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The South Western Old English Sheepdog Club


BIS Mrs S. Rutland’s CH BRINKLEY MAGICAL PEARL, & judge Mrs Suzette Rogers.


30th Anniversary Show & 22nd Championship Show
held at the Bridgwater Sports & Social Club, Bridgwater, Somerset - 2nd October 2005

This new venue for the Club’s 30th and their 22nd Championship show turned out to be a good move. The parking was plentiful and the hall was a good size. Even the sun decided to shine upon them giving the final touch to all the hard work the committee had put in. The club did their own catering making use of the well equipped kitchen. Hats off to them, there was a wide variety of food and all first class and extremely well priced, a bar was open for those who preferred something a little stronger.

The club gave every class winner a beautiful basket of flowers another thoughtful touch and nice to see in an age of higher and higher costs in organising shows.

The judge was Mrs Suzette Rogers (Heathtop) obviously the right choice as entries were good and the show was well supported and lovely to see many faces from the past including Della Oakes, Jem & Sue Swatkins, Lynette Small (Lewis), Margaret Hulbert, Norman Harrison to name just a few. Many of whom have been in bobtails as long as the club has.

Mrs Rogers’ final awards went to:

BIS & BITCH CC: Mrs S Rutland’s CH BRINKLEY MAGICAL PEARL OF MELLOWDEE
RBIS & DOG CC: Mrs L. Bull’s VALLEYDELL GIGOLO
BPIS: Tomes & Haldane, P & J, BRINKLEY ROYAL RIVAL
Reserve Dog CC. Mrs P A & Miss M D Hall’s OBLO DI ZUCCHERINO VIA SHENEDENE imp.
Reserve Bitch CC. Mrs F L Small’s BRINKLEY GEORGINA ROSE AT NUSHAYP.

Sally & Colin Penney


The South Western Old English Sheepdog Club - Est 1975

The conviction of a few Bobtail loving people in January 1972 in deciding to launch and succeed in establishing a club based in the South west was rewarded by an extremely well attended inaugural meeting during the summer of 1972.

It was felt at the meeting that forming a breed club to cover the eight counties in the South west was a splendid idea, but it was to be a further three years before the Kennel Club officially recognised us.

During that time the hard working committee with Secretary, Mr Jim Gandy and his wife Jane, worked up the membership from the founder membership of 69 to something over 300, the difficulty was keeping that membership satisfied and amused for that period prior to holding our own club shows. The solutions proved at times to be impossible, however it was decided to organise frequent quizzes, lectures, carnival appearances, tea parties and sponsored walks to raise money for a charity, that charity being the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The Hon Treasurer at this time was Col. Bury Perkins. He will be remembered as an aristocratic figure of formidable military bearing. When he became better known his humour and attitude of mind was infectious. With leaders like him no wonder we won the war, in those early days the club needed all the leadership it could get.

Owing to the wide area covered by the club it was decided to have a magazine through which members views could be invited and then monitored by the committee. "The Bobtailer" as the magazine was called should have been entitled "The Life Line", because that is just what it turned out to be. There were five editions per year and no shortage of stories.

The club’s first show, a limited show, was held on October 5th 1975, and it was appropriate that one of the founder members was asked to judge, Mr Tom Cass, then aged 82.

The first Championship show came five years later and was held at The Bingham Hall, Cirencester on 5th October 1980, the judge that day was Mr Joe Braddon, entries totalling 200 was recorded, that is 25 years ago (it seems like yesterday).

It is always dangerous to single out who built the club’s reputation, but in those early years, Mrs Rhoda Rampton, and her daughter Jenny, Mrs Joan Jeacock did the catering, Messrs Syd Jeacock, Don Holloway and Peter Eveleigh, served the club in the chair.

Our immediate past, the Secretary Mrs Zoe Wyatt, also deserves a mention, staying at her post for some nine years, from time to time to use a military colloquialism, the Committee have come under fire over the years, but under the chairmanship of Peter Eveleigh the skirmishes have always been handled with precision and tact, so it’s true to say that all is still quiet on the western front.

The club established an annual open day at the home of the Bobtail – Shepton Kennels, this was held in August by kind permission of the Tilley sisters, each year was a success and provided an opportunity for pet owners as well as those more experienced to meet and exchange views and enjoy a garden party atmosphere in the most beautiful west country setting. Fatalistically, the last open day was rained off from East Compton and last minute arrangements were made to use the ground of Somerset Agricultural Society.

However the day was saved, but little did we know that we were never to return to Shepton for future open days as on June 6th 1985 our dear friend and President Miss Florence Tilley passed away, her connections with the breed and the South West is history, the memories of her wit, humanity and grace will remain with us forever.

Other Officers and Committee members who served the club for so long and so well are, Tom and Grace Little, Jimmy and Topsy Jones and Jean Gould, they left us a much better world for the Old English Sheepdog.

Peter Eveleigh who passed away in 2004 was the rock that the South Western was built on. He had been a member since the club came into existence, and throughout that time as a committee member, Chairman, and latterly President, was always there to give advice and was a calming influence as the Committee changed over the years. Peter in joining all our friends who have gone before him, Florence, Tom, Grace, Jimmy, Topsy, Zoe and Jean will bring much to the great debate of Old English Sheepdogs up there in the Elysian fields.

As a tribute to all who have gone before us, we would quote a short passage from the H.A.Tilley book The Old English Sheepdog.

“But it has not been sunshine all the way and perhaps my saddest day dawned when one or more of my older dogs were beginning to show signs that the "Reaper" was not far distant, and with his scythe, would soon cut their short span of life. Increasing blindness and failing strength were often accompanied by a pitiful whining which seemed to be the only way those faithful companions would express sorrow for not being able to perform their accustomed duties.

In these touching circumstances, not infrequently have I sat down, patted their heads, and spoke cheeringly to them, while wondering if they, like ourselves, might look forward to some future existence, in Elysian fields, provided that the passports to such be affection, loyalty, and a duty well done on this plane.

If it be so, one dares to think that our happiness would be none the less if, perchance, we heard behind us the padding of their feet, or unexpectedly felt a hand being licked by those whose companionship meant so much to us before we, also, had reached our JOURNEY’S END”

OFFICERS & COMMITTEE 2005
SECRETARY MR B.E. FORD
CHAIRMAN MR R. CHURCHER
TREASURER MRS K. REEVES
COMMITTEE MRS C. FORD
MRS E. JONES
MR C. JONES
MISS VEARNCOMBE
MR L. REEVES


The present committee. from L to R Mr & Mrs Jones, Mr Reeves, Mrs Reeves,
Mr Churcher, Mrs Ford, Miss Vearncombe, Mr Ford.