German Pilgrimage to Allegiance
A fraternal visit to the Lodge of Allegiance 6000 by Pilgrim Lodge 238, which is a German-speaking lodge meeting at Freemasons' Hall in London, marked the 50th birthday of W Bro Olaf Dankert, the Master of Pilgrim Lodge. In addition, there were other 'Continental' Freemasons who attended following a visit by the Lodge of Allegiance to Plato Lodge in Wiesbaden, Germany in September 2011, as well as the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire VW Bro Alan Wellan.
The meeting, held at the Masonic Hall, Sutton Coldfield, included a demonstration of the 2nd Degree by members of Pilgrim Lodge, which was founded in 1779 under the English Constitution by German brethren who follow the Ancient Schroder Workings. The brethren wear top hats in the lodge and the Tracing Board is a carpet that is laid out on the floor. Flowers are spread before the candidate in the lodge as he processes around the Temple to represent lodges. The candidate must visit lodges to gain knowledge before being raised.
The Master of Lodge of Allegiance W Bro George Busby received a commemorative Goblet from the Master of Pilgrim Lodge, and alms collected in the Temple were donated to the 2012 festival, which together with a raffle held on the day raised over £400.
Lodge of Allegiance are hoping to make another fraternal visit to Wiesbaden in the autumn of 2012.
Olaf Dankert (l) presents George Busby with his goblet
Alan Wellan (right of centre) with Olaf Dankert (centre) and Brethren of Pilgrim Lodge 238.