18 February, 2016

Theatre, lunch and a dedication ceremony

We had a busy and fun-filled weekend last week.

On Saturday afternoon, we went to see Hetty Feather at the Oxford Playhouse. It was our youngest daughter who was so keen to see this, being a firm Jacqueline Wilson fan, and we weren’t altogether sure what to expect. However, we all enjoyed the show. It was very imaginatively produced and rather acrobatic, with actors making full use of ladders, aerial ribbons, and an aerial hoop, which is always impressive to watch. The only downside was the amount of whispering and sweet wrapper rattling during the show. Inevitable, I suppose, in a theatre full of kids.

On Sunday, we were invited to a dedication celebration for a friend’s baby. This began with the dedication ceremony, which was part of the regular Sunday morning service at Trinity Church in Abingdon. Trinity is a Methodist/United Reformed church and one thing I didn’t realise was that the hymns sung by Methodists are different (or at least were different at this service) from those sung in a traditional C of E church. I enjoy hymn singing, so was rather disappointed that I didn’t recognise any of the hymns! Never mind.

The service was followed by a lovely three-course lunch in the Barn – the function room at Abingdon’s Crown and Thistle Hotel. This was very enjoyable. The Barn was beautifully and sympathetically restored, with lots of lovely old timber and fairy lights wound around all the wooden struts – very pretty! The food was excellent too. I had pumpkin soup, salmon, and a kind of Eton Mess with cherries, all of which were delicious. Highly recommended!

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