Horace’s Outing has been a regular event for many years. The annual trip, usually
to the seaside, began as a free day out for local pensioners. The trip takes its
popular name from Horace Wilshaw who began the tradition and raised funds for the
trip and helped villagers for 40 years. Horace raised money by holding a weekly
Saturday night raffle at the Bell Inn, with prizes donated by local shops and individuals.
People would travel for miles for the chance to win a box of six eggs or a pot of
home-made jam. Money was also raised both for the trip and for the church when it
was decided to auction the produce donated to the church harvest festival at the
Bell. Enough money was raised for one coach to take Haughton pensioners to the seaside
each June and to provide a free lunch and dinner. Horace died in 2008 but a committee
of volunteers has carried on his fundraising work so that the trip has been able
to continue. Money is raised each year through various means, including a donation
from the proceeds of the annual Harvest Auction at the Bell.
Recent trip destinations have included Southport, Llandudno and Blackpool, finishing
with a meal at the Shropshire Inn.