The WM of the Lodge of Great Endeavour No 3597 Charles Carr, on his own behalf and on behalf of the principal guest, his lady Linda, welcomed everyone to the lodge’s Candlelit Dinner. 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 Charles’ year in office as WM and being a major event in the annual calendar of the lodge it was held at the Warrington Masonic Hall.
The event was very well supported by almost 100 members and guests. The evening was well organised and planned, with attention to detail being observed. The formal proceedings were under the control of Chris Gleave, the acting director of ceremonies.
The grace was offered by the acting chaplain Steve Livesey and was followed by a superb four course banquet consisting of stilton, pear and caramelised shallot tartlet, plaice goujons with dressing, pork loin, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables and apple and blackberry crumble, 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 and the service of the hall’s staff were offered. Steve returned thanks and Charles proposed the loyal toast.
Charles also proposed the toast to the ladies, commenting that he felt honoured to do so.
Norman Pritchard accompanied by Keith Dickinson sang a few popular songs and concluded with his special rendition of ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht’at’, with fines being imposed for inaccurate actions being performed by partakers, which raised just over £80 for Claire House Children’s Hospice. A raffle was also held providing many prizes, which raised a magnificent sum of £300 for charity.
Chris Gleave then handed control over to ‘Rain’, an international music duo, who entertained everyone and dancing continued until late.
The event was a very successful evening and was concluded by Charles thanking everybody for their company and support. He wished that everyone would have a safe journey home.