Oct 20 2014 7:21 PM
Following a hearty breakfast at the Stirling Road Masonic rooms in Edgbaston, members and guests of the Lodge of Perception 8492 assembled for their regular meeting, opening the lodge at 11.45am.
The main item on the agenda was to receive a paper on “Further Reflections of the 1st Degree”, from the Provincial Grand Tyler, W Bro Ian Hart, who is well known for his informative and enjoyable presentations, as well as his deliveries of the more formal official Orations.
Ian commenced by setting the scene of a builder’s yard occupied by apprentices, craftsmen and master masons, together with the tools of their trade, this being their place of lodgement, suitably secured against unwelcome outsiders. This then led to an interpretation of their training procedures and an examination of the wording and actions relating to the ceremonial aspects of speculative masonry, concluding with references to the furniture of the lodge and its association with modern terminology.
With time on hand, those present were then treated to a second paper from Ian, “Every Brother is a Tyler”, during which he made many thought provoking observations in support of the need to protect valuable information such as confidential trade secrets, concluding with the suggestion that if in doubt, masons should “keep their lips tyled”!
The Master, W Bro Robin Whitehouse thanked Ian for his splendid presentations, observing that the audience interaction and elements of banter made them particularly entertaining and interesting.
(l-r) Robin Whitehouse, Ian Hart