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EAST MIDLANDS SOCIAL REGION OF THE ISBC
SPONSORED WALK FOR IRISH SETTER RESCUE
5th MAY 2013
MAKING NEW FRIENDS ON THE WALK
The day of the walk arrived, along with the warmth and sunshine that everyone had been waiting for seemingly for ever! Little did we all realise then that we should be making the most of this glorious weather, as going by the weather we’ve had since, this one day of glorious warmth and sunshine was the sum total of our summer!
Friends had very kindly offered me a lift to Matlock and on arrival at their house, the red canine reception committee were already waiting and on the look out for my arrival. Two handsome redheads were straining to reach me over the garden wall and as soon as the gate was opened, shot out of it to greet me like two proverbial bats out of hell. What a wonderful welcome…..there’s nothing quite like an Irish Setter welcoming committee. I squeezed into the back seat amongst all the stuff for the walk, whilst the two redheads surveyed me from the boot, checking on me periodically to either make sure I was still there, or behaving myself!
Steven Lennox had once more very generously allowed us to hold the walk and garden party at his home. The garden bathed in sunshine, looked glorious. I’d no sooner got myself sorted and the handful of walkers already there, seemed to suddenly become a large crowd. I was astonished to realise that we actually had 56 walkers, far more than in previous years. It was, as always, good to see the regulars and catch up, but it was also wonderful to see so many new faces, all of whom later commented how much they enjoyed it and that they would be coming back again.
Not only did we have lots of new faces joining us this year, but we also had quite a variety of different breeds walking to help the cause, some of whom we have never had before. Apart from the numerous Irish Setters, we were also joined by a Standard Poodle, a Smooth Collie, a Bedlington Terrier, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Field Spaniel, an English Setter, two Gordon Setters, a Terrier and a Lurcher. The canine walkers all arrived back at Treetops full of boundless energy and despite being free in the garden, with a wonderful buffet on display on the trestle tables in the garden, all of them were impeccably behaved.
Finty the Standard Poodle and Enzo the Bedlington Terrier thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with Enzo particularly having a wonderful time running in the woods with the Irish Setters. And Meg the Lurcher was quite amusing. She arrived with her owners and without a lead, but there was no need to worry as she was very well mannered. Before she greeted anyone or settled down, she obviously felt it was her duty to check everything out and this she proceeded to do with fervour. She scrutinised every flower and plant in the borders and every blade of grass in the garden, then took herself off for a tour of the kennels, still not content, she then entered the house and inspected every room. Then and only then did she deign to join the rest of us in the garden, regally plonking herself down in the middle of the tulips! The gorgeous Ebony, the resident long-haired cat, strolled through her kingdom all day winding her way through all the dogs as if she had known them all her life, nothing seemed to faze her, until she happened to notice Meg’s gaze and decided to sit herself down in the same tulip bed. They stared each other down for quite a while, with Ebony obviously thinking she had the upper paw (it was her garden after all), until Meg made a sudden swift move towards her. Quick as a flash, a black streak shot across the garden, hotly followed by Meg, who on discovering that Ebony had shot up the nearest tree, trotted back to her resting place and languidly draped herself back amongst the tulips. That was it; excitement over for the day.
Not only had Steve & Regien worked hard to make sure that everything was ready for us and in tip top order, the ladies in the kitchen worked tirelessly all day to provide us with a mouth watering feast of sandwiches, cakes and savouries and lots of refreshments. One of them even managed to help despite having a fractured shoulder! They really are magnificent and we would not be able to do this without them, so thank you all! As has now become the norm, Phil & Jacqui Cater provided a bag of dog treats for all the canine walkers…it has now become such a tradition that quite frankly I think we might be lynched if we didn’t have them.
Phil in his new role as Rescue Secretary, taking over from Barbara Rogers, gave a vote of thanks for Barbara’s hard work over the many years she worked as Rescue secretary (40 in total I think) and also commemorated Clyde Frith, one of our staunchest supporters, when we presented him with a donation to rescue for £758.01 raised in Clyde’s memory. Slowly, at the end of the day, everyone began to pack up to go home, but not before they made sure we knew how much they had enjoyed it.
