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A short history of Rotherham Cocker Spaniel Club

The first records of the club can be found in the 1947 Stud Book with H Wood as Secretary and in 1950 Mrs D M Ross (Rotherhill) took over. She remained in post until Mrs Stevens (Leabank) took over in 1960. The Leabank kennels bred and showed some influential Particolours including Leabank Levity who is behind many of the paricolours being shown today.
At this time the club ran three open shows each year and its near neighbour club - Yorkshire Cocker held a Championship show in the Valley Gardens at Harrogate, but during the mid 1970’s Rotherham was successful in applying for Championship status and ran a few Championship shows at Wath Comprehensive School until the KC. redistributed the CC’s and the club lost Championship status.
Mrs Stevens died in the early 1980’s and for a short while Mr R Blythe took over to be replaced by Mrs A Richardson ( Dearnewood) in 1988. During her tenure the club was successful in re obtaining CC’s and the club ran the Championship show at Wath upon Dearne with two open shows annually at Birdwell near Barnsley.
In 1991 Mrs Richardson left to become Secretary of the Cocker Club and Mr A Curry (Lodore) took over. In the next twenty one years Rotherham Committee remained stable and became influential in the breed providing the Chairman or the Treasurer of the Breed Council over most of this period.
On the show side the KC were changing their allocation of CC’s again and since 1988 the club have rotated with Yorkshire Cocker to run a Championship show on alternate years at a new venue , Elsecar Heritage Centre. The open show venue has also changed to Grenoside Community Centre, both venues are a short distance from Rotherham - the clubs registered base.
In 2012 Miss L Reader (Kaniboo) became only the 7th secretary of Rotherham Cocker Spaniel Club in the last 65 years.

  AC. October 2012  

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