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.
Open Evening, 6-9pm on Tuesday 29th August.
Please drop-in to see Houchins 'dressed' for a summer wedding.
We look forward to welcoming you to Houchins to show you the venue and discuss your wedding plans.
Our team will be on hand to chat informally with you and explain how Houchins works to make your wedding extra special. In addition our caterers and other preferred suppliers will be on site offering even more wedding inspiration!
No appointment is necessary so you can just drop in after work!
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:
2018 Special Offer
An Extra Special Offer for 2018. Save £1,000 off the price of your wedding in 2018
Book your wedding for selected dates in 2018 before 5pm on 7th August to save £1,000.
This offer is only available for selected dates listed on our 2018 Special Offers page (listed under the Pricing tab) and terms and conditions apply.