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The Belfry Voted England's Leading Conference Hotel & Resort
The Belfry Hotel & Resort has been named England’s Leading Conference Hotel & England’s Leading Resort at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony which took place on 30th September in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Recognised as ‘the Oscars’ of the world’s travel industry, the WTA’s acknowledge winners that truly set the benchmark to the rest of the industry and as such The Belfry Hotel & Resort has proven it’s at the forefront of the conference and resort market.

Thanks to its diverse use of spaces and bespoke approach to every one of its conferences it hosts each year, The Belfry has been duly rewarded for its exceptionally high standard of service from its expert team who provide a personal touch to each event.

Despite competition from some of the finest resorts in the country, The Belfry also retained its title of ‘England’s Leading Resort’ for the third year running. Voters selected The Belfry based on its high-quality facilities and leisure attractions, coupled with services of a similar standard, with the victory underlining The Belfry’s status amongst Europe’s elite.

Katie Niland, Sales Director at The Belfry, commented: “We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for The Belfry Hotel & Resort this year. It is exceptionally rewarding to have been named England’s Leading Conference Resort. It really is a testament to the hard work and expertise our team put in to each conference to create a truly bespoke experience. The diversity of the conferences that take place at The Belfry means that our team are constantly challenged but this award is a testament to their dedication and proficiency.”

Gail Webb, Marketing Director at The Belfry, commented: “To make it a hat trick of wins for ‘England’s Leading Resort’, is the icing on the cake. It recognises that The Belfry Hotel & Resort is leading the way in British hospitality, offering world-class facilities and an outstanding level of service for the third year running, which is something which we are extremely proud of.”

Set against the backdrop of 550 acres of North Warwickshire countryside, yet still just 20 minutes outside of Birmingham city centre, The Belfry Hotel & Resort is a stunning setting and is the perfect destination for couples or families looking to make use of the vast number of leisure facilities, as well as a hotly sought-after location for conferences, meetings and events.

With other amenities including over 20 conference & events spaces capable of holding over 400 guests and boasting 319 signature rooms that include 15 suites, The Belfry Hotel & Resort truly offers the all-round package worthy of both the title of England’s Leading Resort 2017 and England’s Leading Conference Hotel 2017.

For reservations please visit www.thebelfry.com, email enquiries@thebelfry.com or call 01675 238 600.
A Legend Re-Born
The Belfry's Bel Air Club & Lounge makes a glamorous return
New Developments at The Belfry
The start of the refurbishment project at The Belfry is underway, and the first of the 100 signature bedrooms are ready and waiting for you to come and enjoy. Over the next year there will be a lot more exciting developments from the legendary Th Belfry hotel, so keep an eye on their newsletter for more news.
Opportunity Knox For New Director Of Golf At The Belfry
Ian Knox takes over as the new Director of Golf and will oversee major renovations at iconic Ryder Cup venue.

The Belfry, near Birmingham, one of the world's most renowned golf resorts and the only four-time host of the Ryder Cup matches, has appointed industry expert Ian Knox as its new Director of Golf. Knox has over twenty years of experience in the hotel and leisure industry and will prove invaluable in overseeing The Belfry's £30 million refurbishment, which when completed will mark the beginning of an exciting new era for the world-famous resort.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity; The Belfry is one of the most iconic resorts in golf," commented Knox. "I'm sure the refurbishment will enhance the fantastic guest experiences that are available here for both golfers and non-golfers. The Belfry has a rich heritage as a decorated Ryder Cup venue and we have a fantastic opportunity to build on the existing foundations and establish the resort as one of Europe's premium golf destinations. De Vere prides itself on delivering the highest levels of customer service and with the knowledge that I have gained throughout my career, I'm looking forward to bringing those industry leading standards to The Belfry."

Knox has a distinguished background, having worked at a number of leading international golf resorts, including St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa, where he held several senior management roles in its award-winning golf division. In his last role, also as Director of Golf, Knox was responsible for managing the entire golf division and led his team to industry awards. His notable leadership characteristics are underpinned by his sales background, excellent communication skills, analytical experience and dynamic personality.

