The brethren of Arthur Stanley Lodge No 3469 celebrated the end of their Masonic season by holding their annual Chinese banquet as their festive board. The meeting was well supported with 53 guests attending and a further five non-Masonic guests invited to attend the meal, where they would be able to see, experience and enjoy a Masonic festive board.
The evening commenced in the temple with the WM Peter Hoyles, warmly welcoming the visitors to the lodge, Peter then opened the lodge to the first degree and after the initial lodge business had been completed, a demonstration of the charge after initiation was given. Once this was completed the master proceeded to open to the second degree, following which an explanation of the second degree tracing board was given by Malcolm Sandywell, a member of Stanley of Bickerstaffe Lodge No 3511. The lodge then opened up to the third degree where ‘The Traditional History’ was given by Tom McKenzie. With the various demonstrations completed, the WM closed down the long way from the third to the first degree, before closing the lodge.
The meeting being completed in the temple, the brethren met up with their invited guests and made their way to the dining room for excellent Chinese banquet. Once again Gary and Angela O’Brien, and their staff had pulled out all the stops providing a choice of sumptuous mouth-watering Asian delicacies.
The meal commenced with a good selection of dishes starting with chicken and sweetcorn soup with prawn crackers; shredded duck spring rolls; followed by chilli beef, Mongolian lamb, sweet and sour king prawns in batter, salt and pepper squid, spicy spare ribs, char sui pork, Szechuan chicken, chow mein with fried and boiled rice, all followed by apple and banana fritters with maple syrup and ice cream.
The Chinese banquet festive board raised a total of £643, which will be donated to Masonic and non-Masonic charities later in the year.
The night was a great success, especially with the lodge being able to share the evening with non-Masonic guests and visiting brethren, with many comments being made about the excellent meal and visitors already asking if they could book in for the Chinese banquet next year.