On Saturday 16th September the name of the Nailsea Masonic Centre was changed for the evening to ‘The Goose and Gridiron’ whilst we celebrated the Tercentenary. A wonderful banquet, as near as possible to the meal offered in 1717 at the original venue, consisting of rabbit with pickles and freshly baked bread, tasty venison (oh, dear!) with potatoes in red wine, was all served in big open pots with garden root vegetables. An abundance of cheeses, fruits and bread with bottomless flagons of wine, were also prepared and served by the in house caterer Samantha and her staff, and finished off with jugs of port served by Eve and her bar staff.
The evening started in the Temple with a very interesting and informative talk from our guest speaker W.Bro Keith Gilbert PSGD PGSwd, International co-ordinator of the Tercentenary Planning for UGLE, a massive undertaking, so we were very pleased that he could spare us some time from his busy schedule. We also had the pleasure of the company of R.W.Bro Stuart C.A Hadler, the Provincial Grand Master, and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro Martin C. Slocombe.
The whole event was managed and superbly organised by W.Bro Simon Eden and Mrs Cheryl Eden, both Directors and joint Managers of the Nailsea Masonic Centre. The amount of work they both put in to ensure its success was outstanding. It all made for a wonderful evening, great company, first class venue, excellent speaker and a celebration not to be forgotten for a long time.