Easter parade at Woolton

As a publicity officer one of the problems we regularly encounter is finding a suitable USP for the story.

On this occasion there were several suggestions from the hierarchy as our group secretary had arrived sporting a very stylish blazer so one caption might have read “Group Secretary prepares for boating on the lake!” However, this was not to be. The Woolton Group had organised another of their twice annual Sunday carvery lunches and 56 people attended on a glorious day at the golf club.

After the acting director of ceremonies, Steve Riley had welcomed everyone he invited vice-chairman Mike Cunliffe to offer grace. During the excellent meal Mike sold raffle tickets the proceeds of which would go towards the group’s tercentenary collection for Tithebarn. At the start of the season our group chairman Andy Whittle decided that the proceeds of group event raffles would go towards the building work at Tithebarn. One of the members of the Woolton Group Fred Hulse works tirelessly for Tithebarn as project manager and for his efforts, not only at Tithebarn, he had been awarded the prestigious rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden which he would receive at Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in May.

Once the meal was ended Andy thanked everyone for their support and more importantly informed us that one of our members was celebrating her 82nd birthday; this was Shirley Mayers, accompanied by her daughter Heather and son-in-law Phil who are great supporters of Masonic functions at Woolton Golf Club. To a resounding chorus of Happy Birthday the catering staff paraded in a sparkling cake to Shirley’s delight and she was presented with a birthday card which had been signed by everyone at the function.

Andy announced that the raffle had raised the sum of £250 and this was greeted with great acclaim and he and his wife Amanda had bought Easter Eggs for all the partneers present. Mike Cunliffe was asked to collect the basket of eggs and present them to each lady. Everyone had a lovely meal with great company and whilst people could still enjoy what was left of the lovely day made their way home.

Story and pictures by Colin Roberts.

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