In 1994, some Newfoundland club members living in Wales decided it was time a working group be set up for owners living in the area. Founder members were Hedd & Del Richards, Freda & George Pratt, Steve & Cheryl Morgan & Derrick & Liz Gwynn the inaugural meeting was held at Hedd & Del's place in Carmarthen & the Welsh Newfoundland Activity Group was born.
The first & main priority was to find somewhere to swim. This proved to be a herculean task, with many teething problems; but finally in Nov 1994 WNAG took to the water at their new home at Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar. At this point only 2 members had wetsuits, & no-one was allowed in the water for more than 10 minutes for fear of hypothermia setting in. Freda often said that they very nearly gained the nickname of "The Brass Monkeys"
The next priority was to obtain a boat, one was soon discovered, but cost £800.00 WNAG only had £50.00 so members set about fund raising, cakes were baked & sold, coffee mornings arranged, sponsored walks were undertaken - luckily the boat seller was a very patient person, eventually members managed to raise enough funds & became the proud owners of their first boat & engine.
Over the years, Bryn Bach Park has remained 'home', members have come & gone. Freda & George Pratt, who ran the group from its early years, sadly both passed away in 2008, but the group survived & continue to meet every Sunday, between March & October, to swim & have fun with the dogs. WNAG members enjoy performing swimming demo's to support local charities both at Bryn Bach & at 'away' venues; where water is not available the dogs show their skills at carting & thoroughly enjoy all the fuss & attention they get while collecting for the charity of the day. WNAG also host national water tests on behalf of the Newfoundland & Southern Newfoundland Clubs of Great Britain, these tests are designed to give a record of the dogs ability in the water. Please see the diary page for further information WNAG's planned events for the coming year.