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Mandy Harvey

On Saturday 21st of October Mandy Harvey (Jubliana Irish Setters) lost her final battle. She fought long and hard for over four years without complaint or seeking sympathy and taught us all the true meaning of courage and bravery. She was funny, loving, caring, beautiful and a true party girl. She loved life and knew how to live it. She adored her Irish Setters and was overjoyed when the homebred Jubliana Murphy Midnight Star, handled by her husband Ian, won his title. Her joy and excitement when at Blackpool in 2014 she handled Riverbrue Enyo at Jubliana to the bitch CC, gave us great cause for celebration; we certainly partied after that. She loved going to dog shows and the social side of caravanning at them was right up her street. There she made so many friends from many different breeds; friends for whom she made so many happy memories. She was the centre of Ian’s universe, a wonderful mother to Lauren, Chloe and Luke and the doting Nannan of Aleisha and Amelia. Her funeral will take place on Thursday 2nd November at 12:10 at Barnsley Crematorium S71 5EH. All are welcome. In gratitude for the love and care she was given at Barnsley Hospice it is requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to them. Farewell Mandy, until we party again.

Christine Morgan


Kyla (centre) & daughters Ella (left) and Jeana (right)
Thought you guys would like to know that some of us ‘redheads’ are ‘famous’ !!!!

Do you know who?

Terry Wharton (Jennison)
               Archive photos
Terry with Sh Ch Delsanto Eleanor of Jennison

It is with much sadness we report the death of Terry Wharton, on 5th July 2017 after a short illness.
Our deepest sympathy to his wife Barbara & family circle at this time of deep sorrow.
Terry & Barbara owned many successful Irish Setters. Although Terry did not show himself he loved his setters.

Funeral details:

Terry's funeral will be held on 20th July
St Michael and All Angels Church at Kerry, Nr Newtown, Powys, SY16 4NP, Service starts at 12.30pm

You are welcome to join Barbara in the village hall (opposite the Church) for refreshments after the service.

Family flowers only please, should anyone wish to make a donation in Terry's memory please find details below.


Lingen Davies Cancer Fund
Fundraising Office
Hamar Centre
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Mytton Oak Road

 Irish Setter Rehome & Rescue
c/o Mrs G Cove-Print


Peter Edwards (Inisheer)

It is with much sadness we report the death of Peter Edwards, on 12th April 2017.
Our deepest sympathy to his wife Charlotte & daughters Isabel, Michelle, Julia, Melanie & Charlotte at this time of deep sorrow.
Peter was a very successful exhibitor, breeder & judge of Irish Setters.

Peters funeral was held at Southend Crematorium, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5PX
on 11th May. If you were unable to attend but would like to make a donation see details below

Donations to: Havens Hospice
For those attending the funeral, gift aid envelopes will be provided.

For those unable to attend but would like to donate, the website is as follows:
Irish Setter Association, England
CC / Rcc, Puppy & Veteran Winners Match
1st April 2017

Best Puppy Gwendariff D'Ya Know My Name By Bardonhill (Marita Bott) (L)
CC Winner Thendara Jocasta JW (Tania Gardner) (M)
Best Veteran Sh Ch Lynwood Kissed By An Angel at Sandstream JW ShCM (Sandy Waterton) (R)
L to R Becky Box (Hon Secretary), Peter Hall (Chairman) Val Wade & Frank Kane (Judges) Richard Bott (Committee)

More Photos on ISAE Website HERE

ISAE Match Photo Proofs now available on Colin N Waddell Photography Website HERE

Geoff Coupe

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Geoff Coupe (Timadon) on 17th February.
President of the Irish Setter Association, England. A
very sad loss for all Setter & Pointer exhibitors. 
A gentleman, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his family at this sad time.


Funeral arrangements

 The funeral Service will be held at 1.30pm on Friday 3rd March at St John The Evangalist Parish Church, Ashton Hayes, Nr Chester, CH3 8AB and afterwards at The Boot Inn, in the village of Willington  Nr. Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0NH

St John’s Church is situated at the northern end of the village of Ashton Hayes
on the B5393 (signed as Church Road within the village).

