The Warrington Group Fellowship members celebrated their 20 years of existence and to mark the event they enjoyed a festive luncheon at the Masonic hall. 58 members, their wives and guests were joined by several distinguished guests including Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton, accompanied by his wife Susan, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson and his wife Pamela, Warrington Group Chairman Andy Barton, Secretary of the National Association of Masonic Fellowships Jean Forrester and her friend Norma Clubbe.
Les Savage the retiring chairman welcomed everyone, especially the distinguished guests and expressed his hope that it would be an enjoyable time for all. Derek Bowden said grace and the meal was served which consisted of a tasty tartlet, succulent roast pork in a creamy sauce with roast potatoes and vegetables, then a sweet of ginger biscuit with warm berries, crème fraiche and ice cream. The meal was accompanied by red or white wine, followed by tea or coffee. At the end of the meal Derek returned thanks.
Norma told a very humorous story of some of the subtle differences the ageing process makes to us all, which rang true with many people recognising these and enjoying them being pointed out!
As the retiring chairman, Les said he had three pleasant tasks to perform. Firstly, to return four loan notes to the Masonic hall, each of £50 giving a total of £200, thereby wiping off the loan to the hall. Eric Drinkwater, (Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Masonic hall), received the loan notes and offered his sincere thanks to the fellowship members. Secondly, Les thanked all the members for their support over the last 12 months.
The final task Less had to perform was to install his successor into the role of chairman. Les then called upon his vice chairman Carol Anderson to take over as chairman and invested her with the collar of office. Carol thanked the members for their confidence and hoped everyone would continue with their support.
Programmes of planned events over the next year were circulated and the enjoyable meeting brought to a close.
The Warrington group supports the Masonic Fellowship, they meet monthly to enhance the cultural and social lives of their members and to promote and develop personal friendships. The fellowship was formed in 1996 and is open to brethren retired from full time work and their wives or partners, widows of brethren and retired wives of working brethren. Fellowship meetings are held at 2:00pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month, September to May, at Warrington Masonic Hall.