Breaking with Tradition

A Report from W. Bro Kevin Gates of Uxbridge Lodge, No. 7066 –

W Bro Bill Crawley and Heather Crawley

Some time ago Uxbridge Lodge, No. 7066 established a tradition of sending a bouquet of flowers to couples for landmark 50th Wedding Anniversaries.

This was our way of recognising a Brother’s contribution to stability in social life and also the fortitude of their long-suffering wives !!

With no meetings during the lockdown we learnt by our WhatsApp group and by phoning around that Lodge Treasurer W Bro Bill Crawley and his wife Heather had the unfortunate experience of having their car stolen over the weekend of 16th-17th May.

Their 45th wedding anniversary fell on the Tuesday after the Bank Holiday weekend but the lockdown meant their usual family celebration was cancelled.

While it wasn’t a landmark year, the WM and Brethren felt a bouquet was in order to cheer them both up.

The difficulties of obtaining a bouquet during lockdown and after a Bank Holiday were overcome and Lodge Almoner W Bro Kevin Gates delivered the flowers to the happy couple and stayed long enough for a socially distanced cup of tea in the garden enjoying the sunshine.

Bill said he would happily stand the members a round of drinks when meetings started back but he might have to increase the subs !!

Meanwhile Somewhere in West Africa !

On a separate note our member Bro Serge Gohou remains stranded in his family home in the Ivory Coast.

Bro Serge flew out for a long planned holiday to see his father at the family home on March 18th.

The subsequent lockdown meant his scheduled flight home a fortnight later was cancelled.

Despite the best efforts of Uxbridge Lodge, the Middlesex Provincial Almoner, Grand Lodge and his local MP, we have been unable to get him a flight, but its expected he will be home in time for when the Masonic season recommences.

In the meantime we are keeping in touch by phone and WhatsApp “

A special thanks to W. Bro Kevin of Uxbridge Lodge for this report

Also read –

Uxbridge Lodge, No 7066 – “Understanding Dementia” Presentation

Uxbridge Lodge – Bill Crawley

Long Arms, Short Pockets

Freemasonry Discovered in Uxbridge

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