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The third Meeting of the Spirit of Rugby Lodge No 9922, was held at the St George’s Hotel, Chatham on Monday 21st November 2016. Almost 80 masons packed the temple to witness the double initiation of Dan Buckland and Gary Dean
The meeting was interrupted after a short time with a message from the Hotel that we were blocking the Car Park and preventing members of staff from going home. A Steward was duly dispatched to investigate, only to find that none of the cars in question belonged to either Members or Guests. “Another example” quipped the Worshipful Master, “of Masons getting the blame for something which had nothing to do with them.”
Our practice of splitting the ceremony up into “bite size chunks” is proving to be both effective and popular. The day saw contributions from Andy Stevens, Keith Heard, Terry Hall, Richard Carney, Tony Fish and David Kershaw as well as a virtuoso performance from our hard working deacons, Rob Mitchell and Matt Jury assisted in part by Malcolm Jones and Scott Dymond.
One sad note was the absence of Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master Roger Odd who had been due to present the Lodge with a pair of Ashlars in recognition of our contributions to the Canterbury Cathedral appeal. Roger’s recent surgery has meant the postponement of his visit until April when we hope to welcome him in true Spirit of Rugby style!
Thanks to some choir coaching from our Organist David Rands, the formal part of the meeting was closed with a somewhat improved rendering of our closing ode “World in Union”. Next time the brethren intend to sing it as they have never sung it before i.e. In tune!!!!
The Festive Board was a great success. The Brethren sat down to a sumptuous menu of Pate with Piccalilli, Roast Lamb Shank, Lemon Posset, Cheese and Biscuits. The Raffle raised £341.00 for Charity and a further £60 was raised by the sale our Commemorative Beer Glasses.
A check during the meal revealed that our Chaplain, WBro. Richard Stoneham was not wearing his founders cap. The Worshipful master duly administered the usual fine and our charities benefitted by a further £5.00.
After the usual toasts and speeches, Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Graeme was invited to present the “Man of the Match” award for the most outstanding contribution of the night. He saluted the many outstanding performances he had witnessed, but felt the the planning, execution and nervous energy expended by our Director of Ceremonies David Tyler was the most deserving of this special accolade. Unfortunately due to the disparity in their height, the APGM was forced to stand on his chair to make the presentation!
A later than usual finish saw the Brethren rise at 11:00pm all looking forward to the Lodge’s Installation meeting which is to be held at Tovil, in Maidstone on Monday the 20th February 2017.
Report and Photos: Richard Carney