Barrel Hunt 2015

It was a dry but grey day for the Barrel Hunters as they assembled at the Five Bells in Colne Engaine for the 12th Charity Barrel Hunt being organised by Darran and Caroline Lingley, the Landlord and Landlady.

Registration was between 11am and 12 noon with the entry fees all going to Essex Air Ambulance.

Waiting for the off 2

All the competitors followed a set route of approximately one and a half miles for the Family and under 12 route and 3 miles for the Adult champion’s route.

On each route three large barrels are hidden for the adults and three small barrels are hidden for the family and under 12’s; each barrel attracting a prize when it is returned to the Five Bells.

In addition, the first Barrel back in each group also wins the Trophy for the year and has their name engraved on the winners shield.



12 noon signalled the start of the Hunt and about 170 men, women and children charged into the North Essex countryside in a bid to be the first back with a barrel.

The start 2








The results for 2015 are as follows:

Family and under 12  Winners:  In a time of 3 minutes

(The quickest time we have ever had a barrel returned)

The Good Days

L-R  Fran Larkin, Izzy Lane, Bethan Clanfield and Charlotte Lane

1st Juniors











Family and under 12  Second place:  In a time of 9 minutes

Emily Williamson and the Jokers

L-R  Liz Williamson. Emily Williamson, Helen Fleetham and Chris Fleetham

2nd Juniors











Family and under 12  Third place:  In a time of  13 minutes

Kay Edwards

L-R   Martin Edwards, Matthew Edwards, Kay Edwards, Luke Edwards, Charlotte Warwick and Ginette Warwick

3rd Juniors










Adults Route:   Winners.  In a time of 25 minutes

The Hedgies

L-R  Ben Smart, Gayle Hedgecock, Amy Hedgecock and Mark Hedgecock.  With Alfie and Eddy the dogs

1st Adults











Adults Route:   Second place.  In a time of 25 ½ minutes

Bros before Ho ho ho’s

L-R Tom Littlewood and Adam Littlewood

2nd Adults











Adults Route  Third place.  In a time of 43 minutes

Team Orbell

L-R  Ben Orbell, Harriet Orbell and Emily Orbell

3rd Adults











All the adult winning teams won a Tower of treats and all the Family under 12’s teams won a Bingo game and a selection box.












All competitors then tucked into some warming food of Chilli Con Carne, Jacket Potatoes, French Bread, Chips, and Mince Pies all courtesy of the Five Bells.









The Five Bells would like to thank the sponsors of the prizes who gave generously of their cash:

  • The Five Bells, Colne Engaine
  • The Lion Earls, Colne
  • The Griffin, Halstead
  • Adnams Southwold
  • Wine Fantastic
  • Stuart Jenkins


Air AmbulanceThe total raised this year was £680 which will be donated to Essex Air Ambulance and the total raised over the 12 years is in the region of £6700 so keep supporting this event and help raise even more cash for a worthwhile cause.

Mrs Chris Thomas and Mr Mick Wass were in attendance as the Essex Air Ambulance representatives and the accompanying images were taken by Mick Wass

New Year’s Eve at the Bells

Join us for a light-hearted evening celebrating the arrival of 2016.

With great music and food plus a bit of fun with 70’s themed fancy dress it’s going to be a great night!


Double Your Money

It’s here again!!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a meal in January with friends or family at half price!

Simply purchase your vouchers in December (at half face value) and enjoy them in January.

You can also use them at our sister pub The Lion in Earls Colne.


Christmas Eve at the Bells

Come and join us for some Carol Singing on Christmas Eve.

Hosted by Ash Bartlett this is going to be a fun evening and an ideal opportunity to get into the festive spirit.

Don’t miss it!