AGM notification

The Annual General Meeting of the Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts and Fanciers Club (EFG)will be held after judging on 1st April 2017 at National Terrier, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire.

Items for the agenda and nominations for officers and committee need to be sent to the Secretary four weeks before the AGM.

All items for inclusion on the agenda must be in writing and proposed and seconded by fully paid up members of the Club

Jean Rogers (Hon Sec),


So everybody is eating at the weekend but what else?

The EFG do try to give you “value for money” and anybody who has been before will certainly know how we stick to the idea. There is the Fun dog Show with a Dutch judge this year and as well as the usual rosettes Sea Treats have donated for the 1st-4th in each class. Engraved classes have also been offered for some class winners including Best Veteran if you’d like to take your oldie for a day out.There is a new event (for us) of tracking. Also our dog world can be a little odd, when viewed from the outside, and it’s always good to get people involved to see how good Canine Companionship can be so this year we’ve invited the Cub Scouts. The lads will be running a stall, some games and, possibly, for a small donation to Cub funds, be available to do and fetching or carrying you may need assistance with.

Of course there are raffles (and notice the “s”). There is to be a bottle raffle, a general raffle and prizes for either, or both, would be appreciated. Finishing off the “s” is a raffle for a food mixer. Rather good, eh!

As it’s an Enthusiats & Fanciers of Glens event there will be Glen of Imaal Terriers to be admired, talked about and stroked but any and every breed-and not a breed-are more than welcome to take part in everything and that includes the grooming……….grooming, that’s not mentioned above? No it isn’t because that’s for tomorrow

Annual General Meeting Notification

The Annual General Meeting of the Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts and Fanciers Club (EFG)will be held at 11.30 am on the 22rd March 2015 at Ranby Village Hall, Ranby, Notts. DN22 8JQ

 Items for the agenda need to be sent to the Secretary four weeks before the AGM.

All items for inclusion on the agenda must be in writing and proposed and seconded by fully paid up members of the Club

Jean Rogers (Hon Sec),

HedgeGreen Cottage, Blackjack Road, Swineshead, Lincs. PE20 3HH



and the numbers are….

The first Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts & Fanciers Club (EFG) Open Show is next Sunday. It’s Easter Sunday so would people come? The answer is yes with an entry of 26 for judge Patsy Hollings. With money (quite a bit), dog food (quite a lot), Easter eggs (a heck of a lot) and even an exhibitor draw everybody should go home with something. So if you want to see Glen of Imaal Terriers in a rather more relaxed setting than a Championship Show do visit the Sports Connexion, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, CV8 3FL Sunday morning. As it’s also Birmingham Gundog & Terrier you can get to see quite a few other breeds as well.

And to sum it all up….

It has to be applause to the EFG as the highlight of 2013. After 16 years the Enthusiasts, Fanciers, Owners, Admirers, Followers, Supporters etc. etc. of the EFG said they thought it was time the Glen of Imaal Terrier world in the UK had another KC registered club (we’d been recognised for years) and the Kennel Club agreed with them. Probably the ultimate accolade of all this was the way the KC allowed “our name” to continue on “due to it being held in such high esteem”.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts & Fanciers Club thanks everybody for their enthusiasm and support over the past years and hopes you’ll all be with us in 2014 so HAPPY NEW YEAR

Official thanks

Jean Rogers, on behalf of the Enthusiasts & Fanciers of Glens, presenting a cheque for £700, raised at the recent Companion Show, to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. This was kindly accepted by June Spouncer (Voluntary Fundraiser & Registered Speaker) and Gill Yeats (National Fundraising Manager).

The EFG are now official sponsors of Tasha, a puppy just starting training. Thank you to Alan Stephenson who judged the show & sponsors Wagg Foods, Fish4dogs and Royal Canin who kindly donated prizes.

“The Meeting”

“The Meeting” at National Terrier was due to something that happened at National Terrier 1996. It was a few voices and a few people that, within a short time, became a shout and a crowd; the Enthusiasts & Fanciers of Glens was up and running. The EFG remarkably quickly established its credentials of transparency and openness-what its people wanted its people got and people they all were. Other breed clubs had members but the EFG had their people and their people called the shots. Officers, for the sake of ease, were established but the “the committee” was whoever turned up when decisions needed making and those occasions were quite an event. Not for the EFG the boring (and often avoided) AGM; it was the Grand Soiree. The Committee meeting was held with a Soiree so there was never a shortage of willing volunteers to keep the Club on the right track.

