A brief history of time

The MCF 2021 Festival is proving a huge success around the Province, with brethren coming up with interesting and innovative ways to raise funds, both individually and in groups.

Perhaps one of the more entertaining ways, is that adopted by the St Helens and Prescot Masonic Group entitled ‘A Timeline Drama and Pageant’, which is a slightly tongue in cheek presentation of the events starting in 1646 and leading up to the formation of a United Grand Lodge in 1813.

North Meols Lodge No 5828 in Southport, played host to the event and the lodge was opened and closed in short order. Once the brethren had put away their regalia, they returned to the Scarborough Temple, accompanied by visiting brethren, non-Masons and lady guests to witness a presentation of this excellent and at times hilarious pageant.

Left: Dave Burgess as the ‘herald’. Right: Brethren and guests enjoy the festive board

Left: Dave Burgess as the ‘herald’. Right: Brethren and guests enjoy the festive board

With a lot of ad-libbing and audience participation, each character presented a slice of time, dressed in the costume of the notable period they represented.

Dave Burgess, as the herald, introduced each character in order, to take us on this interesting journey which drew rapturous applause upon its completion. This was the 22nd performance of the pageant, with the players having travelled over 900 miles throughout the Province in the 12 months since its formation. And the outcome; almost £4,000 donated to the MCF 2021 Festival.

After the pageant was concluded, the brethren and guests retired to a superb festive board where hall chef, Wayne Warhurst, once again provided an excellent repast.

To finish off the evening, a raffle of donated prizes raised an excellent total of £375, half of which was given to the St Helens and Prescot Group to add to their own MCF donations.

The players with WM Ian Arrowsmith.

The players with WM Ian Arrowsmith.

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