The brethren of the Goodwill Lodge No 3896 concluded their last lodge meeting of this current season with the initiation of Robert Wilson Smith. The lodge director of ceremonies Bob Williams called the brethren to order so that the master John Horn and his officers could process into the lodge room and take their seats.
Having opened the lodge in due form and then dispensing with the usual business, John then proceeded to conduct the full ceremony of initiation in a dignified and exemplary manner, ably assisted by both the senior and junior deacons Jason Brennan and Paul Smythe. The working tools of the degree were given by Bryan Magan whilst Lewis Redhead provided a very sincere charge after initiation.
Robert Smith retired to restore himself to his former comforts and on his return to the lodge room was congratulated by the master who also thanked those brethren who had assisted in the ceremony of initiation.
Following a hearty meal, the lodge chaplain Ulfar Norddahl, recited a poem especially chosen for the evening entitled ‘I heard three knocks’, following which the brethren gathered around the newly initiated Robert, and sang a rendition of ‘The Entered Apprentice Song’.
The evening concluded with the lodge mentor presenting Robert Smith with a specially prepared ‘Initiates booklet and guide’ so that he would be able to look back on his special evening and fully understand the wonderful ceremony that he had been an integral part of.
Goodwill Lodge continues to go from strength to strength as their next meeting will also be a first-degree ceremony as they will again have a candidate.