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Central Bedfordshire
Canine Trust

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Welcome to the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust!
 

The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust, is a vibrant and forward-thinking charity devoted to promoting responsible dog ownership and enriching the lives of our canine companions.
 

Why Choose Us?
 

With over 20 years of unwavering dedication, we are proud to be the leading dog charity in Central Bedfordshire. Our journey began with a passionate group of dog training instructors, and we have grown into a trusted organisation with a mission that places the well-being of dogs and the harmony of our communities at its core.

Our Mission
 

Our mission is to promote responsible pet ownership, ensuring our furry friends lead happy, healthy lives while fostering a positive relationship between dogs and their owners. We focus on:
 

  • Public Education: Enhancing knowledge among dog owners, exhibitors, and breeders about responsible ownership.
     

  • Safety and Training: Emphasising public safety and the importance of dog training.
     

  • Health and Welfare: Recognising and advocating for the health and welfare of dogs.
     

  • Community Improvement: Working towards the general betterment of dogs and encouraging sportsmanship, courtesy, and self-discipline through education and training.
     

What We Do
 

  • Subsidised Training: Offering affordable dog training for those on low incomes.
     

  • Educational Activities: Sponsoring events and activities to spread awareness about responsible dog ownership.
     

  • Grants and Support: Providing financial support to organisations that focus on dog health, welfare, assistance dogs, rescues, and veterinary treatment for dogs in need.
     

  • Annual Member of the Year Award: Organising the annual Member of the Year Award to recognise the outstanding contribution by an individual who demonstrates their love of dogs and has upheld the values of the trusts mission.
     

Join Us
 

Embark on a journey with us to promote happier, healthier canine companionship. Our experienced Board of Trustees, with their extensive expertise, leads our charitable trust in making a positive impact on the lives of both dogs and their owners.
 

Support Us
 

Support the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust today and contribute to a brighter future for our beloved canine companions. Together, we can "Lead The Pack For The Love Of Dogs."
 

Explore our schemes, get involved, and make a difference. Let's create a world where every dog is cared for, loved, and respected.

Upcoming Events

  • 23 Oct 2024, 18:00 – 22:00 BST
    Kensworth, Common Rd, Kensworth, Dunstable LU6 3RJ, UK
    Evening Fun Companion Dog Show Wednesday 23rd October 2024 6.00pm-10pm Kensworth Village Hall, Kensworth, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 3RL Pedigree And Fun Novelty Classes Entries Online Only - Entries Close 22nd October 2024

Trust Merchandise

Transition of Training Classes to
Central Bedfordshire Dog Training Club

Dog Training Classes And Events In Dunstable

In 2024, the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust transitioned its weekly training classes and events to the newly established Central Bedfordshire Dog Training Club. This club now diligently manages the day-to-day operations, including weekly dog training classes and events.

 

Formed specifically for this purpose, the Central Bedfordshire Dog Training Club operates as its own independent organisation and management committee.
 

To ensure the continued provision of these vital services, the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust made a grant to the new club.

This transition allows the trust to focus on its key areas: grant making, training subsidies, and the annual Member of the Year Award.

 

Find out more about classes and events in Central Bedfordshire by clicking the link below.

Dog Walk

Offering affordable dog training for those on low incomes

Subsidised Dog Training

The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust has always recognised that access to expert dog training advice and support dramatically improves the lives and outcomes for dogs, enhancing their health and welfare while greatly benefiting the local community.
 

To support dog owners on low incomes, the Trust offers a scheme providing vouchers to help cover all or part of the cost of dog training, either online or at a local dog club.

Applying for this assistance is private, confidential, and quick. Simply visit the community area of this website to complete the online application. Successful applicants will receive a voucher code by email, usually within 24 hours.

 

Empower your dog training journey with our support—apply today.

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Subsidised Dog Training

Supporting Dog Charities through Grants and Donations

Grants And Support

The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust provides grants and donations on behalf of The Dog Training Club members to support canine charities and organisations focusing on dog health, welfare, assistance dogs, rescues, and veterinary treatment for dogs in need.

Typically, the Trust awards grants or donations of up to £1,000 per individual grant, favouring smaller dog charities and organisations.

 

Past grants have included:
 

  • Funding veterinary treatment for dogs belonging to homeless people.
     

  • Supporting older and terminally ill individuals to keep their dogs.
     

  • Providing rehabilitation equipment to help dogs walk again.
     

  • Assisting in the provision of assistance dogs.
     

  • Supporting dog rescue organisations.
     

Details of past grants are published in the notices below.
 

How to Nominate a Charitable Cause

Nominations for grants must be initiated by current members of The Dog Training Club via the community area of this website. Please note, we only make grants to UK registered charities and never to individuals.

The Board of Trustees meets twice a year, typically in April and October, to consider and approve grants. Once approved, the organisation is contacted, and the grant is paid.

 

In rare or special circumstances where there is an urgent need, the trustees may make grant awards by special resolution outside of their normal meetings.
 

A member can nominate a charitable cause for a grant using the link below. Simply visit the community area of this website to complete the online nomination.

Help us make a difference to the lives of dogs and their owners by supporting those in need.

Dog Shelter

The William (Bill) Dickens Memorial Trophy

Annual Member of the Year Award

The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust is proud to oversee the annual Member of the Year Award, designed to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through their love of dogs and has exemplified the values of our mission.

The winner is presented the prestigious William (Bill) Dickens Memorial Trophy—an 18-inch silver trophy donated to the Trust in 2003. This the trusts highest, award is given in memory of William Dickens, the late husband of our Trust's first Patron, Ella Dickens of the Lugari affix.

