The Club’s Aim is to promote in a positive way the breeding and showing of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to the Breed Standard as set out by The Kennel Club. To educate it’s members in the training, breeding, showing and all aspects of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Club holds three shows every year starting with the Open Show in January. The beginning of April sees the big event of the calendar, the Championship Show where Challenge Certificates are awarded to the top winning Dog and Bitch. Finally in October we hold a second Open Show,
The Club runs a handling/training class principally to introduce and educate people who are new to the Breed in the ways of the show scene, how to enter and show your dog and train your puppy in how to get the best out of him/her. The Training Class is usually held twice a month on a midweek evening.
The Club’s AGM is held in January where Officers and Committee are elected, the accounts for the previous year are presented, Judges are selected for forthcoming shows and any proposals on the agenda are discussed.
The Club organises educational events in line with the Kennel Club requirements for Judges, although these are of general interest to everybody in the Breed. Finally the Club occasionally arranges social events and fund raising for Stafford Rescue schemes.
Les Aspin – long standing NW Member
More sad news I’m afraid – Les Aspin passed away on January 27th 2020 – he had been ill for some time and things eventually caught up with him.
It was only last year that the NW celebrated Les’ 70 years since joining the Club with a presentation at the Champ show .
Les joined the NWSBTC 70 years ago in 1949 when he was just 17 years old with the Club itself in its infancy having been formed three years earlier in 1946.
His determination and effort to acquire a quality bitch resulted in Les being able to breed a Champion more or less straight off – this in 1951 – Ch Lady Of Barnfield (campaigned to her crown by owner June Horsfall in 1955).
In the mid 60’s Les joined the NW committee for the first time and again in the mid 70’s and has served on committee right through to the present day, having been President as well as Chairman and Vice Chairman for many years.
During the period – 70’s to 90’s Les bred five more Champions under the Scarthwaite affix; perhaps the best known was Ch Scarthwaite Coachman.
I believe that Les took to judging Staffords like a duck to water – he’s completed 24 CC appointments in SBT’s in the UK and has judged all over the world.
Les’ interest went beyond Staffords and he took on all the terrier breeds and was a Terrier Group Judge.
To celebrate the auspicious occasion the NW presented Les with a framed picture of Les with two of his Champions, engraved glassware and a hand made leather belt, courtesy of Geoff Boote.
Pictured left is the Dog judge on the day, Bill McKnight shaking hands with Les, with L-R Claire Crossman, NW Club Secretary, Tec Norton, Chairman and Club President Kay Aspin.
That’s Les Aspin, a Stafford legend
Condolences go out to Kay and family. Funereal arrangements will be notified on here and also on our Facebook page.
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The Championship Show – 5th April 2020
Dog Judge – Archie Bryden (Gantocks)
Bitch Judge – Kirsty Summerfield (Canakey)
Schedules from Show Secretary Eleanor Boote, 3, Beech Ave, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9GG
Tel 01942 795380, email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleanor will be at Crufts, by the ring side on the North West stall
Elaine Norton will be circulating at Crufts with the schedules
For On-line entries from Fosse Data – follow this link:-
Paper entries close Friday 13th March 2020 (if you dare to leave it until then)
Online entries close Wednesday 18th March 2020 – midnight.
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NWSBTC – 2020 AGM
The Club held the AGM on 26th January 2020.
In his opening remarks the Chairman Tec Norton stressed the need to pull together to find ways of steering the Club through these challenging times of low show entries and puppy registrations to come out the other side as a top, top club.
On the positive side eight of the 20 Champions made up in 2019 are owned by NW Club members – details of these Champions are scattered about this page.
The Treasurer Jan Matthews reported a small loss for the year (2019) despite the club holding a Champ show. She explained that the Club incurred some one-off expenditure – mainly show equipment causing expenditure to rise, whilst a disappointing entry at the Ch Show reduced the income.
Les Aspin decided to call it a day, so Kay, our President for the last decade (and more) also retired. The Club very much appreciates the contribution that the Aspins have made over many years.
Archie Bryden was elected to President and all the other Officers were re-elected un-opposed; as far as the Committee is concerned Ray & Jan Wilson both stood down (in mid term) and the Club thanks them for their efforts over recent years. Otherwise, the remaining committee members were re-elected, along with two new ones – Jessica Farrimond and Tony Webster – welcome aboard you two.
