Edgware Women’s Lodge – Historical Events


Report by Joella Leaf

On a glorious October afternoon, the ladies of Edgware Women’s marked their 50th Anniversary with a Celebration Tea Party at Aldenham Country Club. Twenty four people gathered to mark this landmark in the Lodge’s history and even the weather co-operated. Tea was served in the Conservatory, which overlooks the golf course, and you could have imagined you were in the heart of the country on a sunny day in August. Naomi Edgware-50th-Tea-959Lesser, President, in her words of welcome, read out the names of all the Lodge’s Past Presidents, some of whom were present. She then proposed a toast to the Lodge and its future.Eve Swabe, National President, gave a short address congratulating the Lodge. She went on to mention last week’s overwhelming vote to break away from Europe and the recently re-named B’nai Brith Young Professionals’ Group which, she hoped, we might be able to persuade our grand-children to join. Tea and the celebration cake, cut by Naomi, were enjoyed by all present. Edgware Women’s Lodge are a small, friendly, band of ladies who meet fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoons – at Gordon Court in Stonegrove – directly opposite Edgware Reform Synagogue. New members are always welcomed to our meetings – which include lunch and a speaker.

Installation and a 50th birthday celebration

Report by Joella Leaf

Edgware Women’s Lodge recently celebrated both the Installation of Naomi Lesser as President for a further year and its 50th birthday.Naomi and Monitor, Norma Sinclair, both thanked Installing Officer, Malcolm Factor, for stepping in at short notice. National Secretary – Pamela Gold – had had to step down due to her husband – Albert’s – health.


Everyone present sent Albert good wishes and Naomi advised that he was, happily, now home from hospital.Malcolm, in his address, spoke briefly on change and the future of BB in the United Kingdom. He felt that there must be change after over 100 years and a diminishing Jewish population.Naomi said how much she had enjoyed her past three years as President and looked forward to the coming year and its challenges. She thanked her Council for all their support.

Sylvia Levy, Lodge Treasurer for the past 28 years, a founder member and Past President, participated in the candle lighting ceremony along with Naomi and Norma.A splendid lunch was served after the ceremony, ably prepared by Daphne Taylor and Helen Levinson, followed by the lighting of the candles on a miniature 50th birthday cake.The afternoon concluded with entertainment by an excellent singer and pianist, playing everything from Beethoven to Les Mis and Swing to Fiddler on the Roof and old Jewish favourites.A splendid afternoon was enjoyed by all present.

Bi-annual Envelope Appeal

Report by Joella LeafCandlesEdgware Ladies Lodge held their bi-annual envelope appeal in the Autumn, where members, their family and friends placed a one pound coin in an envelope for fifteen weeks when lighting the Shabbat candles.Approximately £1000 was raised for charitable purposes and we are grateful to Peggy Marks for all her efforts.

money50th AGM

Report by Joella LeafNaomi-LesserEdgware Women’s Lodge held their 50th Annual General Meeting in the afternoon. Naomi Lesser had, happily, agreed to serve for a fourth term.Naomi thanked her loyal Council and especially Treasurer, Sylvia Levy – a founder member – who had served for thirty years.  In spite of various losses, due to the unfortunate passing of members, resignation of others as they were too aged or infirm to travel to meetings, the Lodge remained vibrant and active. Naomi especially thanked Diane Issacharoff for the splendid programme she continued to produce. In spite of its aging membership, the Tuesday meetings were very popular event and reasonably well attended.New members can be assured of a warm welcome and an interesting afternoon, not to mention a delicious lunch, in a friendly atmosphere.Edgware-AGM-960After the AGM and a delicious lunch, Wally Leaf of Shlomo Argov Unity Lodge, gave a most interesting insight and update on the Israel situation.


Report by Joella Leaf

On Tuesday, 9th September Edgware Ladies Lodge hosted their Annual Succot Party (although this year it was “pre-Succot”) for the residents of Gordon Court, Edgware.It was a lively occasion with music by a professional keyboard player and singer. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment – all the old familiar tunes – and some of the guests danced.A delicious tea was provided and served by the Lodge members. The food was so plentiful that most of those present took plates of food home with them.The guests left happy and everyone thanked the helpers most profusely. A job well done!


Report by Joella Leaf

On a showery August afternoon, twenty five members of Edgware Women’s Lodge visited the old Edgwarebury Hotel – recently revamped and now known as The Laura Ashley Hotel, The Manor – for afternoon tea.Each year the Lodge holds a purely social event during the summer. The refurbished hotel was beautiful, the staff welcoming and the tea was sumptuous.We were afforded the luxury of a private room (even though it overlooked the car park and not the beautiful gardens) which was lovely. It was equally delightful to be seated around a splendid oval table – my husband remarked “did they have a tablecloth large enough!)Lively chatter and socialising ensued and when we left at the end of the afternoon, there seemed to be more food left than we had managed to consume!A memorable one for the Lodge’s archives!


Bridge Lunch

The Lodge held its annual Bridge, Kalooki and Scrabble “Lite” Lunch on Tuesday afternoon, June 10th at “Badgers Croft” in Totteridge.

Edgware Women's Bridge Lunch

Edgware Women’s Bridge Lunch

As usual, a delicious lunch was provided by our Sisters and our guests enjoyed a pleasant afternoon. The Raffle raised Funds for BBUK Charities.