At our very first regular meeting of the year we commemorated the Lodge’s 197th Anniversary, taking us another year closer to our bi-centenary in 2025. While originally petitioned as “The Tynte Lodge of Honour and Independence”, on the 23rd February 1825 that Grand Lodge issued our warrant under the name “The Lodge of Honour”.
We started our regular meeting in February with the investiture of our Junior Warden and Tyler upon confirmation of the minutes of our previous meeting. The Worshipful Master then announced that the lodge is now 197 years old and that it was in this month that the lodge received its warrant. He invited members to study the lodge’s warrant and implored them to continue the good work. The theme for the anniversary is “Old and New”.
For the ‘old’, the Lodge invited W. Bro Hanslip, the presiding Worshipful Master of Chaloner Lodge No. 2644, Melksham in the Province of Wiltshire, to receive the Lodge’s Centenary Jewel. This jewel was presented to him by our Worshipful Master. W. Bro Hanslip was initiated into Freemasonry in 2002 in the Lodge of Honour. During the first lockdown, he started a small collection of Masonic jewels and approach the secretary to see if he could add another to his collection from his mother lodge. The lodge jointly agreed to present this at our February meeting.
For the ‘new’, the Lodge presented our newly made Master Mason, Bro Aziz with his Grand Lodge Certificate. The address was delivered by the Secretary. First initiated at the end of 2019, it wasn’t until November 2021 that Bro Aziz was raised as Lodge meetings were halted during lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.
The Lodge also proposed for joining a new member for initiation in March 2022. This will be followed by two other potential initiates in the pipeline. It will be a busy year for the Lodge of Honour and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our new members.
The lodge was then called off to carry out a demonstration of the first degree ceremony with W Bro Handslip volunteering as the candidate. Afterwards the lodge was called back to transact any other business, raising and to close the lodge.
The celebration continued at the festive board. Everyone including our guests, all enjoyed themselves tremendously. We finished our meal with scrumptious red velvet cupcakes baked by Bro Aziz’s partner.