Third degree for WM’s son

For the third time in the last eight years a dad has put his lad through the third degree in Victoria Lodge No 4629. This time it was the turn of the WM Rob Bazley to put his 36 year old son Andrew through the third degree.

Andrew (left) being congratulated by Rob.

Andrew (left) being congratulated by Rob.

After swiftly dispatching the initial business of the lodge, Rob put the requisite questions to Andrew to which he gave the correct answers and was then invited to retire from the lodge for a short while in preparation for his wonderful journey to becoming a master Mason. Having made the lodge room ready, Andrew returned to commence his journey through the third degree to become a master Mason. Andrew was expertly escorted throughout the ceremony by the senior deacon George Shields who provided steady and firm leadership. George was very ably assisted by the junior deacon John Gibbon (group secretary).

Rob gave a sterling performance of the ceremony proficiently assisted by the IPM Matt Baldwin who delivered the exhortation and to complete his journey and to impart more knowledge upon him, ADC David Lewis gave a tremendously excellent delivery of the Traditional History. The deacons were assisted by the SW Owen Davies and the JW at the appropriate time.

With Andrew’s journey now complete he took his place in the lodge and Rob conducted the final business of the lodge before closing the lodge and all retired to the festive board.

Andrew, who is a married man with two sons and a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps based in Aldershot, said before the ceremony that he was looking forward to it and hoped that it would be as good as the first and second degree ceremonies. Boy was he in for a very nice surprise!

At the festive board following the ceremony he said that he really enjoyed it because it was something totally unexpected and a very pleasant surprise with quite a lot going on. He now looks forward to further advancement in Masonic knowledge.

Pictured from left to right, are: Matt Baldwin, John Gibbon, Andrew Bazley, Rob Bazley, Neil Pedder (group vice chairman) and David Lewis.

Pictured from left to right, are: Matt Baldwin, John Gibbon, Andrew Bazley, Rob Bazley, Neil Pedder (group vice chairman) and David Lewis.