News and Reviews

November walk, Studland Beach. 11th November

Same venue as last year, and the weather turned out nice again for some 15 beardies and their people.  Once again, The Halfway House did the hungry walkers proud.

Cornwall Weekend 9th & 10th September

Two days of Beardie fun, with Good Citizens tests and Working Tests, and Fun Show on the Sunday.  For the first time anyone could remember, it rained on the Sunday, and we all (55 Beardies and their people) had to retreat to the Hall!  Thanks to Ron and his team for all their hard work.
For full results click here

Fun Day and Picnic, Glanmor 16th July

Another happy afternoon with over 30 dogs – 7 of whom were St Bernards!.  Thanks to our host Sue for putting out some agility equipment for us to try,  and to Decia for all her hard work!
For full results click here 

Working Tests and Training, Exeter, 6th May

After an introduction to the basics of tracking and scent work, some concentrated with John on tracking and scent training whilst others went with Val and the team to do the working level training and testing.
It’s clear that this wonderful breed can do so much more and these events encourage you to that.  If you have never been to one you are missing a great opportunity to bond more with your dog which they and you will enjoy.

Jurassic Coast Walk, 14th May

Around ten people and their Beardies had a lovely walk in beautiful weather along the clifftops overlooking a sparkling sea.  After a gentle stroll and a good gossip we retreated to the cool shade of the George Inn for lunch

Queens Wood Ramble & Picnic, 30th April

Just six of us braved the fabulous weather for a super walk in the bluebell woods, while the Beardies loved running about and meeting new friends.  We all enjoyed our picnics in the beautiful setting of the Queen’s Wood.

New Year Party 22nd January 2017

Another Scottish-themed party with games, a Fun Dog Show, and lots of food.  Oh, and lots of lovely Beardies and their People.  What’s not to like?  Best in Show was Tay, with Val.
For full results click here




“Introduction to the Bearded Collie”
A Seminar on 20th November 2016

A day spent in the company of 28 people (and some Beardies) ranging from those thinking of buying their first Beardie to experienced breeders and show-people, with most intermediate steps represented.  We learnt a lot from the four speakers  – Suzanne Woodhouse, Margaret Buckley, Elizabeth Kershaw and Maureen Betts – about the history and development of the breed, its build and conformation, its health and behaviour, and showing.  There was plenty of lively discussion, and everyone felt they had spent a very worthwhile day.  Many thanks to Jan Lemon for organising the event and the lunch.

Studland Beach Walk, 13th November 2016


It was a perfect day: warm sunshine from a blue sky reflecting from a calm sea; long views to Old Harry Rocks in the South West, and the Isle of Wight 15 miles East, with the occasional white sail.  Not a hugely long walk, but full of lovely surprises like the lake which suddenly appeared by the path through the heath – just what any sensible Beardie needed to explore!

The return leg was along the beach – firm light sand with occasional clumps of seaweed to be sniffed.  Finally, the Halfway Inn fed and watered all of us before we parted company – until the next time!  Many thanks to Barbara Wells for organising us, and to Ian Clark for the photo.

Cornwall Weekend, 10th & 11th September 2016

Another sunny and successful weekend near Perranporth, with no less than ten Working Tests taken and passed, a competitive Scurry on the beach (changing to the second weekend in September avoided the disruption and restricted access that goes with the Perranporth Triathlon), and a very well-attended Fun Dog Show – some 55 Beardies!  All masterminded by Ron McCawley – thanks, Ron.

Congratulations to Rosie, with Anne Pinto-Wright, who was awarded the Annethlowan Trophy.  For full results, click here.

Aaah!The sea mist creeping over the coast did nothing to dampen the spirits of the two dozen or so Beardies and their owners in this lovely setting.  Prizes for nearly everyone in the Fun Dog Show (many thanks to judge Nicola Emmingham), and some training for Working Tests helped the afternoon fly by, thanks to Denise and Decia and their team for all their hard work, and to Sue for the venue.

