Bournemouth Ladies' Festival Report
More than 100 masons, their ladies and friends battled through blizzard conditions affecting most of the South of England to reach the Hermitage Hotel in Bournemouth in time for the Ladies' Festival Weekend.
Despite some travellers looking somewhat frazzled on arrival, the mood soon lightened and Friday evening's à la carte dinner refreshed and rejuvenated everyone present. Indeed, several people commented on the buzz of conversation in the room by mid-evening.
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On Saturday the sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky and guests went their many separate ways to enjoy the day. From bird-watching to visiting historic castles, from lunching with relatives nearby to retail therapy, nearly everyone was out and about during the day.
During the six-course banquet on Saturday, the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro Robert C Vaughan, toasted the Festival Chairman W Bro Patrick Firminger; Patrick then appealed on behalf of the MCF and Festival 2022, during which he read out a moving testimony from a family who had benefitted from what proved to be life-saving support for one of their members from the MCF.
"Patrick then .... read out a moving testimony from a family who had benefitted from what proved to be life-saving support for one of their members from the MCF."
The Ladies' Toast was proposed by W Bro Chris Vendy, ProvSGW and the Ladies' Song sung by W Bro Charles Gwynn, Provincial Almoner, in his own inimitable style! The ladies were each presented with a gift, following which Mrs Janice Firminger responded on behalf of the ladies and proved herself to be something of a 'natural' behind a microphone!
Various fund-raising techniques were employed during the weekend including games, a raffle and an auction which in itself raised far more than the organisers' most optimistic predictions!
After the meal, several guests proved themselves to be enthusiastic - if not particularly talented! - dancers whose stamina belied their age in many cases as they danced late into the night.
The organisers wish to thank the many people who made the event such a great success, especially:
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