Thursday, 28 July 2016
Saturday, 23 July 2016
David is a Grand Officer who is well known in London (notably at the Grand Steward's lodge), but whose main Shropshire connection is as a senior member and Mentor of Sabrina Lodge 4158 in Shrewsbury.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Book early for an unmissable Burns Night organised by Group 6 lodges in aid of the 2019 Festival and the Royal British Legion. This Black Tie Burns Night Charity Supper at the Park Inn (next to the Radisson) in Telford will include a three- course meal (three menu choices, all Scottish!), pipes and drums, poetry, raffle, entertainment and a disco to take you through to 3am.
28th January, 2017 1900h-0300h, £35/head. Contact email@example.com to book or for more information.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Thanks to the more than 100 people who supported our Auction on 1st July in aid of the 2019 Festival. The total raised can now be revealed - £8728.50 towards our £1m target. Let's hope this inspires us to even more enjoyable and successful fund raising over the next two years - and thanks to the organisers as well as those who placed bids!!
Sunday, 3 July 2016
The long-awaited Auction of Promises was held at Oswestry's Wynnstay Hotel on 1st July in the presence of Provincial Grand Master Peter Taylor and his lady Pat. There were nearly 70 lots provided, from a beautiful ring through paintings, bottles and promises of flights, holidays, tuition in an array of skills, and much more besides. Auctioneer Michael Tomley was called on for all of his professional wiles as he attempted to part over 100 people from their cash.
Melvin Gough had ensured a well organised event in fine surroundings, and a pleasant meal set things on their way after a welcome from Roger Pemberton and a game of Heads and Tails led by Jeremy Lund raised the first money of the evening.
Bidding was canny rather than rash, but Peter Robinson had assembled a catalogue of lots that raised anticipation, and which demonstrated the enormous generosity of the Shropshire Brethren. Thanks to this (and other gestures such as Michael Tomley's printing of the catalogue), the evening was cost-free to the SMCA. Some lively singing from one table developed as Wales negotiated the quarter-finals of the European Championships in their match against Belgium.
Results are yet to be confirmed, but rudimentary maths suggest a profit that will approach and even exceed £7000... What a great result for the 2019 Festival! To all who were involved in the organisation of the event, and to those who took part, many thanks. Anne Jones won the raffled hamper of goodies as the formal proceedings closed and a successful night saw some happy bidders enjoy a last drink before home.
Seven Brethren from Shropshire enjoyed a superb weekend in Warwick at the end of June as Round Table lodge members from around the country gathered for a celebration. The fun began even before they left Salop, as certain well- known Brethren vied for the 'bad boys' seat on the bus.
The Friday evening comprised a lodge meeting with a demonstration of a 19th century Initiation - while the ladies also met to enjoy a meal and some West End entertainment.
A tour of Warwick Castle was a feature of Saturday, with a Gala Dinner for all in the evening. As can be seen from the pictures (thanks, Steve Pritchard-Jones), it was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable outing,
The Round Table lodges meet every other year - and in 2018 Shrewsbury will be the venue. We can't wait!!