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5th December 2019
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that our General Manager, Anthony Hunter, has been given much deserved recognition after being named North East Employee of the Year!
Anthony has been quietly working away here at Ellingham Hall for the past 10 years.
He was chosen to lead the way in turning the Hall into an ad-hoc place for weddings at the age of just 23.
Our owners, Aidan and Helen, told judges they spotted something special about Anthony when they first met him working for an outside catering company.
Helen overheard him talking to a fellow, older employee about the importance of his appearance. It was this attention to detail that helped them decide to offer Anthony the job as General Manager.
In the past decade, Anthony has led the Ellingham Hall family and helped turn us into a destination that has become renowned for its weddings and, in the past 12 months, one that is becoming known as a first-class corporate events venue.
It’s all part of his vision to help Ellingham Hall become a real beacon in the Northumberland community and in his time, we’ve grown from a team of three to a family of 40.
But it’s for a very personal reason that Helen and Aidan decided to put Anthony forward for the Outstanding Service category of the awards.
Just over a year after taking the reins, owners Aidan and Helen suffered a personal loss when their daughter tragically passed. Just 12 hours later, they were told that the Chapel at the Hall was on fire. The blaze ripped through that historic part of the building and meant weddings that were booked that summer were at risk.
But Anthony stepped up and took control, ordering a marquee that was placed on the lawn so that couples who were booked here would not have to find last-minute alternatives if they didn’t want to. He also went the extra mile to help those couples and their families and it became a wedding season to remember.
After picking up the Outstanding Service accolade, Anthony along with the other category winners, was put forward to the overall category of North East Employee of the Year and he won it unanimously.
We know Anthony is a great boss as well as a fantastic employee, but for his work to be recognised around the region is much deserved.
Anthony is very humbled by his award and says he didn’t expect to win his category let alone the top honour.
For us, he’s always been a winner and we all congratulate him and look forward to him leading us on to bigger things with plans for future builds in 2022!
“First of all, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the 3 best days of our lives. We can’t put into words how perfect our wedding was – thanks to you. Thank you for patiently answering all our questions, for thinking of every single detail, for picking up the phone a few days before the wedding, making sure we wouldn’t change our minds ???? For making us feel part of the Ellingham Hall family and for making our wedding day perfect.
We couldn’t have asked for more and can truly say it was more beautiful than we expected. You are an amazing team who made us feel so comfortable and allowed us to make memories we’ll never forget. When we were looking for a box to send the letter, cards, and flowers, we came across the box in which we received our wedding rings and it seemed like the perfect option to post everything. Again, thank you for making our day perfect!”
Franziska & Aaron Marshall, 1st June 2023
“I have hosted seminars for over 30 years, all over the country at various well-known venues. At Ellingham Hall you remember everything, from the beautiful quirky venue which has retained its historic features, the friendly staff, great service and the delicious food and amazing coffee! The meeting room had good light and was the perfect size for our event. It was lovely to have use of the comfortable reception rooms too for breaks and lunch. I was very impressed with the extra spaces such as the basement games room and rooftop networking terrace. It is a hidden jewel in the North-East and I am planning to return soon for a private family event”
Amanda Chadwick, Senior Speaker/Presenter, Croner
“We have hosted a number of corporate events and the staff have always been superb in supporting us. Our guests are always delighted when they walk through the doors and get to spend a day in the beautiful surroundings. “
DIGITAL SPARKLES – NICOLA LITTLE (CHIEF SPARKLER & DIRECTOR)
“Our wedding day was the best day of our lives and that was down in no small part to the beautiful and amazing venue that is Ellingham Hall and the fantastic staff that work there and helped make our day so special”.
Claire & Steven Cook, 24th May 2023
“Thank you all so much for everything you did to help with our Annual Forum and Celebration Concert on Thursday. As usual, I was a bag of nerves for much of the day, but the calm efficiency of Connor and his team helped to get me through. I will definitely recommend Ellingham Hall as a corporate venue. Surprisingly, a lot of the attendees were unaware of the Hall and what you’re able to offer. The fact that we could move from one room to another and have two very different events at the same venue was a big draw for us. “
Catherine Gray, Funding and Communications Officer – Northumberland AONB Partnership
“We like to do something different, and Ellingham Hall is certainly out of the ordinary. We had a fantastic time for our staff party and team building. The activities were fantastic and enabled us to get our teams mixed up and get everybody bonding and having a good time together in an amazing environment. We would recommend Ellingham Hall to anyone, the guys here are fantastic.”
Ben Quigley, Group Chief Executive – Everything Different Marketing