‘Big day’ approaching for new venue

MHDE-06-01-12 MANOR JAN08 (7)'Dodford Manor, Dodford'Pictured L to R - MP Chris Heaton-Harris, Martyn Parratt '( MJ Parratt Ltd ), Simon & Annabelle Steel ( Owners )
MHDE-06-01-12 MANOR JAN08 (7)'Dodford Manor, Dodford'Pictured L to R - MP Chris Heaton-Harris, Martyn Parratt '( MJ Parratt Ltd ), Simon & Annabelle Steel ( Owners )

DAVENTRY MP Chris Heaton-Harris dropped in at a new wedding venue last week to see how work is coming along.

Dodford Manor, which is situated opposite the church in Dodford village, is being transformed into a wedding venue by Simon and Annabelle Steel.

After winning a long battle to get planning permission the couple have been working on converting the Grade II listed building since last spring, and the finishing line is now in site.

The venue will also offer parties as well as charity and corporate events.

Mr Steel said: “We will be officially opening at the start of April when our first wedding here will be held.

“We’ve already got quite a few weddings booked in which is a great start.

“A lot of people who have booked can see where we are going with the project and visualise how it will look on their wedding day.

“The uptake has been really, really good and we are just looking forward to opening.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work and now it’s all starting to come together.

Mr Heaton-Harris was impressed with the work being done at the manor and positive about the affect it will have on the local economy.

He said: “I was particularly impressed because it’s a home bred idea from the couple in a beautiful setting.

“Local tradesmen are being used and the project will create lots of jobs so I think it’s a great venture.

“There will be 12 full and part-time jobs and of course when people book weddings there are also lots of things like hotels and florists who benefit from it.

“The couple have spent a lot of money on the work and are doing a great job.

“There’s lots of beautiful countryside in the Daventry district and I think Dodford Manor will prove to be a very popular place to get married.”