West of England Cocker Club

Club News

January 9th 2017: Denise Fox
Denise's many friends in dogs, and especially Cocker Spaniels will be very sad to hear that she passed away on Monday 9th January 2017. Denise had been unwell for a while, but this came as a complete shock to all of us. Denise was well known for her beautiful Castanea Cockers, mostly dark blues. Some of the best known were Sh Ch Castanea Sweet Surrender to Terriles, owned and campaigned by the late Lesley Spencer, Castanea Sonneteer, her beloved Austin, who won a Res CC at Crufts, Castanea Cockney Rebel and his litter sister, Castanea Wild n Wicked, who won 2 Res CCs, and her daughter Castanea Where Rainbows End, owned by Tony and Fiona Watson.
Not widely used at stud, Cockney Rebel (Alfie) made his mark as a stud dog, siring CC winners Glowhill Hope Springs, and Alisma Arisian, who also won a Res CC. Also Res CC winners Alisma Adley, Alisma Zacharius and our own Glasfryn Angelina. Other notable winners sired by him were Ashalon Strawberry Blonde and Sonham Blue Diamond. Apologies if I have missed any others.
Denise was a popular judge, who awarded CCs on 3 occasions, South Wales and Mon CSC, LKA and East Anglia CSC, and was due to judge at Three Counties this year.
Denise worked hard for Cockers, having been Treasurer of the West of England CSC for 12 years, and serving for many years previously as a Committee member; she loved the breed so much and would help anyone.
The world of Cocker Spaniels is very much the poorer for her passing, we will miss her enormously.
Sandra Gregory (Acting Hon Secretary)

March 22nd 2015: At today's AGM, Andrew Jones retired as Club Chairman having served for 12 years in the post. The photo below shows Derek Shapland, Club President, presenting Andrew with gifts from the Club as a thank you for his service to the Club. Andrew will continue to be a member of the Committee while Sandra Gregory now takes over the Chairman's role. Sadly Shel Cowles is no longer able to serve as a committee member but the Club thanks him for his contibution over the last 3 years.

Andrew Jones retiring as Chairman

February 21st 2015: Jeanne Lamb, a life member and Honorary Vice President of the Club, sadly died today. Jeanne had a very long standing connection to West of England Cocker Club, having first joined in 1949. Family and business commitments took over for quite a while but then in the 80s and 90s Jeanne, with daughter Hester, was able to get back to showing and breeding their beloved Chadway Cocker Spaniels as well as working hard for West of England Cocker Club. Many will remember Jeanne manning the Bring and Buy Stall during those years (always with her trademark smile), while Hester kept the Club trophies and cups in immaculate order. Several officers and members of West of England Cocker Club attended Jeanne's funeral on March 11th to say goodbye - Jeanne will be very sadly missed by all her family and friends.

March 24th 2013: At the AGM held today, Sandra Gregory retired as Club Secretary. The Photo below shows Chairman Andrew Jones presenting Sandra with a gift from the Club, given in appreciation for all her hard work over the years. Adam Murray was re-elected Secretary in Sandra's place but due to personal reasons has had to resign so Tony Watson has now kindly agreed to step into the role of Acting Secretary.

Sandra Gregory and Andrew Jones

March 25 2012: At the AGM held today, we welcomed Shel Cowles who joins our hard working team as our newest committee member. The Club has had another successful year but sadly the annual newsletter will not be produced this year as Wendy our current editor can no longer continue with the task due to her other commitments. If any member has the time and would like to volunteer to be newsletter editor, please get in touch with Club Secretary, Sandra Gregory.

October 9th 2011: At our Championship Show this year, club members and exhibitors joined in celebrating recent "landmark" birthdays for committee members, Sally Leeding, Margaret Pitt and Gill Moutrey. A cake and wine was provided for all to share. Photo below shows Sally, Margaret and Gill with the cake.

Birthday Cake 2011

March 20 2011: At this year's AGM, we welcomed two new committee members, Megan Oliver and her Mum Jenny, to the West of England team

March 28 2010: At this year's AGM, Derek Shapland was elected as Club President, having been Acting President since Ken's sad death in 2009. There were no other changes to the Officers & Committee and reports were made of another successful year for the Club.

