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Training Together
The WCSS Regional Training Initiative

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What is it?

At its AGM in August 2021 the Society gave its overwhelming support for the creation of a programme to expand and improve training opportunities for members across the UK.

The aim is to nurture small training groups for members to receive training assistance and advice from people often bringing experience from the wider spaniel world. The core of the programme will be training to standards required by The Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificates. The aim is to promote good basic everyday handling skills for working Clumbers and their owners, not field trialling.


There are now fine working Clumbers bred within the Society and the time has come to encourage and support handlers determined to push themselves and the breed to raise the game. However, WCSS is a national organisation and training has often meant irregular training opportunities at locations not convenient to many. That won’t change overnight of course but the successful launch of this initiative will see a constantly improving situation. The value of working with other Clumber owners is huge.



WCSS is the only body representing the working Clumber and can ensure that training in these groups is of a good standard. Every group operating in the scheme will be subject to Society approval of trainers and facilities available.


Training together Handbook

The Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate Handbook


Trainers, Ground Owners, Potential Group Leaders, and members wishing to join a group should look at the downloadable information here. You can see an overview of the scheme and read the excellent Kennel Club guide to its working gundog certificate.

Contact: Gary Barstow (Field Trial Secretary) T: 07792979531  E:

               Mani Nixon (Chairman) T: 07861014752 E: 

Active Groups          


Trainer        Darren Kirk Kirkbourne Spaniels     

Contact       Mani Nixon    

Tel               07861014752 


South West

Trainers         Nigel Franklin

Contact         Sharon Stone ( Honoury Treasurer)

Tel                 07974944935


South Midlands/ South West

Trainer          Alison Spiers

Contact         David Chilvers

Tel                 07785523620



Trainer          Arthur Magregar

Contact         Claire Knowles

Tel                 07961861133


East Anglia /Suffolk
Trainer            Julie Palmer

Contact          Deena Hunt

Tel                  07767 793348


Trainer           Anthea Shelley

Contact          Barbara Brown

Tel                  07816985352




Contact          Ian Hams

Tel                  07751718529


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