The Hungerford Masonic chain has another new link this month. We welcome into our ranks Tristan, who first met members of the Lodge at an Open Day event and after a period of relection, decided to join us.
He was treated to an excellent ceremony, which he found very emotional. He was visibly moved by the part of the ceremony which focuses on the importance of charity, excellently delivered by our Director Ceremonies, Gilbert Mills. We paused a while to allow him to gather himself before completing the ceremony.
We placed Tristan to the right of the Master (Chris “Ralph” Coyle) and surrounded him with the members to support him just in case he wobbled again.
Further, extending our chain, we welcome Andy who joined us as an existing Freemason who wanted to have even more fun in his life.
We also received an update on both Phoebe and Peter from our charity officer, Nick Stephens. Phoebe and her family may continue to need our support as the state mechanisms have yet to kick in fully. The news from Peter is much better, he has been able to assist his wife with the weekly shopping trip, using the basket on his new mobility scooter to bring home the bacon.
As is our tradition, the formalities completed, we headed to the Newbury branch of the Royal British Legion, where we held the social element of the evening. All members were fed and watered, before the Lodge stewards reminded us once more of the importance of charity by selling raffle tickets. On this occasion we were raising money for Loose Ends, a local charity helping the homeless in Newbury and the surrounding area.