Established  1973


Kennel Club Registered



Autum 2018

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Aylesford & District Dog Training Society

Autumn newsletter 2018


The Chairman, Officers and Committee would like to welcome all old and new members to the society; the new committee was elected at the AGM in February this year.  Ann Billson was elected as Chairman of the society. Karen Bates joined the committee as a full member. We have had a couple of resignations from the committee due to health problems and workloads. Shaun Wakelen has stepped down as a Committee member and webmaster. And Andrea Rockell has stepped down from the committee but hopes to continue as GCDS Gold/Silver Trainer and Bronze Examiner. Sarah Rockell has stepped down as GCDS KC Co-ordinator this will now be taken on by the Hon Secretary. Tony Bartolo has agreed to take over as webmaster and is currently working on the website to update it. We thank our retiring members for their help and work over the years.

Chairman: Ann Billson, Treasurer: Barbara Brown, Secretary: Suzanne Kerée-Bartolo

Committee: Stephanie Ramsbottom, Karen Bates, Vacancy, Vacancy, Vacancy, Vacancy.

We do have four vacancies for Committee members and would be grateful of any help that the members could give with setting up in the evening and putting things away at the end of the evening.

At a previous AGM it was agreed that members would take their own chairs out and put them back before they leave. Please assist us by doing this.

If you are interested in joining the committee please let us know as new members are co-opted onto the committee and voted for at the next AGM on the 6th February 2019. Proposals for the AGM agenda or Committee will be received from Members up until two weeks before the meeting. Only items on the agenda can be discussed as per KC rules.

We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to our member Cindy Wilson and Family on the loss of her mother Jackie Wilson of Tahir Afghan hounds & Whippet, Jackie was a long-term member of the club and had been since the 1980’s on and off. Jackie will be sadly missed R.I.P.

We are pleased to hear that Michael, Gabrielle & Alfie are on the mend after the terrible acid attack that happened when Michael was out with Alfie walking last month. They have asked us to pass on their thanks for all of your good wishes and contributions to our collection for them, they are touched and very grateful. It is probable that the attackers had been watching the times when Michael had been walking Alfie and hid in bushes waiting for him.

Please try and vary when and where you walk your dogs and be vigilant of strangers.


Congratulations to our KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme trainees who passed their:


Bronze: February 2018: Ian & Katie, Kevin & Harley, Nicola & Ranger, Barbara & Mae.

May 2018: Ian & Evie, Michael & Alfie

August 2018: Ian & Roxy, Andrew & Rodger, Ian & Charlie, Kirstie & Loki.

Silver: March 2018: Ian & Katie, Karen & Loki, Jim & Thor, Kathy & Frank.

June 2018: Ian & Evie.

Gold: July 2018: Ian & Katie, Jim & Loki, Karen & Dudley, Louie & Thor.

Gold August 2018: Peter & Barney, Kathy & Ziva.

Puppy Foundation September: Ian & William, Kerry & Reet, Katie & Maisie.


The next GCDS tests are: Silver 10th October 2018, Gold & Bronze 14th November 2018.



Well done to our Obedience / GCDS members on their achievements this year, and well done on the progress and improvement that you have made, it is great to see our members succeed.




Our congratulations to all of our Ring craft members on their success at the shows over the last six months.

Our members have made Champions up, won CC’s & Reserve C.C ‘s and many have qualified their dogs for Crufts 2019, won BOB and Best Puppy awards, been placed at championship and Open shows as well as some passing their Bronze Good Citizen awards and being place at shows in the special classes for GCDS and Special Beginners. We are so happy and proud of you all.


Ring craft subs will be taken up until 9pm and the last dog will be seen at 9.45 to allow us to be packed up and off the premises by the time we are allotted.


Match night / photos taken at the club. please email Suzanne and she can provide you with a download of your photo or you can right click and copy from the Face Book page, we do not charge for photos taken at Match nights or award nights.

The Christmas Obedience Dog of the year and Party night will be on:  5th December 2018. All welcome, No Training that night.

The Christmas Match and Ring Craft Dog of the year will be on: 12th December 2018.  All members are welcome to come along on this evening and there will be a buffet for all members and the Christmas Raffle will be drawn.

The Christmas raffle tickets will be on sale from the first week in October.

It is likely that we will return from the Christmas break on the 9th Jan 2019 subject to confirmation due to work on the hall floor. We will post of Facebook, the club website and the notice board  



A couple of reminders regarding our use of the hall;


Please do not take dogs into the toilets and please do not bring bitches in season to the club.

Please do not leave dog hair in the hall, on the seats or in the grounds of the venue.

Please do not hang about in the car park after 10pm as the gates may be closed by the trustees and you could become trapped overnight. There is a car park across the road if you wish to stop and chat after club.




May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Successful New Year x


Kind regards your officers and Committee.