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Joyce Ryder

NEFRA was sorry to hear of the death yesterday of Joyce Ryder. She was a member of our committee for a number of years and also held the office of show secretary for the Association.

Joyce is pictured here at our first championship show in 2008

It was Joyce who introduced the NEFRA Pup of the Year competitions and she organised these on our behalf for many years.

The committee and membership send our thoughts and condolences to her husband Arnold.

NEFRA Shared Venue Open and Championship Dog Shows – York

In a first for NEFRA we are hosting two shows in one day at one venue.

The shows will be held at the York Auction Centre on 5th May 2024

Schedules for the event have been published on the Fosse Data Website and entries can now be made.

Open Show – Fosse Data

Championship Show – Fosse Data

Good Citizen Testing Day

NEFRA will be holding a KC Good Citizen Testing Day on Saturday 23rd March at a venue in Fritchley, Derbyshire (about 2 miles off the A38 and 5 miles from M1 junction 28).

We will be hosting Bronze, Silver and Gold Tests open to all breeds. We plan to issue approximate time slots for people to avoid lots of hanging around once we have an idea of numbers.

Entry will be £2.50 per dog, each dog is only allowed to enter one test on the day, those wishing to take silver or gold awards will need to bring proof of their prior qualification with them on the day.

Tea & Coffee will be available for a small charge.

To book a place please contact Paula Goulette on paulaagoulette@yahoo.co.uk

Annual General Meeting 2024

Notice is hereby given of the twenty ninth Annual General Meeting of the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association which is to be held at 11.00 am on Sunday 17th March 2024 at The Fenton Manor Sports Complex, City Road, Fenton, Stoke -on -Trent, ST4 2RR (Gallery Suite 1st Floor.)

Nominations are sought for the following;

Treasurer (3 years)
Mr D Taylor is prepared to stand for re-election with the support of the committee

Hon. Working Secretary (3 years)
Following her co-option to the post last year Mrs. C. Simons is prepared to stand for election with the support of the Committee.

Committee Vacancies (5 posts)
There are five vacancies on the Committee, Four are for a 3 year term of office and one is for 2 years following Mrs C Simons co-option to the office of working secretary and Mrs A Hayley’s subsequent co-option to the committee in 2023.

Mrs. H Buckley, Mr C. Hewison, Mr G Richards, Mrs V. Burroughs and Mrs A Hayley are all prepared to stand for re-election with the support of the Committee.

Further nominations for the above posts should be sent to the Honorary Secretary Miss H. Walker from the proposer, together with a letter from the seconder and written agreement from the proposed person by Friday 16th February 2024. Any newly proposed person and either their proposer or seconder must be in attendance at the AGM and be prepared to address the meeting.

Propositions for inclusion on the agenda are also invited and must be received by the Honorary Secretary no later than 16th February 2024. Only matters on the agenda can be discussed at the meeting.

Should you require a postal voting form please apply, before February 16th, to the Honorary Secretary, who will be pleased to forward one after the nominations have closed should the positions be oversubscribed.

Members wishing to attend the AGM must be fully paid up members of the Association


PLEASE NOTE THAT 2024 SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE ON 1ST OF JANUARY 2024 AND IF PAYING BY CHEQUE THEY SHOULD BE SENT TO OUR HON. TREASURER:

MR D TAYLOR,
Cooks Lane House,
Cooks Lane, Bradnop, Leek.
Staffs. ST13 7HA

PLEASE NOTE SUBSCRIPTIONS WERE INCREASED IN 2021
(£15 joint, £10 single and £7 senior seniors)

PLEASE CHECK STANDING ORDERS AND AMEND THEM IF NECESSARY.
MEMBERS WHOSE CORRECT SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOT RECEIVED BY THE AGM WILL BE UNABLE TO VOTE AND MEMBERS SUBSCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY 30TH APRIL 2024 WILL HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED.

KC Working Gundog Certificate, Roby Mill, Wigan 10th February 2024

Handbook

Link to the KC website

Nefra hosted a Kennel Club Gundog Working Certificate on dummies on the 10th February. Our assessors for the day were Mrs Caroline Hewison and Mr Phil Smithies.

