On Thursday 9th May, 15 Non-Masons assembled with their Hosts and visiting Brethren at Darwen Masonic Hall for the latest East Ribble District White Table Event hosted this time by Harmony and Industry Lodge No. 381. The 60 in attendance were shown the proceedings of a full Masonic evening, beginning with the welcome in the bar before being shown how Masons prepare themselves for the meeting and the historic significance of the Tyler’s book. They were looked after throughout by WBro Russell Harwood the Deputy District Chairman assisted by WBro David Gill and WBro Steve Crowther. Once the Brethren had completed the opening business of the evening They guided the guests into the Lodge Room, and WBro Steve Crowther then delivered his explanation of Freemasonry in a relaxed and understandable manner, linking ancient Freemasonry to life in the 21st Century. He finished his presentation by explaining the various regalia worn by the Brethren and the ‘true’ story of why the Stewards wear their ‘wine’ coloured aprons! The guests were then taken from the Lodge for questions and answers whilst the business of the evening was concluded.
A joyful festive board, including a full Masonic Toast List, then took place where our guests were able to ask further questions in an open and welcoming environment. WBro Alan Kirwillian APGM, responded to Toasts 3,4 & 5, welcoming the guests and updating the Brethren and guests on the latest information from the Province. A raffle was held, the total which was raised to £600 by the Lodge which was donated to the ELMC. A wonderful evening with great support from guests and Brethren from across the District.
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