Andrew Begg

Sad news from Martin Russell that Andrew passed away on Sunday 20 November.
Our deepest sympathy to Susan and family

I regret that Andrew passed away after a long illness during the evening of 20th November. Andrew Hay Begg BSc
was born in 1944 of Glaswegian parents in Oban, and lived his early years in Cornwall. His family moved to Southampton
when Andy was 9 years old, and he was then educated at Taunton Grammar School. He was a keen footballer playing
for Southampton F.C. Youth Teams as a goalkeeper. He remained a keen football supporter all his life.

After leaving school he joined the Ordnance Survey, and while working there he obtained his two degrees.
It was at this time that he first met Angela who he subsequently married. They had one son Alistair.

Their interest in Irish Setters started in the 1970’s, and Andrew very shortly became a regular Ring Steward,
and at times he gave training classes to other potential Stewards. However, he also showed Irish Setters, and more
laterally his most successful was Show Champion and South African Show Champion “Kirkavagh Kandy” and
her daughter South African Show Champion “Muharraq Overberg”.

During the 1990’s he became Chairman of The South of England Irish Setter Club and Romsey Canine Society.
He gained status as a Championship Show Judge, and awarded tickets on several occasions.
He was a member of The Kennel Club.

After Angela’s death in 1998, he met Susan Morriss in the following year. Together they moved to South Africa
where they continued showing before they returned to the United Kingdom in 2012 when they married in September 2014.
Sadly shortly afterwards Andrew was diagnosed with cancer, and his long struggle began, which has now sadly ended.

Obituary from Martin Russell

Brian Willett

It is with immense sadness, we must inform everyone that our very dear friend Brian, passed away in
hospital after a short illness, on Sunday 9th October 2016. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Joan, daughters
Faye & Kerry, son Lee and family circle, at this sad time.

Brian's funeral was held on Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Donations in the memory of Brian Willett, if desired for My Wish, Macmillan Ward G1, can be sent
c/o Meredith Greengrass Funeral Services
2 Hospital Road,
Bury St Edmonds,

IP33 3JT



Dee Farndell (Cordarragh)

Dee Farndell from Cordarragh Irish setters, sadly passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
She will be greatly missed by her family and Irish Setter friends

See funeral arrangements below:

Dee's daughter Sarah writes as follows.

Hello everyone, we now have funeral details for mums farewell. Service to be held at Mintlyn Crematorium,
Lynn road, Kings Lynn, PE32 1HB Tuesday 9th August at 3.15pm. Wake venue to be confirmed.
Those of you that knew mum well will know that she loved the colour purple, it would be lovely if those
who attend could incorporate the colour purple somehow, she would like that.
Please instead of flowers make a donation, (however small) to Cancer Research
Thank you to everyone who took the time to send kind wishes and condolences over the last few days,
it means a lot to us and is comforting to know she was so very loved by everyone.

Mabel Coulter (Lurgavon)

It is with great sadness and heartfelt loss, of our dear friend and mentor,
Mabel Coulter that we write this.Mabel died 23/7/16 following a short illness,
having celebrated her 87th birthday on the 5th July 2016.

Karen McKelvey ,Gillian Sterritt

See full Obituary Here

Christine Heron (Caskeys)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Christine Heron on Thursday 12th May.
Our deepest sympathy to her husband Bob & daughter Fiona & family. A dear friend, fellow exhibitor & ISAE Committee Member.

Christine's funeral will be held on Thursday 26th May at 10.30am at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium,
Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3NQ.
No dark clothing - Chris loved colour so colour it must be

No flowers please but donations to Pancreatic Cancer UK, 2nd Floor Camelford House, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW
or online to would be greatly appreciated.

Obituary by Eva Ciechonska HERE

See a selection of photos of Christine's life with Irish Setters HERE
Margaret Boardman - Copatain (1926-2016)

More sad news, we record the passing of Margaret Boardman last week.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Margaret's family at this sad time.

Margaret's' funeral will be held at 11 am on 29th April at Carlisle Crematorium.
Family flowers only, but donations, in Margarets' name,
can be made to Kidney Research UK or Dogs Trust via the Co-Op Funeralcare - Brampton website.

