The Lodge of Justice, No 5092 recently hosted an overseas visitor from Singapore on a visit back to his home city of Birmingham.
Dr Manjit Pawar, MBChB, B Med Sci(Hons) , FRCP(Edinburgh), MRCP(London) is the Director of Medical Intensive Care and Consultant Intensive Care and General Medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore.
He interrupted his return journey, having been to Belgium for a Medical Conference, to stop off, and pre-arrange the visit to The Lodge of Justice, as we happily had our March Meeting on a convenient date for him.
This was truly a team effort, as the approach by Bro Manjit Pawar, was picked up by The Executive at Severn Street Masonic Hall, and passed on to The Lodge of Justice.
The Worshipful Master recruited the Past Masters of the Lodge to demonstrate a 3rd Degree ceremony and agreed to enhance the Festive Board to give a ceremony and meal that would be remembered.
The Past Masters did not let him down.
Connections were made to ensure protocol was observed in ‘proving’ the visitor. These arrangements were facilitated by the W Bro Darren Desker, Secretary of his mother lodge, which is a Lodge of Research and is one of 8 meeting in Singapore, Centenary Lodge No. 7629 (EC), Eastern Archipelago,
W Bro Darren provided all the necessary information, certification and paperwork to enable a relaxed visit. This event is now recorded in our Minute Book for posterity.
W Bro Darren called Bro Manjit a ‘’Remarkable young Mason’’ and this event a fine example of ‘The Universality of Freemasonry’, also suggested by W.Bro Darren, and we absolutely concur.
It would not be overstating the event to say Bro Manjit has now indicated his interest in joining The Lodge of Justice once his work abroad is concluded and he and family return to these shores.
He replied to the Visitors Toast with warmth and generous praise, and he has also offered reciprocal visiting to his Lodge and would be pleased to host any UK Masons.