Kettering Borough Council is all set to open a new wedding venue at Warren Hill, on Rothwell Road, in Kettering. A licence has been granted to hold wedding ceremonies in the Edgar Newman Ceremony Room and Garden Pavilion following planning permission being approved in February, which has allowed the building of a new pavilion, landscaped garden and new signage. An open day will be held on Saturday 28th July, bookings can now be taken for weddings, and a website has been launched at www.warrenhillweddings.co.uk
Warren Hill, which currently incorporates Kettering crematorium, woodland area and burial grounds, has been identified as an ideal venue for weddings, in the same way as any church or hotel performs a number of social functions.
The Council had been approached, following its successful and popular revamp of the crematorium in 2014, asking if the venue was available for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. The idea was tested on the registration service and on funeral directors, as regular users of the current venue. The County Registration Service was particularly positive about the attractive East Lodge Gardens and how it would make an ideal outdoor wedding venue.
The Council has looked at the operational arrangements at the site; Warren Hill will provide two distinct services, bookings will be handled separately from the funeral business, and neither should have any negative impact on the other. Warren Hill provides modern facilities in a large, open and attractive setting and hopes to become a welcome addition to the range of wedding venues across the Borough in 2018. Weddings and funerals will not be held on the same day.
The venue offers a light and airy room capable of holding 135 people, plenty of free car parking, toilet facilities, disabled access, and modern music facilities in situ. A variety of hotel facilities are nearby. Work has also taken place to create an adjacent garden area suitable for wedding photographs and a pavilion for outdoor ceremonies, whilst continuing its role as a garden of peace and reflection, in support of the bereavement service.
For anyone interested in finding out more, why not visit our very first open day? On Saturday 28th July from 11am to 1pm, Warren Hill’s ceremony room and garden pavilion will be set out as they would be for a wedding ceremony and our friendly staff will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“Warren Hill is a large, modern facility, just off the A14, and within easy reach of a large population and we are looking forward to holding weddings at our site. Warren Hill has capacity at the weekends especially and we have taken a suggestion from customers as a venue to host weddings. We hope that, on the back of proving we can run one of the best funeral venues in the country, we can equally successfully provide a great wedding experience as well.”
Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Delivery, said:
“This is a great idea to improve the services we provide for local people, to make even better use of one of our best assets and to earn additional income for the Council. I am confident that the team, which already runs an excellent, value for money service can also sensitively and professionally run a wedding venue at Warren Hill. We hope to see our first wedding at Warren Hill soon”.