Mark Ravenwood (pictured), Light Blues Deputy Chairman and Information Officer, writes:
On Saturday 29th February, the East Kent Light Blues Brothers (EKL:BB) held their first official meeting under the new committee, headed up by Howard Griffin. With almost 200 members signed up prior to the event, we were excited to welcome 100 Brethren to the Curious Brewery in Ashford.
With a 10am start and the bar not opening until 11, the committee rolled out the banners, prepped envelopes and badges and worked out where we wanted the camera shots. The weather was not on our side and by 9.15 we had soggy brethren begging admittance, much to the consternation of the bar staff who were still working on the pots of coffee!
Despite this, with a little patience all round, we soon had dozens of brethren sharing greetings in the good old masonic fashion.
After an introduction from the Province and the Committee, Brethren went on tours of the Brewery, and sampled some of the Curious Ales and Ciders being prepared on the site. The tours were well received and the beverages even more so! With ample time for conversation, the exchanging of contact details and making plans for future activities, the event closed at 12.30 and most Brethren had departed by one o’clock, a handful staying behind for the after party.
You can see a short video of the event by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/wondt8t
“Fantastic well supported launch event of the EKLBB and looking forward to supporting and attending the forthcoming events” – Alan Leigh
“Excellent turn out. Great to see so many Brethren, and making new friends, and catching up with old acquaintances.” – Harry Harrison
Please do not get the impression that we are really the Light Booze Brothers: we have been planning several events for the next few months, including Clay Pigeon Shooting, a Visit to London for the Quarterly Communications, Golfing, Garden Fest, visiting a Battle of Britain Memorial, attempting a Three-Peak challenge and other hiking activities, plus group visits to support Lodges and Masonic Centres. These of course have had to be cancelled or postponed until the country is moving once more, but we are now looking at ways to keep Brethren in touch online and have plans for a Masonic Quiz night, online Masonic meet ups, supporting the online Lodges of Instruction and other activities still under discussion. If you haven’t yet signed up for the EKLBB, I urge you to go on to the website, www.EKLBB.org and join us now! It is the only way you will get to hear about all the fantastic plans we have for the future.
In addition, there are a number of opportunities to help organise and manage the East Kent Light Blues Brothers. We are looking for members that can support and assist the administration, marketing and organisational aspects of the Club, such as website design, running social events, liaising with Lodges, and so on. The EKLBB committee has made a great start to this and the launch was, as a result, a brilliant success. If you would like to join them, then please complete the membership form by visitinghttps://tinyurl.com/wurmdx2 highlighting the skills and interests you have and then please email it to: email@example.com
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