Royal Sussex Lodge No 353 – Bicentenary

On Monday 18th September 2017, the members of Royal Sussex Lodge, travelled from their usual meeting place at Winshill, to meet at Derby Masonic Hall. For those who were present, the number of Brethren made it clear as to why the move was needed!
It was a great night and the Worshipful Master, lead his Lodge well, even with the added pressure of having the Provincial Grand Master and a Provincial Team, shortly followed by the Deputy Grand Master and his team present.
A lot of work had gone into the evening, not only with the Ritual, but also the research of the Lodge, which had clearly been carried out in some detail. The ceremony was both interesting and entertaining.
The Festive Board was most enjoyable and there was a great atmosphere throughout the evening. It was a great night for Derbyshire Freemasonry and Royal Sussex Lodge in particular.
The Deputy Grand Master, Provincial Grand Master and Worshipful Master taking wine with everyone present.
The Festive Board starting to fill up.

Hartington Passing – conducted by Dorothy Vernon Lodge.

Well the summer is over and the Masonic season is starting again. On the 5th September eight members of Hartington Lodge, headed North of the Province to watch one of their members Passed to the Second Degree.
Dorothy Vernon Lodge 2129, which meets in the small market town of Bakewell, volunteered their services to Pass Brother Marco Echeverria, on behalf of Hartington Lodge 1085.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, thought he would Grace his presence and make this an Official Provincial Visit, accompanied by a team of Provincial Officers.
Dorothy Vernons ceremony was excellent from start to finish, with Brother Marco, demonstrating clear proof of his proficiency and the Ritual from all Officers superb. A unique version of the Tools was presented to Brother Marco, followed by a faultless Presentation of the Second Degree Tracing Board.
Everyone who witnessed the ceremony agreed that the Dorothy Vernon Lodge had done the Hartington Lodge proud and all Members of the Hartington Lodge present are sincerely grateful for the quality of the ceremony given to Brother Marco.
The Festive Board was followed, which proved as entertaining as the ceremony and everyone present thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A raffle was help raising £251 for Charity, topping the previous Dorothy Vernon raffle record by £1, kindly donated by the PGM.
Seven of the Hartington Lodge Members who attended the meeting, including the Worshipful Master of Hartington Lodge and the Worshipful Master of Dorothy Vernon Lodge and not forgetting the evenings Candidate Brother Marco.