Haughton Village News

Haughton Village News

Street Party .....

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well.  The A518 is blissfully quiet no blues and twos. Since moving to Haughton this is the first time it has been peaceful in my garden. Every cloud has a silver lining. Must enjoy it while I can.

Nice to have a lovely clean house, all the ironing done and a tidy garden.

When all this business is over think we should have a street party. Anyone agree with me agree?

Stay safe everyone.

Sue Edwards

Haughton Village Hall

All hirers of the Village Hall have now cancelled for the time being, which includes the Art Classes, Zumba, Pilates, and Line Dancing, due to the Covid-19 virus and the essential need for everyone to 'self-isolate'.

Some thoughts on home worship for Passion Sunday

Jesus set his face to Jerusalem and tribulation, trial and crucifixion. Yet "the light shines in
the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it".

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Collect of the Day

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and
sisters we l also for you.
Give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all and Give up your
life for us,
But are alive today, and reign now and forevermore.

Read the Epistle from
Romans 8:6-11
and the Gospel (a bit long this one!) from
John 11:1-45

Offer some short prayers:

Lord, We pray for the Church at this time of uncertainty, especially for our own four
parishes of Bradley, Church Eaton, Derrington, and Haughton.
Pray for the housebound and for all who feel isolated and lonely.
Pray for your own families, especially those not able to visit you, or those you are not able
to visit.

Pray for our health services and for all who care for others.

Say the Lord's Prayer (perhaps when you wash your hands!)
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name,
your kingdom comes, you will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

May your Spirit give us all a sense of calmness and peace, and the Blessing of the Lord
Jesus Christ we with you always.

Geoff Smith

Brown Bins

The borough have cancelled the brown bin collection until further notice
 Blue and green bins will still be collected.

George Ian Sunley
iansunley(at)icloud.com  (at) = @

Best Kept Village - March Newsletter

Many of you will be wondering what is happening with all the uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus.

I received an E-Mail yesterday saying that the BKV County competition has been cancelled for this year. 

However, the committee has got together with lots of handwashing and decided that a lot of what happens each year is designed to make the village look good and tidy. We are therefore going to continue with the litter picks, flower borders and garden, and hanging basket competitions. For increased safety, there will be disposable gloves if you need them and we recommend that you stay 6 feet apart if possible (that is normal for litter picking anyway)

Expect the dates to be released in the next week as we finally tweak everything.

This year we are also trying to grow most of our own plants from mini plug plants and as the plants grow I may be appealing for greenhouse space to grow some of them on. 

We do of course have all your safety in mind but also realise if you are stuck at home you may be getting bored so this may give a little light exercise.

If you have any questions please E-Mail me

Ian Sunley
Haughton BKV Coordinator 2020
iansunley(at)icloud.com    replace (at) with @

P.E. - For all those who are home schooling

It's been a difficult week for all, with all our clubs and shutting, and now hotels, bars, and cinemas, but everywhere there's is people offering help and adapting to our new situation.

Here's something I found online to help all those who find themselves at home homeschooling their children.

P.E. with Joe!

Please feel free to share this video, and please let me have anything else you think might help us through these times.

Message from the Archbishop of Cantebury and York

Keeping Our Village Clubs Running.

During the last few days, it appears village life as we know it has quite rightly been put on hold due to the advice of our Government to try and stop the Coronavirus spreading.

However, we can keep our clubs and organisations running online by posting information to each other.  Please send any information that you feel needs discussing, maybe something that would have been discussed at a cancelled meeting.  Other users can make comments, by clicking the comments button:

The buttons next to the comments button will let you share the post to other people via email, Twitter or Facebook, please share as many posts to as many people as you like.

Geoffrey Smith has been busy writing about Home Prayer keeping our church services alive during these difficult times.  Thank you, Geoffrey.

So maybe we can have some Gardening tips, or much-needed Home Making tips, knitting or Computer tips.  Whatever your club or interest lets share it.

Haughton W.I. meetings have been cancelled

Haughton W.I. meetings have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus and all the members have been contacted.

W.I. Knit and Stitch Craft Group which meets on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Village Hall have been cancelled. We will keep everyone informed regarding future planned events.

Please sign up to our regular updates by visiting www.subscribe@thebellringers.org.uk 

Haughton Gardening Guild - Cancelled

Will everyone please note that Garden Guild is cancelled at least for the
next two months. The Outing is cancelled too BUT we are hoping the Plant
Sale will take place although it will probably be at rear of Village Hall
although this is to be verified.

Be Safe everyone!

Sue Edwards

PLANT SALE: - 16th May 2020
We would be grateful for anything gardening related; plants, books, seedlings, seeds in packets, bedding plants, tools, and any other items.  Please bring them to the Village Hall on the morning of the Sale.


