Preston’s Lodge of Endeavour No 7036 continued their new season with a double second degree ceremony for Neil Catterall and Jordan Jones. The WM Phil Daniels opened the meeting and concluded the administrative business of the lodge before inviting John Gavaghan to occupy the master’s chair to carry out the ceremony.
The main business of the evening, to pass two candidates to the second degree, was announced by John. The candidates were escorted onto the floor of the lodge, where Brian Phillips asked the necessary questions of Neil and Jordan. Both answered them competently before they left the room for it to be prepared for the ceremony.
Recognising their further progress in Masonry, Neil and Jordan were re-admitted into the lodge and passed to the degree of a fellow craft Freemason, in what was a first rate and sincere ceremony that was enjoyed and appreciated by all present. The candidates were conducted round the lodge by the deacons Andy Rowe and Carl Walkden.
The full ceremony was carried out by John Gavaghan and the signs were explained by Stuart Simpson. The various explanations introduced as part of the ceremony were given by Michael Walkden and the working tools were explained by the senior warden David Grime.
Neil and Jordan were then invited to listen to a presentation of the second degree tracing board, which was given in full and in a faultless manner by Andy Rowe.
To aid their understanding of the work within the lodge, they were each presented with a copy of the lodge ritual and a fellow craft’s development pack, prepared by Michael Walkden. The ritual book and development pack contained extracts from the ceremony and an additional explanation of lodge procedures, with particular reference to the second degree.
After the meeting, the members retired to the dining room where everyone enjoyed an excellent meal in jovial company. All those present took the opportunity to congratulate Neil and Jordan on being passed to the second degree.
As per usual, the evening concluded with a raffle that, on this occasion, raised £70 for the lodge charity account.