Dear Brethren and friends.
At long last, I have been able to complete the purchase of the memorial vase and, with the etching and inscriptions, it looks absolutely first class.
Apologies that there has been so much time since the completion of the sponsored cycle ride. The original supplier, of the vase, experienced extreme problems sourcing the materials, this taking over 18 months and still could not complete the commission.
Eventually, an alternative supplier was found and, the vase was provided and engraved, by Wrighton and Barker in Bedford within 4 weeks.
On your behalf, Myself, Ash Curl (Andy’s Brother) and Micky Ball (one of Andy’s closest friends), presented it to Yvette Curl (Andy’s Widow)
Yvette was visibly touched by the gesture and both her and Ash were very pleased with both the design and quality of finish.
Yvette said ”it looked beautiful”, and was particularly please with the choice of photo, which was taken on thier Honeymoon (in Paris) and holds some very precious memories for her.
She wanted to extend her gratitude to all the sponsors for the gesture. It means a great deal to her and the rest of the family.
When the Vase is finally placed on the grave, it will serve as a touching and abiding tribute to Andy and particularly, his love of the St Andrews Lodge.
Brethren and friends, thank you for sponsoring me in this venture and for the part you have all played in contributing to a wonderful outcome.
This will be a lasting memorial to a very talented and missed past Master of St. Andrews Lodge 803.
W.Bro Norman Tristram