White Ensign, a Triple Celebration

Why the triple celebration you ask?  

Answer, St George’s  Day, the birthday of the bard William Shakespeare and the start of the Worcestershire asparagus season.

On Saturday 22nd April some 37 Brethren, partners and guests met at the Masonic Centre Easemore Road for this Triple Celebration.

The Fancy Dress part was very limited with one in Kings Robes, a colourful Union Flag Waistcoat and Bow Tie, 4 Union Flag Hats and one couple being colour coordinated in red & white.

At 19:15 the acting Director Ceremonies called the assembled company to dinner and a well presented 3 Course meal was served with Table Stewards ensuring the Wine flowed.

A number of Wine Takings took place with the usual Service ones recognised and then a mini-fines session took place where the Master at Arms and Senior Warden were both found guilty of failing to wear their White Ensign Pins and were issued with hefty fines.

At the end of the meal the informal Cabaret then took place with contributions from Henry V, the family Tonkin (not Von Trapp’s more Von Boks), a tale from the graveyard, a very discontented Richard III, the story of Shakespeare and Love and then an excellent Poem to end.

This was followed by some community singing led by the Director Ceremonies, and the finding of a new singing talent in Virdell Francis who sang a beautiful song for his dearly departed Mum.

With a superb Raffle on behalf of the Stroke Association raising £400, it was a very successful evening.

The Charity Steward and Senior Past Master are visiting the local Stroke Association Group next Wednesday to present the cheque.