"With The Belfry's prominent position in the game of golf, this role garnered a lot of interest when it became available. Ian fits the mould perfectly with his obvious industry experience and infectious enthusiasm for the future success of the resort. We're delighted to have him on board and I have every confidence in his ability to lead The Belfry in this exciting new era and build on its existing legacy, with his operational strength, eye for detail and dedication to service excellence," noted Daniel Hodson, Director of Golf, De Vere. "We will work together, along with Lynn Hood, The Belfry's new Managing Director, to ensure the investments made into improving the resort are a success and strengthen its leading position in the golf market.

Set in over 500 acres of stunning countryside in the heart of England, The Belfry features an expansive hotel with an array of leisure facilities, including relaxation spa, restaurants and bars. It's two championship golf courses, The PGA National – England's only PGA-branded golf course, and The Brabazon – the world's only four-time host of The Ryder Cup having held the matches in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002, headline the impressive golf offering. Additionally, The Belfry is home to the PGA National Golf Academy and a further 18-hole course, The Derby. The resort is the perfect retreat for golf and leisure breaks, which will only be improved by the planned renovations. Given the unique and expansive nature of The Belfry, these works will be phased across the year to ensure that the club will remain open during the refurbishment.
Dutchman Flying In As New General Manager
A new general manager has been appointed at The Belfry as the resort looks forward to exciting plans for its development under new ownership and management.

Willem Verhoeven brings a wealth of international experience in the golf, leisure and conference markets to the world-renowned resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

His impressive career was founded at the St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa in Scotland and he progressed from there to being general manager of boutique hotels in his native Netherlands and also for UK hotel chain Malmaison.

The 33-year-old joins The Belfry ahead of a £30 million refurbishment of the resort by new owners American investment firm KSL Capital Partners due to start next year.

Willem arrives from Hotel De Wolfsberg and Trib Event Ltd, which he both co-owned in the Netherlands.

He said: "The Belfry is hugely impressive with a beautiful property and superb facilities set in a wonderful location and this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the exciting future that is planned.

"My career has been diverse and I want to bring all of my experience in food and beverage, hotel, conference and golf to help elevate The Belfry even further. As a manager I adopt a hands-on approach and one of my first focuses will be to work with the great team at The Belfry to ensure a home-from-home experience for guests with a warm welcome and personal feel."

After graduating with a degree in hospitality administration from the International University for Hotel Management in the Netherlands, Willem joined St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa in 2002. He rose to food and beverage manager there before returning to the Netherlands in 2006 to become general manager of the country boutique hotel De Wolfsberg in Gelderland.

He went back to Scotland in 2008 to take on the role of general manager at Malmaison Edinburgh before leaving in 2010 to become co-owner and director of De Wolfsberg.

Building on the conference emphasis of De Wolfsberg, named Best Hotel in the Netherlands in 2011, Willem also co-founded Trib Event Ltd, a company specialising in the organisation of outdoor concerts.

The Belfry is to undergo a comprehensive renovation as part of plans for its development by owners KSL Capital Partners LLC, which acquired the resort and appointed De Vere as management company in August.
Christmas Cheer Overflows At The Belfry
A record number of Christmas party nights are being thrown at The Belfry this year with extra dates having to be added to meet demand. The resort has had to extend its Christmas party nights to ten dates throughout December and add an extra function suite to host more of the popular celebrations in the final week ahead of the festive break.

Vicky Stone, from The Belfry in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, said: "Due to the popularity of our Christmas party nights last year, we had already increased them from seven to nine but now we have had to almost double the number from 2011.

"We have had to add an extra night and also put on more than one party for December 14, 15 and 21.

"We're known for being a great party hotel at Christmas but I think the record demand also perhaps shows that people are more willing to shake off any economic gloom for festive cheer this year and celebrate with colleagues or friends."

The party night packages for Thursday, Friday and Saturdays include dinner, a disco, table novelties and entry to the resort's Bel Air nightclub, with overnight accommodation also available.

They are part of a bumper Christmas at The Belfry which even includes Santa helping out on December 25 when VIP lunches will be served.

As well as delivering presents, he will be busy helping the resort's team take the stress out of the traditional feast with an exclusive home-from-home Christmas.

Groups of ten or more can celebrate in their own private dining room at the resort, complete with their own personal chef to carve at their table, waiting staff to serve a six-course feast – and even a decorated tree and hand-delivered present from Father Christmas.

