FORMAL DINNER Our Annual Formal Dinner was held this year at Radcliffe Masonic Hall on Saturday April 1st when our hosts were Worshipful Master Norman Wright together with his wife Maureen. Our caterers, Fine Dine, provided an excellent meal which was enjoyed by 42 guests. As usual we were delighted to welcome Brian and Joy Marsden together with their eight additional guests. Once again we were pleased to welcome Alan and Anne France and Jack and Margaret Higham. Paul Walker played the piano throughout the evening, as usual without a page of music in sight - such talent! No less than 19 raffle prizes had been donated so together with the usual sit down bingo we were able to raise no less than £250 for our charitable funds. Phil Ashwin added the professional touch by taking photographs which you can view on our gallery page
On Saturday November 26th we held our Annual Masters Dinner at Radcliffe Masonic Hall. This was the first Social Event of his year in office for Wo
rshipful Master, Norman Wright and his wife Maureen.
With 51 attending an excellent meal was provided by the hall caterers, Fine Dine, which was enjoyed by all. Throughout the evening pianist Paul Walker played background music which helped to create a fine atmosphere, yet allowing people to chat and socialise.
We were delighted that Alan and Anne France were able to attend, which gave Alan the opportunity to thank the Brethren for recently appointing him an Honorary Member. Like wise it was a pleasure that Jack and Margaret Higham were able to join us.
Thanks to David Kitt, Alan and Anne's grandson, who conducted the raffle which, with the sit down bingo, enabled us to raise £295 for charitable causes.
All the pictures of the dinner can be seen on our gallery page
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
In support of the National Appeal by MacMillan Nurses in holding a Coffee Morning across the country, our own Hewlett Court hosted a MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30 September.
The staff of Hewlett Court had produced an outstanding array of cakes to go with the freshly prepared coffee
Both the lounge and the reception hall were full to capacity with supporters who were able to take part in a raffle and other fund raising activities.
On one of his first outings since being taken ill, our Worshipful Master, WBro Alan France, was able to attend accompanied by his wife Anne. Alan is a keen supporter of MacMillan as he has found the need to use their excellent services. On behalf of the Lodge Alan was pleased to present a cheque to MacMillan of £500 which was gratefully received by Julie Ward, Director of Operations for the ELMC.
After a very pleasant morning we were delighted to learn that a grand total of £1,140 would be presented to the MacMillan nurses.
Two days after our Old English Night we held our Annual Formal Dinner on Saturday March 19th. This again was a very enjoyable occasion with almost 50 members and guests sitting down to Melon Pearls with Blueberry Sorbet; Tomato, Sweet Pepper & Chorizo Soup; Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Seasonal Vegetables; Forest Fruit Cheesecake and finished off with Cheese & Biscuits.
We were delighted to welcome back our former Lodge Secretary, Brian Marsden, with his wife Joy and 14 guests, who all certainly helped to make this a delightful evening.
It was also a pleasure to see, now retired, Jack and Margaret Higham joining us. However, there was a bit of a panic when it was realised the Jack's staple diet of a large plain omelette had not been ordered. Chef Dave immediately sent out for half a dozen eggs, and quickly produced a large omelette, without even having a frying pan in the kitchen! Amazing.
Our entertainment was again provided by pianist Paul Walker, who sits and plays popular themes for three hours, without any music in front of him. Quite some talent!
The generosity of our members had provided 16 raffle prizes which, together with a quick game of 'sit down bingo', raised £262 for our Charity Fund.
Worshipful Master, Alan France, together with his wife Ann, thanked everyone for supporting the Lodge, especially the visitors, while their grandson, David, once again ably assisted Social Secretary, Gerry Russell, in the running of the evening. See the pictures in our Gallery
OLD ENGLISH NIGHT
Almost 40 Lodge members and their guests attended our Old English Night on St Patrick's Day, March 17th. On the menu was the inevitable Bury Black Pudding followed by a delicious Lancashire Broth. The Irish theme came with the Beef and Irish Ale Pie which was excellent. The sweet was apple sponge with custard to be followed by cheese & biscuits.
On the reverse of the table mat for the evening was a general knowledge quiz, the winner of which received a bottle of Jameson's Irish Whiskey. The usual fines were imposed by the Fines Master, Mike Parsons, with the option to buy an 'Immunity Badge'.
After the meal entertainment was provided by 'The Dodgers' whose music and songs were obviously of an Irish nature. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when our honorary organist, Stuart Ashworth, and our Inner Guard, Craig Harrison, joined the Dodgers playing on the Irish Bodhran Drum.
Altogether an excellent evening, with the bonus of having added £180 to our Charity Fund. See the pictures in our Gallery
There were only 13 brethren present at our February meeting but that did not deter from the enjoyment of both the duties in the Lodge or the Social Board that followed.
Somehow the DC managed to get a 'volunteer' to occupy each of the offices in the Lodge although the Inner Guard did have to double as Tyler!
Our honorary organist was to have given a presentation of the First Degree Tracing Board but unfortunately he was not able to attend.
Our Junior Warden of the evening stood in and gave an interesting resume of how the Tracing Boards had originated. The Secretary gave an impromptu reading of the minutes of this day in 1876 and our DC gave a short talk on the founding of Concord Lodge in Prestwich in 1875.
The meal at the Social Board was excellent. There was obviously no 'Toast to the Visitors' but the Junior Warden did stand to tell a couple of jokes. This was perhaps one of the most enjoyable social boards attended for quite some time and, although there were only 13 dining, a magnificent sum of £70 was raised in the raffle.
Quality not quantity was certainly the byword of the evening!