The Lodge was opened in due form by WBro Ray Godwin ProvGStwd, IPM in the absence of the WM, WBro Dennis Heskett PProvDepGDC who is still recovering from Covid -19.
Bro Peter Moore was acting IG due to the death of Bro Vinny Frain.
† WBro Godwin welcomed Brethren to our meeting and then requested the Brethren to stand to order in respect of departed merit of Bro Vinny Frain IG. A eulogy was then given by WBro Alan Fielder ProvAGStB, Mentor, JD. †
† WBro Godwin then agave an oration regarding the death of Bro Gabriel Bullock who was killed close to the end of WW1. After the oration the Brethren stood to order in respect of departed merit. †
The next business was to read the summons convening the meeting and to approve the minutes of the last regular Lodge meeting. Which were approved and signed by the IPM, SW and JW.
Officers who were not present at the May meeting due to Covid restrictions were invested by WBro Godwin. These were:
- Chaplain - WBro Ian Haworth PProvJGD
- Almoner - WBro Derek Smith PProvDepGDC
- Mentor - WBro Alan Fielder ProvAStdB
- Senior Deacon - WBro Stuart Rayton PProvGSwdB
- Junior Deacon - WBro Alan Fielder ProvAStdB
- Inner Guard - No IG invested
The main item of business was to Initiate Mr. Bogdan Manoliu into Freemasonry and this Lodge. WBro Raymond Godwin, IPM invited WBro Michael Rosney PProvSGD, DC to occupy the Chair to work the Initiation ceremony. The Candidate was escorted on his progress around the Lodge by WBro Alan Fielder JD in an excellent manner assisted by WBro Stuart Rayton SD. WBro Rosney worked the ceremony in a most excellent manner, ably assisted by the Officers of the Lodge. WBro Rosney gave the Address to the NE Corner and WBro Steve Barton PAGDC presented and explained the Working Tools in an excellent manner. Bro Peter Moore gave the Charge after Initiation in an exemplary manner and with great feeling. Indeed, all worked the ceremony to the highest standard and the best traditions of the Lodge. Mr. Manoliu was well and truly initiated into Freemasonry and welcomed into the Lodge by all the Brethren.
WBro Godwin presented Bro Manoliu with the Lodge Initiate Certificate to mark the occasion.
Reports were received from the following: The Almoner.
The minutes recorded apologies from members and some frequent visitors, however, 17 members and 9 visitors were present.
Greetings from Grand Lodge were given by WBro Steve Barton PAGDC. Greetings from Provincial Grand Lodge were given by WBro Dave McGurty JP PAGDC ProvJGW.
Visiting Brethren tendered greetings WBro B Pollard PProvDepGDC of Limestone Rock, 369; WBro A Ashton (PProvDepGDC West Lancs) of Harmony and Industry, 381 and WBro G Cornthwaite PProvSGD of Rhyddings, 5205.
The Lodge was closed, and the Brethren retired to the Festive Board to enjoy an excellent meal of:
- Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper soup
- Pork with mushroom sauce, honey glazed carrots, green beans and baby potatoes or
- Salmon fillet with honey glazed carrots, green beans and baby potatoes.
After Bro Manoliu had responded to the toast to his health, the Secretary sprang a surprise on him by projecting a video onto the large screen. It was a personal message of congratulations from WBro Florian Birlea the Deputy Grand Secretary of the National Grand Lodge of Romania, a personal and close Masonic friend of Bro Bogdan back in Bucharest, which made the evening even more special for Bro Bogdan and the Lodge. Unfortunately, WBro Birlea's planned visit was cancelled at the last minute due to Covid complications.
WBro Alan Fielder, Mentor presented Bro Manoliu with the EA booklet.
A great evening enjoyed by all, a great ceremony and a fantasic festive board, glad to be back.