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Spaniel Training dates

Training will be at Nutty Coppice Farm,BA11 5DW Monday 13th at 6.45.

The following one will be on Tuesday 28th in Mere. 

For further details please call the Training Coordinator Steve Langdon, 07977 594 449, 

Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Training Evening

Retriever Training 

Thanks to Lord Margadale and Sharon and Mick Lewis we were allowed back to Fonthill Bake barn for a wonderful evening of training in the bluebells. There wasn’t much light this evening however a few picture were taken. Next training session is at Horningsham 8th May. Directions from the Pub.

Spaniel Training


What a wonderful evenings training with much thanks to our Chairman Tom Sheppard for letting us use his land.  Plus thanks to Tom, Ray and Paddy for training.  The sun shone and there was a great crowd of spaniels – 21 in number. 

We split into puppies, intermediate and advance and fun was had by all.

For more information on the Wiltshire Working Gundog Society training, tests or trials please do get in touch.  

Retriever Training: session 1

Training Report – From Retriever Training Secretary Annabel Kettler 

“Well, after a rather late start due to, sadly, poor directions; we all eventually met at the new land at Whitley / Nunney, by kind permission of Mrs Angela Yeoman.  There was a good turnout for all classes and training went on until it was dark.  All trainers working out which dogs had returned and how the new dogs fitted in.  Heal work and retrieving work for the puppies, long retrieves for the Novice and overall obedience and retrieving and hunting for the Open.  It was very impressive to watch the Open dogs do their “thing”, by sitting quietly off the lead waiting for their turn, off the mark with speed when sent and then hunting as soon as the whistle was blown.  It was very clear to me how much work everyone had put in to these lovely dogs.

There are a few pictures from the evening however, due to poor light please excuse the quality.  More to come!


I mentioned last night that we are desperate for helpers on Sunday 9th June so if anyone is able to help please let me know or email (Julie).

Next time we are at Bake Barn, Fonthill on 24th April.  The area is not actually at Fonthill, it is just off the A303 and it will be signposted.

For more details – please keep looking at the website or contact me via the Contact page. “


Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Newsletter 2019

To all members of The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society

Please click here for our newsletter in PDF format or please see below.  You will find current dates for Club Training and Working Tests for the coming weeks and months for both Retrievers and Spaniels.


Also a quick reminder straight away for some diary dates


  • Retriever training will be starting on Wednesday April the 10th at a fabulous new ground near Frome/Nunney BA11 3JY at 6:45pm
  • More entries are needed for the club’s Spaniel Spring Test on April the 14th at Trudoxhill BA11 5DW, Spaniel members get your entries asap
  • Spaniel Training will be starting on Monday April the 15th at Burton BA12 6BD at 6:45pm
  • And of course the club’s AGM on Tuesday the 30th of April 2019 at 8 pm at The White Hart, Trudoxhill, BA11 5DP

Don’t forget to check the club’s website for more details


Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Agenda for AGM meeting at the WHITE HART on 30th April 2019 at 20.00

Please see the following agenda for the Wiltshire Working Gundog Society AGM meeting at the WHITE HART on 30th April 2019 at 20.00.  Please note we are a friendly club that welcomes new members and encourages current members to join the committee in whatever capacity they feel is possible. The club’s survival and continued success is bound and dependent on us ALL working together and supporting each other so please, please we do encourage you to get involved and to do your best to attend. Please note their will be nibbles available on the night.








8] TREASURERS REPORT and adoption of accounts

9]COMMITTEE VACANCIES -Currently we have vacancies for the committee and any nominations are to be received 14 days before the AGM in writing to the hon sec

10] ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE -J Selwood is standing down and retiring;

N Hawkins, Paddy Williams. Suzanne Hickling,Mandy O Hare, Haley Dowling who have all been co-opted on the committee to stand for election

All other committee members to stand for re election.



12] AOB

a] All membership is now recorded on the FTMS data base and members contact information, e mail, address, phone/text. are requested for record purposes only and will be used only in accordance with the current GDPR regulations

Any items for AOB to be forwarded to the hon sec in writing 14 days before the AGM

Please note all members who are still payng less than the required sum [£10] will now cease to be members and will have to rejoin if they wish to participate in society

Wiltshire Working Gundog Cold Game Test September 18

Thank you to our hosts Mr and Mrs Tom Sheppard, and to our Judges Jeff Rayner, Ray Titchner and Shane Leigh for making our Novice Cold Game Test a great success. Particular thanks must go to our dedicated team of helpers and everyone who entered .

We had lots of entries and a great day was had by all, with fine weather.  


The results are as follows:


1st M.Gibson with Steelhouse crack of Thunder

2nd P. Willis. with Meadowchase Gladys

3rd M. Gibson with Steelhouse Eleri Mountain mist

4th B Smith with Angels Grace of Trenode

COM P Willis with Penwillis Molly of Keldeb

COM A. Portman with Beggarbush Indiana

COM T Pascoe with Helghyer Tegan

COM K. Barnes with Mooncourt Black Valllis


The WWGS “ Chars Challenge Trophy” for the most improved dog attending club training went to:

J. Redding with Beanhill Valtra.


I hope you all enjoyed the day and we will see you at our Spring Test next April.  Have a good season. To see all of the pictures taken please visit our Facebook page.  



Wiltshire Working Gundogs Summer Retriever Test

Wiltshire Working Gundog Society working test day on the 22nd of July 2018 at the Orchardleigh Estate near Frome by kind permission of Mr Charles Fuller. We had a baking hot day like all others who had scheduled a test for today. Classes run were Special Puppy, Novice Dog/Novice Handler and Novice with about 35 entries across all groups. Lucky all tests could be set in woodland and our 4 judges Ken Green, Keith Broomfield, Roger Ford and Roland Stacey kept their sense of humour till the end.

In the Awards:

Special Puppy

  1. 1st Julie Spencer – Bellaroyal Little Red Panda 
  2. 2nd Suzanne Hickling – Eustna Ginger Fizz 
  3. 3rd Isobel Whitford – Bellaroyal Funky Monkey 


  • 1st Georgi Wickham – Widgerybarn Breeze
  • 2nd Jessica Barnes – Valley Of The Rocks
  • 3rd David Forbes – Regorlien Phoebe 
  • COM Carol Clift – Olivestone Lemon Drizzle 
  • COM Andy Doyle – Macmillane Halle Lady


  • 1st Shane King – Wintercopse Red Kite
  • 2nd Nick Jordan – Hollowbrook Eddie 
  • 3rd Dave England – Abney Arrow 
  • 4th Peter Leyden – Ticefield Nightjar 
  • COM Malcolm Jones – Gwynteg Alize 
  • COM Henriette Fletcher – Henergy Moon River


Annabel Kettler took plenty of pictures throughout the day and please have a look at the clubs Facebook page to look at them.

A big thank you last but not least to the 15 helpers including dummy throwers and stewards and generally helpful people who are vital to make a day like this a success. Thank you all and I hope everybody is cooling down by now to call it a day. See you soon….


Future events

Please keep an eye out on our website and Facebook for future tests and a ALL club friendly scurry morning.  Date we are currently looking at Sunday 9th September in Mere.

Also if you feel you have got what it takes to help on the committee for future tests, trials, training or in other committee roles please contact