What we can offer
Firstly, I am delighted that you are thinking about using St Chad’s Parish Church for your wedding. We can offer you one of the finest Churches in Yorkshire as the venue for the big day. The Church is set back from the road in a beautiful village green setting, surrounded by trees and our local cricket pitch. There is ample parking near the Church for around 60 cars.
Within the Church have a magnificent Harrison and Harrison organ for singing the hymns and an excellent PA system with Bose speakers for playing CD music if required. We have a bell tower with a full set of eight bells, so bells can be rung in celebration at the end of the service.
After a recent reordering we now have underfloor heating so the Church building is always warm and welcoming. Another key benefit of the reordering is that the pews were removed, so it is now possible, with comfortable bespoke chairs, to configure the seating both to reflect the number of people expected and to give more of a sense of the gathered community.
Our well-equipped kitchenette at the back of Church is ideal for refreshments, both before the service begins and afterwards when the photos are taken in the Church grounds. And our Parish Centre provides the perfect venue for your wedding reception – see below!
Getting married at St Chad’s – the process
As Vicar, I take time to get to know all the couples getting married at St Chad’s, inviting them round for a meal to discuss their hopes for the wedding in an informal setting. At St Chad’s people are married according to the rites and traditions of the Church of England. It is a legal requirement to have the Banns of Marriage read out on the first three Sundays of the month before the wedding. Couples are encouraged to attend these services and to hear their Banns being read out, particularly for the “last time of asking”. It is an excellent way of preparing for your wedding day – to be aware of a parish family who will be praying for you on the day itself and who are there to offer support as you take this exciting step together, also if you have children already or are hoping to raise a family in the years ahead.
We can also provide you with the ideal space for your wedding reception. Our Parish Centre is a popular reception venue because of its large hall (which can be dressed up beautifully to your own design) and comfortably seats up to 200 people). The hall has a wooden sprung floor for dancing and a stage area for a band. We have just invested in new chairs which can be decorated for a sit down wedding banquet, and plenty of sturdy trestle tables available for use as part of the hire charge.
The Parish Centre also has a fully licensed bar and a well-equipped kitchen, with full disabled access throughout the building. There are extra rooms at the back of the Parish Centre which are also available for your use for storage of equipment and coats, etc. Visit our Parish Centre website for more information and hire charges.
Annual Wedding Fair
We now have an annual Wedding Fair which this year we are calling the St Chad’s Vintage Wedding Fair. This year our Wedding Fair will be on Saturday 29 April from 10-3pm. More information is available here. It is an opportunity to have a look around both the Church and the St Chad’s Parish Centre. We are pleased to be able to offer a discount if you choose to book the Parish Centre in conjunction with the Church – please speak to the Vicar or to Tracey Teasdale in the Parish Centre for more details. Please book well ahead for the Parish Centre as a venue for a wedding reception – it is a very popular venue and is booked up a long time in advance on Friday and Saturday evenings.