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Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

The 2018 Mess Open Evening this year was held at the Farnham Masonic Centre, where 56 members, friends and family enjoyed a pre-meal drink while gathering to socialize in the bar and dining area. Although the venue this year was held at the Western side of the Province it was nevertheless very well supported, with one member travelling up from Kent.

Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

Pre-meal “nibbles” were offered to compliment the drinks and chat, while Caroline Grace, the entertainer for the evening, serenaded in the background.

Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

Dining was preceded by grace, offered by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W.Bro. Louis Keats, and an acclaimed Seafood Salad Starter was served. During the starter Caroline Grace charmed the diners with her beautiful voice and vocal skills.

Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

Between the first two courses the Chairman of the Officer’s Mess, VW.Bro. Richard Baker, rose to welcome everyone and thank them for their support and made time during the evening to circulate around all the tables to meet and get to know all those present.

Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

The main course of Slow Cooked Beef with Port Sauce was served, followed by a Summer Berry Crunchy Sundae dessert. Cheese and Biscuits and Coffee and Mints rounded off the meal. It must be said that our caterers, Sarah and Jack, truly excelled themselves with the fine menu prepared and served by them.

A raffle organized by W.Bro. Tony Connor raised £295 towards the Surrey 2022 MBF Festival.

Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

Judging by the happy sounds of conversation and laughter that filled the room throughout the evening, it was clear that it had proved a great success and then all too soon, it was time to say goodbyes and head homewards.

Surrey Provincial Grand Officers’ Mess Open Evening Dinner

Once again, this year, the principles of the Officer’s Mess Open Evening were fulfilled by bringing member Officers, their families and friends and even non-masons together socially. Long may it continue.

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Article by Ian Parsons and photos by Chris Eley