You may notice some changes in the coming weeks. The sign has changed and we are now known as THE BELLHOUSE instead of the Bellhouse Club.
THE BELLHOUSE is a traditional village pub open to all. We look forward to this bringing more customers of all ages to enjoy our facilities at a time that is financially challenging for all pubs and clubs. We have found that those who would love to pop in for a quick drink have been put off by the belief that, in order to do so, they needed to be a Member. Those that have ventured in have been very pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome and the comfortable surroundings on offer.
The Bellhouse Club was a Private Members’ Club until last year. Under our new licence, there is no longer a need to become a Member of the GYCA to be able to come and use THE BELLHOUSE bar. All are welcome!
As many regular users know, The Bellhouse Club was formed as the ‘trading arm’ of the GYCA, a Registered Charity. This is still the case with THE BELLHOUSE.
For those who wish to become involved in how the organisation is run, free membership of the GYCA is now available and is renewable annually on the
1st August so that we can keep our records up to date. Members of the GYCA are eligible to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Importantly, you no longer need to be a Member of the GYCA to be able to come and use THE BELLHOUSE bar.
Putting Up the new sign ……
Ian, Paul and Hugh putting up the new sign, it was the “Last of the Summer Wine Comes to Grappenhall”, well done all of you who helped with our fabulous new sign.
This year will be the 17th Annual Beer Festival at the Grappenhall Community Centre and will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013.
We have a selection of Real Ales, Ciders, Bottled Beers, Wine and Soft Drinks for drivers.
There will be three sessions as usual:
- Friday night from 7.30pm to Midnight with entertainment provided by The Bogtrotters, www.thebogtrotters.com NOW SOLD OUT
- Saturday Lunch time from 12.00 to 5pm
- Saturday evening from 7.30pm to Midnight with entertainment provided by The Retrobeats, www.theretrobeats.com
This year for the first time tickets are available to purchase online as well as at the Community Centre.
For online ticketing please click the ‘On Sale’ button to the right or click: http://www.wegottickets.com
Tickets are priced at:
- £6 for Friday NOW SOLD OUT
- £3 for Saturday lunch time
- £5 for Saturday evening.
Entry tickets include a commemorative glass and programme.
Hot food will be available to purchase at all sessions.
The GYCA received a grant from WREN to upgrade our heating back in August, but in order to access this grant we have to raise £7,500 extra to top it up. During the past 8 weeks the work has been going on to replace the central heating boiler in the Club House which serves all of the bar area, the office, committee room, pre school, gym, Warrington Amateur Radio Club, Grappenhall & Thelwall Model Railway Club and the studio. We were without any heat or hot water for a number of weeks but the pre school, studio and gym now have lovely warm rooms again although the work is not finished as the boiler in the Olde Barn is also going to be subject to replacement.
In order to raise the necessary extra funds the GYCA have reinstated our Quiz Night on a Thursday, with a limit of 6 members per team and professionally set questions this is proving popular event, however we still need more people to take part and its only £1 each to enter. The winning team gets £3 Grappenhall Pounds each to spend in the bar.
The ‘Friends’ of the GYCA continue to raise organise fund raising events and have just held a successful Wine Tasting evening which raised £200 and in the summer our Sunday afternoon teas and homebakes in the marquee raised a further £250.00.
A long term member of the GYCA and his wife, who have been members since the Club started and regularly visit on a Saturday evening, were very concerned that we were all putting in such a lot of effort to raise funds, but the total raised was only going up very slowly, they therefore decided that as they had enjoyed coming here for many years and wanted to help us that they gave us a staggering donation of £1,000. We are truly grateful for such support and hope that they will continue to enjoy our facilities.
All events are advertised on our notice boards and this web site and via Facebook and we hope that members non members will come along and support our events.