New Initiate for Hadley Highstone Lodge, No. 4203

Hadley Highstone Lodge, No. 4203 – Members, Visitors and the Initiate

Hadley Highstone Lodge, No. 4203 is a model Middlesex Lodge with 28 subscribing members, a very well attended and regular LoI, a steady stream of Initiates and some excellent Taylors Ritual and ceremonial.

WM Robert (Bob) Hagon-Torkington with the initiate

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.

W Bro Nigel Codron PSGD PProvAGM with the candidate Bro Brian Hooper

A very convivial Festive Board proved a welcome reminder to all present as to how much we have missed our masonic meetings, despite the fact that Bro Brian gave one of the longest responses to the Initiates toast most of us had ever heard.

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.

Also read –

A Double Celebration at Hadley Highstone Lodge, No. 4203

A Legend In Our Time

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