Mr Winston Wall
The death of Mr Winston Wall aged 86 on Wednesday September 3rd. severs a connection with the dog showing world of some 56 years. In 1946 a chance meeting with one Bill Eggington, who was a member of the Mansfield-Woodhouse Fox Terrier Club, prompted Mr Wall to resurrect an old printing machine which had lain idle in storage during his wartime service in the RAF.
So from such small beginnings grew Higham Press Ltd, now a major contractor to many of our shows. The first general championship show undertaken was the 1950 event for the South Wales Kennel Association since when the company has, at one time or another, worked for many of our championship shows. Breed club year books and special event publications are also produced to a very high standard.
Having known Mr Wall for over 30 years, for the last 26 years as secretary of LKA, I have worked with him in various circumstances totally out-with our control; postal strikes and the famous snow show of 1990 come to mind but we have never been let down.
Winston Wall was very much a Father of the Chapel figure in more ways than that generally associated with the printing trade. He was a staunch supporter of the local chapel where his funeral service was held.
Together with his late wife Lottie he often made a trip to my home to deliver work or collect entry forms sometimes arriving in time for breakfast always taking in the Cotswold antique shops on the journey home.
The walls made Tenerife their regular holiday destination for may years and after his wifes death nine years ago Mr Wall continued these regular visits to friends made over the years. More recently he had also ventured to Russia.
The Wall family is a very close knit entity and it was good that during recent months when his health was failing Mr Wall was cared for right up to his death by his family in his own home as he wished.
Our thoughts are with his three children, Norman, Susan and Tansy and his seven grandchildren.
Mr Keith Prevost
It was such a shock to hear the devastating news that Keith Prevost had died in an awful freak accident at his home on Friday 29th August.
I have been a close friend of Keith and Susan Prevost for 30 years and he has always been a happy and jolly person. He was very popular with all the other exhibitors and was a member of the Yorkshire Terrier Club for very many years.
It was in 1971 that they decided that the Yorkshire Terrier was the breed for them, so they went to the famous Jacaranda breeder Mrs Montgomery and bought their first two bitches. They went back to Mrs Montgomery and used the Jacaranda line in their breeding programme and this produced their first show winner Hassendean Heidi.
Their first venture into the show ring was in 1973 when Sue would prepare the dogs for Keith to handle them. As the children grew up they could both be seen to handle dogs in the ring.
They then started to use the Ozmilion stud dogs in their line, and have continued to do so.
They bred their first champion, a bitch in 1997, Ch Hassendean Charismatic; she was the winner of the BCC at Crufts in 2000, under Mrs Joyce Mann. Their second champion was a dog, Ch Hassendean Royal Dancer; He won the DCC at Crufts for two consecutive years, plus BOB and G3 in 2002. It was one of the greatest days in Keiths life, he said he and his family were so proud. They also bred several overseas champions.
Keith was not only recognised for the dogs, but was probably better known for the amount of filming he did, particularly at Crufts. He was regularly at the ringside with his video camera and I have many hours of videotape from the Yorkshire Terrier ringside and the Clubs Shows.
Keith will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but also the very many friends he has in the world of dogs. He leaves behind his wife Susan, two sons, daughter and granddaughter, our sympathy goes to each of them.
Mrs Joy Ackland
Readers will be sad to learn of the death of Mrs Joy Ackland on Sunday the September 7.
Mrs Ackland held the Devonmead prefix, and was well known in German Shepherds, and several other breeds. She was Secretary of the Exonian Canine Society for 30 years and will be sadly missed. The funeral will be held on Tuesday September 16 at the Exeter crematorium, St Peters Chapel at 3.15pm.