Amherst Mark No. 266 stages an Afternoon at the Races

Amherst Mark No. 266 stages an afternoon at the races

W.Bro Brian Ward of the Amherst Mark lodge 266 and his wife Toni were pleased to organise and welcome 50 guests to their home in Folkestone to celebrate St Georges day with a race afternoon in aid of the Mark Benevolent Fund Charity walk and the Province of Kent’s 2020 festival. Members of Amherst Mark Lodge and their families and friends were well supported by two other Mark lodges in the area, the Folkestone Mark Lodge 380 and Shorncliffe and Hythe Mark Lodge 767 demonstrating the mutual support and friendship between the Mark lodges in the area.

The afternoon proved to be warm and sunny which inspired an enthusiastic crowd to roar on their inflatable horses over an obstacle strewn course to the finish line. The progress of each horse being determined by the throw of a dice and lady luck. The winner of each race was presented with a box of chocolates and a bottle of fizz by the sponsor of the race. In total six races were run, each race being sponsored by different members of the lodge. Each horse was sold for a modest fee allowing the owner to name the horse for the race. Odds on each race were carefully calculated by W.Bro’s James Stretton and Steve Brice to ensure a very successful tote was run during the afternoon.

Amherst Mark No. 266 stages an afternoon at the races

Prior to the fourth race being run a ploughman’s lunch, prepared by Toni was provided to each of the guests. This allowed a raffle, run by W.Bro Don Arter and Bro Allan Leigh to be drawn.

When the last race had been run, the winnings paid and the money counted W.Bro Jon Meyer, the charity steward of the Amherst Mark Lodge 266 thanked all of the guests for supporting the event and particularly Brian and Toni on behalf of the lodge for all their hard work. He was then delighted to announce that the profit from the event amounted to just over £750 and this money would be used to support the Mark Benevolent Fund Charity walk which is being held on the 6th May in London.

All in all a fine time was had by all those who attended and the next event is eagerly anticipated.


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