Maidstone Freemasons hold a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Freemasons in the lodges meeting at the Masonic Centre at Tovil Hill in Maidstone, joined together with their wives, families and children for a Carol Service on Saturday 12th December.
The service, which was sponsored by the Allington Lodge No 7086, was held in the main lodge room, with about 130 people in attendance. It was opened by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, The Rev’d Neville Gallagher and supported by organist John Fry, of the Fleur de Lis Lodge No 8969. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Peter Floyd, welcomed everyone and gave the Safety and Fire Drill.
The programme consisted of nine lessons and carols, interspersed with prayers and concluding with a Benediction, the Lord’s Prayer and the National Anthem. The lessons were read by the Masters of nine of the lodges meeting at the Tovil Centre.
The carol service organiser, Brian Richardson of the Allington Lodge, said: “During the service The Rev’d Gallagher made a particular point of circulating the room to speak to all the children, to make them feel welcome and to include them in some verses of the more well-known carols. A very nice touch !”
After the service a light supper was provided in the main dining hall for all attending, during which the Annual Festive Raffle Draw was made by the Master of Allington Lodge, Mike Mitchell, assisted by his lodge Treasurer, Harish Patel.
The raffle raised £782 of which 30% will be donated to the Maidstone Masonic Centre and 35% each to two of Mike’s chosen charities - “The Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance” and “The Mariners of Bewel“, which supports and encourages the integration of disabled people with the able-bodied through the medium and enjoyment of sailing.