The University Lodges Ball
I was fortunate enough to attend the University Lodges Ball this weekend, and what a fantastic weekend it turned out to be. A brother from a local London lodge arrange accommodation for my wife and I at the Savile Club in Mayfair, established in 1868 by a group of the most distinguished writers and artists of the time. Its home is a fine 18th Century house in the heart of Mayfair, whose air of elegant exclusivity reflects the uniquely creative ambiance which is preserved in the Savile Club of today.
The Ball was a White Tie event hosted in the glamorous surroundings of the HAC’s Armoury house, due to a few logistical problems we arrived a little late, fortunately only missing the starter. The event featured the best of British Big Band music, cutting edge technological entertainment in the form of a silent disco and excellent hospitality. The event saw Freemasons and members of the public come together for a glittering night of celebration and fundraising. There was a silent auction, sporting Sir Edmund Hillary ice axe from Everest, Chagall and Dali pieces and a James Bond collage with behind the scenes photos signed by every person who played Bond (My favourite).
I spent the majority of the evening in the cigar bar that was sponsored by Davidoff, they had an excellent selection of cigars and what I assumed to be an unlimited supply of Rémy Martin cognac. We were kept entertained with a Mexican Mariachi band playing all the latest pop hits, it sounds quite peculiar at first but somehow its works very well and was thoroughly enjoyable.
Money raised on the was donated to Combat Stress and the Royal College of Surgeons, both charities gave a short end enlightening talk about what they do and how we can help, I was fortunate enough to be seated with a brother who heads up one of these fantastic charities. More information on these charities can be found by Clicking Here.
The event was truly elegant and I was truly honoured to be part of this fantastic tradition. I can unquestionably confirm that I will be attending all upcoming University Lodges Ball’s and would definitely insist that my local brothers attend the function. A great night out and a great night for charity.