Our May meeting is traditionally held at Wellington College and it was with great pleasure that 25 members and guests once again met at Wellington. It was a gloriously sunny day which made a pleasant change from the recent rains (despite the country being in a period of drought!)
The work of the day was a Ceremony of Raising, where a Fellow Craft is raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.
The Worshipful Master, WBro Charles Goblet d'Alviella once again led the meeting with near perfect ritual. During his year as Master, WBro Charles has had opportunity to deliver three of our main ceremonies – Initiation, Passing and Raising. It is nice for an Installed Master to have opportunity for varied ceremonies during their year as Master, but it does require effort to perfect the rituals. WBro Charles has met this challenge enabling candidates, members and visitors to gain much enjoyment from the meetings.
In a similar fashion, Bro Alex Stuart-Bamford fulfilled his important role as Senior Deacon with much confidence and precision. In this ceremony, a skilled Senior Deacon is important for the instruction of the candidate; Alex certainly performed his duty in this capacity.
After the meeting the Lodge members, guests and wives dined in the new Munro Pavilion. This was our first time dining in this location and we all enjoyed the good company and excellent food as the sun set in the west over Bigside at the closing of the day.
Our next meeting will be the annual Installation ceremony in October, when we will meet at Freemasons' Hall, London.
If anyone is interested to find out more about the Old Wellingtonian Lodge, please get in contact with the Lodge Secretary.