It was a great evening at the annual Tyldesley Lodge No 2572 ‘Olde English Night”. The lodge was opened in its usual faultless manner and the WM Derek Robinson then invited Richard Frazer-Bastable, as guest speaker, to give a paper on the loyal toast and its origins, which coincided with the Queen’s birthday. Richard delivered his lecture in fine style, to much applause by the brethren.
A special presentation by Derek of £200 was given to Ray Dainton for the Firwood School in respect of all the organ and piano music played by Ray throughout the Masonic season.
The festive board was full of surprises; first a ‘Ye Old England Quiz’, and then a barrel organ was bought in with Wilf Farnworth turning the handle. Everyone joined in singing nostalgic songs. The fines master, Andrew Parr, with cloth cap and all, did not miss a trick and took every opportunity to fine everyone and even fined those who had not been fined!
A traditional meal of beef and vegetable broth, black pudding, mince beef hotpot, followed by rhubarb and custard and to finish off with a selection of cheeses – lovely!
Finally a raffle took place. Derek announced that the benefactor of the raffle would be Richard Frazer-Bastable’s choice of charity and as Richard is the Chorley group representative for the Association of Friends of Ecclesholme, that’s where the proceeds of £276 went. Richard thanked the members of the lodge for their very generous donation and informed everyone that the money would be put towards buying garden furniture for the residents at the home. Just by chance, the publicity officer for Ecclesholme Norman Hilton was able to capture the moment.
Director of ceremonies of the lodge Derek Bond, in his usual manner ensured that the lodge ran like clockwork and a great time was had by all.