Friday 23rd April 2021 marked another superb Virtual Meeting for White Ensign Lodge and a host of Visitors “Taking Passage” with us including Brethren from Holland and all points of the Compass in the UK.
With excellent participation from all who took part the WM, Ian Fothergill, issued prizes to the Hewitt’s for their English Morris Dancer’s attire and Gordon’s excellent “dit” regarding a Sergeants Mess Top Table. Ian Hart gave an excellent rendition, properly dressed, from Shakespeare’s Henry 5th, and Glyn Cardy proved to be the Mastermind winning the WM’s Quiz covering, St. George, Shakespeare, and the Vale of Evesham Asparagus Festival.
The WM auctioned a superb bronze statuette of St. George slaying the dragon which raised £180.00 and the Charity Appeal raised the magnificent sum of £1990. It is intended to donate a further £650.00 to PTSD Resolution UK, the WM’s chosen Service Charity for this year, to provide a Course for another Veteran in the Worcestershire area, and, like our Burns Night Charity Appeal, donate a further £750 + Gift Aid from the Lodge Members donations to our 2022 Festival Fund which should take us ever closer to our target.
All in all, a superb evening thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.
It was a delight to learn from the latest edition of the Provincial Square News, Edition 53 dated 22nd March, that our recently launched reconfigured website is the first in the Province of Worcestershire to receive the new UGLE Charter Mark.
The hard work of our backroom team of W. Bro. David Crump and his son Peter have done a superb job, and it is with grateful thanks to them that we have achieved this excellent result.
BURN’S NIGHT JANUARY 29TH, 2021
On Friday evening 29th January the Worshipful Master and his lady welcomed some 60 Members their Ladies and Visitors to a Virtual Burn’s Night Supper.
Following a warm welcome the “Sin Bosun”, (Chaplain) rendered the Selkirk Grace and the WM paraded in a Haggis appropriately accompanied by the Pipes.
As is customary in White Ensign the WM gave the address to the Haggis in his best Scot’s accent with his lady, Irene, a Scot, giving the translation into English.
The Wine Takings then followed which included the Lodge’s customary taking of wine with the Armed Forces, Mercantile Marine, Blue Light Brigade and to ensure no one was left out those who never served in any of the above.
On completion the Sin Bosun Returned Thanks and the WM then conducted an Auction for a suitably engraved Pewter Quaich, (the Scottish cup of Friendship), which raised £140, this coupled with a Charity Appeal from W. Bro. Les Leek gave a final Charity collection raising in excess of £1,000. This allowed the Lodge to donate £650 to PTSD Resolution UK and £750 + Gift Aid to our Festival 2022.
The WM then commenced the Formal Toasts for the evening which included Mrs Vikki Hart proposing the toast in prose to the “Immortal Memory”, “The Lassies” proposed by Bro. Paul Tuckley, one of our Entered Apprentices, with an excellent response from Mrs Sandra Evans, “The Visitors by our Junior Warden, Bro. Martin Carver with a first-class response from W. Bro. Paul Wong.
At an appropriate time, we then Petitioned Absent Brethren with the Sin Bosun reciting the Second verse of the Naval Hymn.
The very successful evening was rounded off with W. Bro. Mike Wroe, our newly promoted Provincial Grand Officer, Proposing the Tyler’s Toast and the WM thanking everyone for their excellent support.