With several candidates in the pipeline for passing and raising, master of Quadrant Lodge No 8044 Ben Gorry is being kept very busy. The lodge recently passed Marcus Naylor in a fine ceremony with Ben leading the way with some fine ritual.
Ben Gorry, ably supported by the regular Quadrant lodge team, opened the lodge in the first degree and set the scene for the passing ceremony by posing the usual questions to candidate Marcus. After the candidate retired to be prepared for the ceremony, Ben opened the lodge in the second and third degrees when the usual salutations were given, led by the director of ceremonies David Lawn. The lodge was closed in the third degree prior to the candidate being re-admitted.
Senior deacon Mick Wall conducted the candidate around the lodge during a ceremony which was performed in an exemplary manner by the master, with Mick supporting the candidate with aplomb. The working tools were presented by Gary Edwards and an explanation of the second degree tracing board was given by John Hayfield. The lodge was closed in the second and, following completion of routine business, closed in the first degree.
Following the ceremony Roger Perry spoke on behalf of the grand officers present, expressing his delight at being present for such an excellent ceremony. He continued by offering congratulations to Gary Edwards for his excellent presentation of the working tools. Roger also praised John Hayfield for his explanation of the tracing board. He went on to congratulate Marcus Naylor on his conduct during the ceremony and said that the performance overall demonstrated what a fine institution Quadrant Lodge continues to be.
Greetings from the Provincial officers were given by John Hayfield who congratulated Marcus on being passed to the second degree. John also commended Mick Wall on the manner in which he had conducted the candidate through the ceremony.
At the close, members and guests retired to the bar for a short period before taking their places for the festive board where they enjoyed black pudding benedict, supreme of chicken and sticky toffee pudding with custard and ice cream. This tasty repast was served up by the efficient and friendly Square & Compasses catering staff.
Following the Loyal and other regular toasts, the toast to the master was given by Abdul Benashour who congratulated Ben on the manner with which he had conducted himself during the course of the past year, stressing that the standard of work performed by him has been truly exceptional. In his response Ben thanked Abdul for his comments and went on to congratulate Marcus Naylor on successfully completing the passing ceremony and expressing the view that he was already an asset to the lodge and that he would undoubtedly become even more so as time progresses.
The raffle raised the sum of £225 towards Masonic charities with prizes being won by Liam Bird (no, not again!), John Tannian and Trevor Holloway.
Report by John Bainbridge.