For full results of the Show, click here.

Spring Rambles 2016

We’ve had two rambles, one on Newton Beach in Porthcawl, South Wales, and the other around Langdon Hill, overlooking Golden Cap on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.  We were lucky with the weather on both occasions, with beardies and owners all thoroughly enjoying themselves.  As is only right and proper, both walks were followed by Sunday Lunch, at the Ancient Briton in Porthcawl, and the George Inn at Chideock, both blessed with good food and a warm welcome to dogs (and their owners, too).

Welsh walk 2016

 Golden Cap 2

New Year Party, 24th January 2016

Version 2Well, what a happy accident!  Moving our Party from December to late January with a Scottish theme proved a big success, with a bumper turnout of Beardies and their People.  There was a good showing of new faces, and some very handsome puppies as well – the icing on the cake!  Fun and games with a Fun show, lots to eat and gossip about.  Everyone agreed we should do it again!

For full Show Results, click here


Bearded Collie Club Jubilee Weekend 4th – 7th Sept 2015

Jubilee FascinatorFour days of activities to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Bearded Collie Club were blessed with good weather and a turnout of some 66 Beardies (and some “others” – but very welcome ones!)  Starting with a talk on the Tellington Ttouch technique on Friday evening, on Saturday 20 Beardies entered the fun Triathlon, followed on Sunday with the traditional Garden Fete and Fun Dog Show, then for those who were still standing on Monday, some Working Tests.  Many thanks to everyone who put so much time and effort into organising the event, and to everyone who came along and enjoyed themselves.
For full results, click here

Glanmor Fun Day and Tea Party, 19th July 2015

Glanmor 2015 liteThe day started with doggy line dancing (It looks much more disciplined than the demo at Hollowtree, and progressed via lunch, raffles, competitions and the fun show to strawberry tea: a simple formula for happiness.  Here’s to next year!

For full results click here

Hollowtree Fun Day and Barbecue, 28th June 2015

Version 2Another sunny and jolly day out just out of earshot of the Glastonbury Festival.  It started off with a (practice) demonstration of Beardies (and sometimes their Owners!) moving to music ( Who let the Dogs out? – what else?).

We moved swiftly on to the fun dog show (and what fun it was!), together with Working Tests, barbecue, and cream teas

For full Results click here

Spring Rambles 2015

Ham Hill 2015 liteHam Hill 10th May.
In contrast to the Welsh Ramble last month, and to last year’s Ham Hill one, the weather was not the best, with a consequent low turnout of just 10 Beardies.  Nevertheless, an enjoyable occasion, with a welcome to several newcomers.

Llangynidr 19th April
Version 2A beautiful Spring Day (how different to last year’s walk!) saw 14 Beardies and their People enjoying a very pleasant walk along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, ending with a warm welcome and an excellent lunch at the Coach and Horses – highly recommended!

Christmas Party, 7th December 2014

Cake!The new venue at Puriton Village Hall was a great success.  The hall resounded to the sounds of happy Beardies and their People, who all took part in the fun show and some games, and ate a lot of good food (well, the People did, anyway!). Competitions kept the interest going, and the highlight for many was the magnificent Beardie Christmas cake which was the prize in the special raffle.  Can’t wait for next year!

Working Test Training, 1st November 2014

After the successful introduction of this event last year, this was well attended, and all entrants learnt and achieved a lot.  There could be another one next year, possibly combining it with testing as well.

