Down Memory Lane
by Doug Heeley
from our Centenary Catalogue
After the war the Club held a Members Special Show on the 25th October 1947at the Holt Hotel, Aston, next door to the Villa ground. The Judge was the late John Barnard (Marjorie's husband) 13 classes, 32 exhibits making a 123 entries, the breed being a bit thin on the ground, after the war, in exhibit. BIS George Morgans The Welsh Guardsman, BOS Mrs A Goodwins St Antonian Dulce.
The Club Secretary commented, before the 1948 AGM that the club was the strongest financially in the country. Mr Cooper the Club Secretary also boasted of a Club membership of 124 members and subs were 7/6d per year. Meetings held at the Red Lion Pub, Bull Ring Birmingham City.
During the 50's and 60's the stalwarts of the club were George and Eva Parker, Nora and Jack Morton, Harry Guest, Len Field, Dr Phelps, only George, alas surviving today.The late 60's saw the mew committee members to join them, Mr & Mrs Jack Jones, Ruth Murray, Ellen and Les Cotton, Mr & Mrs Bill Cartwright, Doug and Anne Heeley and Mr & Mrs Bill Fulwell.1969 saw the Clubs 75th Anniversary. Three shows were held, November being the main Show. The November Shows in those days were the Silver Medal Shows: Best Dog, Best Bitch and Best Puppy all received a Birmingham Silver Medal, won outright to keep.We had a Dinner and Dance at the Overstrand Restaurant, Walsall and a good Saturday evening was enjoyed by all. a sprightly Georg Parker won the musical chairs and his award was a Bulldog moneybox for his Granddaughter.
The Clubs show venue in those days was St Agathas Church Hall, Sparkbrook, Birmingham. Committee meetings were held at the Gunbarrels Pub, Bristol Road, Birmingham.During the 70's and 80's the Club grew from strength to strength, especially at the new Gayton Road, West Bromwich venue, close to the then newly-opened motorways.The Club saw its fair share of Champions owned by various Club members. Championship Show status was granted to the Birmingham by the Kennek Club in the late 80's.So that brings us to the Centenary of "The Birmingham" Good bulldogging into the 21st centuary - especially you "young-un's" Keep the Birmingham Club going forward and flourishing; to us in the West Midlands it's unique.
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