The Taunton branch of the Somerset Masonic Friendship Association (SMFA) held a delightful Christmas Lunch on Sunday 4th December 2022, which was organised by Lynn Evans and the committee (Shirley Farmer, Diana Mulhall, Avril Hooley, Sandra Wilson, Ray Baines, Tony Evans, Roger Bailey, Peter Farmer and Chris Partridge) who all pulled together to make it a great success. Over 60 diners sat down to a traditional Christmas lunch, prepared as ever by our marvellous caterer at Taunton, Karen (Did you know – having just had our Environmental Health inspection visit, Karen was awarded the highest possible mark – 5 STARS!) The dining room had been decorated by our hard-working Hall Manager Hayley Hunt, and the tables were superbly decorated by Lynn and all her team.
As well as the lunch, Lynn and the team had organised a Secret Santa, a heads and tails, and a “guess the weight” Christmas cake (6lb 9oz!) to make the lunch go with a swing. Friendship and camaraderie were the order of the day, with much laughter and good company.
We were very pleased that our PGM Ray Guthrie, and his wife Hazel could join us. Ray said all the kind words one would expect – and then surprised us all. Lynn is the first ever female recipient of the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Commendation. This award reflects both the quality and volume of hard work she has put into the Taunton branch, especially in the care she shows for members – she is truly Masonic in her approach.
Article by Charlie Barker – Prov SMFA Coordinator
Posted by Ed Richings – ACO(SW)