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Special General Meeting – 30th July 2022

The committee of the Clumber Spaniel Club has arranged for a Special General Meeting to be held at Bearley Village Hall, Bearley, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0SR on Saturday 30th July 2022. A mailing will be sent out to all members with the required paperwork and further details in early July. For the first time we will be offering the option of attending the meeting over Zoom and we hope that this will enable more members to take part in this important meeting for the Club.

At the 2022 Annual General Meeting held on 3rd April 2022, Jim Pickering presented the 2021 Accounts, which had been verified by Paul Glaholm, a professional qualified accountant, who was the appointed Independent Book Examiner.

John Newsham stood up after the presentation by Jim Pickering and declared the 2021 Accounts to be ‘fundamentally wrong’. There followed a lengthy discussion with many members voicing their opinion on the Accounts and the members made it clear that they did not want to spend money on engaging the services of an independent person to look into the accounts. John Newsham agreed to take on this task and after listening to members views the committee made the decision not to put the accounts forward for a vote of approval but to organise an SGM at a later date which would give John Newsham time to evaluate the accounts.

At our last committee meeting John Newsham was able to confirm that the balance sheet presented by Jim Pickering and verified by Paul Glaholm is correct and he has also stated that the Accounts cannot be changed in any way and the Independent Examination Report is sacrosanct. All members will receive a copy of an IAS10 document which is being prepared by John Newsham which will allow for changes in the presentation style of the Accounts.

There have been some scurrilous rumours and widespread gossip about the accounts including social media suggestions about the state of the accounts, rumours of large sums of money going missing from the club accounts and wild accusations of wrongdoing by the committee which have been detrimental to Jim Pickering and the other officers and members of the committee.  

It is important to make it clear that Jim Pickering has not acted improperly in any way whilst in position as Treasurer of the Clumber Spaniel Club. He has been a loyal club member for many years and has supported the club and it’s events in many varied roles including providing the catering for club events. 

Humiliating and vilifying long term supporters of the club is shameful behaviour and will result in fewer and fewer people being willing to step up and volunteer to take on vital club roles in case they become the next target.


John Nettleton

The Clumber Spaniel Club is sorry to hear of the passing of long standing member Mr John Nettleton. The funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June in the Chapel at Littlehampton Cemetery, Horsham Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 6LX.

We would like to offer our condolences to all John’s family & friends.


Change of venue – CSC Championship Show 2nd October 2022

The 2022 Championship Show will now be held at Muskham Rural Community Centre, Nelson Lane, North Muskham NG23 6HL.



2022 Calendars Special Offer

Our few remaining calendars are now available at a reduced price of £3.00 + £2.00p&p. 

To grab a bargain before they all go contact 



Does your Clumber love meeting people?

Can your dog cope with a busy environment and being close to other dogs?

Do you love talking “Clumber” to people who are keen to learn more about this lovely breed?

If the answer to these questions is a resounding YES then do come and join our friendly Breed Promotion team as we represent the breed at various events throughout the year. 

More information about Breed promotion can be found here

For more information about Discover Dogs and Breed Promotion please contact:

Lesley  Tel: 07734 308186  Email: breed-rep@clumberspanielclub.org.uk


PRA Screening Project

Here is information about a new health initiative being run by the Clumber Spaniel Club which is a screening project into the prevalence of PRA in UK Clumbers. Full details of the project can be seen here – Screening Project into PRA.

Application form here – PRA Test Application





Following the announcement in July 2020 of the closure of the Animal Health Trust, The Kennel Club is delighted to confirm that The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre will officially re-open and be located at the University of Cambridge. Here, the centre’s vital research into dog genetics and inherited canine conditions can continue. 


The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has funded the centre since its initial launch at the Animal Health Trust in 2009. The new centre will continue to be led by Dr Cathryn Mellersh, and will resume its mission to research genetic mutations and assist in developing breeding tools for some of the most common and debilitating inherited conditions in dogs. The Kennel Club and the canine genetics team will work together to ensure that the centre’s research targets conditions that have the greatest impact on the health of dogs. The Kennel Club’s breed health and conservation plans, a project that gathers all available health information and data about each breed, will play a vital role in guiding the centre’s objectives and areas of research. 


During its time at the Animal Health Trust, The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre had a significant impact on the health of numerous breeds. Researchers at the centre developed 25 different DNA tests for canine inherited diseases that affect over 50 breeds. Research into the impact of some of these tests revealed that over a ten year period, thanks to uptake of these tests by responsible breeders, the frequency of disease-causing genetic variants in some breeds reduced by a staggering 90%. Close collaboration with breed clubs and breeders is essential to the success of the centre, as is the collection of over 40,000 DNA samples that has been developed over the last twenty years. These samples, along with valuable scientific and DNA sequence data have now been secured and transferred to the University of Cambridge for further analysis.


Bill King, Chairman of The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “The Kennel Club Genetics Centre has made an enormous positive impact on the health of dogs whilst under the auspices of the Animal Health Trust, the closure of which we were saddened and concerned to learn of last year.

“We’re now thrilled that the centre has found a home in such a reputable and prestigious research institute, and we’re very much looking forward to collaborating with the centre once more.”


Dr Cathryn Mellersh, head of The Kennel Club Genetics Centre added: “The last ten years have been incredibly important to dog health and, thanks to the University of Cambridge, especially Professor James Wood, Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge Vet School, for all his assistance in safeguarding our resources and The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, this work can now continue. Our work to support breeders in reducing health problems in dogs is essential and we are eager to continue this important work and are thankful to everyone for their support.”


Professor James Wood said: “We are delighted that the important work by Cathryn and her team, funded by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust can now continue through The Kennel Club’s Canine Genetics Centre at Cambridge Vet School. We look forward to working together for the health and welfare of our much loved dogs.”


Further information regarding The Kennel Club’s extensive work in the field of canine health and research can be found on The Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health.