At the meeting of Wednesday 27th January 2016 held at Mark Masons’ Hall, the members of May Fair Lodge No. 8294 were treated to a double Initiation of two 21-year-old Lewis’, witnessed by 25 members of the Lodge and 24 visitors.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro Gary Sumption opened the lodge, W. Bro Jatinder Singh Dhanjal, LGR PZ, took the chair and Obligated his son, Dilip Singh Dhanjal. W. Bro Paul Flynn then occupied the chair and Obligated his Son, Matthew Flynn. Bro. Sumption resumed the chair for the entrusting, W. Bro Leslie Deadman gave the Charge in the NE Corner, the Junior Warden, Bro. Frazer Callingham gave the Charge after Initiation and Bro. Dhanjal presented the 1st Degree Tracing Board. All retired to enjoy a happy Festive Board where W. Bro Mark Every (the Worshipful Master’s son) sang the Entered Apprentices song. All in all, a fabulous, unique, family Masonic event which was enjoyed by all present.
May Fair Lodge has a strong family history having had no less than 13 Father/Son relationships in its short 46 year history, three of which were sons initiating their fathers! The last time the Lodge initiated two Lewis’ on the same day was when W. Bro Christopher Burgess and his brother, Bro. Alan Burgess, were initiated by their father, W. Bro Alf Burgess, Founder Senior Deacon, in May 1986. The Lodge also has its first third generation member, with the current Junior Warden, Bro. Callingham being the son of the current Secretary and grandson of the Founder Junior Deacon.