Meet the Team
Houchins is run by a dedicated team who are determined to ensure that anyone hiring the venue for whatever event has a day to remember, where service and style go hand in hand.
Wayne Messenger – Venue Manager
Wayne is responsible for the smooth running of all operational aspects of the business. He has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level , managing venues and catering for discerning clients all over East Anglia. His unflappable nature and keen attention to detail means he is always working to ensure your day goes exactly as planned.
Jayson Hewitt – Events Manager
Jason is passionate about weddings, customer service and making sure that couples have the day of their dreams. Having previously worked at a number of Suffolk venues, he now spends much of his time liaising with couples, assisting with planning their day and making sure that nothing has been overlooked.
Adam Dixon-Smith – Managing Partner
Prior to getting involved in the wedding industry Adam spent 20 years working in advertising, marketing and general management. Since opening Dove Barn in 2002 he has developed a passion for weddings in particular and hospitality in general. His criteria for a successful event is judged on the smiles on the faces of clients leaving his venues.
Anna Dixon-Smith – Creative Partner
Anna is an artist, florist and general stylist. Before moving to Suffolk she worked as a party designer for The Admirable Crichton in London. She is responsible for all design aspects of the venue, the house and garden. As well as looking after four sons, she continues to exhibit at art shows, arrange flowers for weddings at Houchins and elsewhere and keep her discerning eyes on the styling of Houchins.
Fi Pardoe – Marketing & Sales
Fi spent 20 years in advertising and marketing in London before moving to Suffolk and recently joining the Houchins team. She loves weddings and parties and is constantly looking for new ways to get us known and talked about.
Come and see us here at Houchins on 21st June, 2017.
Next open evening, Wednesday 21st June 6pm - 9pm.
Come and visit us on Wednesday 21st June when Houchins will be 'dressed' for a wedding so you'll be able to see how stunning the venue can look on Wedding Days.
Our team, along with a select group of our preferred suppliers will be on hand to discuss your wedding plans in more detail.
We look forward to meeting you then.
Dove Barn, our sister venue, just 30 minutes from Houchins.
Wedding Show, Sunday 2nd April, 11am-3pm. Free entry and goodie bag for all brides.
Dove Barn is where our wedding business started in 2002. A charming, rustic barn just behind the historic Castlings Hall near Sudbury in South Suffolk needed restoring and we took on that challenge. Since 2002 we have held over 300 weddings at Dove Barn and it has variously been described as 'quirky', 'laid-back', 'a hidden gem of a venue' and 'full of rural calm'. If you are looking for a unique venue just off the beaten track take a look at our website:
And we still have some availaibility for 2017
2018 Winter Wedding Discounts!
Save up to 10% off the venue price at Houchins when you book a weekend wedding in February or March 2018.
If you are considering getting married in early 2018, please call us on 01376 561448 to take advantage of special discounts on weekend prices in February and March.