As has become customary amongst the brethren of Duke of Lancaster Lodge No 1353, they celebrated their Old English night at Rowley Court, Lancaster with a mix of fines (for any and every misdemeanour), magic and music.
Fines master Terry Nealons was on top form, displaying absolute judgement in all cases of custom, manner and practice during the evening, with numerous fines for un-Masonic behaviour, ignoring the gavel, disobeying the director of ceremonies and that most heinous of crimes – speaking while he was speaking!
Doubling up for the evening, Terry Nealons entertained the brethren and non-Masonic guests with a wonderful magic show, which was followed by that wandering minstrel Nigel Parrish, who soon had everyone singing along to his repertoire of songs.
Given the arbitrary nature of the misdemeanours with which Terry fined the brethren, together with the proceeds from the two raffles and other charitable donations, the master of the lodge Alan Long was thrilled to announce that the evening had amassed the splendid sum of £405.
Toasts were proposed, responses were given, beer flowed and red wine was spilled. All in all, a very enjoyable and charitable evening at the Dukes. Too soon the evening was over; time really does fly when you are having fun!
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.