Obituary by Pat Brigden HERE

James S. F. Smith (Reddins)

It is with immense sadness, we report the death of Jim, in hospital on Tuesday 29th March 2016.
Our deepest sympathy to Priscilla at this time of deep sorrow !

Obituary by Priscilla Smith HERE

From Simon Parsons Dog World - Jim Smith, with his wife Priscilla,
bred many beautiful and influential Irish Setters,
and he was never afraid to stand up in print for what he believed.
His notes, always in his distinctive handwriting, were fascinating to read, laced as they
were with an in-depth knowledge of the breed’s very special history.

Even when he had ceased to contribute regularly, he would sometimes write
tributes to outstanding personalities the breed had lost, summing up their characters in a
way few could manage. I am sure his colleagues in the breed will ensure that his own achievements are equally well celebrated now that he too has gone

If anyone feels they would like to make a donation in Jim’s memory please send to the Funeral Directors R Medhurst, Vine House, High St., Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AD.
Cheques made payable  to “Medicins San Frontieres” .

Message from Priscilla

“I would like to thank all those who have sent letters, cards, messages and flowers
and the wonderful tributes expressed. I think Jim would have been surprised to know he was held
 in such high esteem and affection by the Irish setter fraternity. It has been overwhelming. I hope anybody attending the funeral will come back to “Reddins” after the ceremony.

Ruth Ellis (Brayville)

Sad news from Meg Webb:

It is with great sadness that I must inform everyone that Ruth Ellis passed away on Monday 15th December. She had been in intensive care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for the previous two weeks.

There will be a short service at Caversham Crematorium, Reading at 2.15pm on 5th January. Her husband John would like everyone to know that he is not encouraging people to attend.

Ruth has been connected with South of England Irish Setter Club for many years and was always a staunch supporter even though she was no longer our Treasurer or on the committee. She was well known for her Brayville Irish Setters and bred several Show Champions.

Photo of Ruth (R) Runner up at the ISAE Contest of Champions 2001
Winner Marita Bott (L)
Judges: Mrs Val Foss (L) & Miss Sybil Lennox (R)

By JAMES S. F. SMITH (Reddins Irish Setters)  


Deb Bouttell (Ixia)

So very sad to hear of Deb Bouttell’s (Ixia) passing on 23.09.15. This amazingly strong lady had been
plagued by heart failure for some years and had defied all the expert medical prognoses with an
 indomitable spirit. She and husband  Bob, who also has been unwell for some time, were a source of constant encouragement for daughter Hannah and their dogs, and they could both be seen trundling along in matching motorised buggies at the shows. Our sympathy goes out to Bob, daughter Hannah and husband James,
son Ben and his wife Nina, who have all been such a wonderful support for each other.
“The family would also like to thank everyone for their support and kindness - it really does make all the difference.
Reported by Geraldine Cove-Print

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Kindly Supplied by Sandy Waterton

Everyone welcome, please wear purple/lilac/pink and any donations to be made to Wessex Heartbeat." - JustGiving page for Wessex Heartbeat in Deb’s memory.

Ray Hurll (Carramore)

It is with sadness that we record the passing of Ray Hurll, husband to Maureen on the
morning of Monday the 24th of August 2015 after a long illness patiently endured. Maureen and Ray
had married in 1952 and together had enjoyed the company of many Irish Setters under the Carramore affix.
Ray had also been Treasurer of the Irish Setter Rescue Group Charitable Trust for some time, supporting
Maureen in her dedication to helping Irish Setters in distress. Ray and Maureen had always valued
their dogs as part of their family and on one occasion when a determined overseas buyer had asked
Ray to name his price for a particularly loved dog he had replied with remarkable good humour and wit that “Maureen would rather sell me, before she sold the dog”. He will be missed.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Maureen & family.


John Quinn (Wickenberry)

We had a call from Jean today to advise that John had passed away on Saturday 7th February 2015,
in hospital after a long illness. John was 87 years old, a gentleman, quiet and unassuming a
behind the scenes man who loved his setters. Our deepest sympathy goes to Jean and her son at this sad time.
Pauline Perriam (Elaphill)

More sad news - we report that Pauline passed away on 28th January. Many of you will know Pauline who started with Irish Setters
and moved onto showing Red & Whites. A founder member of Irish Red & White Setter Club of GB later to become their President.

