AGM 2022

The AGM was fun this year with lots of members present and loads of wine and nibbles after the business was done.

The annual achievement awards were presented to the following members reflecting their hard work with their dogs through the year. 

Most improved Spaniel Handler: Carl Howsin with Coco

Carl award

Most Improved Spaniel: Louis handled by Sammie Podesta

Sammie and Louis

Moat Improved Retriever: Maverick handled by Janice Smith

Janice and Maverick

Most Improved Handler: Tim Jenkins with Reggie 

tim jenkins

Assessment Day 2021

The Assessment day this year was a little later in the year than normal but somehow or other we had a lovely day weather wise (once the mist cleared) and I hope that the around fifty dogs and handlers who came had a fun day. The day is arranged as a slightly more formal test with independent assessors who don't know us or our dogs so can mark us fairly on our performance on the day. Our thanks go to these gundog people who give up their Sunday for us There were lots of trophies and rosettes awarded and the judges got to pick their favourite dog for a special award.

The results:

Spaniel Puppies

1st Racheal Higgins- Ralf

2nd Ann Prichard- Coco

Spaniel Beginners

1st Alison Tilbury- Rocket

2nd Chris Norman- Bella

3rd Nicky Otten- Zoe

4th Sarah Harvey- Mars

5th Carl Howsin- Coco

Spaniel Advanced 

1st Jane Taylor-Ball- Fizz

2nd Sarah Harvey- Decker

3rd June Galton- Masie

4th Michelle Gormley- Bella

Retriever Puppies

1st Jo Clement- Bryn

2nd Sue Ansell- Freddie

3rd Jenny Gribble- Jack

Beginner retrievers (A)

1st Adam Smith- Bodhi

2nd Aravinda Valluri- Zac

3rd Janice Smith- Maverick

4th Maurice Genge- Hudson

Beginner retrievers (B)

1st Malcolm Smith- Nessie

2nd Malcolm Smith- Nellie

3rd Nigel Alcazar- Rafiki

4th= Lindy Ventham- Finch

4th= Mandy Eames- Summer

5th Melanie Newman- Woody

Advanced retrievers

1st Nark Haslington- Bonnie

2nd Jim Eames- Barley

3rd Gorgon Blythe- Inca

4th Pat Hulme- Caspar

5th Ann Peers- Archie

And finally the Judges Choice Awards went to Bella for the Spaniels and Bonnie for the retrievers.

Very well done to everyone.

Chris, Bella and Judges Choice Award.

Chris Norman with J C award and Bella

Water Test May 2021

A number of retrievers attended a water test session at Julies Bog Farm recently the results were mixed but we now have scores which we can attempt to improve upon!!

Water test may 2021

Assessment day 2019

 This years assessment day saw our biggest ever entry with nearly 60 dogs entered, which from a club of not much over one hundred members, is great. Hopefully it shows how much you enjoy working with, and training your dogs.

 Once again we had warm and sunny weather and it was good to see so many family and friends there to watch the family pet show off their skills learnt during the year.

 Each class had three tests to complete this year all of which were things we had been shown and practised during normal training. Marks were awarded for handling and results so even if the dog was misbehaving there were still points to be won if you were doing the right thing!

 Our thanks go to our judges on the day who very kindly give up their Sunday to mark our efforts and pass on a few tips and observations. The spaniel judge this year was Jeremy and the retrievers were judged by Henry who stepped in at the last minute when the the judge we had arranged was admitted to hospital, many thanks to both of you.

 Our thanks also to Taff and one of our Spaniel members who cut the grass in the field to stop us losing too many Spaniel puppies!

 Congratulations to everyone who won a rosette or trophy and hope to see you all, and those of you who couldn't make it this time, next year for another fun and enjoyable day.

Trophies and rosettes


Retriever Puppy

1st Francesca Irving, Teasel

2nd Tim Jenkins, Reggie

3rd Alex Kreutz, Charlie

4th Micheal Kelly, Star

5th Sharon Coulson, Murphy

Retriever Beginners

1st Jo Stalley, Bailey

2nd Peter Rogers, Ziggy

3rd Charlotte I'anson, Spencer

4th Gordon Blythe, Inca

5th Grace Godwin, Otis

Retrievers Advanced

1st Pam Hewitt, Tally

2nd John Laflin, Tilly

3rd Sue Proctor, Ruby

4th Peter Gribble, Finlay

5th Fleur Broderick, Riv

Spaniel Puppy

1st Taff John, Glyn

2nd Lesley Davis, Monty

3rd Sarah Harvey, Decker

4th Stuart Neave, Hunter

5th Wayne Parkes, Winnie

Spaniel Begginers

1st Barry Juniper, Lara

2nd Steve Ainscow, Ella

3rd Bob Thompson, Bo

Spaniel Advanced

1st Andrew Fleming, Rocky

2nd Jane Taylor-Ball Fizz

3rd Kathy Cleary, Pootle

4th Debbie Hobbs, Mia

5th Paul Fisher, Floss.

