On Sunday 22ndJuly the Royal Masonic School Rickmansworth hosted the 2018 Herts Family Fun Day.
RWBro Paul Gower Provincial Grand Master of Hertfordshire and Richard Hone QC President Masonic Charitable Foundation cut a red ceremonial ribbon held by VWBro David Ferris DepPGM and WBro Dick Knifton APGM to open the Fun Day. They then joined the MCF Members for their annual meeting whilst their families enjoyed the Fun Day.
An estimated 2,500 visitors made for a very friendly atmosphere. Free parking & admission, with each child receiving a free school sports shoe bag encouraged attendance & support.
The car parks and over flow car park only just provided enough spaces for our enthusiastic visitors.
17 Charities ranging from the Herts Air Ambulance, Herts & Beds Search & Rescue, BloodServe and local charities and Hospices encouraged charity awareness with a variety of games and entertainment for the visiting crowds, whilst taking just over £5,000 in donations for their own cause.
Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon, Mr Thatchman and a kiddie’s fun fair kept the family interests elsewhere while others simply enjoyed the food and drink listening to the music.
“Never Too Late” 60s/70s rock’n’role band : KMJ 17 piece Jaz Band and the Bootleg BGs provided ongoing musical entertainment throughout the afternoon.
34 Lodge stalls and events provided fun and games for all ages gaining donations for the RMTGB (Trust for Girls & Boys).
Moonlite Entertainments of King Henry Eighth Lodge provided a fantastic “fair ground” array of children’s rides.
“Tea at the Ritz Style” courtesy of Stortford Lodge No 409 (Sponsored by Weston Homes) providing a very sedate setting for high tea of scones & sandwiches with Champagne options.
The MCF giant wigwam took centre stage providing free goodies for the children and useful information for one and all. Their human fruit machine raised money whilst providing good fun and entertainment for the passing crowds.
“Pimms Time” run by Park Street Lodge , Cloisters Food Stall and Rickmansworth Lodge Bar (7 ciders : 12 keg beers : 10 real ales) watered and fed everyone.
A total of £19,913.10 was raised for charity on the day and the Provincial Grand Master RWBro Paul Gower said “once again Happy Hertfordshire have successfully taken Freemasonry into the community ”.
over 2,500 visitors
455 kids school sports bags issued free to all children
over 1,400 draw tickets purchased at the entry gate (thank you Charlie Ager)
17 charities £5,015.00 retained by the charities
34 Lodge stalls/events £14,898.10 donated to the RMTGB 2019 Festival
Total 51 stalls/charities/events/sponsors £19,913.10