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Square Events introduce ‘Try Before You Buy’

As a Festival Secretary or President you have the responsibility of choosing the perfect Ladies Weekend location.

Is the price right?

Are the contract terms fair?

Is the hotel like it is in the pictures?

Does the hotel have experience with Masonic events?

Square Events have the answer to all these questions.

Having placed more than 1,500 Lodges over 15 years in hundreds of national hotels we have the historic knowledge, the hotel contacts, the buying power and relationships to make sure the answer to all the above questions is YES.

Following on from our initial conversation we will provide a full colour proposal detailing every single hotel in your chosen area that matches your brief. These hotels will have a proven track record of hosting Masonic events or, if you have chosen somewhere a little different, we will ensure that the hotel have all the support and event knowledge they need to make your event run smoothly.

Once you have narrowed your search, or ideally found your preferred venue, we invite you to ‘try before you buy’. Subject to hotel availability your complimentary overnight stay* will be a chance to enjoy the hotels facilities, see the function room, experience the bedrooms and meet with the events team who will ensure all the relevant information is taken.

Assuming all is satisfactory with your visit you can confirm the event safe in the knowledge you have the ideal venue.

Alternatively we can send you details of other Lodges who have confirmed events in your chosen Ladies Weekend venue and, after first checking with the Lodge in question, send you invite details for their event.

Of course sometimes life is just too busy to be able to get away to visit your chosen hotel. As a solution we are always happy to put you in touch with Festival Secretaries / Presidents who have held Ladies Festivals in the hotel before who can give you an honest appraisal of an events success.

Please read more about our services for First Time Organisers and Festival Secretaries by clicking the link or get in touch by calling 01202 400855 or emailing [email protected]

*Some venues may payment for overnight, refunded upon confirmation of event.

Spending time in the garden (of England)

Following on from Square Events busiest ever month for Masonic Ladies Festivals I thought it was time for a mini-break to relax and recharge the batteries. Always on the lookout for suitable hotels for Lodge Ladies Weekends I had decided to visit the QHotels properties Bridgewood Manor and Ashford International.

 

Due to crazy parking prices in Brighton Lodges looking for suitable Masonic Ladies Weekend venues have started to look elsewhere in the South East and with Kent being the ‘Garden of England’, with great shopping and plenty of history a suitable alternative has been found.

 

QHotels Bridgewood Manor is located in Chatham in close proximity to the M2, M20 and M25 and with excellent rail links also within 30 – 40 minutes of central London. The entrance area is full of quiet little areas where you can relax with a drink. Dinner in the Squires Restaurant was magnificent and it’s clear that chef takes a lot of pride in the food that leaves the kitchen. The hotel is set around a lovely courtyard which would make an ideal setting for a drinks reception ahead of your Ladies Night. The bedrooms are well appointed and extremely comfortable especially the suite we were staying in!

 

QHotels Ashford International is perfectly located being just 5 minutes from the Eurostar Station with its high-speed links to France and central London. Shopping enthusiast will be buoyed by nearby Canterbury, the (apparently) fabulous McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and, just two stops on the train away, the new Westfield Shopping Centre. The hotel is ideally set up for Masonic Lodge Weekends with large banqueting suites able to cope with numbers up to 250 for a dinner dance and various levels of bedrooms all beautifully decorated and lavishly appointed. The public areas are spacious and again decorated to a high standard. The hotel has a gym that wouldn’t be out of a place at leisure centre complete with a luxurious spa which will surely be extremely popular with the Ladies.

 

With extremely competitive prices I truly believe that both hotels would be ideal for Masonic Ladies Weekends. When your next Ladies Festival comes around why not pass Square Events Managements details to the Festival Secretary and recommend that he gives us a call and includes Bridgewood Manor and Ashford International in the brief.

 

Contact Matt on 01202 400855 or visit the Square Events Management website.

Square Events night at the Langstone Hotel

The Square Events Management team had the pleasure of staying at The Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island a few weeks ago, where we were given a really warm welcome and the opportunity to view how well the hotel could accommodate the perfect Masonic Ladies’ Festival.

 

Upon arrival we were shown to the hotel’s spacious bar, the perfect place to meet for a pre-dinner drink. We were immediately able to envisage how Masonic guests on a Ladies’ Festival Weekend would be able to come here to relax and mingle with their fellow Lodge members – it had a great atmosphere.

