Venues The Old Chapel Centre
The Old Chapel Centre
  • 19th Century Chapel in Alfriston
  • Original wooden panelling and stained glass windows
  • Has its own private walled garden
  • Suitable for Christian religious ceremonies
  • Will host ceremonies for those who worship other faiths
  • Event Manager to help with planning (optional)

This Old Chapel Centre is nestled within the village of Alfriston, East Sussex. It is next to the village green, Tye, and has its own private walled garden and parking area. It is a beautiful venue that has the atmosphere of a Church with the freedom of a non-conformist service while having all its original features.

The Old Chapel Centre can accommodate eighty guests, providing table, chairs, white china and cutlery. They have a kitchen, which is free for you to use, although you will need to hire external caterers. An affordable venue that you can also use as your reception at no extra cost!

About

The Old Chapel Centre was built in 1801 as an Independent Church of Christ. It has recently been refurbished but the interior has been unchanged for 200 years. It still has many of its original features including gorgeous stained glass windows, wooden panelling, pews and, of course, the pipe organ.

The Old Chapel Centre is run on a voluntary basis. It is suitable for ceremonies of a Christian nature but will open their doors to those who worship other faiths. They have the options of wedding service, wedding service and reception or reception-only - all at an affordable rate.

Facilities

The Old Chapel Centre have a kitchen and toilets, which were refurbished around three years ago, although they have kept the interior of the chapel as close as possible to the original with the wooden panelling, pews and pulpit remaining, which gives this venue historic charm.

Wedding Ceremony

There is seating space for up to eighty guests and standing room beyond that if needed. The cost includes the use of the Chapel for the wedding ceremony up to 6pm, minister's fees and those of the authorised person, including help preparing your service and the wedding certificate. You would also have the use of their fully equipped kitchen, white china and cutlery for eighty people, square/rectangular tables, chairs or, alternatively, you can hire your own. They can provide you with a list of local caterers on request and, what's even better is that there is no additional charge to use The Old Chapel Centre as your reception as well.

Price - £450

Evening Reception

You can hire The Old Chapel Centre as your evening reception at a rate of £22 per hour from 6pm to 11pm.

Price - £22 per hour

Services

The Old Chapel Centre's Minister, Reverend Jim Thorneycroft, is happy to help you put your service together offering guidance and advice on music and readings. Alternatively, if you would like to choose your own minister or celebrant, you can, but Reverend Jim Thorneycroft will need to approve in advance of your big day.

Event Planning - Optional - £20

You can choose to hire Events Manager Debbie, who can help you arrange other things to ensure your day is pre-planned and on track for an additional fee of £20. This cost would include meetings, either by phone or at the venue, discussion of your wedding plans, her showing you how you can utilise The Old Chapel Centre to make it your own, as well as referring local suppliers and information to help you with planning.

Organist - Optional - £25-£60

You also have the option of two organs, which can be used during your ceremony. The Events Manager can recommend experienced organists for you to contact.

Marriage Vows

You have the choice of three ceremony options:

Ceremony A

Declaratory words - I do solemnly declare...

Contracting words - I call upon these persons here present...

Ceremony B

Declaratory words - I declare that I know no legal reason why I...

Contracting words - I...take thee...to be my wedded...

Ceremony C

Declaratory words - The Minister will ask 'Are you…free lawfully to marry...

Contracting words - I...take you…to be my wedded...

Exchanging rings

The Old Chapel Centre suggest "I give you this ring as a symbol of our marriage and as a token of our love", although you may wish to use your own words, if so, the Minister must approve these in advance.

Loud music is not permitted and receptions must finish by 11pm.

Catering

The Old Chapel Centre does not provide catering, although their Events Manager can recommend local suppliers that offer a wealth of catering choices. Or for a fee, the Events Manager will organise this on your behalf having got to know what you are after and what your tastes are.

To find out more about holding your wedding and/or reception at The Old Chapel Centre, use the contact details - phone or email listed above and below.

Address
The Tye
Alfriston
Polegate
BN26 5TL
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