Neil presents Old Worden’ artefact to Eccleston lodge

Eccleston Lodge No 7754 held their last meeting of the masonic season for 2014.  There was no ceremony this evening however, Eric Hart the group’s local care officer volunteered to give a presentation.  This presentation lasted for approximately 25 minutes and was relating to the subject of care and the role of the almoner and care officer within each lodge and group.

Earlier in the meeting Neil Ward had presented a volume of the sacred law to Eccleston lodge – this was one of the remaining artefacts when Old Worden Lodge No 5366 handed in its warrant earlier in the year in November 2014. When Neil joined Old Worden Lodge in October 1980 he didn’t think that 32 years later he

Pictured from left to right, are: Neil Ward presents Old Worden artefact to John Anderson

Pictured from left to right, are: Neil Ward presents Old Worden artefact to John Anderson

would be looking for a new masonic home and he became a joining member to Eccelston lodge in December 2014 – following a discussion, the Old Worden lodge members decided to offer the book back to its donor, Mrs Ethel Heald, the widow of Robert Heald and Neil’s seconder into Old Worden lodge.  She wanted Neil to have the book which he readily accepted and having kept it for a short while ‘gathering dust’, he thought that it would be better put to use and to keep a little bit of Old Worden Lodge alive.  He therefore presented it to Eccleston lodge. The Worshipful Master, John Anderson, thanked Neil for the privilege of receiving this book and stated that it would be used whilst the existing lodge book was sent away for repair.

Following the meeting all members and visitors adjourned to the festive board – it was the lodge’s Old English night too.  Here they were joined by none masonic friends with whom the members of the lodge had invited along. The idea being to give the public an insight and a taste of the social aspect and camaraderie that freemasonry enjoys. There were a total of over 40 dining due to the additional numbers.  The Beagle, Jason Astley, was once again on form and had prepared a few quips and quirks along the way – he summed up the season thus far and few Eccleston members could hide from his fun. The diners were also entertained by Andy Anderson who gave a number of renditions from his ‘folk singing’ repertoire. Every masonic member, visitor and none mason thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. The money collected on the night totalled £176, and is to be donated to the British Liver Trust, http://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/.

Pictured from left to right, are: Jason Astley and Alan Jones

Pictured from left to right, are: Jason Astley and Alan Jones