Postponed until 21st August
Saturday 2nd July at Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Nr Leek
Staffs ST13 8SW
Full day’s parking £5
Please bring food to share with the group.
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.
17th July 2022
‘Come and Have A Go Show’
KC Building, Stoneleigh, CV8 2LZ
31st July 2022
Breed Appreciation Day
Shuttington Village Hall, Shuttington, Warks. B79 0DP
20th November 2022
Autumn Open Show
Hasland Village Hall, Chesterfield S41 0AY
Judge Graham Hart
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.
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
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.
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.
The latest points competition figures have been uploaded – these will include any points awarded in 2020. Click below.
The Club’s 2022 Calendars will be available at the Club Show in October or can be ordered and posted. £11 each – email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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.
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.
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.
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