How our first year has flown by so quickly. Our first coffee morning was on the January 15th last year when just a few of us gathered to see if we wanted to form a sort of Masonic Fellowship Group similar to some others in our Province. We got going so quickly a month later we had a formal meeting to agree that we should be known as the Banter Club. Who would have thought that we would have done so much in our first year, I certainly didn’t. I don’t think that any of this would have been made possible without the hard work of so many of our members who have made every effort to make this club the success that it is.
We have had some really interesting speakers and the programme already in place for this year looks really impressive. Well done Wendy for arranging all of that. Further details are printed below. We are organising several trips this year for our members and their friends; The first to South Downs Planetariumin Chichester. The second to London, which will include a visit and tour of Freemasons Hall. And finally a Cruise, well ok, a boat trip on The Spirit of Portsmouth to see the Three Rivers of Hampshire. Maybe a world cruise next year!
We enjoyed hosting representatives from two of our major Masonic Charities during the year. The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institute and the Masonic Samaritan Fund, who informed us about their marvellous work. A rather nice buffet lunch was also enjoyed.
Our Christmas Lunch was very well supported, and Shep Woolley managed to add a bit of humour to our festive cheer. The Christmas Lunch has already been booked for this year, with entertainment being provided by “Nostalgia”.
Our First anniversary lunch had a Burns theme and was a memorable occasion. I have to thank our caterers for the super food provided for this and our Christmas Lunch. The piper Mr Harry Norwood, and the address to the Haggis given by Mr Arthur Hawthorne.
We would not be here without the help and support of the Masonic Hall Company and in particular Paul Adams and Kerry for all the help given to us.
Thank you to all of you who have provided Raffle prizes and bought tickets this has been our main income during the year. Special thanks to Joyce Palmer for the two special Cake Raffles (especially the Christmas one – that I won)
I would also like to place on record our thanks to the Masonic Province of Hampshire & IOW for the generous £1000 donation to help us get going.
So far we have 81 members on our register, but have room for lots more, so please spread the message about the Banter Club to all of those who you think may benefit and like to join in the fun with us. I can assure you that a warm welcome will await them. Finally, I could not have done this on my own and would like to thank all of the members for their enthusiastic support and those who have agreed to continue to help with the administration of the Banter Club.