On a bright and breezy spring evening the members of Fairhaven Lodge No 5076 gathered at the Palace, St Anne’s with their families and friends to enjoy an annual ladies evening that one of the guests was later to refer to as ‘awesome.’
Caterer Lee Munro produced an adventurous menu with several dish choices for each course. These included a starter of smoked salmon and prawns, or ham hock tureen; a main course choice of minted lamb rump, sirloin steak or fillet of salmon, followed by a sweet choice of brandy snap baskets, lemon syllabub or cheese and biscuits and finished off with tea or coffee with mints. A full bar service was provided by Ken Turner and his wife Barbara, ably assisted by Pat Sumner.
Tony Benedict entertained the diners by crooning his way through many well-known ballads and melodies, which gave a suave and elegant atmosphere to the early part of the evening. He was later joined by friend and colleague Paul Dobie who accompanied him through a unique rendition of the ‘song to the ladies.’ After the formalities of the evening had been dispensed with, this duo livened up the proceedings by moving into several ages of rock ‘n roll, to which everyone danced the night away.
In a poetic toast to the ladies, Terry Stevens-Lewing described this event as the pinnacle of the year for the members of Fairhaven Lodge. He thanked the ladies for their continued support throughout the year, particularly in their ministrations to sore heads after late returns home from the liquid refreshment. In her response to this toast, the master’s wife Sally Low thanked all the lodge members for arranging such a fine evening. She particularly thanked Tony Benedict and Paul Dobie for the harmony created by their musical skills and Lee Munro for an excellent meal.
The age-old custom of presenting the master’s wife with a present was waived this year as Sally asked the lodge to make a donation in lieu of this to the Ormerod Trust that works with people with learning disabilities, offering them support to assist in taking control of their lives. A further sum of £329 was raised from the raffle and this too was donated to the Ormerod Trust.
Flowers were presented to Jean, the wife of lodge secretary Kevin Burns. Others were also presented to Elizabeth, wife of Peter Robinson the director of ceremonies. Traditional birthday honours were afforded to guest Jane Eaton who was 21 again! Then the table stewards circulated with the ladies presents.
At the end of the evening everyone agreed that this had been an excellent evening. Well organized, well controlled by director of ceremonies Peter Robinson and lightened by several lodge members and wives wearing fancy dress.