On Sunday 17th October some 60 members and guests assembled at Alderson House in Warwick to absorb themselves in excellent Mediterranean Fare at our latest social event.
With a starting board of charcuterie, dips, crudites, hot chicken wings, olives, and feta cheese the standard was set for what followed. 3 delicious meats, salads, and hot new potatoes. Washed down with the wines provided by the Worshipful Master on this his last social event before handing over the Chair.
Finishing the dining with an excellent lemon tart and profiteroles in chocolate sauce everyone was extremely well catered for, and our grateful thanks were given to Peter and his team.
Given that this was WM’s last Social after two years in the Chair; where he has managed to host a Sunday Lunch in March 2020, followed by 3 virtual socials, Trafalgar Night 2020, Burns Night in January 2021, and the Triple Anniversary in April and then a very successful live Pig Roast in September it has meant the Lodge has managed to meet regularly on a social basis. This helping the Lodge to raise over £10,000 in Charity monies.
As the Lockdown prevented the holding of a Ladies Festival the members still gave their contributions for a gift to the Master’s lady, Irene, which was presented by Brother Paul Tuckley. The gift was a high-quality watch and Irene gave her sincere thanks to the brethren for their generosity.
The raffle, very well organised by Vikki Hart, once again surpassed all expectations raising the magnificent sum of £400. This will be added to the Trafalgar Night Charity and Auction and the proceeds shared between the 2022 Festival and the WM’s chosen charity the Special Boat Service Association.
On Tuesday 7th September, 14 Members and 3 Visiting Companions mustered at Redditch Masonic Hall to conduct the installation of our MEZ, E. Comp. David Crump, who should have been Installed in December 2019 but due to Emergency Hospitalisation, and then the impact of the pandemic, meant that this was the first opportunity to Proclaim the Second and Third Principals and Install E. Comp. David into the Chair. A task which was very well conducted by the outgoing MEZ E. Comp. Frank Walters, PPrGSoj.
It was also unique in that the Founder MEZ of the Chapter and Past Third Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Ian Fothergill, PGStB, PPrGJ, had the honour of acting as the Presiding Officer under the watchful eye of E. Comp. Keith Evans, PGStB, Provincial Third Grand Principal, the Chapter DC, who was also the Founding Second Principal of the Chapter.
On completion of the work in the Temple the Companions retired to enjoy each others company with the usual Tot at a Festive Board Buffet.
Sunday 15th August saw some 80 Brethren, Partners and Friends gather to enjoy a Pig Roast at the excellent new facility provided by Bro. Chris Mason and his wife Sandra at their premises near Ombersley.
This was the first occasion for the Lodge to meet socially in person, since the Sunday Lunch held on 16th March 2020.
Despite this however the Lodge held three On-Line Virtual Events to celebrate Trafalgar Night, Burns Night and the Triple Celebration of St. George’s Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday and the Launch of the Asparagus season.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Ian Fothergill, in welcoming everybody, remarked on the exceptional achievement made by the Lodge in their Charity giving during the lockdown at these events, not forgetting firstly Bro. Martin Carver’s excellent efforts in raising £3,500 for the NHS, with his half marathons around the Worcestershire and Birmingham NHS Trust Hospitals; for which he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the MW The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent; the £3,250 raised in support of Military Veterans and Reservists donated to PTSD Resolution UK and of course the £2,500 raised towards our 2022 Festival target. A total sum of £10,000.
He then stated that the proceeds of today’s magnificent Raffle, organised by W. Bro. Ian and Vikki Hart, would be our final donation to PTSD Resolution. It resulted in obtaining a further £775. This meaning that the Lodge has been able to support 6+ individuals from within North Worcestershire to obtain the necessary treatment, which costs £650 per course.
It really was a splendid day and we now look forward to our next Social Event, Sunday Lunch at Alderson House Warwick on Sunday 17th October and our first Regular Lodge Meeting, Trafalgar Night, on Friday 29th October.