Club Events

20th November 2022

Autumn Open Show
Hasland Village Hall, Chesterfield S41 0AY

Judge Graham Hart

Sunday 25th September, Box Hill, near Dorking, Surrey 

 Picnic walk for all Red and Whites and their owners, starting at 11am 
All welcome.  – contact Jim Cuddy on 07860 265578.

Postponed until 21st August

Saturday 2nd July at Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Nr Leek
Staffs ST13 8SW

Tittesworth Water is a beautiful area of the Staffordshire Moorlandswith excellent facilities. Cafe, Toilets, Picnic Area.
Full day’s parking £5
There are two walks available 1.5miles, which is wheelchair friendly and4.55miles. We will be doing the 4.55mile walk which is around the water,,some areas can be muddy even in dry weather so decent shoes are required.
Dogs must be on leads at all times, so ground nesting birds and wildlife are not disturbed.
The Venue opens at 10.00 and we intend to meet at that time to allow us to all park together and aim to start to walk at 10.15 which will take around 3 hours to complete.
Around 2.00pm we can all chill out in the picnic area.
Please bring food to share with the group.
This is a popular area for families, children and dogs.
We will be there to enjoy ourselves but the number of Irish Red & White Setters attending will put us in the public eye so please only bring well socialised dogs.
Numbers are limited so please book your place with the Club Secretary, Alison Bloxham – Deadline for bookings Friday 24th June.
More information on the area and the walk can be obtained from the organisers – Mary Blackwell Sherratt & Tony Sherratt or visit
There is no charge for this event but on this occasion there will be a voluntary collect box and donations will go to Ukraine Companions

17th July 2022

‘Come and Have A Go Show’
KC Building, Stoneleigh, CV8 2LZ

More Information Available Here

17th July 2022

Championship Show
KC Building, Stoneleigh, CV8 2LZ

Judge Jenny Miller


Online Entry

31st July 2022

Breed Appreciation Day
Shuttington Village Hall, Shuttington, Warks. B79 0DP

Details here

Latest News

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The Club’s 2023 Calendar is available now.  They are A4 this year (A3 would have been more than twice the cost of last year’s) and are £10 including UK postage.   If you’d like to order one please contact Alison 

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Jim Cuddy is organising a picnic walk Red & White Setters and their owners  at BoxHill (near Dorking) on Sunday 25th September, starting at 11am. All welcome. Jim Cuddy. 07860 265578.
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29th July 

Weston Park Game Fair – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

The Club has been invited to attend – and show off the dogs – the Game Fair again this year.  After a couple of years break it’ll be nice to get back out and talk to the public about the breed’s good qualities.  We will be one of the British Heritage breeds in the Gundog Pavilion, where there are fenced pens which allow visitors to meet to the dogs and chat with the owners.

If you have a free day/afternoon/weekend and would like to help out at Weston Park (8 miles from J12 on the M6) please email Fiona.

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30th April

Tony Sherratt writes that this event is open to IRWS’s and we are very welcome.         Field Training Day

The GSA (Gordon Setter Association) is holding a Field Training day on Sunday 25th September near Pocklington, East Yorkshire.

The ground is stubble and grass. We will start at 10am and finish about 3pm.

There is a kitchen available for making drinks. Bring your own lunch.

We have space for beginners and intermediates, and those interested in learning what a Gordon was bred to do and practicing field work. Our plan is that this will encourage people to give it a go and we will support those who want to progress, perhaps to entering Field Trials.

The cost will be £20.00. One dog, one handler please.

Enquiries please to Nicky Ackerley-Kemp

28th March

Long time member, Geoff Tong, very sadly passed away last week after a long illness.  Our condolences go to Susan and their family.  Details of his funeral will be posted when announced.

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As many of the dogs at the Spring Open Show that we could get in one place!  Click the image for bigger picture!

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Would anyone wanting to enter their dogs in the Open Show Points Competition please download the form here, complete it and send to Alan Bamford.

20th December

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my dearest friend Rod Baron passed away yesterday. Rod was a Founder Member of our Club, our Chairman for a number of years in the early days and a Vice President. He was one of the first people to promote the Irish Red and White Setter in the 1980’s and help us to gain recognition with the Kennel Club. His first IRWS was Meudon Gay Princess, Emma, born in April 1980 quickly followed by Rory, Meiklered Hi-Wayman born in September 1980 Rory was always handled by Rod, other dogs followed under the Hyndcroft affix. CC’s came too late for many of the early dogs but Meudon Gay Princess won her 3 CC’s out of Veteran, she won her first CC at the Clubs first Championship show in 1988 and the last one at LKA in 1990 aged 10. More recently Christine, Rod’s wife has shown their IRWS Shannnonlee The Ptarmigan, Connor who was constantly by Rod’s side during his illness. Rod never lost his passion for our breed; I can’t remember an AGM where he was not in attendance. He was a Championship Show Judge and awarded CC’s in IRWS on 10 occasions from 1991 to his last appointment at National Gundog in 2018 including Crufts in 2003 and the Club Championship Show in 2016.
Rod also took an interest in local canine affairs and became a committee member of Rochdale & District Canine Society in 1979 and was the Chairman from 1985 until now, working alongside Chris who is their Treasurer.
Rod’s showing career actually started in his youth with Chinchilla rabbits where he won many awards. He was a keen racing cyclist and competed in many races, a couple of years ago when we were on holiday together he showed us lots of video footage of him racing in his youth. We always used to joke with him that he shaved his legs to go faster.
Anyone who met Rod would soon realise what a kind and lovely man he was, always a good sport who took winning and losing in his stride with the same cheeky grin. He was delighted in March this year when his daughter Charlotte gave birth to Darby and has enjoyed her frequent visits where she has already worked out how to train an IRWS. He was the very proud father of the bride when Charlotte and Jordan tied the knot this year after 16 years together. Chris has been by his side and his constant support throughout his illness. Our Condolences to Christine, Charlotte, Jordan and Darby and all the family. RIP My dear friend. Rodney Baron 25.11.47 to 19.12.21
Mary Blackwell Sherratt
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23rd November
The organising of the 2021 Year Book (pages this year are all in colour) is in it’s final stages – there’s just over a week to get your advert/page(s) in.  The form needed is here.   Please send them to Will at

