Freemasons in the area covering Birchington, Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Westgate have introduced a way of encouraging inter-lodge visiting.
Ten members from Margate’s Union Lodge and eight from Broadstair’s Kingsgate Lodge all made the journey to Ramsgate on 23rd March. They were visiting the St Lawrence Lodge which was holding a Past Masters’ night and an Initiation ceremony.
The challenge came at the Festive Board when the challengers ‘stood to be counted’. After some good natured banter, though greater in number, the visitors from Union Lodge came a commendable second. The visitors from Kingsgate Lodge were declared the winners as they had a higher percentage of subscribing members in their group.
Kingsgate Lodge were therefore awarded the ‘Travelling Gavel’ - a coveted trophy presented to the the largest group of visitors from one lodge.
Pictured are the victorious members of Kingsgate Lodge with their Senior Warden being presented with the ‘Travelling Gavel’ by Paul Chandler, Master of St Lawrence Lodge. Paul is accompanied by Derek Rogers and the Initiate of the evening, John Chisman.
The Travelling Gavel initiative leads to an enjoyable evening with some light-hearted banter and rivalry. More importantly it helps to support local lodges and encourages visiting, particularly by newer members.
Report and photo courtesy of Jim Mason