Remembrance lunch

Masons from the Woolton Group of Lodges and Chapters met at Woolton Golf Club for the bi-annual Sunday carvery lunch.

Andy Whittle (centre) reads the remembrance poem.

The Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending and as it was November 12 he read out those immortal words of remembrance whilst the diners stood with bowed heads for a minute’s silence.

Group secretary Steve Riley, who was acting DC for the lunch, offered a blessing before the meal commenced.

When everyone had sat down, the staff brought out the soup and each table then went up for their carvery which was a superb choice of roast beef, ham and turkey supplied with all the trimmings. With plates full to capacity the diners returned to their seats to enjoy their meal.

As with every Masonic occasion there was to be the usual raffle so as people were eating Steve Riley moved amongst them to sell the raffle tickets.

Steve Riley gives a blessing.

Once the main course plates had been removed the staff brought out the ever-excellent dessert trolley, but only for those who didn’t wish to lose weight. Refreshment having been enjoyed Steve returned Thanks.

Now it was time for the all-important raffle. For the last few years the final prize has been a bottle of bath salts and it has been customary for the winner of the bath salts to put them back for the next raffle. However, on the last occasion the winner liked bath salts and used them.

So that the tradition could be kept alive the committee had purchased a special miniature bottle of Baileys, but sadly the winner on being presented with her prize announced that she liked the liquor and it was doubtful if it would be making a return appearance.

The raffle raised £166 and Andy Whittle announced that they would split the monies between the Poppy Appeal and the group charities, but on this occasion the group would make the donation to the Poppy Appeal up to £100 and the other £83 would be put towards the forthcoming pensioners party to be held in December.

This was an idea that followed on from the Group donating cup cakes to local care homes to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry.

Article and photographs by Colin Roberts.

Pictured left: Steve Riley askes Amanda Whittle to draw the first ticket. Centre: Andy Whittle presents the last prize to the lucky winner. Right: A group of diners.