laughter and I hope people enjoyed the day and now have ideas of activities they can enjoy with their dogs. One family said they “laughed a lot and learnt a lot’’, what more could we want.

We raised £300.00 for Medical Detection dogs and £30.00 for Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

Area Representative vacancies for Shropshire and Northern Ireland

After many years in the roles of Area Representative, Felicity O'Neill (Northern Ireland) and Sylvia West (Shropshire) have retired. The Society wishes to thank Felicity and Sylvia sincerely for their 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 in any of the vacant areas, please contact:  

Jenny Bird. Hon. Sec Tel :01162 793203 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Further information regarding the role can be read here, alternatively please contact Shirley Oxford to discuss the role further: Tel 02392 264703 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Shirley Oxford   Area Representative Co-ordinator.

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)

                                     Miss Kelly Holland (1 year))

                                     Mrs Shirley Oxford (3years)


All Officers were re elected;


Secretary Mrs Jenny Bird

Show Secretary Miss Louise Jones

Working Test Secretary Mr Graham Clelland

Rescue and Rehoming and Welfare Secretary Jenny Morgan

Health Secretary Miss Liz Branscombe


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 





*The FCRS advertise independent events for your information but are not responsible for them and therefore makes no warranties or representations, express or implied to the suitability of them.

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 that the title will be Hon. Health Secretary.

The Judges and Show Sub Committee have revised the manner of selection of judges for the Society Championship Shows, and this has been approved by the General Committee. Judges eligible for selection will be those who have not judged the Ch Show in the previous five years and who are not contracted to judge up to the year preceding the relevant Ch Show. There is no longer a requirement to be a member of the Society. A short list of twenty judges from the resulting list will be selected using a random number generator and members will be asked to vote for two names. The ballot sheet will be sent out with the AGM papers.

The Society Open Show had an excellent entry of 121 dogs totalling 146 entries. 


The 2021 AGM will take place on 11th July at the usual venue Grounds Farm, Wishaw B76 9PQ.

Current nominations are:

Chairman Mrs Jane Jones

Vice Chairman Mrs Jan Egginton and Mrs Sheila Neary 

Treasurer Mrs Heather Harley

Field Trial Secretary Mrs Helen Ford

Committee members, Miss Sarah Egginton, Mrs Shirley Oxford (both completed their term of office and willing to stand again)

New committee member nominations, Mr Steve Ashby, Mrs Jenny Campbell, and Miss Kelly Holland            

A disclaimer has been posted on to the website for events that are advertised on the web site but are not Society events (a Society event is defined as one where finances go through the Society bank account and participants are therefore covered by Society insurance) non-Society events will be identified by an asterisk. 

Two companies have been invited to provide a quotation for the new web site design. The web site working group will be meeting the two companies for further discussion shortly; after which a decision will be made and work on the new website will begin.

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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