Lodge welcomes High-Flyer to Freemasonry –April 30th marked a turning point in the history of Bush Hill Park Lodge, No. 7200, when Austin Whitehead, an airline pilot working out of London Luton Airport, was Initiated into the Craft.
The Ceremony was conducted by the Lodge’s Chaplain, W Bro David Carter, with contributions from other members of the Lodge, including the present Master, W Bro Colin Clear, and Master-Elect, W Bro Brian Guy.
“The Lodge has been through a tough time in recent months, with the sudden death in a hit and run incident of W Bro Steve Howard, a young and extremely popular Past Master,” Brother Colin told Mercury Lite.
“Whilst nothing can replace Steve, it’s good that we have a new Initiate, at 32, our youngest member for some years.
Brother Austin said he had a very enjoyable evening. “ I was struck by the real effort of the brethren to welcome me, put me at ease and make feel part of the group !”
“I have ordered my white Masonic gloves and have them now,” Austin continued.
”I was surprised when following my Initiation my Godfather Selwyn Bowen revealed that he is a Freemason, although no longer active.
He was a member of the West Mercia Lodge formed by policemen and the Castle Lodge in Bridge North.
He told me when I am at the stage he will donate his apron to me to pass it on.
He’s 82 and not very mobile, but if possible in the future it would be nice to bring him to a lodge meeting as my guest.”
As well as the Initiation of Brother Austin, another milestone was marked at the meeting.
Although the Pro Provincial Grand Master R W Peter Baker (an honorary member of the Lodge) could not be present, W Bro Ash Jolly was on hand to represent the R W HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex.
It had, he noted, donated almost £22,000 in the previous five years, to a variety of masonic and non-masonic charities.
These included Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice (£5,000), Headway (£2,300), Make-a-Wish Foundation (£2,800) and Breath Easy (£1,250).
Most notably, the Lodge and its members had contributed, or pledged over £12,000 to the Province’s 2020 Festival, meaning it had achieved the status of Vice Patron of the Festival.
Brother Ash congratulated the Lodge, its members, and most particularly its hard-working Charity Steward W Bro Ray Reeve, for all they did in the cause of charity, and presented Bro Ray with a certificate celebrating its achievement, and a voucher for £200 to be donated to a charity of its choice.
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