Three propositions went through;-
For prospective judges for NW Champ shows the Club requires that said judges do not judge the breed of either sex (in the UK) for a least two years before the date of the show concerned – this replaces the KC minimum time of 18 months between appointments for one sex.
For prospective judges for NW Open shows the Club requires that said judges do not judge the Breed at any show for one year and within a radius of 100 miles of Bolton.
The NW rule that “committee members from other SBT breed clubs cannot serve on the NW committee at the same time” was rescinded.
Judges elected to judge the NW Champ show in 2022 are Steve Simpson and Paul Quinn.
Judges elected to judge the NW Open shows in 2021 are Andy Mayren and Jan Matthews.
The attendance was 24 members
We are sorry to report that another of our long standing Club members has passed away – Gillian Skelly – we offer our sincerest condolences to husband Stan and the rest of Gill’s family.
She was a NW member getting on for 40 years and wlll be remembered for campaigning her Skelstaff dogs and her unending commitment to the Clubs that she served – in particular Liverpool Terrier over a long period; Merseyside SBTC many moons ago; the North West in the 90’s and more recently Morecambe Bay & Cumbria SBTC.
Rest In Peace, Gillian.
The funeral took place on Thursday 28th November 2019
Breed Council Meeting
2nd November 2019
The clause in the Judges Criteria requirement to be eligible to give CC’s – A2 & A3 lists was finally agreed at this meeting.
Also the criteria to be on a B List was agreed.
For full details go to:-
Please note – if any B list judges (SBT breed specialists) consider themselves qualified for A3 or A2 status (you still need to be assessed three times whilst judging at Breed club and Breed Club Supported General show(s) in order to progress from A3 to A2) the North West is willing to submit applications to the KC for either A3 or A2 status.
A new book has recently been published – The Writings Of Norman Berry – Rendorn.
This has been a collaboration with Robert Scotland and the Stafford Knot.
The latter is USA based and is an internet website dedicated to supporting Stafford rescues globally.
The book chronicles Norman & Dorothy’s journey in Staffords starting in 1960 and records Norman’s thoughts on breeding and exhibiting.
There are a number of photos taken by Norman going back to the early days.
This book can be obtained either as an ebook for $6.99 or as hard copy for $18 (plus postage from the US) from the book seller Blurb – follow this link
A sixth CC at Belfast under all-rounder judge Bill Brown-Cole for Martin & Michelle Murphy’s Ch Karwillage Mystic Girl – getting back into the showing mode after having had a litter earlier this year.
As always Michelle is handling with daughter Shauna holding the spoils.
New Champion for NW member
The CC’s are coming in thick and fast for NW members – this time it’s a third CC (with BOB) for Jackabyte Miss Moneypenny, owned and bred by Karon & Wayne Jackson at Driffield – judge Betty Smith, pictured here.
Wayne and Karon have now campaigned four dogs to their titles but this is their first home bred Champion – great result.
This was after being awarded the CC at the City Of Birmingham show under judge Alan Small only three weeks ago!
This is the seventh Champion in this current year (2019) made up by NW Members.
New Champion for NW member
(and fifth one for NW members in 2019)
Another triumph for Liz & Paul Stanway and another Champion to their name with their bitch (now) Ch Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff winning her third CC at the WKC 2019, under judge Dave Levy.
And just to confirm her status, this bitch gained a fourth CC at the Midland Counties show (Oct 24th 2019) – seen here with judge David Wedgewood.
This bitch was imported from Spain and was bred by Clara Blanch – she had the good fortune to use Liz’s dog as the sire (of Lesa) – Waystaff What A Cracker.
The SBT Annual 2019 is available from Bev Harrison:-
New Champion for NW member
What a roller coaster ride for Paul Murray – his young dog Cinfel Melodies Tailor was awarded his third CC at the Potteries show in July 2019 – so now it is Ch Cinfel Melodies Tailor from now on.
Pictured here is Paul with his dog and the Judge (at the Potteries) Kay Aspin, President of the NWSBTC
It has to be said that the Murrays were on the fringe of the dog show scene until four months ago and then it all started with a CC at the NW; a second at Birmingham National by judge Paul Wilkinson, pictured below
Roller coaster, helter-skelter, whatever, it’s propelled Paul into the thick of things and what a fantastic advert for the breed when someone can just win like this from nowhere.
A great result for NW member Debbie McCarron-Tuer with her Dog Elitebull Supermoon at the East Anglian club Ch show on 7th July 2019 – she only won the Reserve CC under Judge Toni Holt – this is Debbie’s first encounter with a major award – she was over the (super) moon.
