The Lodge of Friendship 5909 (Warwickshire) played host in May to the 14th Gathering of the Lodges of Friendship at the Warwickshire Masonic Temple in The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston.
The annual Gathering, instigated in 1999 by the Lodge of Friendship 202 of Plymouth, Devonshire to celebrate the Millennium, was attended by 89 brethren including representatives of the Lodge of Friendship 100, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the Lodge of Perpetual Friendship 135, Bridgewater, Somerset, the Lodge of Friendship 202, Plymouth, Devonshire, the Lodge of Friendship 277, Rochdale, East Lancashire, the Lodge of Friendship 750, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, the Lodge of Friendship 928, Petersfield, Hampshire and IOW, the Lodge of Friendship 7168, Leicester, the Lodge of Friendship 7902, Kings Heath, Worcestershire, the Lodge of Friendship 8275, Cleator Moor, Cumberland, and the Hands of Friendship Lodge 9758 Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
The Gathering was honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, accompanied by other distinguished Provincial Guests.
The Gathering was entertained by the Black Country Heritage Lodge 9702, whose members gave a demonstration of workings which reflected the warm spirit of Black Country folk and their logic in the very hard times of the Industrial Revolution, showing that Masonry can be fun with dignity.
At the Festive Board, the Gathering Gavel was passed to the host for the 2013 Gathering, Lodge of Friendship 750 in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.