Our deepest sympathy goes to her family at this sad time.

Ivor Gittins

Ivor at his 90th Birthday party September 2011

We report the sad news that Ivor Gittins passed away on Friday 16th January. Ivor together
with his wife Margaret had been involved in the setter world for over 50 years. Showing & judging
both English & Irish Setters. He was President and founder member of the Irish Setter Club of Wales.
He judged best in show at the joint  breeds Irish Setter Championship Show hosted by the ISCW only last year.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret & family circle.

North East of England Irish Setter Club
On Saturday 4th April 2015
at Belmont Community Centre
Gilesgate Moor Durham DH1 2LL



Liz Turner (Foxfleet Irish Setters)

 Liz passed away on Tuesday 30th December, she had Irish Setters for many years and had served as a
committee member of the South of England Irish Setter Club for some years.
 Her last litter that she bred was by Marquis and produced Pheanna of Clonageera dam of Am.Ch. Pure Geniuse (Jason) whom she wasvery proud of. In later years she went into Poms.
Our deepest sympathy goes to to her family at this sad time.
Pat Rutherford

Pat Rhodes (Fearnley)

It is with much sadness that we announce that Pat passed away on the morning of Saturday 12th July.
Our deepest sympathy goes to her daughters Louise & Sally & son Johnny at this sad time.

Her Funeral was held on Monday 28th July 12 noon at 
The Parish Church of St Giles, Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 9BA

Irish Setter Breeders Club Rescue Scheme
C/O 17 Lycrome Lane, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 3JY
Royal National Lifeboat Institution, West Key Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ

An Obituary Written By James S F Smith (Reddins) Here 



The First Rescue for Irish Setters in the U.K.
(set up in 1968 and becoming a Registered Charity in 2008)

We would be very grateful for items to sell on the stand. Setter memorabilia of all sorts would be much appreciated. Exhibitors at the ISAE Championship Show in 2012 will remember we had a very successful Stand there which contributed approximately £1000 to our funds. Apart from that event we have not held any fund raising events since the demise of our famous SETTER PARTIES - last held in 2009.

We want to raise some much needed funds as our veterinary bills for 2014 are going to be very large!
We could probably arrange to have any item/s picked up or they could be collected at Shows by one of our Trustees or volunteers.

Contacts are: Jill Holley - 01933 623429
Mike Brady - 01825 763163
Maureen Hurll - 01787 248143

Show Champion, Multi Ch, International Champion
Sumaric Shadow of Mr Jingles

Jingles Retires:   Aleks Lauwers writes

Photo taken at Windsor Ch Show 2009 Group 1 Winner
ShCh, BOB Crufts, MultiCh, IntCh, Multi Club Winner, BISS... Sumaric Shadow of Mr Jingles

Crufts 2014 where Jingly won veterans and later ISC Belgium were he went res Dog from veteran class and later on BIS progeny
were last shows for him. We have decided to retire this outstanding dog from a show ring. The showman Mr.Jingles doesn't need any
introduction. His record speaks for itself. He made history becoming the first overseas Irish setter being crowned with the most prestigious title "UK Show champion" so as first overseas Irish Setter winning 'CC and BOB at Crufts. Mr.Jingles is a truly outstanding dog with quality oozing from him.  His achievements and the qualities will continue in his winning progeny , a true asset for the breed.We would like to thank you all who have supported him for all those year and a special thank for all judges who made it possible .

Please stop for a while and watch this amazing movie.

Mr Jingles being a pride and joy of Oakdene and Thendara.

Thanks to  Willy Duijnkerke for sending the photo

Ann Cook (Southella)

A phone call from Phyllis  today with the sad news that Ann Cook passed away peacefully this afternoon 4th January.
After a long illness which she fought bravely, a lovely person. She will be missed by all who knew her.
A long time travelling companion & close friend to Phyllis Polllard.

Our deepest sympathy to Phyllis, Ann's daughters Laura, Melanie & Alison & family circle at this sad time.

Phyllis will provide funeral arrangements as they are announced.
Gill Lewis (Kegil)

Gill wife of Keith, part of a well known partnership in canine circles, died on 2nd January after a long illness. 
    Sympathies go to her husband Keith, daughter Meredith and sons Mark & Richard.

