Widnes Group of lodges and the Widnes Masonic Hall joined forces to promote Freemasonry along with the facilities that the hall has to offer to the local community at the annual Vintage Rally, held over two days, at Widnes Victoria Park. It is one of the largest free entry vintage rallies in the UK. There were many vintage cars, motor cycles and steam engines on display plus many more attractions.
A bespoke gazebo was acquired for this and other future community events, plus the loan of the Provincial trailer. The stand was manned by a number of volunteers who pledged two or more hours throughout the two days.
New tri-fold leaflets were designed and printed to distribute among the visitors, with one side explaining Freemasonry and the other to inform of the variety of functions held at Kingsway Function Rooms for example, weddings and birthday parties, which are well catered for by Sugar and Spice Caterers. Dance classes are run by Keeley Harrison School of Dance and music lessons run by Steve Hindley of Musical Allsorts.
Many thanks to Keeley, who runs the dance classes, for her tireless support over the two days for the hall’s function rooms. She had numerous visitors showing their interest in joining.
It was a delight to have Andy Baxendale and David Alan of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association attending and giving their input and support on first day, who brought with them the added interest to the visitors of their well-maintained motorcycles. Andy reported that two or three had shown interest from St Helens and Prescot, of which one has already made contact.
A free raffle for a large teddy bear was held, with sweets and lollies handed out to the participants. The lucky ticket was drawn by a young lady who had the last entry. The lucky winner was Bob Bazley who had entered for his grandsons. So he said!
The visitors’ dogs were not forgotten, they were catered for with the provision of a bowl of water and doggy biscuits.
This was the second major event in the local community and it was extremely pleasing to see the interest shown both with Freemasonry and the function rooms. There were quite a few people expressing interest and it is hope to hear from them in the very near future, three of these have already arranged to visit Ian Rowan, Widnes Group Membership Officer. Some people with interest were directed to the Warrington and Preston Groups.
Special mention must go to John Gibbon, group secretary and David Wilkinson, Chairman of Widnes Masonic Hall for their administration and leadership in keeping the project on course. Arrangements are already being made to attend the rally in our tercentenary year next year.
For more information on becoming a Freemason visit:- www.widnes.westlancsfreemasons.org.uk/
For more information on the Widows Sons visit:- www.widowssons.com/
For more information on Kingsway Function Rooms visit:- www.kingswayfunctionrooms.co.uk/
For more information on Keeley Harrison School of Dance visit:- www.keeleyharrisonschoolofdance.co.uk/
For more information on Musical Allsorts visit:- www.musical-allsorts.com/