MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN – April 2020

What challenging times we are going through! For many dog enthusiasts Crufts is the highlight of our calendar. This year it was the Kennel Club’s turn to "steal" our show date and host, what is regarded by many from around the world, the ultimate dog show in the calendar. The results and show critiques can be found on this website. It was over a week later that the Cavalier Club hosted what was to be the last show in the calendar for the present time and the results are also included on the website.

As I write it is nearly impossible to plan for any future events with the uncertainties we all face. In the meantime many of us are in contact via Social Media – with quizzes, memorabilia, the inevitable banter and lots of support and fundraising activities in support of the NHS and other worthy causes.

The next event in the Club’s calendar would have been our AGM – postponed until safe to re-schedule. Nominations for Committee were called for and received. As the number of applicants did not exceed the number of positions there will not be an election and I feel that we can now advise you that we have an unopposed new Treasurer – Mr Stephen Watts and new Committee Members – Lucy Koster & Sheridan Mattock with Rick Aldous & Mandy Attwood returning for another term. A warm welcome awaits and I guess our first meeting together will be via Zoom or Skype or other such means! My thanks must go to our retiring Committee – Rob Dix who has been a great sounding board as a Vice-Chairman, Rob Sansom – for his contribution in producing the Breed Film for The Kennel Club’s Academy (yet to be released) and Evan Ryan – for his contribution in producing the Champions Supplement Booklet.

Unfortunately during the country’s lockdown we have learned of the passing of some of our members – Lesley Ward, Margaret Barker and Joyce Boardman. As you know the current situation means that it is not possible to pay respect and say goodbye to our friends in the manner we would wish and when the restrictions are lifted the Club would like to celebrate their lives and more details will follow later. A tribute to Joyce has been provided by her daughter, Jean Padmore, and close friend, Jeanne Boyd.

I would like to take the opportunity to remind our members that the Cavalier Club has the Benevolent Fund and that it might be able to help you out if you are struggling at the moment. It was set up to help Members who find themselves in financial difficulties and need some help with their dog(s) welfare. This does not cover veterinary fees however it would include for example, boarding should a Member be taken into hospital etc. Please don’t hestitate to contact one of the three Trustees if you need help –
Mrs Judy Wright 01507 343919.
Mrs Paula Stark 01428 751339.
Mrs Deirdre Thomas 0208 944 1045.

All calls are totally confidential, no details are passed on to any other persons.

Currently there are numerous puppy enquiries from lots of lovely people wanting to purchase a Cavalier puppy, some for the first time. They are working from home, their children are at home and they have all the time to give. A word of warning for buyers and sellers – circumstances may change very quickly! There are lots of different scenarios to consider:
  1. – Buyer takes puppy home to be with its new family and a family member contracts Covid-19
    – can the seller risk taking the puppy back?
    – Will the puppy have to go into kennels? Will a local kennels take the puppy? Is this best for puppy
  2. One by one the family return to their normal days – children go back to school, one or both parents go back to work…puppy is not grown up, not fully trained
  3. Will the puppy suffer from separation anxiety? Will it become distressed; Display boredom and become destructive? Will it remain house trained or let the side down?
Buyers and Sellers – be very careful over the next few months! There are many unscrupulous breeders selling puppies on the internet at over inflated prices without any thought about the consequences. Please don’t let us see the demand for Cavalier Rescue grow as the virus diminishes!

For Breeders wishing to avail themselves of health testing clinics it is hoped that Breed Clubs will be able to re-schedule their health clinics either for later in 2020 or early in the New Year. To support heart testing and other testing The Kennel Club has already put some dates in the diary for heart & eye testing at The Kennel Club Building Stoneleigh –
Friday 2nd October 2020
Wednesday 11th November 2020
Friday 8th January 2021

Anybody interested in reserving a place for the above dates should email

For breeders who have registered a litter within the last three years you should already have received a communication from The Kennel Club with regard to the wider implications of health testing and screening and the implications for the Accredited Breeders Scheme.

We have a personal eulogy from Jean Padmore (Joyce Boardman’s daughter) and close friend, Jeanne Boyd – "I have been asked to write something of my mum’s life. All I can say is that she had a long and happy life which she lived to the full." – read more.

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