The Lodge Ladies’ Festival this year was held at the Bexleyheath Marriott on 28th April 2018 and a fabulous event it was too – enjoyed by some 80 of our Brethren and their Ladies and Guests. Richard Eden, supported by his loyal band of helpers did a wonderful job of organising the event and decorating the room and the tables in a most elegant manner. Richard had organised the menu and drinks and Alan had laid on some traditional Turkish entertainment. Yes – those who can cast their minds back to Alan’s first Ladies’ Night in 2011 will remember the Belly Dancer. Well, she (or rather an updated model) was back again but this time with flashing lights attached and a number of our Members – Colin Hutton in particular – threw all inhibition to the wind and joined in the dance with her. This part of the evening was very much enjoyed by all, as was the live music provided by a highly talented group called “Sonny And The Harp”, who were ably assisted by the Marriott’s resident Disc Jockey.
Tom Quinn, as MC, kept the programme running smoothly and sang the Ladies Song to the customary delight of all present. Danny Berry proposed a very entertaining Toast to the Ladies and Mrs Shen Sanford gave a spirited and appropriate response. Martin Chapman proposed the Toast to our President and, as would be expected from our distinguished and eloquent WM, Alan acknowledged this in good form and included special thanks to those who had supported the function in this the Lodge’s 75th Anniversary Year. He was particularly pleased to announce that due to everyone’s generosity, the Raffles’ proceeds had raised the magnificent sum of £765 and the Brethren who had contributed prizes were warmly thanked for their donations.
Next year’s Ladies’ Festival, under the Presidency of Danny Berry, is scheduled for 11th May 2019 – put the date in your diary now to make sure that you don’t miss out on the Lodge’s principal social event of the year.