Andy and Jennie's
Wedding Reception
in England

Saturday, 24th February, 2001

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Menu, Guests




Updates: I'm sorry to announce that my father, Cy Hudson, passed away on 12th November 2000. He spent a lot of time arranging this event and was really looking forward to it. The reception will continue in honour of my dad.

The main event will now by lunch ("dinner" as my mum calls it) at noon. This will be a semi-formal meal. The evening dinner ("tea" as my mum calls it) will be less formal and followed by DJ music and dancing.

Mrs Ann Hudson welcomes you to celebrate the marriage of her first son, Andrew, to Jennie Van Meter. The reception will be held on Saturday, 24th February, 2001, noon, at the Crown of Crucis in the Cotswolds, England.

Depending on your availability, you can come for lunch (noon), dinner (7 p.m.), stay for both, or stay for the weekend (Friday and/or Saturday nights with a walk and lunch on Sunday). On Sunday we will probably organize a walk through the Cotswold village of Bibury ("the most beautiful village in England"). This is intended to be a relaxing gathering so arrive and leave whenever is convenient.

Food and wine will be provided. The dress code is shirt and tie for lunch (midday meal), and casual for the rest of the time. Children and guests welcome if RSVP in advance.

The Crown of Crucis is a 16th Century Inn, in the village of Ampney Crucis near the Roman town of Cirencester. The hotel overlooks the village cricket green and stream. Relax in style over a traditional English Afternoon tea in the courtyard or watch the trout and ducks swimming in Ampney Brook. The Crown of Crucis located in the heart of England, 15 minutes from the motorways and about an hour from London.

photo The hotel has 25 rooms furnished in an elegant country-house style. Each room has a bath and shower, standard twin or double beds, telephone and TV. The rooms surround the courtyard and many overlook the stream and cricket pitch.

The rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You can contact the hotel by e-mail or by telephone -- 01285-851806. The price per room is about £80 for the first night, about £50 for the second night and about £20 for the third night. Price includes breakfast. If the hotel is fully booked, there are other hotels nearby in the town of Cirencester.

photo Crown of Crucis
Ampney Crucis
Gloucestershire GL7 5RS
Tel: 01285 851806
Fax: 01285 851735
Email, Website

The Crown of Crucis is two miles east of Cirencester on the A417 Lechlade/Fairford road. J11A from the M5 and J15 from the M4 both take you to Cirencester's new by-pass. Exit at the Burford Road Junction and from there follow signs for Lechlade and Fairford.


photo Nearby are the Cotswold towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Broadway, and Bourton-on-the-Water, as well as the spa towns of Regency Cheltenham and Georgian Bath. Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the stately homes of Sudeley Castle, Bowood House, and Blenheim Palace, a Roman villa at Chedworth and the ancient Avebury Stones.

We would prefer your presence rather than presents, but if you'd like to get us a gift we are registered at Crate and Barrel and we're collecting crockery by Henry Watson, the blue pattern.



So you can plan what to be hungry for, here are the menus:

Golden vegetable soup
Roast leg of lamb
(for the three identified vegetarians: mushroom and sweet pepper stroganoff)
Chocolate truffle cake (and maybe ice cream)
Coffee and tea
Red and white wine, fizzy drinks and water

Evening buffet:
Goujons of plaice
Chicken Tikka sate
Assorted sandwiches
Sausage and bacon roll with barbeque dip
Savourise and crips
Sweet pepper and tomato quiche
Smoked salmon and brown bread stacks
Crispy poata wedges
Onion Bhajis, Chinese spring rolls, vegetable curry samosas, deep-fried brie wedges, fresh fruit.
Coffee and tea
Red and white wine, fizzy drinks and water


Redditch (School)
Sally Close (staying overnight)
Richard Knight and Karen Green, with Harry (evening only)
Mark and Kate Waters, with Jack, Arthur and Ella (evening only)

Coventry (GEC)
Tim Bishop and David Blower (evening only)
Peter and Emma Finter
Dom Nute (evening only)

Manchester (University)
Amanda and Robert Boyle, with Laura (7), Marcus (5) and Peter (2) (staying overnight)
Sarah and David Capewell (staying overnight)
Neil Corney and Hilly Barber, with Scarlette (staying overnight)
Roland and Heather Hanbury (staying overnight)
Elspeth Mathie and Mike (Ferg) Fergson (staying overnight)
Dan and Michele Isaaman (with "bump"!)
Pom and Jem Miller (staying overnight)
Alison and Conrad Simons, with Tanya (13), Natasha (12) and Luke (6) (staying overnight)
Lisa and Selvan Soobiah (staying overnight Fri and Sat)

Sue and John Bellenger, with Sarah (16) and Alex (15)
Yve Brookes (staying overnight Fri and Sat)
Jennie Brookes (evening only)
Richard Brookes (staying overnight)
Chris Ann (mum) Hudson (staying overnight Fri and Sat)
Patrick (brother) Hudson (staying overnight Fri and Sat)
Liz and Malcolm Kerr, with Rachel (12) and James (10)
Olive and Kim Kimber
Grace Parkin (staying overnight)
Fiona and Dan (lunch only) Raynes
Ivy and Bill Sadler
Ken and Wendy Sadler
Rich and Sylvia Sadler
Rebecca and Martin Faegman, with Jay (2)
Jean and James Thorne (staying overnight Fri and Sat)

Jerry and Judy Van Meter (staying overnight Fri and Sat)

Lunch: 50 adults + 9 children (age 12 and younger)
Dinner: 57 adults + 13 children

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