The WM of St James Lodge No 8910, Keith West, and eight members of the lodge along with John Anderson from Eccleston Lodge No 7754 travelled north to Kirby Lonsdale to join members of Underley Lodge No 1074 for their annual Olde English Night.
There is a strong link between the two lodges as Malcolm Dewhurst, the last surviving founder of St James Lodge of Westhoughton, is currently the WM of Underley Lodge who meet in Kirkby Lonsdale.
The evening started formally with a wonderful explanation of the second degree tracing board after which members and guests retired to enjoy the hospitality of the festive board. As is customary at Olde English Nights traditional English fayre was on the menu. The black pudding, barbeque ribs, steak pie and cheese and biscuits where enjoyed by all.
Another tradition of an Olde English Night, is the raising of money for charity by fining individuals for just about anything! John Riley, the immediate past master and almoner of St James Lodge, acted as fines master and conducted the Westhoughton swindle, (charity raffle), raising a total of £453 for the building fund. The evening was rounded off by entertainment provided by Denis Broomhead who dazzled everyone with his magic tricks.
All too soon the Westhoughton contingent said their farewells and headed south reflecting on very enjoyable evening and agreeing that visiting is a special part of our Masonic life, which on this occasion was extra special with one lodge visiting another.