W.K. Taunton Memorial Trophy


Following the death of WK Taunton, who had been Hon Secretary and Treasurer for many years, an appeal was launched for donations to provide a W.K. Taunton Memorial Trophy, to be offered once a year for the Best Mastiff either sex, once in the North and once in the South alternately.  All monies raised to be spent on the trophy, and a special committee was formed to select designs silversmiths etc. A design being decided upon at a price of £105 and a member present offering to make up the difference. There was at this time some dispute about the funds for this trophy and mention of legal action.

The first time the W.K. Taunton Memorial Gold Cup was presented was at Crufts the judge being Mr Hunter Johnston and it was won by Mr G. Cook's Ch. Cleveland Premier

From Members subscriptions a similar cup which is smaller was purchased for best opposite sex, these two trophies being awarded annually at the club Championship show for members resident in the UK or Irish Republic.

Mr Oliver presented the club with the Hellingly Brindle cup. This cup is bought with money paid over through the High Court after the settling of the case over the Taunton Memorial Trophy. The work was done by Mr Oliver on condition he charged no fees. Therefore £29 odd was left after paying out of pocket expenses, to which he added and bought this cup.

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