On Thursday 26th November, Bridgegate Lodge No 5961 were the proud hosts of the Area 5 Presidential Patronage presentations for five qualifying Lodges in the area namely Bridgegate Lodge No 5961, Caerlleon Lodge No 4394, Lodge of King Solomon’s Temple No 3464, Lodge of Independence No 721 and Justice-cum-Waldron Lodge No 4763. The achievement of Presidential Patronage is no easy task, not only does it signify a great deal of funds have been raise by the Lodge, but Lodge also have to demonstrate how they have gone the extra mile in support of the Festival.
It was a special night for Bridgegate Lodge itself, being the 500th Meeting, but was made that bit more memorable with the attendance of the PGM RWBro Stephen Blank, VWBro Alan Glazier Deputy PGM, WBro George Mann APGM for Area 5 and many Distinguished Guests including representatives from all qualifying Lodges, the Area 5 Chairman WBro Mike Jarvis and the Chairman of the Festival WBro Paul Richards (himself a member of Bridgegate), all of whom were there to celebrate the great work carried out by the recipients of the Presidential Patronage Certificates.
Each Lodge brought members and as part of the proceedings put forward a representative to give a brief overview of the work they had undertaken to raise funds before the PGM made a presentation of a personalised framed certificate to each Lodge.
As the PGM was about to resume his seat two large cheques appeared, one to the value of £9,361.00 made up from donations by the five Presidential Lodges and one to the value of £4,032.00 from The Cheshire View & Queen St Fundraising Committee.
When asked about the great work carried out in Area 5, the APGM said “this is a wonderful achievement, and I know of other Lodges still working hard to achieve the same accolade. We still have time for other Lodges in Area 5 to achieve and receive their prestigious Presidential Patronage Certificate so come on Brethren, squeeze those collecting bags and money boxes, good luck and sincere thanks to you all.”
With the formal work completed upstairs, attendees retired to the festive board which was well humoured and great fun. It was fabulous to see more than 100 people dine and for many it was probably the first of many Christmas Dinners they will enjoy over the next few weeks.