As the Lodge’s 2015-16 season drew to a close, the brethren of Forest Lodge, their wives, partners and friends began their summer recess with a visit to Launay’s Restaurant in Edwinstowe for the traditional Hog Roast. The evening was complemented by fine weather enabling those attending to sit out in the evening sunshine.
As part of the support for the Masters of the Mountain event led by W Bro Les Boyington of Saint Peter’s Lodge No 8493, a Sunday lunch in mid-July was hosted on behalf of Forest lodge by Bro Byron Edwards and his good lady Helen, who threw open the doors of their home for almost 50 people. The event started with a champagne reception and nibbles, followed by a starter course before the group visited “And Why Not” for a Sunday lunch before “retiring” to Byron and Helen’s for dessert, cheese, port and much merriment. As a result of 2 raffles held on the day, organised by W Bro Hutchinson and Bro Whitaker, the event raised sufficient funds to cover the cost of the Forest Lodge name being added to the flag raised by the group of intrepid climbers on reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. There was also a welcome boost to the Lodge’s benevolent fund.
In August the Lodge’s annual week-end away trip found a total of 20 brethren, wives, partners and friends gather in Cambridge for the 3-day outing. Following a free day on Friday the group assembled for pre-dinner drinks before visiting two local restaurants for dinner with the party being re-united for after dinner drinks in the bar of the hotel. The highlight of day 2 was a guided tour of Jesus College in Cambridge followed by a very interesting and thought provoking tour of the old library which, although now closed, is still in use for research purposes – my thanks to R W Bro Robin Wilson for facilitating this visit. A leisurely afternoon was spent punting on the River Cam with the rain thankfully holding off until we were all safely ashore. The main event of the week-end was of course the formal dinner held in the hotel’s private dining room on the Saturday evening. The catering was superb and Kathy Kings and Ann Marshall were the recipients of the floral table decorations.
With the summer recess rapidly drawing to a close, the final event of the summer break was a barbeque hosted by Bro Peter Mayo and his good lady Maria at their home. Some 40 brethren, wives, partners and friends joined Peter and Maria for a tremendous afternoon during which 3 BBQs were used to provide a wonderful selection of meats with a fourth state-of-the-art BBQ being kindly donated by Peter and Maria as the raffle prize. All monies raised from this event will go towards the 2018 Festival as Peter and Maria provided all of the food and liquid refreshment at their own cost.
All-in-all this has been a tremendous summer and one which my wife Pearl and I will remember for a very long time. Each of the events described above were only made possible by the efforts, dedication and generosity of a large number of brethren and friends of the Lodge and to each and every one of you Pearl and I extend our grateful thanks.
WM Forest Lodge 1852