UPDATE 15 SEPTEMBER: Final travel details
UPDATE 11 SEPTEMBER 2019:
Due to over-running engineering works, the miniature railway will not be in operation. We’re a bit sad but we may have a rail replacement rail service, so listen out for announcements on the day. If we can’t manage a rail replacement rail service, there is a bus you can sit on for the full rail replacement bus service experience.
UPDATE 4 AUGUST 2019: Travel
1. So far, so good – there’s a terrible typo on the Greater Anglia engineering works map, but nothing that affects 28/29th Sept into Chappel & Wakes Colne.
2. We think we have a balance of people needing a lift from the church to the venue and those offering; likewise the community bus is not yet at capacity. If you haven’t yet told us you will need a lift and/or the bus please let us know as soon as possible! We’d hate you to be late or stranded.
We’re really excited to be able to share the day with you, our friends and family. We hope this information helps you plan and we look forward to seeing you in September. Children are very welcome.
We know many of you will have to travel far and also have to get away to work on Sunday. Our hope is that whatever your commitments, you’ll be able to enjoy celebrating with us for at least some of the day.
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- The marriage ceremony will be at 2pm at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall.
- Our reception will be held from 3.30pm(ish) until 9.30pm(ish) at the Goods Shed, East Anglian Railway Museum (EARM), Chappel & Wakes Colne Station.
We’d be very grateful if you were to take and share with us your photographs as we expect only to have a formal photographer in church.
The Church, 2.00pm
St Peter ad vincula, Coggeshall, is where Sara is curate. It has several loos, babychanging and a children’s area. There’s a hearing loop, and we’re hoping to be able to livestream at least some of the ceremony.
Biodegradable confetti outside the church only, please.
Coggeshall has a number of pubs and cafés including the Woolpack, the Clockhouse, the White Hart and the Chapel Inn for lunch before the service.
Our reception will be held in the Goods Shed, at the East Anglian Railway Museum.
We want to be able to celebrate with as many of our friends and family as possible, so our reception does have some DIY elements to it.
We will aim to arrive at EARM for a welcome drink around 3.30pm. The museum will be open until around 5pm so do take time to visit the exhibits and have a good look around.
Once the museum’s closed and we’re all together at the Goods Shed we will have the speeches, and cut the cake.
The miniature railway (that we are absolutely only having for any children, honestly…) will run in the early afternoon.
We’re planning that food will be available from 4.30pm until 8.00pm. We’ve booked food vans, rather than a sit-down meal, so go eat when you’re hungry. We don’t mind if you’d like to bring a picnic too.
We’ll have wine and beer for a glass or two with your meal, but if you’d like more, then do feel free to bring a bottle. Soft drinks and non-alcoholic beer will be available. There will be a cash bar serving a range of drinks.
There will be dancing, once we’ve prised Tim away from the miniature railway.
The Goods Shed might be a bit chilly later in the evening so if you’re not going to be dancing for hours, you might want to bring a blanket for your knees or a cosy jacket. There won’t be any formal seating plan, and if the weather’s nice we can be outdoors so feel free to bring camping chairs and games. Fairly sensible shoes might be helpful – and you do need to walk outside to the toilets.
Carriages (153 stock*) will be at 2139 (train from Chappel & Wakes Colne)
Anyone around on Sunday morning for half an hour or so, and able to help us clear the venue, will be very warmly welcomed.
*although these do, apparently, go off-lease to Greater Anglia later this year (thanks, Tim’s Dad) so it might be something different