In happier times, when the Brethren of St Alphege Lodge were planning to celebrate their Centenary, due on 6th September 2020, little did they imagine that the world would be in such turmoil. It was initially planned to start a year of celebration with a Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor of Bath, when all plans were suspended due to the dreaded Covid pandemic.
Fast forward two years and on their 102nd Anniversary the Mayor of Bath very kindly entertained a representative group of Brethren in his Parlour at the Guildhall and took the opportunity to thank them for their generous donation of £4,000 to the Mayor of Bath’s relief fund.
In thanking the Brethren, The Right Worshipful Mayor of Bath, Councillor Rob Appleyard, explained how the money would help the most needy families in Bath; whether it be to buy a new washing machine or refrigerator, the recipient would never know who had helped them, but Freemasons’ charitable works are well recognised in the City and very much appreciated.
He later wrote to say, “it was certainly a pleasure to greet members of the Lodge to the Parlour and further understand the Masonic offering to the City, and particularly thank them in person for the most generous donation to the Mayors Relief Fund, something that will have significant effect to those of our residents who need additional support in these difficult times. Looking forward to their next 100 years”
Little did anyone imagine that a few days later we would learn that our beloved Queen had died, and once again our world would change.