The Worshipful Master of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.154 and Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Rodney Bignell once again organised and hosted the annual Provincial Grand Stewards visit to Lake Como, which this year took place between the 29th of June and 4th of July.
A total of 43 attendees were once again delighted to sample the finest scenery and hospitality at the beautiful lakeside hotel, Hotel Britannia Excelsior and the chef and his team delivered the finest food and wines of the Region.
The hotel is owned by W.Bro. Ross Weildon who is a member of W.Bro. Rodney’s English Lodge, together with his wife Doriana and this annual event not only enables members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Valencia to enjoy a fine break in Italy, it also furthers Masonic bonds of friendship.
During the day the participants were free to explore the beautiful and historic Region using the frequent water taxi’s that stopped frequently and very close to the hotel.
W.Bro. Rodney and his lady Jean also arranged a private boat for lake tour on one of the days.
After a day exploring and working up an appetite the evenings were taken up in sampling the local fayre (often caught just a short time before the meal) and complemented by the finest of Italian wines.
During the event a Gala Dinner was arranged with live music provided by local group and a raffle held during the evening raised €480 which will be donated to charitable causes.
With the Provincial Grand Stewards always ready to step-in and help there was even an opportunity to help in the preparation of that day’s menu.
One thing that all participants agreed was that they are keen to repeat the event again next year.