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. 

The funeral was held on Thursday 13th February, 11am at St James Church, St James Road, Blackburn BB1 8EL

Followed by his burial at Pleasington, Tower Rd, Blackburn BB2 5LE

 Donations please to SBT rescue in the NW c/o Barbara Green

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NW Members Out & About

NW Shows


The next event at the North West is the Open show

25th October 2020 – judge Vicki Butler (Joemikeste)


 The Championship Show – 22nd November 2020



Dog Judge – Archie Bryden (Gantocks) 


Bitch Judge – Kirsty Summerfield (Canakey)









Schedules for both shows (when available) from Show Secretary Eleanor Boote, 3, Beech Ave, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9GG  and on-line from Fosse Data

Tel 01942 795380, email –

Note – the  Ch show has been arranged at a  new venue – The Lightning Club, Warton, Preston PR4 1AQ



   Latest news, upcoming events and NW members exploits


 Bitch CC & BOB

at Crufts

NW Members Martin & Michelle Murphy’s 

Ch Karwillage  Mystic Girl and winning the Open bitch class of 39

under Judge Mary Coble

Click on the above NW Highlights 2019 photo to view exactly that – CC, RCC and Best Puppies belonging to NW Members at the 2019 Champ shows and other NW events in 2019.   

Christmas Run-off and Party

This was held on the 3rd Dec 2019 at the Little Lever Working Mens Club

For a full report with photos click on the photo above


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;-

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (January 10th) and Jan Matthews (October 24th) 

The attendance was 24 members  

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.  

Sadly we have to report the passing of Flo Latham at the ripe old age of 102.

Flo was a Life Vice President of the Club, being a member since the 50’s.

She served on the committee at various times over many years and as President in the late 80’s.

Flo survived her husband Harry by some 25 years and back in the day they played a prominent part in the North West with the Topcroft kennel, amongst them Ch Topcroft Toreador, Ch Topcroft Temptress, Ch Dark Rose Of Topcroft and Ch Topcroft Trailblazer.

Flo is pictured here with Archie Bryden and Eleanor Boote  celebrating her 100th birthday back in August 2017

The SBT Annual 2019 is available from Bev Harrison:-

Team Briganah climb on the ladder of success with the RCC for Briganah Body And Soul at Manchester under Judge Mansel Frayne, pictured here with Roy Day handling and breeder/owner Steve Simpson (both NW Committee members)

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. 

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.


 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 

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

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The Committee Christmas bash was held on the 11th January 2020 at the Rana restaurant in Atherton – as you can see a good time was had by all, in the true Stafford spirit.


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

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


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 

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  


There will be no classes in January 2020

Next class – Training class closed until further notice, due to Coronavirus epidemic





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

Another Legend








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