Slough Masonic Centre welcomed Freemasonry back with a very special meeting on Tuesday, 1st September, some 4 months after the suspension of all masonic activity. Marcellians Lodge held an emergency meeting and performed what it is hoped will be the first of many post lockdown ceremonies encompassing social distancing rules.
The meeting was hugely important being the first initiation in the Province since lockdown and made extra special as our Provincial Grand Master, RW John Clark conducted the ceremony, initiating his youngest son David with his eldest son Jack acting as Junior Deacon. In attendance was W Bro Don Doe, a Past Master of Marcellians Lodge, an old friend of the Clark family who was Junior Deacon when the Provincial Grand Master was himself initiated at Slough in 1988. On that occasion, our Provincial Grand Master was initiated by his own father making this a most pleasing case of history repeating itself.
Several of the Provincial Executive, most of whom are members of the Lodge, were in attendance amongst a total of 17 attendees. The meeting was seen as a template for future meetings at Slough and, indeed, all other centres with social distancing strictly observed at all times and masks worn throughout the ceremony. The amended ritual was very interesting to observe and performed to an excellent standard with younger brethren excelling in presenting the working tools and charge. It will certainly be long remembered by all who were present.
The whole evening was hugely successful and demonstrated how we can move forward as a province after lockdown, holding meetings, and performing ceremonies in a safe environment, observing all the necessary social distancing requirements.
Welcome back Buckinghamshire Freemasonry and welcome to Buckinghamshire Freemasons Brother David!