CLUB HISTORY - THE LANCASHIRE HEELER CLUB

Acting Club Secretary
Mrs Julia Swann, Swanndale Kennels, 480 Crankwood Road, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 4PP
Tel: 01942 676545
E-Mail: juliaswann483@btinternet.com

Club Rescue
Mrs Enid Lord, Lea Rig off Flag Land, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 9TP.

Heeler books for sale
Are a must The Lancashire Heeler Club Silver Jubilee Handbook.
Also The Lancashire Heeler second book by Kathie Kidd & Eva-Maija Lehtinie.

THE LANCASHIRE HEELER CLUB

The Lancashire Heeler Club was founded on 6th April, 1978 with Mrs. G. Mackintosh as President, Mr. P. Welch as Chairman, Miss A. Pritt as Secretary and Miss A. Jude as Treasurer.

Their hard work and enthusiasm helped produce the first Standard for the breed and Kennel Club registration of Lancashire Heelers was achieved in 1981.

By 1983 the Club was formally recognised by the Kennel Club and the first Limited Members' Show was held at Rackheath on 19th May, 1984. On this occasion Miss F. Hamilton (now Mrs F.Somerfield) judged 38 Heelers in 14 classes.

In October 1984, the Club held its first Open Show at Samlesbury in Lancashire. The judge that day was Mr. J. Bennett, who, as Secretary of Blackpool and District Canine Society, must take a lot of the credit for first scheduling Lancashire Heelers, at Blackpool Championship Show in June 1982.

Mrs Mackintosh remained the President until she sadly died in 1992. Our current President is Mr N G Ziman LLBMBA.

From 1985 until 1993, the Club held two Limit Shows a year, one in Norfolk and one in Lancashire. In 1994 the Club held an additional Open Show at Baginton near coventry. We continue to hold three shows a year and from 1999 the breed has been awarded championship status and the club will hold its first Championship Show on the 2nd of October of that year.

We also hold "fun days" when all Heeler people can get together and enjoy a good day out with their dog(s). In 1993 this was first combined with a Kennel Club "Good Citizen" dog test - when a lot of Heelers passed with flying colours and these tests are held at regular intervals.

The club encourages all owners to have their dogs eye tested through both the clubs own scheme and the BVA/KC scheme and have invited Professor Bedford to carry out regular eye testing and litter screening sessions in order to prevent any eye abnormalities taking roots in our breed.

The club tries to maintain regular contact with all of its members by producing regular Newsletters and Heelergrams. Our Newsletters are edited by Mrs Chris Norman who is always happy to receive both articles for publication and advertising copy.

To become a member of the Lancashire Heeler Club, application should be made to the Club Secretary. You will, once your membership application has been ratified by the committee and you have been accepted as a member, be entitled to enter our Limited Shows, receive copies of our Newsletter and we hope, have a lot of fun with many other Heeler enthusiasts both in Britain and overseas.