Quantock Lodge No 4446, who meet at Watchet, recently had the opportunity to celebrate a combined 112 years in Freemasonry for two of their lodge members and bring a very fitting end to their Masonic year. The lodge was honoured by the presence of Stanley Hopkins, Past Provincial Grandmaster for Somerset, who presented a 60 years in Freemasonry certificate to Eric Murrell and 50 years in Freemasonry certificate to the Keith Lloyd – the additional collar adornments added to the sense of fun and enjoyment.
This was the third attempt to celebrate with Eric (now actually 62 years a Mason) as previous attempts to mark the occasion were thwarted by the COVID lockdown in March 2020 and then an outbreak of COVID amongst Lodge Officers in April 2022. It was pleasing to see the lodge back to an almost capacity audience with a good number of guests, enjoying an excellent festive board and the renowned Quantock atmosphere.
Sadly, the lodge also bid a fond farewell to Karen Dingle who had decided that for several reasons she had to resign as Quantock Lodge caterer. Karen had been the caterer for many years and had always presented good fare for the many festive boards and lodge social occasions. The WM on behalf of the brethren presented her with a bouquet of flowers, a decanter and a good supply of wine.
A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening was had by all present and it certainly raised spirits after the impact of the pandemic.