Vicky said: "It gives family and friends the chance to enjoy Christmas lunch together as if they were in their own dining room except they will have the luxury of being waited on hand and foot by their personal chef and waiting staff.
"And to top it off, they can leave the clearing away and washing up behind which is where we're hoping Santa will come in to lend a hand after he's delivered all the presents!"

As well as private dining, The Atrium restaurant will also be serving a carvery-style lunch on Christmas Day.

The festivities at The Belfry will culminate on New Year's Eve with a 'Black & White' themed gala dinner and gourmet dining among the celebrations.

For more information and bookings phone 0300 500 0405.
New managing director to take the helm at The Belfry
The Belfry has appointed a new managing director to oversee a major £30 million refurbishment at the iconic venue.

The highly-experienced Lynn Hood will be part of a new era at the world-renowned golf, hotel and conference destination in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

Work will begin early next year after The Belfry was bought in August by American investment firm KSL Capital Partners who appointed The De Vere Group to manage the property.

Lynn said this was the perfect time to join a resort which is constantly growing and developing.

"It is a very exciting project because The Belfry has the perfect partner in KSL who are experienced in taking over a number of established resorts and restoring them to their former glory and their expertise will prove extremely beneficial," she said.

"We are working on the development plans and we will have detailed drawings to show to our extensive customer base quite soon.

"We expect to start the refurbishment in January with the golfing retail aspect of the business and the welcome areas through to Sam's Bar.

"As well as ensuring the best possible customer experience I will be concentrating on the sales and marketing elements of the redevelopment project as we move to re-position The Belfry with new and long-standing customers.

"It was apparent from the moment I walked through the doors that there is a great deal of pride felt here both from customers and form the team. The fact we have many people who have worked here a long time underlines their commitment and love for their work.

"The buzz felt here is emphasised by The Belfry Bar which is a real hub since it is such a fantastic meeting place for the business community."

Lynn is also aiming to improve her golf prowess at The Belfry which has hosted more Ryder Cups than any other venue. She said: "There is a magical atmosphere around the courses and you can see really see the delight as they take to the 1st on the Brabazon in a bid to follow in the footsteps of legends. No one seems to have a bad day on the golf courses here at the Belfry''

"It is still such a treat for people whatever their ability to play at The Belfry and I am looking forward to getting out my clubs and having a game."

The 42-year-old, whose husband, Robert, and 19-month-old daughter Florence have joined her in the Midlands, has an impressive array of experience in the hospitality industry after starting her career 20 years ago with Walt Disney in America.

Lynn has been general manager at Glasgow's Malmaison and the City Inn where she was promoted to operations director and the board of directors.

During her six years with City Inn, she looked after a portfolio of hotels across the UK and was responsible for the opening of two four-star deluxe City Inn hotels in Manchester and Leeds.

Lynn, who is a keen fan of amateur dramatics, has joined The Belfry from Hotel Prosperity Limited which provided advice on all aspects of hotel operations.
Joining The Race For Nature
The Belfry is helping to lift off a balloon race with a difference from a neighbouring nature reserve. The resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, which is a haven for wildlife, is supporting an environmentally-friendly balloon race being organised by the RSPB. The virtual race will be launched with no balloons from the RSPB's Middleton Lakes on Thursday, November 15, as part of the reserve's first birthday celebrations. Entrants will be able to enjoy the fun of a traditional race without fear of harming the environment by seeing how far their virtual balloon would travel online from the nature reserve nestled in the Tame valley, near Tamworth. The size, shape and even thickness of their balloon combined with the weather conditions during race week will determine the overall winner and leading finishers, with a top prize being a fantastic stay at The Belfry.

Money raised from the entry fees to the RSPB's Race for Nature will support the organisation's work in helping to protect birds and wildlife that can be threatened by traditional balloon races. The RSPB says that balloons involved in conventional races can litter the countryside and leave debris which can cause problems for birds and other wildlife mistaking it for food.

Set in over 500 acres of countryside, The Belfry is a popular retreat for wildlife and is involved in a number of initiatives to encourage and support their stay. Earlier this year it helped a pair of swans set up home for the first time on the lake of the world-famous 18th hole of The Brabazon golf course, and has also introduced a colony of 30,000 honey bees.

