A new Candidate, Brian Hooper, was introduced to the Lodge by the Provincial Membership Officer (PMO), W Bro Nigel Harris-Cooksley, following a referral by W Bro Nigel Codron, who had met Brian many times at local business network meetings in North London.
In fact, Brian had originally enquired at the Middlesex stand at the local East Finchley Festival and casually mentioned this to Nigel, who had no hesitation in recommending him, via the PMO, to Hadley Highstone.
Unfortunately, delays caused by the Covid-19 masonic restrictions meant that his Initiation had to be delayed by many months, but he was finally Initiated under Rule 160 Book of Constitutions at an Emergency Meeting held at the Southgate Masonic Centre on Friday 16th July.
The ceremony was performed to perfection by W Bro Ian Bowers, as WM, W Bro Mike Thorneycroft, as JD, followed by a faultless rendition of the Charge after Initiation by W Bro John Armitage.
As a footnote, Brian just happened to mention to W Bro Nigel Codron that his father, now sadly deceased, was a Freemason and had been Initiated in India.
W Bro Nigel contacted the Registration Manager at UGLE and having checked the archives, was able to provide dates of his Initiation into the Lodge of Universal Charity, No. 273 in Chennai in 1955 as well as his Passing and Raising dates.
This Lodge was consecrated in 1795 and is still going strong with 53 members.
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