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Wedding delayed as ring-bearing owl goes for a sleep

by Katie 25. September 2013 10:41

A wedding service was delayed when an owl bearing rings fell asleep in the church roof.


Darcy the barn owl was meant to fly down the aisle at Holy Cross Church in Sherston, Wiltshire, and deliver rings to Sonia Cadman and Andrew Matley.


Instead the one-year-old owl flew into the church roof to roost. It took about an hour to get her down.


The Reverend Christopher Bryan said: "We tried all we could to get it down but it just wouldn't budge."


He said the owl seemed "very happy" in the roof and could not be tempted down with a treat.


"It must have been an hour before they got a ladder to rescue it," he said.


'Absolute stitches'

The specially-trained owl had been hired by Ms Cadman for the wedding, which took place at the weekend.


It was a surprise for her fiance, who is interested in falconry.


Darcy was only trusted with replica rings, with the real bands kept in Mr Matley's pocket.


"The owl was meant to deliver the rings to the glove my husband-to-be was wearing," Ms Cadman said.


"But she just flew straight past the glove and straight up into the top of the church and sat in the rafters.


"She shut her eyes and went to sleep."


Despite the delay, Ms Cadman said it had not spoilt the wedding day for the couple, who are from near Burford, in Oxfordshire, "in any shape".


"We thought it was funny and the guests were in absolute stitches," she said.

Three Special Offers from the Tabor Group

by emma 19. September 2013 10:54




Any weekend or prime date in December 2013 for just £5,995 Inc. VAT


 Based on 50 adult daytime guests including the bride and groom.




 ·         Exclusive use of the Fennes house, grounds and Pavilion


·         Use of the Bridal Changing Room


·         Ceremony room of your choice


·         Wedding and Event Manager to help plan your day


·         One glass of mulled wine per adult guest whilst your photos are being taken


·         Mini mince pies to accompany your mulled wine


·         Three course wedding breakfast


·         Half a bottle of wine


·         A glass of sparkling toast wine for your speeches


·         Evening buffet


·         Full bar facilities including staff


·         All table linen and crockery


·         Overnight stay in the bridal cottage with breakfast the following morning








Based on 50 daytime guests the package includes:


Exclusive use of Woodhall Manor
Use of the Changing Room
Ceremony room of your choice


Wedding & Events Manager to help plan your day
Mulled wine & mini mince pies whilst your photos are being taken
Three course winter wedding breakfast
Half a bottle of wine
A glass of toast wine for your speeches
Evening buffet
Overnight stay in our Honeymoon suite followed by breakfast the next day
Full bar facilities including staff
All table linen and crockery


The manor will be decorated with beautiful Christmas trees




Monday - Thursday -  £4200 inc vat


Friday - Sunday -  £7000 inc vat


Terms and conditions apply










All remaining dates in
October, November 2013 & January 2014 
From just £3500 inc VAT



Prime dates remaining:


Friday 25th October 2013


Monday 28th October 2013 (school holidays)


Sunday 3rd November 2013


Saturday 23rd November 2013


Sunday 5th January 2013


Saturday 11th January 2013


Please call for further information on what these packages include and guest numbers  
*Terms and Conditions apply


Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton and Scott Gardner tie the knot

by emma 10. September 2013 12:09

Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton has swapped her gold medal for a stunning David M Robinson wedding band after marrying her performance scientist fiancé Scott Gardner.

 Speaking exclusively about their big day to HELLO! Magazine, Scott, 37, and Victoria, 32, tenderly recalled the highlights of their day.

"Seeing Scott at the top of the aisle is an image I'll keep in my mind forever," said Victoria. "I'm very lucky to have met him. If I hadn't had done sport, our paths would never have crossed."

 The London 2012 cycling star looked radiant in a floor-length gown by British designer Suzanne Neville, and captured her fiancé's attention from the moment she walked into the church.

 "I was just blown away by how she looked," said Scott. "It was the vintage look, the shape of her body, the smile on her face. The day was amazing, brilliant and beautiful."

 Scott and Victoria first met when the performance scientist was assigned to take care of the Team GB cycling team. The lovebirds tied the knot at Colshaw Hall, a country manor house in Cheshire, in front of a host of celebrity guests.

Competition Time! Win a night away for two!

by emma 10. September 2013 12:04

The lucky prize winner will receive a complimentary night at The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross.  Including full English breakfast and a delicious three course meal for two guests.
To enter please email your name and address to emma@weddingvenuedirectory.com
Winner will be drawn on December 12th 2013.


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