The members of St George’s Lodge of Chorley No 7161 were pleased to have visitors from the Channel Islands at their meeting. Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Derek Upton, along with two of his friends came to Chorley Masonic Hall to see Derek’s son Chris Upton initiated into Freemasonry.
Chris, who is the head of a primary school in Lancashire, had decided that he wanted to join local Freemasonry. He approached the membership team of Chorley and District Group with regards to joining the Craft and was directed by the group membership officer Peter Horgan towards St George’s Lodge of Chorley.
The ceremony of initiation was carried out by the worshipful master Edwin Schofield with the senior warden Graham Wallis presenting him with his entered apprentice apron and the junior warden Iain Wilson presenting the working tools, both in an excellent manner.
When it came to the charge after initiation, Edwin invited Derek Upton to deliver the charge to his son, a poignant moment; one of those moving moments that we see too little of in Freemasonry these days.
At the end of the ceremony, after congratulating and welcoming Chris into the lodge in particular and the Craft in general, Edwin invited Derek to congratulate his son and now a brother, before taking his seat in the lodge.
At the first rising Tom Jackson gave way to let Derek Upton respond to that rising. Derek stated how proud and pleased he was to see Chris join a lodge and how delighted he was that he was following in the footsteps, not only of himself but Chris’s grandfather too. He also thanked the lodge for affording him the opportunity to deliver the charge after initiation, which had given him great delight.
Whilst the initiation was main business of the evening, the lodge was pleased to ballot for and accept two new joining members John Askew and Alan Scarrott, both members of a lodge in Manchester.