With almost 700 Freemasons, family, and friends thronging to Lincoln Castle to take part, the Province of Lincolnshire's first open-air concert of its kind proved to be a huge success
Music from Sleaford Convert Band, Miller Magic, and the Blighty Belles with an Abba tribute, and a rousing ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale helped swelled the coffers of the #Lincs2025 festival on its journey to raising £2.25m for The Freemasons’ charity the MCF. The exact sum raised hasn’t yet been calculated, but it’s expected to run well into four figures.
Picnics abounded, from the ‘standard sandwich’ variety to the much grander effort of Doric Lodge members from Grantham, who brought a candelabra-decked table, and the Free Wheelers’ massive spread, the scale of which drew this comment from a passer-by: 'I know the event’s in a castle, but are you expecting a siege?'
The event was compered by entertainer Steve Barclay of Lincoln-based Ermine Lodge, and brought together by the Festival events committee under the chairmanship of Gideon Hall from Shakespeare Lodge in Spilsby.
Provincial Communications Officer Stuart Pearcey said: 'It took a long time to get to this point, with earlier efforts thwarted by Covid restrictions, but when the day finally arrived it proved to have been worth the wait. Being able to share in such a special event in such special surroundings was a real treat, and I’m sure everyone who attended was pleased to have been there.
'The event proved that Festivals in support of our charity the MCF provide special opportunities for us to spend time together. We should always grasp them, because Freemasonry is supposed to be fun. Concert at the Castle proved just how true that statement is – and what’s more, we can be secure in the knowledge that any money raised will be used by the MCF to support worthy causes, year in, year out, here in Lincolnshire as well as the wider world. Which of us knows when we, members of our families, or the communities in which we live might need some help?'
Provincial Grand Master Dave Wheeler said: 'To see so many of our family and friends having a thoroughly good time was brilliant and the happy atmosphere surrounding the whole evening was something I have not witnessed to that extent before within our Province.' (Freemasons can see the full text of the letter from the Provincial Grand Master by logging on to the members’ area of the Lincolnshire Provincial web site at lincolnshirefreemasons.org. If you’ve not already done so, you’ll find registering is easy.)