The Old Wellingtonian Lodge met at Freemasons’ Hall, London for a 2nd Degree ceremony (Passing). The meeting was held by dispensation on a different date to usual, due to the expected lack of attendance on Valentine’s Day.
The Worshipful Master, WBro Bob Bartlett, conducted the ceremony with his customary lively style. After obligating the candidate, he gave up the Chair of King Solomon for WBro Derek Barrett to complete the remainder of the ritual, passing the candidate as a Fellowcraft. Bro Matthew Saunders provided excellent support and guidance to the candidate as Senior Deacon and the 2nd degree working tools were delivered in fine style by Bro Jon Rance. The ceremony was concluded by WBro Rory Shackleton giving a faultless explanation of the tracing board of this degree.
After the meeting some 18 members and visitors retired to the Newton Arms for an informal dinner. We look forward to our summer meeting in May back at Wellington College.