Despite the cold weather outside, over 60 brethren, family and friends attended the annual Preston Masters Quiz. On this occasion Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder was able to attend, taking part in the quiz as part of the Setantia team. Unfortunately for David and the Setantia team they were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempt at first prize. Arranged in nine teams it was a close fought contest with the leader board changing on several occasions.
Prior to the start of the quiz, the current 2015 Preston Masters Chairman David Parker, invited the previous year’s chairman Harold Sutcliffe to commence the distribution of the funds raised during the previous year. Harold began by inviting Jill Charnock of Stonham Home Group onto the floor to receive a cheque to the value of £400. Thanking Harold for the kind donation, Jill explained that the Stonham group offered valued support and assistance to people of all ages with a range of needs extending from substance abuse to homelessness.
The quiz was again set by quiz master Stuart Elliott, who assisted by his wife Val acting as score keeper, kept the questions flowing at this popular event. Throughout the evening there was a running quiz where teams had to match a list of currencies to a list of countries. This proved quite difficult as most of the currencies listed were unknown and it became a case of teams applying the process of elimination and educated guesswork.
A break was called half way through the event to allow the brains to cool, at which point light refreshments were served to restore depleted energy. During the interval, the 2015 Preston Masters started their fund raising year with a raffle that collected the sum of £163 and when added to other monies raised on the night produced a final total of £389, an excellent start to their year.
The final half of the quiz commenced with total silence and heads down with a number of teams fancying their chances. However, after adding the results of the running quiz to the individual team totals, Ribbleton Lodge No 6386 under the title ‘Six of the best’ were confirmed the clear winners and Phil Whatmough received the trophy on behalf of the team.
To close the event, Harold Sutcliffe had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to the value £500 in support of Preston Masonic Hall to the hall chairman Terry McGill. Harold then completed the 2014 Preston Masters giving by informing everyone that a donation of £400 would be made to the Space Centre later in the week. The centre is a charity in Preston, which provides disabled children and adults with a unique, caring multi-sensory experience. It is currently being accessed by up to 200 families and organisations with visiting groups ranging from two to 10 people.
To complete the giving for the evening, Preston Group Chairman Steve Bolton had the pleasure of presenting the final cheque. This came as the proceeds of a sponsored bike ride round the Guild Wheel in aid of the Masonic Hall. The ride had been organized by the group vice chairman Geoff Saul and took place the previous weekend and raised the magnificent sum of just over £2,000. Terry received the cheque thanking all those who took part in the ride and their many sponsors for the very generous donation in support of the hall.
A few days later, David and Harold with the Preston Masters Treasurer Neil Chessell, duly visited the Space Centre and presented the cheque for £400 to Hilary Holden, a Trustee of the ‘Friends of SPACE’, accompanied by Lyndsay Hornby, the SPACE fund raising coordinator.
Following the presentation, Lindsay invited the visitors to what proved to be an interesting and informative tour of the centre that included the newly opened building extension containing two new rooms and a cafeteria area for use by people with physical and mental disabilities. The tour continued with a visit to the new children’s party room and the new conference room which the centre hope will bring in vital new revenue. The extension to the centre has also provided better access to the garden area which in time it is hoped can be used in connection with the centre’s activities.