Dunston Hall was resplendent with Knight Templar banners, flags and pennants, as well as Brother Knights, their guests and our ladies, resplendent in their ball gowns, for our latest Knight Templar Banquet, with over 136 filling the Sunningdale Suite where we all enjoyed a stunning four course meal followed by coffee and mints.

Having had a satisfactory period at the bar, to get us all in the mood, we made our way to our respective tables, which were once again decorated in true Knight Templar fashion.

The meal over, the Provincial Prior rose, to rapturous applause, to propose the toast to the Queen, and then to the Grand Master. E. Knight Ian Macklin then proposed the health of the Provincial Prior, to which the Provincial Prior replied in glowing terms to E. Knight Ian; thanking him, and all who had drunk his health, hoping that all who were present were having a great time.

The Provincial Prior then presented gifts to Priscilla Mann, Susan Dor and Jill St. John, for allowing their menfolk to organise such a prestigious event, he later asked Mac Speake to bring up Janet Covell, one our widows so he could make a presentation to her, and last but no means least, he asked Eileen Middleton to come forward as it was her birthday on Monday, and whilst we all sang Happy Birthday, a cake with ?? candles on was brought into the room.

Sally was then presented with a most beautiful bouquet of flowers, that are resplendent in our hall, for everyone who visits us can see, and the Provincial Prior was presented with a bottle of his favourite tipple, that he can enjoy when he does not have to drive!

During the evening, we were entertained by Vocally Vintage, a local group, with just the right type of music.

This whole event was supervised by three hard working Knights, Stephen Mann, Mike Smith and Roger Dor, who had unfortunately hurt his back, slipping down his stairs, and was confined to a wheel chair, but this did not stop him directing members of the Bodyguard to dress the room before we arrived, and taking it down at the end of the evening, well done to all concerned, for making it a most wonderful occasion.

Next year the banquet will be in Suffolk, at Ufford Park, on Saturday 23rd. November 2019, where Sally & I hope to see even more Brother Knights, with their ladies and guests, and as soon as the date and place in Cambridge has been finalised, which should be in June 2020, to coincide with the Colleges holiday period.

Stewart C.L.Middleton

Provincial Prior