Charity celebrates prestigious award with us

We were honoured to welcome the volunteers and supporters of a very special Northumberland charity last month.

Managers at Bell View, Belford, decided to treat volunteers and supporters after the charity was given the prestigious Queen’s Award in the summer for its care work with older people.

The award is the highest a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to the MBE. Bell View was the only voluntary organisation in Northumberland to be given the award in 2019.

To mark the occasion, Bell View managers wanted to do something different by hosting a celebration at very special place to echo the significance of the award.

Paul Harrison, Centre Operations Manager, said: “We decided we needed to celebrate it in a special way with volunteers and supporters. One of our trustees had already been here for another event and recommended it. It looked a good place to celebrate our award. It’s close to where our volunteers and supporters live, so they didn’t have to travel too far.”

Bell View offers a range of health, well-being and social activities from its resource centre in Belford. It also provides day care and support to people in their own home, with 50 volunteers involved.

It was formed in 1998 when the community stepped in after the County Council decided to close Bell View residential care home and remove its services. Remarkably, Ellingham Hall’s owner, Aidan, was one of those who took an integral part in saving the centre by being on the first board of directors. He later stepped down in 2001.

The volunteers and supporters were treated to fine food and entertainment and Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, John Lovett, made a short speech to congratulate everyone for their achievement.

Mr Harrison added that he was delighted with Ellingham Hall and thought the venue was the perfect setting. He commented: “The food was fantastic. It was a lovely place to treat our volunteers and supporters. It was the right place to come because it is different to the type of place we would normally go, and the right size for us. We had a lovely and memorable time.”

Do you need a venue for your charity? We offer great value rates and tailor packages to suit your budget, ensuring you get what you need from our venue, without breaking the bank.

With delicious catering options starting from only £10 per person, space for up to 140 guests in the Hall as well as 8 acres of stunning grounds, we’ll help you to create a Charity event to remember! 

To discuss your requirements, contact our friendly team on 01665 568118 or email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk


Ellingham Hall helps attract delegates to seminar

Ellingham Hall helps attract delegates to seminar

Last month, around 90 delegates were welcomed to Ellingham Hall for an informative seminar, discussing intergenerational wealth and personal finance.

Sage Wealth Management along with Warcup Law Firm organised this joint event. The talks highlighted the importance of making wills and powers of attorney to help their delegates plan how to pass on their wealth to future generations and plan for long term care.

Michael Sage, Director of Sage Wealth Management, was delighted at the comments from delegates and said: “The hall catered for everything we needed, from the luxury entrance rooms, to the grounds outside, which we used to talk with clients in more detail afterwards. It was exactly what we wanted to allow us to host a presentation of this size.

Guests were welcomed with a selection of drinks and canapés in the entrance hall and then again on departure. The seminar itself took place in the Chapel, while the dining room and drawing room provided the perfect spaces for relaxing.

Mark Warcup, principal and owner of Warcup Law Firm said “I believe some guests may have chosen to come along to experience one of our events at Ellingham Hall. The grounds here are really lovely and its nice to give those local to the venue a chance to enjoy them.”

Ellingham Hall are able to cater for a range of exclusive, corporate events of all sizes. If you are planning something for your business, then contact a member of the Events team to find out how we can make your event a success too.


Families had an ‘eggciting’ time!

We had a cracking day when families from across the region joined us to celebrate Easter at our Easter Eggstravaganza Family event.

Children from as young as two, up to twelve, had a fun-packed time and also got the chance to meet the Easter Bunny during the exciting day of activities.

Our chapel was the place to be for the obligatory egg decorating competition, and we received some fantastic entries from all age groups. We were delighted to award 11-year-old Gabriella as the winner with her fantastic peacock egg creation.

There were also seven different craft stations for the little ones (and, let’s be honest some parents too) to join in with, including paper plate decorating, Easter card making and build a bunny.

After a tasty barbecue lunch, the afternoon started with an Easter canvas making workshop run by Jayne Stafford from The Creation Station. There were many different designs with some parents helping little ones to use their painted hands and feet to create some fantastic images.

Face-painting was also on offer throughout the day and most children sported fun quirky designs thanks to Sue Parker at Painted Face.

Our young guests then got the chance to take part in a woodland egg hunt in our beautiful scenic grounds. They were joined by parents who helped them to work out the clues, hidden within eggs. Children had 6 coloured plastic eggs to collect, before returning them to the Easter bunny to receive a novelty chocolate egg.

