There are three outcomes of a meeting of Baines Lodge No 7844 that are an absolute given. Firstly, the work will be slick,secondly, the welcome at the dinner afterwards will be warm and thirdly, you won’t get home early!
The lodge was opened right on time by the worshipful master Creag Williams while secretary Tony Farrar had the paperwork in good order and the lodge officers carried out their duties with precision. However, eager the brethren were to move onto their special St Valentine’s festivities, there was one important item of business that was rather special – the reading of the honours list from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, in which Baines lodge member David Thomas is to be appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden. This news was naturally received with very warm applause and congratulations. With all other items crisply dealt with, the lodge was closed in peace and harmony and the members and their guests joined the ladies in the dining room.
The St Valentine’s event that followed the lodge meeting was arranged by director of ceremonies, John Lee (ably assisted by his lovely wife Kathryn) who welcomed the 72 people in attendance. The banquet of leek and potato soup, blade of beef and brandysnap baskets was finely presented by Lee Monroe and the entertainment for the evening was provided by Johnny Roxx. The main raffle prize was a fine bottle of whiskey but the table of prizes was enhanced by a plethora of different wines and other smaller gifts.
The event proceeded into the small hours to the delight of those present. The worshipful master was pleased to announce that a grand total of £303 had been raised for the West Lancashire Freemason’s Charity.