Glen of Imaal Terriers need to think on a world-wide basis so “The Factfinder” was quickly established. EFG groups happily travelled all over the world to spread the gospel with international Glen owners; many overseas owners still remember the visits with awe and admiration. The Soiree became acknowledged as a standard of excellence in many countries. The EFG people said we should be “more involved” so involved we became. We were on both Countryside Marches and actively lobbied about docking. The National Working Terrier Federation welcomed us and the breed booth attended any event it was asked to. The EFG did the first health survey for the breed and started the first health fund which is where we came into our own.

PRA had been discovered in the breed and it didn’t conform to any known variants so big trouble loomed. The US Glen Club had started fund raising for Optigen but it was agreed two heads were better than one so a European answer was needed. Bochum in Germany had previously found success in the gene exploration field so a request was made there. The answer was yes, but money is needed. Terry Thorn, an EFG person, suggested a few paragraph application to the Charitable Trust and they would respond if they wanted to know more. We did, they did and the rest is part of Glen history. A family tree was drawn up on a roll of wallpaper and EFG people began travelling to Europe to illustrate connections of families and ask for support. Glen people supported. The EFG people also supported with an outlandish suggestion; they dedicated themselves to raise, pound for pound and within five years, a match for any grant given. £5,000 was raised in four and the rogue gene discovered.

Grooming seminars, breed seminars, even more breed seminars have gone on over the years. Talking Toplines, the successor to Grope A Glen, reached new heights when a hotel was hired and Frank Kane was the chief speaker. The EFG has arranged (and organised) eye testing for years and the Companion Shows grow ever more in popularity each year. In the early years of the EFG Kennel Club registration and recognition was mused upon and even provisionally looked at. The letter is still held that said try  application in five years but there was never any need to bother-why should we? Last year though, 15 years old, the suggestion came forward again and, as at the beginning, as the weeks passed the odd voice became a shout. The EFG people were speaking so they had to be listened to.

Last December Christmas cards went out with a note attached asking for opinions. The opinions were positive. In line with always asking the idea was mooted for the National Terrier of 2012; what about….? The reaction was positive so letters went out again. The EFG website and blog invited anybody and everybody who might be interested. It appeared in a dog paper but would people, in these hardened times, come? Thirty actually sat at the meeting, others appeared later, and the word from the people matched what had already been heard. After 16 years the undoubted recognition for the EFG should be taken to the next step. Sponsoring societies have stepped forward; judges and group judges have sagely nodded. We shall be seeing if the Kennel Club will listen

The last one for 2011

2011 has been quite a year on here. Thank you to the hundreds (literally) who turn in every day; it’s appreciated you take the time. Ideas are already formulating for 2012 and, by request of Glen of Imaal Terrier Enthusiasts & Fanciers, the first one is already in motion. This is number one of what will be a quarterly update. We’ve always gone with what has been wanted so as it’s been missed it is now back!

2011 finishes with a late Christmas card from a Glen owner. Her boy doesn’t want to go walking much anymore and obviously age is now starting to catch up with him but he is still great. The sort of thing we all want to receive but this lad is rather special as he was seventeen and a half years old on the ninth of December. Keep on going Spector! And for the final thing before starting again in 2012 for just a few days before the winter shutdown…………..think back to  December 15th and dog A, the puppy that was declared (by some) a full drop. That puppy is no longer a baby and his ears are half prick. Happy New Year Folks!!



Yesterday an email arrived (nothing unusual in that) that to begin with got a “so?” comment. Checking it with a few people who know about these things the comment they most made was blimey, that’ll have to go on the blog!

The email was from a very well known search engine congratulating the EFG on becoming one of the top million websites in the country and because of this EFG Glens would now become a search alternative…and it has! Go on, try it for yourself. Tap EFG into the search engine and when the page loads go down the bottom to “searches related to EFG” and there we are.

It feels a bit like the Oscars and we should thank the producer, the director, the teaboy and the taxi driver but we haven’t got any of those so we’ll thank you. Thank you Glen of Imaal Terrier enthusiasts and fanciers for using, and recommending, our website. When we redid it last-and we do it with three fingers & the tongue out the corner of the mouth-it was wondered if the totally different look might be a bit too much but the above nicely answers that question. Being different means being remembered!