Roy Bell and his wife Pat once again opened up their garden to host a Masonic community fun day which was stewarded by members of Perfect Ashlar Lodge No 5246 together with stalls manned by members of other lodges.
The event which took advantage of the fantastic weather was open to all Masons, families and friends and proved a huge success. Entry to the event was £5 which included barbecue food cooked by Roy and the Masonic hall chef Wayne Warhurst. There was also a tea and scones stand and a well-stocked bar for those who needed some stronger refreshment
Stalls included; what’s on the end of yours, a putting competition, knock down cans, lucky bag, book stall, teacup game and a piggy racing competition. There were several themed raffles, which included food, vouchers, garden and beauty; prizes for these raffles were donated by brethren and local businesses’, ensuring that it was a true community event.
Over 150 people enjoyed the glorious weather, (thanks to the reverse Masonic rain dance) and took advantage of the marquees and the hospitality to have a relaxing time in the sun and to catch up with friends during the closed season. It was overheard that this was the best one yet. There were members from many different lodges and chapters attending and it was well supported by senior group officers including Robert Wright the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Southport.
This in part is thanks to our communication experts, Geoff Jackson, Brian Skinner and Robert Thornton-Davidson who were bombarded with requests to send out information. The kindness and generosity of all who contributed and joined in the event enabled a cheque to be presented to Trevor Rimmer for the sum of £1,000 towards the Southport Masonic Hall Foundation.
Thanks go out to the brethren, families, friends and companies who donated gifts and prizes for the event to make it such a success, which included; HSBC, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Spiga Restaurant, The Rock Shop, Hallidays Fish Mongers of Birkdale, Morrison’s, The Barrel House (Birkdale), The Craft Brewery, Warhurst Catering, Headlines Hairdressers, Blades the Barbers, Sweeny Todd the Barbers, Bakers Lodge Studio, Bookers, Mook Garden Landscapers and Bury Road Garage.