East Anglian Working Newfoundlands

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2015 Report

Yet another very busy year has passed by.

As usual we met up in the winter months for walks followed by lunch and the swimming season started in April.  We were fast approaching the ‘NOT Mepal’ weekend when we received the sad news that John Brown had died.   We decided, however, that the weekend planned must go ahead.

The Club had taken the decision at the previous AGM that the format of the weekend would be changed and we hosted the first [email protected] over the Mayday holiday  1st – 4th May.  The Club members, together with visitors and Alain and Paddy from TNS,  were split into three groups in the morning and another three  groups in the afternoon  and trained with the dogs from these groups.  It seemed to go very well, although there were several comments about how cold it was to be in the water for half a day at a time and admiration for Group members, together with TNS members, who had for the past twenty six years spent two whole days training the dogs in the water.   The report of the procession made in memory of John has previously been reported.  The feedback has ensured another weekend on the same lines planned for 2016.

A Club caravan weekend took place at Waxham Sands at the end of June.  The dogs thoroughly enjoyed their swim in the sea on the Sunday afternoon (in the pouring rain) – owners were not quite so enamoured!  Lynda got sun stroke on the Monday and was violently ill, but on the plus side the fish and chips bought in Sea Palling were delicious.

The water demonstration at Wells next the Sea in aid of the lifeboat took place on the 26th July.

Despite the poor weather there was a good crowd who gave generously, and with the help of four brave young men from GJL Animal Feed at Fakenham who undertook sponsored rescues, the sum of

£831.90 was raised.

One week later we were at Sheringham to give a water and land display in aid of the Carnival weekend.  The water display area had been changed, which was certainly nearer and easier for us with the dogs, but quite a trial on both human and dogs’ feet with the stones near the promenade.

Another good display but we were racing to keep ahead of an ebbing tide.

We made two visits to Hemsby – one on their lifeboat day and three weeks later for the annual Herring Festival.   Two good displays and two successful tombola stalls raising needed funds for the Club.

On the 16th August we were once again at Cromer in aid of their Carnival week.  Another good water display and then at the family day on the 18th.  A very wet day, so disappointing for all the people who work so hard to make this such a wonderful event.  Our land display was delayed, so we only went into the arena just the once and we were lucky to have hit a fine patch in the day.  We always so enjoy inviting children to join us and we are often told that the children have waited several years to be with us in the ring.  

The Carnival procession always takes place on the Wednesday evening.  It is a mammoth task for the organisers arranging everyone into some semblance of order.  We try and avoid walking too close to a Band or an entry with loud music as the dogs can easily get upset, especially with such huge crowds lining the route around the town.   The stars from the Cromer Pier Show always have a float and take part (if you have never been to see the summer show it is well worth the visit) and usually come along and pat the dogs before we start.

On the 18th October we received an invitation from Kath to join her at home for a Club fun day and barbeque.  We really do not know where she gets all the ideas from, but we had a marvellous time with Matt acting as chef of the day.  

Towards the end of the year as there was a problem with the water at our training lake some of the members got together each week at Brandon to practise carting skills with their dogs in anticipation of the forthcoming Elveden weekends.    

Four weekends at Elveden followed.  Extremely hard work and at times very wet and muddy!  We are always very grateful to our friends, who we invite to join us, as demand for the service is getting more each year.    Cheques have been forwarded to the East Anglian Air Ambulance,  Hemsby Lifeboat and, in memory of John, the Northern Newfoundland Club earmarked for their Rescue Fund.







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It is with great sadness that we advise the death of John Brown.

Members had gathered at the lake on the 26th April, ready for water training, when Pete gave the news that John had that morning loaded his dogs and equipment into his van and then suffered a suspected heart attack.  Unfortunately, although the medics worked hard they were unable to revive him.  Later that day Kath was taken into hospital with a suspected heart attack.  

However, we are pleased to say that she is now home and getting on well.

John and Kath formed the Horsham Area Newfoundland Water Training Group in the early 1990’s.

Upon deciding to move they travelled around England until they found just what they wanted in a small village near Brandon, two cottages in need of renovation.  Whilst John carried out all the repairs, with the exception of the electrical wiring, they lived in their small touring caravan in the garden with their two Newfoundland dogs, Willow and Tuppence, for around eighteen months.

They became members of EAWN in 1994 taking part in the many water and land displays undertaken by the Club.  

They both had a vast knowledge of Newfoundlands and training methods and were a great asset to the expanding knowledge needed to run a successful group.  

John travelled to France and Germany to take part in the International meetings and served on the committee for the Newfoundland Group Working Section.  

He was also a senior judge at Section E for water and  Level 4 draught work and a novice judge for nosework.  He was always happy to help anyone and many a time we would hear him inviting people round to his home to give assistance.

Sometime after the arrival of Trinity, this time a Landseer, they did not renew their membership, but John re-joined a few years ago with Jacob and Penta.  A later addition, Arfur (half a sixpence) arrived following the loss of Jacob.

As many people know, John enjoyed a good argument, he loved being controversial and we often said he would argue black was white, but however large the disagreement might be he never held a grudge.

For a living he fitted kitchens and bathrooms, but he loved working with wood.

A large room at the cottage was fitted out as a workshop and it was there that he made the most marvellous carts, many of which are dotted around the Country and even further afield.  

Over the years he made various items which the Club would sell at different functions, cut out Newfies, puzzles, wine racks – the list could go on.  

Every Christmas since 2001 John has appeared at Elveden to help with the carting of Christmas trees.  

He loved meeting people, talking to the children and loading the trees on the carts.  He invented the ‘cuddle button’ on the dogs.  The children had to give the dogs a cuddle to make them work.

Elveden will not be the same without him.

We shall also miss the beautifully crafted wooden miniature bells that he handed out to members in lieu of sending Christmas cards.

We will miss you John



Eawn break the £50,000,

Over the last 10 yeras EAWN and friends have raised over £50,000 for charties, see our Elveden link



[email protected] 2015

Its that time of year again, Please find our booking form below for our first [email protected], This now replaces our Mepal weekend which we ran for 25 years.

This is a great weekend for all newfoundland owners. Please vook early as spaces are limited

See you all there









We would like to welcome Alison and Eddy to the group this year, They were a great help at Elveden with all our visitors with there dogs

Well done to all the members of EAWN for there continued hard work