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Companionship and cakes

Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall was the setting for the annual afternoon tea enjoyed by members of the Furness and South Lakeland Group Masonic Fellowship.

Pictured left from left to right, are: The ‘celebs’: David Grainger, Peter Schofield, Gary Neal, Tony Harrison and David Smith. Pictured right from left to right, are: The more glamorous ‘celebs’: Beryl Grainger, Michelle Schofield, Gary Neal, Eileen Neal and Maureen Harrison.

Pictured left from left to right, are: The ‘celebs’: David Grainger, Peter Schofield, Gary Neal, Tony Harrison and David Smith. Pictured right from left to right, are: The more glamorous ‘celebs’: Beryl Grainger, Michelle Schofield, Gary Neal, Eileen Neal and Maureen Harrison.

On this occasion chairman Gary Neal and his deputy David Smith were able to welcome some high ranking guests to the event. It was Gary who called proceedings to order so that he could introduce those who he referred to as ‘celebs’ to everyone present.

Chief celebs were the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and his wife Maureen, Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger, who carries the designation of Patron of the Fellowship due to his office, was also present with his wife Beryl. In his new position as group chairman Peter Schofield holds the office of President of the Fellowship and he along with his wife Michelle was welcomed to his first meeting in that role.

The light hearted introduction of the celebs was the closest the proceedings got to formality. Following the welcome to the guests a substantial and very tasty afternoon tea was enjoyed by 50 people.

Round tables were laden with fresh sandwiches, scones and cakes. It was not an afternoon to worry about ones waistline!, and volunteers Russ Greenhow and Tony Nevinson were on hand to make sure that everyone was well supplied with tea and coffee.

Pictured left, are: The beverage boys Russ Greenhow (left) and Tony Nevinson. Pictured right: Ever the gentleman, Ken Griffiths proffers the sandwiches to Margaret Ball.

Pictured left, are: The beverage boys Russ Greenhow (left) and Tony Nevinson. Pictured right: Ever the gentleman, Ken Griffiths proffers the sandwiches to Margaret Ball.

Although the afternoon passed without the formalities normally associated with Masonic gatherings, the unwritten rule that, ‘wheresoever three or four Masons are gathered together, then a raffle shall be held’, could not be ignored. The proceeds from the raffle being targeted at the Fellowship running costs as it is a proudly self-sufficient association which does not rely on a helping hand from the group.

Afterwards Gary commented: “It proved to be a tremendous afternoon of companionship centred round some excellent food. It was a special delight to have Tony and Maureen with us.”

The Furness and South Lakeland Group Masonic Fellowship is an organisation for retired brethren, their wives and widows of deceased brethren, ladies with Masonic connections and ladies over 60 years whose husbands are Masons but are not yet retired.

Meetings are held at 2:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall, with a variety of guest speakers during the year and a couple of trips away. New members will always be made welcome.

Next up for the Fellowship is a talk by Robert Wheatley entitled, ‘The British Empire’.

Pictured left: Eileen (left) and Michelle admire Peter’s healthy appetite! Pictured right: A laden table.

Pictured left: Eileen (left) and Michelle admire Peter’s healthy appetite! Pictured right: A laden table.