Group 8 Celebratory BBQ
The prospects of being totally rained off were held at bay on Sunday 1st August when the Group held a celebratory BBQ at the Royal Harbour Academy Ramsgate. The first Group 8 event.
The event with the Group’s Craft Charity coordinator, Ray Hazelton at the helm ably assisted by his HRA counterpart, and Lodge/Chapter Charity Stewards, was an initiative helping us all to ‘Wave the ‘Lockdown’ goodbye’ and a chance to socially meet up again with members of other lodges, our families, and friends.
It also gave an opportunity for the membership to support the Clinical Trials Unit (Pathology Unit) at the QEQM Hospital Margate. A Group initiative aiming to raise £22,000 to equip the unit.
Over 160 joined us on the day including APGM Mark Costelloe, PAPGM David Alexander (past Group APGM), the Provincial Grand Chapter Charity Steward, the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals and the Chairman of our twinned Group (Group 5).
11 of our 17 Lodges were represented in the company of their Charity Stewards.
On hand for the comfort of those attending was a reasonably priced bar, manned by a member of Porta Maris and a member of Trinity Lodge, a very ample professionally prepared BBQ, with music provided by Leeroy, one of the newer members of Union Lodge and the First Aid facilitator for the day Scott Goudie.
David and Joan (standing) renewing old acquaintances.
In support of the charity, a new record was set for the largest Group 8 Event ‘Heads and Tails’ with 95 people taking part.
The challenge to guess the number of sweets in a jar was won by 11yrs old Chloe Neame, with an exact guess.
A raffle with all prizes generously donated by Group members included a signed copy of local author Carol Salter’s new children’s book ‘What If?’; a Steak meal for 2 at a local hostelry and a course of therapy form local Chiropractor Chris Baron.
Carol and Chris were at the event in support.
The weather was definitely on our side throughout the day. It was so nice to see our members mixing and catching up with each other enjoying a safe environment if they so desired, doing what our fraternity does best ‘Raise funds for charities and good causes whilst enjoying ourselves’. On this occasion a goodly sum in excess of £1700 was raised.
A fantastic start and major step forward in the road back to normality and return to business!
Report by Jim Mason