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Forest Lodge Gate-Crash the Chester Races

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The intrepid travellers from Forest Lodge No 1852, set off in July for their annual jaunt, with Chester being the destination. Little did they know that it would be the same weekend as the Chester races. As you can imagine, this meant that the city was somewhat busier than anticipated and that there was an abundance of sights provided by the enthusiastic race-goers.

Asia was the area of the world visited for the Friday evening meal – China and India to be exact. Both proved to be excellent and were discussed over an odd beverage or two in the hotel bar afterwards.

We were very lucky with the weather as it remained dry and sunny during daylight hours which encouraged members of the group to explore the historic areas of Chester although there was a large number of shopping bags hauled back to the hotel! A particular item of note was the masonic memorial in the cathedral in remembrance of one Edward Jones who was Provincial Treasurer in the 1830s.

On Saturday evening, black tie was the order of the day as usual as we enjoyed a delicious 3-course dinner. Our waitress was a very interesting young lady who was working to help fund herself through University. She captured the hearts of a few of the group I can tell you.

We stayed in the Hallmark Queen Hotel which is steeped in history and had many interesting artefacts and paintings, relating to Queen Victoria and her family, housed in its delightfully decorated rooms.

Thoughts are already turning to next year’s get together. We don’t like to let the grass grow under our feet!