Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:45

Burns Evening 2021 on Zoom

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Saturday, 31 January saw us raising a glass to toast Robert Burns at our annual Burns Supper.   Although unable to meet in person, we gathered on Zoom; the bottles were suitably kilted, the raffle tickets were at the ready as we gathered together for an evening full of fun, laughter, music and all things Scottish.

The Chair, Derek Hiscocks, took control of the evening and we joined in the Selkirk Grace prior to Marcus White piping Ian Caldwell to the table carrying the “beastie”. As always, Ian gave the address to the haggis with enthusiasm and zeal – then we raised a glass together for the toast “slainte mhath!” before the haggis was piped out.

We tested our brains with famous Scots, a picture tour of Scotland and 10 tunes hidden within a medley, played by Kirsty; this was followed by the famous Burns’ piece, “To a mouse”, read by Carole.  Kirsty had us all singing along (whilst on mute!) to various Scottish tunes and we all scratched our heads over the picture quiz – “Whose knees are these?”!

There was laughter and confusion as we tried to pinpoint on the map those Scottish places we have heard of so often, but are unsure of where they actually are.  An origami challenge proved slightly harder than anticipated – however the majority ended up with a Scottie dog.

The raffle was well supported, there was a great many sighs as Peter won the Dundee cake which had been home-baked by Margaret – many were hoping to provide it with a home!   Thanks to Richard for leading the Loyal Toast and another sing-along-a-Kirsty, before Derek encouraged us to raise our glasses “tae oor Guests” and absent friends, followed by the toast of thanks.

The evening was rounded off, with hands clasped, with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. It was different to our usual Burns Supper; however, a great time was had by all and thanks to all who supported and helped along the way; it was a highlight of a very dark January – thank you for joining us and see you again next year!

Sarah B

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  • Saturday, 25 June

    10am-noon Church open for quiet reflection

    10am - 12.30 Summer Sale in Abbey Hall in aid of church funds.


    Sunday 26 June

    10.30 am morning worship led by Derek Hiscocks


    Wednesday 29 June

    2.30pm Table Tennis in Abbey Hall


    Sunday 3 July

    10.30am Morning Worship, including Holy Communion

    6.30pm Bible Study on Zoom


    Saturday 9 July 

    Beggars Fare: both our church and hall will host sessions throughout the day and stewards are required as well as volunteers to serve tea and coffee in the church.  If you are able to help for a few hours, please sign the rota at the back of the church.


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