The April meeting of Barn Hill Lodge, No. 7799, which meets at Harrow was an extremely busy one, with a Most distinguished visitor.
Firstly, Bro. Dan Colley, who was Initiated in 2017 and has already taken office as Inner Guard, was to be Raised to the Third Degree.
His “father in law – elect”, Most Worshipful Brother Barry Weer, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois was eager to witness this event, and flew over especially. Notably he was saluted with eleven once the Lodge had opened.
The Second notable item was a Lodge of Sorrow for recently departed W.Bro. Alan Fox, who had passed to the Grand Lodge Above on 2nd February 2019.
An extremely moving eulogy was delivered by his close friend W.Bro. Colin Piper. Bro. Colin noted that both were to be promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden, but Bro. Alan would receive his posthumously.
Download a copy of the Eulogy HERE
The meeting then progressed, and the Third Degree Ceremony delivered in Barn Hill style, split between five past masters.
An extremely personal touch was the addition of the “Charge to the Lodge” by Bro. Barry to his future son in law at the conclusion of the regular ceremony.
This is a piece of ritual is delivered to all Masons on their Raising in the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
Bro John had been Initiated in to Barn Hill on 8th April 1969.
Paul gave an overview of great things which happened in 1969, before outlining John’s Masonic career in Middlesex and Bedfordshire.
Download a copy of John’s CV HERE
Bro. John hadn’t been to the Lodge for some years, but now resolved to attend more regularly.
In summary it was a lively meeting, followed by a festive board where 37 dined.
The cherry on the cake was Bro. Dan Colley giving the toast to the visitors, and requesting a reply from M.W.Bro Barry Weer, who did so in most grand style.
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