ISSUE 7, October 2003
Editorial
William Hogarth: Portrait of a Mason-Artist
Travel: Here's to your health
Letters
Royal Masonic School for Girls: Looking to the future
Masonic VC Winners
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Masonic education: Major conferences programme
Masonic charities: Lifeboats and Prostate cancer and Bowel cancer and Subsidiary funds and Grand Charity meeting
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Sword's link with Gustavus Adolphus
Gardening
Book reviews

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Apart from the treatments, state-of-the art gymnasium, and classes throughout the day there are also two tennis courts, a croquet area, archery classes and bicycles to explore the extensive grounds.
     Included in the daily classes is a beginner's golf lesson, provided by the resident Professional. A charge of 2 is made for use of the balls.
     This area is being extended to include a nine-hole par three golf course in addition to a bunker, putting practice areas and driving range. Other new facilities include a 25-metre salt water swimming pool, due to open in 2004.
     Breakfast and lunch is served in a restaurant area overlooking the swimming pool, and includes everything you would find in an ordinary hotel, including a full cooked English breakfast.
Dishes are colour coded
Lunch, buffet-style both hot and cold, includes baked potatoes. Dinner is a much more formal affair starting with drinks in the bar. The a la carte menu gives a good choice, with the shell fish, primarily crab and lobster, carrying a supplement. The style of cooking is very much in a time warp with many of the recipes using cream, and the main dishes served to the table covered with a silver cloche.
     Unless you are not a wine drinker, it would be unlikely that you would resist having wine with your meal. There was even a dessert menu. The dishes are colour coded to indicate if high in sugar or fat content.
     But, with so much temptation, it is not really the place to come if you want to lose weight! If you are on your own, you can sit on a communal table, making it easier to meet other guests.
     Although this was supposed to be a relaxing break, there is such a choice of things to do that it is very easy to have your day filled without making time to relax and do nothing.
     Of course, the nice thing is that you are not obliged to do anything at all. You do, however, leave with the resolution to continue your healthy regime if, perhaps not on the food side as in my case, at least where exercise is concerned.
     My friend and I, enjoyed the two-day package, but could have stayed longer, as we found that we didn't have time to experience and do everything that we wanted to.
     I, certainly, shall return.

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