Phil Sears, Meetings and Events Assistant at The Belfry, has produced a record of every bird that he has spotted at least once at the resort since he joined in 1993 and his list features around 60 different species. Phil said: "Being in the heart of the countryside, The Belfry attracts a fantastic number and variety of birds and is keen to encourage and support wildlife that takes up residence or visits here.

"The Belfry is pleased to be supporting the RSPB's virtual balloon race with it being launched from nearby Middleton Lakes and we hope that many people get involved in this fun and worthwhile initiative to help protect our wildlife."

Chris Edwards, Visitor & Promotions Officer from the RSPB Middleton Lakes, said: "We're delighted to work alongside The Belfry and I know from playing golf myself how much wildlife you can see whilst driving, chipping and putting."

Race monitors will track online where each balloon would have flown to from RSPB Middleton Lakes according to its size and shape, along with reports from BBC Weather, factors that affect the speed and vulnerability of actual balloons.

A two-night stay for two people at The Belfry with a two-ball on the PGA National championship golf course and a special behind-the-scenes tour of RSPB Middleton Lakes are among prizes for the top finishers.

To enter the RSPB's Race for Nature visit rspb.rentaballoonrace.com or RSPB Middleton Lakes before the closing date of Wednesday, November 14.
Brides have a ball at Belfry charity night
Tiaras were gleaming as over 170 brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-brides enjoyed the second Moth Ball at The Belfry.

The fun-filled night raised in excess of £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

Free Radio breakfast presenter DJ John Dalziel was the host on the mic in the Woodland Suite and played his part in selling all the raffle tickets.

Michael Buble and Olly Murs tribute acts provided the entertainment while guests also enjoyed a three-course meal, chocolate fountain, a disco and had the chance to bid for a range of auction prizes ranging from corporate hospitality at a future Coventry City match, to a two-hour cookery demonstration for up to ten diners with The Belfry's executive chef and head pastry chef.

JD, as he is known on Free Radio, said it had been a thoroughly enjoyable night. He said: "It was very surreal being surrounded by lots of women dressed up to for a wedding in their dresses, tiaras and jewellery! It really was an amazing night and for such a worthy cause.

"The charity helped my 29-year-old brother-in-law Craig in the last few months of his life. He lost his battle with cancer but the nurses from Macmillian were there to support him and also my sister and her two young children after he passed away. They do an amazing job and need our support. I'm already talking to The Belfry about next year's event!"

Vicky Stone, marketing manager from The Belfry, said the night had been an outstanding success once again.
"As some of the guests left, they said it has been an amazing, fun night and they would be coming again next year which is a tremendous endorsement," she said.

"I would like to thank the generosity of everyone who attended for helping to raise a considerable sum for Macmillan Cancer Relief through ticket sales, raffle tickets and auction prizes."
A new era at The Belfry
A new era has dawned at The Belfry with news that the resort is to undergo a major refurbishment.

It is an exciting chapter in the rich and revered history of The Belfry that everyone, both the team here and our guests, can really look forward to.

The comprehensive renovation, from our bedrooms and function suites to our restaurants, bars and more, will enhance our guest experience and our enviable reputation as a world-class business, leisure and golf resort.

With such an extensive range of facilities here at The Belfry, the enhancements will be carried out over a phased period of time, with the resort remaining open to welcome guests whether for business or leisure.

The De Vere Group, which is now managing The Belfry on behalf of new owners KSL Capital Partners, is extremely familiar with the resort.

Having previously owned The Belfry, De Vere share our passion for this prestigious resort and our dedication to making it the perfect retreat for those enjoying our hotel, conference, dining, spa, gym and, of course, golfing facilities.

Watch this space to find out more and be part of our exciting future.
History made again on famous 10th hole at The Belfry
-Long Drive supremo greens 10th with putter as hundreds attend Demo Day-

Large crowds gathered at The Belfry to see Long Drive sensation Joe Miller become the first British golfer to drive the iconic 300-yard Brabazon 10th hole with a putter during a bonanza of golf at the four-time Ryder Cup venue on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August).

