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 Limit Show in January – this show is Limited in that the show is open to Club members only (you can pay your membership with your entry) and dogs that have won Challenge Certificates are not eligible. 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 an Open Show, similar to the Limit show but is open to all with no restrictions on how much the dogs have won.

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.

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The Club’s 2019 AGM will be held on Sunday 27th January 2019 at the Mather Room, Mather Lane, Leigh WN7 2PR, commencing at 12.00 noon.

The main business will be to elect the officers and committee for 2019; presentation of the 2018 accounts; election of judges for the two Open shows (January & October) for 2020 (from a list compiled by the committee); and consideration of any propositions forwarded by members.

In order to attend and participate at the AGM you have to be a fully paid up member of the Club – 2018 members can re-new their membership for 2019 on the day and prior to the AGM commencing – our membership Secretary Geoff Boote  will be on hand to facilitate this.   

Latest news and events in the North West 


The sponsored walk held on the 9th of September 2018 in aid of the SBT Rescue run by Barbara Green raised a handsome total of £2665 for the Rescue funds.

The NW Club and Barbara thank all the sponsors for their contributions to an incredible total and also to the participants pictured above (plus Michaela & Josh Riley and family who arrived late and missed the photo opportunity). 

One of the sponsors is well deserving of mention and he is Walter Slater from Farnworth who donated £1000, yes a thousand pounds!! 

With this amount in her locker Barbara herself collected the most cash – well done her and for anybody who doesn’t know her, she’s the youthful looking lady on the far right with her even more youthful dog Rebel.

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 and Stafford Welfare click on the above photo left



 News of events and members exploits


And now we have another NW member joining the Champions club.

It’s Dave McKimm and his bitch Ch Biggleswick Fifty Fifty winning the Open class at Southern Counties SBTS followed by her third CC. Tremendous result for Dave.

A third NW member and a third Champion in 2018

Martin & Karen Johnson’s outstanding young bitch Ch Tillcarr Baptism Of Fire won her crown (at only fourteen and a half months) at the North Eastern show under Aussie judge Craig Frazer. 

This show is part of the Northern Triple and what a weekend it was for this trio – Belka, as she is called, took the RCC’s at the two other shows as well.

It’s worth mentioning that litter brother Tillcarr Fire Coanda won the RCC at Darlington (his second RCC, the other won at the previous show, Richmond), also owned by the Johnson’s.

Fantastic stuff – Belka won her first CC at the end of August and this success continues with a fourth CC with BOB, at Driffield under Linda Lee, phew. What momentous times for this Kennel

The photo here was taken after she won her class at the North East – there’s loads more in the North Westers out and about (when I get around to it)

A second NW member and a second Champion in 2018

Debbie Desmond and her Dog Elitebulls Challenger win a third CC at Paignton under judge Mick Bradley.

At the tender age of only 15 months – what a great achievement.

There is simply no stopping this dog now, he’s gone on to win two more CC’s – under Tony Moore at the North of Scotland club show and then at Richmond – judge Geoff Faulkner, making 5 CC’s in total, plus 6 RCC’s.

All these wins whilst in Junior, breaking the record for the most number of points gained in the SBT Annual Top Junior award.

This photo is of Dodge, as he is known, winning the Junior class at the SCCA, where he won his first CC.

The first NW member’s dog to get made up in 2018 is Champion Rubericla Trailbreaker, owned by Bryn & Julie Allsopp.

This dog took the Dog CC, his third, at the East Of England show under Judge Nick Hales.

His previous two CC’s both came at Crufts, in 2017 and 2018.

Many, many Congratulations to Bryn and Julie, remember this is their first show Stafford – just shows what you can achieve in this great breed of ours.

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Another CC (his 4th) with BOB at Notts & Derby 2018, under judge Jayne Winrow; no stopping this dog now


What a day for the Butlers at the Downlands Champ show (Oct 20th)  – their bitch Joemikeste Play The Game took the CC and BOB under judge Karon Jackson.

They didn’t have to wait long to win a second CC either – this was under judge Lee Rhodes at the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club show held on the 11th November, winning a terrific Open class of 25 bitches drawn from all over the UK and the EU. 

We couldn’t be more pleased for Vicki who is a NW Committee member (and husband Dave, of course). 

I can’t just report these two big wins without, as well, mentioning Liz & Paul Stanway’s bitch Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff also taking a second CC (with BIS) the day before the SBTC show, at the East Midlands Ch show under judge Marie Morris.

So here they are:-

New members Martin & Michelle Murphy come with their 2018 bitch Ch Karwillage Mystic Girl and at the Southern Counties SBTS she was awarded the RCC – so it was North Westers all the way in bitches at this show. 

Pictured here is Michelle with Cleo winning the Green Star at Cork earlier this year.