Stephen Lennox (Brackenfield)

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Stephen Lennox who passed peacefully away on 17th December.
Brother of the late Sybil Lennox a well known family in the Irish Setter World, particularly for their work with Irish Setter Rescue

Funeral arrangements as follows:
The Service will be held at All Saints Church, Smedley Street, Matlock, Derbyshire,
on Friday 10th January 2014, at  12 o'clock  midday.

Penny Ashton

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have to report the death of a close friend, Penny Ashton,
who has died at the age of 75. Penny and her family owned a number of Irish Setters over the years,
but she came into showing after purchasing Konakakela Zorro (Digby), from the famous 'Z' litter. Digby's show
career did not start until he was two, but he soon made up for it, winning major show awards, including reserve
best in show at the New Forest Show, and then going on to win a CC and a reserve CC.
He also sired two litters, winning progeny including Caispern Miss Bennet, Caispern Sir William Lucas,
Caispern Red Rum at Bridgella and Caispern Shannon Lass at Bridgella, and Penny's own Caispern Mr Bennet (Darcy).

Those who met Penny at shows remember her with affection for her friendliness, kindness and immense sense of humour.
She was a wonderful person who would always be there to help and give support, and she will be sadly missed.

Sympathies go to her husband Clive, children Lucy, Guy and Lisa, and eight grandchildren.

Funeral details TBA, but probably December 5 in Lymington, Hants.

Address: 49 Stanley Road, Lymington, Hants, SO41 3SL.

If anyone wishes to contact me, my numbers are: 01425 277644 or 07702 118108
Sue Edwins

              Carolyn Evans (Neathamill)

It is with great sadness that we announce that Carolyn has passed away.
Although she had been ill for some time, she died suddenly on Monday 21 October.
She will be so missed by her family, friends and setter girls. Her friends from the dog world provided much needed support
and friendship during her illness and she so enjoyed meeting up with many of you at the Gundog Society of Wales show recently.

Funeral Arrangements
The funeral will take place at 14:45 on Tuesday 5 November at Basingstoke Crematorium. All welcome. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Hampshire Hospitals Charity c/o Kemp and Stevens, 93 High Street, Alton, Hants, GU34 1LG. Tel: 01420 83177.

Carolyn's daughter Jennie is organising things along with her son, David.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
 Jennie's Mobile Tel: 07881 820 537

Peter Carr

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Peter Carr who passed away on Wednesday 11th of September

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Julie & family circle

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Thursday 26th September, 10.00am
Eltham Crematorium (Falconwood A2)

and afterwards at The Foresters Pub, Wilmington

Flowers or donations to Cancer Research UK - Co-op Funeral Services, Dartford, Kent.

Julie's address is: 2 Gerdview Drive, Wilmington, Kent. DA2 7BS.
Sh Ch Caskeys Concept at Aoibheanne JW 

I would like to thank everyone worldwide for their cards and messages for Louis.
Your kindness has been overwhelming. What a wonderful global family we are.
Thank you Eva Ciechonska
Sh Ch Caskeys Concept at Aoibheanne JW 
26.5.04 - 7.7.13

Sh Ch Caskeys Concept at Aoibheanne JW (Louis)
(Caskeys Persuader from Amberlight ex Sh Ch Dunnygask Ginger Spice at Caskeys)
Eva Ciechonska (owner) &  Bob, Christine and Fiona Heron (breeders)

We were sorry to receive the following message from Eva Ciechonska informing us that she has lost Louis

 The last weekend was so very bittersweet and brought home to me how incredibly lucky I was to have lived with him for 9 years.
Far too short and so suddenly taken from me. It is unbearable.

Louis had a stroke and a suspected bleed into the brain.  Nothing could be done for him and I had to make the decision.
He went very peacefully without any pain.

Silke's bitch Copper's Bubble of Joy, bred by Camilla and who had her all important 3rd on Sunday, was his 15th UK Sh Ch (subject to KC confirmation).
To watch his children and grandchildren winning the major awards made me so very very proud.

