Notice Board

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  • Sophie Matthews-Paul (Rockstro)

    We are saddened to report the death of Sophie Matthews-Paul on November 23rd. Our condolences go to Family and Friends.

    The Family are to hold two Celebrations of Sophie's life. The first will take place in Herefordshire on Tuesday 12th December at the Humber Woodland of Remembrance, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR6 0NE. Arrivals from 1.45pm onwards; begins 2.30pm. For directions contact Refreshments will follow at Broxwood Court, Herefordshire, HR6 9JJ from 4pm.
    Sophie's plot is in a woodland site so please wear warm, waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear. We ask that you dress in bright colours, in accordance with her wishes. She would have wanted us to have a party, not a funeral! Do wear something bright red as a part of your ensemble.

    The second will be in London, at El Vino (Blackfriars) on Thursday 14th December, for further information contact from 4pm. Please contact if you require assistance and we will do our best to help.
    Please dress in bright colours, in accordance with her wishes. She would have wanted us to have a party, not a funeral! We request that you wear something bright red as a part of your ensemble.
    Sophie detested cut flowers with a passion and instead wished for contributions to be made to the benefit of the Hospice at Home team from St Michael’s Hospice. Please visit for more information.
    If you have an anecdote, memory or a story about Sophie you would like to share, please send it to with ‘Anecdote’ in the title. James will do his best to include all submissions into the retrospective. Try to make them short!
  • English Setter Rescue Calendar 2018

    English Setter Rescue was started by Gladys Jenkins in the early 1970s when it came to her notice that there were English Setters needing help when their owners could no longer care for them. Gladys and her husband Bert, and a few friends, started English Setter Rescue.

    At that time the dogs were usually placed straight from one home to another. No paper work was needed - there was no need to be 'politically correct' or even worry about the possibility of 'being sued' in those days! By the mid 1980s English Setters had become a very popular breed of dog and over 1500 puppies were being registered with the Kennel Club in some years, hence the number of Setters coming into Rescue was growing and increasing each year.

    On 22nd January 1986 English Setter Rescue became a Registered Charity (Charity No. 293708), managed by a panel of trustees with a nationwide network of generous and willing helpers. It is financed entirely from donations and by fund raising.

    Please support the English Setter Rescue Association by purchasing a 2018 Calendar for only £7.22 including post and packaging. To buy the 2018 Calendar, please download the order form by clicking Order Form

    If you require any further information regarding the Calendar please telephone Sue & John Lynch on 01903 714244 or email:

  • Year Book

    Yes it's that time of year again, if you wish to advertise in the 2018 Year Book. The cost per full colour page will be £60.00 and will be again be edited by Kate Thomson.

    You can send details together with remittance to Kate in photo, editorial format or pre-formatted on a DVD disc which is recommend as there is not so much loss of quality in the photograph used. There is also the option of Members pages (copies of the advert on the website) at £10.00 per page if ordered and paid for at the same time. Please ensure you have permission from the photographer before downloading photographs of your dog from any online sites. Kate has also mentioned that after sending your copy you can check if she has received your advert by going onto her website which is . There will be a list of received adverts which will be updated regularly but please give it at least week after sending before checking.

    The closing date for copy is 31/12/17, Kate Thomson’s contact details are:-

    Kate Thomson ESA Yearbook
    2 Sarazen Court
    Scotland EH54 8SW
    Tel: 01506 444842 or email
  • The Third Moon Map Chronicle (Nina Green)

    Get Nina Green's 'The Third Moon Map Chronicle' for only £8.00 plus P & P. Please support English Setters by buying this lovely book with all proceeds from sales going to ESA and English Setter Rescue. This quality book is richly illustrated with photographs and has 640 pages printed on a silk finish paper similar to the previous two books.  Read further details or order a copy of Nina's book on this website use the heading 'About Breed' - Books or by copying and pasting this link
  • Bournehouse Prints


    The English Setter Association commissioned Stuart Mallard who is well known for his wildlife and dog pictures to paint in oils Sh Ch Bournehouse Royal Colours and Sh Ch Bournehouse Sea of Dreams in memory of their past Chairman Gordon Williams.

    The ESA committee felt that this was a fitting tribute to Gordon who not only gave much of his time to the Breed and Association, but the Bournehouse name is well-known throughout the dog world both here and abroad. At our recent Championship Show, Penny Williams was presented with the original picture by Stuart and there were many doggy folk there to see the unveiling. To coincide with the picture ESA are able to offer Limited Edition Prints for those wishing to purchase a print of the picture. This is a Limited Edition run of only 50 and already a number were purchased at the Show. The cost is £85. and each print is supplied, double mounted with a backboard and individual Certificate of Authenticity – overall size 16” x 20”. You can if you wish have your print framed and cost would be from £105 to £135 depending on which frame you choose.

    If you wish to order a print, please download the order form by clicking Order Form and send with your cheque made out to English Setter Association to the ESA secretary – Elwyn Evans. Briar Cottage, Plump Hill, Mitcheldean, Glos, GL17 0ET.

    If you would like more details of the frames, then please contact Fiona Mitchell on either or 01386 462681.      But hurry there are only a few left!
  • Puppy Register

    We now offer a FREE service to breeders who are members of the ESA. If you wish to advertise that you have puppies available we have a website page dedicated to assist with selling your puppies. We are giving this option a six month trial period to see if it works both for our website and yourselves. The webpage can/will be amended or removed subject to its use. The page is listed under the heading 'About Breed' then 'Puppy Register' or click here. The details required for advertising are as follows:-

    1. 1.   Your name and location. e.g. - Mr John (Jane) Smith, Norwich, Norfolk. You can also use your Affix if required in this first heading
    2. 2.   A contact telephone or mobile number
    3. 3.   Email Address
    4. 4.   Quantity, Sex & Colour. e.g. - 7dogs/4bitches, B/O/Tri
    5. 5.   Date of Birth. e.g. - 19/08/16
    Our conditions are that your listing will only be shown for 10 weeks on website from date of birth. It would be a great help if you can 'Contact Us' when the puppies are sold, this would also save you from further telephone calls from prospective purchasers.

    You must abide by the rules of the ESA's Code of Ethics.

    We do not offer to vet prospective purchasers and do not accept any responsibilites from problems arising from your advertisement or sales made from using the website.

    Finally, there could be a delay of up to 36hrs in posting your advert from when it is received.

    Just send your details using the 'Contact Us' link on the website.
  • 2019 Judges

    MESS: Dogs - Joanne Howarth: Bitches - Jill Kelly: Referee - Maureen Withey
    ESSW: Dogs - Mrs Maureen Collier: Bitches - Mrs Anne Dykes: Referee: - Mrs Margaret Green
    SESS: Dogs - Mr David Howarth: Bitches - Mr Neil Kelly: Referee - Mrs Chris Sayers
    Three Counties - Frank Kane
    South Wales K. A. - Agnes Murphy
    L.K.A. - Lorna Howarth
    Bath: Jenny Day
    Blackpool: Moray Armstrong
    Birmingham National: - Mrs K Gorman
    Setter & Pointer: - Karen Sillence
    ESA: - Dogs _ Stella Oliver: Bitches - Christine Jennings: Referee: - Rod Green
    WELKS: - Tereza Watkins
    SKC: - Jeff Horswell