Fears for fu­ture of group

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW -

The Gal­loway Gun­dog As­so­ci­a­tion has warned the group could fold un­less new of­fice bear­ers are found.

Both chair­man Cam­myWatt and sec­re­tary Su­san Edgar will step down next month.

Mrs Edgar has is­sued an ap­peal for vol­un­teers to take up the reins.

More peo­ple are also needed to bol­ster the un­der­strength com­mit­tee.

She said in a state­ment:“Cam­myWatt is stand­ing down as chair­man af­ter 10 years.

“I am stand­ing down as gen­eral sec­re­tary due to many other com­mit­ments. We also need new com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“If these po­si­tions aren’t filled at the AGM then there is a mas­sive doubt that the club can con­tinue.”

The cri­sis comes as the as­so­ci­a­tion marks its 22nd an­niver­sary this year.

The GGA – known by its sup­port­ers as ‘the friendly club’– holds 12 com­pet­i­tive tests for all stan­dards of gun­dogs be­tween Fe­bru­ary and Septem­ber.

Reg­u­lar train­ing days and nights are also staged through­out the sum­mer.

White­side Farm at Beeswing will host the next test on March 3.

It will fol­low the cru­cial early morn­ing AGM in the Gal­loway Arms, Crock­et­ford.

All test dates and venues for 2019 are booked and con­firmed, Mrs Edgar said.

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