From 2019 the KC require Breed clubs to support local General Canine Society Open Shows – the latter will schedule the breed concerned, the Breed clubs are free to provide support in terms of cash for rosettes, prizes, etc and have a say in the choice of judge.
The North West is to support the SBT classes for Manchester Sporting Terrier at it’s two shows per year.
North West Open show
October 13th 2019
Sponsored by Pero Dog food and Leigh Plumbing
BIS under judge Wayne Jackson was Elitebull Supermoon, owned by Debbie McCarron-Tuer and bred by Debbie Desmond
The other main winners were:-
Best Bitch & Reserve BIS Elitebull Elysian Dream at Kalverin, owned by Ray & Jan Wilson
Reserve Best Bitch Molru Shine Ya Light owned by Michaela Riley & Mel Corcoran
Reserve Best Dog Manark Made To Measure owned by the Gough family
Best Puppy Berrystock Miss Firefly owned by Janet Higgins, Maureen Ward & Jay & Claire Rogers
Best Veteran Pendlestaff Brindle Babe at Tikkurilan owned by Mr & Mrs Norton
For all the results. photos of winners, show report and judge’s critique follow this link.
Whoop, Whoop – the good news is that the UK Team have just won the International Stafford Match (held annually in Holland this year on the 6th October 2019) with 10 countries competing.
The really good news is that of the 8 dogs (in each team) in the UK team, 6 of them are owned by North West Club members!!
For more on this go the North Westers Out & About with lots more photos, etc by clicking on:-
and scroll down
Members Martin & Karen Johnson completed a unique double win at the SBT Club Gerald Westwood Stafford of the Year 2019 with their two dogs – Ch Tillcarr Fire Coanda (recently crowned, see below) getting the main award with litter sister Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire going Best Opposite Sex.
Judges – Maureen Ward, Maria Morris and Tec Norton
Amazing times for the Tillcarr team.
On the same day at the City of Birmingham show under judge Alan Small litter brother Tillcarr Fire Starter was awarded the Dog RCC – a joyful moment for Anne Preston
New Champion for NW member
A week after winning the CC at Paignton with their Tillcarr Fire Coanda, Martin & Karen Johnson marched on to Bournemouth to take the CC there as well, under judge Pete Hopgood, to complete a spectacular run of wins – this latest was his third, so another Champion for these NW members, their 7th, all home bred, plus one other that they own!!!
Going back to Paignton it wasn’t just the dog that won, their top winning bitch Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire also won the CC there under judge Jackie Smart, an amazing double for Team Tillcarr.
The bitch went BOB (and later Group 3), all are pictured below. (photo Debbie Desmond, thank you)
Debbie Desmond’s Ch Elitebulls Challenger came second in the Open class at Paignton (to the dog above) and was awarded the RCC, keeping this dog in touch with winning ways.
New Champion for NW member
At the Notts & Derby Champ show (July 2019) Gem Rowe’s bitch Illori Believe In Me was awarded her third CC, under judge Andy Land, so Paul Murray’s Ch Cinfel Melodies Tailor was the latest Champion for 24 hours!!
Pictured here is Gem (and her dog) with the three judges who awarded the CC’s – Andy Land (on the day), Elaine Norton at the SCCA show in June 2019 and on the right Kevin Tittley at this show (N&D) last year.
This must be Gem’s lucky show, she won the Best Puppy with this bitch in 2017.
And pictured below at the SCCA are Elaine and Gem with Ilori Believe In Me with her second CC.
At the SCCA show Elaine also awarded the Dog RCC to Gem’s Illori Akinlana so not a bad day for Gem.
At the same show Elaine gave the Dog ticket to Debbie Desmond’s Ch Elitebulls Challenger – his third CC this year, eight altogether.
We also had another NW winner – the bitch RCC – it must be worth a mention as it came from the Minor Puppy Bitch class and that was Ray & Jan Wilson’s Elitebull Elysian Dream at Kalverin.
Ray’s still in shock.
New Champion for NW member
Breaking news from Scotland – first of all at the SKC (May 2019) show under judge Derek Lewis Joemikeste Play The Game was awarded her third CC – tremendous result for NW Committee member Vicki Butler and husband Dave.
Congratulations – join the NW Champions Club – here they are after winning their second CC at the SBT Club last year.
