Past King Rat Keith Simmons joins King Rat Chas McDevitt to present the 2004 'Best Friend Award' to Ian McCreedie (Friend number 95).
This award is given each year to one of the 'Friends' for outstanding contribution to The Grand Order of Water Rats cause.
To see more photographs from the Grand Order of Water Rats Ball 2004 click here
2004 Ball News...
'Best Friend' Award 2005
Yvonne Tiffany - Friend number 100 - received the 'Best Friend Award' at the 2005 Ball. Past King Rat Keith Simmons (who instigated the 'Friends' in his year of office 2002) presented her with the inscribed plaque. Yvonne has, for several years, helped organise the Water Rats Charity Show in Holt, Norfolk an event which will be taking place again in 2006. Well done Yvonne and thank you so much for all you do for The Grand Order of Water Rats.
'Best Friend' Award 2006
Friends Mike and Sarah Ford receive their 'Best Friends' award for 2006 from King Rat Kaplan Kaye. Well done Mike and Sarah and thank you so much for all you do for The Grand Order of Water Rats. To see more photographs from the Grand Order of Water Rats Ball 2006 click here
'Best Friend' Award 2008
King Kaplan presents 'The Best Friend Award 2008' to Graham Smith MBE who, as a 'Friend' of The Water Rats, has helped bring in funds to the Order with his help on shows in Long Eaton. To see more photographs from the Grand Order of Water Rats Ball 2008 click here
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For all their sterling work for the Rats, 'Friends' No 001, Anna Thomas and Michael Ralph of the Michael Ralph Consultancy were presented with our first 'Best Friends' Award by King Rat for 2002, Keith Simmons.
Michael and Anna worked closely with Keith to get this web site up and running in order to bring the Grand Order of Water Rats to a wider audience.
The 'Best Friends' Award is presented annually at the Ball to a 'Friends' member who helps us during the year in a significant way.
To see more photographs from the 2002 Ball click here
2002 Ball News...
John Brown - 'Friend' number 007 - receives his 'Best Friends' award from Past King Rat Keith Simmons and is congratulated by King Rat Chas McDevitt. John has supplied us with various guitars for auctions and raffles - which have raised thousands of pounds for our Charities Fund.
To see more photographs from the Grand Order of Water Rats Ball 2003 click here
2003 Ball News...
'Best Friend' Award 2007
Irene Davies receives her 'Best Friend' award from King Rat Kaplan Kaye and Past King Rat Keith Simmons and Beryl Kaye. Irene always personally delivers a prize for our Lodge raffle every two weeks and also saves any press cuttings where Rats are involved. She always likes to help 'my boys' as she calls us!
'Best Friend' Award 2009
Past King Rat Keith Simmons joins King Rat Graham Cole to present the 2009 'Best Friend' award to Glenn M. Ford. Glenn has appeared in several shows for us, helping to raise much needed coins for our charities fund.
Every year, at our Ball, Past King Rat Keith Simmons presents the 'Best Friend' Award. This is in recognition of great service to our cause. Below are some of the award winners.
Ten years ago, Past King Rat Keith Simmons formed the ‘Friends of the Water Rats’ and since that time, under his capable guidance, the ‘Friends’ have gone from strength to strength, with a membership of over 200.
You get a membership card plus, every few months an informative and entertaining newsletter. Plus special discounts on some of our functions and shows and occasional special offers on Water Rat merchandise. If you would like to become a member of the 'Friends' click here
In 2012, Past Prince Rat Ken Joy, took over the running of the ‘Friends of the Water Rats’ from PKR Keith, thereby ensuring that ‘The Friends’ will remain an integral part of the Grand Order of Water Rats.
The 'Friends of the Water Rats' is now run by Past Prince Rat Ken Joy.
One recent event which Past Prince Rat Ken Joy arranged for the ‘Friends’ was the Grand Tour of the Grand Lodge. An exciting day which included talks by Past King Rat Wyn Calvin MBE and Curator Jimmy Perry OBE, a visit to our Water Rats’ Lodge Room, a chance to see Water Rat memorabilia, a film show of some of our past events and famous Water Rat stars and, to round off the day, an excellent buffet tea.
To keep the memory alive, a video CD and photographs are available and can be purchased at a special ‘Friends’ reduction through Past Prince Rat Ken.
Grand Tour of Water Rats Lodge
The Water Rats Museum
A project which Past Prince Rat Ken Joy is in the process of setting up, and which may be of interest to the ‘Friends’, is the restoration and refurbishment of the Water Rats’ Museum. Eventually, it is hoped that this museum will house all the Water Rat memorabilia, together with a theatre library and study room, where one will be able to access the history of the Order and the lives and work of past Music Hall and Variety stars.