The WM of Lodge of Great Endeavour No 3597 Charles Carr, on his own behalf and on behalf of the principal guest, his lady Linda, welcomed everyone to the lodge’s ladies’ evening. He expressed their delight in being able to welcome so many members, friends and family to such a favourable occasion, wishing everyone a pleasurable evening.
The evening was a formal social function of Charles’ year in office as WM and being a major event in the annual calendar of the lodge, it was held at Warrington Masonic Hall.
The event was very well supported by well over 130 members and guests. The evening was well organised and planned, with attention to detail being observed. The formal proceedings were under the control of David Goddard, the acting director of ceremonies.
Grace was offered by the acting chaplain Steve Livesey and was followed by a superb four course banquet consisting of fan of Galia melon with orange segments and fruit coulis, a seafood vol-au-vent in a rich cream tarragon sauce, pork tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce and seasonal vegetables and a brandysnap basket with vanilla ice cream and warm berries, all served with an excellent selection of premium red and white wines. Tea or coffee completed the meal. Many complimentary remarks about the quality of food and the service of the hall’s staff were offered. Steve returned thanks and Charles proposed the loyal toast.
Andy Barton (group chairman), proposed the toast to the ladies, commenting that he felt honoured to propose the toast to the ladies and particularly because he had worked with Linda’s family who have had connections with Freemasonry and the Masonic hall for many years. He thanked all the ladies present for their help and support over the last 12 months and hoped for their continued support in the future.
The ladies’ song was sung by Norman Pritchard accompanied by Ken Magraw. They continued with a few extra songs and Norman distributed long stem roses to various ladies.
Linda responded to the toast on behalf of all the ladies. She thanked everyone for their attendance and for the help and assistance in the organisation both before and during the evening. Ladies’ gifts were then distributed and table prizes drawn. Simon Ross presented Linda with a gift from the members of the lodge.
David then announced that a raffle would be held and the proceeds would go to charity. Many prizes were drawn and distributed. David then handed control over to ‘Larry White’ the entertainer and dancing continued until late.
The event was a very successful evening and was brought to a close by Charles thanking everybody for their company and support and a wished all would have a safe journey home.