Members of Lodge of the Oldest Ally No. 9524, which meets on the 1st Saturday in October and the 2nd Saturday in May, enjoyed their first meeting since October 2019.

The meeting, which proved very successful despite reduced numbers, took place in Portugal as is the custom for the Lodge’s October meeting. The Lodge's May meeting takes place at Daventry.

On the evening before the meeting, the Lodge’s brethren and their ladies enjoyed a splendid dinner organised by WBro Mario da Silva at the Messe de Cascais.

The meeting itself used the facilities of Lancaster Lodge No. 9413, the Master of that lodge, WBro Jose Correira, also being a member of Lodge of the Oldest Ally.

The Lodge’s Worshipful Master, WBro Abel Vale, presided over the meeting in a very efficient manner.

Two honorary members, VWBro Robert Levitt and WBro Norman Pope, acted as Chaplain and Director of Ceremonies respectively. WBro Stuart West, WBro David Nicholas, Bro Bill Lloyd, and guest WBro Tracy Williams stood-in as Senior Warden, Inner Guard, Tyler, and Immediate Past Master respectively.

Following the meeting, the brethren and their ladies enjoyed a very successful Festive Board held at the Hotel Vila Gale, Cascais.

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