The Old Veseyan Lodge are playing host to the Sutton Coldfield Study Circle who are to present the 1765 version of the ceremony of Passing on Friday 27th October, to which you are warmly invited.
Imagine the year is 1765; King George III is on the throne. It was over 44 years before Charles Darwin was born and approximately one year before Captain James Cook, at the age of 37 years, took up his commission as commander of the HM Bark Endeavour. Cook, through three voyages to the Pacific, discovered Australia and New Zealand and eventually died at the hand the natives of Hawaii. HMS Victory, a ship of the Royal Navy, was launched in 1765. She is best known as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. In the same year a young man of 35 years was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Most Honourable Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, a Whig.
Members of Sutton Coldfield Study Circle at a previous event.
The lodge room is laid out into two separate parts, with a table at one end and a floor covering marked out on a sheet at the other. The main reason was because early lodges usually met in a single room and the dining area was in the same room as the lodge area. The lodge area probably would have been marked out with chalk or charcoal onto a wooden floor. It is noted in the minute book that the lodge was banned from one public house because the apprentice washed the floor with water and made such a mess!
It would appear that our ancient brethren spent a lot of time ‘calling off’ and ‘calling on’, with a lot of time spent on refreshment rather than on work! Indeed whist the lodge is open much liquid refreshment is likely to be consumed.
You are invited to attend this entertaining fun evening. The summons is here