Another perfect day greeted this event, with barely a breath of wind and dappled sunshine at every turn.
After a splendid luncheon at Alderson House a congregation of ninety made their way to All Saints Parish Church in Sherbourne for what was another rousing service. Early arrivals were rewarded by a graceful recital delivered by E&P Bro Peter Summers on the church organ before we were formally welcomed by the new Church Warden, Edward Alexander.
E&P Bro The Rev'd. Dr. Roy Lodge, MBE, led the service throughout: a ceremony enlivened once again by contributions from The Provincial Choir under the baton of W Bro Michael Irving. Their support for the hymns made for a wonderful noise and greater joy for all participants.
On this occasion ill-health prevented attendance by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General, District of Warwickshire, V.·. Ill.·. Bro. Alan J. Wellan, 33°, and also the Most Wise Sovereign of Warwickshire Chapter RC No. 483, Ill.·. Bro. H. David Butterworth, 31°, both of whom were specifically mentioned in our prayers for those who are sick or in need. As a result of their absence the IPS from Warwickshire Chapter RC No 483, Ill.·. Bro. Stephen W. Fowler, 32°, read the First Lesson and our District Recorder, Ill.·. Bro. David A. Williams, 32°, gave the Second Lesson.
The sermon from E&P Bro The Rev'd. Dr. Roy Lodge, MBE, was vivifying and though-provoking. His ability to encourage a congregation to relax into lowering their mental portcullis in readiness for him to introduce an alternative view is to be admired. A copy of his Sermon is attached because it makes for even better reading a second or third time.
A final hymn warmed the vocal chords of the congregation in readiness for the National Anthem before a short walk from this remarkably pretty church to the village hall for tea, cake and genial conversation. It is easy to see why this event is a staple for so many of us and hopefully you can enjoy it next year too.