The inaugural meeting of the South Wales Corgi Club was held on Sunday, 14th March, 1965, at the Old Arcade Hotel, Church Street, Cardiff at 6pm, when 56 people were present and apologies were received from 14 others.
The following officers were elected:
Chairman: Mr I Harries
President: Mrs R Harries
Patron: Mr MM Phillips
Vice-Chairman: Mr WJ Jenkins
Treasurer: Mr I Jones
Secretary: Mrs SW Ward
Assistant Secretary: Mr J Fothergill
The committee consisted of:
Mesdames SE Evans, E Thomas, G Mogford, and Messrs J Ward, JB Taylor, A Griffiths, D Cullinane, B Thomas, J Harries, E Williams, D Smith, T Pitman, JW Sturgess, C Williams and R Thomas.
Sadly, many of the above are no longer with us.
Prior to the formation of the South Wales Corgi Club, the interest of the Welsh corgis in the area had been served by the South Wales branch of the Welsh Corgi Club, but for several years branch and parent club had not been very happy with each other, and it was felt a new club was needed to look after the two corgi breeds in South Wales.
From the start there was a great deal of enthusiasm for the new club, which exists to the present day.
Championship status was granted in 1974, and the show was held at Caerwent with Mrs Gladys Rainbow and Miss Joan Ross judging Pembrokes with c.c's and Mrs Nesta Read Cardigans without them.
It was one of the latter breed which won Best in Show in the shape of Mrs Jean Grace's Ch. Sirax Beeswax.
Unfortunately c.c's are not always on offer for Cardigans.
The first open show was held at Chepstow on August 14th 1965 when Mr J Parkinson judged both Pembrokes and Cardigans.
Since that time the club has held two Open Shows each year.
The first show made a profit of £15, a princely sum in those days, and Best in Show was Mrs V Higg's Saffid Guinevere who repeated the win at several subsequent shows.
During the year, the club supports Breed Classes at all breeds Open Shows when members can compete for Best of Breed rosettes and prize money.
This helps to encourage entries and provides valuable training for up-and-coming judges.
Some of these open shows are run in conjunction with large agricultural events such as the Royal Welsh (May show), and this brings welcome publicity for the breeds.
Over the years, the South Wales Corgi Club has built up a reputation for friendly shows, and it is to be hoped that the future of the club will be as successful as its past.