Members of Goodwill Lodge No 3896 started their new Masonic season in September by holding their annual charity barbeque at the home of David and Linda Redhead. Blessed with half-decent weather the brethren and their friends enjoyed a sumptuous feast of either self-selected barbequed salmon or steaks, all expertly cooked to order by ’MasterChef’ David and accompanied by new potatoes, salad and various side dishes.
In the garden was a ‘charity bar’ where following a charitable donation one could help themselves to any alcoholic or soft drink; thereby designated drivers were catered for. The charity bar was managed by Lewis Redhead and with the sun breaking through and the brethren mingling in the vicinity, this part of the garden certainly gained in popularity as the afternoon progressed!
Wives of the brethren had also been putting their culinary and baking skills to work as the most sumptuous desserts were brought out including amaretto trifle (as if any more alcohol was needed); lemon srizzle cake, cheesecakes, fresh fruit flan and a comprehensive selection of cheese and biscuits. This was only the first social event on the Goodwill Lodge calendar for the new season and a number of waistbands could be expanding very quickly if this BBQ was anything to go by!
During the afternoon the lodge ran a charity raffle with all of the proceeds being allocated to deserving local causes. Coincidentally the first raffle number drawn belonged to the lodges WM Bob Williams and his wife Joan; and the neighbours must have been wondering what all the commotion was about when the typical uproar of “fiddle”, “swindle”, “fixed “and “put it back” came out. Thankfully though, through the generous nature of the lodge’s brethren everybody took home a nice raffle prize.
After the raffle Bob and Joan thanked David, Linda and Lewis for hosting the event and for making everybody so welcome in their lovely home. They also thanked all those who attended and made it such an enjoyable afternoon. More importantly they thanked everybody present on behalf of those that we don’t know and may never meet, the recipients and beneficiaries of the lodges charitable giving.