The Athelstan Lodge of Instruction Festival very well, with the Presiding Officer, Bill Orton, perhaps understandably (given that it is the LOI for his Mother Lodge!), paying fulsome and deserved praise to all who took part. To show there was no bias, the Grand Lodge Officers present, VW Bro’s Roger Parker and Charles Marshall were similarly generous in their praise!
Masters in the Chair flanked by Provincial Representatives, W Bro Bill Orton, Presiding Officer & W Bro Rob Evans, Grand Pursuivant.
Lodge Almoner, Jim Foster and Master, Gerard Somers.
There were 38 brethren present and for this occasion we dined in the Lodge rooms, which lent a nice informality to the proceedings.
W Bro Jon Bowley with his lovely wife Jo, ready for her ‘shift’ behind the bar! ‘Guest’ Organist, W Bro Roy Taylor
It was difficult to single any one performance out but the 1st degree tracing board takes the prize, not only for the fact that one hears it so rarely – and it is rarely done so well (1st time in the Lodge rooms since they were consecrated) but also for the fact it was delivered by such a Junior Brother in the Lodge, still a Fellowcraft, Bro Andrew Foster. He was of course watched closely by proud father, the Lodge Almoner, W Bro Jim Foster.
Masters in the Chair, Bro’s Matt Keeing, Ray Archer and Tim Snaith
The Chair work was shared extremely competently by Bro’s Tim Snaith, Matt Keeling and Ray Archer, with working tools equally so by Bro Andy Hollis. An exemplary Charge to the Initiate was delivered by Bro Philip Salmon, acting as Junior Warden.