As part of Rose of Lancaster Lodge No 2325, 125th anniversary celebrations, 14 members of the ‘Rose’ travelled down to Grand Lodge in London to hold their meeting in one of the temples.
Arrangements had been made by the WM David Scott, to hire one of the lodge rooms within Freemasons’ Hall. Grand Lodge provide the basic lodge furniture, (gavels, tracing boards etc), but the rest of the lodge items, including the warrant and the regalia, had to be transported down to London.
After arriving and setting up in temple number eight, the members were fortunate to be able to have a tour of the building which included the Grand Temple as well as to see the window depicting the image on the Hall Stone Jewel. (Masonic Million Memorial Fund Commemorative Jewel)
The tour completed, the lodge was opened at 3pm by David with Steve Devey and Colin Roberts occupying the senior and junior warden’s chairs respectively. The secretary, David Edwards then read the two dispensations necessary to hold a meeting at Grand Lodge.
Following the ancient charge read by Rob Fox the next business was to pass Jonathan O’Brien to the second degree. During the ceremony, the candidate was assisted by Peter Lower as senior deacon and Steve Equizi as junior deacon, who both did an excellent job. The working tools in this degree were explained by Michael Jackson and the second degree tracing board was explained by David Edwards. Gordon Hughes acted as chaplain, Mike Mckee as tyler with Mel Smallwood providing the musical accompaniment.
After the ceremony, the brethren retired to the nearby Freemasons’ Arms where they all enjoyed an excellent festive board which cost £29 per head for 3 courses and wine at the table to complete what was a very memorable Masonic day.
At the conclusion of the evening some members stayed on in London to make a weekend of the celebrations whilst others in cars transported the lodge furniture they had brought down with them back home.
Others had time to enjoy a very expensive pint at Euston station whilst waiting for a relaxing train ride home, with time to reflect on this once in a life time occasion and one that was worth every penny.