Two Grimsby Freemasons who were present at the 100th meeting of St Albans Lodge have this week attended its 150th anniversary celebrations – and presented a new Bible cushion for use by the Lodge.
W Bros Peter Taylor and George Evans were the donors of the beautifully-embroidered cushion, which was dedicated by the PGM Dave Wheeler.
Peter, who was initiated into St Albans Lodge in June 1964, then spent a few moments recalling his memories of the long association he’d had with the Lodge, which was consecrated in 1870. He said: “The biggest surprise at my initiation was to see that my father-in-law was a member. The Lodge had gone to great lengths to keep that from me.
“At the 100th anniversary I little imagined that I would be here 50 years on at the senior member of the Lodge. This is time for looking back. I don’t recall one night, but many happy memories and lots of wonderful friendships. Through Freemasonry and membership of this Lodge I have met lots of magnificent characters who have made a great contribution to my life.”
He proposed as a joining member George Evans, and who became a member at the 100th anniversary meeting in April 1970. He had been initiated into Freemasonry into the Stamford Raffles Lodge in Singapore. Said Peter: “That is a vivid reminder of our Masonic brotherhood and the worldwide nature of Freemasonry. St Albans Lodge has a bright future, and I’d like to think it has a bright future, and that some of the brethren here tonight will be able to attend the 200th meeting.”
In a surprise addition to the presentation, Dave Wheeler also gave the Lodge a hand-crafted Provincial gavel made by Bro Edwards, a member of St Hugh Lodge. (see picture inset).