Officers of the Lodge 2017-18Our October meeting is a very special occasion, as it’s devoted to installing the new Master of the Lodge. At the culmination of many years work, during which, the new Master will have taken on the various ceremonial roles, he is elected by the Brethren to take control of his Lodge. This year, in the illustrious company of Right Worshipful Brother John Lockley, the Provincial Grand Master of Staffordshire and W.Bro J E Brackpool, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, our most recent Master, Hirendra Raval conducted the ceremony to install Richard (Dick) Fisher as the new Worshipful Master.Judging by the comments made by both the Provincial Grand Master and distinguished guests after the ceremony, it was considered to be an excellent example of the Izaak Walton team working together.The special atmosphere during the meeting seemed ready to transfer to the meal at the Festive board. However, due to a problem with the gas supply, effectively making ovens and ranges unusable, it looked as if we might need to order in “Happy Meals”!However, our Caterer quickly put into place contingency plans to provide tasty, hot meals for over forty people. How they managed this amazing feat is still not clear!Our new master is a former broadcaster and conference & video producer, who joined the Lodge in 2006. He is now semi-retired, which suggests he will be able to devote the necessary time to the Lodge in order to completely fulfil his new responsibilities.Dick has now appointed the Officers who will help him in the management and functioning of the Lodge. Some of the roles play a key part in the rituals that form the backbone of the Lodge meetings. Others are concerned purely with administrative matters.His chosen charity is We are Macmillan Cancer Support. Funds for charitable purposes are raised directly by the Lodge members at its regular meetings and other social activities, without seeking financial support from the public.
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Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
The 2017-18 teamback l to r: Bro M Woodhead, Bro D Coleman, W.Bro B Willats, Bro F Pearson, W.Bro R K Fisher, W.Bro H Raval, W.Bro M R Heenan, W.Bro P D Kelsey, W.Bro J A Caine,front l to r: W.Bro I R Whatmough, Bro R Watson-Smith, Bro M Carthy, W.Bro R Yates,W.Bro C G K Emery