The WM of Warrington Lodge of Concord No 1250 William (Bill) Hinchliffe, on his own behalf and on behalf of the principal guest his wife Brenda, welcomed everyone to the lodge’s ladies’ evening. He expressed their delight in being able to welcome so many members and friends, old and new to such an auspicious occasion, wishing everyone an enjoyable evening.
The evening being the last formal social function of Bill’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. Bill is well versed in the process of hosting such formal functions, having almost completed his seventh year in office as WM at various times and being a Director of the Masonic Hall Company Limited with responsibilities for catering. The event was very well supported by well over 100 members and guests. The evening was superbly well organised and planned, with attention to detail obviously being important and in abundance.
Grace was offered by the chaplain Ellis Jones and was followed by a superb five course banquet, consisting of trout fillet with French dressing, cream of celery soup, beef Wellington served with dauphinoise potatoes, vichy carrots and mange tout, a trio of individual deserts, followed by a selection of English and continental cheeses with biscuits, all served with an excellent selection of red and white wines. Tea or coffee completed the meal. Many complimentary remarks about the quality of food offered and the service of the hall’s staff were made. Ellis returned thanks and Bill proposed the loyal toast.
James Walker proposed the toast to the ladies, commenting that he felt deeply honoured to do so. He thanked all the ladies present for their help and support over the last 12 months. James continued by explaining that Bill and Brenda complemented each other very well and thanked Brenda for the support she had given to Bill over the years he had been in Freemasonry and particularly with Bill’s several years in the office of master. However, he continued by stressing that Brenda did admit to not being keen on cooking, which was balanced by Bill’s strong interest of good food, wine and cooking.
James then presented Brenda with a gift from the brethren of the lodge. Brenda received the gift with great eagerness to open it and to show it off to everyone. Upon opening the gift it quickly became apparent that it was probably a very useful gift for Bill but one that she would perhaps not use, because it was 4 egg cups and an egg timer. James then on behalf of the brethren of the lodge presented Brenda with the proper gift, which was a beautiful gold necklace and bracelet studied with various gems. The stewards then distributed gifts to all ladies present. The ladies’ song was sung by Gwillym Jones accompanied by Brian Hoyle.
Brenda responded to the toast on behalf of the ladies. She thanked all for their attendance and for the help and assistance in the organisation both before and during the evening. Brenda thanked the members of the lodge for the lovely gift saying she would treasure it for many years and it was very much appreciated! Table prizes and table decorations were then distributed.
The formal proceedings were under the control of Richard Sherratt the director of ceremonies. Dancing followed to music from the ‘Bar Room Boys’. The event was very successful and enjoyed by all.
Bill brought the evening to a close by thanking everyone for their support throughout the year in general, and the evening in particular. He commented on such a magnificent number attending and concluded by wishing everyone a safe journey home.