NORTHUMBERLAND AND DURHAM COLLIE CLUB

 

 

 

The north eastern counties of Northumberland and Durham have produced several influential Collie Kennels, and most of their owners have actively supported the region’s Collie Club, which can trace its foundation to a casual meeting in the beer tent after judging was completed on Whit Monday 1910. With founding members making up the first committee, and drawn about equally from well established Rough and Smooth exhibitors the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club was quickly recognised by other specialist clubs despite initially electing to stay outside Kennel Club control.

EARLY INFLUENCE

In the October of its foundation year the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club organised its first competition, a members match judged by founder member Mr S. Gall ‘Walker’ with contemporary reports suggesting it was a popular and enjoyable event. In the same month it became the only none Kennel Club registered society to send a delegate to the joint council of Collie Clubs and major kennel owners, convened to discuss the introduction of a unified breed standard to be adopted by all breed societies and officiating judges. The results of their deliberations, which stood the test of time, eventually adopted in 1911.

KENNEL CLUB REGISTRATION

By the end of 1922 after twelve years of organising successful events, and with the original secretary Mr H. Walton ‘Weardale’ back in the driving seat, Kennel Club registration was sought and granted. There followed a period of consolidation with the club concentrating on supporting local breeders and exhibitors with ‘Members Only’ shows through several difficult years.

CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS

Having maintained Kennel Club registration throughout the war the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club were in an excellent position at its end to become one of only three societies to host one of the first four Championship Shows for Rough Collies in 1946, when well known Collie specialist Mr E. Watt ‘Dryfesdale’ awarded the Challenge Certificates to the 6½ year old dog Waldorn of Waldemar and the tricolour bitch Delwood Meryl who added her title in 1949. The following year saw the Club repeated this event but by 1948 the Kennel Club withdrew championship status from breed clubs in an effort to encourage general canine societies who were then struggling to re-establish support.

Having maintained Kennel Club registration throughout the war the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club were in an excellent position at its end to become one of only three societies to host one of the first four Championship Shows for Rough Collies in 1946, when well known Collie specialist Mr E. Watt ‘Dryfesdale’ awarded the Challenge Certificates to the 6½ year old dog Waldorn of Waldemar and the tricolour bitch Delwood Meryl who added her title in 1949. The following year saw the Club repeated this event but by 1948 the Kennel Club withdrew championship status from breed clubs in an effort to encourage general canine societies who were then struggling to re-establish support.

Right - Bitch CC: Delwood Meryl winning the 1st of her three Challenge Certificates and with them her Champions title. Best of Breed is not recorded

On the 31st of March 1962 Championship status returned to the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club, becoming an annual event thereafter. On this occasion it was Mr Arnold Clough, perhaps better known for his support of Smooth Collies, who stood in the centre of the ring, handing a qualifying Challenge Certificate to the dog and a first to the bitch.

 

Image donated by Mrs Chatfield - ‘Dunsinane’
courtesy of Rough Collie Archive

Unable to find an image of the dog Challenge Certificate winner from the first Northumberland and Durham Collie Club Championship Show we are featuring the Challenge Certificate winners from the first of their continuous run of Championship Show which started when respected Collie specialist Mr Arnold Clough judged the Club’s March 1962 Championship Show awarding the Challenge Certificates to:

 


Dog CC and Best in Show

Larkena Rabelias winning his 3rd of six Challenge Certificates and with it his title.
Bitch CC
Deloraine Distinctive winning her 1st of three Challenge Certificates
Both images courtesy of Mrs Aileen Speding ‘Antoc Collies

 

MORE THAN A SHOW SOCIETY

The support of local breeders and exhibitors has always been a feature of the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club. Initially the needs of Rough and Smooth Collie breeders and exhibitors were given equal prominence, after the war, when travel was still difficult, a variety of social or fun events, aimed at bring supporters from all levels together, were organised. Today, with greater mobility and fewer Smooth Collie breeders in the locality, the club concentrates its efforts on providing exhibitor friendly shows for Rough Collie supporters. As to the future, this largely depends on members’ needs but of one thing you can be certain; we will continue to encourage a greater participation in canine activities.

ANNUAL EVENTS

JANUARY - Winter Open Show allowing exhibitors to catch up with post New Year news in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere —currently held at the Trimdon Village Hall, 1 Wynyard Road, Trimdon, County Durham, TS29  6JG.

FEBRUARY - Annual General Meeting — currently held at the  Trimdon Village Hall, 1 Wynyard Road, Trimdon,  County Durham, TS29  6JG.

MAY - Championship Show — including the presentation of  annual points trophies — schedules classes for Rough  Collies only with two judges, one for each sex, but utilising  a single ring allowing a staggered arrival and departure  for those exhibitors exhibiting a single sex, while  encouraging a more relaxed experience for those with  a team, but without the attendants necessary to watch  the progress of two rings at the same time.  Currently held at the Birtley Leisure Centre, Durham Road, Birtley, County Durham, DH3  2TB.

OCTOBER - Autumn Open Show for Rough Collies — currently held at theTrimdon Village Hall, 1 Wynyard Road, Trimdon, County Durham, TS29  6JG — with its airy aspect and home made refreshments offering a traditional Goerdie welcome to exhibitors and friend alike.

The Northumberland and Durham Collie Club annually offer two points trophies to members. The Tom Purvis Memorial Trophy on the right presented to the Rough Collie gaining the most points at the Club’s three shows, while the Damascus Trophy, presented by Tom Purvis’ son in memory of Tom’s famous sable and white dog Ch Danvis Damascus, is confined to puppies winning from either Minor Puppy or Puppy classes at the Club’s three shows

In addition the Club owns many intriguing trophies, some of which date back to pre first world-war days before the Club was Kennel Club registered.

The above Trophy, dedicated to the memory of one of the Club's staunchest supporters, is beautifully engraved with the following words:

N • D • C • C - The Tom Purvis Memorial Trophy - photo F Sargeant

The Northumberland and Durham Collie Club is managed by five officers assisted by a Committee of seven members.

CONTACTS

In line with Kennel Club directives the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club has appointed Mr Philip Sargeant as its Health Co-ordinator.

Annually the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club’s committee elect two delegates to the Rough Collie Breed Council, currently they are Mrs Fern and Mr Philip Sargeant.

Although established to serve the needs of those who live in the North East membership is open to all.

For more details about what the Northumberland and Durham Collie Club has to offer and up to date information on shows and events, contact the Secretary.

Mrs Jill Oliver, “Strathmore”, Durham Road, Wheatley Hill ,  Durham, DH6  3LJ

Tel: 01429  824491 email: oliverrixown@btopenworld.com

READ THE NORTHUMBERLAND AND DURHAM STORY - HERE