Come & visit us at our Wedding Open Evening on Wednesday, 17th July 2019 from 6pm - 9pm

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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.


From left to right: Fi Pardoe, Wayne Messenger, Anna DS, Adam DS, Taylor Howe, Jayson Hewitt and Kelly Byers.

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.

“Everything we dreamed it would be and more! The Houchins team are beyond amazing and gave us one of the best days of our lives! How can we ever thank you enough! It was magical. Love Chris and Mel”

- Chris and Mel -