Clevedon Masonic Club Social Hub organised its first event of 2022 on Saturday 22nd January 2022, a Burns Night Supper and with numbers attending still restricted it was a sellout event.
The Dining Room at Clevedon Masonic Hall had been suitably decorated with Scottish Flags, both the Scottish Saltire and the Royal Scottish Standard complete with bunting, and whilst many of those attending making a special effort to wear something Scottish it was a shame that more did not do so. The evening commenced at 7pm but many arrived before this time and enjoyed an aperitif before being seated at 7.30pm. The formal dinner commenced with the ‘Selkirk Grace’ presented by Sandy Kemlo before the Starters were served.
The Haggis was piped in by Sandy Kemlo and after this was presented, he gave the customary ‘Address to the Haggis’ followed by the Neap of Whisky. The remains were piped into the Kitchen so that this could be served by Zena Catering’s staff. While this was being done Sandy Kemlo entertained everyone with a medley of tunes played on the Bagpipes. Dessert was followed by Coffee and Mints and then the formal Toasts of the evening the ’Toast to the Immortal Memory’ given very ably by Martin Slocombe and then the ‘Toast to the Lassies’ given by John Bennett.
“They thought it was all over“
Everyone thought that that was the end of the evening, but John Bennett went on to explain that two of the ladies that served us, Zena Summerell and Tina Cornish had been doing so at Clevedon Masonic Hall for over 40 years each. This had been realised during 2018 but due to the pandemic nothing could be done to mark this event. Clevedon Masonic Club Committee felt that we should acknowledge the wonderful service that these two have given to the brethren of Clevedon. Both were presented with bouquets of flowers and then a specially commissioned Oil Painting of Clevedon each. It had been arranged that Tina’s husband together with her daughter Kirsty were present and their presence completed the surprises of the evening, Neil Hurcum together with his mother and partner was also present making this a real family evening, it was wonderful to see both Zena and Tina lost for words.
The whole evening was put together and arranged by Neil Hurcum and Clevedon Masonic Club is very grateful for all his efforts in making this such a wonderful occasion. Owing to the success of this event further events are being planned for later in the year, tickets do sell very quickly so please book early.