With the Sky Sports cameras rolling and large groups of spectators from the Today's Golfer Demo Day watching on, the Callaway Ambassador used his Odyssey 2-ball putter to green the famous 10th - a hole that has seen so many famous golfing moments, including the first tee shot to hit the green by Seve Ballesteros in 1978 and Rory McIlroy's first hit as a professional in 2007.

"It's a real honour to achieve this feat on the spectacular 10th hole at The Belfry," said Miller. "The atmosphere around the tee was fantastic and the whole Demo Day was a brilliantly organised event."

Hundreds of golfers took part in the Today's Golfer Demo Day inside The Belfry's PGA National Golf Academy, where the main attractions included a clinic from European Tour player Graeme Storm and free custom-fittings from six of the world's top golf manufacturers throughout the day.

"The Today's Golfer Demo Day was an even greater success than when it debuted last year," said The Belfry's Director of Golf Gary Silcock. "It was brilliant to see just how many of the magazine's readers - young and old - came to try out the latest clubs in the driving range bays and launch monitor rooms.

Golfers were able to see at first hand exactly how custom-fitting and tuition can improve their game and we hope they were able to take away some valuable advice for the remainder of the season," added Silcock.

The Belfry's PGA National Golf Academy is Europe's largest dedicated custom-fitting venue and contains the latest launch monitors used by the top professional players to tailor equipment to their exact requirements. Earlier this year, The Belfry reported a 10% increase in the number of golfers who had been custom-fitted in its Academy.

To book your own custom-fit appointment at The Belfry call 01675 477038.

NB - Joe Miller was the first player to drive The Brabazon's 10th hole with a putter since Canadian Jason Zuback, who achieved the feat prior to the start of the Benson and Hedges International Open in 1999.
Brides return for charity ball
West Midlands radio presenter John Dalziel is urging brides to find their wedding gowns ahead of a charity ball at The Belfry.

The popular presenter is compering the second Moth Ball at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, which will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. JD, as he is known on Free Radio, will be there on Saturday, October 27, along with breakfast show co-host Roisin McCourt, who has already been into the attic to dig out her wedding dress. Bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride, mothers-of-the-groom, hen groups and friends are also invited to the Moth Ball which will get underway at 7.30pm.

Olly Murs and Michael Buble sound-a-likes will be providing the entertainment and there will also be a three-course meal, chocolate fountain and disco.

JD said this was a perfect opportunity to dress up and have a giggle with friends as well as raise money for a worthwhile charity. He said: "It seems a shame to only wear your wedding dress once and then pack it away. "This is a perfect excuse to find it once again, think about all those happy memories from your big day and party all over again! "This will be the first time I've been to a Moth Ball and it may be a bit surreal seeing so many wedding dresses in one place but I think it will be a really fun night."

Samantha Baker, from The Belfry, said she had loved wearing her wedding dress again at last year's Moth Ball.

"We had moved house since I had last taken it out of the box and it was wonderful to wear it for a second time," she said. "The Moth Ball was such a huge success last year and it would be great to match or even better last year's total of £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support."

Tickets are priced at £39 once again or £79 including overnight accommodation with £5 from each ticket going to Macmillan Cancer Support and there will also be a raffle. Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize should contact Samantha on 0300 500 0405.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here or telephone The Belfry's special events team on 0300 500 0405.
Christmas Is All Wrapped Up At The Belfry
A festive feast of celebrations awaits partygoers at The Belfry this Christmas and New Year.

Christmas dining and party nights are being held at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, throughout December with the celebrations culminating in a special gala dinner on New Year's Eve.

The Christmas party nights are proving as popular as ever for friends and colleagues with two dates having been sold out since September.

Tickets are being snapped up for the remaining party nights which get underway on Friday, November 30, and are being held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout December.

The party nights, available at £49.95 per person or £95 per person with overnight accommodation, include a welcome drink, four-course dinner, fun party novelties, a disco and entry to the resort's Bel Air nightclub.

They are among a host of celebrations being held at The Belfry throughout December, which includes festive dining in The Atrium and private dining for parties of 20 people or more.

Special packages with overnight accommodation are also available for New Year's Eve including a 'Black & White' themed gala dinner and a gourmet dinner dance.

