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Last Thursday the ladies of the Teignbridge Masonic Widows Association held their monthly meeting, but on this occasion with a slight difference.

They had invited the Almoners of all the lodges in the area to join them for lunch in appreciation of the support given to the by all the members of the lodges where their husbands had been members.

On this occasion 31 members were joined by 12 Lodge Almoners who were treated to a superb talk on the life and times of Joyce Grenfell. This was given by the chairman of the Torbay Civic Society Mr. Ian Hannaford. (Pictured sitting in the front row) Who told us that Joyce was a Niece of Lady Astor who was the first female member of parliament and represented Plymouth in the early 20th Century, this meant Joyce was a frequent visitor to these parts. Many interesting facts were disclosed by Ian about this very humorous and well-loved lady during his talk.

Teignbridge Masonic Merry Widows
Teignbridge Masonic Merry Widows

The total membership of the Teignbridge Masonic Widows association is 43, they meet monthly and four times a year treat themselves to a lunch similar to the one they treated the Almoners to on Thursday, some couldn’t be present due to illness, some because of the difficulty of attending due to disabilities, but all are well supported by their own members and the almoners of the lodges.

The hard working committee which consists of Chairwoman. Marion Johnson, Vice Chairwoman. Val Wright, Secretary. Mary Purchase, Treasurer. Pat Wolfenden, Mentor. Ann Briddock and Almoner. Wendy along with some of the members can be seen here Pictures in the Lodge meeting room and the refectory. The 12 male Lodge Almoners who were present enjoyed a superb luncheon and were thoroughly entertained by the ladies sat at their tables, all were in agreement that if they still hold their positions next year they would be delighted to be invited back.

W. Bro Clive Eden
Provincial Press Officer