Two black bowls did not exclude

The brethren of Lodge of Chivalry No 3974 gathered on a very hot sunny afternoon in Ormskirk for their last meeting of the Masonic season.

Adam is congratulated by Andrew on his becoming a master Mason.

Adam is congratulated by Andrew on his becoming a master Mason.

The WM Andrew Bradshaw was looking forward to attending the meeting as he was not able to attend the March meeting due to three-foot snow drifts on Bodmin Moor which had blocked the road out of Cornwall where Andrew lives – what a difference a few weeks make!

The brethren had invited three guests along with the group secretary Malcolm Alexander PAGDC who was a guest of the lodge.

Andrew opened the meeting and after the normal business he raised  Adam Woods, who was initiated on 18 November 2017, to the sublime degree of a master Mason. Andrew was assisted in the ceremony by John Duckworth who delivered the exhortation, charge, traditional history and the working tools of a MM.

The brethren were treated to a wonderful ceremony and considering the WM lives in Newquay and is unable to attend rehearsals due to work and distance, Andrew again demonstrated his ability to deliver ritual which he later said he had become addicted too learning!

Malcolm receives his new crown green bowls.

Malcolm receives his new crown green bowls.

The meal at the festive board was superb and the visitors who had not dined in the Masonic hall before were keen to visit  Lodge of Chivalry again!

After the meal Andrew presented Malcolm with a new set of crown green bowls as a thank you to Malcolm for the 13 years he has served as the group secretary. Andrew also wished Malcolm health and happiness in his new role as Vice Chairman of Ormskirk and Bootle Group which he will take up at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in Blackpool.

Malcolm thanked Andrew and all the members of the lodge for their gift. He said: “When Mark (lodge secretary) called me to tell me that the members of the lodge wanted to give me a gift I was bowled over! and really flabbergasted with your kindness – thank you”.

The brethren and their guests enjoy the festive board.

The brethren and their guests enjoy the festive board.

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