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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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.

We couldn’t be more pleased for Vicki, a NW Committee member.


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.

NW Limit Show

Jan 21st 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.

This will be the last Limit show that the North West will be holding as it was proposed at the AGM (held the week after the show) that we drop the show and replace it with an Open Show – effective from 2019.

Best in Show was Andy & Linzi’s Bellarouge Adonis at Fergistaffs, Reserve BIS was Debbie Desmond’s Elitebull Challenger,

Best Bitch was Chris Mudd’s Chiswelstaff Jean Genie, Reserve Best Bitch was Dave & Julie Cartwright’s Zakstaff Winterfell and Best Puppy was Michaela Riley & Mel Corcoran’s Molru Shine Ya Light 

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.


The Next NW Show is an Open Show in January 2019 

Judge Steve Simpson (Briganah)

Schedules from Show Secretary Eleanor Boote on 01942 795380 or email

Download a schedule or Enter on-line at Fosse Data – follow this link:-


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


Jan 28th, Leigh 

The main business was presentation of the accounts for 2017; election of Officers and Committee for the coming year; consideration of Proposals submitted: election of judges for the Club’s Championship shows in 2020 and 2021 – the latter being the Club’s 75th Anniversary; election of judges for the Club’s Open shows in 2019.

The attendance was 31, not too bad for these times – to get people off their backsides you need something really controversial on the Agenda!

In his opening remarks Chairman Archie Bryden reported a solid year for the North West singling out the Championship show as a resounding success, citing the new venue at Leigh Sports Village as a smart move. This venue has been booked for the next three Ch shows. Archie also expressed concern about the support needed to sustain the Club’s handling class.

The Club Treasurer Janet Matthews reported a healthy surplus for 2017 and an even healthier bank balance, with no surprises in the numbers presented. The Officers Honoraria was increased by £10 for each recipient.

The existing Officers were re-elected un-opposed – Kay Aspin (President), Archie Bryden (Chairman), Claire Crossman (Secretary), Janet Matthews (Treasurer), Eleanor Boote (Show Secretary), Geoff Boote (Membership Secretary) and Tec Norton (Publicity Officer).

Steve Simpson was elected Vice-Chairman – Les Aspin standing down after many years of service to the North West in various capacities, thank you Les. He’s not finished yet though, he was first to be elected on to the Committee for 2018, returning to the back benches.

Also re-elected were Vicki Butler, Andy Mayren, Alan Ramsden, Dave Hayes, Julie Simpson, Linda Miller, Elaine Norton and Paul Sutcliffe.  Standing down this time around were James Ford and Linzi Mayren – thanks to those two. Replacing them is a welcome return after a year’s sabbatical, Ray and Jan Wilson. Last but not least, a new name (but a recognisable face) we have Roy Day,  welcome to the North West, Roy. 

There were two proposals forwarded, both by Elaine Norton, seconded by Vicki Butler concerning the future of the Club’s Limit Show.

After a forceful argument put forward by Elaine and some general support it was decided to, in future, hold an Open show in place of the Limit show. Following on from that it was further decided to offer Club members discounted entry fees to the Club shows, the amount to be decided in Committee.

Judges elect for the two Ch Shows in 2020 & 2021 are Karon Jackson, Harry Carter, Archie Bryden and Kirsty Summerfield; the two judges for the 2019 Open shows are Steve Simpson and Wayne Jackson. 

Congratulations to that lot.

Update 27th March 2018 – the elected judges have themselves elected to judge as follows:-

2020 Ch Show Dogs – Archie Bryden : Bitches – Kirsty Summerfield

2021 Ch Show Dogs – Harry Carter : Bitches – Karon Jackson

The 2021 show will be part of the Club’s 75th Jubilee celebrations

2019 January Open Show – Steve Simpson

2019 October Open Show – Wayne Jackson

 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 – 11th November 2018

Please note – this is the last class before the Christmas Run-off on December 4th 





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:

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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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