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Obedience: Move to the New Venue

Wednesday 15th February

We will be moving to The Roecroft Centre, Church Road, Stotfold, SG5 4NE from the above date. Regular training will be on Wednesday evenings at the same class times as currently.

If you have pre-paid weeks, these will continue at our new venue. If you cannot make Wednesdays and have pre-paid weeks remaining, please email:


From A1(M): Exit at junction 10, signposted Stotfold, Shefford A507. At the motorway roundabout take the first exit A507 towards Stotfold. At the next roundabout turn right, the fourth exit – Norton Road, to Stotfold. At the mini-roundabout turn left on to Baldock Road/High Street. Turn right into Church Road, signposted St Mary’s. The Roecroft Centre is on the right before the left-hand bend.

From Letchworth GC town centre: Follow Norton Way North over the two mini-roundabouts. At the next single mini-roundabout turn right, the third exit, on to Norton Road.  Follow Norton Road for 2 miles until you come to the A507 roundabout. Take the third exit – Norton Road, to Stotfold. At the mini-roundabout turn left on to Baldock Road/High Street. Turn right into Church Road, signposted St Mary’s. The Roecroft Centre is on the right before the left-hand bend.

From Hitchin, Cambridge Road: Turn left at the roundabout on to Stotfold Road. Follow Stotfold Road/Wilbury Hills Road for 2 miles. At the mini-roundabouts; go straight on 2nd exit over the first; and take the 1st exit of the second on to Stotfold Road. Follow Stotfold Road over the next roundabout, signposted (A507) on to Hitchin Road. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit on to Hitchin Road. At the A507 roundabout take the 2nd exit into Stotfold. At the mini-roundabout go straight on. At the traffic lights go straight on, Regent Street. Take the first right on to Church Road. The Roecroft Centre is the first building after the right-hand bend.


Snow and Ice

In case of snow and ice this winter, please check your email for news of any training cancellations. We will also inform you of training cancellations via our Facebook page.


If you have pre-paid for training in a block, you will be given a week’s credit for the next block in the event of a training cancellation.


If you have pre-paid lessons, you will not lose a week. If training is going ahead and there is snow or ice, please do not attempt to use the driveway next to the village hall. It is very slippery in these conditions. Park in the layby opposite the George and Dragon pub or in one of the pub car parks across the road.

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Obedience Email News

Agility Email News

Annual Membership Due

The annual membership fee is £10.00 per adult handler and £5.00 per handler under 18. Please show an instructor or a committee member your dog’s vaccination certificate and also the vaccination certificates of any other dogs you bring to the training venue.

Membership renewal for 2017 can only be accepted on the completion of a 2017 Membership form, proof of ongoing vaccination and the full payment of the annual membership fee per handler. The annual membership fee must be paid before 31st January.

Membership Form

Below is a Membership Renewal form for 2017. The form can be filled in on your computer before printing. If the form does not display correctly in your browser, please press the ‘Open With Different Viewer’ button at the top to open in a separate reader.

Paper copies of the Membership form will also be available from the club.

Email News

The tick-box underneath the email address form field allows us to subscribe you to send you email updates about training cancellations and forthcoming events. Tick this by clicking on the box if you are filling in the form using your computer. You can leave this mailing list at any time.

We would like to encourage all members to do this, since it is the easiest way we have of informing members of training cancellations.

Emergency Details

We collect emergency contact details and any medical conditions or allergies you think we should be aware of in the event of a medical emergency.

Filling in this section is optional.

The contact name, phone number and the details as given of any medical conditions or allergies will also be stored in an online database accessible by instructors and committee members only.

Code of Conduct

By signing your membership form, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct. A copy is included below.

Membership Form 2017

Club Rules

Code of Conduct

Obedience: Graveley Village Hall

Due to a change to our hire agreement with Graveley Village Hall, we have needed to make the following changes to our cleaning regime after classes.

  • Dogs to be removed from the hall prior to cleaning.
  • The Club has purchased some cleaning equipment that is stored in the cupboard and is marked “LDTC”. Only this equipment is to be used for cleaning, not that belonging to Graveley Village Hall.
  • Dog hair etc collected during cleaning is not to be disposed of in the kitchen bin. There is a bin outside the front of the building that can be used.

Thank you to all who train your dogs in the Top Class on Monday and Thursday for your help with the cleaning after classes.

Kennel Cough

Thursday Obedience

We are aware that there has been a case of kennel cough in a dog attending obedience on a Thursday.

Kennel cough (the common name given to infectious bronchitis in dogs) is caused by various bacteria and viruses. Kennel cough is airborne and highly contagious. It can also be transmitted by bacteria spread by sharing toys or water bowls.

Because the affected dog attended obedience last week (Thursday 25th August), it may have been incubating kennel cough and therefore infectious. All dogs attending on a Thursday may be at risk of infection.

If your dog displays any of the signs of kennel cough listed below, please could you let Gill or Leanne know. Do not bring your dog to training if you believe it is suffering from kennel cough.

Gill (Thursday Puppy and Top)
Leanne (Thursday Middle)

General Symptoms

Keep a look out for the following general symptoms of Kennel Cough:

  • A harsh cough – which will often result in a dog fetching up a frothy discharge after coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny eyes
  • General lethargy

Whilst some dogs will suffer the full symptoms, many others may only cough once – or not at all – these dogs will still carry the virus. If you suspect that your dog may have Kennel Cough, or you have been in contact with a dog who has the virus please DO NOT attend training. If your dog has Kennel Cough please do not attend training until 21 days after your dog has last coughed.

Our competing members should already be aware this is also the Kennel Club ruling that you agree to when entering a show.

There are many strains of Kennel Cough and even if your dog is vaccinated against Kennel Cough it will not be covered against all strains of the virus.

For further advice on Kennel Cough, please contact your vet.

Obedience Pre-Paid Classes

If anyone is unable to attend training due to their dog having Kennel Cough or having come into contact with a dog with Kennel Cough, please let us know as soon as possible using the email addresses given above or posting on our Facebook page. Any pre-paid weeks will roll over, if you let us know in advance.