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A popular and welcoming inn in a former farm house

During its long history the Bell has been known sometimes as the Bell and at other times as the Blue Bell.  The Dutch barn behind the car park, a relic of the Bell’s past as a farm, was pulled down in the late 1990s and replaced by two detached houses.

The Bell before the 2010 exterior redecoration

The Bell wearing its decorations for Christmas 2010

The Bell Inn’s website

The Bell, Christmas 2011

The Bell supports many village events and charities.  On Sunday 7th October 2012 an auction of produce donated by members of St Giles’ Church, pupils from St Giles C of E Primary School and other people for the Harvest Festival was held.  Over £1200 was raised.  The money was divided equally between the church, school and Horace’s Outing Fund (see Societies page).

Some of the produce donated for the Harvest Festival auction in 2012

Auctioneer Bob Swinnerton with the microphone and Councillor Derek Warbrick with some of the produce at the October event

The Bell, Christmas 2012

Some images of the Bell in the recent past

The Bell decorated with bunting for the Olympic Torch and Jubilee celebrations of 2012

Beautiful, blooming boxes and baskets, on display at the Bell during Haughton’s successful 2013 Best Kept Village Campaign

In 2012, the Bell was awarded Regional Runner Up for the North West region, in the Pubs in Bloom competition organised by Enterprise Inns

 

In 2013 the Bell was awarded the title of Pubs in Bloom Regional Winner   

Still Blooming Lovely in September

In October 2013 the Bell was awarded the title  

Winner of West Midlands Division  

in Enterprise Inns

Pubs in Bloom Competition

The Bell came second in the region in the Enterprise Inns

Community Hero Awards 2013   

Harvest Festival Auction

 

Haughton’s annual Harvest Festival Auction took place on Sunday 6th October at the Bell Inn.  Food hampers and produce given by children, families and congregation to the church and school harvest festivals, together with donated produce and services from residents, friends and businesses were gathered and displayed at the Bell and put under the hammer.  Hosts Alison and Richard welcomed the many participants to their award-winning pub.  Auctioneer Bob Swinnerton, assisted by Councillor Derek Warbrick, sold each lot to the highest bidder, raising in excess of £1700 for the benefit of local charities.  The money was divided between St Giles Church, Haughton St Giles Primary School and Horace’s Outing, a charity which benefits the more mature residents of Haughton by providing them with an annual trip to the seaside.  The auction continued Haughton’s fine tradition of raising money for local charities and a convivial good time was had by all.            

Auctioneer Bob Swinnerton starts the proceedings

Landlady Alison admires the harvest loaf

A great choice of produce

Love a duck ...

Anyone fancy a lovely bunch of parsnips?  Councillor Derek Warbrick offers temptation to the gathered participants.

As Winner of West Midlands Division  

in Enterprise Inns

Pubs in Bloom Competition

The Bell went through to the final stage, competing in the national competition against five other divisional winners

 

Result - Second

 

What a fabulous season of results!

The Bell’s awards

were presented on Thursday 21st November at the Bell Inn by Chris Jones, Divisional Director of Enterprise Inns plc and Paul Boswell, Area Manager.  The awards were accepted by landlady Alison Heath and Bert Moore, who prepared and maintained the superb displays of pots and hanging baskets.

Bert Moore, Chris Jones, Paul Boswell and Alison Heath with the certificates

Charity Presentation Evening

 

A Charity Presentation event took place at the Bell Inn on Sunday 24th November.  A grand final total of £1870 was raised from the Harvest Festival Auction held at the Bell on Sunday 6th October (see above) and this money was divided equally between St Giles Church, Haughton St Giles School and Horace’s Outing.

 

£500 was raised from a raffle held at the Bell’s Annual Beer Festival in August.  This money was divided between Starz Pre-School Playgroup and Katharine House Hospice.

From left to right:  Derek Warbrick, representing Horace’s Outing, Reverend Sue Symonds, Rector of St Giles Church, Haughton, Alison Heath, landlady of the Bell Inn and John Stewart, Governor of Haughton St Giles Primary School

Enterprise Inns - Pubs in Bloom

Presentation of Awards

The Bell, Christmas 2013

The money raised by Haughton Christmas Lights was presented to the beneficiaries at the Bell on Monday 27th January.

 

Christmas Lights 2013-2014

The Bell has continued its winning ways in 2014, earning a clutch of awards, including:

 

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015

Heart of England in Bloom Hotel and Pub Grounds Silver-Gilt Award

 

Enterprise Inn 2014 Awards

 

Regional Winner (West Midlands) Pubs in Bloom

 

Divisional Winner (West Midlands) Pubs in Bloom

 

Divisional Winner (West Midlands) Community Pub Hero

 

 

Another fabulous season of results!

Harvest Festival Auction

 

The 2014 Harvest Festival Auction took place on Sunday 5th October at the Bell Inn.  £1500 was raised for the benefit of local charities.  The money was divided between St Giles Church Haughton St Giles Primary School, Horace’s Outing and Gnosall First Responders.      

Harvest Auction pictures by Peter Lawrence

The money raised by Haughton Christmas Lights was presented to the beneficiaries at the Bell on Tuesday 13th January.  

 

Christmas Lights 2014-2015

Charity Presentation Evening

 

The well-attended annual presentation of the money raised by Haughton Christmas Lights and the Harvest Festival Auction was held at the Bell Inn on Monday 31st January, 2017.  

 

Alison Heath, landlady of the Bell presented a share of the record-breaking £2600 raised at the Harvest Auction to representatives from St Giles Church, St Giles Primary Academy PTFA, Horace's Outing and Haughton Village Hall.

 

Awards of money raised by Haughton Christmas Lights were then presented to the recipients by Bob Swinnerton and village residents.

 

Christmas Lights 2016-2017

Reverend Sue Symons, Rector of St Giles Church, landlady Alison Heath and John Stewart, Church Warden

Landlady Alison Heath with Trish Edwards, headteacher of Haughton St Giles Primary Academy