Scorton Lodge No 5791 has held a very successful ‘Gentlemen to Dine Evening’ at Wyresdale Masonic Hall, with over 80 brethren and guests in attendance. The evening also doubled up as their annual ‘Old English Night’, which was an inspired decision as the meeting showcased everything that is fun about Freemasonry; good company, charitable giving and great entertainment, not to mention a wonderful meal to back it all up.
The fines master for the evening Andy McClements, was on top form displaying absolute judgement in all cases of custom, manner and practice throughout the evening, with numerous fines for all kinds of minor misdemeanours or errors made either at the festive board or at the lodge business meeting which was held prior to the festivities. It was all great fun and a most entertaining evening.
Once the meal had finished and the fines master had called a halt to his efforts, vocalist John Wrathall soon had everyone singing along to his repertoire of songs. Colin Preston, a member of Scorton Lodge, was not to be outdone and gave a hilarious version of the song ‘1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10’, getting everyone to accompany him in his efforts. Also helping the evenings entertainment along was well known local Mason, Richard Dennison, who regaled the assembled audience with a number of hilarious jokes which had everyone roaring with high spirited and good-natured laughter.
Given the random nature of the transgressions with which Andy fined the brethren, as well as the proceeds from the raffle and other charitable donations, the WM Harry Parker was thrilled to announce that in just a matter of hours the evening had amassed the splendid sum of £1,000.
Too soon the evening was over, time really does fly when you are having fun.
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.