And no we’re not talking about football! Although the football was on the cards when we met at The Grange Banqueting Suite for our July meeting.
It started off in the Lodge room, where we Passed Brother David Johnston to the degree of a Fellowcraft.
The ceremony was carried out in exemplary fashion adhering to the new Covid workings at all times.
Two more candidates were Proposed for Initiation and two more balloted for Initiation.
We then finished the evening in the bar, where out tables had been set for dinner, so we were able to watch the game! We were also accompanied by some of our candidates who are waiting to be Initiated and balloted.
Having not been inside a Lodge room for a meeting, for about fifteen months, it made a refreshing change.
He did feel like the odd one out, being greeted by a sea of Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge Officers! At least, that was until, our three newly admitted members entered. One of which was wearing light blue, a Past Master hailing from Old Denstonian Lodge in our neighbouring Province of Staffordshire. Another joining member, was Staffordshire’s Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother David Thomas.
We were treated to a tasty meal in The Grange Banqueting Suite afterwards and some great company.
It was a great evening for Derbyshire Freemasonry, but Derbyshire Lodge of Installed Masters in particular.
Friday night saw the first of the Universally Challenged quizzes, organised by UGLE’s University Scheme.
It was a wonderful evening, with over eighty people participating, including Sir David Wootton, the Assistant Grand Master, Dr David Staples, the Grand Secretary and Chief Executive of UGLE and James Hilditch, the Provincial Grand Master of Oxfordshire, to name but a few.
There were nine rounds of five questions, with the subjects of general knowledge, sports, hobbies and games, history, geography, popular culture, music and trivia.
The results were as follows:
45 London Management
43 ULS Staffordshire
43 Hotspur Lodge
43 City of Lancaster Lodge
43 University of Liverpool
43 Province of East Kent
41 Apollo Lodge
40 Hartington Lodge
37 Province of Norfolk
37 Old MancunIans with Mount Sinai
36 Province of Durham
35 Yorkshire, West Riding
34 Surrey and Sussex
34 Lodge of Chisel
33 Iron Bridge Lodge
31 Leadership team – The A-Team
29 Blockley Lodge
28.5 St David’s Lodge
22 Collegiate Lodge
15 Cumberland Lodge
Hartington Lodge came in at a respectable fourth position with a score of 40 points.
A great evening was had by all who attended and thanks must go to those who organised it. Looking forward to the next event.
Wednesday 7th March, saw Hartington Lodge No 1085 first meeting since March. The Grand Master had suspended all meetings until July, when restrictions were eased. Unfortunately this came, after our July meeting so we were unable to meet in July.
It was a great evening, albeit a little different to usual meetings, as only six members were able to attend and it was all socially distanced!