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2016 Festival Banquet

The venue was Manchester United’s prestigious Manchester Suite and on Friday 20th May 2016 the Province of Cheshire celebrated the conclusion of their 2016 Festival in aid of the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF). Nearly 600 Cheshire Freemasons and their wives / partners enjoyed a wonderful Banquet and awaited with baited breath, to hear how much money had been raised,  since the launch of the Festival in October 2010.

left to right: Martin R. Barlow APGM Area 3, Paul A Massie APGM Area 1, David V. Dyson APGM Area 4, Stephen M. Blank PGM, Alan Glazier DPGM, Adrian Davies APGM Area 2 and George W Mann APGM Area 5left to right: Martin R. Barlow, AProvGM Area 3, Paul A Massie, AProvGM Area 1, David V. Dyson, AProvGM Area 4, Stephen M. Blank, ProvGM, Alan Glazier, DProvGM, Adrian Davies, AProvGM Area 2 and George W Mann, AProvGM Area 5

The Leaders of the Province wearing their chains of Office were the hosts to some very important visitors from  the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) ,  the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF), which is based in London) and the  Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs, MBE, KStJ.

left to right: Mark Jeremy Patrick Horlock DGDC, Peter Geoffrey Lowndes ProGM, Stephen Martin Blank PGM, Dr. David R Staples AGDCleft to right: Mark Jeremy Patrick Horlock, DGDC, Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, ProGM, Stephen Martin Blank, ProvGM, Dr. David R Staples, AGDC.

Stephen Martin Blank, Provincial Grand Master is photographed with Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, Pro Grand Master, Mark Jeremy Patrick Horlock, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and Dr. David R. Staples, Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

left to right: Brigadier William E. Shackell President of MSF, Stephen M. Blank PGM and President of the Festival and Richard Douglas CEO MSFleft to right: Brigadier William E. Shackell, President of MSF, Stephen M. Blank ProvGM and President of the Festival and Richard Douglas, CEO MSF.

Stephen Martin Blank is President of the 2016 Festival and greeted the representatives of The Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF), Brigadier William E. Shackell, CBE, President of the MSF who is, on 8th June, to take up the appointment of Grand Secretary of UGLE and Richard Douglas, CEO of the MSF who had the pleasure of revealing the remarkable sum of money raised by the Cheshire Festival at the end of the Banquet.

left to right: Paul Stephan Richards Chaiman of the Festival and Richard Douglas CEO MSFleft to right: Paul Stephan Richards, PAGDC, Chaiman of the Festival and Richard Douglas, CEO of the MSF

Paul Stephan Richards, Chairman of the 2016 Festival shared a glass of Champagne with Richard Douglas, CEO of the MSF. Paul and his Executive Committee have worked tirelessly since October 2010 to achieve the wonderful sum of money which is to be given to the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

The 2016 Festival Executive Committee together with their wives/ partnersThe 2016 Festival Executive Committee together with their wives/ partners

The hard working 2016 Festival Executive Committee have encouraged individual Cheshire Masons to become Stewards and help to raise money for the Festival preparing to celebrate.

Lodges and Chapters worked hard and some achieved remarkable results as follows:-  Presidential Grand Patrons 25 , Grand Patrons 27, Patrons 79

left to right : Stephen Martin Blank PGM and Gary R. Horstman Festival Banquet Chairmanleft to right : Stephen Martin Blank, ProvGM and Gary R. Horstman, PAGDC, Festival Banquet Chairman

Over the past two Years Gary Horstman and his Banquet Committee had worked very hard to make this particular event very special indeed, Stephen Martin Blank congratulated Gary on a job well done.

Banquetting Committee with Wives/ partners and helpersBanquet Committee plus Harry Wright together with their Wives

The hard working Banquet Committee enjoyed the fruits of their labours, miles of smiles all around the Manchester Suite

nearly 600 guests thoroughly enjoying the eveningnearly 600 guests thoroughly enjoying the evening

we even had Peter Kay's younger brother waitng on tables we even had Peter Kay’s younger brother waiting on tables

60 Tables plus the Top Table full of happy people enjoyed an excellent meal and good company whilst they waited for the result which was announced by Richard Douglas

A rather large cheque for £3,010,793 was presented to Willi Shackell President of the MSF by Stephen Martin Blank President of the 2016 Festival A rather large cheque for £3,010,793 was presented to Willi Shackell President of the MSF by Stephen Martin Blank President of the 2016 Festival

A very big cheque in more ways than one was presented to Brigadier William E. Shackell, CBE, President of the MSF by Stephen Martin Blank Provincial Grand Master and President of the 2016 Festival.

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