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Midland Golden Retriever Club

History of the Club

It was at Crufts in 1975 that Ron Bradbury first spoke of the ideas for forming a Golden Retriever Club in the Midlands. At that time the breed in the area was particularly strong, with an interesting blend of well established kennels, one or two from before the war and some up-and-coming newer kennels of which some were to become household names in the breed.

This idea of a Golden Retriever Club in the Midlands proved to be immensely popular and there was no shortage of potential founder members.

Ron Bradbury continued with the formation of the Club, and once the Kennel Club had given its permission and the name approved, an inaugural meeting was arranged. This was held on 8th February 1976 under the chairmanship of the late Owen Grindy. Seventy-three Founder Members were present, the Byelaws were approved and the first Committee elected.

Five of the original Committee still serve the club - Val Birkin, Madge Bradbury, Sally Stewart, John Simister and Fred Hathaway. Ron Bradbury was elected Chairman, which he held until 1991, John Simister was elected Treasurer, a position he still holds today.

On 11th July 1976 the first Open Show was held at The Abbey Sports Centre, Redditch, Mrs Audrey Woods the judge, with a second Open Show held in December the same year. This format continued until 1978 when, having been granted Championship Show status by the Kennel Club, the first Championship Show took the place of the December Open Show. This first Championship show being held at The Tate and Lyle Hall Stoneleigh, where L C James was to be the judge. But, due to the very large entry permission was obtained from the Kennel Club to appoint a second judge - Val Foss due to officiate at the next Open Show. The following year the roles were reversed!

Area Covered

Middle England.


Midland GRC

Joining Information

Annual membership is 4 single, and 6 joint.

Application forms available from the Secretary.