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New Committee at the AGM

At its AGM on 22nd August the Society saw some 70 members attending to elect a new committee to guide it forward with some exciting plans.

John Smith-Bodden, former Treasurer of the Society, was elected as Chairman after presenting a radical programme of initiatives to help members raise handling capabilities. The Society will encourage and support the evolution of regional training groups. Working Assessments are to be introduced, especially relevant for those who do not wish to compete, whilst the role of Field Trials is to be expanded to encourage breeders and other spectators. Amongst other initiatives are the publication of a WCSS handbook for all members, greater links with Clumber Park and the joy that can be had from a ‘right start’ day for puppies.

A new committee was elected with diverse, relevant skills and experience ideally placed to deliver this exciting and developing strategy which is focussed on the founding objectives of the Society.

The full elected committee is

  • John Smith-Bodden (Chairman)

  • Sarah Watters-Carver (Honorary Secretary)

  • Sharon Stone (Honorary Treasurer)

  • Andrew Parker (Field Trial Secretary)

  • David Chilvers

  • Jon Mouncey BVetMed DBR MRCVS

  • Vicky Parker

  • Nigel Stock

A full committee meeting has been arranged for 19th September and we will then let members know of the specialisations of each of the committee members, contacts and where there are opportunities for members to get involved.

Already we have a growing list of events, the following ones are in place so do mark the date.

  • Moreton-in-Marsh show 4th September

  • Frampton Country Fair 12th September

  • Training day with Alison Spiers 26th September in Worcestershire

  • Shoot over day Gray Stokes Cumbria 13th October and 10th November.

  • WCSS Field Trial Wentworth Park 9th November

  • Kennel Club field trial 4th December Egton.

  • Newbottle with reduced numbers the 4th of December

  • Shoot over day at Egton 8th January.

More on the way!

Contact Sarah for more details in the first instance.

With the retirement of Andy Hales as chairman, Heidrun Humphries from the main committee, Jane Smith-Bodden from the main committee and the earlier retirement of Dave Kent as Field Trial Secretary a vote of thanks is due to each of these long-served committee members who have contributed so much to the Society over a long period and recently through a very difficult time.

The Society will also never forget the impact of those who have sadly left us, former committee members Debbie Zurick, John Zurick and Jim Winter.

More news and detail very soon as the Society enters a new and busy phase of its development.

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