Special Award for the Spaniel the judge would most like to take home - Fizz

Special award for the retriever the judge would most like to take home - Teasel

Flat Coated Retriever Society Obedience Award

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Most of you will know that Pam our treasurer handles the liver Flatcoat 'Tally' during a normal training session. 'Tally' is owned by Jenny Haines who often helps Pam on the desk on a Sunday. What you may not know is that when not working for Christchurch Gundogs Pam and Tally take part in obedience competition nationally. Each year the Flatcoated Retriever Society awards a trophy to the flatcoat which has gained the most obedience points that year, and Pam and Tally won this trophy last year. The picture shows them receiving it at the society AGM recently.

Congratulations and well done to all, see what can be achieved if you listen to your trainers and put in a little homework!

Annual General Meeting 2019

Our AGM this year was held as usual at Bransgore Village hall with around 40 members attending, it was great to see the larger than usual numbers, perhaps it was because it was a few weeks later in the year or maybe because the weather was a lot kinder this year.
We heard from Brian about the healthy state of the club and the rise in member numbers and also about the success of the new training ground, lets hope we can continue to train here for a good while.
All officers and committee members were re elected and Pam explained the ins and outs of the balance sheet which suggests that, with the rise in member numbers, we won't be increasing training fees in the short term which makes our club very good value.
After the official work was over we enjoyed the wine and buffet and the chance of a natter with the other members.
Thanks to all who made the effort to attend this year.
The prestigious Annual Awards for 2018 were awarded as follows.
Most improved Dog retriever -Barley handled by Jim Eames
Most improved Dog spaniel -Fizz handled by Jane Taylor Ball
Most improved Handler retriever -Kevin Rockett
Most improved Handler spaniel -Andrew Fleming.

Assessment Day 2018

Another very successful Assessment day with around 45 entries. Despite it being a very warm day there is plenty of shade on this ground and everyone brought loads of water so dogs and people stayed well hydrated. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and all stayed for the prize giving which was great, thank you.

The day consisted of three tests for each of puppies, beginners and advanced dogs in both Retriever and Spaniel groups so there was lots of opportunities to win one of the rosettes or trophies and many congratulations to those who did, it shows that all the work pays off in the end.


To anyone who hasn't been to an Assessment Day, please try to join in next time, it is fun and you won't be asked to do anything you haven't already tried in training and the chances are your dog will surprise you.

Of course we have to thank our testers on the day who were Henrietta Fletcher for the retrievers and David and Diana for the Spaniels, thank you for giving up your Sunday.

What a clever puppyFlat coat family


Retriever Puppies

1st, Fleur Broderick with Moss, 2nd Jenny Gribble with Robbie, 3rd, Pete Dally with Bracken.

Retriever Beginners

1st, Barbara Lidbury, Berry, 2nd Mark Jones, Loki, 3rd, Heather Smith, Timba, 4th, Jenny Beard, Lexi, 5th, Kevin Rockett, Jasper.

Retriever Advanced

1st, Lin Howlet, Ella, 2nd, Anne Law, Beamish, 3rd, Pat Hulme, Rufus, 4th, Anne Dally, Fern, 5th,Fleur Broderick, Riv.

Spaniel Puppies

1st, Jane Taylor-Ball, Fizz, 2nd Lee Cunnah, Loki, 3rd, Adrian Lewis, Alfie.

Spaniel Beginners

1st, Mark Petty, Jet, 2nd, Dougie Grieves, River, 3rd, Barry Juniper, Lara, 4th, Michelle Gormley, Bella, 5th, Matt Hayfield, Kes.

Spaniel Advanced

1st, Debbie Hobbs, Mia, 2nd, John Bradley, Murphy, 3rd, Kathy Cleary, Pootle, 4th, Andy Green, Poppy, 5th, Paul Fisher, Floss.

The retriever that the judge wanted to take home was Dyills, Malcom Smith and the spaniel was Jet, Mark Petty.

Bog Farm Away Day 7th October.

Once again our thanks to Julie for the use of her farm to hold an Away Day.

Nearly 40 members attended and I hope all had fun. The classes this time combined Retrievers and Spaniels in the various abilities and it was nice to have a chat and a laugh with the people we don't often meet.

Some of the exercises were quite challenging but I think we were surprised how well the dogs coped, and it taught the handlers a lot as well, 'trust your dog'.

Many thanks also to Julie for providing copious sausage rolls and a little 'pick u up' at lunchtime.

Those of you who couldn't make it missed a good day. Hope to see you next time.

Sammie and Louis