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.
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 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.
Report by John Barlow.