The Preston Group dinner is a biennial event at which an eminent member of the Province is invited as the guest speaker. In the intervening year, the group holds an “unofficial” dinner at which an eminent member of the Preston Group is invited to speak.
This year was the turn of an unofficial event at which the guest speaker was PAPrGM Bill Huck. Bill, who has recently celebrated 50 years in the craft and is a very experienced Mason, was invited to speak about his experiences during his Masonic career.
The dinner was well attended with over 100 brethren from the Preston Group being present, including the APrGM David Winder together with Steve Bolton Preston Group Chairman, Geoff Saul vice chairman and Peter Littlehales group secretary. In recent times to minimise costs, the dinner has consisted of two courses which on this occasion was turkey and ham pie with the usual trimmings complemented by ‘Eton Mess’ for dessert, with coffee and mints to close. From the comments afterwards, the skills of Alistair the hall chef, were again very much appreciated.
Following the dinner, Steve Bolton welcomed and introduced Bill who rose to the applause of the brethren. There then followed a humorous and interesting wander down memory lane, as Bill related trials and tribulations of his ultimate rise to the position of APrGM. He was careful to leave out any identifying clues as to who he was referring to during his many entertaining anecdotes. However, he did admit to the occasional lapse of memory when on duty, that resulted in what now are considered things to laugh about.
His talk extended to areas outside Masonry that included car rallies as navigator to Tom Blackburn and the award of a Shuttlecock tie to mark his membership of the Shuttlecock Club, a club that is restricted to those who have crashed on the Cresta run and miraculously survived.
Bill concluded by thanking his wife Barbara, for her unfailing support throughout his Masonic career without which he could not have achieved so much and also the brethren present for their support on this occasion.
There followed sustained applause from all the brethren present for what had been an enjoyable, informative and entertaining talk.
On behalf of the brethren, Steve thanked Bill for his excellent contribution that had been warmly received by all present. He went on to present Bill with a bottle of malt whisky as compensation for the sleepless nights Bill had spent thinking about the potential content of his talk. There was also a presentation of a bouquet of flowers for Barbara, as a present from the Preston Group, by way of a big thank you for letting Bill out on this auspicious occasion.