Author: Verity Eastman

The sad passing of our Society Patron Charles Fuller

We are all extremely sad to learn of the death of our Wiltshire Working Gundog Society patron Charles Fuller who died aged 75 on December 28 after battling for 13 years against cancer.and we offer our condolences to the Fuller family.

Charles was our society patron from 2000 and attended many of our functions and annual AGMS. Anyone who knew him would have known how fond he was of his impeccably-behaved labradors.

We are very grateful that he offered Orchardleigh to be used by our society and many field trials and working tests for retrievers and spaniels were held there. The estate provided a super venue that was appreciated by all competitors. Charles always took an interest in the dogs and attended many of the competitions and he will be hugely missed by all. 


 Please note on the advice of the Kennel Club and due to the spread of COVID we have had to sadly cancel all of our forthcoming trials. This includes our Novice AV Spaniel Field Trial on 22nd  January and Novice AV Retriever Trial on 26th January.

Meet Sarah Winter our NEW Retriever Working Test Secretary

We are excited to introduce you to our new Retriever Working Test Secretary for the Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Sarah Winter.

Sarah bring with her lots of experience having previously undertaken the role as Working Test Secretary for Berkshire Downs & Chiltern GRC (3 years) and URC Hants and SW (3 years).  After this she then decided to take a break for a few years, but luckily now comes to us ready to take on a new challenge.

A little bit about Sarah: 

She currently owns 6 Golden Retrievers ranging from 12.5 years to 9 months. and has completed successfully with her dogs in Working Tests for a number of years and been awarded in Field Trials.   She also picks up throughout the shooting season and loves a day out working her dogs. 

She is also a trainer and has been training people with their dogs for around 6 years and now runs her own training business called Embrace Your Dogs Needs. She has been part of the Gundog display team at Crufts for 6 years and led the Golden Retriever Gundog Display Team at the Game Fair in 2019 (back again in 2021). Dogs are her passion and her life.

She is hugely looking forward to being part of the WWGS  committee and running some successful (Covid-19 secure) events in 2021. To speak to Sarah email her on

WWGS AGM deferred to 2021

In accordance with the latest issue of the Kennel Club newsletter WWGS with not be holding their AGM in 2020 and it will now be deferred to 2021 

WWGS Open AV Retriever Test Results

The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society had a successful day running their Open AV Retriever working test at Orchardleigh today.

Our very grateful thanks go Mr Charles Fuller and his daughter Claire and to the Keeper Bill Griffiths for allowing us there at such short notice.

Thanks go to our judges Simon Hagain, Nigel Probert and Basil Smith. Our helpers did a fantastic job, as always … thank you too!

The rain held off, we had 32 dogs entered and 30 ran – thank you all for your support and great sportsmanship.


• 1st & the Farleigh Cup to Ken Green with Lab D, Autumn Willow Tag

• 2nd to Karen Handley with Lab D, Sunstar Gadwall at Peterspond

• 3rd to Dave England with Lab B, Lubbecke Queen of Hearts of Abney

• 4th to Kevin Phillips with Lab D, Fendawood Jacob

• CoM to Shane King with Lab B, Sentiero Fizz

• CoM to Michael Crutchley with Lab D, Mitforton Neon

• CoM to Sarah Lowman with Lab B, Laverton Meadow Cowslip

Thank you to Skinners for your generous sponsorship.


Novice English Springer Spaniel Results 24th Jan 2020

The final Wiltshire Trial of the 2019 /20 season was held at a new venue for the club in the village of Great Durnford just outside Salisbury Wiltshire.

It was put forward by committee members Steve Langdon the WWGS spaniel training coordinator and Howard Feltham the Spaniel Working Test secretary that Great Durnford Estates game keeper (Tom Paul) and estate manager (Mat Gentle) might be interested in hosting a trial for us.  So in the spring of 2019 Tom gave the three of us a guided tour of the part of the estate he had in mind for the tria.l As soon as I arrived and met Tom it was obvious that Tom was keen to help us have a good trial.Tom and Mat are understandably are proud of the work they do at this modern well managed sporting Estate the meeting point and shoot rooms where we met are superb as is all the estate we visited.

The Trial was held in shelter belts long strips of woodland originally planted as wind brakes to protect the large arable fields from the wind typical of Wiltshire countryside 30 or 40 metres in width with the occasional fallen tree or patch of bramble or cover in the bottom it looked like an ideal peace of ground for a January trial.

The game was there in large numbers Partridge and pheasant no dogs had blank runs, but the dogs did always need to be under full control by their handlers as all the time you could see game further ahead.


The Judges Mr Will Clullee A and Mr Steve Branklin NP both did a business like job of the judging at around lunch time a run off between Mr J Organs Edegrove Trapper and Mr A Skinners Murrayeden Ebony was done in some low cover crop.


My thanks to the Estate and Tom ,Mat and all the guns, stops and picker up that made this a brilliant first visit to your Estate

Special thanks to Will who did put himself out to judge this trial for us as he had a problem at home to sort out, but did still kindly fulfil his judging commitment.


The Awards

  • 1 st Merrayeden Ebony Mr A Skinner and the Awbridge cup best hunting spaniel
  • 2 nd Edgrove Trapper Mr J Organ
  • 3 rd Steelhouse Eleri
  • Mountain mist Mr Mark Gibson
  • 4 th Countryways Jorden Mr S Lines
  • Com Kirstzo Fiavia Mr R woodward
  • Com Wiznic Weeto of Conholthill Mr C Green
  • Com Valentines Destiny of Bawdenflight Mr J Bawden and also awarded the guns choice shield

Results of Wiltshire Working Gundog Society (WWGS) Retriever Trial held at Horningsham

.The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society (WWGS) held the last of their Retriever Trials today at Horningsham in Wiltshire.

We were invited by the keeper & host, Mr Sean Jefferies. Our thanks go to him & his team of beaters & pickers, tractor & trailer drivers and also to the team of guns who shot so well.

Our thanks go to the judges, Heather Bradley (A2431), Judith Evans (B2898), Reuben Mort (NP) & Beth Payne (NP).


  • No 1st awarded
  • 2nd to Rob Wilmott with Lab B Danescombe Omega
  • 3rd to Paul Green (Clare Baker handler) with Lab D Fordbank Oakley
  • 4th & The Melbury Award for Guns Choice to Basil Smith with Lab D Highshot Cooper.
  • Thank you to Sarah Winter & Vicky Webster for stewarding, to Geoff Shore & Paddy Williams for Game carrying, to Sarah Miles for carrying the ‘Red’ flag & Nikki Urquhart for helping in all sorts of roles! Thank you to Lucy Arnold for all her help behind the scenes.

Thank you too Jennie Dimmock for being Chief Steward.

We were kindly sponsored by Skinners.

And finally….I must mention and thank Tim Hankey (FTMS)for all his support and guidance over the season.