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(W Bros Richard Smedley, David Terry, Des Ashton and Eddie Wildman are all members of Humber Lodge 57) enjoyed a convivial evening performing at the St John's Lodge 1736 in Blackwell, Halifax, in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding. Festive Board Entertainment was the theme of their presentation which indeed continued after the ceremony, during the meal and into the toasts. The Lodge Room upstairs was filled almost to capacity - the WM, W Bro D Bowen remarked that it was gratifying to see such numbers which normally met only at Installations. The assembled Brethren made a splendid sound joining in the choruses. It was particularly rewarding when a ninety-four year old Mason, in the forty-fourth year of the Craft, said it was one of the best nights he's experienced in Freemasonry. People left with smiles on their faces and a song on their lips. The Daggards were delighted to receive a handsome donation, which will, of course, go towards local charities. Pictured: W Bros Ashton, Terry, Bowen, Smedley and Wildman.

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Connaught Court

Situated in extensive parkland close to York City Centre, the Home was purpose-built in 1971. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and well-maintained, providing pleasant areas to sit and walk with sufficient space for disabled access. The home is supported by the Masonic Provinces of Yorkshire, North and East Riding, West Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Each June, the home organises an Open Day under the stewardship of one of the three Provinces, which alternate annually. Lodges throughtout the Provinces arrange stalls and other fund-raising activities, all of which is donated to Connaught Court to help in the running of the home and to provide funding for trips etc.

Humber Lodge have for a number of years put on a stall entitled 'Whiskey Galore'.  The original concept was that of W. Bro. Bob Wallace, who over the years managed to raise over £3000 from bottles of whiskey donated by the Humber brethern.

On Saturday 16th June, the Provincial Grand Master of West Yorkshire officially opened the event. It was a wet, windy and altogether miserable day, and a worryingly slow start, but suddenly the event took off and much fun was had by all who attended. Great entertainment was provided by the brass band.                                                      

                                                               The stall again proved popular and was manned by Bro Carl Cross (Junior         Warden) W. Bro. David Terry (Immediate Past master), who again stole the        Sartorial Elegance prize sporting his Hull Grammarians Cricketing Blazer, and  Bro. Des Ashton (Asst Director of Ceremonies) The team arrived early to secure  a  good (inside) location. Running to it’s tried and tested system, of offering a  15  to 1 chance of winning a bottle of Whiskey, the raffles again proved  popular.

 Over a number of years, the Humber Mark have also held a stall at the Open  Day and there has been friendly rivalry to see which of the two stalls could  raise the most money.  Humber Mark have always managed managed to  attract more custom and beat us.  Despite a valiant effort by the three Humber  Craft representatives (pictured left) they were beaten into second place by the  Humber Mark contingent, who managed to raise £500+, to our  £409.  Congratulations to Humber Mark but also well done  to our intrepid threesome.

Our resident photographer, Bro. Des Ashton, did a spot of surveillance, and took some covert photos of the competition, all in the interests of science and marketing you understand, just to get a feel for the lay-of-the-land, so to speak, and I suspect to ensure that Humber had the best stall, both in position at the home, and presentation.  I think he, David and Carl did a first class job. Well, perhaps I am a bit bias, so judge for yourself.  Click here to view Des's photos.