History

In 1963 our founder member, Miss Larraine Stallwood convened a meeting that was attended by Mr B Cuff, Mrs K A Grass, Miss Higgs, Mr & Mrs Howarth, Mr & Mrs Lunnon, Miss Naish and Mrs C Sutherland-Rawlings. It was from this meeting that, what was to eventually become Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, was formed.

The SDR timeline:

  • 1964 – First AGM held at the Guildhall in High Wycombe.
  • 1965 – Mellis Archard, founder of Crossroads Veterinary Centre, became our Honorary Veterinary Surgeon and, on his retirement, our President. He retained this role until his death in 2012.
  • 1977 – Our formal Constitution was drawn up and registered with the Charities Commission. It outlined our aims and objectives that we still hold dear today.
  • 1977 – Special meeting convened to find suitable premises for the ever growing number of dogs being rescued.
  • 1978 – Tower Farm, a former pig farm, was purchased, consisting of approximately 1.25 acres, a cow barn and a 40 room 'mobile home'.
  • 1984 - Additional land purchased to provide outside runs.
  • 1995 – Rebuilding programme replacing the converted barn is completed, providing us with purpose built kennels, covered runs, an office and reception area.
  • 2000 – A dedicated Isolation Unit is built to house sick and injured dogs. This replaces a smaller such building dating from the late 1970s.
  • 2006 – Our name changes from the High Wycombe & District Dog Rescue & Welfare Society to Stokenchurch Dog Rescue.
  • 2007 – Refurbishment work starts on replacing the existing kennels due to wear and tear.
  • 2008 – Shop opened in reception selling new and good quality second hand items and clothes.
  • 2009 – A total refurbishment of the kennels is completed with all wire cages being replaced by bright, spacious rooms with full length windows and patios.
  • 2011 – The well-respected actor Colin Baker accepts the role of Patron.
  • 2012 – The failing Isolation Unit is replaced by a new unit and officially opened by Colin Baker.
  • 2013 – We celebrate our Golden Jubilee.