Our Festival this year was a return to the Hotel Miramar, Bournemouth from Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March and it was blessed with the best weekend weather we have had this year - sunshine all the way.
Initial problems with numbers posed some concern as to whether the event could take place this year due to the credit crunch. However, we eventually managed to sit a creditable 46 for the banquet and in conversation afterwards it seemed that the smaller numbers did not detract from a successful event but, on the contrary, enabled those present to circulate more freely and meet friends both old and new.
The President, W Bro Alan Verney was accompanied by his wife Shirley, members of their family and their 10 month old granddaughter, Jemima. They were supported by Officers and Brethren of the Lodge along with their families and friends which included four delightful young ladies under 12 years of age being introduced to the established standards of Ladies’ Festival etiquette. That process enabled the President to 'take orange juice' with them during dinner!
During the evening, various raffle and auction prizes were on offer, resulting in over £600 being raised for the Master's List. The chosen Charity this year was The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and a cheque presentation to representatives of that very worthy cause will be arranged shortly.
W Bro Alan would like to offer his sincere thanks to those members of the Lodge who supported and contributed to such a successful Festival.