Area Representative vacancy for Buckinghamshire

After many years in the role of area representative for Buckinghamshire, Mary Tanner will now be stepping down. The Society wishes to thank Mary sincerely for her commitment over the years to the breed in undertaking this role.

If you feel that you have the knowledge to give information and advice concerning Flatcoated Retrievers and would like to be considered for this role, please contact:  

Jenny Bird. Hon. Sec Tel :01162 793203 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st May 2021.

Further information regarding the role can be read here, alternatively please contact Shirley Oxford to discuss the role further: Tel 02392 264703 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shirley Oxford   Area Representative Co-ordinator.

Results FCRS South West Area Working Test April 25th 2021

Sara Thurgood, FCRS South West Area Organiser's report and results:

Firstly thank you all for supporting our Working test today,  It certainly looked as if both handlers and dogs all had a lovely day.

Many thanks to our Judges: Mary-Jane Opie, Helen Ford, Beth Payne and Zoe Townsend for setting such great tests and being so encouraging!  The Judges really enjoyed seeing so many promising dogs working today.

Thanks also to all my helpers, both Stewards, Car parking attendant and dummy throwers - days like today only work with lots of willing helpers

Also I would like to thank the venue owners Roger and Rosemary Bland, I think we all agree its a great place to hold a test day. We are also extremely grateful to Skinner's Dog Food who kindly sponsored the event. 

We were also blessed with good weather which always makes the day easier!

Fiona Crawford today's photographer will send out the link to the photos she took so please support her if possible.

Lastly, please find the finalised results here.  Very well done to all!


The awards will be sent by post asap.

Hopefully we will run an Autumn test day and will see you all again then.

Mrs Angela Miller (Keepersend)

The Society were saddened to hear of the death of long term member Angela Miller (Keepersend). Angela was the FCRS Area rep for Nottinghamshire, a role she was committed to and did well.

Angela and her husband David had many lovely Flatcoats but who can forget her shadow Ch. Tiger Moth of Keepersend a Crufts BOB winner.

Our condolences to Angela's children Sarah and Richard, her son in law Richard and all of her family.


Addendum: February 8th 2021

The Society have received the following message from Angela's family:

We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages, cards and flowers - it has been overwhelming, thank you.

Unfortunately, due to current Covid restrictions, we are sorry to announce that funeral attendance is by individual invitation only.

We have also been asked by the funeral directors to advise everyone that additional mourners are not even permitted to stand outside.

Angela wanted family flowers only for the ceremony please. If anyone would like make a donation in her memory,

E Gill and Sons Funeral Directors,55 Albert Street, Newark, NG24 4BQ (01636 677461) are taking a collection for the Flatcoated Retriever Society Rescue

Rehousing & Welfare Scheme. This will remain open after the funeral until the 17th of March.

Thank you all for your understanding at this difficult time.

Sarah, Richard & Richard.

Mr Robert Ashcroft (Keepersway)

The Society were extremely saddened to learn of the death of member and breed judge Mr Robert Ashcroft (Keepersway), we send our condolences to his family and friends. The funeral service will take place on Monday 8th February at 14.30, attendance at the service will be limited however we have been sent the login details for those wishing to join the service via a live stream.


Date & Time

Monday 08/02/2021 14:30

Event Number

Login / Order ID: 72637
Password: zazkyccn

250 Club Annual Draw

A special 250 Club Christmas draw has been held in place of the annual AGM draw which it was not possible to hold in April this year. Results of the draws can be viewed here.

Training and Behaviour Advice

The Society would like to offer all owners of Flatcoated Retrievers advice and support if you feel you need some help in training your Flatcoat.

We will endeavour to give you advice and where possible put you in touch with trainers who are experienced in training Flatcoated Retrievers in various disciplines. 

We have the working pages of this website for those interested in training their dogs for gundog work and Area Representatives will endeavour to help you find suitable training if you are interested in obedience, showing, agility and other activities.

We are also available to help with any behaviour problems with your dog, no matter what age they are.   We are keen for you to know we are here to help you in any way that we can. For further information please contact Shirley Oxford (Tel: 02392 264703)

Advice will be given in good faith, however the Society and the person giving advice cannot be held legally responsible.

We ask that you telephone at a reasonable time and unless an emergency not after 9p.m.

All information will be treated in confidence

Shirley Oxford COAPE  ChMIACE 

Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2021


The Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2021 can now be ordered from Mandy Romeo Dieste. Many Flatcoat owners look forward to the Society calendar which make beautiful Christmas presents. The calendars are £10 each for postal delivery in the UK and 15 Euros each for delivery in Europe.

Details of how to order and pay for the calendar can be found here.

Puppy Enquries

The Litter Secretaries have been overwhelmed recently with emails about puppies, please telephone rather than email as we do not send out details of available puppies by email to maintain a personal touch and offer advice to potential new owners. Thank you.

We have prepared some guidance for potential puppy owners during this time of high demand, it can be viewed here.

Trophy Winners 2019

Congratulations to the Trophy Winners 2019, the awards are normally handed out at the AGM, but due to the postponement of the AGM can now be viewed here.


The H Reginald Cooke Books

If you are interested in the history of the Flatcoated Retriever and especially the working side of the breed this is a must for you.

Transferred onto a USB stick the Cooke Books are the journals of H. Reginald Cooke, a journey in photographs and news cuttings from 1903 to just before his death in 1951.  Comprising of nine volumes the historical value of these books will keep you spell bound for hours.

The USB sticks presented in a display box are available from the Society Shop and also on the Flatcoated Retriever Society stand at Crufts.  Cost £10.

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