LANCS AND CHESHIRE COLLIE CLUB

 

 

 

 

 

The North West corner of England has always played a considerable role in the development of the Collie, with its towns, districts and villages immortalised in the ancestry of every Collie. From the earliest years the area was well served by specialist breed societies with the Northern, Manchester and Liverpool Collie Clubs in particular organising well attended shows. This situation changing during the slump in interest between the two world wars, although several prominent kennels remained based in the region.

REGIONAL LOYALTY

The Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club, whose founding members included the late Mrs Ada Bishop, well known daughter of Mr W. W. Stansfield ‘Laund’, Mr A Clough, Mrs Fishpool ‘Ellington’, Mr Mycroft ‘Mywicks’ and Mrs Dot Mylett ‘Dorgano’, was eventually established late in 1949, with Mr V. E. Hanson in the secretarial chair.

It has always been club policy to draw its committee from members resident within its base region, with those having served over the years representing many of the breed’s most prominent and influential kennels. A study of past records showing an enviable record of committee stability, which is particularly evident when viewing the lists of officers, in 1963 the husband and wife team of Peter and Margaret Turner ‘Hillbold’ accepted the demanding positions of Secretary and Treasurer, holding them for twenty-two years until 1985, when they handed their responsibilities to Mr Ian Brazier ‘Kybrance’ who resigned in 2011, and Mrs M. Scholefield, Mr Ray Wilkinson was appointed to the post of Secretary in 2011.

PROMOTING THE COLLIE

The Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club were one of the earliest breed clubs to see the need for education, holding a series of evening seminars in the early 1980s, these dedicated to extending the understanding and knowledge of exhibitors. Today it prefers to concentrate its efforts on promoting the exhibition of Collies limiting its involvement to an open show in addition to the annual Championship Show.

FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS

Serving an area that was then well endowed with General Championship Show Societies, the Kennel Club were show in granting Championship status to the Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club, but after a 23 year wait the club held its first such show in early May 1972 when Mr J. R. Fendley ‘Ralvera’ handed the tickets to Lynway Some Loving and Laund Lara, with Some Loving annexing Best of Breed to becoming the first recipient of the ‘Dot Mylett Memorial Trophy’ presented to the Best In Show. So started an annual event which, for a time, moved around the calendar but is now established in its original early May date. Right from the beginning the Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club encouraged and supported both Rough and Smooth enthusiast equally, which was duly rewarded with in 1974 when tickets for Smooth Collies were added.

Dog and bitch Challenge Certificate winners at the first Lancashire & Cheshire Collie Club Championship Show May 1972 where
Collie Specialist Mr J. R. Fendley ‘Ralvera’ awarded the Challenge Certificates to:

Left - Dog CC and Best in Show: Lynway Some Loving winning his only Challenge Certificate from Puppy dog on the day.

Image courtesy of Mr Alan Clarke ‘Lynway Collies’

It is unfortunate that there appears to be no image of the Bitch Challenge Certificate winner Laund Lara who was winning her only Challenge Certificate on the day

 

The Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club’s current aims and objectives are:

To  promote and encourage the breeding and exhibiting of pure bred rough and smooth collies in accordance with the relevant Breed Standards as issued by the Kennel Club.

To promote, protect and advance the interests of these breeds and of the members of the club, within Kennel Club rules.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Post Christmas Open Show — for Rough and Smooth Collies, which includes the presentation of the Bririch Points Trophy to the member whose Collie had earned the highest number of points during the previous year, giving exhibitors the opportunity to chase away their post Christmas and New Year blues in a relaxed atmosphere and amongst friends with a similar interest.

The 2015 show will be held at Newchurch Parish Hall, Common Lane, Culcheth, Nr Warrington, WA3 4EH, on Sunday 18th January 2015.

MARCH

Annual General Meeting — currently held at the "Horwich Conservative Club, Chorley Old Road, Horwich. BL6 7BR.

MAY - The early Summer Championship Show for Rough and Smooth Collies will for 2012 only be restricted to a Championship Show for Smooth Collies with an Open Show for Rough Collies. with a separate judge for each breed. As so often this show will coincide with the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and will be held at the Sutton Leisure Centre, Elton Head Rd, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9  5AU.

Membership of the Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club is open to all

The Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club is managed by five officers assisted by a Committee of seventeen members.

CONTACTS

In line with Kennel Club directives the Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club  has appointed Mr W Rogerson as its Health Co-ordinator.

Annually the Lancashire and Cheshire Collie Club’s committee elect two delegates, usually the Secretary plus one other Committee Member, to the Rough Collie Breed Council, who have yet to be announced.

For more details about what the Lancashire & Cheshire Collie Club has to offer please contact the Secretary - Mr Ray Wilkinson Old Vicarage Farm • New Chapel Lane • Horwich • Bolton BL6 6QY

Telephone:: 01204 696085 - email: rgw@ntworld.com

Lancs and Cheshire launched their new website in May 2014 - click here

 

The Bririch Points Trophy presented by
Mrs Vera Hickson