Club News Items and Notices
REMINDER – The PTA AGM for 2018 will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 11th March
The Annual General Meeting for all PTA members will commence at 2.30pm on Sunday the 11th of March 2018 at Little Hulton Cricket & Bowling Club, Old Vicarage Ground, Manchester Road West, Little Hulton, Manchester, M38 9UW. A copy of the notice with more information can be found here. There will also be a training session beforehand at Westhoughton (Herman). Puppy, Novice, and Open all meet at 12 noon (see ‘Directions to Venues’ information sheet).
PTA closed group facebook page
Most members will now be aware that the club has a closed group page on facebook® called ‘Pennine Training Area’. There’s a shortcut link at the top of each website page to help navigate to it, or alternatively click on this logo. Remember you’ll also need to be logged on to your facebook® account in order to participate and read posts.
Working Test scheduled for 5th August 2018 – updated details
Details for this test now appear on the website’s Events Calendar. If you require further information please contact the club’s General Secretary Karen Parkinson.
Training Day scheduled for 4th February 2018 – change of date and venue
The training day scheduled for 4th February 2018 at Delph (Intake) will instead now take place on the 18th February 2018 at an alternative (and new) venue at Garstang. Members should have now received directions via the club’s Facebook page and email. Please contact the club’s General Secretary Karen Parkinson if you require further information.
PTA AGM 2018 update – change of date
The PTA AGM for 2018 will now be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 11th March (and NOT the 18th of February as previously advertised)
The Annual General Meeting for all PTA members will commence at 2.30pm on Sunday the 11th of March 2018 at Little Hulton Cricket & Bowling Club, Old Vicarage Ground, Manchester Road West, Little Hulton, Manchester, M38 9UW. A buffet will be provided. There will also be a training session beforehand at Westhoughton (Herman). Puppy, Novice, and Open all meet at 12 noon, and please note the gate will be closed at 12.30pm (see ‘Directions to Venues’ information sheet). Members who attend training before the AGM please note – NO muddy boots allowed at the meeting. Thank you.
Training day scheduled for 10th December 2017 – change of venue
The PTA training day scheduled to take place at Intake on Sunday the 10th of December 2017 will now be held at a new venue located at Haighton near Grimsargh. Please see Event listing for postcode and address. The postcode is nearest and the venue will also be signposted.
21st November 2017 – PTA Committee member Mike Nelson qualifies for Retriever Championship
On the 23rd October 2017 Mike won the Northern Golden Retriever 14 dog Novice Stake at Hy-Fly with his Lab Bitch HAWKSGARTH INDIANA which enabled him to enter Open Qualifying Stakes.
On the 20th-21st November 2017 he also won the 24 dog Leicestershire Gundog Society Open Stake held at Nevill Holt. This qualified him for a run in the 2017 Retriever Championship to be held at Hy-Fly on the 4th-6th December.
The club sends it’s congratulations for his win at the 2 Day and best wishes for the Championship.
3rd September 2017 – Chatsworth success
PTA team secure first place in the Inter Counties Team Invitation Gundog Working Test at Chatsworth
The last outing in 2017 for the PTA team was at the prestigious Team Invitation Working Test at Chatsworth House by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Thirteen teams representing clubs the length of the country compete in this must win event.
Each team comprises three dogs, many of these are field trial champions or winners and some have represented their country in international events. This is the best of the best and on a big stage at Chatsworth Country Fair.
In 2015 the PTA team won the event, in 2016 it was an extremely creditable runners up award. In 2017 the team were not there to come second; winning was the only thought in their mind.
With steely determination the team of Gary Collier – Thornyoaks Tanzanite, Roz McIlroy – Autumnwillow Scout and Scott Marland – Greenbriar Tame delivered every retrieve the judges asked over the two days.
At the end of the second day the PTA had once again done enough to win this prestigious event. Not content with winning, Gary Collier and Thornyoaks Tanzanite were the top dog winning a very substantial prize very kindly donated by one of the exhibitors.
Left to right: Scott Marland, Gary Collier (Captain), Roz McIlroy
Training day scheduled for 25th June 2017
Please note that the Training Day scheduled for 25th June 2017 to be held at Lupton has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The Club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Working Tests scheduled for 18th June 2017
Training Day scheduled for 4th June 2017
Please note that the venue has now been changed – the event will now be held at Intake Head, and NOT Eagland Hill as previously advertised.
