Brethren and guests of Lodge of Equity and Appleton No1384 attended Widnes Masonic Hall to celebrate their Old English Night.
After the lodge was opened in the usual manner, the WM Ian Lynch invited Ian Edge to give a talk on Royal Arch Masonry with a view to encouraging those brethren who are not yet members to consider joining.
The lodge was then closed, with the brethren heading to the festive board for a traditional Lancashire meal of black pudding, pea and ham soup, hot pot and a choice of sweets, during which the fines master Derek Parker meted out judgement on all acts of descent, misdemeanours, drinking with the wrong hand, enjoying one’s self and anything else he could think of, with his minions reporting on the brethren and collecting the fines.
Entertainment was provided by the WM Ian Lynch, warning all that this was his first public performance. His theme for the singalong was a folk tour of the British Isles. The journey started in Lancashire with his rendition of ‘Chippy Tea’, with everyone singing their way around the British Isles and concluding with ‘Matchstick Men and Matchstick Cats and Dogs’.
With the discretionary fines imposed on the brethren by Derek, the proceeds, along with the collections for the quiz, raffle and donations, raised the splendid sum of £310 for the charities.
In all respects it was a very enjoyable and charitable evening.