Club Patron

Mrs Beryl Kirkman 


It is with great regret that I have to announce the passing away of our patron Beryl Kirkman. Beryl was still very much in touch with the Northern, although she could no longer attend the shows, after a fall had made it impossible to walk far, she would always phone to ask how the show went, and what had gone on.  

Beryl had a great energy and passion for life. With her husband John, they ran a small dairy farm in Staffordshire before retiring. She had a love of horses, fast cars, and of course Great Danes, her first being a bitch from Mrs Davies Oldmanor kennels in 1959, which led her to breed and show fawns, brindles, blues and later blacks, under her Beechfield affix, producing several champions. If the younger generation of breeders of today, look far enough back in their dogs pedigrees, they will find many Beechfield lines. Beryl was also a competent judge. Amongst the many shows she judged, her fondest memories were Dane of the Year 1978, and Crufts 1988. Another claim to fame is that in 1979, her Dane bitch and six puppies, were featured in the series All Creatures Great And Small, quite an honour in those days. The actors particularly took to the puppies. She was a hardworking member of the Northern Committee in the sixties, were she stayed for quite a few years. Whatever Beryl did, she always tackled it with enthusiasm, and I am very proud to have known her, and been a friend for many years.

 Her funeral takes place on 14th August, at 11.30hrs at Stafford Crematorium. Just next to Bingley Hall. All Dane people who knew her are very welcome.

Mrs Sheila Ritchens

Vice Chairman, Vice President



Some facts on Beryl and her involvement with Danes as supplied by club patron Mr Tony Schaanning-Ling.

Beryl’s Affix was Beechfields. She awarded CC's on twelve occasions, the first for the Northern GDC in 1970, bitches only, she judged Crufts in 1988 and her final appointment was in 1992 for The Great Dane Club, again bitches only. As a breeder she gained 2 CC winners - Buccaneer of Beechfields (1) - Fawn and Walkmyll Della of Beechfields (1) - Brindle. As an owner she made up Ch. Beechfields Buxom Wench of Texall (3) - fawn, bred by Anderson, Beechfields Constellation of Quickmanor (2) - fawn, bred by Carpenter and home bred Buccaneer of Beechfields (1) - fawn.

Our thoughts are with her family at this time