For more information and bookings, please telephone 0300 500 0405.
Making A Splash across the English Channel for charity
Teenager Chloe Johnson is used to greeting people with the warmest of welcomes but can expect a chilly reception when she encounters the English Channel. The 19-year-old receptionist at The Belfry in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, is taking on the gruelling challenge of swimming across the famous stretch of water in memory of two close friends, Richard Massey and Julie Waters. Chloe is hoping to raise £8,000 to be shared between Cure Leukaemia and Breast Cancer Care.

Richard Massey, a childhood friend and classmate of Chloe's at Fairfax School, Sutton Coldfield, lost his fight against leukaemia in 2009 at the age of 16. Cure Leukaemia's annual fun run is named after him. In the same year, family friend Julie Waters, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, fought a long brave battle and passed away at the age of 45. Julie was a major charity supporter and helped raise funds to enable Chloe to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and work in an orphanage in Tanzania, during a school trip inspired by Richard.

Chloe said: "Swimming the English Channel is going to be such a daunting challenge but it will be absolutely nothing compared to what Richard and Julie went through during their illnesses and treatments. It means everything to me to be able to do this in their memory and their brave fight is spurring me on. I will be thinking of them with each and every stroke out there."

With her swim and boat escort officially booked for July next year, Chloe is now focused on her fund-raising and training, which is being supported by The Belfry. She has been given membership to use the swimming pool at the resort's Health & Wellness leisure facility. Visitors to an open day at Health & Wellness on Monday, August 13, when many facilities will be free to use and reduced joining fees will be available, will be able to make a donation to her challenge.

David Toulson-Burke, General Manager of The Belfry, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Chloe in what is such a huge test of endurance to raise money for two very worthwhile charities in memory of her friends."

Although Chloe swam for Sutton and Birmingham as a youngster, the open-water swim in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes is a far cry from an indoor pool and considered to be the ultimate long distance challenge. She will have to be prepared for a water temperature as low as 15 degrees Celsius, winds of up to force six and waves in excess of two metres for approximately 28 miles.

Chloe said: "I'm most scared of the pain barrier which tends to hit in the fifth hour but there is no way I will get out of the water until I reach the end and I'm aiming to get there in 12 hours."

James McLaughlin, Chief Executive at Cure Leukaemia, said: "Chloe is an inspiration to us all. Swimming the English Channel is a huge challenge and we are sure that everyone will get behind her and dig deep. We are privileged that she is fundraising for Cure Leukaemia and the memory of her friend Richard Massey. The money she raises will greatly benefit the patients currently being treated by our research nurses. We wish her well on this adventure. "

Judy Beard, Fundraising and Marketing Director at Breast Cancer Care, said: "Every year, 50,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, we want to be there to support each and every one of them but we can't do that without the dedication and support of people like Chloe. We wish her the very best of luck for her English Channel swim!"

Donations in support of Chloe's English Channel swim can be made to Cure Leukaemia at www.justgiving.com/Chloe-Johnson and to Breast Cancer Care at www.justgiving.com/Chloe-Johnson1
Flying The Flag For Local Produce
A nearby farm has begun supplying the flagship restaurant at The Belfry as part of its commitment to sourcing the best of local produce.

The French Grill at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, is serving meat from Nightingales Farm based in Bentley, Atherstone, which is dedicated to the natural outdoor rearing of its livestock.

The Belfry's executive head chef Patrick Harness has introduced beef and pork to The French Grill's menu from the farm due to the quality and local traceability.

The summer menu of new and classic British and European dishes features 21-day matured fillet, sirloin and Côte de Beouf, along with pork rib-eye, tenderloin and rack of pork.

Patrick said: "At The Belfry we are committed to sourcing the best of local and seasonal produce wherever possible, which reflects an increasing desire among consumers to be aware of the origins of their food.

"When I visited Nightingales Farm, I was impressed with how passionate they are about the way the livestock is reared and that dedication results in a really high quality of meat."

The herds of around 300 Limousin cattle and more than 400 Saddleback pigs are free to roam the meadows and woods within the 220 acres farmed by the Hollinshead family.

Nelson Hollinshead, who is the 14th generation to farm, said: "We plant ten varieties of grass seeds in the meadows for the cattle to graze which really adds to the flavour of the beef.

