Welcome to the German Shorthaired Pointer Club Surrey and Hampshire Branch.
Some sad news, Sylvia Wheeler has recently died. Sylvia was our branch secretary for many years and strong foundation to our club. Mike Milton writes this...
'Eleanor and I first met Sylvia and her husband Graham some 25 years ago when we joined the Surrey/ Hants Branch of the GSPC. We immediately became friends as we had a common interest "the dogs" and with Graham and myself having a passionate and combined love of shooting and working GSP's. This continued over the years with us all regularly walking and working and shooting over our dogs as well as an extremely close social friendship which was sadly cut short by Graham's passing away some six years ago. Sylvia was a very affable person and in her role as Branch Secretary covering 15 years she made an enormous amount of friends purely because of her kind and thoughtful disposition and her willingness to be of help to all. Both Sylvia and Graham contributed hugely with their help and knowledge of the breed and to the Branch and will be sadly missed although fond memories will not be forgotten.'
Mike and Eleanor Milton.
A fitting tribute to an honourable and loyal friend. Above is Sylvia, pictured with other branch members of years gone by.
Welcome to the website of the Surrey & Hampshire branch of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club.
Up until March 2012, we have have been meeting at the Windlesham Arboretum, near the Surrey/Hampshire/Berkshire border for over 25 years. Sadly, this has now come to an end but we remember many happy times there with good friends.
We run gundog training classes for all levels of experience on the third Sunday of each month, commencing at 1.30 pm. The exceptions are September (when we hold a Gundog Working Test), December and January. In August, in addition to training, we hold a Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate assessment day.
Training sessions are open to all breeds of HPR. It is expected that all owners become a member of the GSP Club, or an associate member if they own another breed of HPR. (see 'links' for information). There is a small charge of £3 per dog for each training session. We are very much indebted to those who dedicate their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to help those of us in need of training!
All of our trainers are actively involved in game shooting and gundog work, and this is the direction that our training classes take. However, all gundogs need obedience training and HPR breeds in particular benefit from having their minds stimulated so the classes are valuable to all, whatever their aspirations. As a branch we aim to encourage anyone with an HPR to work towards a happy, rewarding relationship with their dog through training and, most important of all, to enjoy the experience.
Our new training venue at Waverley Lane continues to be a success, directions wise, if you follow directions for Waverley Abbey House, on the B3001 between Farnham and Milford/Godalming ... Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8EP. The fields that we are using are on the opposite side of the road to Waverley House, and as usual I will be putting out our pink signs to help you find us. PLEASE NOTE - if the rain continues our usual field will be waterlogged. So we will need to use the field a little further along the road. Opposite Waverley House. In that situation, please park on the hard standing on the Waverley House side.
Up until now, we have been training in Godalming with many thanks to the landowner Rupert. We are now trying out a new ground in Farnham as there are water training opportunities there that we do not have in Godalming.