Banner Flies High at Harrow Progress

Members of Harrow Progress Lodge, No. 5964 with Official Visitors and guests

On Tuesday 3rd December 2019 a really special meeting of Harrow Progress Lodge, No. 5964 was held at Harrow, with the dual purpose of dedicating a new Banner for the Lodge as well as celebrating the lodge’s 75th Anniversary.

The 62 brethren in attendance gave the meeting an extra vibrancy which organised with much precision by the Lodge Secretary, W Bro Eric Diamond. The Banner Dedicating Officer was APGM, W Bro Paul Huggins PSGD.

W. Bro Paul Huggins in his introductory remarks gave a brief outline of circumstances leading to the foundation of the Lodge in 1944, which occurred just before the D-Day Landings.

Harrow Lodge No 1310, the Mother Lodge, now renamed Harrow Temple in Unity Lodge, became overloaded with candidates, and there were repeated demands for extra meetings to process them.

A new Lodge was thus needed as their membership had grown to over 100.

Because the move represented “Progress” in masonry that particular word was added to the name of the Lodge, together with “Harrow”, as the Mother Lodge was named after Harrow School, which was at the request of a Victorian Grand Master who went there.

The new Banner with Members of the Lodge

A Truly Beautiful Banner –

After the truly beautiful Banner was paraded in we were treated to an uplifting Oration delivered by the Provincial Grand Chaplain W. Bro the Reverend Dr Bill Dolman, mentioning the symbolism of banners and their important place in both Freemasonry and elsewhere.

Particular credit was given to W Bo David Morton who designed the Banner and arranged for its crafting.

Not Only, But Also –

Festive Board

Yet a further celebration followed when Bro Ian Dyke was presented with his 50th Anniversary Long Service Certificate.

He travelled up from West Sussex for the presentation. He has a long family connection with the Lodge as his father, Joe, was WM back in 1965. Ian has a famous brother, Greg Dyke the broadcaster.

To complete the meeting in the Temple W. Bro Paul Huggins presented the Charity Steward, Bro Darren Diamond, with a Grand Patron’s Certificate marking the Lodge’s generous contribution to The 2020 Festival.

This scintillating event was rounded off with a sumptuous banquet washed down with a choice of fine wines and port making it a truly memorable event.

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