The Duke of Connaught Lodge No 2919 in Southport had a very special meeting recently where they passed four brothers; Ben Foster, Daniel Russell, Norman Marshall and Miles Lilley to the degree of fellow craft.
The Saturday meeting was opened an hour earlier than usual at 4.30pm with the first business to read the dispensation from the Provincial Grand Master allowing more than two brothers to be passed in a single ceremony.
Two of the entered apprentices, Norman Marshall and Miles Lilly were then asked to leave the lodge for a short time and the junior deacon Keith Burke and stand in senior deacon David Bradbury collected Ben Foster and Daniel Russel where they were given the pass grip and pass word leading to the second degree before they were asked to retire to be prepared for the ceremony.
WM Steve Cox then opened the lodge in the second degree for the next part of the ceremony supported by his senior warden Steve Tree and junior warden Al Horn who in turn were supported by Don Cox, Steve White and Howard Lawson at the pedestals.
Ben Foster and Daniel Russel were then passed to the second degree in a very fine ceremony before they were permitted to retire to their personal comforts; and the ceremony continued. The junior warden then, by permission of the WM called the lodge off from labour to refreshment and all brethren present left the lodge for a short time.
The lodge was then called on with Ben Foster and Daniel Russel able to watch the next ceremony, where Norman Marshall and Miles Lilly were then also passed to the second degree; and once completed the two brothers also retired. On their return they were joined by Ben and Daniel for an explanation of the second degree tracing board by Tony Johnson, a lodge guest and regular visitor. Tony also asked for any other members to join him on the floor so they could get a better look. Tony’s explanation was very well received by all present. Adam Day then presented the working tools of an entered apprentice at the senior wardens pedestal.
The ceremony completed, Steve Cox dealt with the other business of the lodge, before everyone retired to the festive board where a delicious meal had been prepared and the celebrations continued in high spirits as is the norm for the members and guests of Duke of Connaught Lodge.