Biggar Village on the Isle of Walney is an ancient settlement and is mentioned in the books of Furness Abbey in 1292. In recent years it has also been the home of several members of Baldwin Lodge No 1398, the latest being Danny Lightfoot.
The admission of Danny into Masonry was undertaken by his proposer and lodge WM David Grove, who is also a resident of Biggar. David was assisted in the ceremony by Bill Coates in the north east corner whilst senior deacon Paul Williams presented the working tools. All played their part well.
Junior deacon Martin McFall later received great praise for the assured and calm manner he had conducted Danny on his journey through the ceremony. The charge after initiation was orated in fine style by that doyen of ritualists Brian Davey.
One of those who took a particular interest in the proceedings was Steve Forster, who had been initiated at the previous meeting and was taking advantage of this early opportunity to observe the ceremony he had so recently gone through.
On the completion of his initiation, Danny was presented with some informative booklets by another Biggar resident, lodge mentor Steve McKellar.
The chairman of the Cavendish Club, the group light blues association, Matty Woods had attended the meeting in the company of Liam Carson, a member of Barrow Lodge No 3928 who was proudly sporting the light blue apron he had been invested with only a few weeks previously.
Following the formalities of the lodge room it was time for refreshment and friendship. Danny, Steve and Liam were able to compare experiences and their initial thoughts on the society they were the latest members of.
With the remaining degrees to undertake for Steve and Danny, along with another candidate in the pipeline, 2023 is going to be a busy year for Baldwin Lodge.