Well what a fantastic night we had, starting with Shane Pearson receiving his Grand Lodge Certificate, after him driving four hours to get here, then had a rushed meal and off he went vowing to return, and another four hours drive back to his home in Lakenheath and his new family, and due in to work at 8 am Friday morning.
What came next was new to everyone who attended, it was a full house you might say with speeches from Winston Churchill, Air raids, Search lights and Smoke, war newspapers and posters, Ration cards and let’s not forget the Old England Night Mug, which was at all times during the meal filled and re filled with beer provided free of charge. Thank you to Michael Whittaker for the provision of the beer from his new micro brewery business.
The meal which was provided by Maureen was excellent, with a starter of Black Pudding, followed by Boiled Beef and carrots with mash and cabbage, finishing off with Spotted Dick and custard. Not forgetting the Cheese and Biscuits. Probably slightly more than would have been served during war time.
But along with this came entertainment from various sources including the rendition or two from W.Bro Godfrey. Also the dreaded “Warden” sent to extract monies ranging from 20 pence to a staggering £3 from any violations during the curfew, or Social board if you like.
The Junior Brethren comprising of Brothers Kevin Pickering, Ian Salthouse, Mark Barlow and Glyn Lund excelled themselves organising the evening, so many of the Brethren wanting a repeat of the evening where wives and girlfriends could attend.
Well was it a success? Why not leave your comments on the website and if it gets enough response they may put on another Blitz Night.
The Raffle was delivered by W.Bro Christie in the numbers fashion, which raised the fabulous sum of £200.00, well done Peter, and thank you to the many brethren who purchased a number.
The “Warden” managed to extract £159.82 from the Brethren by fines and other means. We then received another £20 donation from one of the non member guests Andrew Selby. Andrew said he had had a great night, and would like to come to the next one please.
Can I say Brethren we are going to miss Kevin when he flies off to warmer climates in December to make a new life in the sun. He is remaining a Pendle Lodge Member and I am sure we will see him again at the Lodge, A big thank you for what you have done for Pendle Lodge since becoming a member Kevin from all your Brothers in Freemasonry.
Images from the evening can be viewed by clicking herewords by Walter Coupe, images by Bob Summers