With Worshipful Master Bob Goodman and his very important Lady, Elaine, at the helm, W. Bro Laurence Davidson was charged with completing the arrangements and after months of planning, the festivities began.
Friday night custom is now a quiz event with Lesley Winfield, the wife of W. Bro Darren Winfield, in charge. This was accompanied by a superb bespoke buffet and the quiz winning team was led by W. Bro Bob Goodman, the Festival President, who else?
After a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning, some guests took advantage of the hotel’s swimming pool, sauna and steam room, whilst others caught the park and ride bus to venture into Cambridge on the hottest October day on record. Fun was had by one and all with all guests knowing that the serious stuff – the charity banquet – began at 7 p.m.
Of particular note was ‘Nervous Malcolm’ as he called himself, who then proceeded to take 10 minutes and 30 seconds to toast the Ladies. The length of the speech was confirmed by W. Bro. Peter Mulvey, who had run a sweep on how long the toast would last – all in the name of charity of course!
The Masons present, accompanied by music from the band, sang the toast to the Elaine and the other ladies present, all of whom were presented with individual gifts, with a special presentation being made on behalf of the Lodge to Elaine, who then eloquently responded to the toast, particularly praising what she described as “a fantastic choir!”
W. Bro Gary Cobden, the Past Master of the Lodge, proposed a toast to the Master. The Worshipful Master responded suitably, acclaiming an excellent toast. He was especially pleased to have received it from Gary following his recent poor health. All agreed it was agreed at all that it great to see him in attendance.
The raffle was drawn mid-way through the dancing, whilst the band took a well -deserved break. WB Darren Winfield ran this epic, and with donations and sales of raffle tickets, Harrow Temple in Unity Lodge raised more than £700 towards McMillan Cancer Care.
More dancing was complemented by a midnight snack and drinks, and the evening was all over too soon. Guests departed on the Sunday, again after a hearty breakfast, leaving everyone with some great memories of another wonderful weekend.
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