Month: June 2018

Calling all Retrievers – Training and Working Test News

Annabel’s Gundog Retriever Training Round up 
We had a lovely evening at gundog training last Wednesday luckily the weather stayed nice and it was great to see many of the same faces returning.  Nick Coates and the Open class had a testing evening, finishing with a 500 yard retrieve over dips and up hill; a very impressive spectacle.  Ken Green and the Novice were training with dummies, pistols and tennis balls over treacherous and difficult ground.  Lucy Arnold and the Puppies found themselves in long grass doing seen and unseen retrieves.  
A huge thanks to Mr and Mrs David Green and Shaun for letting us use their wonderful ground and for topping some of the thistles!  I have put some photos of the evening on the WWGS Facebook page and really hope that you enjoy them.
Our next training evening is on 4th July at Bake Barn, Fonthill.  We look forward to another fun evening.”
Now on to Gundog Working Tests.  Please see our Working Test page for details of our forthcoming retriever Test. Many of you will know not having a Test Secretary we have had to as a Society really club together to make this happen. Please help us to SHARE details and if you know anyone who would be willing to help on the committee organising tests or helping in whatever way please get in touch for us to carry on flourishing and to be able to organise future events we would LOVE to hear from you!
• Date: 22nd July 2018
• Meet: AV Retriever Working Test (to be held under KC rules) 
• Categories: Novice,  Novice Dog/Novice Handler  and Special Puppy
• Location: Orchardleigh, Frome, BA11 2PH, By kind permission of Charles Fuller
• Time: Meet at 9.00am for a 9:30am start
• Judges: Keith Broomfield (B2214), Ken Green (B3366), Roland Stacey
• Sponsor: Skinners Pet Foods
• Entry fees: £ 10 for members and £ 16 for non-member
• Entries close: Friday 13th of July 2018
• Entries and fees made payable to Wiltshire Working Gundog Society and sent to: Julie Spencer, Forthampton, Mere, Warminster, BA12 6EH
• Entry forms can be downloaded from our Forms page.  If you would like a copy of the draw enclose SAE or an up-to-date email address
• Volunteers needed: We welcome volunteers and are dependent on them to for events to take place. If you would be willing to help please email Julie on  or call her on 01747 863390
• Raffle prizes: Likewise raffle prizes are always appreciated.

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Great WIN for Wiltshire Working Gundogs at Sherbourne Show

We are very proud of our Wiltshire Working Gundog teams at the Sherbourne Show entering BASC Gundog team challenge. 

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our Retriever team who won. This comprised of Dave England as Captain, Nick Jordan, Gill Yates and Rob Smallman.  Our Spaniel team also did brilliantly and finished 4th and was made up of Paul Young, Julia Griffiths and Peter Amor. 

The weather was hot dry and sunny fortunately cool in the woods and a great day was had by all! 

If you would be interested in being part of our teams for future challenges, we would love to hear from you.  Please contact one of our secretaries to register your interest, by going to our Get in Touch page.




Gundog Training News

This training update brings with it good news and some sad news.  Kicking off with the latter. On Monday 4th June at 11 am one of our trainers Neil Varney had two black Labradors dogs and a liver and white Springer bitch stolen from his trailer whilst parked at King Alfreds Tower at Stourhead.  Such shocking news.  If you see anything strange or hear of any information please contact Neil Varney via Facebook and join the Facebook page his niece has set up. “Stolen, get my Uncle’s dogs back” Please LIKE and SHARE so that we can come together as a society and help spread news far and wide to support Neil to find his dogs.

Retriever Training Update 


We had a wonderful evening last night with the kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Green and Sean Jefferies, at the beautiful land at Horningsham.  Only 12 people attended which meant that those that did, were kept busy by Nick Stoates, Ken Green and Lucy Arnold and all seemed to have a lovely evening.  The sun shone and the midges kept away until packing up time.

There were two puppies who listened and learned, the Novice did a walk up and in the beautiful light of the evening everyone seemed very professional and the Open class were in a field, which had long grass, gorse and a big hill to deal with, hard work for all involved.  All dogs and owners seemed content and tired after a full evening.  

Next time, Wednesday 20th June, we are again at Horningsham and as last night, there will be signs from The Bath Arms and we look forward to seeing you.

If you would like to join us with your retriever do contact Annabel on or just have a look at the information on our Retriever Training page  

Spaniel Training Update 

 A great evening was had of Spaniel Training at Moorwood, Bruton with lots of people at all levels.  A BIG thanks to our wonderful trainers too – Neil Varney, Paddy Williams and Ray Titchener.  

Paddy’s group had a particularly amusing time on Monday – working on their “body language” and found just how reliant they were on using hand signals – not just by voice commands, which as Paddy pointed out is essential, especially if you cannot see your dog!

We are a friendly society and do look forward to seeing all levels of Spaniels back again at our Moorwood training ground on Monday 18th June.

If you would like to join us with your retriever do contact Steve (our Training Coordinator) on or just have a look at the information on our Spaniel Training page