At the same show the Dog CC went to Club Members Martin & Karen Johnson with their Tillcarr Fire Coanda, a first CC (with BOB) for him and no longer in the shadow of his big hitting sister Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire.
This is him here winning the RCC at the Scottish Club show on the Sunday under judge Bev Harrison.
The brilliant news continues again at the Scottish Club show with another first CC, this time for Bellarouge Adonis At Fergiestaffs (Theo), owners Andy and Linzi Mayren – NW committee members (Andy, anyway).
A fairly unique double for Wayne & Karon Jackson at these two Scottish shows – awarded Best Puppy at both shows with Jackabyte Bocouture (pictured below) – something special for this kennel after winning the CC with half sister Jackabyte Miss Moneypenny at Morecambe Bay two weeks earlier.
What a weekend
What’s more and only a week later Andy Mayren collected a second CC for Theo – Bellarouge Adonis at Fergiestaffs – at the Western club show under breed specialist Helen Wall, not a bad couple of weeks for the Mayrens – pictured below is Andy receiving the treasured green card from the judge.
North West Open Show
19th January 2020
Judge Dave Cartwright
Click on this photo to access the Show report, photos of placings down to second place (and even some thirds) plus the main winners which were:-
BIS – Debbie Desmond’s bitch Elitebull Destiny (photo above);
RBIS – Wayne & Karon Jackson’s bitch Jackabyte Bocouture
Best Dog – Liz & Paul Stanway’s Waystaff Strike Force
Best Puppy – Miller’s bitch Skyland Ratatouille
Reserve Best Dog – Debbie Desmond’s Elitebull Charger
Best Veteran – Steve & Kelly Wilson’s – Ch Bullhawk Jessie Jay at Northstaff
The Committee Christmas bash was held on the 11th January at the Rana restaurant in Atherton – as you can see a good time was had by all, in the true Stafford spirit.
for another NW Member
Bellarouge Adonis at Fergiestaffs was on two tickets
Not anymore, his third CC was awarded by Nigel Merrick at Southern Counties (27th Oct 2019)
So now it’s Ch Bellarouge Adonis at Fergiestaffs
Congratulations to owners Linzi & Andy Mayren
A major shake up at the Kennel Club has resulted in the proposed introduction of the Judges Competency Framework (the JCF) in 2019 being put on hold, pending a KC internal review (announced in June 2019).
Since then (July 2019) a review panel has been assembled in order to carry out an intensive investigation into the (now) proposed JCF consisting of around 15 people selected as representatives of show interest groups eg. exhibitors, show organisers, judges, etc. Included amongst these is Alan Hedges in his role as a KC Accredited Trainer although I dare say he will have something to say on all aspects of the JCF.
As part of this review the KC were asking exhibitors to express their views by completing a survey – the time for this has passed but as of mid November the Review panel are presenting their findings to the KC Board.
Details of the JCF and other KC initiatives introduced over the last couple of years can be found by clicking on the KC logo below
I can’t keep the Tillcarrs off this page – they’ve only done it again winning both CC’s at Richmond, what can you say!
So these two – Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire and Ch Tillcarr Fire Coanda, litter brother and sister, now have a hatrick of DOUBLES both CC’s at Paignton and Richmond and sandwiched between winning the Stafford Of The Year and Best Opposite Sex Stafford Of The Year – Dog Showing, bloody hell!!!
New Champion for NW member
At the moment – August 2019 – we are seeing a new Champion for NW members getting made up at consecutive weekends – the latest and third this month and six in all for 2019) are Anna Murray and Trev Fawkes with their home bred dog Ch Antrelleda Squadron Leader.
What a terrific time they are having – this time last year this dog received his first CC at the August SKC and a year later his third at the same show. Well done.
This picture captures the whole family – Trev has Squadron Leader and Anna has his dam, Flintstaff Helena
North West Champ Show 2019
The Dog CC under judge Bill McKnight went to new NW member Paul Murray (from Arlecdon, Cumbria) with his young dog Cinfel Melodies Tailor, bred by Paul’s mum, Pamela.
Here he is at the moment of receiving the CC – what a day for this young man, well done. (This dog has won two more CC’s since the NW – see left hand column)
The Bitch CC under judge Sarah Hemstock went to Kim Andre Madsen’s Ckstaffs Adventure Made Sunshine for the second year running and a third one in the bargain making her into a UK Champion.
