A convoy of eighteen Caravans and Motorhomes descended on The Blue Rose Country Park in Brandesburton, East Yorkshire for the West Yorkshire Mark Caravan Rally on the 5th to the 7th July 2019.. The occupants of the vehicles were a combination of both Mark and Craft Masons, who were all welcomed by organiser Andy Brown, whose own caravan has been permanently sited at the Blue Rose for the past couple of years.Each was allocated one of the pre booked “Super Pitches” and set up their Outfits ready for a weekend of Fun and Masonic Companionship. Mark and Tracy Holland, who are not Caravanners but not wanting to miss a weekend away, booked into the nearby Burton Lodge hotel (5 minutes away from the Blue Rose). They said the place was brilliant with a superb breakfast, definitely a place to revisit.
Those who arrived early “Alex Geddes for instance arrived Wednesday” spent their time relaxing taking in the local sights and hostelries, of which there are plenty in this part of the county. Saturday evening saw forty six Masons, along with 6 ‘locals’ from the site enjoy, an evening in the Site Club house with superb entertainment from Ms Leanne Jeffers, and a Malaysian feast, expertly prepared by Andy’s partner James, which included Chicken Curry, Satay Chicken with peanut sauce, pineapple and chilli salsa and many other options, finished off with Eton mess and a big cheese board. Alex Geddes indicated that he’ d never eaten curry before, whilst filling his bowl with his 3rd helping. It really was that good.
A raffle, game of Bingo and heads and tails were enjoyed when Andy Brown,, after thanking everyone for their support, called the Deputy PGM Alan Oldfield onto the stage and announced, that the Rally and the evenings Event had raised a magnificent £822.25 for the 2023 MBF festival.
The 2nd July meeting will go ahead, as a regular business meeting only. Anybody wishing to attend the meeting, and regular festive board, should book with the Lodge Secretary by 26th June.
Details of a rearranged social evening will be circulated in due course.
Last September I was fortunate to attend a concert featuring Sharon and John, the latter affectionately known as the Provincial Foot Stool, which was held at Greenhead Masonic Hall. John has endeared himself to his fellow Mark Masons with his enthusiasm and commitment, both of which were on display; he and Sharon gave a varied programme lasting over two hours.
All who attended were looking forward to the next offering, the opportunity is here, a Musical delight on Tuesday, 2nd July. I know that I have said this before but we are very fortunate in Mark Masonry to have quality entertainers in our midst who give their time and talent freely for good causes. You would have have had to pay much more, minimum £25 without food, were it a commercial venture.
The flyer for the event is attached from which you will see that a Buffet supper will be available, cost is very modest at £14 for Adults and £7 for children. It will be preceded by a Lodge meting but this will be of short duration, essential matters only, and casual dress is permitted but if you are to attend the Lodge meeting, regalia is required.
No one wants Sharon and John wondering if sufficient will turn up, so send your booking form in now, relax and look forward as I will, to an entertaining evening, albeit in far flung Bottoms.
To Book for this amazing event please use the form link below.
booking form no longer available, as the event has been postponed.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.