Welcome to the NWSBTC

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.

Coming up next at the North West 

Get 2018 off to a great start

with the NW Limit Show


This is on Sunday the 21st January 2018 and the Judge – all the way from Bonnie Scotland – is Teri Owen – affix Tagstane.

The show is at our usual venue, the Mather Room, Mather Lane, Leigh, WN7 2PR

Schedules can be obtained from the Show Secretary Eleanor Boote either on 01942 795380 or email gelstaff@ntlworld.com

Schedules can also be downloaded as a PDF:-


 You can also enter on-line at:- 




NWSBTC – Annual General Meeting 2018

The Club’s AGM  is arranged for 12.00pm on the 28th January 2018 – at the Mather Room, Mather Lane, Leigh, WN7 2PR (our usual venue for the Open & Limit shows).

Items to be included on the agenda will be election of Judges (selected from short lists produced by the Committee) for the Club’s 2019 Open & Limit shows and 2020 & 2021 Championship shows, as well as the election of Officers & Committee, Auditors report etc.

The actual agenda to be circulated to members prior to the meeting

Subscription renewals for 2018 are now due – send/pay Membership Secretary Geoff Boote, 3 Beech Ave, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9GG, tel 01942 795380, email gelstaff@ntlworld.com.

For people wising to join the join the Club, either contact Geoff or download a copy of the Application form following this link – http://northwestsbtclub.co.uk/join-the-club/

Coming up soon 

The North West Championship Show

On Sunday 8th April 2018 – at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre

Judges – Dogs – Alan Wetton : Bitches – Bev Harrison

Schedules can be obtained from

the Show Secretary Eleanor Boote either on 01942 795380 or email gelstaff@ntlworld.com

 or download a schedule from this PDF NWSBTC Ch show 2018 Schedule

or Enter on-line at




Scroll down this page for a full report on

the NW Open show 15th October 2017

And click on the catalogue image link (left) for all the main winners photos, plus the first two places in each class.

Not finished yet – all the results and the Judge’s critique and there’s even more – the Catalogue of the show, fully marked up.


The North West Training Class is back up and running 

  at our new venue – 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 is on the 23rd January 2018



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

New rules for Junior Warrant and New Awards for Open Shows

Breed Club Supported General Canine Society Shows

Latest -18th Dec 2017

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

To see KC announcement follow the link:-


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North Westers Out & About


This promised to be a good show but failed miserably – it was excellent!! Where were you Jimmy and Maureen, you missed out big time.

It always helps if you have a good entry and we certainly had that (going against the tide these days) with 55 dogs and what with our usual spectator numbers (less the aforementioned Devines) the hall was very busy with a tremendous atmosphere, a real buzz about the place, exemplified by the above photo taken just after the Puppy dog class and very early in proceedings.

 Chairman Archie Bryden opened the show, introducing the Judge elect Paul Sutcliffe, who soon got down to business in a very professional manner.

Paul shares his affix – Pendlestaff – with his partner in crime who also happens to be the NW Club Secretary Claire Crossman.  

He was very much looking forward to this appointment.





Early doors Elaine Norton was kept very occupied on the Gate what with keeping track of the exhibitors and their dogs, spectators and the occasional spectator dogs, dealing with the catalogues, selling NW merchandise. 




 At the other end of the Hall the canteen was also kept extremely busy and should be congratulated for a tremendous effort by Head Chef Dave Heyes and his team – able assistant Julie Simpson, aided and abetted by Steve Simpson and helping out voluntarily (or was she press-ganged?) Denise Ramsden.

Denise is certainly versatile – at the Ch show she was on the Club stall.



 Soon enough it was time to choose the Best Dog



And this went to the winner of Junior – Harley’s Choice – this dog is owned by the Axe Family – Mum & Dad Jackie and Dean and son and handler Harley.

This dog won the Minor Puppy Dog class at the 2017 North West Ch show at his first show and has been a consistent winner since then.






Reserve Best Dog went to the Open Class winner – Karl & Jackie Lewis’ Biggleswick Splash Of Ginge (left), followed by the Best Puppy Dog award which went to the Puppy Dog class winner Blanch’s – Diamonds Of Blanch Knock-Out. 

A word of explanation here – the Martinez brothers are campaigning this dog in the UK along with others on behalf Bruno Blanch, the breeder who is actually based in Spain and  still retains the ownership.

Jose Martinez (below), about to receive this award, is handling. 











Half time and on with the raffle – Geoff Boote & Linzi Mayren – above (the prizes behind Linzi) sorting out the raffle tickets and Archie Bryden & Claire Crossman drawing the winning numbers.








It’s a long day for the Show Secretary Eleanor Boote and side kick Linda Miller, pictured here (left) with Chief Steward Kay Aspin and mention should be made of the day’s ring stewards Vicki Butler and Jan Matthews, taking time out posing for this pic









Andy Mayren was the spare man (that’s him with the mop) and I shouldn’t let it pass that he didn’t shirk from carrying out essential duties – here he is equipped and ready for action.

Also pictured is our Show Manager Alan Ramsden, a tireless workaholic whose contribution to the success of this (and others) show is tremendous.  




And so to the bitches after a short break after the raffle and a selection of top winning bitches to get the judge’s teeth into (not literally).

The Junior class was the exception here with a young lady totally new to the game –  Paula Poplawska winning the class with her bitch Shadow of Esme (pictured right) nobody was more surprised than her owner – the steward had to get her back into the ring for the judge’s critique, a process that she was un-aware of!  




Bitch judging completed it was time to pick the best one from a very strong line-up



Paul’s best bitch went to the winner of Post Graduate Bitch – Liz & Paul Stanway’s Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff – Liz was so pleased Paul got a peck on the cheek!



Reserve Best Bitch went to the Open winner – Bev Harrison & Jane Roper’s Ch Trawden Ice And Spice, shown below and handled by Jane


The Best Puppy Bitch award went to Michaela Riley’s young bitch Molru Shine Ya Light (right) – this puppy is co-owned with the breeder Mel Corcoran and a very successful Kennel too.




With the Bitch judging completed all that remained was to choose the main winners, initially for Best In Show from the two best of sex winners Harley’s Choice & Stormfire Crack The Code at Waystaff

The dog – Harley’s Choice (left) – won the Best In Show award


Next we had the Reserve Best In Show – this time Stormfire Crack the Code at Waystaff competed with the Reserve Best Dog, Biggleswick Splash Of Ginge – the latter won, leaving the Stormfire bitch as the Best Opposite Sex in show.




Finally, the Puppies – the bitch came off the best, Molru Shine Ya Light.


A good day was had by all – especially these two (right), Michaela’s (and Josh) I’m led to believe. 


For the full results, photos of the main winners and Judges critique for this show, please follow this link:-


You can also view a marked up catalogue of this show at:-





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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