As a regular visitor to the De Montfort Lodge 5155 which meets in the atmospheric Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall, Grand Officer W Bro Peter Britton was invited to present a Grand Lodge Certificate. Nothing unusual there, with the main event at the meeting being the Initiation of a new Brother.
Everyone present enjoyed an excellent Initiation ceremony, but what is unusual was Peter’s observation that it was watched and also thoroughly enjoyed by no less than three Entered Apprentices. At its conclusion, there were therefore four EAs in the Lodge. In Peter’s early days, almost fifty years ago, two EAs was not an uncommon sight, three was rare but four, never in his experience.
To cap it all, the more 'senior' of the EAs presented the Working Tools to the new Initiate in a most competent manner.
The only immediate issue which the most fortunate Worshipful Master can foresee is the need to conduct two double Passing ceremonies in the New Year, followed by or perhaps interspersed with one of the four Raising ceremonies! With Installation in April 2013, at least two ceremonies will have to be carried over to the Lodge’s next season.
The atmospheric interior of Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall
Barnard Pipes In Christmas
The December meeting of Barnard Lodge 5100 saw the introduction of six joining members who the Master, W Bro Michael Squires, greeted warmly. He at the same time thanked W Bro Fred Ditchfield for all he had done to ensure the new members were made welcome, helping to secure the future of the Lodge.
The meeting was made all the more enjoyable by the inclusion of ladies, family and guests at the Festive Board, at a splendid festive evening. One of the joining members, Bro Peter Cound*, dressed in appropriate kilt and sporran, piped in the Worshipful Master and his Lady, Sandra, to a very memorable evening for all present. Whilst the Lodge meeting took place, the Provincial Charity Steward W Bro John Hayward, entertained the Ladies with an explanation of Freemasonry Cares, and of the Masonic Charities, both National and Local. Judging from the questions which followed, his talk was well received.
Bro Niall Murphy, an experienced Charity Steward, dressed as Santa Claus, appealed for support of the charity CRY - Cardiac Relief for the Young - and the magnificent sum of £261 was raised.
Carols were sung, gifts were bestowed, and Auld Lang Syne concluded a wonderful evening.
(l-r) Michael Squires, Peter Cound, Sandra Squires
Pat Ditchfield, John Hayward
Linda Hayward, Fred Ditchfield
Bats for Cubs
The Wilson Stuart Cub Pack, which is a pack especially for disabled youngsters based in Erdington, Birmingham, received a welcome visit from the Charity Steward for the Lodge of Faith and Hope 4772, W Bro Roger Chapman, who had presented them with £400 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association and a further £150 from the Lodge.
There were 12 cubs present and everyone had a great time playing games. The huge bats pictured were purchsed from the donations, and greatly excited the cubs as it was the first time ever that they were able to hit a ball with them.
Many of the youngsters are in wheelchairs, and all have severe disabilities. The Lodge has supported this group for many years, and will continue to do so, and is grateful for the Province's additional help.
Roger Chapman (centre) with a delighted Arkela and her Assistant
Blast from the Past
All Warwickshire Masons are invited to attend a unique presentation by the renowned Masonic Historian and Raconteur Robert G Russell, author of "The History of Freemasonry in Warwickshire" et al. The talk includes a series of rare audio recordings of interviews with former Provincial Rulers.
It will be delivered after the meeting of the Chapter of Fortitude No 43 at The Clarendon Suites on Tuesday 14th February 2012, at 6.30pm.
Visitors who are Royal Arch Companions are very welcome to attend the short Chapter meeting (5.15 for 5.30pm opening) if they wish, and all other Craft visitors to the presentation at 6.30pm. Dinner will be served at 7.45pm for those who wish to partake and will include further anecdotes and answers to questions.
Bostin Time fer St Augustine
St Augustine's Lodge 3713 invite all masons to their meeting at the Redditch Masonic Hall on Wednesday 7th November 2012, where the Black Country Lodge Demonstration Team will be delivering their popular presentation.
Full details can be seen here