Thank you Clare – it all started with you
It was my dad’s intuition in many ways that got us on the path we followed. When my cousin Clare (pictured left) asked whether she could host her wedding in the Barn, he didn’t shy away from the prospect, but instead embraced it. Clare’s wedding was such a wonderful day and night that it seemed that the Barn was made for hosting weddings and celebrations of whatever nature they maybe.
Last weekend, when a good friend of mine Jimmy tied the knot with his lovely wife Anna, a guest who was at the wedding reception was also at Clare’s wedding and he reminded me of what the barn was like way back when and just how much things have changed since.
Then there was a barn… a beautiful barn that has really changed little since those days, but that was it. We had a lean to… where we used to prepare the food and a stand pipe for water, we hired in outside loos (they were posh ones, but you had to go outside to get to them) and we had a rather agricultural/industrial east side. Health and safety, well, I don’t even want to go there.
How times have changed. Now we have our own bespoke kitchens, lovely toilets and a newly built reception/bar area, carpeting in the main barn, all our licences and food safety ratings. It doesn’t look the same place, but it is.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved it how it was. It was archaic, rebellious, a bloody good party venue and if my cousin Clare hadn’t recognised that then we may never have embarked on the journey we have.
Several years later…Clare, I won’t remind you how many, we have got to where we are. A venue, that remains integral to what it is, a beautiful and unique barn, but one that I believe is both functional and serviceable and yet still retains its beauty and awe and is still a bloody great place to have a party.
I haven’t done this yet… so I am doing it now. Thank you Clare for your belief, thank you dad and mum (God bless your soul) and Rob, my brother for his help and guidance, and Sal (God bless your soul) my beautiful sister for all your support.
Godwick Great Barn isn’t the same as when Sir Edward Coke built it nigh on 450 years ago, but it still stands tall in the landscape that surrounds it and is a magnificent testament to years ago and a magnificent testament to today.