IPM attends Royal Sussex Lodge

On Monday evening our Immediate Past Master attended the Royal Sussex Lodge No 353, to see his friend Chris Hill Installed as their Worshipful Master.

It was an early start and the roads were chaotic, never the less he managed to stealthily sneak into the Lodge without causing too much of a scene.

It was an excellent ceremony carried out by the Officers and everyone enjoyed it who was in attendance.

Chris was Installed into the Chair and looked in his place at the helm of this old and well respected Lodge.

After the ceremony Past Masters are then asked back to the temple, to take part in another special ceremony, something he’d never seen before, well not at this point anyway.

At the Festive Board the Worshipful Master proved a great host and looked after his guests in their entirety. We also enjoyed a lovely meal.

We retired to the bar for a few more drinks, that went on into the late hours of the evening, partly because another member ran off with the wrong regalia case, which happened to contain our IPMs keys. No worry though Charlie came to the rescue!

All in all, an excellent night was had by all.

Chris will be attending Harrington’s Installation in a little over a week, possibly his first………so no pressure Brethren!

Peter Walklate and Chris Hill enjoying a few drinks.

A few of the ATM members present on the evening. There were more, but they escaped before we could grab a photo!

Hartington Lodge, head West.

On Saturday our Worshipful Master, accompanied by his Immediate Past Master, header across the border into the neighbouring Province of Staffordshire. Neither of them got a nose bleed and they both had an excellent time.

It started by bumping into the IPM’s good friend David Thomas, who happens to be the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, but also a founding member of the Universities Lodge of Staffordshire No 9907, the Lodge they were visiting!

There were a number of Brethren present on this cold Saturday afternoon to witness a double Initiation of Mr Molloi and Mr Lovatt.

Here the candidates are pictured with the Worshipful Master.

There was also a joining member of the Lodge, who had made the journey from Gibraltar, who later delivered the Working Tools to our new Brothers in exemplary manner.

There were a few unique moments which both the WM and IPM passed comment on and thought it was a really nice touch, it would be lovely if we could take these ideas back to Derbyshire.

The ceremony was of exceptional standards and the Lodge and Province should be very proud.

Being one of our Worshipful Masters last visits, before he hands the Office over, it wouldn’t be right, that he didn’t get the infamous ‘hand on the shoulder’ at the Festive Board. He offered his thanks and conveyed the thoughts of every other visitor present and expressed what a wonderful day we’d all had.

The Festive Board, was of the same high standards as the Ceremony, and we were treated to some lovely food and excellent company.

There was some excellent singing from their Worshipful Master, who obviously has a great set of lungs on him and they also carry out the Initiates Chain, which is a lovely demonstration of Brotherly Love and sums up Freemasonry nicely.

Universities Lodge of Staffordshire, we’ll be back and next time in force!

Association of Tercentenary Masters – Ladies Night

Last night our Immediate Past Master and his wife attended the Annual Ladies Night of the Association of Tercentenary Masters!

The ATM are a group of Freemasons who were all in the Chair of their Lodge, during 2017. This was the 300th year, of the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Our ATM Social Secretary, even treated us to some poetry, which was warmly received by the members and their partners.

The Ladies Evening was held at the Bentley Brook Inn, Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. We were looked after superbly, by the staff of the pub and treated to some lovely food and drink.An enjoyable evening was had by all in attendance.

An enjoyable evening was had by all in attendance.

Hartington Lodge – Initiation

On Monday evening Hartington Lodge, Initiated their first Candidate of 2020.

To those more observant readers our meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month. However, with that falling on New Years Day, we had to move our meeting by dispensation from the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, who graced us with his presence for the meeting.

As in Hartington Tradition, the January meeting is always a Past Masters night.

The Past Masters took their rightful positions in Office and Initiated Mr David Johnston, who had been regularly proposed and balloted for on a previous occasion.

An enjoyable evening was had by all who attended, including the Provincial Grand Master and 23 other visitors.

A great night for Derbyshire Freemasonry, but Hartington Lodge in particular.

Unity Lodge Initiation

Back in December 2019, which seems and was an age ago, our Immediate Past Master attended Unity Lodge for an Initiation.

It was a special night, not only because he secured himself a lift with one of the Tercentenary Masters and was able to have a few beers, but because it was the Initiation of his Nieces Father, who he’s known for many years.

On arrival he also bumped into another Hartington Lodge member, so knew it was going to be a great evening right from the start.

Chris the candidate was excellent, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. It was quite an emotional night for him as we’d arranged for his best friend to be there too, totally unaware.

It was a great evening and an excellent way to break up, before the Christmas period.