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Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
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There have been many high spots in our Masonic life this year and May and June will be hard to beat. In May, Brother Paul Walters was passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft and as usual, the ceremony demanded the perfect delivery of two big pieces of ritual - the Working Tools and the Tracing Board. Bro Frank Pearson, SW and Bro Mike Carthy, SD didn’t disappoint, delivering these two complicated pieces perfectly, enhancing the ceremony immeasurably and leaving a very special visitor, RW Bro John Lockley, the Provincial Grand Master, suitably impressed. The PGM had found time in a packed schedule to attend and present a certificate to W.Bro Roger Yates, marking his fifty years in Freemasonry. Roger was initiated in Cyprus in Apollo Lodge 7886 in Limassol - which quite recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. He came to Izaak Walton in 2001 after a long career in the RAF and Ministry of Defence. Adding to the celebrations, there was a gift and letter from Roger’s Mother Lodge. Roger recounted to the brethren that on joining IWL, he was unconvinced that progress to the Master’s chair was something he wanted to do, but the then Director of Ceremonies, Peter Kelsey, managed to convince him that the journey was well worth the effort. And so it proved, with Roger taking the chair for a very successful and productive year in 2012. He has also since been appointed PPrAGDC in Provincial Grand Lodge. Grand Lodge certificates It’s always a bit special to receive your Grand Lodge certificate after becoming a Master Mason. The icing on the cake is when it’s presented and explained by the Provincial Grand Master! Brothers Jonny Howorth and Steve Spennewyn were the lucky recipients of their “passports to Masonry” at our May meeting.
June is busting out all over..... There seems to be a difference of opinion as to whether we have held a June meeting in the past. Well, despite the discussions, no definitive information has been presented, so we held what we shall call our “first” June meeting on the 12th. Our initiate, Peter Westwood came to us via the open day held at the Masonic Hall last September. He lives just around the corner from Gaol Square, was born in Gnosall and educated in Stafford. He works locally too, at Perkins Diesels as a specialist technician involved in supplying oils used during the manufacturing processes. The meeting was well attended, despite the holiday season having already started, and in particular, four members of the Staffordshire Provincial Grand Stewards Logde attended and provided support in the form of W.Bro Mike Sharples as our Junior Warden. The Charge after Iniitiation was delivered falwlessly by W.Bro T Somra. The meeting proved a special and memorable occasion, with our new made Brother enjoying an occasion where he was certainly the star of the show and the focus of everyone’s attention. We are thinking of..... Brett Willats, who while recovering from an operation to improve knee mobility, developed blood clots after leaving hospital. Prompt action and a few days back in Hospital have brought the issue under control but his mobility has been temporarily affected. Brett has commented that the care he received from the staff at County Hospital was exemplary and the food was of a very high standard. Those of you who know Brett’s sense of humour will now be wondering if he’s being serious - especially about the food!! We look forward to the pleasure of his company later in the year. Ray Barnett is still making progress and keeping in touch with all that’s happening in the Masonic world, through regular attendance at a monthly luncheon, attended by many of his friends. Bob Mallen organises these parties, so if you fancy coming along, having some banter and a pleasant couple of hours in Ray’s company, let Bob know! Gerald Bates, has experienced no respite from his health difficulties. After another recent spell in hospital he is now, at least, back home with his family. Despite his diagnosis he remains cheerful and would welcome the chance of talking to as many of his Lodge friends as possible. You can reach him on 01785 284655.
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