In all Lou sired 31 UK litters and 4 overseas litters, two bred by Camilla Ostman in Sweden (repeat matings).
One by Diana Van Der Valk in Holland and the 4th by Marta Margi in Hungary. From this there are 15 UK Show Champions and 4 Challenge Certificate winners.
Overseas from Copper's there are 4 International champions and a Russian champion.
From Of the Red Empire there is one Dutch Ch and from Sangarrah there are 2 Hungarian Championss.

Louis success in the ring and as a sire are well documented but I was lucky to have lived with him.
He was the dearest, sweetest dog with the most wonderful nature, easy going and laid back. Always smiling. Nothing phased him.
He was a fridge raider and a counter surfer. No food was safe with him. I have so many wonderful memories.
I have two of his children and a grandchild. He will always live on for me.


Gordon Evans (Goldings)

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Gordon Evans.
 Gordon had been ill for some time & passed away only 18 months since his wife Biddy died.
 We send our deepest sympathy to his daughter Allyson & family.
Claire Prangle Celebrating Her Recent Birthday In Style At The Ritz

Claire (Centre) with Christine Warner (L) & Myra Thomas-Rhodes (Australia) (R)

Claire (Centre) with Christine Warner (L) & Myra Thomas-Rhodes (Australia) (R)

Claire - Thanks for sharing


Reddins Falcon (Ranger)

Congratulations to Steph & Steve Wood on gaining their Show Certificate of Merit.
 Sylvia Budd (Kesakasy)
Sylvia sadly died on the 24th May,having had to return to hospital following a major operation some weeks before.
Her funeral will be held on the 18th June at 2.30pm at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, Hedge End , SO3O 2HL.

Her funeral will be  followed by a buffett at Hedge End Hall.
Any donations can be made to MacMillan Nurses. Ken requests that black is not
worn, and no flowers given, other than family flowers.

Olwen Hunt (Sowerhill)

It is with much sadness we report the death of Olwen Hunt, 4th April.
A service was held on Monday April 16th at 3.30 pm at Dulverton Congregational Church.
The service was preceded by a private cremation attended by the family only.
As the family requested no flowers,  donations can go to the Devon Air Ambulance Service.

Obituary by James S F Smith (Reddins) PDF FILE HERE


Crufts Junior Warrant Final 2012

Congratulations to Tania Gardner & Mayfred Mr Moondance JW  (Fergal)
Fergal was Runner up in the Junior Warrant finals at Crufts 2012


Sh Ch Caskeys Concept at Aoibheanne JW 
(Caskeys Persuader from Amberlight ex Sh Ch Dunnygask Ginger Spice at Caskeys)
Congratulations to Eva Ciechonska (owner) &  Bob, Christine and Fiona Heron (breeders)

Zara Risdon

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Zara Risdon on Monday 23rd January
We send our condolences to her sons Christian, Stephen & family circle

Funeral details as follows:  St. Johns Crematorium Woking on Monday 13th February at 11am
Zara’s family have requested family flowers only. Any donations made in Zara’s memory to be directed to the charity the “GI Trust”.


Willy Carslake

Many of you will know Lorna and Willy Carslake. I have received the following news from their son Ru as follows:
My father was admitted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) just before Christmas, for a procedure to remove a cancer from around his right eye. Given his age (79) and his medical history (which includes a heart transplant 15 years ago), the doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of surviving the operation.
Despite these odds, in my last email from him he said he was looking forward to the procedure as relief to the constant pain. The procedure lasted 8 hours,
he survived and returned to consciousness very quickly and was soon bossing the nurses around in his usual good natured manner.
Now, a few days on, I think the anesthetic has worn off, so some pain has returned and although his spirits are high (considering), I understand he’s struggling with the isolation and the grim reality of losing an eye, eyebrow and bone from the right side of his face.

