The North Eastern Chow Chow Club was formed, the first Secretary being a Mr R W Brown. Others involved in the beginning were Mr Scarff and Mrs Hudson.
The first membership fee was 5 shillings per person (much much more than today's fee in real terms).
The first show was held at Sunderland, when the entry fee was 2 shillings per class and prize money of 10/-, 5/- and 2/6p per class were paid.
The minutes indicate that entries would be accepted up to 12 noon on the day of the show and could not leave before 5p.m. Specials were given for Open Dog and Open Bitch by the Midland Chow Chow Club and no photographs were to be taken with the judge until after judging was complete.
It also appears to have been customary to invite the local Mayor to open the show.
Record entries (194) with two judges.
Mrs Boddy took over as secretary.
Mrs Scarff took over as secretary.
Mr Heaviside took over as secretary.
Mrs Reynolds took over as secretary.
Mr Harry Smith took over as secretary and was the first long term one. He held office until 1970.
Mr David Robbins took over and still holds that position today (thus being the longest serving UK Chow Club Secretary).
Another record entries (180) for Arlene Robinson, who is now Chairperson of the Club.
Sadly our President Ray Goodchild died but was succeeded by his close friend and long term Committee member Lilian Elliot.
We were delighted to welcome his widow Mrs Barbara Goodchild to the Committee
Did you know it ?
In 1952, members could automatically become Vice President on payment of double the normal membership subscription per year. This resulted in as many as 12 Vice Presidents in one year.