Lynn Sanderson, Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager, said it was a great day.
She said: “The sun was shining, and we had a lovely time. There were lots going on and parents said they really enjoyed being here at the Hall because there was so much for their children to enjoy in a beautiful setting. This is our first family event this year at the Hall, and we are looking forward to our next event during the summer holidays.”

Photos from the day. Please click on the image to enlarge


The perfect place to build your team!

If you think we’re all about formal events, then think again!

We opened our doors to welcome the team from Everything Different a leading marketing services group just before Christmas – and they had a fun-filled time here.

We were chosen for their staff Christmas party because we’re not only different, we’re just a 45-minute drive from Newcastle, where the agency’s office is based.

The guys were here for a full afternoon and evening to celebrate the festive season and to take part in team building activities – and they packed a lot into their time!

There was clearly a bit of a competitive edge as the team was split into three groups that took part in laser clay pigeon shooting, crazy golf and treasure hunting.

Out on the front lawn, there was laughter (and a bit of frustration for some) as the laser clay pigeon shooting took place.

Our dining room was transformed into a small one-hole crazy golf course, and there was some high jinx and loud cheers as one or two people managed to achieve the illusive hole in one!

As well as experiencing new activities or honing skills, the team also tested their mettle and observation as part of a treasure hunt, which took part in our extensive grounds and rooms of our beautiful mansion.

Each activity was interspersed with teas, coffees and food in the kitchen before the evening activities began.

After the fresh air and activities of the day, the evening started with a quiz in the chapel before dinner which, despite it being a chilly December day, was a barbecue! The Everything Different team also chose a Gatsby theme, which blended perfectly with the setting here at Ellingham Hall.

According to Everything Different Group Chief Executive Ben Quigley, we were the perfect venue for the event. He said: “We like to do something different, and Ellingham Hall is certainly out of the ordinary. We had a fantastic time here.

“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.”

Mark James, who is Managing Director of the company’s Differentology – specialist research and insight division, added Ellingham Hall was a great place for business.

“It’s not too far from Newcastle and it’s lovely to get somewhere a little different and out of the hustle and bustle of the city,” he said.

If you are looking to build your team or are looking for an unusual place for business events, come and speak to us about what you want to do and we’ll help you achieve your goals.

Images provided by India Jackson Photography


Warm welcome to business owners at corporate showcase

It was a pleasure to welcome over 30 business owners when we relaunched the Hall as a destination for corporate events.

As well as a number of North East Chamber of Commerce members from across the North East, we also welcomed specially invited local guests to sample the rooms and some food. There was also a chance to be entertained by a troupe of dancers!

The fact we were more than happy to let our specially invited guests explore the Hall and its rooms left many in awe. Many commented that hotels don’t allow you full access, but that’s what we’re about. Whether it’s a corporate event or a wedding, you should feel relaxed and at home.

Our open house policy was what many visitors said they enjoyed. Lindsay Benton runs her own business, Northumberland Nutrition, and also arranges events for another business.

She said: “Ellingham Hall is amazing. I’d never been before, but after being able to look around at the all the rooms, including the kitchen, I’d say it is one of the best events venues in the region.

“The facilities are amazing and it’s a beautiful place. I have to say, the food was very good!”

Clare McCabe, from the North East Chamber of Commerce, said the Hall had been a perfect venue for its members’ event.

“The Hall has such a lovely feeling and having our meeting at the same time as the corporate launch was perfect because there was music and entertainment too, which gave a very different feel to what we usually have,” she commented.

“It’s somewhere we’d certainly come back to.”

Like so many others who visited, David Kirkland, from North East Times magazine, had never been to Ellingham Hall before.

He explained: “I have heard of the hall before and knew about it hosting weddings, but I’d never been. We arrange events across the region and it would be a perfect place for events.

“We like to get away from the office for some production meetings, and it’s a place that would be perfect for those meetings.

“It is a very surprising place, particularly how big it is. I was very impressed. I have to also say I was also impressed with the members of staff. They were all very polite.”

We couldn’t have put on such an amazing launch without our supporters, who were: Instore Radio, The Whole Shc-Bang, Paul Slattery Caricatures, Corporate Illusion, Clear & Loud AV, Pure Entertainment Group, Prime Entertainment, Phil Smith Photography and North East Chamber of Commerce. 

If you haven’t been to explore Ellingham Hall, or haven’t thought about us as a corporate venue, why not arrange to come and have a look. The kettle’s on!