Working Tests scheduled for 18th June 2017
NOTE: the venue has been changed. The event will now be held at Bolton (Christmas Trees) and NOT Strines as previously advertised.
The PTA AGM for 2017 will be held at 3pm on Sunday 26th February
The Annual General Meeting for all PTA members will commence at 3pm on Sunday the 26th of February 2017 at Little Hulton Cricket & Bowling Club, Old Vicarage Ground, Manchester Road West, Little Hulton, Manchester, M38 9UW. A copy of the notice with more information can be found here. There will also be a training session beforehand at Westhoughton (Herman). Puppy, Novice, and Open all meet at 12 noon (see ‘Directions to Venues’ information sheet).
1st December 2016 – New appointment
Congratulations to the club’s new Secretary Karen Parkinson. Her contact details are listed here. The members of the Committee would like to welcome her and are grateful for her support, and look forward to working with her to take the club forward to the next level.
4th September 2016 – Chatsworth
28th August 2016 – Match PTA v Dove Valley Working Gundog Club – Christmas Trees (Bolton)
The annual competition with Dove Valley was held at home and the PTA overcame stiff competition to record a fine victory. The club is grateful to Wuffitmix who kindly sponsored this year’s event. To visit their website click here.
Best puppy on the day was awarded to Linda Scott, two PTA team members finished amongst the awards in the Novice category, and our Open team took the top four places. Junior member Tom Kay showed great skill and composure in the Puppy category to gain a very creditable third place with Roz McIlroy in fourth, and second place went to Dove Valley’s Ian Glover. Scott Marland was first in Open scoring the same points as Amy Collier placed second, with Gary Collier in third, and Anna Licciardi in fourth. Only four points separated first and fourth places.
Gary Lakey was second in Novice and Aidrian Lakey third. Novice winner was Carol Probert from Dove Valley with team mate John Mee in fourth place.
A great day with excellent judging by Lisa Marson and Neil Appleton.
NGRA Field Trial dates 2016-17
For those of you who would like details of the NGRA Field Trial Schedule 2016-17. Please click here
EAGLAND TRAINING 7TH AUGUST 2016 – EVENT CANCELLED
SORRY BUT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. IT WILL HOPEFULLY BE REARRANGED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE ASAP.
6th July 2016 – Christmas Trees training
The weather today was a repeat of May’s working test at this venue – sun kissed and a light breeze though somewhat cooler. There was a truly excellent turn out again which meant the puppy group was split into three sub groups based on age and capability, and the novice training session was organised to mimic a working test set up with four separate and varied tests including a walked up session. Thanks again to Paul for allowing us to use the venue, and to all the helpers on the day including Tom, Syd, Hilary, Trefor, Scott, Avril (the loudest dummy thrower on the day), Charlotte, Louise (for the hot dogs too), training Co-ordinator Gary, and everyone else I’ve failed to mention.
19th June 2016 – Working Tests – Strines
Report filed by Trefor Richards. PTA Puppy, Novice and Veteran test for A.V.Retrievers. It was a dry, clear day with a variety of tests for the dogs. Judges were Steve Crookes, David Bellamy, Jim Murphy and Wayne Skett, with Anne Crookes as Chief Steward. The ground was used to it’s utmost – the tests included walk-ups, set piece retrieves, and work in water. Prior to the awards at the end of the day our Chairman made a presentation to our former Chairman Steve Crookes and former Secretary Philip Smithies, praising them for their outstanding work for the Club over many years.
22nd May 2016 – Match Clwyd Retriever Club v PTA – Halkyn
Report filed by Trefor Richards. The competition was friendly and well fought and the PTA won a closely contested match by just two points. The margin of victory would have been more but unfortunately an element of the score for one of our puppies was not recorded. In the Puppy we gained 3rd and 4th places with Ady Lakey and Steve Burns, in the Novice Ralph Kleeli took 4th place, and in the Open we had a clean-sweep – Gary Collier was 1st, with Scott Marland, Amy Collier and Peter Thompson in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively. The competition was held in good weather on extremely testing ground which was new to us, and the day ended with a buffet in the sunshine. Thanks to Clwyd for organising a very enjoyable event.
8th May 2016 – Christmas Trees Working Tests – Bolton
The plantation was sun kissed, temperatures reaching the mid twenties, and a light breeze made for a balmy summer’s day.
