During the Tercentenary celebrations in London, RW Bro Stuart Hadler allegedly shared a gin or two with MW Bro Don Reynolds, Grand Master of Victoria, Australia. Upon learning that he would be staying in the West Country afterwards (in an attempt to have a break from Freemasonry apparently!), RW Bro Stuart invited him to visit St Alphege Lodge in Bath, in a private capacity.
On arrival, MW Bro Don was taken on a quick tour of the building by the Lodge Junior Warden, Bro Sam Jimenez and was extremely impressed with the Museum in the vaults.
The Grand Master of Victoria then witnessed an Initiation Ceremony in Royal Cumberland Workings, of 21 year old Quirijn Lukas Vermeire from Belgium, a final year student of Electrical Engineering at Bath University. The Ritual being performed to an exemplary standard by our experienced Worshipful Master, W Bro Neil Hawes.
As a matter of courtesy, MW Bro Reynolds was greeted with Eleven, a first for any Director of Ceremonies in St Alphege Lodge, who much to his own relief, managed to keep count!
By a strange coincidence, there was another visiting Brother from Victoria, Australia and one from the United States, reinforcing the message that, Masonry being universal, spreads its branches over the habitable globe.
All in all, a most enjoyable occasion which will no doubt leave a lasting impression on our new Initiate.
Story by David Hogg, St Alphege Lodge DC