New Members

How to join the URC

This section of the site is for new members or those gundog enthusiasts thinking of joining the club. Information is provided covering

  • An introduction to the retriever breeds
  • An introduction to the club activities, shows, tests, trials and training
  • Information about joining the club and the forms needed
  • How to contact the Area Secretaries


To help you decide which is area is best for you to join  the areas  are listed BELOW THE YELLOW BOX with a brief  description and the most local postcodes to help you decide. When you have decided please look in the yellow box below which helps  with the best person to  contact.



When you are happy with your choice of area YOU MUST RING


who will be happy to answer any queries you may have.


Please then Click here to download the Membership Application, Form SO mandate and GDPR privacy notice,

fill it in and post it , together with your joining fee and subscription to
the Membership Secretary below

Mrs. Ann Lambert, Littlemead, Forge Hill,

Hampstead Norreys,

Thatcham, Berks

RG18 0TE

 Tel: 01635 200636, email:







This area covers South Wales, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and parts of Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. 

 There are three training groups centred around Stroud, Mendip and Gloucester and training classes are held in and around these areas usually starting in April and finishing in August each year.   Classes are held for puppies, beginners, novice, and advanced handlers and dogs.   Each of the Groups presents Progress awards as appropriate.   Contact details for these Groups can be found on the Border Counties & Cotswold Area section of the website.   

 Each summer, we plan to run Working Tests for Puppy, Special Puppy, Novice, Novice Dog Novice Handler, Intermediate, Open, and Veteran categories. Venues for the tests are spread throughout our region so that everyone has a chance to run their dogs locally from time to time.   We also run a Water Training Day and, if possible, one other special event which could be a training day or an evening talk.   

 As with all the other Areas of the United Retriever Club, we take our turn at setting up the URC Field Trial every few years.

 Border Counties is a friendly and welcoming Area and we hope that all our members enjoy our activities and the quality time with their dogs.

Local post codes are BA, BS, CF, GL, HR, LD, LL, NP, SA, SN, SY, TF, WR. 



The Bucks Area covers a significant area. We currently have members ranging from Surrey, W. Sussex, NW, West and SW London, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and parts of Hampshire. 

Regular training takes place on the first Sunday of every month at Sunninghill Park starting at 10.15am for all levels from Puppy to Open. New members are always welcome. This area of land is part of the Crown Estate and it has a huge lake in the middle of it for water training. For directions see the Bucks Area ‘Activities’ section. click here to go there

Local post codes are GU, HA, HP, KT, OX, RG, SL, TW, UB, W, WD



Although called Essex area, it does in fact also cover Suffolk, the majority of Norfolk, and parts of Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and London that are not covered by other areas.

 Training Classes

We usually have 6 training classes, starting in February and finishing in May.  These are held on Sunday mornings.  The classes are split into groups for  puppy, novice and open abilities. We are also having a one off training event, details  available in the Essex area section of the site as are the training class details.

The classes are held near Gt Leighs which is between Chelmsford and Braintree off the A131

Working Tests

We hold four working tests a year:  Two open (one in sugar beet if possible) and two puppy (or special puppy), novice and veteran.  The location varies each year, but the grounds are based around Chelmsford, Colchester, Halstead or Sudbury (Suffolk) areas.

Field Trials

In line with the other areas, we also host a Novice Trial every 3 years and an All Aged Trial every 9 years.

We also try to run an additional event, which in previous years has included sugar-beet training day, and a water training day.

Common post codes are AL, CB, CM, CO, E, EN, IG, IP, N, NR, NW, RM, SG, SS, WC



Hants and South West Area covers Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.  Our training however tends to be located centrally within the region.  Evening sessions are usually split between two sites: one in Dorset, the other Wiltshire. We aim to provide a varied but progressive training base for all ages and abilities.

In addition to our regular evening sessions, we hope to put on two or three training days. Depending on the locations, these offer different, ground specific, challenges: hills, water, woodland etc.  Further details will be published on the Hants and Southwest Area training page of the URC website.

We organise working tests each year, looking to cater for dogs at all stages: Puppy, Special puppies, Novice dog/Novice handler, Novice, Intermediate, Open, Veteran dogs and Junior handlers.  Locations will vary.

We also host Novice and All Aged Field Trials on a rotational basis with the other areas.

 Local post codes are BH, DT, EX, PL, PO, SO, SP, TA, TQ, TR



Most of the members of the Lincolnshire Area live in Lincolnshire, though we have several members who live in neighbouring counties, close to the border with Lincs.

Each year we run four or five training and informal match days, usually on Saturdays.  In the morning, there are three or four training groups and in the afternoon we have a number of tests reflecting the morning’s themes and preparing members for competitions.  The venues are Scawby, Spilsby, Atterby and Tumby Woodside.

 We organise five working tests: novice, open, puppy and junior handler and veteran, novice cold game and open cold game.  As with the training days, we move around the county, holding the tests at Thorganby, Mavis Enderby, Nocton, Caythorpe and Tumby Woodside.  Our annual Charity Working Test (novice and open) is at Raithby, near Spilsby.

Swineshead is the venue for winter training on alternate Sunday mornings in October, through to January.

local post codes are HU, LN, NG



The Midland Area  runs from north Worcestershire to Peterborough and from Loughborough down to Milton Keynes..

Our events are mainly held from Derbyshire in the north down through Leicestershire and Rutland to Northamptonshire and are easily accessible from the M1, M6, A14 , and A5. 

