Museum’s second ‘Friends’ annual dinner

Over 80 friends of the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry held their annual dinner to mark the second anniversary of the museum being opened. The event was held at the Warrington Masonic Hall.  Barry Jameson, chairman of the trustees introduced himself and welcomed everyone to the event, especially friends from the Bewsey Historical Society. He also gave a special welcome to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton and his lovely lady Sue and the Warrington Group Chairman Andy Barton with his lovely lady Kath.

Left: Barry Jameson opening the meeting. Right: Barry thanking Michelle for her presentation.

Left: Barry Jameson opening the meeting. Right: Barry thanking Michelle for her presentation.

He continued by providing a brief history and update on progress made. He included the gaining of the charity status and the business plan changes and preliminary work which had started towards registration with the Arts Council.  He also introduced Chris Betts as Museum Webmaster and John Starkey as Group Publicity Officer and thanked them both for their work to date on the new website. He concluded by handing over to Vic Charlesworth the museum’s curator, who explained the programme for the evening.

Robert Timmis said grace. A delicious hot pot supper followed which was accompanied by copious amounts of crusty bread, red cabbage and beetroot. The final course was cheesecake or a choice of gateau accompanied by tea or coffee.

Vic introduced the guest speaker Michelle Hall, Archives and Collections Manager from The Warrington Museum and who also acts as mentor for the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry. Michelle provided a very interesting and stimulating talk entitled ‘Warrington Glass’. She cleverly guided the talk focussing on a slide presentation and was able to provide lots of information and many examples of glass manufacture in the town, from Roman times through to 1933 when glass making ceased in Warrington.

A raffle was conducted which generated £246 towards museum funds.

Barry brought the evening to a close by thanking Michelle for her very interesting talk. Vic concluded the evening by thanking everyone for their attendance and support.

 Article by John Starkey.

Friends and visitors thoroughly enjoying their hot pot supper.

Friends and visitors thoroughly enjoying their hot pot supper.

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