Chesterfield Masonic Hall was delighted to host an “Evening with Bill Beaumont” on Monday 27th February. The former England, British Lions and “Question Of Sport” captain delighted and enthralled a packed house with both his warm personality and his reminiscences of what it was really like to play rugby for his country. Not afraid of speaking on current issues he enthusiastically addressed the issues of the changes in the rules (and the Italian interpretation of them), but his larger message, which was met with acclamation, was that rugby is a team sport which should be enjoyed by everyone across the board and encouraged at all levels.
Throughout the evening, he encouraged people, from the newest members of the Lodge, to the PGM, to talk to him and ask any questions; which he was delighted to answer.
This event forms part of the Tercentenary celebrations as well as a Foundation Stone event to involve newer and prospective Masons. It is hoped that some of those, having seen what Freemasonry has to offer, may be encouraged to join themselves.
Over £3000 was raised for Provincial Grand Charity by both silent and live auctions. Lots included a BMW Z4 Roadster for a weekend, various signed and unique framed photos of sporting personalities, a conducted tour of the Houses of Parliament, including tea on the terrace and a personally dedicated England Rugby shirt, signed by Bill Beaumont.
However, as if that was not enough, there was also a comedian who entertained the guests in the latter part of the evening and we trust that everyone left having had a truly memorable and enjoyable evening.
The Tercentenary committee would like to thank WBro Chris Sellars for organising the evening which it is hoped will develop into an annual event.
For more photos of the event please click the following link: http://www.stranfaer.com/billb/