Originally the Club was known as just Hetton CBS , But in later years it changed its name to include the neighboring town of Houghton le Spring, below is a photograph of my Grandfather William "Billy" Bestford who was one of the original members, along with a cup  he won in 1935

One of our original badges

Like many Cage Bird Societies, they were started by miners who supplied spare canaries to The Army in WW1 to warn against gas and this was also used in the local collieries.

 

Our original Rule Cards 

An old Photo from the 50's

One from the 70's