April 16 2009: Sadly our recently elected President, Ken McFarlane, died today. Ken has been such an important part of West of England Club for so many years that it seems impossible to imagine the Club without him. A fuller tribute can be found HERE

March 2009 : A number of changes were announced at this year's AGM. Peggy Grayson sadly announced her retirement from the position of President after a number of years of giving invaluable support to the Club. We are very grateful for her contribution and hope we will still see her at some Club shows in the future. Ken McFarlane has very kindly agreed to become our new President. We also welcomed a new Club Secretary, Sandra Gregory, who takes over from Adam Murray who has been our hardworking Secretary since 2005 but has had to step down due to other commitments (but happily remains on the Committee). Sandra will be well-known to many West of England members as she has a long association with the Club and was at one time Club Treasurer. She is also known for her Glasfryn kennel of particoloured Cockers. Last but not least, we welcomed a new Committee member, Wendy Grist and hope she enjoys being a member of the West of England "team".

Andrew & Adam
Chairman Andrew Jones presents retiring Secretary Adam
Murray with a gift from the Club

March 2008 : The AGM reflected a year of consolidation for the Club with no changes in Officers or Committee.

March 2007: At this year's AGM, Secretary Adam Murray welcomed two new committee members, Sue Hutchings and Chris Cook and one returning committee member (formerly Club Treasurer), Coral Shapland.

March 5 2006: At the AGM, Club Secretary Adam Murray reported another successful year during which the Club ran it's bi-annual Championship Show, two Open Shows as well as a Judging Seminar with Hands-On Assessment. Sadly the Club had to say goodbye to two much valued members, Mike Sibley (who served as Vice Chairman) & his wife Pat, due to Mike's ill-health and subsquent sad death at too early an age. He made a big contribution to the Club's success over the past few years and will be sorely missed by everyone. We hope one day that Pat will feel able to return to the Club but in the meantime, Tom Watson was elected to serve on the committee and Carol McFarlane was elected as Vice Chairman.

February 28 2005: At the AGM, Mel Sharples handed over the Secretary's baton to Adam Murray. Although Mel had only been in office for a short time, she helped the Club achieve another successful year, notable by increased entries at all 2004's shows. The Club thanks Mel for all her hard work over the last year & wish her the very best of luck for the future. Other changes to the Club team included the introduction of two new committee members, April Murray & Fiona Watson. It was also decided to make Jeanne Lamb a Vice-President to acknowlege her valuable contribution to the Club over many years. Jeanne has not enjoyed the best of health lately but we hope to see her at a Club show very soon.

March 14 2004: At the AGM, Derek & Coral Shapland retired from office as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Coral has served as Treasurer for 17 years and Derek as Secretary for 15 years. Both have worked extremely hard for the Club but understandably now feel the time is right for a much deserved break. They will be a tough act to follow and will be much missed. It was decided to make both Derek & Coral life members of the Club in recognition of their long service & Jeanne Lamb was also honoured with life membership (Jeanne being one of the original founding members of the Club) Other changes to the Committee included the resignation of Clive Taylor and the retirement of Sally Leeding from her postion as Newsletter Editor after many years of service (although Sally remains a serving committee member).

Taking over as Secretary is Mel Sharples (Kanietter Cockers) and Denise Fox (Castanea) is our new Treasurer. Joining the committee for the first time are Adam Murray, Jackie Jarman and Margaret Pitt.

Andrew Jones (Chairman) presenting Derek & Coral
with their retirement gift on behalf of the Club

Retirement Presentation For Derek and Coral Shapland

March 14 2003: At the AGM, long standing Chairman, Mr K McFarlane, retired from office after 12 years valued service to the Club & was given a gift to mark the occasion. He will be much missed, but happily we are not losing him completely as he is now one of the Club's Vice Presidents & we should still be seeing him at Club shows, raffle tickets in hand! Andrew Jones takes over as Chairman with Mike Sibley replacing him as Vice-Chairman. Mrs P Sibley becomes our newest Committee member.

Andrew Jones presenting retiring
Chairman,Ken McFarlane, with his gift

Retirement Presentation for Ken McFarlane