More Events for the East Kent Ladies Association
A beautiful sunny day in Maidstone was the setting for another meeting of the East Kent Ladies Association (EKLA) on 12th May, at the Cornwallis Suite in Maidstone.
In common with other widowed ladies, wives of freemasons often feel intense isolation after their husbands pass away. The EKLA’s goal is to bridge that gap by bringing together friends old and new. They now run regular events across the Province, designed to encourage an even stronger relationship between lodges and the widows of their members.
Some 50 widows from Medway and Maidstone were treated to a two-course lunch and entertainment, with a performance of some amazing magic, kindly donated by provincial magicians Chris Clacey and Mark Stock.
The event itself was organised by Lauren Lynch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and Martin Ransom, who set up the EKLA last year. Assistance on the day was given by Eddie Halpin and John Fry along with their wives, who helped welcome the ladies and arrange transport with the cooperation of many lodge almoners.
Lauren, an Advice & Support Team Adviser from the MCF said: “Every time I looked around the room there were smiles on the ladies faces, whether they were laughing with the magicians, making their new friends or catching up with long, lost friends – the atmosphere was phenomenal.”
On the same day…
…a group of widows from around Thanet, were treated to a Fine Dining Lunch, cooked and served by the students of the East Kent College. A superb gourmet meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all, including accompanying local freemasons, their wives and lodge almoners.
Organiser Vic Voss said: “It was a superb meal, professionally served and it was delightful to be able to share it with so many of our ‘Special Ladies’. They each received a small gift from us and we even got to celebrate the birthday of one of our guests!”
Martin Ransom who founded the EKLA said: “It’s good see freemasons from across East Kent wanting to support our widows and help them feel part of the community. When you receive such positive feedback, you know you’re making a real difference to other people’s lives.”
Here’s a small selection of comments from those who attended these events:-
‘What a lovely meal it was. It was also nice to catch up with some old friends after so long.’
‘Thanks for giving me the chance to meet so many lovely people.’
‘Would you please pass on my appreciation to the EKLA for their kindness to those of us left behind.’
‘Thank you very much for taking me to lunch today. It was very much appreciated, I really enjoyed the afternoon.’
‘Please pass on my thanks to all involved in organising this meal and entertainment. I have always felt that the widows needed something like this.’
EKLA will continue to organise further events across the Province and would welcome your support.
If you would like more information, to offer your help or even wish to arrange an EKLA event in your area – please contact Martin Ransom via the Provincial Office or directly by using the contact form below.