our unique customs

OUR TRADITIONS

Like most institutions of antiquity our Lodge is proud of its customs and whilst it has occasionally been suggested these 'archaic' characteristics should be curtailed reflecting modern times, invariably it is our younger members who assiduously oppose such changes. (Who says the age of 'tradition' is past?)

Lesley Wilson oil on canvas by Kerry Le GrayMany of these customs enhance the unique format of this Lodge's ceremonies which stimulate great interest with visitors and, to the delight of all, especially the after proceedings at our Festive Board (the dinner after each meeting). These include lighting the five branch silver candelabrum to prose, the ceremony of the Loving Cup, The Secretary's Toast (complete with employment of traditional firing glasses) and, not unsurprisingly, joining in the chorus of The Harmony Song ensuring a jolly time is had by all. In fact the procedures at our Festive Board warrant a small booklet for the guidance of visitors which, including a synopsis of our history, they are invited to keep as a memento of their visit.

Particularly noteworthy are the exquisite oil portraits of many eminent Past Masters reminding us of our unique heritage.

Lesley Wilson oil on canvas by Kerry Le Gray

Lesley Wilson oil on canvas by Kerry Le Gray

Lesley Wilson oil on canvas by Kerry Le Gray