Installation 2020

As time moves on……….

Who would have thought as we all sat down for our Ladies Dinner that within the course of the coming week we would have seen Freemasonry grounded indefinitely and all of us quarantined….confined to barracks!!!…..but here we are, and we thought it appropriate send out a brief catch up and keep everyone in touch.

Gathering the clans together again for the annual Ladies Dinner was once again at a different venue in the town of Redditch, The Abbey Hotel and Spa hosted us this year and seemed to be to everyone’s taste,  reasonably close to town and the railway station, a full spa facility including a good sized swimming pool all seemed to be in line with our ladies requirements.

The Dinner itself was of good quality and well received and the service was excellent. An unexpected and magnanimous gesture from a mysterious benefactor meant that the beverages were without charge for the evening.

With the Covid-19 situation we were much reduced in numbers, our Worshipful Master Ray Sheppard and his wife Barbara were unable to attend, Ray was very much under the weather, and our expected visitors from Ireland were also unable to attend due to the situation as were Ron and Muriel Gee. As always we are thankful for the continuing support of regular attendees like Ged & June Dempsey, Mick and Sandy Warren and Mike and Sam Harrison. Twenty-four of us sat down for the meal and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Installation itself was well attended with almost 50 sitting down at the Festive Board, with V.W. Bro Tony Darlison carrying out the Installation of Worshipful Brother Andy Fautley with sincerity and affection in a ceremony enjoyed by all present.