Great Baddow Dog Training Club was formed around 50 years ago by Frank and Jean Harris. It was originally based at the British Legion Hall in Great Baddow, hence the name Great Baddow Dog Training Club. The Club is run entirely by volunteers who give up their time because of their love of dogs.
In 2007, due to extensive building work around the British Legion Hall and a lack of parking, the Club moved to Widford Village Hall whilst retaining the name of Great Baddow Dog Training Club. Widford Village Hall is much larger and this location also allows us to do training outside, weather permitting.
Many pet handlers have attended over the years and ‘get the bug’ to enter dog shows and compete at both local and national level. This is what happened with Thelma Alexander some 44 years ago. Since that time, Thelma has been a mainstay at the Club in various roles and is currently Vice Chairman.
GBDTC has always been a “licensed club”, registered with the Kennel Club as an ‘Obedience Club’ The Annual General Meeting is held in March of each year, with our Annual Return being sent to The Kennel Club.
The Club holds an annual Open Obedience Show at Great Baddow Recreation Ground. The first show was in 2000 and was held in honour of Paddy Brown, a long-term member and trainer. Due to its success and popularity we held another one in 2002 and have held annual shows ever since, on the first Sunday in September.
In addition, we have a Christmas Party and an annual Disco, plus tombola and various raffles during the year to raise money for charity – our main charity being the Essex Air Ambulance, but we do donate to other charities.