Church Services Cancelled

Due to the Convid-19 Virus, all church services and bell-ringing have been cancelled on a National scale.

Therefore there won't be any church services held at St. Giles Haughton until further notice.  

Please make sure you have signed up to our email alerts and as soon as we have some news of services we will let you know.  To sign up visit www.subscribe@thebellringers.org.uk 

Reverend Geoffrey Smith has kindly posted some home worship ideas on our site, please feel free to view them by clicking the links below:

So please stay safe, and we hope to be back up and running soon.


Our Church Service Times can be permanently found via our menu on the right-hand side (pull-down menu on tablets and mobiles).  Just click the link.

Horace's Trip 2020 - Cancelled

It is with regret that this year Horace's outing trip to Liverpool has had to be cancelled due to the  Coronavirus.  

Peter Rowley

Coffee Mornings - 1st Tuesday of the Month

Just to confirm that the Coffee mornings usually held in Haughton Village Hall on the first Tuesday of each month are cancelled until further notice due to the Coronavirus. To be notified when they start again please subscribe to our emails by visiting www.subscribe.thebellringers.org.uk

Please Keep Safe!

Laurie Worthington

Some thoughts and ideas for worship at home on MOTHERING SUNDAY - From Geoffrey Smith

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Collect of the day
God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself, strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind us all together and to heal,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Read the Epistle from
2 Corinthians   1.3-7
and the Gospel from
Luke 2.33-35.

Offer some short prayers:
Lord, you are steadfast in your love and infinite in your mercy,
I praise you for what you have done in my life ..... (think about some of the good things)

Thank you for the gift of Jesus who shows us what we are really like.

I confess my sins trusting in you to forgive me.
and l pray for
Those who will feel more isolated than most at this time.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
For those concerned at not being able to attend a church service
and for any others matters on your mind ........

Holy  God, l remember that you have promised that nothing will separate us from your love, so,
help us in our sufferings and trials and strengthen us in our weakness through Jesus Christ our Lord.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.


Regular News Updates

To help all our local clubs and businesses during the Convid-19 virus crisis I have set our automatic email sender to send regular daily updates when a new news article has been added.

If you have any information you need to share with the village please email us at

Keep Safe


Shropshire Inn

Dear Customers,

We just wanted to update you on what we are doing in relation to the Convid-19 Virus.

We will be open every day as usual, until we are advised otherwise.

Our team is working hard to maintain the wellbeing of all staff and customers, with increased attention to detail and maintaining our high health and hygiene standards.

If you have any concerns about any future bookings please contact us on 01785 780904 and we will assist you and rearrange if needed.

We would like to thank all of our regular customers for their continued support through this difficult time for the industry.

If anyone in the village requires any support then please don't hesitate to contact us and we will assist where we can.

We will keep you all informed with regular updates if anything changes.

Shropshire Inn Team


This Weeks Church Service

Sun 15th March 2020:
11.15am  Parish Communion - Service Ringing 10.45am to 11.15am
Sides Persons: D. Horsley - Reader: J. Archer - Romans 5. 1-11
The service will be held by the Bishop of Lichfield 

Monday 16th March 2020
7.45pm to 9pm Bell Ringing Practice as normal please come along and join us.

Quarter Peal of the Week

Nationally church bells ring every day for one thing or another.  Bells get rung for so many different reasons, from national events, local events, church events or just for practice and fun.  Bell ringers generally don't need much of an excuse.

If we ring for something special we record it on a national register, these days it's all online, but before the internet, we would send details of our performances to our weekly magazine call 'The Ringing World'

Most days I browse through the performances, viewing what my fellow bell ringers have been doing, I suppose it's a bit like a footballer looking at the league tables.

Anyway, I thought if I spot a really interesting performance I will share it with you.

This week I've selected a quarter that has been rung at Stone in Staffordshire.  Stone has ten bells, and thanks to the hard work of Penkridge's tower Captain 'Jean Nixon' who has put together an 'all ladies band' they have rung a quarter peal of Plain Bob Caters.

Well done to all of them. As you can see there are plenty of '1st' in the quarter.  It was a fantastic achievement,  and let's hope there's plenty more to come. 

This Week's Church Services

Sun 8th March 2020:
8.00am - Holy Communion 
Sides Person: P. Atkin

There is no service at 11.15 am and so there is no ringing on Sunday 8th March.

The next ringing practice will be Monday 9th March from 7.45 until 9 pm.  If I can't tempt you with learning to ring, afterward we always have a warm welcome at the Shropshire Inn where we get rewarded with great chips and beer!