WM of Lodge of Lights No 148 George Range, on his own behalf and on behalf of the principal guest, his lady wife Irene, 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 memorable occasion, wishing everyone an enjoyable evening.
The evening was the final social function of George’s year in office as WM and being a major event in the annual calendar of the lodge it was held at Warrington Masonic Hall. He continued by thanking everyone for their support throughout his year in office.
The event was very well supported by just over 90 members and guests. The evening was well organised and planned by Dave Tabron the social secretary and the joint ladies’ committee. The formal proceedings were under the control of Eric Delamere, the director of ceremonies.
Grace was offered by the chaplain Ken Smith and was followed by a delicious four course banquet consisting of pork, duck liver and port pate served with red onion chutney, crusty bread and micro herbs, roast salmon fillet on a bed of pesto vegetables, roast breast of turkey with all the trimmings, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables and apple cinnamon crème brûlée. The meal was accompanied by red and white wine and tea or coffee completed the meal. Many complimentary remarks about the quality of food and the service of the hall’s staff were offered. Ken returned thanks and George proposed the loyal toast.
Dave Tabron proposed the toast to the ladies, commenting that he felt honoured to do so. He thanked all the ladies present for their help and support over the last 12 months. The ladies’ song was sung by Gwilym Jones accompanied by Keith Dickinson. Gwilym also distributed roses to various ladies.
Irene responded to the toast on behalf of all the ladies. She made one particular comment which was that this was the fifth time she had delivered the response to the toast to the ladies and hoped it would be the last! She thanked all 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, following which George presented Irene with a gift from the members of the lodge.
Eric then handed control over to the band ‘No Stamp Required’ and dancing continued until late. The event was a very successful evening with good company and good food in a great atmosphere.