In 1979 a committed group of Bobtail owners felt that as ownership of OES in the East Anglian region was increasing and with many local canine clubs putting on classes for the breed at their shows time was right for a regional club in the East of England.
This small band first met on 2nd February 1979 and then again 3 weeks later at the Lenton's house to organise the Inaugural meeting at Brampton Hotel, Huntingdon on the 27th February 1979. 34 people attended and the Club was officially underway. The President was Steve Eburne, Secretary Kath Eburne, Chairman Dave Lenton, Treasurer Nina Lenton, Newsletter Editor Ken Achard, Vice President Glenda Owen, Vice Chairman Pete Cormack; the committee were Janet Eade, May Goldby, Gill Mitchell, Chris Eade, Ken Goldby, Tony Farrell, Ray Owen and Raff Zaza.
March 29th saw over 50 people, many with their dogs, attend our first members meeting at the St. Neots Priory Hall. Many novice owners were welcomed from far and wide, from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Herts, Northampton, Peterborough, Cambridge, Bedford and London.
Ringcraft, obedience, grooming and care were all covered and an entertaining night out was enjoyed. A few days later the Club was featured on Look East, the BBC news programme. Chairman Dave Lenton talked on the aims and aspirations of the new Club, shots of Janet Eade 'blow drying' her dog Lucy, John Wigglesworth working 'Casey' and Romain Mould doing the obedience class.
The newsletter was launched with 'Bobtales' winning the 'name the title' competition organised by the Press Officer, Shirley White who now lives in Australia.
Membership in the first few months rapidly grew to 120 and continued to grow until we were given official Kennel Club status in early 1987, which meant we could hold licensed shows.
For the previous 8 years we had held exemption shows, rallies, BBQs and discos, jumble sales, sponsored walks, novice judging evenings, ringcraft, obedience classes, grooming demos, talks from Vets, parades in Carnivals and Country Shows, in fact anything and everything involving our dogs and promoting our Club and aiding the OES Rescue Scheme with fund-raising and taking and rehoming Bobtails.
As the region is so big and sprawling we took the Club to the Membership, hiring halls and venues in every county at almost monthly intervals.
The Club has never wavered from its Mission Statement and celebrated its Silver Anniversary in 2004 at the Holiday Inn, Histon, Cambridge with a dinner and Morris Dancers, speeches and lots of friends and reunions.
Hope to see you all at the Golden Night in 2029.