 

While there is no formal nomination process, the Board of Trustees invites recommendations for recipients by email.

 

Nominations are reviewed at the Board Of Trustees meeting each October. The recipient is invited to a special lunch and presentation at The Royal Kennel Club in London, by special permission of The Royal Kennel Club.
 

The award celebrates those who have gone above and beyond for dogs and uphold the Trust's values.

To be considered for this prestigious award, the nominee must:
 

  • Be over 18 years of age.
     

  • Be of good standing and a current member of The Dog Training Club.
     

  • Not have been a trustee or officer of the Trust or The Dog Training Club for more then six months.

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Make A Donation To The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust

Support the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust in enhancing the lives of dogs and their owners. Your donation helps provide subsidised training for low-income families, grants for assistance dogs, rehabilitation equipment, rescue organisations, and veterinary care for dogs in need. Together, we can make a significant impact on dog health and welfare. Thank you for your generosity.

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History Of The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust

Lugari Dog Club
2003

Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust
2008

The Covid Pandemic
2020

Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust establishes the Central Bedfordshire Dog Training Club
2024

In 2003, Pat Gregory (Eidas) and her son Gary Gregory founded the Lugari Dog Club at The Scout Hall in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. The club was named after the Lugari affix of William (Bill) and Helen (Ella) Dickens, who were the breeders of Pat's first German Shepherd Dogs and formed the foundation bloodline of Pat's Eidas Kennel in the 1970's. Pat later expanded her focus to Shelties, Corgis, and more recently, PBGVs and Golden Retrievers. Ella and Bill had established and run the Linslade GSD and All Breeds Training Club from the 1970s until 1997, where Pat had served as an instructor. Initially centred on Ring Craft Training, the Lugari Dog Club soon broadened its scope to include Obedience Training as well.

In 2005 The Lugari Dog Club established the Lugari Community Foundation Trust which raised money for and took on a building in Tavistock Street, Dunstable where the club moved its dog training classes and offices to.

In 2008, with the creation of the new Central Bedfordshire Council, the Lugari Dog Club and Lugari Community Foundation Trust merged to become The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust, a registered charity. This transition enabled the newly formed trust to broaden its charitable activities, and it successfully secured a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to establish its Canine Sports Academy for Flyball and Agility Training, headed By Gary Gregory. Ella Dickens stepped down as Patron, and Mr Jo Spencer was appointed Patron of the new trust, and Mr James Maxwell was appointed President. The trust relocated its Obedience and Ring Craft training classes to Kensworth Village Hall in Dunstable, and new Agility and Flyball classes were established at Nash Farm, Kensworth.

In March 2020, the UK was struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trust was compelled to suspend all training activities and release emergency funds to cover costs and provide grants during the closure. Tragically, in August 2020, the Trust received the sad news of the passing of its Patron, Jo Spencer. The Trust's activities remained on hold due to the pandemic until April 2022. At a Special General Meeting in April 2022, the Trust prioritised the reestablishment of Obedience and Ring Craft classes at Kensworth Village Hall but decided to keep the Canine Sports Academy's Agility and Flyball classes closed.

After two years of reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Special General Meeting of the Trust in June 2024 determined that the Trust was once again in a stable position to reopen grants and donations and plan for the future.

 

Patricia Gregory (Eidas), original co-founder and Chairperson for 21 years, was appointed Patron, while Gary Gregory (Eidas) original co-founder and Secretary for 21 years, was appointed President. Sue Malster was appointed the Vice-President. All were re-appointed as the three Trustees of the trust.
 

Recognising the need to adapt to modern trends and the digital age, the Trust decided to reimagine its services and activities. The Trust members' meeting established and granted funding to a new independent organisation, the Central Bedfordshire Dog Training Club, to take over the Obedience and Ring Craft training classes. This move allows the Trust to focus more on its core charitable activities. The meeting appointed the first committee to The Central Bedfordshire Dog Training Club, subject to approval of The Royal Kennel Club.
 

To broaden its reach and enhance its charitable profile, the Trust collaborated with marketing specialists to work on the launch a new online and social media presence through a platform called The Dog Training Club due to launch in October 2024.

Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust
Governance & Official Notices

Trustees & Governance

As a Registered Charity in England and Wales, the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust operates under the guidance of a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees. These individuals, committed to our cause, convene and meet twice annually to approve the award of grants and to oversee the strategic direction and governance of the charity. Trustees are elected in accordance with our charity Deed Of Trust.

The Trust as a charity publishes it annual accounts with The Charity Commission for England and Wales for the public record and details of notices and grants and donations made are published below.

The Dog Training Club head office and staff act as secretariat for the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust supporting the Board Of Trustees and dealing with delegated matters between Board of Trustees Meetings.

Contact Information

Contact

info@centralbedfordshirecaninetrust.com

Telephone: 0333 335 6407

We'll always do our best to respond promptly.

Registered Office

Registered Office: 5 Cowslip Close, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 2FL

Company Information

Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust is a charity registered in England & Wales,

with charity registration number: 1124683

Notices

1 / Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust
Constitution and Governing Document

Latest Version 2008, Deed of Trust

The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust
Registered Charity 1124683

2 / Trustees Resolutions Following Meeting Held on Wednesday, 19th June 2024

Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust Board of Trustees
Meeting Held on Wednesday, 19th June 2024

Written Resolutions of The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust
Registered Charity 1124683

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0333 335 6407

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Sunday & Bank Holidays

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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