On Sunday 24th July, 76 members and their families enjoyed a Sunday Lunch at Tovil Masonic Centre to celebrate the end of the first masonic season post pandemic. This was the first non-masonic event the Province had been able to organise since covid.
The afternoon started with members having pre-lunch drinks and enjoying the garden in the glorious weather. This gave members of the executive time to circulate amongst the members and to catch up with old friends.
The lunch was held in the welcomed air-conditioned main dining room, where Sharon with her team laid on a spectacular three course meal including a carvery with a selection of meats – with the opportunity to go back for second helpings.
As well as a much needed family social event , it was also a fundraiser for the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund (KMBF) and the raffle exceeded everyone’s expectation and raised the incredible figure of £375.
The organising team, lead by Phil Clare, surprised Mrs. Joan Williams,the wife of our Provincial Grand Master Peter, by presenting her with a delightful bouquet of flowers.
W.Bro. Phil Clare, Provincial Grand Charity Steward spoke to everyone after lunch and commented that “With the uncertainty of the past two years, today has proved a welcome opportunity to see old friends, make new ones and to enjoy each other’s company. This is a major fundraiser for the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund, our local charity run by Mark Master Masons of Kent, to assist and help both local charities and good causes along with assisting Mark Masons that need help. This money will be put to good use within the Province and can I, on behalf of the KMBF, thank you all for your generosity”.
Just before everyone headed home, the Provincial Executive presented a bunch of flowers to W.Bro Phil Clare’s partner, Rosa – possibly for choosing that shirt for him!