The WM of Warrington Temple Lodge No 6420 Peter Barton, on his own behalf and on behalf of the principal guest, his lady Sheila, 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 Peter’s year in office as WM and being a major event in the annual calendar of the lodge was held at the Warrington Masonic Hall.
The event was well supported by well over 50 members and guests. The evening was well organised and planned, with attention to detail being observed. The formal proceedings were under the control of Derek Hazlehurst the director of ceremonies for the evening.
Grace was offered by the chaplain Bob Armstrong and was followed by a superb four course banquet, consisting of a mini spinach and mushroom quiche with lightly dressed leaves, roast salmon with pesto vegetables, lemon drizzle cake with custard and a selection of cheese and biscuits with grapes, 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. Bob returned thanks and Peter proposed the loyal toast.Derek proposed the toast to the ladies, commenting that he felt honoured to propose the toast to the ladies particularly because he had worked in education as well as Sheila, all be it in different areas. 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 Keith Dickenson. They continued with a few extra songs including ‘Make you feel my love’ and ‘South of the border’ and Norman distributed long stem roses to various ladies.
Sheila 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. Sheila made particular reference to Val and Alan Greggs, for their help and support in the arrangements for the evening, to the catering staff of the hall for providing a superb meal with excellent service, to Derek for his direction and assistance but especially to Andy Barton, Warrington Group Chairman, for proposing Peter into Freemasonry because it had helped Peter to develop and become far more confident.
She also thanked the lodge for supporting Peter during his year of office. Sheila concluded by informing the ladies that it’s not always a bad thing when their husbands go out for the evening, saying that she was left in complete control of the TV remote!
Sheila, Val Greggs and Mary Hazlehurst were presented with bouquets of flowers. Ladies’ gifts were then distributed and table prizes drawn. Mary Hazlehurst presented Sheila with a gift from the members of the lodge. Derek then handed control over to ‘Shaun Battle Disco’, who entertained everyone by playing a mixture of music until late.
The evening was brought to a close in a traditional manner by the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. The event was a very successful evening and finally Peter thanked everybody for making the evening a memorable one and for their support, adding he hoped all would have a safe journey home.
Story and pictures by John Starkey.