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No organisation can prosper without its band of dedicated enthusiasts and workers, so we honour here those who have made significant contributions to the development and on-going success of the East Anglian Collie Association.

Iris Combe (tilehouse) 1914-2009 — Irish by birth, Iris moved to London as a teenager with her mother and following her marriage to Captain Tom Combe, moved to Colchester where she became known around the local shows with her working and performing sheepdogs, the ‘Tilehouse Tykes’

In 1956 Iris  was involved in an impromptu discussion at the Suffolk County Show regarding the possible establishment of an East Anglian Collie Club, and by this time she was already a successful breeder and exhibitor of Rough Collies. Smooth and Border Collies were later added to her Kennel, all of
which fitted with her wider interest in
‘British Herding Breeds’.

One of our Founder members, Iris is best remembered as a knowledgeable
and prolific author. However, she also enjoyed judging all of her breeds, both in the UK and internationally, and her opinions were always worth hearing.

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Miss E de Belle Ball (killartry) — Both Founder and committee member from our earliest days, Miss de Belle Ball’s collie activities first came to prominence in the 1930s. Living in Woodbridge, Suffolk, she was one of the few who managed to maintain a nucleus of breeding Collies throughout the war years, and was therefore well place to play a significant role in re-establishing show lines at the end of hostilities.

Refusing an invitation to become our first President in 1958, giving travel difficulties as her reason, Miss de Belle Ball did accept the honorary role of Vice-President and Life Membership the following year. She marked the occasion by donating the ‘Wild Rose of Killartry’ cup to the club, which is awarded to Best Puppy in Show at our October Open Shows.

Ralph Fendley (ralveras)a Founder Member and resident of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Although both Ralph and his wife, Vera, were committee members, they never held office.

John and Yvonne Parrott (larkena)a husband and wife team who lived near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both became Founder Members and frequently opened their home for early club meetings.

John became the Club’s first Chairman, holding the office until 1975 when he was elevated to President, a position he held until his death in 1983.

Alan Jeffries (jefsfire)despite being based in the Midlands with his wife Kath, Alan was a Founder Member and possibly instrumental in persuading the Midland Collie Club to sponsor The East Anglian Collie Association’s application for Kennel Club recognition. The Club was further honoured when he agreed to judge the dogs at its inaugural Championship Show in 1975.

Mrs George H “Bobbee” Roos (wickmere) — Founder Member and the East Anglian Collie Association’s inaugural secretary. Unfortunately her husband, a Lieutenant Colonel in the American Air-Force, was recalled from his East Anglian base in early 1958 and on returning to the States Bobbee became an active member of the Collie Club of America.

Keenly interested in education and welfare issues, her writings and lectures were so popular that the Collie Club of America’s Collie Health Foundation published her writings as a limited edition entitled ‘The Collective Writings of Bobbee Roos’. Whilst this has since become a much sought after collectors’ item, her book ‘Collie Concepts’, first published 1982, remains in print and continues to be recognised as a ‘standard work’.

Jim and Joyce Sargeant (carramar) — Jim and Joyce were successful Rough Collie breeders, best remembered for their beautifully coloured Blue Merles. Their contribution to collie development was considered of such significance that their Carramar affix is now permanently protected by the Rough Collie Breed Council.

Although living just outside the East Anglian boundary, Jim became the Club’s President in 1964, replacing the international all-rounder and journalist Stanley Dangerfield. Jim held the post until his untimely death in 1969, when his wife took up the role until her death in 1975.

Pat and Jim Barnard (washbay)although not Founder members, both Jim and Pat worked tirelessly for the club’s benefit over a long period of time, especially during the early years.

Jim held a number of offices spanning a period of forty years. Initially he brought stability to the important office of Secretary which he held from 1967 until 1970; followed by Chairman from 1975 to 1983 before being elevated to the office of President in 1983. He held this position until 2007, whilst Pat had the distinction of being our longest serving Secretary, fulfilling this difficult role for the sixteen years between 1970 and 1986.