"Our pigs are free to naturally root and wallow and live in some 20 acres, and are fed on a diet of grass and corn which makes the pork renowned for its taste, tenderness and flavour.

"We are really pleased that The Belfry recognises and values the quality of our husbandry and produce."
The farm, which has been in the Hollinshead family for 40 years, also has its own on-site butchery, where the meat is matured and prepared, and bakery.

It produces a wide range of 19 Gales Farmhouse Foods, which includes pies, pasties and sausage rolls for The Belfry's Halfway House on the famous 10th hole of The Brabazon where refreshments are served during rounds of golf.

Patrick added: "We're delighted to be supporting a local farmer and the feedback we've already been getting from diners in The French Grill has been fantastic."
Get The Nike Golf Speed Factor At The Belfry
New 'Speed Trials' allow golfers to try VR-S clubs used by top Nike Golf Tour staff athletes
Golfers in the West Midlands will have the chance to try out the latest clubs used by top Nike Golf Tour staff athletes such as Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel and Simon Dyson and gain more yards out on the course when they drop into four-time Ryder Cup venue The Belfry, where Nike Golf is hosting several 'Speed Trials' later this month.

Staged on Thursday 2nd and 9th August from 6 – 9pm in The Belfry's PGA National Golf Academy, Nike Golf's VR-S Speed Trials will allow golfers to compare the speed of what's in their current bag to the new Nike VR-S products on an in-store launch monitor. The accumulative distance from their best shots hit with the driver, fairway wood and hybrid will be recorded, and every golfer will be issued with a 'Speeding Ticket' that details the yardage achieved for each club, plus the distance gains measured against their old equipment. Nike Golf's Speed Trials have gained over 250,000 yards worldwide since the start of the calendar golf season.

"This is a superb opportunity for golfers in the West Midlands area to try out the very latest equipment and also see at first hand how the clubs can add distance to their game," said The Belfry's Director of Golf Gary Silcock. "We're very pleased that one of the biggest manufacturers in world golf has chosen to stage these trials at The Belfry, where we have a team of 20 friendly PGA Professionals ready to help golfers of all abilities."

The Belfry recently reported a 10% increase in the amount of golfers booking custom-fit sessions at its PGA National Golf Academy, a venue where a team of PGA Professionals cover custom-fitting options for a total of nine of the world's top golf brands.

For the best experience, golfers are recommended to bring along their own clubs to put them head-to-head with the new Nike Golf VR-S range. To book an individual Speed Trial experience at The Belfry call 0300 500 0405 or find out more about the PGA National Golf Academy.
Junior Academy in Full Swing
School may be out for summer but golfing lessons will be in full swing for youngsters at The Belfry.

Boys and girls, aged between six and 14 years, can learn the essential ingredients for a good all-round knowledge of the game with PGA qualified tuition at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

The one and two-day schools during July and August, from 9am to 4pm, will include equipment hire, lunch, unlimited range balls and prizes for competition winners.

The two-day course, priced at £55, will be held on Mondays/Tuesdays and Wednesdays/Thursdays, with the one-day course, priced at £30, taking place on Fridays.

The first two-day school will start on July 23, followed by July 25, July 30, August 1, August 13, August 15, August 20 and August 22.

One-day activities will be held on July 27, August 3, August 17 and August 24.

To reserve a place on the Junior Golf Academy, telephone 0300 500 0405.
Seve Charity Walkers play legendary 10th hole
The co-founders of YourGolfTravel.com, who walked 300 miles from London to the Open Championship venue to raise money for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation in memory of the golfing legend who died last year, stopped at The Belfry on Friday to play at the Brabazon's iconic 10th hole and spend the night in the Hotel.

The 10th was made world-famous when Seve became the first golfer to drive the then 280-yard hole in a match against Nick Faldo during the Hennessy Cognac Cup event in 1978 which he won 2&1. The following year, Seve returned to The Belfry to win the first ever English Open and then helped Europe win and retain the Ryder Cup on the Brabazon course in 1985 and 1989.

Carrying golf bags and clubs, Andrew Harding and Ross Marshall, who run Europe's largest golf travel company, set off last Tuesday from the London headquarters of Cancer Research UK and are scheduled to reach Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on Monday ahead of the 141st Open Championship. Seve won two of his three Open titles at Royal Lytham in 1979 and 1988.

