Museum of Freemasonry held its first event

The Warrington Museum of Freemasonry first social event was based on the antiques road show style and was held at Warrington Masonic Hall, it was very well supported by over 90 Masons, their wives and friends attending.

Barry Jameson introducing the evening.

Barry Jameson introducing the evening.

Barry Jameson, the chairman of the trustees, welcomed everyone and introduced the trustees who were present. He also explained the format for the evening, the aims of the museum and its fund raising measures. He continued by asking people to become a ‘Friend of the Museum’, which would involve an annual donation of £10 to be paid by direct debit. This would provide ongoing support for the museum. Barry explained some of the development processes and thanked Vic Charlesworth and the rest of the trustees for all their hard work, saying what a magnificent driving force Vic had been in turning a few old boxes of Masonic artefacts in a room, into the fantastic museum it now is. He also invited everyone to look in and see what a great job has been done.

Barry called on Vic as curator to lead the proceedings with grace. The Masonic hall staff served a hot pot supper, a selection of gateaux or cheesecake followed, served with tea or coffee.

Following on from the meal, Barry introduced Nick Hall of ‘Bargain Hunt’ and ‘Flog-it’ fame and Simon Nuttall, both of whom are from Wright Marshall, Auctioneers and Valuers of Knutsford. Following on from a short introductory talk, the members and guests lined up to have their items valued. A small charge was levied per item valued, which was to support the Joshua Tree Charity based in Northwich. The charity was founded by Lynda and David Hill and registered as a charity in May 2006 after their son Joshua became ill with Leukaemia in September 2004. The charity is helping to support families who have children with cancer.

Members, families and guests enjoying the hot pot supper.

Members, families and guests enjoying the hot pot supper.

Many people visited the museum whilst waiting to have their items valued. Several people said they had learned many things about their items, but not many were trying to increase their insurance premiums before leaving the security of the hall. A raffle was also held which produced £192 for the museum.

Most people said it was a very enjoyable evening, something new and made for an intriguing and captivating way to raise funds for two good causes. Many asked if the evening could be repeated in a few months’ time.

If any reader would like to become a ‘Friend of the Museum’ for £10 per person per annum or if you have any comments or suggestions, or simply want to know more about the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry, contact Vic by email at:  museum@warringtonfreemasons.org.uk

Pictured from left to right, are: Simon Nuttall, Nick Hall, with Rob Crook and Jean Starkey having their items valued.

Pictured from left to right, are: Simon Nuttall, Nick Hall, with Rob Crook and Jean Starkey having their items valued.