The Club successfully held a Breed Seminar and Judging Competence Assessment in September 2018

For details of how it went and photos of participants click on the photo

For a full report on Crufts 2018 click on the picture below

 Click on the photo above to view

This is a slide show featuring the top wins for NW members during the course of 2017, plus  one or two other significant events.  This is just to brighten our lives up during this rather wintery week (end of Feb 2018).

Click on Photo above to access the page – Top NW Stafford, Top NW Junior and Top NW Puppy for 2017

North West Members Dogs with photos of the winners and complete tables for each award.


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 – Kelly Wilson’s Northstaff Notorious;

RBIS & Best Bitch Chris Mudd’s Chiswelstaff Jean Genie:

Best Puppy Karon & Wayne Jackson’s Jackabyte Bocouture;

Reserve Best Dog Glyn Major’s Maxsta Floyd Lord Of The Went;

Reserve Best Bitch Michel Moureu-Laarrang’s Fr Ch I Need Your Money Du Clan ‘Molotov

Christmas Run off

4th December 2018

Judge Andy Mayren (Fergiestaffs)


Best Fancy Dress – Chris Howard with Oliver (above) – it’s the shoes what cliched it.

Best Adult Handler – Anne Preston with Victor (Tillcarr Fire Starter)

Best Puppy Handler – Jessica Farrimond with Ozzy (Ashstaff Jessie’s Dark Prince) 

Adult Points winner (most points in 2018 Handling Classes) – Stephen & Pat Tighe’s Stan (Tegumen Ace Of Spades)

Puppy Points winner John & Chis Howard’s (Sikaistaff Man Of Steel)

The judge for this show held on the 28th October 2018 was Brian Speed (Speediestaff) and he certainly got on with it.

Best Dog and  BIS was Nick Yorke with Braunstaff Feel The Noise;

Best bitch and RBIS was Paul & Liz Stanway’s Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff;

Reserve Best Dog was John Finney’s Ch Ballindona Crafty Copper at Sanguliano;

Reserve Best Bitch was Chris Mudd’s Chiswelstaff Jean Genie

And Best Puppy was Paul Murray’s Cinfel Melodies Tailor.

Click on the above image for full results and critique, photos of dogs and a marked up catalogue and a show report. 

NW Champ Show

April 8th 2018

Click on the above photo link to access a full report of the show including photos of class placings down to third, the results and the judge’s critique.

BCC & BIS – Kim Andre Madsen’s Ckstaff’s Adventure Made Sunshine

DCC & RBIS – Linda Miller’s Deldenas Black Shadow

BRCC – Patrick Gabel’s Hocus Pocus at Spirit-Staff’s 

DRCC – Nick Yorke’s Braunstaff Feel The Noise

BP Debbie Desmond’s Elitebulls Challenger

BV – Mark & Marie Davies’  Ch Eclypstaff Cuz I Can




 The North West Training Class  Little Lever Working Men’s Club 

The venue is opposite the Cricket Ground, Victoria Rd, Little Lever – BL3 IJB

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  



Next class  Tuesday 22nd January 2019


The KC are in reforming mode – click on the KC logo to see what’s going on with the KC and the reforms being implemented over the next few years:-

Can the KC reduce the number of our Clubs?

The new judges structure “Judges Competency Framework – JCF” – the KC have summarised all the relevant information on this onto one page –

The following excellent booklet encapsulates the essential elements (published February 2018) and I recommend anyone who wants to judge or is a judge to read it.


New rules for Junior Warrant and New Awards for Open Shows

Breed Club Supported General Canine Society Shows


The introduction of Champion Classes at Breed Club Ch shows from Jan 2018

To see the KC announcement follow the link:-

Already a couple of our Clubs have introduced this innovative (?) measure at their 2018 Ch shows – Morecambe Bay & Cumbria SBTC and Notts & Derby SBTC. At the former there was only one entry and that was in the Dogs – Ch Surestaff Wellington and no Champion bitches entered. At the Notts & Derby show we saw a similar response from exhibitors – in the Dogs only one Champion entered and that was a Danish Ch and again no Ch bitches entered.

The KC have defined the Breed Co-ordinator (BEC) role and introduced a form for nomination of potential candidates (to be nominated by Breed Clubs/Breed Councils) – the BEC for Staffords is Helen Reaney.

Latest update  – 3rd October 2018

The KC have made a concession on the annual fee for judges – for Level 4 (CC level) judges who only give CC’s in a single breed  and never intend to judge other breeds, then the fee reduces from £26 per annum to £10.

The date set for the JCF to be introduced is the second half of 2019  and not January 2019 – as originally specified – and now set to be fully operational after the transition period in January 2022. 

To help show societies, the requirement that all judges must be licenced at JCF Level 1 will now be introduced from 1 January 2020

For the latest press releases from the KC follow this link:

Click on the KC logo for more 

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!!









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