Ralph Kleeli wrested first place from a strong field in the Novice category, and Mick Kay and ‘Echo’ scooped yet another first place in a Puppy category working test.
Thanks again go to everyone who helped on the day: the dummy throwers (many of whom were competitors who had competed / were yet to compete), judges, dog stewards, Cath Burns for the catering, Gary Collier acting chief Steward for the day, and Working Test Secretary Steve Burns.
Photos – see left. The same photos will, as usual, also be filed on the Gallery page.
Scores to follow
1st May 2016 – Eagland training
Another well attended training day but no sunshine this time, though the drizzle and light rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of both dogs and handlers. The club welcomed new members Neil, Gill, Lisa, and Phil, and thanks to everyone who helped during the day – including Amy, Charlotte, Barry, Trefor, Sid, Kevin, Mike, and Jim amongst others.
Of course thanks to Gary again, to our hosts Mike and Val, and to everyone for adhering to the change in parking arrangements.
29th April 2016 – Website change
A new top menu has been added above the header image. This has been done primarily to improve access to the Events Calendar from portable devices. Other links will follow including Health & Safety and the venue Vets List.
If anyone can think how the website might benefit from any unique pages accessed only from the new top menu (so therefore separate from the main menu) – please email the Secretary.
24th April 2016 – Inter Counties Team Event Open Working Test for Retrievers – Linden Lakes, Woburn Abbey Estate, Bedfordshire
The PTA team of Roz McIlroy (Lab.D Autumn Willow Scout), Judith White (Lab.D Minstead Axel), and Peter Thompson (Lab.D Thornyoaks Topaz) were placed in fifth in a field of 15 teams.
The South Eastern Gundog Society were competition winners, and the award for overall individual Top Dog was presented to Jacky Crew (GR.D Echobrook Dexter) of the Utility Gundog Society.
24th April 2016 – Four Way Match – Winster
Burns & Becks Gundog Club hosted the day with teams from Pilling Moss Gundog Club, NEFRA, and the PTA also competing in this annual event.
Burns & Becks were the winners, second place: Pilling Moss, third place: PTA, and fourth place: NEFRA. A margin of only 12 points separated the top three teams.
Top puppy and novice dog awards went to Mick Kay and Mike Pilling respectively, and Mick Kay was also presented with a red rosette and certificate for overall individual Top Dog.
Thanks to Burns & Becks for hosting such an extremely well organised event. A hard act to follow but I’m sure the PTA will ‘step up to the mark’ next year.
UPDATE – training day on the 1st of May 2016 – Eagland Hill
NOTE (added Tue 19th April) – the usual parking area may not be fit for use by the number of vehicles likely to turn up to this event. Additional parking will be available at: St Mark’s Church, Bradshaw Lane, Eagland Hill, PR3 6BA. Our host has suggested you take extreme care on the roads in the area, and avoid putting any wheel off the road surface if at all possible. Contact our Training Co-ordinator Gary Collier if you’re in any doubt about what you should do (mobile: 07795226403).
The church has requested that vehicles should not arrive before 9.45am – there is a church service scheduled and the congregation will be using car park until then.
Parking for 5 to 6 cars will also be available on the track at the side of our host’s house. The suggestion is that these spaces are reserved for trainers and those who are less mobile (and will therefore have a shorter distance to walk).
Start times will remain unchanged though the club would like to apologise in advance if sessions either start later than planned, or run over their allotted finishing times. Please be patient. Thank you.
Mike said he’ll also provide the tea bags etc.
3rd April 2016 – Aston training
It was a case of deja vu. A sunny day, good attendance, and hot dogs too. Due to ploughing we were allowed to train in a crop about a foot high which made for interesting retrieves for those dogs not used to such cover.
Fortunately everyone’s nose worked well, and a gentle breeze and deft positioning of exercises and dummies made for a successful day’s training. The crop also provided a good backdrop for photo opportunities though I’m afraid a very high percentage of those that I took ended up blurred (as usual). Thanks again to the Landowner.
The only downside to what was an otherwise perfect day was the waterlogged ground, though the only two casualties of the mud were the Training Co-ordinator and his pride and joy – a lovely new Paramo jacket (which is now ‘camo’ rather than green – see photo). Everyone was grateful for the bonus training tip of ‘how to fall gracefully into mud without swearing’.
All photos were taken during the puppy training session, so if anyone recognises their own dog please feel free to right click and ‘save as’.