 

We were then shown around the hotel’s wide range of rooms and function suites, two of which really stood out as ideal venues for a Masonic Ladies’ Festival. The Langstone Suite, which would accommodate around 100 guests, was well situated on the ground floor, with glass doors leading onto a patio. Next, The Spinnaker Suite wowed the Square Events team with its breathtaking view over Langstone Harbour and onto the Solent. The suite was circular shaped, with ceiling-to-floor glass spanning around half of it, giving the effect of a panoramic photograph. The room also had its own bar, and would fit around 80 guests comfortably for the perfect Masonic Ladies Festival dinner.

 

We were able to see the different ways in which The Spinnaker Suite could be set up for a gala dinner. The hotel includes the cost of chair covers in its room hire rate, and Square Events Management are able to help you arrange the other important details, including table displays and name cards, and securing your toastmaster, band, and photographer.

 

Dinner at the hotel was delicious. Its restaurant currently holds two AA Rosettes, and is aiming for a third this year. The quality of service really stood out to us, and it was clear that any Masonic Ladies Dinner would run smoothly and professionally, allowing the Lodge’s President and his Lady to enjoy the evening without any worry.

 

A comfortable night’s sleep was also had by every member of the Square Events team, the newly-refurbished bedrooms being luxurious and spacious. The hotel has 148 bedrooms in total, meaning it could easily accommodate guests on a Masonic Ladies Festival Weekend.

 

Square Events Management takes away the hassle of organising your Ladies Festival. Call Matt and the team on 01202 400 855, and we would be delighted to be of assistance!

Helping a Lodge celebrate their 250th anniversary

Square Events is delighted to be organising its first ever 250th Lodge Anniversary. The event, which is planned for May 2016, will not only require intense planning and attention to detail, it will also need the touch of someone who truly understands the fundamentals of Masonic events.

 

This is where Square Events can help. Matt and the team will do everything possible to take the effort out of organising the perfect Ladies’ Festival, Masonic Weekend, or even that incredible Lodge Anniversary.

 

The ball is already in motion for the 250th Anniversary, because although 2016 may still seem to be in the distant future, Square Events knows that it is never to soon to ensure that every detail is organised to perfection.

 

This particular Anniversary already looks to be an exciting one. The Lodge celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 1966 at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, a stone’s throw from Freemason’s Hall, where a six course banquet cost only five guineas! Whilst Square Events won’t be able to replicate the price, they will be replicating the menu, planning an exquisite banquet of six courses to be held in one of London’s most prestigious venues.

 

In particular, the Lodge is looking forward to re-enacting one of its most cherished traditions: the serving of black pudding as the dinner’s first course. And woe betide the person who doesn’t finish their helping! Ritual dictates that anyone who is unable to eat their portion must make a donation to the Lodge’s chosen charity.

 

Square Events already has a fantastic choice of venues lined up for the Lodge to consider. These include some of London’s most stunning hotels, all of which are steeped in history and all of which boast splendour and luxury. With an in-depth knowledge of venues such as these, Square Events is well-equipped not only to advise the perfect venue, but also to negotiate some fantastic rates for your Masonic Event.

 

If Square Events is able to help you with your Lodge’s Ladies’ Festival, Lodge Anniversary, or Masonic Weekend, give us a call on 01202 400855 and we will be delighted to help!

Do Lodges prefer a full service of just find the venue?

Over the last few years Square Events Management have seen a change in the way lodges are organising their annual Ladies Night or Weekend Festival. With fewer Festival Secretaries organising the event, it is increasingly the Worshipful Master’s responsibility to select the destination, locate the Masonic Ladies Festival Hotel or Masonic Ladies Festival Venue (and negotiate a good rate and workable terms and conditions), organise entertainment and get enough people together to make the event viable.

Square Events Management help organisers to either put the whole event together or just locate the hotel (and negotiate good rates and terms). In fact Square Events Management are arguably the only company offering a completely open book service. Lodges can see exactly how much each supplier is quoting and can be confident the price quoted has not been added to by Square Events Management. Unlike some of our competitors we do not add to the ticket price to boost our commission all prices, from all suppliers are passed onto the Lodge as we receive them, and we are more than happy to put you in touch direct if you wish to check!

The open book approach reassures Lodges’ that nobody is lifting their leg and ensures the Lodge achieve best value for money. Other companies who only organise Masonic Ladies Festivals, insist on minimum profit margins that the lodge have to meet. No risk/reward share is entered into putting all the risk in the lodges court. Square Events Management will earn most of the profit from the venue but because their parent company Brief2Event place £3M+ of business into hotels and venues in the UK, Lodges will always save money by using Square Events Management rather than booking direct.

50% growth in lodges booking events year on year and the option for whole event or just venue find, places Square Events Management as the most popular company to assist lodges with their Masonic Ladies Festival.