This event is not just a fund raiser for a worthy cause, but also a very enjoyable social event with dogs as can be seen from the fabulous photos, this year provided by; Clare Rockett, Stevie Keates, Phil & Jacqui Cater & Shirley Smith. Last year we raised £1,700! If you were not able to join us on this year’s walk, but would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, please make your cheque payable to: EAST MIDLANDS SOCIAL REGION OF THE ISBC and post it to our Treasurer: Mrs S. A. Shepherd, 14 Larch Close, Allestree, Derbyshire, DE22 2JA.
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28th August 1960 – 22nd November 2012
Age 52 years
Clyde was born to Gladys & Peter Frith at Stanton Lees. He was one of seven children, not all of whom survived. He was the younger brother of Jennifer, Petrina and Yvonne.
Clyde was a Joiner by trade, becoming apprenticed to Robert Lomas and an absolute perfectionist. Nothing was ever allowed to leave his workshop until it was exactly right, only the best was good enough, everything, produced with a sense of pride and to the best of his ability. Robert described Clyde not as a tradesman but as a master craftsman, which says everything about his ability and skill. Although Clyde built houses, including his own and could turn his hand to most things in the building trade, he loved a challenge and complicated staircases were his passion, always doing his own drawings to set them out before making them. He took great satisfaction in the fact that 9 times out of 10 they would fit perfectly, especially if made out of oak.
Clyde married his wife Carol on October 8th 1983, spending the first five years of their married life in a touring caravan in a field whilst he built their house. During this time they got their first Irish Setter Sam. Eventually Clyde started his own business and Carol began to work with him, often taking on the job of labourer. An accident whilst using a planer in 2000 where his fingers ended up on top of the planer block, two of them being taken down to the bone, meant he was off work for six months. It was dealt with quite calmly by Clyde, who washed them under the tap and putting his hand into a plastic bag to catch the blood, then went off to A & E. The doctors did a good repair job but Clyde was determined that he would have full use of them once again, which he eventually did. It seems that whatever he set his mind to, he succeeded.
Clyde adored his Irish Setters. After losing Sam, Clyde & Carol got Murphy and now have Woody. All were totally different characters, but equally beautiful dogs. This is how I knew him as he was a dedicated fund raiser for the Rescue Walk. Of course everyone avoided Clyde in April, as he went out with his sponsor form for the annual Irish Setter Rescue Walk. He along with Carol consistently raised the highest amount of money every year for many years, raising £750 in 2012. Everyone was so generous and it was because of Clyde’s wonderful, happy, generous personality that they gave so freely to him for our cause.
Clyde, Carol & Woody receiving the Sybil Lennox Memorial Cup for raising the highest amount of money.
They have achieved this every year since they began coming to the walk!
I first met Clyde & Carol at the Rescue Walk in 2005. It was an unforgettable meeting! I had become separated from the first group of walkers and as it was a new route I had no idea which way to go, so decided to stay put and see if the second group turned up. Eventually after about 15 minutes, which actually seemed more like an eternity, a group of dogs leapt into view over the brow of the hill and I breathed a sigh of relief. One of the whippets was so glad to be there that she rolled on her back with her legs in the air. I was helped over the dry stone wall, but misjudged the distance down, jumped and a few minutes later was doing the same as the whippet, much to the amusement of the second group of walkers!
The dogs in this group were definitely characters, especially one, Murphy, who belonged to Clyde and Carol. He delighted in laying down and rolling in the largest, muddiest, smelliest puddle he could find. By the time he had finished he was dripping black, sloppy, smelly, mud from every part of him, apparently trying to turn himself into a Gordon setter! Amazingly when I fell over, I didn’t get dirty, but Murphy obviously had other ideas for me, as he rushed straight up to me from the puddle and shook himself hard, splattering me with wet, smelly mud. Clyde apologised for Murphy, but he, Carol and I were just helpless with laughter, which Murphy took as the signal to shake over me some more! This experience rather cemented his owners into my memory. I often have a problem putting the right face with the right name, but for some inexplicable reason this never happened with Clyde, Carol and Murphy!
Another of Clyde’s passions was talking; he really could talk the hind leg off a donkey. Every year at the Rescue Walk he was the life and soul, keeping everyone entertained, he had such a wonderful sense of humour and a magnetic personality; he had time for everyone and people were just naturally drawn to him. One of the saddest and cruellest things about his illness was that it robbed him of his speech, but typically of Clyde, he was so brave and positive and always kept smiling and laughing even towards the end. He had an easy going nature, a cheery outlook, never complained and made friends easily. He made a big impression on the doctors and nurses who cared for him, even though they had only known him for a short while, such was the measure of the man.