This is a Norwegian dog and is handled by Cecilie Johansen (pictured below) who travels over from Norway with Sandra Holme (affix Goldstaffs) who also made up a dog (in 2018) so between them they have 7 CC’s and two Champions, created in only 4 or 5 visits to the UK.
Dog RCC went to Ch Luthais Its Hammertime with Westbull, owned by Joe & Tracy Thomson, from Scotland; breeder Angie & Ian Isles.
Bitch RCC went to owner/breeder Mark Marshall’s Marstaff True Grit
Best Puppy went to Patrick Gabel’s RNB of Spirit-Staff’s (from Germany)
Best Veteran went to Harry & Mary Coble’s Surestaff Valentina
This show was sponsored by Pero – specialist complete dog food for Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Leigh Plumbing – suppliers of bathrooms and accessories.
For a full report with critiques and photos follow this link:-
Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire (Belka) has continued where she left off in 2018 going into 2019 with four more CC’s to add to the 5 gained in 2018.
Her latest win was at the Paignton show in August 2019. Pictured here is Belka winning the CC at Merseyside (under new judge Karen Waltham) with owner/breeders Martin & Karen Johnson.
The next day as reported above Jackabyte Miss Moneypenny won the Bitch CC at Morecambe Bay – judge Kevin Brown.
The Club held a very successful seminar – Requirements of a Dog Show Judge – on 14th July 2019 – this was presented by Christina Chapman, a KC Accredited Trainer.
The basic format was a presentation (over three hours) by Christina, followed by a multi choice examination.
The Club is happy to say that everyone passed the exam and Christina remarked that the candidates scored more than she normally sees, with some achieving 100%.
Note – all judges are required to have passed this seminar within the last five years (at the moment) although Judges who are doing refresher exams can do so on-line (on the KC Academy).
The event was held at the Mather Room, Leigh (our Open show venue)
Pictured above is Christina at the Opening of the event by Club Chairman Tec Norton; with the onlooking assembled candidates.
Pictured below at the finish are all the candidates with their certificates.
The rescue of Staffordshire Bull Terriers in this area is down to Barbara Green, part of the national rescue organisation Stafford Welfare – see below.
In addition there is a second rescue group – Northern SBT Rescue, based in Cumbria – under the auspices of Bob Whittall and Anna Murray
The North West wholeheartedly supports Rescue and we would like to bring to the attention of Club members the organisation in the UK as a whole – Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare.
This is a centrally based body that principally supports the various regional rescues in money raising schemes and provides a wider network of potential homes for the dogs.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare are also very concerned that Staffords are neutered when not required for breeding purposes (all rescues are neutered anyway) and will financially support any owner to achieve this if the latter is unable to do so themselves – see flyer right.
For more on NW Rescue, Stafford Welfare & Northern SBT Rescue click on the above photo left
The North West Training Class – Little Lever Working Men’s Club
We are in the Cotterill Suite – this is around the back – turn into Heywood Street off Victoria Rd, then first Left into Nelson Street – the car park is on the left at the end of the street – see link to map
Activities start at 7.30
There is a bar on – all are most welcome with or without your dog
There will be no classes in January 2020
Next class Tuesday 4th February 2020
A presentation to Barbara Green was made at the NW Championship show in 2019 recognising her massive contribution to Stafford Rescue in the North – 40 years service and in excess of 4000 dogs in need of finding a new home.
Barbara was presented with crystal glass bowl and vase from Stafford Welfare, by Club Chairman Tec Norton
That’s Barbara Green
Flo Latham – Life Vice President – celebrates her 100th birthday
Today the 26th August 2017 a party was organised to celebrate this (increasingly regular) event – at Flo’s home in Burnage, Manchester. Around 50 people attended, mainly family which included Flo’s daughter Sandra Bailey, a former Show Secretary for the North West (in the early 70’s).
Representing the Club was our Chairman Archie Bryden and Show Secretary Eleanor Boote and a splendid bouquet of flowers was presented to Flo, plus a card depicting perhaps the Latham’s most famous dog Champion Topcroft Toreador.
Also attending from the Club were fellow LVP’s Norman & Dorothy Berry along with others from Flo’s era – Linda Miller, Betty Smith and Tec & Elaine Norton – we had three Topcroft Staffords from Harry & Flo.
Subsequent to this party Flo has sent us, the North West, a thank you letter – see photos – amazing!!
The North West SBT Club is sponsored by;
Pero Specialty Dog foods and Leigh Plumbing