After expressing a wish to retire from active involvement in 2007, the EACA committee invited Pat & Jim to become the Club’s first Patrons, an honorary position they kindly agreed to accepted in a joint capacity. Sadly, Jim passed away in 2017.

Derrick Clarke (beaublade) — Derrick and his wife Thelma were active committee members for many years, Derrick holding the position of Chairman from the mid 1970’s until 1988, and again between 1990 and 1992.

Derrick was instrumental in introducing the Club Rule ‘ A committee member must have served for at least three years before he/she can be elected as an Officer’ . This rule has served us in good stead ever since (see EACA’s Constitution).

Lyn Westby (lowerpark) — Initially Essex-based, Lyn was heavily involved with show jumping in her younger days, and has owned and bred Rough Collies since the early 1950’s. Between 1968 and 1979 she was Secretary of the London and Provincial Collie Club and, following the death of her husband, moved to Old Buckenham in Norfolk where she introduced Japanese Spitz and Smooth Collies to her Lowerpark kennel. After several years in Norfolk, Lyn returned to Essex where she still lives.

Lyn was first elected onto the committee of the EACA in 1980 and first became Chairman in 1988. Apart from a two-year gap between 1990 and 1992, when Derrick Clarke (Beaublade) was elected as Chairman in her place, Lyn was re-elected to the role in 1992 and held office until 2007 when the committee invited her to become President.

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Pat Hutchinson (karibuni)a Yorkshire girl and Biology teacher, Pat spent the       early 1970’s in Kenya with her husband and two sons. On her return to the       UK in 1977 she bought her first Rough Collie, bred her first litter in 1979 and      was co-opted onto the EACA committee in 1982 to help with catering. On      the retirement of Pat Barnard in 1986 Pat H was elected as Secretary, a       role she very much enjoyed for the following eleven years.

Pat then had a break from the committee but was re-elected in 2007. As her

main interest has always been Collie health she was elected as the Club’s first Health Coordinator, immediately establishing a Health stand at the shows to provide information on the newly emerging DNA tests for MDR1, CEA  & PRArcd2 .



The Club’s first independent web site was launched in 2013, which Pat agreed to manage, and she also launched another ‘first’ - a breed Health Register. With continued committee support she successfully introduced DNA clinics at the Club Championship shows. Although no longer showing her Collies she still enjoys judging and is usually to be found ring-side at Club events. In 2017 she was elected Vice-Chairman.



East Anglian Collie Association Judges Lists Miss E de Belle Ball - Killartry -- EACA Founder Member Iris Combe - Tilehouse -- EACA Founder Member
Iris Combe
Image part of the ‘Tilehouse’ archive
Courtesy of Rough Collie Archives
Miss E de Belle Ball
Image supplied by Mary Stevens
Courtesy of Rough Collie Archives
Mr John Parrot - Larkena -- EACA Founder Member Mr Ralph Fendley - Ralvera -- EACA Founder Member Mr Alan Jeffries - Jefsfire -- EACA Founder member
Mr Ralph Fendley
Photo by C M Cooke
Courtesy of the Antoc Archive
Mr John Parrot
Photo by C M Cooke
Courtesy of the Antoc Archive
Mr Alan Jeffries
Photo by C M Cooke
Courtesy of the Antoc Archive
Bobbee Roos as featured on the front cover of 'The Collective Writings of Bobbee Roos' published by the Collie Club of America
Bobbee Roos as featured
on the front cover of
The Collective Writings
of Bobbee Roos,

published by the
Collie Club of America
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Jim Sargeant - Carramar Joyce Sargeant - Carramar
Jim & Joyce
Sargeant
Jim and Pat Barnard (Washbay)
Jim & Pat
Barnard
Photo by Pat
Hutchinson,
2013
Lyn Westby
Derrick Clarke
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Pat Hutchinson
Photos by C M Cooke
Courtesy of the Antoc Archive

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