A little while back I wondered when I could realistically retire this magazine. One day in July, while mucking out the stables, I just decided that this would be the last issue! I know our regular readers will be sorry to see the end of Clumbers, and in many ways I am too. But I am so so tired of having to chase material for the magazine and even just double checking permission has been granted that I have decided to ‘retire’.

So, yes, this is the last issue of this magazine.

Clumbers the magazine seems to be very nicely superseded by the social media world in the guise of Facebook – where owners are very happy to share images and occasional snippets of useful information, so there is no true void.

Giving up this magazine will surely give me time to get those books I have partly drafted finished and to press.

While I would normally offer refunds for unused parts of subscriptions, I won’t this time as the subscription fee is low, and with the release of Enjoying the Clumber Spaniel and one or two more titles readers will be able to claim the subscription price in discounts on those titles. Also, I haven’t actually disabled new subscriptions for the same reason, but I have made them lifelong (if I haven’t managed to get the script right, let me know!). I also plan to accept painting commissions when I have updated that website and rosette commissions. Courier, primarily because it has good writer support, will continue.

‘Subscribers’ will continue to receive occasional emails notifications of book publications, etc.

Thanks so much for your support for this fabulous breed over (wow!) 25 years (first published May 1987), see time to retire!

Happy and Healthy! Clumbers

A very special thank you to Graham Constable who recently stepped up and supplied such interesting and fascinating accounts of field work in the UK – I wish him a long and happy future with this sport and the Clumber.