Lodge meetings become all the more interesting when two or three family members work together as part of the team. Here’s a report of two recent examples.
Watch and Ward Lodge No 8809
It was a real family affair at the Installation meeting of Gillingham’s Watch and Ward Lodge on 25th February.
Neil Jessup was installed as the new Master of the Lodge, in a ceremony conducted by his predecessor Tony Aldous. Tony generously invited Neil’s father, Simon Jessup, to install his son into the Master’s Chair and give the Address to the Master afterwards.
Simon’s older brother Alec, a London Freemason, was one of the many guests at the meeting. He was also invited to assist in the installation by occupying the Senior Warden’s chair. Thus Neil took this momentous step in his masonic career with the help of his father and his uncle.
Simon had the privilege of proposing his son into the Watch and Ward Lodge in 2007. Then, during the following fourteen months, he initiated, passed and raised Neil through his First, Second and Third Degrees.
Commenting after the installation meeting Simon said: “The meeting was attended by some fifty-seven Masons including visitors from twenty-one different Lodges. It was a memorable occasion for everyone but especially for me and I hope, for Neil.” Simon went on to add: “I am very grateful to Tony Aldous for kindly giving me this opportunity to install my son”.
Photos courtesy of Richard Wingett
Hexagon Lodge No 5380
On Thursday 8th March David Brake was passed to the Second Degree. The ceremony was conducted by the Lodge Master, Christopher Hoile, who invited his father and his two brothers to assist.
His father, Past Master Ron Hoile, occupied the Senior Warden’s Chair, while his brother, Nicholas, occupied that of the Junior Warden. Nicholas Hoile is the Immediate Past Master of the Phoenix Lodge No 9348 which meets in Chatham. Christopher’s other brother, Adrian – a London Freemason, had also been invited to assist but was unavoidably absent due to a family emergency.
Ron was extremely proud to see two of his sons working together in the ceremony but admitted that it would have been even better had Adrian been there too.