PS the uploaded Gallery images have a smaller file size compared to the originals, but will generally be easier to use and print.
The originals are still available to anyone who’d prefer to ‘Photoshop’ their own dogs (the main difference is that they’ve not been cropped). Some of the images look even better when converted to grayscale (personal preference of course – particularly black dogs).
The Venue information page and future versions of the Venue Directions information sheet have been updated with regard to parking instructions at Aston. It is important not to inconvenience residents on site and in particular no parking in front of the houses please. Thank you.
20th March 2016 – Hoghton training
The weather forecast was set fair though we were all unexpectedly bathed in sunshine too.
Training took place at the club’s latest venue. There was an excellent turn out (again), our hosts were very welcoming, and we were afforded use of all of their facilities. The club is extremely grateful for their hospitality.
The consensus was that it was an extremely useable location with a considerable variation of ground, including a river, which catered for all levels of skill in each of the three sessions (for puppy, novice, and open dogs). There were plenty of helpers and all classes were rotated with an assortment of tests designed to vary the experience of both dog and handler. Thanks to Gary and everyone else who gave up their time and the chance to train their own dogs.
Lets hope we’re able to return there in the future.
UPDATE – 4 way Match on the 24th April 2016 – timings and directions have now been confirmed.
See our Events Calendar for details. Here’s a link to details for this event.
13th March 2016 – Open working test at Eagland Hill
From an initial entry of 30 dogs a field of 24 took part with Mr P Thompson and Thornyoak Topaz taking 1st place by 11 points from Mrs J White in second, and Mrs R McIlroy in third. Other awards went to Mrs J White – the Jeanara Water Cup, and Mr P Travis – the Birtenshaw Tankard.
Click here for scores.
6th March 2016 – AGM, and ADDITIONAL WORKING TEST ANNOUNCED
The AGM took place in a packed Little Hulton Cricket & Bowling Club following a training session at Westhoughton.
Awards went to Wayne Skett and Amy Collier, and reports told of increased membership and income over expenditure compared to the previous year.
Treasurer John Benyon’s spectacular late arrival with his own version of the Chancellor’s ‘Red Box’ drew great cheers and applause from those gathered.
The club also welcomed two new members to the Committee – Jim Murphy and Gary Lakey – who both bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge.
An additional working test was announced to accommodate the number of exceptional puppies progressing through the ranks of the PTA, and this new test will take place on the 8th of May together with Novice and Veteran tests which are already scheduled to take place at Christmas Trees on the same day. See the Events Calendar.
UPDATE – training day on the 20th March 2016 -directions for Hoghton Tower estate venue
Direction information sheets were posted on the 26th of February to members without an email address, or who have opted-out of receiving club correspondence by email. The large majority of members with email, and who have opted-in (thank you), will have received an email message on the 27/28.02.16. Hard copies will also be available at the forthcoming AGM. If for whatever reason you haven’t received your copy please contact the Secretary – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see (see contact pages).
The PTA AGM will be held at 3pm on Sunday 6th March 2016
The Annual General Meeting for all PTA members will commence at 3pm on Sunday the 6th of March 2016 at Little Hulton Cricket & Bowling Club, Old Vicarage Ground, Manchester Road West, Little Hulton, Manchester, M38 9UW. A copy of the notice with more information can be found here. There will also be a training session beforehand at Westhoughton (Herman). Puppy, Novice, and Open all meet at 12 noon (see ‘Directions to Venues’ information sheet).
7th February 2016 – Aston training
The training day at Aston began in brilliant sunshine. Many of those attending commented on how pleasant it was to venture outside and not get wet in the process (although the ground was still waterlogged in places).
The event was extremely well attended and the added bonus of hot dogs and cake provided at the lunch break by Louise and Gary were well appreciated.
Photos (courtesy of Louise, Alan, and the Secretary).
4th January 2016 – Membership packs
All members should receive their Membership renewal packs shortly which will include a membership application form, Event and Working Test schedules, a working test entry form, a ‘Directions to Venues’ information sheet, notice of the Annual General Meeting, details regarding trophies and Committee nominations, and other useful information. As the PTA forms part of the Northern Golden Retriever Association there is also a copy of the NGRA Code of Ethics.