I am in Australia, and except for my mother (who is clearly exhausted) he has no visitors or messages of good will. I’m not sure if he has internet access, but if he did I believe he would struggle to use it.  My mother is staying at a cancer support facility near the hospital, so won’t receive any calls to their home number. You can however contact her on her mobile 07710 081560

Maybe you would like to send a card to Willy. The address is as follows:
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary,
AB25 2ZN
Tel: 0845 456 6000

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Amberlight Firecracker JW
12 April 1997 - 19 December 2011

Josh & Paula

Message from Paula Lucas:
It was with great sadness we had to say goodbye to our beloved Josh, a truly wonderful boy, one in a million,
he will be missed by all who knew him,  it was our joy and pleasure to have been owned by such a perfect gent.
May he rest in peace now and forever run free with all his pals at rainbow bridge 
From Paula & Phil Lucas -  Mike & Carol Brady X

Mike Oakley - Caspians
It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Mike Oakley.
Mike died suddenly on Saturday 22nd October.
We send our deepest sympathy to his wife Sue & family circle.

Mike's funeral was held Monday the 7th November at 1.00pm at Reading Crematorium
 Donations can sent to Mike's favourite charity The Macmillan Cancer Support
Mrs Biddy Evans (Goldings)

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Biddy Evans.
Although Biddy had been ill for some time, she died suddenly on Sunday 2nd October.
We send our deepest sympathy to her husband Gordon, daughter Allyson & family.

Due to Gordon's ill health, the family have decided to have a private family funeral for Biddy.

Message from Allyson
Biddy's wish was that any donations would be made to Cotswold Care Hospice,
they are a small locally based cancer charity who do some fantastic work .
Anyone that wishes to donate, should send their donation to Packer & Slade , Dyer Street , Cirencester , Glos, GL7 2PP

More Photos Here

Ivor Gittins 90th Birthday

A surprise party was held on 13th September to celebrate Ivor's 90th Birthday. The party was held at
Four Crosses Village Hall - Many of Ivor's Setter friends attended.

Ivor & with his wife Margaret

To Becky (Box) & Nick on the birth of their baby girl, Gracie Sophia
Born at lunchtime on Saturday 13th August weighing in at 7lb 2oz

Top Handler Award At Paignton !!

Rob Budgell
USA - Happy Independents Day - 4th July

                           Rita Celebrates her ?? Birthday with some Irish Setter Friends At Blackpool Ch Show
Maureen Cregan Wishingtree Memorial Trophy

I would like to thank everyone who kindly donated to the Memorial trophy for Maureen Cregan. 
I hope you are pleased with the result.  The trophy will be awarded for the first time
at the SEISC Championship Show in 2011.


I have received the following letter of appreciation from the society:

Dear Louise,


On behalf of the S.E.I.S.C. I would like to thank you and the friends of Maureen Cregan for the generous donation of a trophy in her memory.I am sure the Wishingtree Memorial Trophy will give pleasure to those lucky enough to win it for many years to come. I look forward to seeing you and the Trophy at our Championship Show next year. Please give our thanks to all concerned.


                                                              With best wishes.

                                                                     Jean Meekings Cup Steward    

Spencer Award for Therapet of the Year 2010

Two Irish Setters Maeve (Drumwhaur Little Flame) and Bridget (Thendara Sweetheart)
owned by Ruth Findlay jointly won the Spencer Award for Therapet of the Year 2010
at the annual Award ceremony on 14th November. 

Canine Concern Scotland Trust run the Therapet service and hundreds of volunteers with their dogs make regular visits to hospitals, nursing homes, day centres, any place where people are unable to enjoy the companionship of a dog of their own at present.  If you live in Scotland and would like to volunteer, or even just get some more information please visit

Maeve and Bridget were nominated for the award by Beech Hill House Care Centre for older people
in Forfar where Maeve and Bridget have been regular visitors and Norma Murray the
Therapet representative for the Tayside Area.

 “The picture shows some of their friends at Beech Hill with Manager Nicky Worrall, Bridget with
Norma Murray their Therapet area representative on the left and Maeve with Ruth when they
visited to show off the award.  The residents and staff had their own surprises for the
redheads – a toy, a bone and a gold medal each!”

Ron Cordwell

It is with great sadness we report the death of Ron Cordwell
Ron died suddenly on Sunday 31st October

His funeral will be held on Tuesday 16th November at 12.30pm in St.Mary's Church, in the village of Denby, Derbyshire.
We send our deepest
sympathy to Margaret & family

Simon MacCorkindale (Greentiles)

It is with much sadness, we report the death of Simon, after a four year battle with cancer.
We send our deepest sympathy to Susan & family circle.

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George Best - Irish Setter Owner
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