The East Midlands Social Region of the ISBC, has lost a friend, a dedicated lover of the breed and a real character who will be greatly missed by everyone who had the fortune and honour to know him. He had such a presence, was such a lovely, gentle, caring man. Quite simply, the Rescue Walk will never be the same again. Our sincere sympathies go to Carol, who has lost not only her husband, but also her best friend and soul mate. They were married for 29 years.
Even in death, Clyde thought about helping Rescue. Carol requested that instead of flowers, donations to Irish Setter Rescue be made in Clyde’s memory. A total of £758.01 was raised………………….Clyde would have been thrilled.
EAST MIDLANDS SOCIAL REGION OF THE ISBC
SPONSORED WALK IN AID OF IRISH SETTER RESCUE
SUNDAY 6th MAY 2012
Getting ready for the start.
Well come on then!
I set off from Cleethorpes on a cold, windy, dreary morning, dressed for winter, as the forecast was anything but promising. By the time I arrived at Matlock the weather had changed and we were in the grip of a mini heat-wave (in comparison to what I’d left behind anyway!). In reality the weather conditions were just perfect for the dogs, not too hot and very little wind.
Once again, Steve Lennox very generously allowed us to hold the walk at Treetops and had obviously been hard at work before our arrival as the chairs and tarpaulin blankets were already set out around the garden ready for the garden party afterwards. Despite the fact that there was still at least 90 minutes before the start of the walk, the lane was already buzzing with excited dogs and walkers. This year we didn’t have such a variety of breeds, the dogs were mainly Irish Setters, though there were guest appearances from a Gordon Setter, an English Setter and a Terrier.
We had around 50 people including the committee, the team of dedicated helpers and the walkers, all of whom were very carefully counted as they set off. Somehow on their return, despite counting them all back in, just as carefully, the numbers seemed to have increased………….just what had been going on in the woods! In the end I stopped trying to make the numbers tally….I was just grateful that we hadn’t lost anyone.
Some of the walkers looked worse for wear and relieved to be back at base, whilst the dogs still had boundless energy and several had obviously discovered the pond in the woods…one in particular seemed to have spent more time in the pond than everyone else. I was pleased he wasn’t travelling home in my car!
It’s wonderful to see some faces every year without fail and also to welcome new faces, this year there were several ‘new’ walkers. Everyone makes sure that those who are here for the first time are made very welcome and put at their ease. There’s nothing worse than going somewhere for the first time, not knowing anyone else and no one bothering to include you, or make you feel welcome. I am proud to be able to say that doesn’t happen at any of our events. Once people have been on the walk, they can’t wait to come again and it’s very much appreciated that many take the time and trouble to write, letting us know how much they enjoyed themselves.
Walkers and dogs tucked into the food with gusto, all served with a cheery smile by our regular team of helpers. It would be impossible to hold this event without them, they work tirelessly behind the scenes in the kitchen, before, during and after the walk…..thank you ladies, you really are treasures…..give yourselves a pat on the back. Once again, we had some very generous raffle prizes donated, with some people winning more than others. I was so astounded to win a raffle prize that I actually fell whilst going up the steps to collect it. I never win anything so couldn’t believe my luck. Phil & Jackie Cater had once more been hard at work, packing bags of treats for all the four legged walkers. Their generosity has quickly become a tradition and I think that if the doggy bags weren’t there they would now be sorely missed, in fact if we didn’t have them, I think we might just have a doggy mutiny on our hands!
Last year we raised £2,000, £750 of which was once again raised by Clyde, Carol & Woody Frith. They were awarded the Sybil Lennox Memorial Cup for Best Fund Raiser of the year in 2010 and returned the cup on the day, only to be awarded it once more, with Brian Ross presenting the cup.
It will be the end of the year before we know the final total raised, all of which is donated to the ISBC Irish Setter Rescue. If you couldn’t join us for the walk, but would like to make a donation, please make your cheque payable to: EAST MIDLANDS SOCIAL REGION OF THE I.S.B.C. and post it to our Treasurer, Mrs S. A. Shepherd, 14 Larch Close, Allestree, Derbyshire, DE22 2JA
Photos of the walk, this year were taken by John Wood and Saskia & Alan Tolley and can be seen below, as well as on the ISBC web site: www.isbc.org.uk
WALK 2012 - SASKIA & ALAN TOLLEY
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WALK 2012 - JOHN WOOD