Equity and Appleton Lodge No 1384 were pleased and honoured to host the pageant team from the St Helens and Prescot Group at their regular meeting at Widnes Masonic Hall. As part of the Tercentenary celebrations the team are visiting various groups throughout the Province to perform a timeline pageant in the format of a drama about the formation of grand lodge from 1717 to 1813.
Over 70 members and guests assembled in the McCausland Suite. Master of the lodge Ian Edge welcomed the visitors including grand officer Alan Locke, accompanied by Widnes Group Chairman Neil Pedder, vice chairman Norman Speed and group secretary John Gibbon.
The lodge was opened and the usual lodge business being completed, it was then closed accordingly. At this point the lodge was prepared for the pageant with a reading pedestal, four chairs and a table with a lamp placed upon it. The Herald (Dave Burgess) followed by the team entered the lodge and announced the start of the pageant.
During the performance the members of the team introduced the characters they were enacting. The well scripted play told the history of how the lodge meetings were transacted 300 years ago and was very informative as to how the first grand lodge came into being. The story was told with great humour which was interspersed with a few adlibs that brought laughter and participation of the brethren.
On completion of the pageant Ian thanked the team for the hard work they had put into the performance for which the brethren gave them a huge round of applause.
The evening concluded with the brethren retiring to the festive board in the Alan Locke Suite where they tucked into a well-stocked buffet with a drink or two. After the meal, a raffle was held raising a total of £172 which was divided equally between the Pageant team and the lodge.