PresidentRoger Wade
Chairman (Acting)Ian Whitfield
Vice ChairmanSarah Nickels-Hawkins
SecretaryMarianne Copp
TreasurerIan Vaughan
Membership SecretaryJeanette Lithgow
Field Trial SecretaryDiana Stevens
Working Test SecretaryGill Sweeting
Spaniel SectionVicky Payne
Training OfficerSarah Nickels-Hawkins
Spaniel Field Trial SecretaryNicki Hunter
CommitteeJacqueline Mason, Hayley Mack, John Grace, Matthew Hawkins

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Training 2024

Location: Grovelands Farm, Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8JQ by kind permission of Roger and Shelia Wade.
Dates: 14 May, 28 May, 11 June, June 25, 9 July, 23 July, 6 August, 13 August.
Times: Arrive by 6.30pm for 6:45pm start.

£10 per handler per session. Please bring along 2 clean and named large canvas dummies.
Open, Intermediate, Novice and Puppy and Spaniel sessions.

See the Training Programme for dates and details of individual sessions and special training days.

Contact Sarah at with any questions.

News and Results

2018/09/12 – Novice AV Retriever 16 Dog Stake

Novice AV Retriever 16 Dog Stake on the 12th September 2018 at Mousden Farm Tunbridge Wells Kent by kind permission of Roy Sammons and courtesy of Darren Flood and his Guns

Judges: Mr R Wade (A1704), Mr M Polley (B3220), Mrs Julia Smith (NP3634), Mrs Tracy Flood (NP)

Prizes: Winner – The Secretary’s Cup, Runner up – The O’Brien Trophy, Guns Choice – The Banner Trophy

We held our Novice Field Trial on 12th September 2018 at Mousden Farm, Tunbridge Wells. The weather did not dampen spirits, with a good team of guns providing plenty of game on the ground, giving us a good variety of retrieves. Our judges for the day were Roger Wade, Mark Polley, Julia Smith & Tracy Flood. Thank you to our host Roy & to Darren & his team of guns & to all the judges & helpers who we could not manage without. We saw some lovely dog work, which resulted in the following awards


1st & Gun’s ChoiceMitforton NutmegMike Fleming
2ndPointhill PeregrineMarianne Copp
3rdGold Silver Ann of HiggscroftMick Higgs
CoMElmertown Special OneKeith Townsend

2018/06/17 – UGS Area Finals

UGS Open Finals on Sunday 17th June 2018 at Pheasantry, Hurst Green by kind permission of Chris and Sue Ellis

Judges: Helena Sully and Di Stevens

Today was our turn to run the UGS Open Area Finals at the Pheasantry. Hurst Green.
We ran the test on some super ground with special thanks to Chris & Sue Ellis who were the perfect hosts. The judges today were Helena Sully and Di Stevens who both did a great job choosing today’s winners.
Thank you also to our fantastic team of helpers who came forward to throw and put out dummies, cook and help keep the day running smoothly.

I might be a bit bias but a superb team win for Kent and East Sussex with fantastic scores. A lovely competitive atmosphere with a lot of friendly banter between the teams throughout the day. The awards were presented by Phil Askew who came along to support The Utility Gundog Society.

Results: Kent and East Sussex Winning Team

Marianne Copp with Pointhill Peregrine
Sophie Mills with Turnerbrook Princess
Verona Clatworthy with Wellrose Rayman
Andy Parkin with Greenbriar Ruble of Beaconoak
Top Dog
The award for the top dog went to Wellrose Rayman
Who scored 99 out of a possible 100 and made difficult tests look easy.
Judges Choice
Greenbriar Ruble of Beaconoak

2018/06/10 – Open and Novice Water Test

Open and Novice Water Test on Sunday 10th June 2018 at 500 Acre Wood, Nr Hartfield
by kind permission of Mr Tony Russell

Judges: Tony Russell, Jane Tydeman, Mel Brooks, Kim Jinks

Great day, great turnout, challenging tests set by our fantastic judges. Tony Russell, Kim Jinks,Mel Brooks and Jane Tydeman. We had 23 dogs running in the Novice and 20 in the Open. A beautiful location, perfect for the weather.
There was an exciting run off between Vanessa Gilham and Vanessa Gilham for 3rd and 4th in the Open which was a lovely end to the tests.
Many thanks to all who entered, the most amazing helpers, sterwards, dummy throwers, cake makers, bacon butty cook and everyone’s support and help for Jo and myself. Your support was truly appreciated.

Open Results

1stGold Silver Ann Of HiggscroftMick Higgs
2ndFamfish CalaisColin Coley
3rdFletchingly AnnraidhVanessa Gilham
4thThreevalleys Dawn Approach Of FletchinglyVanessa Gilham
CoMOrlando TaraLauren Wright
CoMFlintsfield Forever FriendMandy Smith

Novice Results

1stHiggscroft FirestarBarbara L.M.Pettet
2ndBrockaghs EannaSusan Cooper
3rdGreat Cobwood MontgomerySamantha Kirkham
4thPointhill PerigrineMarianne Copp
CoMMitforton NeonMike Crutchley

2018/04/22 – Open Working Test

Open Working Test on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at Northall Farm, Fletching

Judges: Joy Venturi Rose, Nikki Stranks, Louie Robertson, John Barnes


1stPointhill PerigrineMarianne Copp
2ndTurnerbrook PrincessSophie Mills
3rdWoodlandway QuailBeth Rayner
4thLendown WillowPauline Tiplady
CoMHelnorall MagnumRob Smallman
CoMWillrose RaymanVerona Clatworthy
CoMGreenbriar Ruble of BeaconoakAndy Parkin

2018/01/05 – UGS All Aged Finals

UGS All Aged Finals on the 5th January 2018 at Paddockhurst Estate by kind permission of John Hoare

Judges: Barry Taylor, Colin Pelham, Liz Taylor and Mel Brooks.

Thank you to our hoast John Hoare, Keeper Nigel Firth and his team for putting on such a great day. Great ground with a mix of woodland and parkland retrieves with the judges strething the distances towards the end of the trial to challenge both dog and handler. Excellent shooting by the guns. Thank you to the judges Barry Taylor, Colin Pelham, Liz Taylor and Mel Brooks. On a personal note as this was my last trial as FT sec I would just like to thank all my helpers stewards, markers, game carriers, refreshment providers who have turned up come rain or shine and travelling some distances to support the club and members without you guys there would be no trials. Thankyou.


1stNorthglen CrumbleStuart North
2ndHippolytus HeraldKatherine Impey
3rdLendown GorseRoger Wade
CoMLowforge Jaya of WylanbriarDiana Stevens
CoMHelnorall MagnumRobert Smallman

2017/11/18 – 14 Dog Novice Stake for Any Variety Retrievers

14 Dog Novice Stake for Any Variety Retrievers on the 18th November 2017
at Blackmore, Essex by kind permission of Mr Simon Polley and syndicate

Judges: MR P Allen (A3) MR A Buckland (B3426) MRS J Rollinson (NP) Ms J Van Der Dussen (NP)



1stCampbeloch Dancing Twig of TideshotKelvin Smith
2ndQuabrook RosaHelena Sully
3rdFletchingly AnnraidhNessa Gilham
4thGlenmarian MariaMarianna Morris Worrall
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