Christina Payne
9th December 1919-23rd January 2014

President of The Midland  Dobermann Club 2005 - 2014

Christina was President of the Club for many years, taking over the position from her husband Les . Both Christina and Les were very supportive of the MDC and were extremely active holding numerous positions on the committee for many years. 
Christina held the show managers position for a long time and many will remember her wonderful sense of humour and warm welcome at the shows.


Christina was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MDC Annual Dinner in 2005.
The words below accompanied the award made to Christina.

Chris and Les Payne celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the MDC 25th Anniversary Show in 1992

This award goes to someone who we all know very well,
Christina Payne.
Christina has always encouraged newcomers and has been a great support of fund raising in many quarters.
Always with a joke on hand to lighten any situation.
Owning and showing Dobermanns since 1958 from their Montanna, homebred kennels Chris and Les were founder members of the MDC when Club status was granted in 1967.
Working through most positions on the committee Chris settled in as show manager in 1973 holding this position until very recently.
Chris has been an Old Moore Almanac of KC rules and someone to look to in times of misunderstanding.
Recently Chris took the position of President of the Club.
Many of you in the room tonight will recall the years of laughter
and experiences with Chris dog showing many years ago.
Working tirelessly for the dog show Chris has supported the MDC and other Societies for many years.

Memories of Chris and Les.
Christina was born and reared in the highlands of Scotland.  She trained as a nurse and it was during the war she met Les who had been injured as a soldier. They later married and had three sons- Tony, Ewis and Leslie John.
The Midland Branch of the Dobermann Club was formed in 1958 and they later became members and served on the Committee.  Meetings were held at the home of Jane & Greg Parkes at Gunthorpe. The Midland Branch were kindly given one Open Show Licence by the parent Club which was originally held at the Drill Hall on Derby Rd, Nottingham.
Like all good, new committee members Chris was to be found “ downstairs” in the kitchen doing the refreshments and Judges Lunches !! The Open show was then moved to a date in June and was held in the large  garden of the Parkes’ home.
When the Midland Branch gained Club status in its own right in March 1967 Chris and Les were founder members and again served on the Committee under  Chairman Greg Parkes and Secretary Jane Parkes.
During these years Chris and Les bred Dobermanns under their affix of Montanna and also bought  in a Tinsley bitch from Tony Heath,  Arrowbar Equestrian  from Roy Scotson and a male Carrickgreen Cherry Brandy. He was a big boy who Les showed and did obedience with. Chris usually showed the bitches –Montanna Talulah being one of them.
In 1973 Chris and Les took over as Show Managers and when Les became Secretary in 1976, Chris continued as the Show Manager -a position she did so well  and continued in this position until a few short years ago.
In the early days of the Club everyone on committee worked so hard, preparing all the refreshments for shows and matches and Chris was the first to offer a “loaf made up and some cake” and was always ready to give a hand putting out chairs, sweeping up or whatever was needed.
Life was never dull when Chris was around- always a joke and a laugh. Travelling to shows was  usually quite eventful and they tended to travel in convoy in case anyone broke down as they usually did!!
Once, when returning from a Show held at Margaret Bastables home, there was a terrific storm and the rain flooded the roads. Les pulled into a garage and ran to the office and came back with mop and bucket. When we investigated there was Chris with her knees under her chin and feet on the dashboard of the Mini. Les has done some repair work on the floor and forgotten to put the bungs back in !! The car was 4 inches deep in water.
We remember so well about the time when Chris and Les, travelling back from the Welsh Dobe Club Show,  Les ran up the grass verge to answer the call of nature. Although he stood behind a road sign, he did not realise that it only covered him from the waist up.
Always ready to help and encourage new-comers, Chris has contributed so much to the Midland Dobermann Club in so many ways over the years.

Carol Smith February 2014