The SMFA NW Area coordinator, Brian Clayton supported by his wife Carol, took six masonic widows from Portishead and Clevedon to the Provincial Carol Service in Wells Cathedral on 14th December. In typical Masonic style, they did so in their own cars, since the cost of a minibus at this time of year was so prohibitive. Despite it being a bitterly cold -6°C night coming over Burrington Coombe, a very enjoyable evening was had by all and their efforts were much appreciated by the ladies.
Starting from Portishead, after picking the ladies up door to door, Brian and Carol arrived in Wells just in time for a cream tea at the Swan Hotel. Then onto the cathedral for the service which started promptly and of course it was a very enjoyable experience much appreciated by all the ladies. Thanks to the helpful cathedral staff, Brian was able to borrow a wheelchair which made transit for one of the less mobile ladies a lot easier; it is a long walk across the cathedral green in freezing cold weather. The convoy left Wells after the service and all parties were safely home by 10.30pm, for a cup of cocoa and bed.
Peter Russell, the newly-appointed SMFA Provincial Coordinator, said “This is a great example of the support the SMFA gives to those who want to keep a connection to Masonry, through the friendship and the wider Masonic events. I’m very grateful to Brian and Carol for going the extra mile – literally!”
Article by Charlie Barker – ex SMFA Provincial Coordinator
Posted by Ed Richings – ACO (SW)