The Club would be grateful if all members continued to ‘opt-in’ to accepting correspondence exclusively by email – this will help to reduce printing and postage costs (this issue was previously discussed and approved by the Committee in 2012) and also lessen our carbon footprint. The PTA membership renewal form has a tick box – by leaving it unticked you will verify your agreement to receive emails. Your email address will remain confidential between you and the Club (please print your email address clearly). The hope is that some and then eventually all communication will be sent by email in the future, so please tick the box only if you would still prefer to receive a hardcopy by post.
3rd January 2016 – The Events Calendar for 2016 is now complete
Thanks go to Steve and Gary for it’s prompt, attentive, and efficient compilation.
Unless otherwise stated all dates listed so far are confirmed events. Other dates for additional training days, training evenings, and NGRA Field Trials will follow in due course. There are PDF versions of the PTA Working Test Schedule and the PTA Events Programme available for download from the Events page.
Please regularly check the Events Calendar for additional or cancelled events, changes to dates and times, and any other amendments which may be outside the control of the Club – for example adverse weather or ground conditions, unscheduled changes to planned crop rotation, or variation of field use at short notice.
Please check the website rather than miss an additional opportunity to train, or make a wasted journey due to a cancellation or date change. Thank you.
If you know of anything that you think the Club might be interested in (especially about the Club itself), or anything that’s happened or about to happen, please share your experiences with us – send an email to: email@example.com. This is your website – contributions gratefully received.
Please send in your news and articles about you, your friends, your dog(s), their dog(s), your training stories, and any snippets and top tips from you or from the world of gundogs. Thank you.
WordPress software is now used by a fifth of internet websites. Almost all Gundog Club and Field Trial Societies would appear to use it too. Pages will display correctly when using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer version 11 and Microsoft Edge – version 8 still works but gives indifferent results, and versions 9 and 10 are better but, like version 8, are also no longer supported by Microsoft.
The website works well on tablets and smart phones. On very small screens i.e. smart phones – the main menu originally displayed vertically in a ‘stacked’ view though now displays as a more convenient ‘drop-down’ – which is green and has a centrally positioned menu icon (three horizontal bars). The Events Calendar view resizes but is still easy to navigate and read. Would appreciate any feedback regarding the site and how it could be improved. Thanks PTA Sec.
For insurance reasons non members aren’t permitted to take part in training sessions although Prospective Members are allowed to join in (defined as those members who have applied and paid for membership of the NGRA and PTA – though haven’t yet been approved by the NGRA Committee).
27th December 2015 – Working Tests 2016
All Working Tests for 2016 are now listed on the Events Calendar. Thanks go to Working Test Secretary Steve Burns for providing the completed schedule. Training dates will be announced soon, followed shortly thereafter by the PTA annual mailing for 2016 (containing anything and everything you will need for the 2016 season). This will be sent by post though there are instructions contained therein which will hopefully re-confirm members’ agreement to receive all future correspondence exclusively by email.
1st November 2015 – Intake training
Who could have imagined that a November day at Intake could possibly bask in such wonderful sunshine. Another excellent turn out on a balmy autumn day kept both trainers and dummy throwers very busy. Thanks again to everyone who attended and also those who helped throughout the day. Photos published on this page (including one showing the ingenious adjustable fence jump! Well done to everyone who helped).
4th October 2015 – Christmas Trees training
The PTA Training Day was a great success. The excellent turn out included one new and three potential new members. Thanks to everyone who helped.
22nd September 2015 – NEFRA date
Our neighbours NEFRA (Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association) have organised a health seminar on Sunday the 15th of November. It will be held the day after the Gundog Breeds of Scotland championship show, giving some people in the south two good reasons for traveling north. The venue is the Pennine Manor Hotel, near Junction 23 of the M62 to enable flat coated retriever owners from across the north of England to attend. For more details click here.
6th September 2015 – Chatsworth success
PTA team secure first place in the Inter Counties Team Invitation Gundog Working Test at Chatsworth (see Results 2015 page).
30th August 2015 – Intake training
Intake training: Our Training Co-ordinator seen sporting a baseball cap in the new team colour – in time for the team event at Chatsworth. Widget bars (see Home page) have been colour coded accordingly.
23rd August 2015 – Redwith test
Scott Marland victorious in final PTA Working Test of 2015 (see Results 2015 page).
16th August 2015 – Dove Valley victory
PTA victorious in match against Dove Valley. Amy Collier and ‘Ozzie’ top score with 75 points (see Results 2015 page).