The Third Annual District Garden Party
Sunday 29th July 2018 saw the Grand Superintendent’s District
Garden party, the third of such events which has very fast become
one of the much anticipated highlights of the “Masonic Off-Season”.
Whilst the gathering may not have gone off with a bang given that it
had rained all day, the first rain that had fallen since early June, the
ardour of all those who attended could not be dampened in the
District members, their wives as well as members of other masonic
orders from the Province of Surrey arrived just before mid-day and
took their places in the shelter of the several gazebos placed in the
picturesque surroundings of Jack’s garden in not so sunny
Chilworth. A number of the more delicate souls decided to stay in
the shelter fo the kitchen and prepare themselves for the food with
nibbles and drinks. Once the barbeques had been lit beneath
another gazebo by those renowned masterchefs, Ian Parsons and
Miguel Godfrey, things began to buzz as the preparations for the
meal began to take affect.
Within an hour or so, the numerous and delicious salads and cold
meats that had been prepared and presented in the dining room,
along with venison sausages, fillet steaks and succulent pork
sausages, had been consumed, as had the gateaux and desserts
which followed. It’s amazing how much fifty people can consume in
such a short space of time!
Although the rain peristed, the intrepid visitors could not be
deterred; it seemed that the food had made all present extremely
thirsty! After a good few beers more had been quaffed along with a
few more cases of wine, the Grand Superintendent caught his
guests at a weak moment where raffle tickets were sold. Wallets
and purses were opened and an empty ice-bucket filled with
money, all donations being sent to the Order’s Centenary Pillar
Fund the monies for which are to fund the procurement of
premises for the Order. A considerable sum was raised at the
event for the Pillar Fund. The grateful thanks of the District Grand
Superintendent is extended to all those who attended.
The tenacity of a number of the attendees should be recognised as,
due to a charity cycle event, many of the roads between London
and Chilworth had been closed. We should perhaps doff our caps
to Chris Cradock whose journey included a two-and-a-half hour
crawl from Fulham to Hammersmith Bridge followed by a further
ninety minutes thence to the venue! All those who know Chris are
aware of his tenacity and determination but this shows just how far
(and how slowly) he is prepared to go to meet his obigations!
Given the issues encountered with the cycle event, next year’s
Garden Party has already been set for Saturday 27th July 2019 so
get that date marked in your diaries and schedules NOW!