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Re: The Norbern News (Club Magazine)

The Committee have asked me to let you know that they are trying to promote a new initiative for our Club Magazine, which is hoped will start to reflect more of an emphasis towards our Members and their Dogs, as it is being transformed into a Newsletter for the Club.

Obviously, to achieve this we need more help/input from our membership as a whole, to try and correlate any related anecdotes and stories about your own dogs, be it: 
at home/on holiday, Dog Carting, Showing your BMD’s, or health issues you may have personally encountered in the breed.

We would really appreciate your help in this matter. 

Articles and photo’s can be sent direct by Email to either
Marian Scott 
Chris Jeffries
myself, Ian Parkinson 

or by post, using the clubs latest “Members Address Book” as a point of reference.

We hope you will participate in trying to make this a great success and look forward to hearing from you.

	Many thanks, Ian Parkinson 
(Webmaster, on behalf of the NBMDC Committee)


Obituary Notice:


Cath Lamb (Bernalpen) 1932 - 2017























Cath has been a firm favourite and active member of many Dog Clubs and Canine Societies throughout her life and after settling in the Carlisle area as a teacher, she also helped and supported her daughters, Jane & Helen at the Broomeden Kennels & Cattery in nearby Scotby, where she eventually retired to, supporting her daughters in the family business.

Cath was an active committee member for the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain for many years and a passionate supporter of the Northern and Scottish Clubs as well. Who also supported St. Bernard Rescue in the North of England and a lot of St. Bernards have Cath to thank for new and loving homes. Also, a keen supporter of the Penrith & District Canine Society and Lowther Estates Country Shows. In this period, she also became a highly-respected Breed Notes Correspondent for Dog World, which she enjoyed for many years.

She was also a Bernese Championship Judge as well as being the proud mother of two International Bernese Mountain Dog Judges, culminating in being able to watch her own daughter, Jane judge the Crufts Bernese Mountain Dog ring in 2016. Something I know both Cath and Helen were extremely proud of.

The family eventually sold the Kennels and moved to Dalston, west of Carlisle. Where she continued to support the Bernese Mountain Dog Clubs and enjoy her local Canine District Club in Penrith.

Helen eventually took a new management role at a Distillery on the Isle of Arran, where Cath followed and they spent their last year there in idyllic surroundings. Jane and her partner David, finally moved up as well and eventually the whole family were together again.

Sadly, Cath passed away in Hospital after a short illness with both Helen and Jane close at hand on 2/3/2017. Her funeral was held at Carlisle Crematorium on 14/3/2017 in the presence of family, friends and representatives of the Bernese Mountain Dog Clubs of GB, the Northern and Scottish Clubs and local Canine Societies on a very bright and sunny spring day, where everyone could see the many floral tributes to Cath in all their glory. Donations on the day were raised for the RNLI, Isle of Arran.

She was a well-liked and respected lady with many friends in her life, who will be sadly missed. Our fondest thoughts go out to Helen & Jane and her partner David at this very sad time.

Also, as a mark of respect to Cath Lamb, the Bernese Breed Council ensured there were vases of daffodils on display on the 2017 Crufts Judges table and associated benches.


Goodbye Cath and God Bless

Ian Parkinson, President NBMDC

Bernice Mairs’ Obituary Notice