Ladies and Gentlemen, as Chairman of this club it is my duty to present to you my Annual Report.
As a club our committee has arranged and carried out several events over the past year that we hope have covered many interests of our club members. We hope all who supported these events had an enjoyable time.
We ran a full programme of shows, a working test and Field trials. I would like to thank the sub-committee and helpers who gave up their time to help at the Trials & Test. Our Field Trial secretary Stewart Robson will give full details these events in his report. Sadly our Working test Secretary Kim Clunie has had to resign due to family commitments. I would like to thank her for all her hard work.
Our main show event for the year is always the Championship show, held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in March. We unfortunately we had a change of judge for the Dog entry, Mr Ray Scholes was our replacement judge. Our Bitch judge was Mrs Pauline Bevis. Both judges drew a good entry, the weather was kind to us not like the year before. Our raffle was well supported and there was a lovely friendly atmosphere, Best in Show was Miss Lindsey Dunbar’s Sh Ch Linirgor Violets are Blue.
Our two Opens shows were well supported and we were lucky with the weather again. The April show held in connection with South Western Gundog Club was again at the Matford Centre Exeter. Our judge was Sue Riley who drew a good entry she awarded her Best in Show to Cheryl Bawden’s dog Goldsand Rock and Roll At Darthill.
The October show is always held at Oake Village hall again we had a lovely entry and blessed with good weather which enabled us to hold the show outside again. Our judge was Joan Wheatley, her Best in Show was Sally Main’s Veteran winner Gwyngala Going for Gold. As always there was plenty of excellent refreshments and I would like to thank all who helped at these events.
The club’s financial affairs are kept under control by our Treasurer Jenny Clarke, I must say she has always done a great job and it is not easy to see ways of managing a continual decline in income. As with many other clubs we are seeing less members renewing their memberships and entries dropping each year. Jenny will give her report separately. Earlier in the year we had to cancel a Breed Seminar due to a lack of interest so we are always looking at other ways of covering our costs and expenses.
Sarah Hughes continues to look after our Rescue and re-homing service quite a challenging job, but Sarah copes well with a good support system in place. I have to thank her for taking on such a time- consuming job and I hope she will continue the good work. Sarah will present her own report.
Judi Stanley continues to support our Puppy enquiries which again is often a difficult job coping with all the phone calls, she also looks after our Membership lists.
Anthony Maidment as always just a great job looking after the Web site, keeping all the members informed of events and notifications plus he is our resident photographer and has over the past years provided us with a large number of excellent photos of all our events.
My personal thanks go to all our committee members and other members of the club who support us at our events throughout the year.
Finally I have to offer our kind thoughts and condolences to all the families of members and past members who sadly pass away over the last year.
Ladies & Gentlemen, members of the club I would ask you to please accept this as my annual report for 2019.
(At the time of writing my report who would have known what a difficult year 2020 was to become I hope you all stay well and safe during the coming months).
Glennis Hewitson (Chairman).