AT THE recent annual general meeting of the Ladies Kennel Association, Mrs Ann Wynyard was elected a vice-president. In proposing her election, chairman Ferelith Somerfield said that Mrs Wynyard (pictured below) had been a member of the committee for many years, having served under three chairmen, her loyalty and desire to do everything possible to help had been outstanding.
Mrs Wynyard, who owns the world renowned Braeduke Tibetan Spaniels, has kindly agreed to remain on the committee and to be the LKAs nominee for the Kennel Club Championship Shows Liaison Council.
The association now has four vice-presidents, for Mrs Peggy Davis, Miss Joan Gill and Mrs Peggy Grayson were all re-elected by the members.
Members also re-elected Mrs Nora Down as president and Mrs Barbara Roderick as treasurer. At the committee meeting earlier, Mrs Anne Bliss was chosen as the new vice-chairman. Mrs Somerfield was re-elected chairman and Miss Sybil Churchill secretary.
There were no new nominations for committee, so the six retiring members, Mrs Cartledge, Mrs La Gallais, Mrs Knight, Mrs Barney, Mrs Young and Miss Cartwright were all re-elected for the next three year term.
Mrs Susan Hopgood has since resigned from the committee so there will be a vacancy for next year which will see the associations centenary. Plans for this special year are proceeding with three of the highlights being a publication giving the history together with pictures of the previous 100 years, a memorabilia stand at the show and a members luncheon at the time of next years AGM.
In her report to members, the chairman referred to the recent deaths of Fred and June Lawrence, who helped with the show for a number of years. Members stood in their memory.
The chairman mentioned the constantly rising costs of staging the championship show and so the need to increase fees, but promised that the committee would keep these to the minimum. Unfortunately, however, they will have to include £1.00 on the first entry fee, bringing it up to £20.00.
The show will once again be held at he NEC, Birmingham, with toys, utility, working and pastoral breeds being judged on the first day, Friday December 12, and terriers, gundogs and hounds on the second, Saturday December 13. The association has the same CC allocation as last year, but Estrela Mountain Dogs without Ccs will be scheduled for the first time.
Moa Persson, the highly respected all breeds judge from Sweden will judge the groups and best in show. Although she has judged many times in the UK, this will be the first time she has judged at group level.
The meeting closed with a request that anyone who has many items referring to the LKA over the last 100 years would loan them for use in either the centenary publication or the memorabilia stand.