We had 8 dogs entered and 5 passed. They were put their paces with steadiness, blinds, heel work and retrieves. A list of awarded dogs are below;

Sonya Jenkinson with flatcoat Skybrook Rock Me

Stephanie Hurstfield with flatcoat Thurwitt Chiquitita

Steve Burns with Labrador Tallamelie Sparkly Ring at Jollybrow

Cath Burns with Labrador Tallamelie Bridesmaid at Jollybrow

Helen Fox with flatcoat Satinbaze Cracksman for Blacktoft JW.

Subscriptions Due 1st Jan 2024

It would help our treasurer a lot if you could ensure your bank standing order matches the following rates:

  • Single – £10
  • Joint – £15
  • Overseas Single – £14
  • Overseas Joint – £20
  • Senior Citizens / Gamekeepers / Juniors – £6

For full membership details, please follow this lnk

Breed Appreciation Day – Sunday 8th October

Ringtail House, 5a Ringtail Place, Ormskirk, Burscough, L40 8LA

Comments from Our Dogs Breed Notes 20/10/23

Paula Goulette reports “We had 19 people attend and it went very well judging by our feedback forms.  A very interesting breed talk from Louise Jones and Sandra Stevenson followed by MCE for those eligible* (10 out of 12 people passing).  Those who passed exam went over eight dogs after lunch with our four mentors, Louise Jones, Sandra Stevenson, Karen Joyce and Helen Fox.  Those who hadn’t taken the MCE but wished to stay after lunch had an informal hands on with Hayley Walker”.

Karen Joyce added “We had loads of committee help, there were 8 dogs for the afternoon mentoring session ranging from 5 months to 11 years of age, the majority of people attending were not flatcoat owners which made the wonderful feedback even more special and finally being NEFRA there was loads of cake!!

*To take the Multiple Choice Exam (MCE) candidates must have met all the requirements of the JEP** level 1

** for details of all levels of JEP requirements please visit https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events-and-activities/dog-showing/judging-dog-shows/ 

Peter Riches (Solotown)

It is with sadness that we have heard of the recent death of Peter Riches of the Solotown affix.

Peter was instrumental in the birth of NEFRA being the person who called and arranged our inaugural meeting at Harwood Village Hall. He opened and led the meeting until a committee and officers were voted on from the meeting floor, at which time neither he or his partner Sally were elected so he passed the meeting over to the committee to continue.

It was Sally who originally had the flatcoats, Peter becoming involved with them through meeting her. They also had whippets, Ibizan hounds and field spaniels in their later years.

A keen supporter of the show scene in the 1980s and 90s Peter later moved to Denmark with Sal where they continued to work and show their dogs making new flatcoat friends over there.

On our Facebook page Bente Sand commented:

Dear Peter Riches Facebook friends
Yesterday I received a call from the Danish police that Peter has unfortunately passed away 💔
The Danish authorities would very much like to get in touch with Peter’s family members, so those of you who are related to him or know of his family would you please be so kind as to send me a private message or contact me on phone no. +45 29855798
I know Peter is now reunited with his beloved Sally and all their beautiful Solotown dogs❤️

Training Day – Welbeck

Nefra held our first training day of the year today at Welbeck estate near Clumber Park, Worksop. Our trainers for the day were Andy Sweeney and Gary Ellison.

We had an early novice/ beginners group in the morning, covering some back to basics and obedience exercises. And an Intermediate group in the afternoon covering a walk up exercise with marks in front and behind with some blinds and directional work also.

It was a breezy day so our trainers also spoke to the intermediate group about which side of the wind the dogs should be on to give them the best success.

Many thanks to the Welbeck Estate for having us and the trainers for giving up their time.

NEFRA Annual General Meeting 2023

Our 28th Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 19th March 2023 at The Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent

The annual awards presentations were made for the President’s Cup, the Inca Trophy and, for the very first time, a new award – the Nellspeace Plate.

A presentation and vote of thanks was also made thanking Caroline Hewison for her twelve years as our Hon Working Secretary.