Cornwall Weekend, 6th, 7th September

We had two days full of training and tests, in which two members gained their KCGC Silver, and there were nine passes covering all four levels of Working Tests: a very good result indeed.  The sun shone in these and our other activities, which included an Agility Display, Fun Dog Show which included a class for Best Fascinator (view a parade of the entries in the slideshow!), and a Scurry on the beach – as well as catching up with many friends, both human and canine.  Thanks to the Judges, the organising team, and everyone who attended, for making this its usual special weekend.
To see or download the full results, click here

Glanmor Fun Day, 20th July

A beautiful day in South Wales – if anything a little too beautiful as the hot sunshine meant that most of the show judging took place along one side of the ring – the shady side!  The day started with Beardie Line Dancing, after its success last year, and true to form it opened in a degree of chaos, but did actually improve, with lots of laughter helping it along..  Winner of Best in Show was Lesley with Mack.  Many thanks to everyone who helped with the organising and doing, to the Judge Debbie Williams, and to the many sponsors of prizes.
To see or download full results, click here.

Hollow Tree Fun Day, 29th June

A grand day out in glorious surroundings, with three Beardies passing their primary Working Test, and one the Junior, as well as lots of laughter in the Fun Show, in which Maria with Kissy was awarded Best In Show.  Judith gave demonstration of the requirements of the Working Tests, illustrating the progression through the levels – we hope this may encourage more owners to have a go.  All bound together with a barbecue lunch and cream tea.  Where better to be on a good early Summer Day!  Big thanks to the organising team, to Judge Anne Prowse, and to everyone for having a go!
For see or download the full results, click here.

Spring Rambles 2014

Heads of the Valley, 6th April
Ham Hill Hullabaloo, 11th May

A pair of very enjoyable – though contrasting – walks: the first under lowering skies with showers now and again, the second mostly in sunshine.  But in both of them lots of companionable chatter (among beardies and their people!) and a great venue for a pub lunch.


Christmas Party at Willand

8th December

hat more do we need to say than we had around 30 Beardies in the hall (I’m sure you don’t need telling about the barking!);  we had silly games, a fun dog show, lots to eat and drink, lots of laughter, and lots of Beardie gossip.  The pictures tell the story, and full results are available by clicking here.

Beardie Walk on Hengistbury Head
3rd November

Around 15 Beardies, and their human attendants, came out on a blustery day to do this magnificent walk, along the coast east of Bournemouth towards the entrance of Christchurch harbour.  The views in both directions were stunning: to the West were Bournemouth and the coast to Old Harry Rock, and to the East The Isle of Wight and The Needles, and the coast beyond Mudeford.  A little shower didn’t dampen spirits, and  we were out for about three hours.

A revelation of a part of our coast which I hadn’t visited before!
Thank you, Barbara, for organising us!


Working Tests Training with Lindsey Poole
19th October

Gilly Curtis and MackenzieThe eight brave souls (and nine dogs) who shrugged at the weather had a really good time with Lindsey, despite the odd downpour.  The venue was ideal, with a flat area for working, and a paddock for working off steam.
Lindsey had done her homework on the Working Test requirements (she normally works with German Shepherds), and after we had outlined the peculiarities of Beardies, we discussed what we hoped to achieve from the day.
She outlined a number of important strategies, such as correct positioning, and breaking down activities into manageable portions.  There was a lot of practical work, and attention to the individual needs of the dogs – and their handlers!
Everyone came away feeling that they had made real progress, whatever their starting level – and with advice and tips on building on the day’s work back home.  Not only that, but there’s the possibility of another training session in the New Year.
Oh, and the dogs enjoyed their day out, too!


Cornwall Fun Weekend – 7th & 8th September 2013

As usual, Saturday was given over to KC Good Citizen Award testing, in which two Beardies attained Bronze Standard, and two their Silver; and to coaching for the Bearded Collie Club Working Test.

"Scurry with the Fringe on Top"

“Scurry with the Fringe on Top”

On Sunday morning we held a Scurry on Perranporth beach, attended by 16 Beardies and their owners – and a number of dumbstruck onlookers!
Sunday also saw the results of Saturday’s coaching, when six dogs passed their Primary, with one of them, Merlin, getting his Junior as well.
Congratulations to all the dogs and their owners!
And so to Sunday afternoon, with about 46 Beardies, including 7 puppies, entering the Fun Dog Show of 16 classes.  All this, with a barbecue and cream tea, and lots of gossip, rounded off a very good weekend.
Huge thanks to Ron and his team of helpers, and to the judges.

