Report on the 2017 Mark Ladies Festival Weekend
This year the Annual Ladies Festival was held between the 21st and 23rd April under the Presidency of Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Bob Stokes. He and Marilyn were delighted to receive over 90 plus brethren, wives, partners, family and friends to the Hampshire Court Hotel. The hotel, part of the Q Hotels chain, is located on the outskirts of Basingstoke, Hampshire.
The weekend started in good form with cream teas for all upon arrival and later that evening an a la carte dinner in the Hampshire Restaurant.
Saturday, was free time for all and we were spoilt for choice of the many local venues and attractions in and around the town of Basingstoke.
Saturday evening’s gala Banquet was preceded by a Bucks Fizz Reception when all arrived in their finery for the four course dinner which followed with entertainment by Ed Hailwood singing Sinatra, Buble and other well known favourites.
Our MC, W.Bro. Alan Valentine, conducted the evening’s proceedings introducing W.Bro. David Hilton, who proposed the toast to Marilyn and the Ladies. The Ladies Song was sung in an excellent manner by W.Bro. Barry Weigleb. In her reply, Marilyn thanked everyone for coming to support the Ladies weekend and hoped that all were having a relaxing and enjoyable time.
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The 2017 Festival President - WBro Bob Stokes DPGM
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Marilyn Stokes responds to the toast to the Ladies
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The end of a successful evening!
WBro Barry Weigleb sings the Ladies Song IMG_6233.jpg
WBro Barry Weigleb sings the Ladies Song
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WBro David Hilton proposes the toast to the Ladies
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Wrapping up the evening our President, Bob Stokes, was delighted to announce that the 2018 Festival President would be Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Brian Bell with his wife Margaret. This was received with great enthusiasm by all in attendance as a very worthy choice recognising the sterling work that Brian does for us all in connection with the N&H Benevolent Association.
He thanked W.Bro. Ivor Armstrong and his wife Linda for making all the arrangements and co-ordinating the weekend in what was his first involvement as Festival Secretary following the retirement of previous Secretary, W.Bro. Rick Bott.
He also thanked the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George Bonham for his valuable support.
WBro Brian Elliott ProvGSec