Hello everyone and off we go with our very first newsletter for 2019! We are still only in January but Christmas seems yonks ago and our thoughts are now firmly focused on all that we have in store for 2019 and dare I say it ‘Spring’. The family farm begin lambing fairly early, in fact the sheep are already in the sheds so with the lambs making their first steps in to our fields by February - soon after the daffodils appear - I feel confident in saying Spring is just around the corner.  A brief catch up on the news from The Tythe Barn hub.

We sadly said goodbye to Karen at the end of last year from her long-standing role as office manager. Karen mentioned she was off to semi-retire but she also told us of her plans for various exciting projects she was hoping to dip her toes in to so I have a feeling she will be kept quite busy! Replacing Karen, as most of you will now know, is the lovely Marie. Marie joined us in early October and has already become totally immersed in office life and her wonderful smile and calm nature is now a regular fixture here at the barn. Alongside Marie we have Jackie who is combining her skills as one of our long-standing Function Managers with a few days in the office which Will and I feel creates a nice link around the planning and preparation communication between our wedding couples and the office.


The end of last year and the beginning of this year has also seen a lot of activity at the barn due to the wedding awards season. We are absolutely thrilled to have already been nominated, short-listed and winners of a number of awards with still more results to come. A highlight so far has to be our win at The Wedding Industry Awards as the ‘Best Countryside Wedding Venue of the Year’ in the South-Central region – a very large area of the UK, so rather proud of that one. We are shortlisted for Best Barn in the UK Wedding Awards, hosted by Hitched.com and You and Your Wedding Magazine and are through to the finals of Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards. We were also awarded the title of Most Outstanding Barn Wedding Venue – Oxfordshire by LUX Life Magazine (the digital luxury lifestyle publication) in the 2019 Best of the Wedding Industry Awards. LUX Life told us that the 2019 Best of the Wedding Industry programme has been designed to recognise the businesses and individuals who go above and beyond to make every wedding day special – those who help make the journey from engagement to becoming a married couple as perfect as possible.

2018 saw lots of projects taking place in and around the barn which we blogged about on our website. Do keep up to date with our blog if you can as we post regularly on all sorts of subjects with lots of news and info on the barn and our team here as well as providing our wedding couples with lots of insider tips and hints to help with their wedding planning. 


The latest additions to the barn are our new festoon lights, set just under the thatch at the front of the barn.  We have to admit they look rather gorgeous and are now a permanent fixture, all included within the venue hire, of course!  

We have also finally found, after a lengthy search for exactly what we wanted, our garden outdoor wood burners which will be available to hire for your event or wedding day. These look great in the garden already but we are taking our time to create the right ambience and setting for them and for you so photos will go out on our social media and website soon however here is sneaky peak below.  With the option to include extra seating, rugs and throws these fires are really going to set a lovely scene come late afternoon and evening.

We were also busy creating some new menu options with the caterers before Christmas and the new brochures will be with us shortly.  There are some amazing new dishes and some rather fun elements added too, actually Will is attempting to build an appropriate BBQ from one of the old sheep feeders from the family farm as I write!!  I'll keep you posted on his progress.  It is also worth mentioning that whilst the barn has been a little quieter following Christmas and the New Year we have been far from putting are boots up, in fact we have been busying ourselves with all sorts of jobs and projects like planning and researching our new website, updating and fine tuning our office procedures and the lovely Phil and Holly have been and still are giving the whole venue a thorough spring clean.  Each morning they are up to something...painting walls, sanding or varnishing wood, polishing, dusting fairy lights...the list goes on but it is these little details that allow The Tythe Barn to be the venue and place we all love it being!


Well, nearly time to round off although I’d like to point out that the barn will continue to support a number of charities and causes throughout 2019. We kick off this March with a Gala Ball for the Hummingbird – a local Launton charity, founded by Mechelle Harris and who together with her team of volunteers help support people who are or have been affected by cancer.  Please do let us know if you would like tickets.  We are also supporting the Launton Parish Hall (LPH) by hosting their Quiz Night so for any 'egg heads' (who are perhaps missing the buzz of all those festive quiz nights) if you'd like to help raise some much-needed funds for LPH, please do get in touch and as always... keep an eye on our Social Media for further details on all our events. 


Finally, following the sad passing of Will’s uncle – John Deeley – Will has stepped up to take over the role of Chairman of the Wooden Spoon Oxfordshire. The Wooden Spoon (with its rugby heritage driving the core values of Passion, Integrity, Teamwork and Fun) is a charity that changes children’s lives through the power of rugby, with a mission to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland. Each year they fund around 70 projects, from community programmes and specialist playgrounds to medical treatment centres and sensory rooms. With Will’s strong connection to rugby (obsession...still playing at 49!!) and his passion for the causes the WS supports it seemed a natural progression for him to take over the reigns from his Uncle. Therefore we will continue to support the charity at the barn too with the first event being the ‘Sportsman’s Dinner’ on May 9th 2019. This is followed later on in the year, October, by the Wooden Spoon Golf Tournament. If you are interested in supporting Will and the Wooden Spoon, perhaps by attending one of the events, please do get in touch with the office and Marie will let Will know.

Thanks for listening all and as always we send you lots of love from all of us here at The Tythe Barn, Launton!!