Brethren of Pendlebury Lodge No 8177 marked their last meeting of the season by celebrating the lodge’s 50th year and also an initiation
The lodge was consecrated on 3 May 1968 and to mark the anniversary the lodge was attended by APrGM Dave Walmsley, Alex Neilson PAGDC, John Hutton PAPrGM and Eccles Group Vice Chairman Patrick Walsh (both John and Patrick are members of Pendlebury Lodge).
Dave Walmsley was welcomed into the lodge by WM Peter Staines who duly offered the gavel to Dave who thanked him and swiftly returned it.
The main business on the summons was to initiate Warren Goode. Warren was guided round the lodge by the junior deacon Len Heathcote. The ceremony was performed with dignity and sincerity by Peter Staines and John Hutton under the careful scrutiny of DC Paul Newton. The first degree tools were presented by Keith Morris and the first degree charge by Paul Newton.
The newly initiated brother, Warren, was the third new member to join Pendlebury Lodge within seven months. Pishral Kailwan Mina was initiated in November 2017 and Javid Iqbal in January 2018 which bodes well for the future of the lodge.
On conclusion of the meeting the brethren retired to share a splendid carvery meal together to mark a wonderful double celebration. To mark the occasion of 50 years, the brethren were presented with a booklet which had been arranged by John Hutton.
Article and pictures by Tom Fredrickson