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Retirement to sever family links with Bath


Keith Nathan, new secretary and Miss Gillian Waring
pictured at the show in May - Photo by John D Jackson

Gillian Waring announced her retirement as secretary of Bath Canine Society at a committee meeting last week.

It is a considerable wrench, Geoffrey Waring, assisted by Jean Waring, became the secretary in 1961, Gillian followed in her father’s footsteps and became secretary in 1991, putting the Waring family at the helm for the past 44 years.

It was over 30 years ago that Bath Canine Society became the first general Championship Show to purchase its own showground, this being an enormous success both for the society and exhibitors alike.

Gillian has purchased a property in France and is planning to move there during 2005 dependent on the sale of her own property, which it is hoped will be sold during next summer.

Changes have taken place in the Bath Canine Society Committee as follows;
Chairman Mrs Muriel Iles, Vice Chairman, Mr Alan Keech, Secretary/Show Manager Mr Keith Nathan, Chief Steward/Assistant Sec. Mr Ben Ford and Assistant Chief Steward Mr Stuart Magness.

Bannerdown’s new appointments

The Annual General Meeting of Bannerdown Benching took place last week and to maintain the company’s position as the premier benching contractor, changes were made to the Board structure as follows;

Gillian Waring will remain as Chairman in the short to medium term.

John Lloyd was appointed Managing Director, having been associated with Bannerdown for nearly 25 years and been a director for the last eight years. John takes up his position with immediate effect.

To further strengthen the board and to ensure total transparency of operation, it was agreed that each Championship Show, which has a shareholding in Bannerdown and of course uses the benching would nominate one person from their committee to join the board.

Importantly therefore, every one of those championship shows has a vital input into the running of the company. Bannerdown will also appoint an operations manager in the very near future. Investment programmed for 2005 will continue as planned.

The board was satisfied with the financial results for the year and look forward to continued growth through investment in staff and equipment.

The company is in a strong financial position and looks forward to an exciting future in the canine world, which its has served well over the last 25 years.