Brynmawr Canine Society.
On Wednesday 23rd March 1927 the first annual members dog show under the auspices of the Brynmawr and District Canine Society took place at the Market Hall Brynmawr. The number of entries totalled over 200 and it was stated that the quality was high.
The Officials at the Show.
The officials at the show were as follows – Major E. H. Gunn (Judge); Mr W. Weeks (President); Mr A. White (Chairman and Show Manager); Mr T. James (Vice-Chairman); Mr S. Smith (Honorary-Treasurer); Mr Charles White (Assistant Secretary); Mr D. W. Thomas (Honorary Secretary); Captain J. Pugh (Veterinary Surgeon); Mr David Thomas (Honorary Solicitor); Mr W. Nuth (Honorary Auctioneer); The committee were as follows – Messrs J. Jones; G. Jones; J. C. Davies; J. Lloyd; D. J. Powell; D. J. Evans; R. Jeremy; J. Shuker; T. A. Palmer; G. Edwards and A. Brest:
The Prize Winners.
Alsatians: Novice – 1st, A. Bott of Abersychan; 2nd, E. Bayliss of Abertillery; 3rd, R. Jones of Blaenavon:
Alsatians; Open – 1st, D. Pearce of Merthyr Vale; 2nd, W. Parker of Cwmbran; 3rd, J. H. Watkins of Blaina:
Airedales: (? illegible) 2nd, A. Brest of Brynmawr; 3rd, H. Dimmick of Blaina:
Airedales: Open – 1st, W. Price; 2nd, A. Brest of Brynmawr; 3rd, T. Davies of Abertillery:
Bulldogs: Open – 1st, J. Kelly of Abertridwr; 2nd, F. G. Bullock of Abersychan; 3rd, D. Loveday of Cwmbran:
Collies: Graduate – 1st, K. R. S. Thomas of Llanhilleth; 2nd, W. H. Sparkes of Abertillery; 3rd, J. F. Morris of Sirhowy:
Fox Terriers (Wire): Novice and Open – 1st, R. Jeremy of Brynmawr; 2nd, G. Phillips of Brynmawr; 3rd, S. Smith of Brynmawr:
Fox Terriers (Smooth): Novice – 1st, R. C. Thomas of Pontypool Road; 2nd, J. H. Elsmore of Ebbw Vale; 3rd, D. J. Powell of Brynmawr:
Fox Terriers (Smooth): Open – 1st, R. C. Thomas of Pontypool Road; 2nd, J. H. Elsmore of Ebbw Vale; 3rd, W. H. Williams of Pontypool:
Cocker Spaniels: Novice – 1st, F. C. Payne of Aberbeeg; 2nd, W. J. Lapworth of Blaenavon; 3ed J. Downs of Aberbeeg:
Cocker Spaniels; Open – 1st, F. C. Payne of Aberbeeg; 2nd, A. J. Crook of Abergavenny; 3rd, W. J. Lapworth of Blaenavon:
Sealyhams: Open – 1st, Mrs Dr Campbell of Tonypandy; 2nd, K. R. S. Thomas of Llanhilleth; 3ed, Mrs L. A. Weeks of Brynmawr:
Any Variety: Beginners – 1st, C. White; 2nd, M. Davies of Brynmawr; 3rd, W. H. Sparkes of Abertillery:
Gun Dog: 1st, F. C. Payne of Aberbeeg; 2nd, T. A. Jones of Abertillery; 3rd I. H. Davies:
Puppy: 1st and 2nd, Mr and Mrs Rogers of Abersychan; 3rd, C. White:
Terrier: 1st, C. White; 2nd, H. Isaacs of Dowlais:
Open dog or bitch: 1st, K. R. S. Thomas; 2nd, J. Kelly; 3rd, Mr and Mrs Rogers of Abersychan:
The Deborah Silver Cup was given by Mrs I. Isaacs of Brynmawr for the best dog or bitch in the show, to be won three times before becoming the property of the exhibitor – K. R. S. Thomas of Llanhilleth with “Mapkelt Merrie Boy”.
Gold medal given by Mr Abe Brest of Brynmawr for the best novice dog or bitch in the show – R. C. Thomas of Pontypool Road:
Notes of Interest – The Various Canine Societies.
The Blaina Canine Society.
On Wednesday 13th January 1909 a meeting was held at Blaina with the proposal to form a Canine Society, it was to be known as the “Blaina and District Canine Society”. There had previously been a Fanciers Society in the town of Blaina but that was a mixture of dogs and poultry etc. This new society was for the purpose of just dogs.
The officers for the Blaina and District Canine Society were elected as follows – Mr H. Edwards (Chairman); Mr Daniel Colbourne (Treasurer); Mr W. J. Caddick and Mr D. J. Evans (Secretaries): It was decided that the membership radius should be open to the county of Monmouthshire and to residents living within 20 miles of Blaina. A membership fee of 2s. 6d. was introduced.
On Thursday 30th March 1911 the Blaina and District Canine Society held a dog show
On Wednesday 11th September 1912 the annual dog show was held at the Territorial Hall, Queens Hotel, Blaina.
Brynmawr Canine Society.
The first dog show held under the auspices of the Brynmawr Canine Society was on Wednesday 23rd March 1927. This first show was held at the Market Hall with other shows being put on a few times per year as in June 1928 the third show was held at the Old Town Hall, Brynmawr.
In July 1929 a dog show was also held at Church House, Brynmawr.
The Western and Eastern Valley’s Canine Societies Combined.
In May 1930 a dog show held under the auspices of the Western and Eastern Valley’s Society was held at the Station Hotel, Abertillery. It was stated that it was the first of its kind held in the town.
Abertillery Canine Society.
On Thursday 16th February 1933 a meeting was held at the Bush Hotel, Abertillery with the intention to form a canine society at Abertillery. The officers elected were as follows – Mr T. Harvey of Six Bells (Chairman); Mr R. C. Morgan of Six Bells (Treasurer) and Mr Reg Frowen of Hill Street, Abertillery as (Secretary): The membership was 2s. 6d. and it would be run within the rules of the Kennel Club.