Images provided by Phil Smith Photography

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Northumberland wedding venue shortlisted in regional heats of top industry awards

A wedding venue in Northumberland has been shortlisted in the regional heats of a prestigious industry award.

Ellingham Hall has been chosen as a Yorkshire and North East finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards for the best countryside wedding venue of the year.

The shortlisting from dozens of venues comes just weeks after the Hall’s Wedding Co-ordinator, Wendy Sproul, was crowned North East Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year by The Wedding Guide UK in September.

General Manager Anthony Hunter said he was delighted that the Hall had been shortlisted for such a distinguished award.

“When we were told Ellingham Hall had been shortlisted, we were thrilled. The region includes the whole of Yorkshire as well as the North East, so there are lots of countryside venues to compete against. So to be shortlisted is very exciting for us.”

Ellingham Hall is an elegant country house that is set in its own eight-acre estate. Wedding parties can book the entire grounds of the Hall as well as seven luxury cottages for their guests, making it a unique experience.

Anthony added: “We always get amazing feedback from our couples about the Hall and grounds as well as for our hardworking staff. The fact Wendy won an award just last month and we are now shortlisted for this accolade is testament to the effort the entire team puts in to make wedding days special for our couples and their guests.”

The winner of the award will be announced on November 6 at a special awards ceremony in Yorkshire.


Every Venue needs a Wendy!

Welcome to our first Blog post and we thought we would start off on a high!

We were delighted when Wendy, our Head of Weddings and Events, was recently announced as this year’s North East Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year. It is much deserved recognition for Wendy, whose heart and passion is in providing our couples with the very best experience on such a special day.

Ellingham Hall is a very special place, and you’re probably thinking that we’re bound to say that. But we feel that because we’re not like other venues, where you have to share your big day with other people and, sometimes, even other weddings, it makes it all so much more personal.

For your entire stay, the Hall and its grounds become yours – and our staff are completely at your disposal to make your wedding at Ellingham Hall an amazing memory.

It’s this attitude that, we believe, helped us and Wendy be noticed by the judges of The North of England Wedding Awards. Our couples were very keen to tell them about how Wendy had made them feel very special and put their needs first.

For example, Karen Parois faced a problem when the entertainment they had arranged let them down. They needn’t worry, because Wendy was on hand to help. Karen told the judges: “Wendy ensured that our day went well and helped to organise a DJ on the day as our entertainment let us down.”

One even said that every venue “needed a Wendy”, which was lovely, but only we have our Wendy and we’re very proud of that!

There were lots of comments that we loved reading because it showed just how Wendy’s tireless work for our couples made such a big difference. Please read on because we will feature a few of those comments below.

We are so proud of Wendy and her achievements. She loves working here and we love working with her. Congratulations Wendy! On October 7th, you can meet Wendy in person at our Wedding Open Day and speak to her about your ideas and plans between 12pm-4pm. She’d love to hear about them.

If you can’t make that day, then you can always contact us by email or phone. Wendy and her team will be happy to meet and speak to you.

So, now those comments about the service our Wendy gave. We had pages full of them, so here’s a small selection of some of the ones we enjoyed reading…

Therase Neve Nugent: “Absolute perfect from start to finish. Wendy and the team at Ellingham Hall went out of their way to provide the best standards for our wedding weekend. Nothing was a trouble for them and everything ran like clockwork. All our guests commented on how seamlessly everything fell into place and how stunning the venue was. I can’t recommend Wendy and her team at Ellingham enough and feel extremely grateful.”

Peyton James: “Wendy was truly the most amazing wedding co-ordinator! So thoughtful and kind! I could ring her at any time whether she was at work or not to ask her anything. She is an amazing, hardworking woman! She even looked after our son who was asleep so that our parents could enjoy our ceremony. I can’t recommend her enough and she is an absolute dream. Nobody is more deserving.”

Sam and Rebecca Dempster: “Not only is the venue absolutely beautiful but Wendy was unquestionably first class. She wasn’t pushy and never gave a hard sell; she gave us all the options and let us make our own mind up. Nothing was a problem and she literally bent over backwards to make sure we had the best day of our lives. We were torn between two venues when we were finalising our decision and Wendy alone swayed it for us. Every wedding venue needs a Wendy.”

Luke Mclauchlin: “Wendy always went above and beyond. Our day ran perfectly with no hiccups thanks to her. She’s always one step ahead of you in making your day perfect. Wendy was always fair from the off and we couldn’t have wished for a better coordinator, not only is the venue stunning it is greatly complemented by Wendy.”