Brethren of Barrow Lodge No 3928 were pleased to host ‘A Timeline Drama and Pageant Display’ presented by members of the St Helens and Prescot Group.
The event, which was held at Barrow Masonic Hall, was seen as something of a group event and there were large numbers of visitors from other lodges in the Furness and South Lakeland Group, bringing the attendance up to near the 100 mark. Amongst their number were local Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger and Furness and South Lakeland Group Chairman Peter Schofield.
Firstly the regular meeting of Barrow Lodge was held, during which, business was kept to the bare minimum. After master of the lodge David Ingham had closed the lodge, the presentation team took over the room.
It was a magnificent performance which covered the history of Masonry from the initiation of Elias Ashmole at Warrington in 1646 through to the formation of United Grand Lodge in 1717.
Due to the skills of the players, they were able to portray many of the important characters who influenced the Order during those years. They were under the guiding influence of David Burgess who acted as the Herald and maintained continuity throughout the proceedings.
It proved to be an excellent way of communicating some of the history of our order in a manner which was both entertaining and enlightening.
To go into further detail would perhaps spoil it for those yet to observe this excellent presentation. The pageant was very well received by all who witnessed it, who can all also claim to have made their daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.
Following the presentation some 90 attended a supper where the camaraderie continued. The supper was supplemented by a range of freshly made cakes which had been baked by the grandmother, mother and wife of Barrow Lodge member Dan Moyes. The cakes, Victoria sponges, gingerbread, Simnel cake and others, went down extremely well.
The eagerness with which the cakes were devoured suggests that it may be appropriate if the next presentation were to be from ‘Weight Watchers’!