The Grovelanders enjoy a Wicked night

Grovelands has a team day out to the West End in London to have a meal at Dim T and watch a Wicked show!

The agenda was set; the stage ready, which meant it was time for the Q3 conference.  The clock struck 3.30pm and the office soon emptied as everyone made their way to the dazzling lights of the West End.

We were welcomed to the city in true London style – by what can only be described as an angry, rambling woman. As soon as the Grovelands clan stepped out of Victoria station she chose to repeatedly ask Fiona Nunn how to get to Paddington station, Fiona politely said she didn’t know and directed her to the tube map, which she took offence to.  Although I’m sure some people would pay good money to see ‘Angry Rambling Woman vs. Fifty Grovelanders’ we decided to take the higher ground and walk away. But hey, it’s always fun to start a night out with a bit of drama.

Before the show we headed for a lovely dinner at Dim T where we enjoyed good company and good food. The conference opened with a lovely speech from David-James Marker and ended with a final speech from Laura Real who gave us an insight into how, when organising the conference, she managed to drop her phone down the toilet and had to fish it out and clean it with soap.  As you can imagine the phone did not survive.

We finally took our seats in the busy Apollo theatre ready to be enthralled by the multi award-winning stage musical Wicked. David Leen, the family man, forgetting he was not with his children settled into his seat with at least 5 bags of sweets.  Fearing a sugar overdose he launched the sweets forward 10 rows to share with the other Grovelanders.

The show seemed to be enjoyed by all especially Sam Jeffery who came out of the show positively thriving and was happiest anyone had ever seen him. We all approved of his dancing in the street whilst singing ‘Defying Gravity’, the main song from the show.

We would all like to thank Laura Real for organising the whole day, she did a great job. We all had an insightful and enjoyable evening and we look forward to many more in the future.

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