The Midland Bedlington Terrier Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, having been established in 1964 by a group of Midlands enthusiasts. Founder members were Stan and Olive Stones of Stanolly Kennel fame, who acted as Secretaries, Fred Cross (President) and Mary Taunt (Chairman). The Club was set up to serve owners, breeders and exhibitors. The objects of the Club are to promote the health, welfare and showing of Bedlington Terriers.
Although the youngest and smallest of the three breed clubs the MBTC is loyally supported by its members at the two open shows and one championship show which it holds each year. Since 1964 club shows have been held at various venues in the West Midlands, the most recent include Calf Heath Wolverhampton and before that Freehay Village Hall near Cheadle in north Staffordshire. Freehay provided a warm and welcoming environment ideally suited for a small club show. In September 2014 the Club changed to Calf Heath Village Hall to provide better facilities and car parking. Unfortunately the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2000 deprived the Club temporarily of its traditional home, and an alternative venue had to be found. The Club therefore relocated its championship show that year to The Canine Academy at Tollerton just outside Nottingham. The Canine Academy is a purpose built venue for a whole range of canine activities, with both indoor and outdoor facilities. The number of entries for the championship show has grown over the last decade, and the Club decided to retain Tollerton for the June show. In recent years the entry for the February open show has also grown, particularly as it is now the only breed club show that precedes Crufts, and since 2015/6 the February and September shows have been held at Whitacre Village Hall just off junction 9 of the M42.
Pet owners, interested spectators and aspiring exhibitors are always welcome at our shows, and can be assured of a friendly greeting and. if needed, a helping hand with tips on showing and grooming. The Club also encourages the aspiring judge by offering appointments to both breed and non-breed specialists at open shows.
All dog clubs are encouraged by the Kennel Club to promote the development of breed understanding by holding seminars, and MBTC has in recent years organised seminars on movement and conformation, KC Rules and Regulations, Stewarding, judging procedures and assessments, as well as breed specific seminars and hands on assessment. The Club has also organised two successful seminars/workshops on grooming and trimming.