Arthur Stanley goes oriental

Following the last meeting of the season, Arthur Stanley Lodge No 3469 held a Chinese banquet as their festive board. Secretary Mike Sheron commented that this is possibly the first time a lodge in the Ormskirk group has tried something completely different and it was a resounding success.

DC Greg Pinnington (left) and Mike Sheron.

DC Greg Pinnington (left) and Mike Sheron.

The third degree ceremony went very well with 37 brethren present including guests from 13 different lodges. On this occasion the lodge was honoured by the presence of three grand lodge officers; Philip Gunning Assistant Provincial Grand Master; Frank Umbers, Ormskirk and District Group Chairman and Howard Griffiths, Garston Group Chairman.

Gary O’Brien and his staff at Ormskirk Masonic Hall once again pulled off a culinary masterpiece with a fantastic Chinese banquet. The meal commenced with chicken and sweetcorn soup with prawn crackers, shredded duck spring rolls, chilli beef, Mongolian lamb, sweet and sour king prawns in batter, salt and pepper squid, spicy Coca Cola spare ribs, char sui pork, Szechan chicken, chow mein with fried and boiled rice all followed by apple and banana fritters with maple syrup and ice cream.

On the night a Chorley raffle raised £182 for charitable good causes with everyone agreeing that this event must be repeated in the future. The brethren then retired to the bar to complete, in the words of Confucius: “A velly velly good night.”

Brethren suitably attired retire to the bar.

Brethren suitably attired retire to the bar.