Provincial Grand Lodge Of Gloucestershire

Successful ‘Curry, Book & Breakfast’ at Wotton.

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Successful ‘Curry, Book & Breakfast’ at Wotton.

Curry, book & breakfast???  Well, not quite in combination but near enough to warrant an article.

Wotton, Berkeley and Dursley membership co-ordinator, Gary Shellard, hosted two back to back events at Venn Acres on 12th and 13th April. The Gentlemen’s curry evening on the 12th was attended by 36 people which included 12 prospective masons. The evening was well supported by the Provincial team, and Richard Reeves talk was a hit with all who attended.

Assistant Head of Gloucestershire Freemasonry, Ian Davies, was in attendance to receive the £387 raised. This money will go towards the discretionary fund administered by the Head of Gloucestershire Freemasonry – Tim Henderson-Ross. This fund was put to extensive use during the pandemic and become somewhat depleted. Tim appealed to the Gloucestershire Freemasons for this fund to be replenished,  affording his successor, in May, the same opportunities for discretionary giving where required.

The following day, close to 80 Saturday morning breakfasts were served at Wotton masonic centre by Sarah and Gary Shellard; everyone involved giving up their time freely with local charities in mind.  Combining the initiative with an opportunity to view the Gloucestershire Masonic Society library again proved a successful mix.  Sporting this spectacular waistcoat, Gary said that the £600 raised would be deposited in Lodge of Sympathy coffers.

“Our previous Saturday breakfasts have helped raise money to buy laptops for the local school.  We’ll now be looking for a similar good cause.”

Meanwhile, upstairs, a steady flow of brethren and guests took the opportunity to thumb through any number of rare masonic books held in the library.  Gordon Phillips and Jonathan Bright were marvelling over some of the names of the good and the great, recorded in this tome containing prominent masons of the early twentieth century.

Congratulations to Gary and the team.

We thank Dick Smith and Gary Shellard for the Article and photos.

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Book and Breakfast
Successful ‘Curry, Book & Breakfast’ at Wotton.