A visit to ecclesburne lodge 2425 saw the initiation of bro Chris Hope the other Monday night, even more special as the worshipful master is also his Father, WBro Jim Hope. Virtually capacity crowd in the lodge and festive board. Great time had by all.
On Wednesday 6th January was Hartington Lodges Installation, where Craig Whittle was Installed for his second year as Worshipful Master.
The Lodge took the decision to do this, so as to slow down the progression of the Junior Brethren and fill gaps within the Offices.
We were honoured to have the Provincial Grand Junior Warden with us for the evening, the Personal Representative of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, along with a number of other Officers including the Provincial Charity Steward and Provincial Almoner. A brief talk was given highlighting the fourth-coming Derbyshire 2025 Festival, which is soon to launch, raising money for the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Hartington Lodges Worshipful Master was at United Service Lodge of Derby the other week, where he saw Worshipful Brother Steve Frixou and his Officers conduct an excellent Passing Ceremony for Brother Jameson.
Back on January 2nd, when a lot of people were still recovering from the New Year celebrations, Hartington Lodge were getting together for their first meeting of 2019.
It was an enjoyable evening and among some of the visitors were Steve Jones the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Derbyshire, along with five members of the Association of Tercentenary Masters or ATM. The APGM, came bearing gifts of recently rolled cigars, from his recent visit to Cuba. These cigars are destined for some members of The Porchway Club, a recently formed group, for new and young Masons within the Province of Derbyshire.
The main reason for the meeting was to Pass Brother Ian Johnson to the Degree of a Fellowcraft. Brother Johnson did the Lodge proud and had clearly put a lot of work into his part of the ceremony.
Cast your minds back to June, when the sun was beating down over Derbyshire. Our WM was flying the Hartington flag at Spencer Lodge Installation, where he saw Bro Richard Ray Installed as their Worshipful Master. It’s quite a while ago, but he’s confident he had a great evening!
Last night the W.M., S.W. & I.P.M visited Belper, Derbyshire, where they saw Beaureper carry out an excellent Passing. This was the teams first Ceremony since their Installation and all Officers did a fantastic job.
Unfortunately there weren’t enough members to make a claim on the Travelling Gavel, but this has moved on after three weeks in Beaureper’s charge, to Burlington Lodge and the Derby Masonic Hall.
We even managed to sing some Christmas Carols at the Festive Board.