About us

History 🐾

Our club has been running for over 40 years!
What sets us apart from other dog training groups is that we like to make our members feel involved with the club. We also want to play a bigger part within the community and so we regularly fund raise for various dog charities. Our instructors are very experienced and will be there to help and advise whenever needed. When you join us, you will be asked to fill in a Registration Form and will be given a copy of the club’s constitution and rules. You will receive information leaflets that are updated on a regular basis. You will be asked to provide proof of your dog’s up to date vaccinations.

Committee 🐾

As the day to day running of our group is incredibly important to us. We have brought together a great committee of individuals who really care about the club and our dogs! They always play a part in group decisions and regularly meet to discuss events, the current status of the groups and ways in which we can make things even better!

Please see below for the members:

Janet Kingdon

Vice Chairperson 
Katie Alam

Sherrie Chiswell

Vice Secretary
Colin Fry

Janet Kingdon


Committee Members

🐾 Lucinda & Ben Spencer 🐾  I, Lucinda, first joined Silverthorn Dog Training club back in 2014 when my mum had a puppy and asked me if I could train him. I worked him through puppy foundation through to gold and even though he has retired, every so often, he’ll make a return to see his friends. Although I don’t own a dog of my own (yet!), I have always been so pas~sionate about the fur-babies which is why I jumped at the opportunity to become a committee member. not too long ago, I was also training the puppy and advanced classes but I am now on a break as I have a new mini human I am now training! Ben joined on the committee soon after I did and currently helps to maintain the website.
🐾 Katie Alam 🐾 I’m Kate I am currently the dog trainer for the mixed ability and beginners class. I have been attending the club for 24 years. I first trained my mixed breed called Roly, where I achieved puppy foundation, bronze then completed his silver and gold in the same evening. Then I brought my short haired chihuahua Toby who only achieved his puppy foundation, bronze and silver. He has now retired. Our 2nd long haired chihuahua Dash is my daughter Nina’s dog who is the beginners class where I am the trainer.
🐾 Colin Fry 🐾 I joined the committee during lockdown to become vice secretary to support the club. I am the father to Kate one of the dog trainers. I attend when I can and I support Kate with some exercises. As I’m disabled Kate invites me along with my mobility scooter and walking stick to allow the dogs to get used to.
🐾 Jackie Bell & Terry Cornwall 🐾 We have been attending Silverthorn Dog Training for about five or so years now. We used to bring our dog, Toffee who is a Cavapoo to firstly get her Puppy Foundation Certificate and then she went on to get her bronze and silver awards / certificates. We use to enjoy the classes so much that we decided to become members of the committee.
I, Jackie help by collecting the entrance monies from people when they bring their dogs to class and Terry helps out whenever he can. We have never looked back since.
🐾 Carol Palmer 🐾 I’ve been attending Silverthorn Dog Training for about 4 1/2 years with my German Shepherd Julie. In 2020 I bought Julie’s half sister Jessica. With covid it’s been a difficult two years for Jessica, missing out on so much of those early social skills.
I have only become a committee member in the last few weeks, it’s a step up to helping the club, and give back the help they have given me.
I look forward to the future.
🐾 Gemma Lovell 🐾 I started attending Silverthorn DTC puppy class in 2012, with my lovely Irish Setter Zerah June, my 4th Irish Setter to date. We have gone on to achieve our Kennel Club Bronze & Silver awards, and are currently aiming for the Gold award in the advanced class.
We still enjoy so much coming to class every week, getting to meet and know new dogs & owners! I am pleased this year to have been welcomed as a new member onto our friendly committee, and hopefully giving some extra help where needed, especially at the clubs regular jolly doggie nominated charity fundraising events!
🐾 Liz Ewan🐾 My name is Liz and I have a 3 year old black lab. We started coming to training in Sept 2019 and I joined the committee last month. Getting Luna was completely unplanned as we already had a cat, but I was won over by meeting my brother’s new 8 week old puppy and being told the breeder had 2 left! A quick trip to the Pet Shop and by the end of the day we had Luna. And I haven’t looked back!!! We both love coming to class and meeting other dogs and their owners.
🐾 Sophie Scott-Roberts 🐾 I have been coming to classes with my 1.5 year old French bulldog Teddy since we got him last year. He is my first dog so coming to lessons is really important to me and we love the friendly atmosphere. Teddy and I have made some really good friends in the short time we’ve been coming. I’ve only just joined the committee and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with whatever happens with the club.