Freemasons are encouraged to have one aim – that of being happy and sharing that happiness with others. Hungerford Lodge members are doing our best to share our happiness with others.
When Mark Wiltshire took over as Master, he made it clear that he was encouraging the Hungerford members to visit other Lodges as often as they could and he is leading by example. This week has very busy for the Hungerford brethren, with members attending Lodge meetings across Berkshire and Gloucestershire.
Hungerford member and past master, Greg Hackney, is the current master of the Perseverance Lodge no 4554 invited Mark to join him to see a new mason initiated. Perseverance Lodge meets in the beautiful Masonic Hall on Portland Street, Cheltenham and was consecrated just two years before Hungerford.
Greg (left) is shown with his father, Phillip (centre) also a past master of Hungerford with Mark.
Whilst Mark was in Cheltenham, your author was in Sindlesham attending a triple passing (second degree) ceremony at the Greyfriars Lodge no 1101. Greyfriars is a Universities Scheme Lodge attracting candidates from the University of Reading. This was a very well executed ceremony and provided a number of pointers as to how Hungerford could streamline our own double passing scheduled for 21st February. A highlight of the evening for me was standing as a petitioner to ask the Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire to seek permission to establish a new Lodge in Berkshire.
Last but not least, Hungerford members visited the Berkshire Country Sports Lodge no 9810 which meets in Wantage. Bob Meikle, one of our Four Aces, was keen to progress through his next ceremony so the Hungerford team asked the Country Sports Lodge to conduct a ceremony on our behalf. There are strong ties between our two Lodges with a number of people being members of both. The Wantage team readily agreed and provided Bob with a night he will never forget.
The Hungerford Lodge was well represented at this ceremony with all of the men shown above being members. Bob is shown on the back row of the photo with the glass held highest.
Freemasonry is a hobby with an emphasis on being happy and sharing happiness with others. Our member are certainly enjoying their Freemasonry at the moment and seeking to share that enjoyment with as many other Lodges as we can. Perhaps you would like to join us to find out more?
Visiting is one of the pleasures of Freemasonry and Masons will often go to great lengths to visit a friend’s Lodge. This is a tale of just such a visit.
Freemasons will often travel long distances to visit another Lodge and the Hungerford members are no exception. One of our members was first brought into Freemasonry in a Lodge based in London, namely the St. Andrew’s Lodge no 231 which meets in Mark Masons’ Hall in St. James’s Street. Freemasons are proud of their Lodges and Robin duly invited members of the Hungerford Lodge to attend the installation meeting of his Mother Lodge.
A visiting team was assembled, led by Mark Wiltshire, our current Master, and off they went to the big smoke. Having successfully navigated the trains and tubes, the brethren prepared themselves for the meeting with all of their regalia.
Here we see Andrew, Chris, Mark and Sandy dressed in their finest ready for the off. They are clearly captivated by the beauty of their surroundings.
However, they must have been slightly overawed by the occasion as the boys took a wrong turning and found themselves part of the lineup saluting the new master of St Andrew’s Lodge!
Needless to say a great time was had by all at the Festive Board but all too soon it was time to head to Paddington station. They caught the last train back to Hungerford and headed home to bed. Some even stayed awake until they got home….. although Sandy claims he was just reliving the evening!
We look forward to hosting members of the St Andrew’s Lodge at a meeting of the Hungerford Lodge on a return visit in the near future.
One of the most pleasurable aspects of being a Mason is visiting other Lodges and sharing in their meeting. When you become Master of your Lodge, your status is effectively elevated to that of Ambassador for your Lodge.
Since Mark took over the helm of the Hungerford Lodge in mid November, he has been spreading the word about our little Lodge on the western edge of Berkshire. Hungerford is already recognised as the most active Lodge in the county with respect to Social Media. Mark is looking to put us back on the map as the most outgoing as well.