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Six go to a Carol Service!

Brian Clayton, SMFA NW Area coordinator, with the unstinting support of his wife Carol, took six of “our widows” from Portishead and Clevedon to the Provincial Carol Service in Wells Cathedral last week. In typical Masonic style, not to say typical Brian & Carol caring 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 night  –  -6°C coming over Burrington Coombe  –  a very enjoyable evening was had by all and their efforts were much appreciated by the ladies.

Starting from Portishead at 3.30, after picking the ladies up door to door, Brian & Carol arrived in Wells at 5.30 just in time for a cream tea at the Swan Hotel (see the photo). The team then arrived at the Cathedral at 7.00 for the Service which started promptly at 7.30, 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 movement for one of the less mobile ladies easier than depending on a walking frame, it is a long walk across the Cathedral Green in freezing cold weather.

The convoy left Wells at 9.15 and all parties were safely home by 10.30  – 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!”

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