It is extremely likely that weddings will soon be taking place again in South Petherton’s David Hall – which was originally a Congregational church.
Petherton Arts Trust (PAT), who have owned the Grade 11 listed building since 1993, is investigating the possibility of offering the venue for civil ceremonies and applying for a license.
Over the years, The David Hall has become well-known as a performing arts centre, offering a wide range of music performances – mainly Folk, Blues and Acoustic – as well as dance and theatre events and film nights. However, as Pat’s Acting Chairman, Cliff Keating, points out, the building is perfectly suited as a wedding venue that could seat about 100 guests. Plus, the unique copula over the stage provides a stunning backdrop for the marriage ceremony and photographs.
It is thought that the last wedding in the Congregational church took place in 1969. In 1972 it became a United Reform church and was privately owned until PAT took it over.
Over the next few months, Petherton Arts Trust will concentrate on essential maintenance and redecorating parts of The David Hall’s interior so that it offers ideal facilities for weddings.
All being well, the venue will be available for weddings from this autumn,” said Mr Keating. “PAT will manage these events quite separately from its entertainments programme and set up a website that will be different from that relating to The David Hall performing arts venue. PAT will also build a new team of people to manage the wedding ceremonies, so we are looking for volunteers who are keen to be involved.
Anyone interested can apply via the e-mail address AtTheDavidHallWeddings@gmail.com or phone 07835 949 619.
Mr Keating added that PAT would be pleased to hear peoples’ opinions of this additional use for The David Hall and anyone that wishes to comment should use the e-mail address – AtTheDavidHallWeddings@gmail.com