Chester/Wirral Retired Freemasons Enjoy the Day Out

REMAF,  the Retired Freemasons Fellowship held their summer jaunt to Shropshire and the Seven Valley Railway on Monday 17 July. Over 40 members, wives, partners and friends joined the coach at Ellesmere Port on an extremely hot day to travel to Bridgnorth to catch the steam train to Kidderminster. On the way, they stopped off at the British Ironwork Centre at Oswestry for coffee and view some of the many works of art made from steel including the Angel of Knives and a Gorilla made from spoons. (see photographs for description) then it was off to the Down Inn, one of Shropshire’s top rated carveries set in beautiful Countryside and described as “what a Country Pub should be offering rustic food and real local ales”.

Following a gigantic meal, it was back on the coach to catch the Seven Valley Train to Kidderminster. The Tank Pannier Engine built in 1949 for the Great Western Railway pulled carriages built in 1950 bring back memories of former years to many of its passengers. (see photograph for description). If you would like to join REMAF make contact with Mike Hendy tremadon@ntlworld.com or Terry Wroe on tewroe1@ntlworld.com.

If you’re retired come and enjoy yourself amongst fellow Masons, you will be most welcome its real fun.

The next coach trip is Maenan Abbey on 2 October 2017, a warm welcome awaits you.

The Angel of Knives. 100,000 knives confiscated by Police forces across the country and formed into an Indian Chief. A reminder to everyone not to carry knives or they could end up in another statue.

A Gorilla made entirely from 40,000 spoons sent to the museum by UK school children and from across the world. Uri Geller also donated a spoon originally owned by Winston Churchill.

“Now what shall I have”, thinks WBro Bill Harper this years President of REMAF.  Anne and Marsh Edwards cannot believe the size of the Turkey, when fresh it weighed between 25 and 30 lbs and was cooked over night by Down Inn Chefs.

Down to Lunch, what a happy group, they had eaten so much it was difficult to move.

WBro Marsh Edwards PJGD checks out the Steam Engine – a little larger than your OO models Marsh!

The Pannier Tank Engine built by at BR’s Swindon Works for the Great Western Railway  in 1949 still going and working hard.

Chatter in the carriage, WBros Marsh Edward and David Little both PJGD joke, accompanied by their wives Anne and Sandra.

WBro Roy Thomason and his wife Anne enjoy the scenery and good weather.

WBro Peter Shobbrook and Jean having a great time.

Just some of the happy party re-joining the coach at Kidderminster Station. Why don’t you come along and Join REMAF you would be very welcome.

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