On the 11th October 2013, our Worshipful Master, accompanied by our Director of Ceremonies and Lodge Mentor attended a meeting of the Bedford Lodge No 157 in Freemasons’ Hall.
Our Worshipful Master’s wife is a volunteer who manages a charity shop. The items that are donated to the shop occasionally have Masonic interest, none more so that a bi-centenary jewel that once belonged to a member of the Bedford Lodge. Constituted in 1766, this lodge celebrated its bi-centenary nearly 50 years ago in 1966. It is already working on the arrangements for its 250th anniversary.
So the Brethren of the Bedford Lodge were particularly pleased when we presented the bi-centenary jewel back to them. The Brethren were delighted to have this valued memento once more in their possession and warmly thanked St Laurence Lodge; “Welcome visitors, doubly so as you come bearing gifts”, as the Master of Bedford Lodge said.
Our visit coincided with the visit of twelve Brethren from Finland and the Festive Board was made that much more lively, hearing about how Masonry worked and flourished in Finland.
The Masters of Bedford Lodge (left) and St Laurence Lodge