Winter / Spring News Jan 2021

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid situation, we are unable to make any plans for any dates for 2021 trials.

Autumn News Sept/Oct 2020

Unfortunately, the message to all our Club members is that SSTTC will not be holding any trials for the remainder of 2020. We will review the situation towards the end of the year. So sorry to disappoint you all, but in the interests of everyone’s safety we feel this is the correct decision.

Summer News July/August 2020

ISDS update as at July 24th

“Further reviews have taken place this week regarding the Society’s view of the trialling situation during COVID-19, and following Government advice and guidelines, taking into consideration the social gathering rules that apply for all of the four nations, and advice from our insurers, we are unfortunately still unable to provide authorisation of official trials to take place.

The safety of our members is paramount, and therefore the sanctioning of trials whilst the pandemic still continues, and with the increase in local lockdown a high probability in areas throughout the nations, it would be irresponsible of the Society to sanction trials and gatherings.

We continue to monitor this weekly and will provide updates accordingly, and we hope to have some positive news for you all soon.”

So unfortunately, the message to all our Club members is that until matters change SSTTC will not be able to run trials.

Spring News June 2020

What a start to Spring 2020! Everyone’s world has certainly been turned upside down these last few months. We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these troubled times. I’m sure you are all wondering when trialling will take place again, but at this point in time we do not have any information as to when this is going to be. We will update you once we have some clearer news.

With regard to SSTTC annual membership due in April, for those who have yet to renew, if you are able to make a bank payment or send through a cheque – that would be amazing.

Stay safe and keep well.

Autumn News October 2019

Hello Everyone, thought it was time for a ‘catch up’ and to let you know what has been happening with the Club during the summer months.  Almost at the end we have addressed the Privacy Policy situation which, unfortunately applied to all small clubs although we are assured, by the overseeing organization, that it was never intended thus. Been a bit of a nightmare, folks.

Anyway to begin on a more cheerful note, ‘there’s bin a lot goin’ on’.

Results of Trials: 

Summer Trial, 28th July, held at Howgrove Farm by kind permission of Dick Withers, with Rich and Tracey Stock, hosting. Jamie Garland was the Judge.  32 dogs ran.

Maltese X:  1st. Floyd Farthing, Sal;  2nd Jane Stubberfield, Dan;  3rd Keeli Wood, Brin;  4th Anne  Cooper, Pip.

Driving:  1st. Floyd Farthing, Jack 83; 2nd. Merrill Fox, Alf 76;  3rd.  Terry Parsons, Tod 73 OLF;  4thChristine Pugh, Moss 73; 5th Mike Dowden, Turk 70; 6th Ian Wheeler, Bob 68.

Open Trial, 1st September, held at Warren Farm, Charterhouse by kind permission of John and Bill Small. Judge was Dick Roper, 56 Dogs ran.

Driving only. 1stJed Watson, Ben 93; 2n Jed Watson, Zac 92; 3rdJed Watson, Bob 87;

4thSlawek Danek, Kay 85; 5thAngie Blackmore, Del 82;6thShirley Greenaway, Sanduck Flip 83.

This was our biggest field of competitors yet. As we have established, this year’s winner will be invited to Judge next year.

Autumn Trial. 13th October, rescheduled from 10 th August to John and Bill Small’s venue using a different field to the Open. 30 dogs ran.

Maltese X, 1st Ron Fouracres.

Driving:  1st Angie Blackmore, Del, 80; 2nd Jenny Attwel Spot 74; 3rd Mike Dowden Turk 70T;

4th Dave Cooper, Lee  68;  5th Andy Melrose Sue 61;  6th Terry Parsons  Tod 57.


Club Awards to members.  2018 – 2019

Highest Pointed Member                                     Terry Parsons and Lil

Most Improved Dog and Handler                      Mike Bacon and Sue

Autumn Trial Winner                                            Angie Blackmore and Del

Open Trial Winner                                                      Jed Watson and Ben

Jed will be invited to Judge next years Trial.

New Ruling for Maltese Cross Class.  It was agreed at a recent Committee Meeting that the Winner of the Maltese cross class must have at least half of the available points for the Class and the 2nd place at least half of those of the winner.


Outstanding Rosettes We hold a number of Rosettes for people who did not pick them up on the day of the relevant Trial. They can be picked up at our next Trial, 7th December.

These are:  From the Spring Trial Lee Bowden 1st and 4th; Jamie Garland, 2nd and 5th

And from the Summer Trial, Anne Cooper 4th.

Training Day  Sunday 20th October.  This was held at Jane Stubberfield’s Cirencester Venue. Bob Watson was once again our Trainer and nine members benefitted from his individual guidance.  Sallyann Fisher kept us all fed with scrummy filled bread rolls and with Tea, coffee and cake provided by club members we were well fed. We plan to host another Training Day in late January/early February in Somerset.

Christmas Lunch at the Brent House Carvery on Saturday 14th December @12.30pm  Cost is £17 per head.  email

Charity Trail Should have mentioned long before now that the Club sent £100 to the Macmillan Cancer Charity following our Spring Trial in April.


Nearly Finally   In reference to our Security blip of 7th October where all members were unintentionally contacted with everyone else’s email address.  So it has all been investigated as follows:

As you know, all Associations and Clubs, as well as Big Business, are now bound by the GDPR ruling about safe use of the personal Data entrusted them. We have been in touch with the independent body that oversees the working of this rule (the IOC – Information Commissioner’s Office which is the independent regulatory office in charge of upholding information rights in the interest of the public)  and they have been most helpful.  As a result we have extended the Privacy Policy that was already on our Website –  and have created a link to what you can expect of us as an organization, in respect of your privacy. This is a work in progress.

In addition we will be creating a separate email address for the Club that will still arrive on Caroline’s desk but will be part of a new profile on her computer with a different passcode that only refers to SSTTC business.  All SSTTC information with be stored backed stick separately in a USB stick or on ICloud.  We intend to use our website more frequently and these Newsletters will eventually appear on the site in addition to you receiving your own copy. Intending new members can then see how we operate.

So that we can keep our website up-to-date and interesting to new people, we invite you to send recent pics of members at Trials or Training Days to add to our Gallery.  Can you help?

Initially send them to caroline at

And finally   Next Trial is Saturday 7th December at Rich and Tracey Stock’s venue Bellevue Farm, Nempnett Thrubwell.  BS40 7XD.