Travelling Gavel of The Circuit of Service Lodges

Middlesex Armed Forces Lodge, No. 9940 claimed the Travelling Gavel of the Circuit of Service Lodges from St Eligius Lodge No. 8295 at their Installation meeting on Wednesday 8 May.

The Circuit operates a Travelling Gavel, which is made from the wooden taffrail that runs around the stern of the former Royal Yacht Britannia, now based in Leith, Edinburgh.

Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world.

The gavel was donated by Navy Lodge No. 2612 and the aim is to encourage visits between Lodges within the Circuit of Service Lodges.

The Travelling Gavel will be presented, upon demand, provided attendance of the visiting Circuit Lodge is of four or more in number.

If two or more sister Lodges visit and demand its surrender, the Master will surrender it to the visiting Lodge that has travelled the greatest distance.

The Travelling Gavel will be held by Middlesex Armed Forces Lodge until another Lodge sends four or more members to ‘claim’ it from them.

This article appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2019 Edition of the Mercury, which can be viewed HERE whilst hard copies are available at all Middlesex Masonic Centres while stocks last.

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