Fraternal and Doubly Paternal
The Installation meeting of Etone Lodge 5981, at which the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey presided, was a very special and well attended evening for the Hawkins family and the Lodge.
Bro Barrie Hawkins was installed as Worshipful Master and then proceded to appoint and invest his two sons Bros Tony and Tim as Senior and Junior Wardens respectively.
(l-r) Tony, Barrie & Tim Hawkins
Fraternal and Paternal
Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Michael Morris took great delight in installing his son Christopher into the Chair of Shenstonian Lodge 5544. Fellow APGM Eric Rymer presided at the meeting, which the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey also attended.
The Lodge, of which Michael was Master in 1999, is closely linked to Solihull School and is a member of the Federation of School Lodges.
(l-r) Michael Morris, Christopher Morris, Eric Rymer, David Macey
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.
W Bro David Barrie has forwarded the Toast to our Visitors (in the form of a poem) that was written by Junior Warden Bro Simon Phipps - and delivered at the festive board after David had gone into the chair of Goldieslie Lodge 6174 for the second time. He thinks it was brilliant and well worth sharing with other lodges.
Happiness since 1964
The Lodge of Happiness 7952 has celebrated its 300th Regular Lodge Meeting, a significant milestone in any lodge’s history – their first regular meeting was back in the summer of 1964.
Coupled with the 300th celebrations, the lodge installed their new Worshipful Master, Bro Stephen K Tector, and lodge officers for the ensuing year, making the night a particularly special one.
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