We have been fortunate that the recent flooding in the South West has not affected events here and all the weddings have taken place as planned this weekend. We are not complacent though and have made preparations to contain the river in the unlikely event that the (normally small) Conygre Brook rises beyond its banks.
We don’t seem to have a quiet spell here at Priston Mill. Although we have a few less weddings to concentrate on there is no let up in between them as we are busy making plans for 2013. The chefs are focussed on coming up with new ideas, creating different dishes and styles of presentation. Then there is next year’s wine list which Andrew Carveth is currently fine tuning. Along with taking some more photos these details need completing as soon as possible for the 2013 brochure. The proof for the brochure is due to be signed off ready for the printers early in December …so no pressure then! We have all made good progress this week including taking, thanks to Lee Niel , a few photos of the Priston Mill team (above - Event Managers & Chefs - Andy, Ginnie, Paul, Martin, Davy & Jonno).
One of the first decisions newly engaged couples make, as well as choosing a venue, is where they are going to hold their ceremony. The majority of receptions here at Priston Mill now have the ceremony with us too. However, if a local church wedding service is preferred St Luke & St Andrew's Priston is often the first one that couples approach. This church, which dates back to Norman times, can just about hold a maximum of 120 people. There are a number of points of interest that guests who arrive early can look out for. This includes the atypical central tower, a Roman stone coffin, the Norman doorway, a great wooden door (most probably Norman), a 15th century styled octagonal font, both old and contemporary stain glass windows, numerous wall plaques in memory of the Lord of the Manor's family (the Vaughan Jenkins) – and today it seems appropriate to mention the memorial plaque in the nave. This is in memory of four young men from Priston who died in the Great War 1914-1918. John Ormond Butler, son of the rector at Priston, buried at Mons, Belgium ; Leslie Colborne commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium; Albert Wilton buried at St Server Cemetry Rouen France and Robert Oke commemorated at Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium..... (photo taken at Ploegstreet Memorial)
The autumnal colours in the Watermill gardens are wonderful at the moment and yet we are already thinking about the spring. Hundreds of bulbs have been planted over the past two weeks which promise to bring an array of colour and cheer after the Winter months. Many thanks and a warm welcome to David Carrington who helped organise this and has recently joined the team here at Priston Mill....