On Tuesday 16th April this year, W. Bro David Collis was once again installed in the Chair of King Solomon.
The Lodge was tyled at 5pm, and the installation was conducted by the outgoing Master, Bro. Peter Wells
The whole ceremony went very smoothly due to the well rehearsed brethren who demonstrated the very high level of masonic ritual practiced in our lodge
David was firmly install by Peter, and he ten went on to invest his wardens and other officers
The ceremony was followed by an excellent Festive board.
Christmas at Lord Harris Court is always busy with the Bazaar.
Santa was accompanied by his Elves and Cllr Bob Pitts Mayor of Wokingham Borough with his wife Val, to declare the Christmas Bazaar open, amid much applause. With great support from our ever present stallholders, including several Lodges and the Manager and staff at the home, a fabulous range of gifts, games and seasonal products were on sale.
Lodges represented included: Bearwood Lodge’s tombola, Lucky Dip from Hennerton, Friendship and Care Lodge and Chapter with the Water and Wine and the one armed bandits from Trevelyan. In addition the Berkshire Masonic Widows provided refreshments accompanied by Brian Bicknell in the Dining Room. The Tuesday shop Ladies provided a wealth of gifts, with Janet Wright’s homemade wares and Richard and Maureen’s Antiques and Bric-a-brac and for those with a warm thirst Andrew’s Mulled punch was available. Jim and Christine ran the Treasure Hunt and of course the Residents and Activities had a stall. Ted steered the Grand Draw to be one of the most successful ever.
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On Tuesday 18th April we installed our new Worshipful Master, W. Bro Ian Wright. The ceremony was held on the Berkshire Room at Sindlesham Court.
Those present included the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE JGD, who gave the Address to the Brethren, and W.Bro. Lee Collins PProvDepGDC, who gave the Address to the Wardens
The Installing Master W.Bro. David Webster gave the Address to the newly installed Master.
The evening finished with an excellent Festive Board with Steak and Ale Pie and the largest Choux Bun anyone had ever seen.
As usual, a very well attended event in the grounds of Lord Harris Court.
The Strawberry Fayre is held every year to help raise funds for the home's residents, and to bring in new visitors. It was opened this year by Ian Hopgood, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent. Music at the fayre was provided by the Woodley Concert Band. With further entertainment from The Ellington Morris, from Maidenhead, led by Squire Bob Spooner, a member of Earleigh Lodge, and Foreman Dave Gibson. The fayre attracted a large number of visitor to sample the various stores, supported by many of the Berkshire Lodges. The picture shows Bro. Andrew Welborn receiving a welcome cooling off in the stocks. The fayre raised £1600 on the day, and with receipts from the raflle still to be collected in, it is expected that the event will have raised about £3000 for the home
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Ladies Festival - held to mark the end of Vince's first year as Worshipful Master
Hosted by outgoing Worshipful Master Vince Pearson and his wife Lorraine. Ted Melbar gave an excellent rendition of the Song to the Ladies. A very enjoyable evening was had by members of the lodge and their invited guests. About £800 was raised that will go to the Friends of Lord Harris Court, and the Chemotherapy Unit of the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust, both causes very close to W. Bro. Vince's heart.