To see full results, click here.

Glanmor Tea Party and Fun Day, 21st July


Line dancing

Thank you to the West of England and South Wales branch of the Bearded Collie Club for holding the Glanmor fun day.  Great to be at Jenner’s again; I am sure she was smiling down on us as the sun shone through with a very pleasant costal breeze.  Well done to Denise and team on an excellent spread and very tasty strawberries.  I needed them after the line dancing which I had never seen or done before and Dreamz and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Dreamz went on to win BPIS with lots of goodies being won, so many thanks to the judge.  There were some adorable Keeshound puppies there bred by Jenner’s son and daughter-in-law, so fluffy and cute – and lots of lovely beardies enjoying their day out.  Grab the sausage was hilarious with naughty George the chocolate lab grabbing all the sausages before the beardies even got a look in as far as I could see!
Thanks again to the whole committee, great fun, very good value day out, delighted to have the event back on.                 Sue Hood

To see full results, click here


Hollow Tree Fun Day, 30th June

hollow tree show ring

Best estimate is that 26 Beardies attended, and the biggest Class entry was for Best Mover.

A very good time was enjoyed by all who made it to this most delightful venue in fine summer weather.  Thanks are due yet again to the Parsons family for letting us take over their lovely garden and paddock for the day.  This is truly an ideal spot in which to relax and enjoy all sorts of Beardie-related activities.            Ken Ransom 

To see full results, click here


Willand Fun Day 12th May 2013

Tully, Keisha and I had a very enjoyable afternoon at the West of England and South Wales fun day.  For the committee it must have been disappointing to see such a low turnout but what was lacking in number was definitely made up for in friendly banter and sharing of beardie stories.

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I walked around to see the Good Citizens Test.  I only intended to watch, as I thought it too close to the road for Tully to be settled, but after chatting to the judge, Angela White, I found her such a friendly lady I thought I’d give it a go.  I was so thrilled when Tully passed her Silver Test.

The food table was filled with a great selection of food to cater for all tastes.  The fun dog show, judged by Karen Hodgson, was very popular and there were some very happy people going home with a fistful of rosettes.  There were plenty of draw prizes and lots of happy winners.  I’m rarely lucky in raffles and today was no exception!

Thank you to all the committee for the hard work which I know goes into organising these events.

Alison Ransom

To see full results of the Fun Day, click here


Abergavenny Ramble 21st April 2013

beardie ramble 2 titledThis was the first Welsh Beardie Ramble for the West of England & S. Wales branch of the Bearded Collie Club, and it was very well supported, with people coming from as far afield as St David’s.

In total we had 21 people, 14 Beardies – and George the Chocolate Lab – all keen and eager to explore the route.  It took us along the old railway line from Llanfoist Car Park, before turning onto the Mon & Brecon canal towpath, making it a nice circular route.  In all, it was about 3½ miles of easy flat path, which took us about 1½ hour.

We had only one incident when ‘Mac’ decided to fall in the canal, much to everyone’s amusement.  He was eventually pulled out and proceded to give everyone in close proximity a cold shower!

We had lunch at the Bridgend Inn, Govilon, where dogs are very welcome.  It was a bit of a tight squeeze with so many people and dogs in the bar, which made for a very interesting meal.  Even the weather was kind to us; it stayed dry long enough for us to get to the pub before a quick rain shower arrived.

It was lovely to see so many people and their dogs.  We were certainly a bit of a curiosity for other people we met along the way, who had never seen so many hairy, bouncy, friendly, happy dogs before.

Everyone – especially the dogs – enjoyed their ramble, and we will have to do it again soon.

Thanks to Denise Steer for this report