The committee for Group 7 - the Dover area group of lodges and chapters – was able to demonstrate how representatives on the committee can enhance the good work carried out by the Freemasons in their region.
The Almoner representative on the Group 7 committee, David McKeague, coordinated the efforts of five lodge almoners to hold a joint Christmas lunch for their lodge widows at the Masonic Hall in Dover on Sunday 11th December.
By pooling their resources, fifty-eight widows, Lodge Almoners and other guests, sat down to a traditional Christmas lunch. After their meal, they sang carols lead by David Prescott of the Military Jubilee Lodge, chatted, and had a good time.
No Christmas celebration would be complete without a visit from Santa and Colin Smith, of the Corinthian Lodge, played the part of the man in the red suit and white beard. On behalf of the five lodges he gave them gifts of chocolates, biscuits and a kiss on the cheek.
Other Dover lodges involved in the lunch were Peace & Harmony, Pharos and Snargate.
A representative of the ladies stood and thanked all those involved for looking after them, and for the kind gifts they had received and said they looked forward to being invited back next year.
Dave McKeague said he was delighted that the lodges maintain close contact and support their widows, which was very much appreciated by all the ladies concerned. It was a great turnout and he went on to extend a very big thank-you to all the lodge members that kindly volunteered to drive the ladies to the venue. He closed by emphasising that this was an example of the way the group coordinators could assist lodges in getting together on projects.
Report and photos courtesy of Phil Heath.