After a short business meeting for the members and Masonic guests, everyone was invited into the lodge room hear a series of interesting talks and to ask questions. W. Bro Dave Whyatt provided some lovely insights into what Freemasonry is about and what our values and aims are. It was noted how similar they are to those of the Scouts. Provincial Grand Charity Steward V.W Bro. Gerry Preston and Be Prepared’s charity steward W.Bro David Matthews outlined the great work Freemasonry does to raise money for good causes, including Teddies for Loving Care, a Masonic charity that provides teddy bears to children in A&E and children’s wards. A number of officers also explained their roles in the lodge. They all did an excellent job showing how open we are permitted to be as Masons and what a tremendous force for good Freemasonry is. Not unlike the Scouts in that regard!
A very beautiful moment was when many of those present (Masons and non-Masons alike) renewed their Scout promise.
After the gathering in the lodge room, everyone enjoyed a wonderful four-course meal and great company at dinner.
In addition to the raffle, money was raised through the auctioning off of a Tom Hawk throwing session donated by Bro. Colin Dippie and his wife, Jane. It sold for £30. A cheque for £1000 was also presented to Ian May of ACC International, which funds aid overseas. Just over £1500 was raised in total for good causes. It was a very successful evening, which ended with W. Bro. Mike Hogg proposing a modified Tyler’s toast to all poor and distressed people throughout the world.