Garden Party in support of the 2020 Festival

Garden Party in support of the 2020 Festival Garden Party in support of the 2020 Festival Garden Party in support of the 2020 Festival Garden Party in support of the 2020 Festival

W.Bro Brian Ward and his wife Toni were delighted to organise and welcome 150 people to their home in Folkestone on the 24th August to host a fund raising BBQ in support of the 20:20 festival. The event was blessed with sunny weather allowing everyone to relax and enjoy a fun packed afternoon with music provided by ‘Where’s Brian’, who gave their services for free. The event also included a competition for the most outrageous shirt which was very keenly contested.

The event is traditionally held to support the nominated charities of the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of St Mark 6969 but this year’s Master, W.Bro Dickie Winfield agreed that all proceeds should be used to support the Folkestone RAM lodge 380. The Lodge of St Mark have many members who are also long standing Mark and RAM masons, many of whom are members of the Folkestone RAM lodge 380.

W.Bro’s Bob Preston and Don Arter slaved over hot BBQ’s to provide sausages, burgers and chicken to compliment the mountain of other food prepared by Toni. This food was washed down with copious quantities of wine, beer and soft drinks (someone has to drive!) all included in the cost of the £10 ticket to leave the revellers susceptible and amenable to buying raffle tickets and entering quizzes which were so expertly sold by members of the Lodge of St Mark social committee. The culmination of the raffle, other quizzes and ticket money enabled the event to raise £1,250 on the day.

A cheque for the amount raised was then presented to W.Bro Fred Brown (a very close contender for the most outrageous shirt competition) by W.Bro Bob Preston, the W.Cdr of the Folkestone RAM Lodge 380. W.Bro Bob then thanked everyone for making the event such a huge success particularly thanking Toni Ward for the glorious selection of food she had prepared in abundance for everyone. W.Bro Fred said he was delighted to receive the cheque and hoped that the initiative bringing Craft, Mark and Ram lodges together to support the 20:20 festival would be copied elsewhere in the county. In summing up Fred then gave a very brief explanation of what causes the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund supported. Very useful for those who attended and were not masons.

The most outrageous shirt competition was fiercely contended by many but ultimately a winner was chosen by Toni Ward and a lavish prize (wooden egg cup and salt cellar) awarded to Bob Leibrick who had travelled all the way from Manchester to attend the event.

In conclusion it was agreed that a splendid time was enjoyed by all those who attended the event. The amount raised far exceeded the expectations and made all of the hard work organising the event worthwhile. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success.

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