The WM of the Travellers Lodge No 4679 Barry Corcoran, on his own behalf and on behalf of the principal guest, his lady Angela, welcomed everyone to the lodge’s ladies’ evening. He expressed their delight in being able to welcome so many members and friends to such a memorable occasion, wishing everyone an enjoyable evening. The evening was a formal social function of Barry’s year in office as WM and being a major event in the annual calendar of the lodge was held at Warrington Masonic Hall.
The event was well supported by well over 60 members and guests. The evening was very well organised and planned, with attention to detail being observed. The formal proceedings were under the control of Bill Wainwright, the director of ceremonies for the evening.
Grace was offered by Ken Smith the acting chaplain and was followed by a superb four course banquet, consisting of a smoked haddock and spring onion fishcake with lightly dressed leaves, roast leg of lamb and mint sauce served with Boulangère potatoes, cauliflower au gratin and roast root vegetables, sherry trifle and a selection of cheese and biscuits, all served with an excellent selection of premium red and white wines. Port accompanied the cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee completed the meal. Many complimentary remarks about the choice of menu, quality of the food and the service of the hall’s staff were offered. Ken returned thanks and Barry proposed the loyal toast.
John Atkinson proposed the toast to the ladies, commenting that he felt honoured to propose the toast to the ladies, particularly because he was standing in for Phil Kilgour who was unfortunately unable to attend.
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’ during which Norman distributed long stem roses to various ladies. He also sang a comedy song based on ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht’at’ with fines being imposed for inaccurate actions being performed by partakers, which raised over £50 for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
Angela responded to the toast on behalf of all the ladies. She thanked everyone for their attendance and for their help and assistance in the organisation both before and during the evening. Angela made particular reference to Brenda and Bill Wainwright, for their help and support in the arrangements for the evening and to the catering staff of the hall for providing a superb meal with excellent service. She also thanked the lodge for supporting Barry during his year of office. Angela concluded by providing a short history of her career, sports and hobbies and interests which included some of her experiences on various holidays and travels with Barry.
John presented a necklace and earrings to Angela as a gift from the brethren of the lodge and the all the ladies were presented with a gift-wrapped bottle of prosecco sparkling wine, which was very well received. Table prizes were then drawn and distributed. Angela also presented a bouquet of flowers to Brenda and Bill in appreciation of their advice and hard work in helping to plan this very special evening.
This section of the evening was brought to a close by Barry presenting Angela with a bouquet of flowers and a very well-earned bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal for her excellent speech and hard work.
Bill then handed control of the entertainment over to ‘Rhythm and Lights Disco’, who played a variety of music and requests until late.
The evening was brought to a close in a traditional manner by the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the National Anthem. The event was a very successful evening and enjoyed by everyone. Finally, Barry 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.