Wedding Feedback, August 2017:

Karen Stanford, Mother to the bride:

What a team! – August saw The Village Hall at the heart of the wedding celebrations for Rebecca and Sean. The young couple had fallen in love with the location and had the vision to create a stylish and extremely personal venue for their friends and family from far and near –but it was only made a reality through a true team effort. From the welcome they received on their initial visit, the newly-weds realised that this was more than a Village Hall: it is indeed a focus for community. Nothing was too much trouble for the caretakers and key holders on their repeated visits over the months. Perhaps only the original 1920’s architects would have measurements of the iron roof girders equally precise! These were needed to work out a method of securely suspending a forest of shimmering branches, (re-cycled courtesy of John Lewis). Aided by a band of helpers, the core wedding party arrived on the day before the Big Day to lay tables with grass and glasses and origami birds to colourfully announce each brightly individually tasselled place setting. No expensive external wedding planners required for this magical effect of outdoors indoors: just a little imagination and a lot of collaboration! Some of this had been a secret surprise which was only made possible by the Village Hall Committee’s hard, co-ordinated seamlessly by Liz Broomhead. Not only was the Village Hall scrupulously clean and tidy, key areas had thoughtfully been given a lick of paint to ensure the magnificent hanging-baskets, created by Lesley Birch, were set off to their best effect for the couple’s entrance. Sunflowers, which had been sown months in advance by the Village School’s Gardening Club, lined up along the outside wall to smile a greeting to guests as they entered. Thanks to the Hall’s neighbours, who agreed to the celebrations being extended into the shared green space, planters, some again provided by the school, produced an instant garden setting for the outdoor gazebo where revellers were able to consume the Groom’s special brewed ‘Happy Ever After’ beverage. The sweet-peas picked from a local garden, which danced on the window sills, characterised the kindness that was extended to the wedding party during that very happy mid-August weekend.

School Group Feedback, February 2018:

Ian Kell, organiser

“We are from a school in County Durham, (the Academy at Shotton Hall) and we hosted  a multi national school event consisting of 68 students from 10 countries and 3 continents. During the week we stayed at Hartington Hall Youth Hostel,  but we planned a number of events which could not be staged in the hostel, In stepped Hartington village Hall who provided  a superb venue for our planetarium show and our last night cealidh. As the organiser of the event I can not speak highly enough of either the the help offered nor the warmth of the welcome given by all connected with the Village Hall. I know the students will have fond memories of this week long after they return home.”

More information can be found here:

Inaugural Hartington Social Group Meeting 27th February 2018

Rachel Metcalfe : The Farming Life Centre, Bakewell

Thank you Liz for all the hard work you put in to making the first meeting a successful one.

Wedding reception feedback

Rebecca & Sean Harrington Thorley

We have just returned from honeymoon and are working on a post wedding come down!!!! Lol**we are still so excited! Haha** We would like to thank you and the whole village for everything you did for us on, and in the run up, to the big day!
We got hitched without a hitch and the day was better than we could have imagined.-THANK YOU!!!!!