In October, The Belfry will host a star-studded Seve Day Grand Final, shortly after this year's Ryder Cup at Medinah. A Seve 2012 Trophy and big prizes are expected to attract a field of 72 amateurs looking to honour the Spanish legend.

"Seve Day is a pan-European initiative set up by YourGolfTravel.com and we are only too pleased to support something that honours Seve's memory," said Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at The Belfry.

Dan Grainger, a Belfry Fitness Professional and founder of Five Star Fitness, was on hand to provide massages for both Andrew and Ross once they arrived at the four-time Ryder Cup resort. Meanwhile, The Belfry's Director of Sales and Marketing, Ian Cross, joined both walkers for the next leg of their journey, covering 41 miles to Great Haywood.
Dancing to the samba beat at The Belfry
The unmistakeable sounds of The Haka and a Samba band reverberated around The Belfry at the launch of its new team building zone.

Business organisations, agents and bookers were invited to attend the official launch of The Playground at The Belfry - a new 4,500 sqm outdoor team building area at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

The Belfry has formed a partnership with specialist team building companies Black Clover from Birmingham and Oldham-based Team Spirit to run outdoor and indoor activities, motivational events, conference energisers and themed evenings.

A previously disused field the size of a Premier League football pitch near the driving range has been transformed to host a wide range of large outdoor team building and corporate events while the indoor fun will take place in the resort's extensive range of conference suites.

Sharon Jezeph, Head of Group Sales and Events at The Belfry, said staff from Team Spirit ran taster sessions of The Haka and a Samba band to give those who attended the chance to learn a few basic moves and sounds.

'The Haka is a fantastic conference energiser for delegates to take part in an activity which they wouldn't normally do as well as being a great conversation starter," she said.

'It gives those involved a chance to learn the words and actions as well as release their hidden warriors!

'Learning the Samba drums brings the sounds of the Rio Carnival to your event as well as showing the benefits of team work while allowing your staff to bond during an enjoyable activity.

'For those slightly braver, Black Cover brought along the 60ft Ultimate Wipeout which is a giant inflatable course that needs stamina to get across as well as good communication skills within each team.

'These are just three of the activities that can be held at The Playground at The Belfry and we believe this is an exciting venture which will add another dimension to the resort because this is the first time we have offered these kinds of packages.

'The launch has already led to bookings which demonstrates the quality of the activities that we will be hosting and underlines we are a one-stop shop for organisers.

'The response at the official launch was extremely positive and we are looking forward to seeing more people discover their hidden talents!"
The Belfry Voted England's Leading Golf Resort
- World Travel Awards unveil Ryder Cup resort as best in country -
The Belfry, four-time host of the Ryder Cup, was unveiled as England’s ‘Leading Golf Resort’ at the annual World Travel Awards Ceremony, widely known as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’, held recently in Antalya, Turkey.
The West Midlands resort, situated in the heart of the country ten miles from Birmingham International Airport and just off the M42 motorway, was chosen by more than 217,000 travel agents and members of the public across the world as the top venue for a golfing break in England, seeing off a host of other nominations.
“It’s a privilege to be recognised as the leading golf destination in England by such an internationally-renowned group as the World Travel Awards,” said Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at The Belfry. “We’ve worked extremely hard over the past few years on not just our three top class courses and vibrant hotel, but also on enhancing the whole Belfry experience, ensuring visitors are treated to a world-class service from the moment they make the initial booking through to when they leave the resort.
“Although the last Ryder Cup was held here nine years ago, golfers still regard The Brabazon as the spiritual home of The Ryder Cup and we welcome visitors from all over the globe who come to play the course as part of our Stay & Play deals that run throughout the year,” he added.
As well as a cash injection of over £3m during the last four years to its flagship Brabazon course, the resort, which held the same title in 2004, has also recently re-launched its leisure facilities, now known as Health & Wellness at The Belfry with state-of-the-art gym equipment from Italy and a refurbished AquaSpa facility.
“As well as our golf and leisure facilities, we’ve also experienced a rise in the amount of corporate events here such as board meetings, conferences and product launches. Businesses have the opportunity to impress clients by choosing from a range of our bright suites and boardrooms in a stunning backdrop,” added Silcock.
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