A family affair

Pictured left: Eva held by WM Ian Barton with wife Elisabeth. Pictured right: A proud grandma holds little Ben.

Pictured left: Eva held by WM Ian Barton with wife Elisabeth. Pictured right: A proud grandma holds little Ben.

Some 60 members and guests assembled for the regular get-together Sunday carvery at City Lodge No 2514, but on this occasion, there was a difference. As the WM and his wife have two very young children and sometimes find it difficult to get babysitters they decided that instead of a formal ladies’ night they would have a ‘Ladies’ Night’ Sunday lunch.

Preparations had been on-going all morning with the lodge director of ceremonies, who happens to be the father of the WM’s wife, along with other members of the family, dressing out the dining room with tinsel, balloons and beautiful table decorations, also made by a member of the family.

Ian Barton takes wine with the ladies.

Ian Barton takes wine with the ladies.

Steve Riley the lodge director of ceremonies asked the diners to be upstanding to welcome the WM Ian Barton, his wife Elisabeth and their two children Eva and newest addition to the family Ben. Colin Roberts, acting chaplain, gave a blessing and the diners tucked into the excellent carvery lunch starting with spring vegetable soup, three roast carvery and the usually ‘wicked’ dessert trolley followed by coffee and mints.

During the meal background music was provided by Tim Lucas and raffle tickets were sold and the money raised, over £200, would be dispersed by the lodge to charity at a later date. The loyal toast was proposed and responded to and the meal came to a close with the acting chaplain returning thanks. The diners continued enjoying good company as the afternoon progressed.

Stephen James Riley, son of the director of ceremonies proposed the toast to the ladies and his father rendered the ladies’ song, which gave him the utmost pleasure as the lady was his daughter Elisabeth, with the brethren joining in the chorus.

Pictured left: Stephen James Riley proposes the toast to the ladies. Pictured middle: Stephen Joseph Riley renders the ladies’ song. Pictured right: Elisabeth responds to the toast.

Pictured left: Stephen James Riley proposes the toast to the ladies. Pictured middle: Stephen Joseph Riley renders the ladies’ song. Pictured right: Elisabeth responds to the toast.

Elisabeth eloquently responded to the toast to the ladies, whilst a proud grandma, Brenda, held little Ben who was remarkably well behaved, saying that she had no doubt that Ian would propose Ben into Freemasonry at the earliest opportunity.

Pictured left: Geoffrey Johnston presents flowers to Elisabeth from the lodge. Pictured right: Little Eva receives her flowers.

Pictured left: Geoffrey Johnston presents flowers to Elisabeth from the lodge. Pictured right: Little Eva receives her flowers.

The raffle was drawn, and the bath salts which had appeared in five previous raffles were eventually won. Flowers were presented to Elisabeth by the senior member of the lodge Geoffrey Johnston and as little Eva also loved flowers there was a bouquet for her too.

Tim Lucas entertained the diners to some very popular songs. Tim studied at the Liverpool School of Performing Arts and is anxiously waiting for his big break. His singing was very much appreciated by everyone.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and the guests left for home. There were over 30 people at the event who had never experienced a Masonic function and they have all enjoyed the experience so we hope that they will join us on another lodge occasion.

Pictured left: Tim Lucas entertains. Pictured middle and right: Happy diners

Pictured left: Tim Lucas entertains. Pictured middle and right: Happy diners

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