A Hundred Masters an’ a’, an’ a’ – Draytonian Lodge, No. 3980 Installs its 100th Master.

W. Bro Chris Nixon with the Wardens and Deacons of Draytonian Lodge, No. 3980

100th Worshipful Master of Draytonian Lodge, No. 3980 W. Bro Chris Nixon

Any Scottish Brethren in the Province of Middlesex may appreciate the sentiment implied in the headline being a play on words of the Jacobite song “A hundred Pipers”.

No mean achievement and, of course, the number of Worshipful Masters is always ahead of the number of years a Lodge has been Warranted.

So, the December 2018 regular meeting of Draytonian Lodge, No. 3980 marked the start of the journey towards centenary celebrations this year.

W. Bro. Chris Nixon PAGDC, PPrGChStwd, was Installed by his predecessor, W. Bro. Mark Webb.

Having been Initiated into Freemasonry in Draytonian Lodge in 1971, Chris was first Installed as Master in December 1983.

He has held several key Offices within the Lodge including Treasurer, Lodge Mentor, and probably closest to his heart, that of Charity Steward.

His deep-seated drive to support charitable causes, and motivate others to do so, has been a significant element in helping Draytonian Lodge achieve Patron status for The 2020 Festival appeal, and expecting to reach Grand Patron this year.

The Lodge is looking forward to celebrating its Centenary year at the end of 2019, having been consecrated at the Public Rooms in Uxbridge in December 1919.

To celebrate this, the Lodge has raised funds to replace the Banner and to dedicate it at the 100th anniversary of our first Regular Meeting in February 2020.

At his Installation, Chris and the Lodge were joined by many of his Masonic friends representing his work with other Lodges, the Province and the other orders he is associated with.

W. Bros Ken Hodgson, Chris Nixon and Derek Breslin

In particular former Member, and now Honorary, W. Bro. Ken Hodgson, PSGD, PAProvGM, was welcomed by the Lodge.

Both were instrumental in the acquisition and refurbishment of the Uxbridge Masonic Centre.

The Lodge also received three new Joining Members, with two taking Office, and successfully balloted for two Initiates.

The next two years look to be very busy for the Lodge, as the preparations for the Centenary celebrations, replacement Banner, and the two Initiations planned will require an experienced Craftsman to guide it.

This is where W. Bro Chris Nixon comes in and I am sure that all Middlesex Masons wish you well for the ensuing year.

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