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Welcome to Burns and Becks Gundog Club

The Burns and Becks Gundog Club was formed in 1965 by a small group of retriever trainers who ran training days and tests against other local clubs.

Since Kennel Club affiliation in 2012 the club has re-affirmed its aims to help handlers improve the standard of their dogs through training classes, working tests and field trials. Members of all ages and levels of experience are welcome, including young handlers who are the future of the sport.

If your query cannot be answered by the website you may contact the club officials on the details below. Please note all officials have full time jobs and would therefore appreciate email being used as the main method of communication.

General & Membership Secretary: Lauren Sykes. Email: l_sykes@outlook.com

Working Test & Field Trial Secretary: Kirsty Howson. Email: kranson@hotmail.co.uk

Treasurer: Richard Howson. Email: Richard.howson@live.com


2021 Season Review – November 2021

Now that the club’s events in 2021 have all been successfully completed it is good to look back on progress by the Club since the pandemic lockdowns  and forward to 2022.


In the event  we managed to arrange two training sessions in the summer, at Smithsteads near Longtown, courtesy of Polly Dunckley, and at Withets, thanks to Martin Wilson. These were not on the scale of recent years, but we are sadly no longer able to use Brackenbrough or Plumpton where we were able to accommodate larger numbers.  Next year we are looking at Winster and some other venues to recreate the training opportunities valued by so many of our  members. Details of these will be finalised and communicated after our February committee meeting when we also hope to confirm details of two working tests.

Despite the spectre of Covid 19 hovering over us this year,  our field trials were unaffected and it was an historic day when we stayed our first Open field trial in October. This was a significant advance in the Club’s status, as the winner was handed a letter from the International Gundog League confirming  B qualification for the 2021/2 Retriever Championship.

Once again we held our novice trial and both days benefited from the outstanding trialling ground at Roeburndale. The enthusiasm of keeper Ian Banks and shoot organiser Andy Jardine have ensured that next season’s trials are already pencilled in.

Full accounts of the trials were posted on Facebook and elsewhere on this site.

While we are blessed with enthusiastic and able committee members who work together well to put on our events, we still lack the grounds we need to expand our summer programme and would be grateful to hear from anyone with ideas or contacts which might help.

Meanwhile we thank members for their continuing support and encourage them to keep an eye on their emails and Facebook pages of Tests Trials and Trivia on which our working information will be posted.

Paul Dixon, Chairman

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