With great sadness we have to let everyone know that Mary Knox passed away peacefully last week.  Mary and her ‘Coolfin’ IRWS played a significant part in the revival of the breed  – after she met Alan and Ann Gormley she imported their stock and that became the foundation for many IRWS kennels.  Mary was the Club’s first Secretary and did a lot of the groundwork to get the club established.

Mary never lost her IRWS interest and commitment and still bred and exhibited with Trish Jakins, who in later years, shared the Coolfin affix.

It’s very fitting that Mary had the honour of judging our Championship Show just a few weeks ago. 

Our Condolences go to Caroline her daughter, Gary her son in law and her grandsons Jonathon and Graham.

Further arrangements will be available in due course.

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The latest points competition figures have been uploaded – these will include any points awarded in 2020.  Click  below.

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The Club’s 2022 Calendars will be available at the Club Show in October or can be ordered and posted. £11 each – email

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Pat Brigden’s funeral is at Taunton Deane Crematorium at 2.30 today.  Donations to the Marie Curie charity would be much appreciated via the funeral directors ;Hedley Price,Mart Rd,Minehead,Somerset ,TA24 5BJ

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10th September
Be part of the Irish Red and White History! The 2021 Year Book is being prepared by Will Hodgetts   Download, complete and return the request for an advert. 

Pat Brigden

It is with great personal sadness that I report the passing of Pat Brigden, one of our Club’s founder members and one of the most passionate supporters of our wonderful breed.  Initially in Irish setters for many years, where I first met her on the south east social committee.  Pat bought her first red and White from Joyce Webb in the early 80s and went on to become a prominent  figure in the breed under her Autumnwood affix with which she had many successes.  Pat was so enthusiastic for the breed that she did a tremendous amount of research and produced “The Irish Red And White Setter “ in 1989, a book which I often refer to today.

She was a tireless worker and she would stand up for her argument in any quarter especially at AGMs and in particular in controversial times, eg, when the outcross programme was announced she had a few choice words to say about that. 

I have personally known Pat since the early 80s and I helped her to run the ringcraft classes in Caterham, Surrey,for many years, up to more recent times  when we worked together on the Kennel Club Gazette together.

Her life changed in recent years when she moved from East Grinstead, West Sussex, away from her many friends, in particular her great friend Maureen Newman who saw Pat almost daily and was a marvellous support to her.  She moved  to Somerset to be near her ailing son who sadly passed away shortly after she moved there.  Fortunately, her daughter and her husband moved there at the same time so she had family around her in these last years and Maureen visited frequently which was a massive comfort to her.

She will be sadly missed and we send our sincere condolences to family and friends.

Jim Cuddy

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Just two weeks to get your photos in for the Club’s 2022 Calendar.  Please send your images to

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Thank you to all those who turned out for our two shows last weekend.  It was a wonderful day with some wonderful dogs.  See you all at the October shows.

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3rd August
Would all members look out their photos please – send the ones you’d like to see in the Club calendar, before the end of August, to:

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The Championship Show and Open Show will now be in Stanley Sheldon Hall not Crocker Hall – it’s a few hundred metres away.  There’s a good size outdoor space and plenty of room inside.

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26th July
Entries for the 8th August shows –

Open Show with judge, Jane Eyeington – 42 dogs and 51 entries – 3 of these are nfc.

Championship Show with Suzanne Humphries judging – 51 dogs and 71 entries – 5 of these are nfc

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3rd July
The Club will be doing its calendar again this year – so check out your photos and send them off to Alison

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8th June
Jacque Bayne has taken on the role of Membership Liaison Officer, her first report is available here.

29th July 

Weston Park Game Fair – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

The Club has been invited to attend – and show off the dogs – the Game Fair again this year.  After a couple of years break it’ll be nice to get back out and talk to the public about the breed’s good qualities.  We will be one of the British Heritage breeds in the Gundog Pavilion, where there are fenced pens which allow visitors to meet to the dogs and chat with the owners.

If you have a free day/afternoon/weekend and would like to help out at Weston Park (8 miles from J12 on the M6) please email Fiona.

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