Court of the East and West No 67 - April 2014

Masonic hallBecause of the ethnic mix of the membership, The Court of the East and West divide their festive board menu between Indian, Chinese and traditional cuisine.


The April meeting being held on, or close to, St. George’s day, is ‘themed’ to that celebration, and is therefore the traditional meeting and menu. However, this meeting was not only memorable for that event, but because of the sale of the building, it was also the last meeting of this Court to be held in the Washington Masonic Hall.


The Court is proving to be a great success, Instructing two new members, Bro. Neil Kevin Garrett and Bro. Christopher John Patrick Burgess, whom we are sure, will have a long and happy association with the Court.


The Master of the Court, W. Bro. Matthew Bainbridge, was delighted to welcome R. W. Bro. Dr. Christopher Ansell (Ass. Grand Master), V. W. Bro. William Henry Carlyon (Dept. Prov. G.M.) and R. W. and Em. Bro. Cannon Ron Black (Grand and Prov. Prior), together with other very welcome visitors from various Courts, from within and outside the Province of Lindsey, who had all travelled considerable distances on a very foggy evening. We hope they all had a safe, but no doubt long journey home, due to the weather conditions.


Lisa and Chris, the caterer’s for the hall, produced an exceptional four course meal, the main being Beef Wellington. Lisa was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers, and Chris received a bottle of fine single malt whisky as a sign of appreciation from the members of the Court. Lisa allowed everyone to smell her lovely flowers, but Chris flatly refused to give the members a taste of his gift!


Harmony was again supplied by the Court’s favourite duo, Linda and Margaret, who involved the members in some rousing patriotic songs, in addition to performing a selection of other favourite numbers.


Despite the success of the evening, there was also a sad and emotional element, this being the last Masonic meeting to be held in this building. Future meetings of the Court will be held at Birtley Masonic Hall, but some of the meeting dates will change, so visitors are advised to check before travelling.


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