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