Postcodes have seemed to work, in the past-some new members want to belong to a particular area.

Our events and training are not set in stone as it depends what grounds we get and what help is available.

Over the last few years we have run puppy/beginner training which I have taken at Cottesbrooke/Guilsborough approx 10 miles from Northampton/Market Harborough/Rugby/Daventry and Novice at Cottesbrooke which Laura Marsh has kindly taken but she is not on the committee and is Field Trial Sec for Coventry so we cannot guarantee she will go on doing it.  Training  in the northern end has not taken off as there is already training by Midland Gundog, Coventry, East Midlands and Dove Valley besides lots of individual trainers!

We usually run a walked up training day on cold game in August in the Lichfield area, some years we run a novice training day in the Spring either near Rugby or Northampton, some years we run a Novice or Open Cold Game test this has been near Kettering / near Burton on Trent

Most years we run an Open and Intermediate test this has been near Shepshed/near Market Harborough/near Markfield. We run Puppy, Novice dog/Novice handler and Veteran tests near Coalville. The AGM and committee meetings are at Burbage near Hinckley.

local postcodes are B, DE, DY, LE, LU, MK, NN, PE, ST,WS, WV



The North Midlands Area serves Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and adjacent areas. We also have some members in adjacent counties including Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and South Lancashire.  

We have a great variety of training grounds and test venues. In Yorkshire and Derbyshire there are heather moors, steep hills, fast flowing rivers and stone walls to jump. In Nottinghamshire there is farmland with sugar beet fields, stubble & hedgerows, parkland with lakes and wide open spaces, or forest with woodland cover and wire fences to negotiate.

The Area usually organises 12 training sessions per annum with a small fee for each session attended. During the year the tests are held on 5 dates. A Puppy Test, Novice Test and Novice Handler test are held on the same day. There is also an Intermediate/ Novice Cold Game Test combined with a Veteran test. An Open Test is held in May, whereas there is an Open Cold Game Test walked up in September. At the end of the season there is a test day for training class members.

Members reside in any of the following postcodes : CH, CW, DN, HD, HX, LS, M, NG, OL, S, SK, YO, WA, WN

When you are happy with your choice this link takes you to the page where you can download the URC Joining Form, fill it in and post it to the Membership Secretary. There is also a Standing order mandate available to use if required on the same page.



The United Retriever Club Northern Area includes all the land from West and North Yorkshire and Lancashire, right up to the northern most point of the British Isles. In addition, a few Northern Members, reside in parts of Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.  

The Northern Area covers a large part of Great Britain, and members from other areas who might be on holiday are very welcome to join training sessions; working and walked-up tests being hosted by the Northern Area, during their visit to “the North”.  Likewise, when Members of the Northern Area are on holiday in other areas, they are made welcome where they happen to be at the time of that Area’s event.  This feeling of being made welcome in all areas, as well as in one’s own, is what makes the United Retriever Club a good club of which to be a member.

The United Retriever Club Northern Area wishes its members to have the opportunity of working their dogs over a variety of different types of pastureland, woodland, water, etc.  A programme of Working Tests; Walked-Up Tests and Training Sessions is created annually to encompass these different aspects of the countryside.

The venues to which we are fortunate to have access are as follows:

Naworth Castle which is in the area of Hadrian’s Wall and is where all the Earls of Carlisle have resided for many centuries, is an interesting venue and in addition to pastureland, contains a river and hillside covered in woodland.

 Lazonby between Penrith and Carlisle also contains undulating land and water. 

 Shap in South Cumbria, between Penrith and The Lakes, is one of the highest areas in England and excellent for working tests, walked-up tests and training.

Winster near Lake Windermere in The Lakes of England has a good sized lake, surrounded by undulating land, woodland and bracken and was the area chosen to hold the United Retriever Club’s Inter Area Open Working Test Finals in 2011. 

Claughton Hall in Lancashire also contains a smallish lake and undulating countryside. 

Wolfen Hall north of Preston, is where excellent walked-up tests are held annually and has the added advantage of toilet facilities and a barn where members can enjoy a cup of tea and/or coffee. 

Meols Hall in Churchtown near Southport, is the southern-most venue of the Northern Area and apart from not having any hills, contains all other aspects of the countryside required for enjoyable events of the Northern Area.  At different times, in previous years, both Wolfen Hall and Meols Hall have hosted Novice Field Trials for the United Retriever Club.

Since the Northern Area was founded in 2003 and until recently, working tests and training sessions have been held in Southern Scotland.  It is hoped that in the future, our membership in Scotland will increase to enable us to, once again, hold events in these areas and possibly, in the future, even further north in Scotland.

local post codes are AB, BB, BD, CA, DD, DG, DL, EH, FK, FY, G, IV, KA, KY, KW, LA, ML, NW, PA, PH, PR, SR, TD, TS



Our membership covers Kent and Sussex, both East & West with some members in Surrey and a scattering from Essex. Training this year is in Crowborough, Hurst Green and Ashburnham. 
As far as Tests are concerned, we currently run 8 starting with the Cold Game at the end of January, followed by a Novice w/Puppy Award at the beginning of April, Open in May, Puppy & Novice in mid July, Veteran and ND/NH at the end of August and an unclassified at the Crowborough Ploughing Match on the first Wed. in October.  
Local post codes are BN, BR, CR, CT, DA, ME, RH, SE, SM, TN

The  post codes are just a general indication.  It is advisable to contact the secretary of that area to confirm that this area would be the most convenient.