Members of the David Garrick Lodge 4243 enjoyed a packed full house at their December meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon, attended by many eminent and distinguished visitors from Warwickshire and beyond.
The Presiding Officer, Deputy Provincial Grand Master VW Bro Alan Wellan (also a member of the Lodge), welcomed in particular VW Bro Robert Vaughan, who had just that week been announced as the next Provincial Grand Master of Worcestershire.
Highlights of the evening included the passing of Bro Trevor Ollis, who was treated to a very good ceremony conducted by the Master W Bro Colin Dennis, and a magnificent delivery and extended explanation of the Second Degree Working Tools by W Bro Roy Lodge.
This was followed by the presentation of a 50 year Service Certificate to W Bro Trevor Wellings, PProvSGW, by the Deputy PGM, who set the scene by referring to various historical events that happened in 1962, also being the year when Trevor was initiated into Fraternity Lodge 4032. The Deputy PGM then referred to, and chatted with Trevor about, his early life in Birmingham, his time qualifying as an accountant, his national service years in movement control in the RAF, and then building up an accountancy practice whilst also meeting friends and clients who introduced him to freemasonry.
Trevor was the proud father of four daughters and a son, Peter, who most Brethren knew and was also present on the night. His long and very distinguished Masonic career included huge efforts in raising money for charitable causes, many of which involved organising very enjoyable social events. He had also organised many meetings of Masons and their families and Masonic widows on the various liners on which he had cruised, thus establishing “Freemasonry Afloat” which has to date generated over £100,000 for both Seafarers’ and Masonic charities.
Assistant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W Bro Peter Clarke, delivered an extensive proclamation in a most remarkable and impressive manner, listing every single element of Trevor’s career in Craft Masonry. Trevor responded in very suitable terms and addressed remarks to the Junior Brethren who he regarded as most important Brethren in the Lodge, they representing the future.
Propositions for two further candidates were made in the meeting, which was followed by an enjoyable and suitably festive Festive Board, with over £500 raised for the Lodge’s charity and almoner funds.
(l-r) Alan Wellan, Trevor Wellings, Colin Dennis, Trevor Ollis
Trevor Wellings with his personal guests