They say the sun shines on the righteous and this was certainly the case today as around 100+ Masons Friends and Families joined the District Team and APGM Mike Gibbons and his wife Carole, The APGP Len Haynes and his wife at Middleton Masonic Halls Annual Garden Party.
09 mike Gibbons and his wife
The afternoon began by Ken Turner welcoming everyone to the event and explaining the days Programe of events.
He first started by saying that the original band they had booked couldn’t make it and that a last minute change had been made to the programme and we now had the pleasure of the GMP Dixieland band to set the mood for the first part of the afternoons entertainment.
09 GMP dixie land band

It wasn’t long before the barbecue was in full swing prepared by members of the lodges and assisted by the District team.

09 barbecue

Ken again explained the scheduling of events introducing the second part of the entertainment team the Rochdale Community Wind Band who he said “ this grouphad been undertaking these events since 2007 and he hoped would continue in the future”.
The band started by a melody of Abba greats to get everyone in the mood.
Before playing classics from the Great Escape, Broadway and theatre classics, only stopping for a short break to accommodate the raffle.

09 Raffle

The raffle was drawn by APGM Mike Gibbons with the assistance from the AGPM and runners consisting of masonic brethren.
09 Community Band
Before the band restarted our APGM Mike Gibbons, thanked everyone for the support the event had been given by everyone and stated that even though he had visited Middleton on a few occasions he was pleasantly surprised by the grounds and looked forward to returning next year (without his shirt)
Ken thanked Mike for his kind words but had said it was a team effort which had helped to raise in excess of  £700.