From time to time we report on those special occasions when members of the same family are involved in a lodge meeting. Here are another two examples that took place on successive evenings recently in Canterbury.
Binnewith Lodge No 6338
Tony Eldridge, Chairman of the committee representing lodges and chapters in the Canterbury area, reports on a ‘family affair’ he witnessed. He was visiting Binnewith Lodge on the 7th March where the Master, Rod Wilson, was initiating his son – Andrew.
The ‘family affair’ was enhanced further, as the Junior Deacon for the ceremony was Andrew’s Uncle, Tim Keen. Tim conducted his nephew around the lodge in fine order and with quiet authority. The Working Tools were presented by Andrew’s other Uncle, Brett Harrison, who also did a superb job. Brett, a Fellow Craft Freemason, had travelled from another Cathedral City, Lincoln, to share in the evening.
To complete the team effort, the Charge was given by Junior Warden Clive Selby who is also to be congratulated on his special contribution to this ‘family affair’.
Tony, who just one month earlier sang the “Master’s Song” to Rod on his Installation night, also had work to do. He was invited to present Julian Alexander with his Grand Lodge Certificate. With strong masonic family connections of his own, Tony had recently found his Great Grandfather’s Certificate, dated 1896. During the presentation he was pleased to note the many similarities between the two certificates, even though nearly 120 years separated them.
Dane John Lodge No 8810
Also in Canterbury the following day, Phill Morris reports that Dane John Lodge held its annual Installation Meeting.
The main event of the evening was to install Marc Mansfield as the lodge’s new Master, the ceremony being conducted by Mick Curteis. Once installed Marc appointed and invested his officers for the year, which included two members of his family. His son – Michael Mansfield - was invested as Junior Warden and his stepson - Patrick Warner - as Inner Guard in what was a memorable occasion for everyone present.