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Wardens Mess 2016

On 27th May 2016 the 25th Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of East Lancashire Wardens Mess took place at Manchester Hall, Bridge St, Manchester.

Wardens Mess

The event is always arranged by the Past Wardens who are this year WBro Mark Davis & WBro John Rimmer. The Principle Guest of the evening R.W.Bro. Alexander Sillars McLaren, Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire and R.W.Bro. David Sellars, Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Cheshire.

The Provincial Grand Masters of Cheshire and East Lancashire - RWBro Richard Sellars & RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren.

The Provincial Grand Masters of Cheshire and East Lancashire – RWBro Richard Sellars & RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren.

Past Wardens WBro Mark Davis PProvGSW and WBro John Rimmer PProvGJW

Past Wardens WBro Mark Davis PProvGSW and WBro John Rimmer PProvGJW

The newly appointed Wardens, WBro Roger Fielding ProvGSW and WBro Kevin Reaney ProvGJW

The newly appointed Wardens, WBro Roger Fielding ProvGSW and WBro Kevin Reaney ProvGJW

The evening started off with a Champagne reception, then Melon with Parma Ham, Beef Wellington or Grilled Halibut with seasonal Vegetables, Lemon Soufflé, Cheese Board and Coffee and Mints all suitably complemented with the Royal Arch wines.

The Mess has a tradition to toast the memory of WBro Derek M Heald who passed to the Grand Lodge above in 1994 when in office. A specially engraved crystal cup filled with Bollinger is circulated until the last member has to drain the cup (always the PGM) we normally have to refill the cup at least with 6 bottle of Champagne on it journey. A fitting memory to a wonderful Mason.

VWBro Mervyn Wilson PGMO PDepPGM sizes up the task ahead.

VWBro Mervyn Wilson PGMO PDepPGM sizes up the task ahead.

The PGM shows how it's done.

The PGM shows how it’s done.

Report by John Barlow.

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