Jane Austin


New House painting

Like our ancient New Forest, New House at Redlynch is not exactly new. It is a splendid Jacobean Building, here painted by L. Webb in 1988.

Jackie and guests arriving at New House

Shelly, Jackie, Ron, Chris

It was the venue for Rachel and Gareth’s wedding which we attended today. Here are Jackie, Shelly, Ron, Anthony, Chris, and other guests gathering before

Jackie, Ron, Shelly, Anthony, Chris

ascending the entrance steps.


Drinks were offered in the hall. Donna was one of those inside.

Austin 12 1Guests admiring Austin 12Guest admiring Austin 12

The arrival of the sparkling Austin 12 was a rival to the ladies’ fascinators.

Richard and Austin 12 1

Richard has spent years renovating this wonderful representative of motoring’s early days.

Richard advertising Austin 12

This sheet explains its condition when he found it, now 20 years ago. It is one of two vintage cars available from Jane Austin Weddings (www.salisbury-wedding-cars.co.uk). Richard is currently restoring an Austin 7.

Hands and bouquet

After a most happy ceremony Rachel, with her bouquet,

Gareth and Ann S

and Gareth, with his buttonhole, mingled with the guests outside,

Austin 12 arrivingRachel and Gareth arriving in Austin 12RachelRachel and Gareth

before setting of to Barford Park Farm Barn in Downton for the reception.


Max was the youngest of the guests, who included

Ann S







and Olivia,

Ian 1Ian 2

who took these photos of Ian.

Derrick and Jackie 1Derrick and Jackie 2

Oh, and Jackie and me portrayed by Becky.

Hog roast serving 1

The wedding breakfast consisted of perfectly roasted hog and superb crackling served with fresh soft rolls, jacket potatoes and plentiful salad. A variety of ice cream flavours were a most suitable dessert. Red and white wines were on offer.


We were entertained by speeches from Bill, the bride’s father, and from Gareth himself and his best man.

Helen, Shelly, Ann S

Resplendent Helen, here with Shelly and Anne,

Bill and Ann S

and dapper Bill, with Anne, visited the tables.

We returned home, tired and content, soon after the music and dancing began.