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Durham Light Blues Enjoy Pig Night at Agricola Lodge


October 2018

Friday 19th October saw a number of ‘Durham Light Blue Aprons’ turn out to help Agricola eat their donated pig at their annual pig night festival. The origins of this donation can be traced back to October 1973 when the Lodge Master at the time, Edward Collingwood, supplied the meat for the October meeting before handing over the Chair to his successor. His nephew and lodge member, Colin Kirk, have very kindly continued this tradition and insisted on paying for the meat on Pig night even after moving to France to farm.


Traditionally, farmers would have a pig killed in the farming calendar in the autumn after the pig has had a number of weeks eating the wind fall apples in the orchard.


At the festive board the Master Elect, Steve Barker, informed those present that Agricola hopes the tradition will continue and incorporate the event into a Harvest Festival to mark the end of the farming year.


Friday night saw a fraternal visit of 12 member from Sanctuary Lodge, who also meet in the Durham Temple. After the starter of chicken liver pate, the members rolled up their sleeves and continued the tradition of calving the 50kg pig in the dining hall, in front of their 34 guests. The new Chef and Hall Manager ensured that the roast was complimented with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and plenty of onion gravy.


The members of Agricola were very pleased to see a total of 34 Light Blue aprons at their initiation ceremony. Some of these Light Blue Masons had made the 120-mile journey north from Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, to enjoy the evening.


The Durham Light Blues club Secretary, Chris Watson, who had been installed as the University Lodge Master the night before, was also present along with the Club Chairman, Mathew Pearce.


Agricola Lodge wishes the Durham Light Blues Club every success for the future and hopes that the club will return next October to help out with the task!


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